Port Glasgow woman wins Sir Alex Ferguson’s support to volunteer in India

01 June 2016

Port Glasgow woman wins Sir Alex Ferguson’s support to volunteer in India

Port Glasgow’s Angela McIntyre is to work with some of India’s most disadvantaged women with the support of Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) Magnusson Awards and Sir Alex Ferguson. 

Angela, one of the first student beneficiaries of Sir Alex’s £500,000 donation to the University, will volunteer with Global Vision International on projects offering women and young girls equal access to education, health care and income. She said: “I am totally delighted. I don’t think it has sunk in yet that it’s really happening and I am very grateful that I have been given this opportunity of a lifetime.”

The Magnus Magnusson Awards ceremony, held at GCU on May 31 and established in the name of the University’s late Chancellor to allow students to volunteer across the globe, saw the first awards presented to students following the generous donation from Sir Alex Ferguson CBE. One of the most successful and respected managers in the history of football, and an Honorary Graduate of GCU, Sir Alex is donating £500,000 over the next 10 years to fund scholarship programmes for students from all backgrounds and across all disciplines.

Said Angela: “I have previously volunteered with Global Vision International. This time around I will be working on projects such as teaching women experiencing serious challenges one to one, or I could be delivering workshops on health in schools; whatever is needed at the time. It is a wonderful cause, offering priceless experience. In my earlier volunteering work, I saw children who had literally nothing but they were the happiest kids in the world. It puts your own life into perspective.

“Equal opportunities for all is something that I am very passionate about and I can’t wait to go to India and get involved in the project. I am so grateful for this wonderful opportunity”.

Students, their families and friends, staff and invited guests attended the annual event hosted by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE and Dr Sally Magnusson, daughter of the late Chancellor and Honorary President of the Magnusson Fellowship at GCU.

Professor Gillies said: “As the University for the Common Good, we are so proud of the achievements that have been made possible over the years through this incredible initiative. The projects will enable the recipients to develop personally or professionally, giving something back to communities around the world.”

Dr Magnusson said: “It is wonderful to see the University continuing to nurture students and researchers with such creativity and drive. The 2016 Magnus Magnusson Award winners are no exception and I know that they will make good use of these special grants and act as worthy ambassadors for the University and the Awards.”

Jillian Watt, Director of the Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation, said: “Since the awards began in 2008, in honour of Magnus and his passion for learning, over 60 students have been able to realise their dreams and ambitions. This year was particularly special with the addition of the Sir Alex Ferguson Magnusson Awards.”