GCU student Gregor heads for the clouds

19 May 2015

Gregor Hirst with Dr Sally Magnusson

Gregor Hirst with Dr Sally Magnusson

Bridge of Weir’s Gregor Hirst, an Environmental Management student at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), is about to embark upon an ambitious two-part project in South America, having received a prestigious Magnusson Award.

Gregor will spend time in Ecuador working on the reforestation and protection of the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest.

Gregor will also travel to Costa Rica to work on sea turtle conservation, the monitoring of native animals and introducing the concept of environmental conservation to local school children.

He will be taking Spanish lessons four days a week throughout the trip, aspiring to progress from beginner to intermediate level by the time he reaches Costa Rica.

The trip is just one of eight life changing projects being carried out by students at GCU in the name of the University’s late Chancellor, the well-known journalist and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson KBE.

The students were presented with a Magnus Magnusson Award during a ceremony at the University. The awards will enable 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.

Gregor said: “It is an honour to receive the Magnusson Award, which will enable me to fulfil a dream of travelling to South and Central America to assist with environmental conservation projects. The funding will allow me to fully immerse myself in these projects and learn many desirable transferable skills whilst contributing to something that I am very passionate about.”