Sir Alex Ferguson to meet first award recipients

04 May 2016

Sir Alex Ferguson is supporting students to complete international development projects

Sir Alex Ferguson is supporting students to complete international development projects

Sir Alex Ferguson CBE is returning to Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) to meet the first student beneficiaries of his £500,000 donation. With his support, students will be volunteering on international development projects, sharing their expertise and gaining invaluable experience.

In September 2015, Sir Alex, a GCU honorary graduate, confirmed his donation to the Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation. It will help more than 200 students to access higher education and take up life-changing opportunities during their studies.

GCU is a sector leader in widening access to education, providing educational opportunities for talented individuals regardless of background.

During his two-day visit this month, Sir Alex will host the 2016 Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation Dinner on Wednesday May 11, with all funds raised going towards student scholarships and awards.

On Thursday May 12, he will meet four Sir Alex Ferguson Award recipients; three students taking their construction expertise to Malawi to help protect schools against flooding, and a student working on projects in India giving women and girls access to equal education, health care and income opportunities.

Sir Alex will then address students and staff on campus at An Audience with Sir Alex Ferguson. Hosted by TV presenter and GCU Business Studies graduate David Farrell - formerly radio DJ Romeo – the event will provide unique insights into Sir Alex’s phenomenally successful career.

Sir Alex said: “I have always found that if you give young people opportunities, it is amazing how they can surprise you. That’s always been my forte as a manager. I’ve had great satisfaction in seeing young people progress through the opportunities they are given and I know that Glasgow Caledonian University shares in that belief.”

Jillian Watt, Director of the Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation, said: “As the University for the Common Good, our goal is to transform lives through education. The support from Sir Alex Ferguson enables our students to fulfil life changing experiences and this is an opportunity for us to thank Sir Alex for his continued support and be inspired by one of the most successful and respected managers in the history of football.”