Magnusson legacy supports life changing ambitions

15 May 2013

Magnusson winners with Sally Magnusson and Jan Hulme.

Magnusson winners with Sally Magnusson and Jan Hulme.

This year’s Magnusson Awards proved that no ambition is too big, with palliative care in Kerala, health education in Malawi and prosthetic/orthotic services in Cambodia just some of the impressive challenges that the latest winners will take on.

The awards were established in honour of the late broadcaster and former Chancellor of the University to help students and academics in the early years of their careers follow their dreams and make a positive impact on the world. They were presented by University Secretary and Vice Principal (Governance) Jan Hulme and broadcaster and Honorary President of the Magnus Magnusson Fellowship, Sally Magnusson.

Sally Magnusson told the winners: “With integrity, passion and maybe the occasional gritted tooth, go out there and fulfil your dreams.”

Magnusson Awards of up to £5000 can be used to support work, study or research that will help recipients realise their potential and are supported by individuals and companies, including friends of the late Mr Magnusson.

Speaking at the ceremony were three previous winners, whom Jan Hulme praised for “putting theory into action”. 

Katie McLean talked about her “humbling” experiences of teaching orphaned children in Swaziland, while Colin Stone shared his experiences of being part of the Press Operations team for the 2012 London Olympics – where he rubbed shoulders with sporting legends such as Usain Bolt. And hat designer Jennifer Martin revealed how the award helped her expand her business, Jenivieve Berlin Millinery, and also allowed her to support others in achieving their fashion dreams.

Colin Stone said: “My future prospects have been enhanced so much by this experience. It’s not about the amount of money you get, it’s about the opportunity that these awards provide.”

Katie McLean said: “Thank you so much for believing in, and supporting me, and for this funding, which will hopefully benefit many generations to come.”

This year’s recipients were:

Caterine Arrabal
Icelandair Magnusson Award
PhD International Criminal Law student Caterine will use her award to undertake a coveted three-month internship with the International Criminal Court in Hague. As part of the internship, Caterine will get hands-on experience of the processes and decisions made at the ICC, bringing her experience in law and human rights into play.

Leanne Campbell
Mike Smith Magnusson Award
In 2012, Leanne developed and delivered a successful ‘Cook and Eat’ project with parents of nursery children in the Drumchapel area of Glasgow in collaboration with the University’s Caledonian Club. She was so inspired by the impact and success of the project that she plans to continue the activity with the support of the Mike Smith Magnusson Award.

Helen Curran
Santander Magnusson Award
Ophthalmic Dispensing student Helen will travel to Zambia this summer to help start up a visual screening project in Linda: a compound in Lusaka which is home to an estimated 35,000 people. 

Julia Duczmal
Gordon Masterton Magnusson Award