Students awarded Moffat Scholarships

14 October 2013

John Lennon, Vice Dean of GSBS and Dr Jamie Moffat.

John Lennon, Vice Dean of GSBS and Dr Jamie Moffat.

The annual Moffat Lecture and Awards Ceremony has been held at Glasgow Caledonian University, featuring a keynote address by John Sharkey, Group Chief Executive of Scottish Exhibition Centre Ltd.

The event, supported by the Moffat Charitable Trust and attended by Dr Jamie Moffat, is held to celebrate successes in the field of tourism and events and in recognition of the continued achievements of the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development at GCU.

The Moffat Charitable Trust was established by Dr Margie Moffat OBE and the late Mr James H Moffat, founders of AT Mays Travel Agent Chain which grew from a single operation in Saltcoats in the mid 50s to become one of the largest travel agency groups in the UK.

The Trust provides financial support to a wide variety of charitable causes and continues to support the Moffat Centre and the Moffat Scholarship Awards for students undertaking programmes in Tourism and Events Management at Glasgow Caledonian University. To date, it has donated more than £1.4million to the University.

Professor John Lennon, Director of the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development, said: “Moffat Scholarships have assisted over 150 students at GCU since 2000 - they now have entered the international tourism, travel and events industry and are to be found in senior positions in a range of private and public sector organisations.

“Their foundation here at GCU was vital in achieving a quality, vocational qualification that provided the basis for their future careers.” 

Mr Sharkey’s keynote address took place following the first seven nights at the newly opened SSE Hydro Arena. He told guests that sold-out audiences had attended events including concerts by Rod Stewart and Bruno Mars as well as the musical Jesus Christ Superstar.

Focusing on the benefits which the recently opened arena will bring to Glasgow and Scotland, Mr Sharkey revealed that 1million visitors are expected to attend 140 each year. Mr Sharkey also said that the SSE Hydro has already taken bookings for as far ahead as 2021.

The 2013 Moffat Scholars are:


  • Ashleigh Ewing (International Hospitality Management)
  • Monika Golebiowska (International Tourism Management)
  • Ashleigh Keegan (International Tourism Management)
  • Laura Kirk (International Tourism Management)
  • Harley Lothian (Entertainment and Events Management)
  • Megan McBurnie (Entertainment and Events Management)
  • Jade Ann McGhee (International Tourism Management)
  • Ainsley Milby (Entertainment and Events Management)
  • Alan Moore (International Tourism Management)
  • Emilia Wojtowicz (Entertainment and Events Management)


  • Sian Easton (MSc International Tourism Management)
  • Christopher Greenwood (PhD Tourism Policy)
  • Heather McCann (MSc International Events Management)