Magnusson Awards

Magnusson Awards provide GCU students with the opportunity to fulfil their own potential whilst making a positive impact on the lives of others around the world.

Opportunity to develop the following Common Good Attributes
Active and global citizenship
Entrepreneurial mind-set
Responsible leadership
What’s involved?
Each year, GCU students have the opportunity to apply for a Magnusson Award of up to £5,000 to support their dreams and ambitions. Established in honour of former Chancellor Magnus Magnusson, these special awards provide students with the opportunity to fulfil their own potential, whilst making a positive impact on the lives of others around the world through volunteering, delivering community projects or starting their own business.
How will participating in this activity/opportunity allow students to make a positive difference to the communities that we serve?
Magnusson Awards provide the opportunity for students to volunteer with projects across the globe, bringing their expertise and knowledge to parts of the world where it will make a real and lasting difference. For example, a group of Glasgow based podiatrists travelled to North India to volunteer at a Leprosy Hospital, treating conditions uncommon in the UK. Students can also use their Magnusson Award to help identify and solve societal problems through starting their own business or community project e.g. GCU student Connor Johnston used his Magnusson Award to establish a Games Design business working with school children in Castlemilk to create a game for identifying Dyslexia.
What are the benefits of taking part in this activity/opportunity for participating students?
Students have the opportunity to access awards of up to £5,000 supported by donors including Sir Alex Ferguson, Santander and Merchants House of Glasgow. These financial awards provide essential support with students’ project costs, helping to ensure that money is not a barrier to realising their dreams. In many cases, Magnusson Award projects involve international travel, students benefit from gaining a global perspective in terms of recognising social trends and challenges, and embracing diversity. The awards also facilitate personal growth, building student confidence and leadership skills through new life experiences which empower them to make a positive difference.
Success stories
Ambitious BSc Environmental Management student, Andrew Wilson was awarded a much sought-after internship with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Working for the United Nations had always been a dream of his, however, he recognised that the experience of living in Geneva for six months came with high financial costs attached. Andrew’s Magnusson Award gave him the support he needed to undertake his internship without any financial worry. UNEP is responsible for addressing environmental problems at both global and regional levels, and during his internship Andrew was able to make a positive difference by assisting the delivery of their climate neutral strategy.
Which School or department delivers/ supports this activity?
Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation
Which students can participate in this activity?
Students are required to complete an online application form in order to be considered for a Magnusson Award. Applications are welcomed from GCU students (in their second year upwards) and early career researchers, with a closing date of 10th February 2017. Applicants must demonstrate achievement in their chosen area, and have a clear plan to take their dream project forward. Successful applicants will be shortlisted, and invited to present their proposal to the Magnusson Panel which includes Principal Pamela Gillies and Sally Magnusson. Each Magnusson Award winner will present a report and findings after completion of their project, and have the opportunity to share their experiences at the annual Awards Ceremony within the University.
Name: Nina Campbell
Role: Development Manager
Department/School: Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation
Telephone: 0141 273 1014