GCU celebrates more than 15 years of Moffat tourism support

01 October 2015

GCU celebrates more than 15 years of Moffat tourism support

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) last night (September 30) celebrated more than 15 years of support for travel and tourism research and student scholarships during a special evening Moffat Lecture and Awards event.

Since 1998, the Moffat Charitable Trust has generously donated £1.6m to GCU, establishing the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development, a recognised leader in tourism business development and research, and nurturing new industry talent by supporting more than 160 students through one of the largest tourism scholarship programmes in Europe.

The Moffat Scholarship 2015 recipients are:

  • Jade Albert, a fourth year International Tourism Management student
  • Kamalpreet Kaur Jassal, who has joined GCU to undertake a Masters in International Events Management
  • Suzanne Lynch joined the International Tourism Management programme last year after obtaining her HND in Travel and Tourism at City of Glasgow College
  • Douglas McCorquodale is a third year International Business and Tourism Management student
  • Caireen McGhee is a fourth year International Tourism Management student
  • Leszek Smajdor is a third year International Business and Tourism Management student
  • Rebekah Smith has just joined the third year of International Business and Tourism Management following the successful completion of an HND in Travel and Tourism
  • Julieanne Soto is in the final year of the International Tourism Management programme
  • Emma Weatherston is a second year International Events Management student

Professor John Lennon, Director of the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development, said: “There are great stories from students from all over the world who have been helped by these scholarships. It is the foresight and vision of people like the Moffat family, who follow in a long line of Scottish philanthropists, that has really helped us at Glasgow Caledonian University. I hope also that the Moffat Centre has honoured that endowment through its work in recognising that tourism is a vital industry worldwide.”

Professor Lennon delivered the 2015 Moffat Lecture entitled ‘Why Tourism Matters’, followed by a Q&A with Dr Jamie Moffat, who shared the entrepreneurial story of AT Mays, the Ayrshire company founded by the Moffat family which became Scotland’s first major travel business.

As well as awarding this year’s Moffat scholarships, the University is delighted to present a new award, the Dr Margie Moffat Prize for Tourism, to honour the contribution made by the late founder of the Moffat Charitable Trust, Dr Margie Moffat OBE.

The award was presented to Iain Crawford, who recently graduated from GCU’s BA International Tourism programme with a first class honours degree. He secured a post with consumer behaviour firm, Indicia, in London and returned to Glasgow to receive the inaugural Dr Margie Moffat Prize for Tourism. 

This week, GCU launched the Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation, which will deliver and manage all of the University’s philanthropic activities in support of our defining position as the University for the Common Good. As such, GCU is committed to transforming lives through education and the delivery of an outstanding student experience, supported by our strong record of widening access for talented individuals regardless of their backgrounds. 

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