More life-changing projects under way thanks to Magnusson Awards 2015

19 May 2015

Magnusson Awards

Magnusson Awards

An environmental UN internship, a support network for women in Egypt and the rehabilitation of malnourished children in Ghana – these are just some of the life-changing projects being carried out by students at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in the name of the University’s late Chancellor, the well-known journalist and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson KBE. 

Eight students were presented with Magnus Magnusson Awards during a ceremony on Monday, May 18. The awards will support them 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. We, as a University, 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 2015 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 Development, Development and Alumni Relations, said: “Since the awards began in 2008, in honour of Magnus and his passion for learning, over 50 students have been able to realise their dreams and ambitions as a result of donations from friends and alumni totalling over £220,000.  Without their continued support our students simply would not be able to undertake these life changing opportunities.”

This year’s awards were presented to:

Anna Barclay

BSc (Hons) Podiatry

Emma Harris

MSc Social Business and Microfinance

Gregor Hirst

BSc (Hons) Environmental Management

Fatma Ibrahim

MSc Social Business and Microfinance

Orlaith McGuinness

BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition and Dietetics

Connor Johnston

BSc (Hons) Computer Games (Design)

Rhiannon Walsh

BA (Hons) Media and Communication

Andrew Ross Wilson

BSc (Hons) Environmental Management