2014 Moffat Scholarship award winners announced

24 October 2014

Moffat award winners celebrate their achievements

Moffat award winners celebrate their achievements

The 2014 Moffat Lecture and Awards Ceremony took place at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) on Thursday, October 23.

It featured a keynote address by Dr Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, and the presentation of Moffat Scholarships to 12 students on tourism and events management programmes.

This year’s award winners were Christopher Greenwood, PhD in Tourism Policy; Emma Weatherston, BA (Hons) International Events Management; Ewelina Wisniewska, BA (Hons) International Tourism Management; Hayleigh Furlong, BA (Hons) International Events Management; Heather McCann, MSc International Events Management; Iain Crawford, BA (Hons) International Tourism Management; Jade McGhee, BA (Hons) International Tourism Management;  Jocelyn Brown, BA (Hons) International Tourism Management; Julieanne Soto, BA (Hons) International Tourism Management; Kirsty Clifford, BA (Hons) International Tourism Management; Richard Lawrie, BA (Hons) International Tourism Management; and Vicky McDowell, BA (Hons) International Tourism Management.

Dr Cantlay’s address focused on the benefits to Scotland of major sporting events, such as this year’s Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games.

The Moffat Lecture and Awards Ceremony, supported by the Moffat Charitable Trust, is held each year to celebrate student success and the continued achievements of GCU’s Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development.

Since 2000, the Trust has donated more than £1.4million to the University and supported more than 160 students. It was established by Dr Margie Moffat OBE and the late Mr James H Moffat, founders of AT Mays Travel Agent Chain, which grew from a single operation in Saltcoats in the mid-50s to become one of the largest travel agency groups in the UK.

The  2014 event was attended by their son, Dr Jamie Moffat; Mairi Bell, Head of Visitor Experience, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park; Peter Duthie, CEO of  SECC and The Hydro; GCU students and staff.

Professor John Lennon, Director of the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development and Acting Dean of the Glasgow School for Business and Society, said: “Creating scholarships and enabling students to access higher education and careers within the industry is vital to the success and future of tourism in Scotland. With the Moffat Scholarships, we have empowered students to really make a difference.

“The Scholarships help to provide opportunities to enter the tourism industry, which accounts for nine per cent of employment in Scotland.

“Many of our former students have gone on to enter the international tourism, travel and events industry and have held senior positions in a range of private and public sector organisations ranging from Barrhead Travel to Diageo PLC and from Hilton International to VisitScotland.”