GCU students to help leprosy sufferers in India

01 June 2016

GCU students to help leprosy sufferers in India

Two students from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) will put their podiatry knowledge into practice when they travel to India this summer to volunteer with leprosy sufferers, with support from the University’s Magnusson Awards.

Louise McCloy and Lucy Forsyth will spend a month at the Leprosy Mission Hospital in Naini, Allahabad, in the north east of India. The second-year students will have the opportunity to advise patients on foot care, participate in wound management, and to observe reconstructive surgery and the manufacture of orthotics – areas both students are keen to explore.

Louise, from Helensburgh, said: “Not only will it enable us to see more of the world; it is a spectacular opportunity to develop our skills and knowledge, and will give us great insight into working abroad, and with people who have conditions that are less common in the UK.”

Lucy, from Crookston, said: “The chance to make a difference and enhance the lives of others while learning, adopting new techniques and enhancing clinical skills appealed to us. Hopefully what we learn can be adapted and transferred when we are back in Scotland.”

The students are among 13 presented with a Magnusson Award in the name of the University’s late Chancellor, the journalist and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson KBE. The annual awards support the ambitions and dreams of talented students and researchers at GCU.

Students, their families and friends, staff and invited guests attended the annual Magnus Magnusson Awards ceremony 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.”