Magnusson Award winner to help Canadian teenagers build careers

19 May 2015

Emma Harris with Dr Sally Magnusson

Emma Harris with Dr Sally Magnusson

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) student Emma Harris is to establish a non-profit venture teaching teenagers life-changing business and leadership skills with the support of the Magnusson Awards.

Emma, who is studying an MSc Social Business and Microfinance, is setting up her own company to offer soft-skill business training to young people in her native Ontario. She hopes to give young teenagers the tools they will need to build successful careers. Emma was inspired by the work of Junior Achievement, an organisation offering financial education to primary school-aged children across the world, while volunteering with the project in Toronto.

Emma said: “Receiving a Magnusson Award has allowed me to translate my goal into reality, and the funds will be used to finance the start-up costs associated with my business. The timing could not be more ideal as I am on the brink of completing my MSc in Social Business and Microfinance, and am now more prepared than ever to begin what is bound to be a challenging, yet, rewarding journey.”

Emma was one of eight GCU students presented with an award in the name of the University’s late Chancellor, the journalist and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson KBE.

The annual awards support the ambitions and dreams of talented students and researchers at GCU.

Students, their families and friends, staff and invited guests attended the annual Magnus Magnusson Award 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.