GCU hosts afternoon tea with Bake Off's Helen Vass and Elaine Acaster OBE

10 April 2017

GCU hosts afternoon tea with Bake Off

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Elaine Acaster OBE at an afternoon tea celebration with alumni of GCU’s founding institutions The Queen’s College and The Glasgow and West of Scotland College of Domestic Science.

Ms Acaster studied a postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics at the College of Domestic Science, affectionately known as the Dough School, and is a former vice-principal for strategy and governance at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London.

Ms Acaster (formerly Wightman), was presented with GCU’s Kelpies Trophy, created by GCU honorary graduate sculptor Andy Scott and inspired by his iconic Kelpies sculpture.

She said: “I am honoured to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award from Glasgow Caledonian University. What a wonderful surprise. Having studied for a postgraduate diploma in dietetics, I anticipated spending my career working as a dietitian in the NHS and community settings. However, after only eighteen months in the NHS, I joined the lecturing staff of the Glasgow and West of Scotland College of Domestic Science for four years, which paved the way for the remainder of my career in senior roles in further and higher education. 

“From Dough School to vet school may be an unusual career path, though one which has been hugely interesting and fulfilling, not least due to the many amazing students, and teams of colleagues and collaborators I have worked with over the years. Thank you to everyone who has made this such a special day.”

Ms Acaster was joined by Helen Vass, GCU alumna and winner of the BBC’s Bake Off: Crème de la Crème, who rolled out her signature pastries to 80 former students at the celebration.

Jillian Watt, Director of GCU Foundation, Alumni Engagement and Events, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming our alumni back to our campus and to be making this award to distinguished graduate Ms Acaster, celebrating the significant contribution she has made to education throughout her career. All of our graduates, including those of our founding institutions, are hugely important to us and it is an honour to be once again hosting such a fantastic event.”