GCU establishes journalism award in memory of graduate Darren Joliny

11 May 2012

GCU establishes journalism award  in memory of graduate Darren Joliny

Darren Joliny

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) graduate Darren Joliny, who died suddenly in January, is to be remembered through an annual prize for journalism students.

GCU’s Glasgow School for Business and Society is establishing the award to recognise the top students in the BA Journalism graduating class.

Darren, 21, from East Kilbride, collapsed while playing football on Saturday, January 7. Doctors have stated that the cause of death was ‘sudden arrhythmic death syndrome’.

Nick Bevens, BA Multimedia Journalism programme leader, said: “We are delighted to launch this award in memory of such a talented and popular student as Darren.  

“Darren’s untimely death stopped us all in our tracks. He only just graduated last summer and he was justifiably looking forward to a very promising future. Darren was enormously popular among his tutors, his peer group, and right across the university; he was an integral part of every class he was in, a larger-than-life character in every sense.

“His loss was felt by everyone here, so we hope this annual award will act as a timely reminder of what a great person he was, and what a great contribution he made to so many people, and to GCU.”

Darren's uncle, Michael McCann MP, said: “Darren was only with us for 21 short years but his family knew he was a special individual. The Darren Joliny Prize for Journalism will be awarded annually in his memory and a lot more people will find out how special a person he was.

“Darren wasn’t naturally academic but he worked hard as a student to achieve his goal - a degree in journalism. Hopefully his endeavours will inspire others.

“On behalf of the family, I’d like to thank the Glasgow School for Business and Society GCU for remembering Darren in such unique and special way. We will never forget our golden boy and this award will ensure that his memory lives on.”

Rory Heron, Darren’s classmate, friend and GCU Student President 2010-2011, said: “Anyone who was lucky enough to have taught, studied alongside or even had the pleasure of meeting Darren will welcome this important and meaningful way to remember him and celebrate his achievements.”