Honorary Professors recognised in New Year Honours list

31 December 2014

Professor Caroline Rush

Professor Caroline Rush

Glasgow Caledonian University Honorary Professors Caroline Rush and Jane Shepherdson are to receive CBEs for services to the British fashion industry and the retail industry respectively.

Professor Rush, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council, was appointed Honorary Professor at the British School of Fashion, GCU London in March 2014.

GCU appointed Professor Jane Shepherdson, CEO of premium retailer Whistles, at its GCU London winter graduation ceremony in November 2014.

Ms Shepherdson was also presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award  by GCU in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the fashion industry.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE said: "On behalf of the University, I congratulate Professor Rush and Professor Shepherdson. GCU's British School of Fashion is proud to have such respected fashion business leaders as Honorary Professors, who are willing to share the insights, knowledge and experiences that have led to such significant achievements in the fashion industry."

More than 1100 people have been named on the New Year Honours List, 150 of them from Scotland. They include Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, who is to receive a CBE, his deputy Councillor Archie Graham, who will receive an OBE, both for services to local government, and Bridget McConnell, Glasgow 2014 board member and chief executive of Glasgow Life, who will be presented with a CBE for her services to culture.

Professor Gillies said: "2014 was a tremendous year for Glasgow and I am delighted to see these leading figures recognised in this way, in particular Councillor Matheson, who provided extraordinary leadership during the Commonwealth Games and in securing huge investment through the £1.13billion City Deal for Glasgow City Region,  ensuring a very bright future for us all."