GCU celebrates ten years of Magnusson Awards

03 May 2017

Dr Sally Magnusson with the 2016 Magnusson winners

Dr Sally Magnusson with the 2016 Magnusson winners

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is holding a special event in the Saltire Centre to mark the 10th year of the Magnus Magnusson Awards.

The event on Tuesday, May 16, will celebrate the achievements of the award winners from the past decade and the generosity of donors and friends who have made it all possible.

Established in honour of the University’s late Chancellor Magnus Magnusson, the awards have supported more than 80 students to undertake their own dream projects worldwide.

Speaking in conversation, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE and Dr Sally Magnusson will discuss their favourite memories of the awards and the story of how it all began.

Sally will also interview three former student winners, sharing the remarkable impact their award had on their life and the lives of others several years on:

Joel Somerville drove 6,000 miles across West Africa to work on board a mercy ship as a volunteer optometrist carrying out vital eye surgeries;

John McAlinden recorded his first album, which lead to his band Colonel Mustard and the Dijon Five touring the world;

Gillian Murray delivered lifesaving care for new born babies in Tanzania. As a well as celebrating past achievements, awards will also be presented to this year's student winners.

Jillian Watt, Director of the Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation, said: “Since the awards began, in honour of Magnus and his passion for learning, our students have been able to realise their dreams and ambitions as a result of donations from friends and alumni. This year marks a very special achievement. ”

To register, visit Eventbrite. Please register by Friday, May 12.