University hails outstanding student leaders

22 March 2010

The award winners of 2010

The award winners of 2010

GLASGOW Caledonian University students who have shown outstanding commitment to volunteering have been celebrated at the University's annual Student Leaders' Ball.

Emma McLeod, who is in third year studying Business Management, was named Glasgow Caledonian University Student of the Year at a glittering awards ceremony in the city's Marriott Hotel.

The 20-year-old, from Edinburgh, was selected for her tireless voluntary work, including mentoring younger students. She combines her studies with roles as a Class Rep, Welfare Volunteer and Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS) Leader.

The judges also singled out Emma for her exemplary work in the role of School Officer for the Caledonian Business School, where she represents fellow students and promotes issues, in collaboration with staff and the Student Staff Consultative Group.

She was joined by third year Media and Communications student, Janika Fuchs, and Kapilan Radhakrishnan, from India, a PhD student studying electronic engineering, who both collected runner-up awards.

Janika, 21, from Bonn in Germany, was recognised for exceptional leadership qualities on the student radio station, Radio Caley. As Head of Public Relations, she manages a group of volunteers and promotes the station.

Kapilan, 30, was highly praised for demonstrating leadership attributes through a variety of roles within the university community. Under his presidency, the Indian Social Group has become one of the largest and most active societies in GCU.  He also founded the GCU Cricket Club.

The awards are judged by a panel of six including GCU Student President, Stephanie Pitticas, Chair of the University Court, Martin Cheyne,  and Sarah Scace, Regional Manager of The Princes Scottish Youth Business Trust.         

A fourth award, the Allister Boyd Award for Contribution to Health and Wellbeing in a Leadership Role, went to fourth year Social Work student Yvonne Fairholm.

Yvonne is balancing her studies and voluntary work with providing care for her mother and sister, who were injured in a tragic car accident last year.

The Allister Boyd Award is given in memory of the courageous Allister Boyd, who was a student at Glasgow Caledonian University until his death from cancer in April last year. Before his death, Allister raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for teenage cancer care.

This award is judged by Stephanie Pitticas; University Secretary, Jan Hulme; Vice President of Student Development, Sara Milne; Associate Director, Jan Howden; and Jo Dowling who is Head of Development and Alumni Programmes.

Pamela Gillies, GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor, said: “At Glasgow Caledonian University, our students are our pride and our great inspiration.

"This year’s award winners have achieved academic success whilst demonstrating a deeply rooted commitment to volunteering to enhance the lives of those around them, giving their time and taking their skills where they are needed.

"I am delighted to present the student leader awards, which recognise the contribution these outstanding students have made to our university community.”