2014 Magnusson Award winners

20 May 2014

2014 Magnusson Award winners

Thirteen GCU students were presented with Magnusson Awards

Helping vulnerable newborns in Tanzania, raising awareness of HIV and sexual health in Nepal and providing art therapy to traumatised children in Cambodia – these are just some of the life changing projects being carried out by students at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in the name of the University’s late Chancellor, the well-known journalist and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson KBE.

A total of 13 students were presented with Magnus Magnusson Awards during a ceremony on Monday, May 19. The awards will enable them to volunteer with projects across the globe, bringing their expertise and knowledge to parts of the world where it will make a real and lasting difference.

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

This year’s awards were presented to:

  • Pei Ling Choo
    PhD Student: Neurological Rehabilitation
    Magnusson Award

Pei Ling will use her physiotherapy skills to help set up a rural satellite neuro-rehabilitation clinic in Myanmar: an extension of the only rehabilitation hospital in the entire country. She will be giving treatment to Burmese people with neurological conditions who may never otherwise have a chance to receive rehabilitative care.

  • Jennifer Collins, Leanne Fraser, Karen Fletcher and Rachel Griffin
    BSc Adult and Child Nursing
    Glasgow Caledonian University Magnusson Award

Jennifer, Leanne, Karen and Rachel will be heading to the city of Pokhara in Nepal to run clinics for women and adolescent girls, educating them about HIV and sexual health.

  • Roisin Donnelly
    BSc Human Biology, Sociology and Psychology
    Magnusson Award
    Roisin will realise her ambition of volunteering in Zambia to improve public health issues in the underprivileged city of Livingstone through her involvement with a project that delivers healthcare in relation to HIV, nutrition and the elderly, while also undertaking community development work.
  • Tom Faure
    LLB Law
    Mike Smith Magnusson Award

Law student Tom will travel to Ghana to undertake a legal work-experience placement. He aims to educate marginalised communities on human rights and prove much needed support. Tom will also exchange skills, ideas and knowledge in the worldwide legal community – and bring knowledge and experience from Ghana back to Scotland.

  • Craig Hausman
    BA (Hons) Graphic Design for Digital Media
    Magnusson Award

Craig will be volunteering with the Let Us Create project, an outreach centre which caters for the poorest families on the Cambodian island of Sihanoukville. The centre is unique in the area, providing art therapy to children who have been affected by genocide.

  • Gemma Hill, Jayne Imrie, and Emily McGarva
    BSc Optometry
    Santander Magnusson Award

GCU Optometrists, Gemma, Jayne and Emily, will be taking a transformational journey across rural South Africa this summer as they volunteer on the Phelophepa train, or ‘Train of Hope’. This health train travels through rural communities providing medical care to those who would otherwise have no access to such treatment.

  • Gillian Murray
    MSc Public Health
    Catholic Bishops Conference Magnusson Award

Gillian will participate in a lifesaving project for premature and vulnerable babies in Tanzania, where more newborns die in their first day of life than in any other country. Kangaroo Mother Carepromotes an inexpensive life-saving method where the mother uses skin-to-skin contact as a natural incubator for their baby. Gillian will take donations of baby clothes, blankets and hats and teach mothers and staff the Kangaroo Mother Care method.

  • Emily Pathe
    DPsych Counselling Psychology
    Magnusson Award

Emily will travel to Austria to attend the annual International Psychotherapy Summer School, at the renowned Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. The school offers an immersive, theoretical and experiential learning experience for psychotherapy students and brings together scholars from all over the world to develop their skills.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE said: “As Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University from 2002 to 2007, Magnus carried out his University duties with great enthusiasm and tireless dedication. He had a real passion for learning and knowledge.

“Magnus had a real passion for learning and knowledge. Through the creation of the Magnus Magnusson Awards, we ensure that our late Chancellor’s contribution to Scottish education in general, and to Glasgow Caledonian University in particular, will be forever remembered.

“The awards in his memory were created to support and cultivate the ambitions and dreams of the talented students of the University who wish to contribute to the University’s mission for the common good. We have been so proud of the achievements that have been made possible since 2008 through this incredible initiative.

Projects undertaken by last year’s Magnus Magnusson Award recipients include providing vision screening to children in Zambia; undertaking internships around the world in fashion, media and law; raising awareness of HIV in Malawi and the delivery of a community cookery project in Glasgow.

These annual awards are available to students or researchers in the early stages of their academic careers who have a project which will facilitate a period of exploration, study, learning and personal growth for the award holder.

Dr Sally Magnusson said: “It is a great pleasure to mark the seventh year of the Magnus Magnusson Awards at Glasgow Caledonian University. My father adored his time as Chancellor of the University and always loved meeting the students and other young people who are such a vibrant part of the Glasgow Caledonian community.

“Each year I look forward to hearing what new and exciting projects the next generation of GCU students are planning with the support of the Magnusson Awards, and I am always excited and proud that this Fund can make such a variety of goals possible. Of course, choosing the winners remains a real challenge for the judging panel, as so many valuable and ambitious ideas are pitched and promoted by these enthusiastic students. But this is a challenge I welcome, and one my father would have embraced.”