2016 Magnusson Awards

GCU students undertake life-changing Magnusson projects

Visiting a community healthcare model in Alaska, volunteering at a leprosy hospital in India, designing a climate-resistant classroom, and raising awareness of rainforest conservation - these are just some of the life-changing projects being carried out by students at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). 

The Magnusson Awards ceremony, held at GCU on Tuesday (May 31) in the name of the University’s late Chancellor Magnus Magnusson KBE, saw the first awards presented to students following a generous donation from Sir Alex Ferguson CBE to deliver scholarship programmes for students from all backgrounds and across all disciplines.

One of the most successful and respected managers in the history of football, and an Honorary Graduate of GCU, Sir Alex is donating £500,000 over the next 10 years through widening participation and mobility awards.

Recipients of the Sir Alex Ferguson Magnusson Awards were Angela McIntyre, who is travelling to India to volunteer on a women’s empowerment project; and Tim McQuade, Warren Capaldi and James Halliday, who are helping to design and build a climate resistant classroom block for communities in Malawi affected by flooding.

The Magnusson Awards will support students 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.

Professor Gillies said: “The Magnus Magnusson Awards were created to support and cultivate the ambitions and dreams of the talented young people of Glasgow Caledonian University who wish to share their talents in some way with others. As the University for the Common Good, we are so proud of the achievements that have been made possible over the years through this incredible initiative. The projects will enable the recipients to develop personally or professionally, giving something back to communities around the world.”

Dr Magnusson said: “It is wonderful to see the University continuing to nurture students and researchers with such creativity and drive. The 2016 Magnus Magnusson Award winners are no exception and I know that they will make good use of these special grants and act as worthy ambassadors for the University and the Awards.”

Jillian Watt, Director of the Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation, said: “Since the awards began in 2008, in honour of Magnus and his passion for learning, over 60 students have been able to realise their dreams and ambitions. This year was particularly special with the addition of the Sir Alex Ferguson Magnusson Awards.”

This year’s awards were presented to:

  • Kylie Fagan, PhD in Social Policy
  • Angela McIntyre, Post Experience Certificate in Supporting Student Learning
  • Tim McQuade, Warren Capaldi and James Halliday, BSc Quantity Surveying, BEng Electrical Engineering, BSc Environmental Civil Engineering
  • Teresa Turner, BA Media and Communication
  • Conor McGread, BSc Quantity Surveying
  • Louise McCloy and Lucy Forsyth, BSc Podiatry
  • Karen Whyte, MSc International Events Management
  • Rachel Hewitt, PhD in Health History
  • Andrew Headspeath, MA Multimedia Journalism
  • Anu Goel, MSc International Fashion Marketing