GCU student Connor makes a game of medical science

19 May 2015

Connor Johnstone with Dr Sally Magnusson

Connor Johnstone with Dr Sally Magnusson

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) student Connor Johnstone, from Cumbernauld, is setting up a computer games business that aims to tap into medical sciences.

Connor, a BSc (Hons) Computer Games (Design) student in the School of Engineering and Built Environment, has set up the company with eight other young programmers and artists with the support of a Magnusson Award.

The 20-year-old is looking to break into the industry by creating games for the mobile device market but has the long-term goal of designing games that can support the medical sciences.

“It’s an area that hasn’t really been tapped into yet but there’s an incredible amount of potential there,” said Connor. “For example, I want to create some kind of medium that can help people with dementia. I really believe this can have a big impact on medical sciences.

“I wouldn’t have been able to set this up without the support of the Magnusson Awards. It would have taken years to save up this kind of money. It’s an incredible opportunity for us to do it in 2015 and not 2020. I’m so grateful for everyone at the Magnusson Awards for helping me through this.”

The Magnusson Awards are presented annually in honour of the University’s late Chancellor, the well-known journalist and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson KBE, in recognition of his passion for learning and knowledge, his contribution to Scottish education and, in particular, his dedication to GCU.

Journalist and broadcaster Dr Sally Magnusson, Honorary President of the Magnusson Fellowship and an Honorary Graduate of GCU, presented Rhiannon with the award at a ceremony held in the University.

Connor is one of eight students who were presented with a Magnusson Award, which 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. They are involved in projects including volunteering in a centre for the rehabilitation of malnourished children in Ghana and addressing environmental problems at both global and regional levels during a six-month internship with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).