Magnusson Award Winners 2011

16 May 2011

Magnusson Award Winners 2011

The awards honour the memory of GCU's late chancellor Magnus Magnusson.

Nursing in Bangladesh, combating human-rights abuses in Ghana and exploring the transformative power of the arts are some of the life-changing challenges Glasgow Caledonian University students will take on with the help of this year’s Magnus Magnusson Awards.
The awards, which will be presented on Monday (May 16) were established in honour of the late broadcaster and former chancellor of the university and help students and academics in the early years of their careers follow their dreams and make a positive impact on the world. They will be presented by Principal and Vice Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies and broadcaster and honorary president of the university’s Magnusson Fellowship Sally Magnusson.
Professor Gillies said: “At Glasgow Caledonian University we are justifiably proud of our Magnusson Awards winners. Year after year, they carry the spirit of our motto – for the common weal – with them around the world. I am delighted for the award winners and am sure they will inspire others in fulfilling their ambitions.”
Magnusson Awards of up to £5000 can be used to support work, study or research that will help recipients realise their potential and are supported by individuals and companies, including friends of the late Mr Magnusson.
Last year’s winners included Robert McQueen, who used his award to fund voluntary work in an Argentinian orphanage. Said Robert: “The work was very difficult as the kids live in extremely poor conditions, but it felt great to be able to bring joy to their lives. Since my Magnusson Award allowed me to visit the orphanage I have been working to raise funds to send parcels to them and hope to persuade sporting-goods manufacturers and teams to donate equipment to the children. I am hugely grateful to the university and the Magnusson Awards for giving me the means to make such a valuable contribution.”
The recipients are:
Joanne Sweeney
(GCU/Magnusson Award)
Following a self-funded trip to Kenya’s Coast Provincial General Hospital, Joanne, a fourth-year Podiatry student, will use her award to further develop a diabetic foot-screening programme and promote education on the condition.
Sean Neilson
(Gordon Masterton/Magnusson Award)
Sean, a third-year Year BSC (Hons) Psychology student, will use his award to fund work with Arts Canvas International in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He’ll use art, music and dance to enhance the lives of children and young people with conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism and Downs Syndrome.
David Brown, Leanne Anderson and Laura Bannerman
(Icelandair/Magnusson Award)
The trio, students of Adult Nursing, will mentor nursing students at Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing, a university college established in Dhaka by the university and the Grameen Health Care Trust in 2009 to educate desperately needed nurses and midwives across Bangladesh.
David Kerr (Magnusson Award)
Fourth-year LLB Law student David will use his award to work with Projects-Abroad, promoting awareness of human rights and giving victims of abuses legal representation.
Frances McIntosh (Magnusson Award)
Second-year MSc Social Work student Frances will use her award to work with young people living in children’s homes to create an art exhibition designed to build their self esteem. 
Steven Turner
(Santander/ Magnusson Award)
Steven, a fourth-year BA Risk Management student, will establish a print and design company to promote the work of artists and designers based in Glasgow and across the UK under one roof.
Dorothee Webber
Magnusson Award
Dorothee, in the third year of BA (HONS) Entertainment and Events Management, will use her award to host a conference to allow representatives of national faith and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities to debate intersectionality and religious homophobia.
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Notes
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Nursing in Bangladesh, combating human-rights abuses in Ghana and exploring the transformative power of the arts are some of the life-changing challenges Glasgow Caledonian University students will take on with the help of this year’s Magnus Magnusson Awards.

The awards were established in honour of the late broadcaster and former chancellor of the university and help students and academics in the early years of their careers follow their dreams and make a positive impact on the world.

The 2011 awards were presented by Principal and Vice Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies and the broadcaster Sally Magnusson, an honorary president of the university’s Magnusson Fellowship.

Professor Gillies said: “At Glasgow Caledonian University we are justifiably proud of our Magnusson Awards winners. Year after year, they carry the spirit of our motto – for the common weal – with them around the world. I am delighted for the award winners and am sure they will inspire others in fulfilling their ambitions.”

Magnusson Awards of up to £5000 can be used to support work, study or research that will help recipients realise their potential and are supported by individuals and companies, including friends of the late Mr Magnusson.

This year's recipients are:

Joanne Sweeney
(GCU/Magnusson Award)

Following a self-funded trip to Kenya’s Coast Provincial General Hospital, Joanne, a fourth-year Podiatry student, will use her award to further develop a diabetic foot-screening programme and promote education on the condition.

Sean Neilson
(Gordon Masterton/Magnusson Award)

Sean, a third-year Year BSC (Hons) Psychology student, will use his award to fund work with Arts Canvas International in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He’ll use art, music and dance to enhance the lives of children and young people with conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism and Downs Syndrome.

David Brown, Leanne Anderson and Laura Bannerman
(Icelandair/Magnusson Award)

The trio, students of Adult Nursing, will mentor nursing students at Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing, a university college established in Dhaka by the university and the Grameen Health Care Trust in 2009 to educate desperately needed nurses and midwives across Bangladesh.

David Kerr (Magnusson Award)

Fourth-year LLB Law student David will use his award to work with Projects-Abroad, promoting awareness of human rights and giving victims of abuses legal representation.

Frances McIntosh (Magnusson Award)

 Second-year MSc Social Work student Frances will use her award to work with young people living in children’s homes to create an art exhibition designed to build their self esteem. 

Steven Turner
(Santander/ Magnusson Award)

 Steven, a fourth-year BA Risk Management student, will establish a print and design company to promote the work of artists and designers based in Glasgow and across the UK under one roof.

Dorothee Webber
(Magnusson Award)

 Dorothee, in the third year of BA (HONS) Entertainment and Events Management, will use her award to host a conference to allow representatives of national faith and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities to debate intersectionality and religious homophobia.

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