GCU students travelled to Mauritius to forge relationships with their peers at the ground-breaking African Leadership College (ALC), which is developing a new generation of ethical leaders across Africa.

GCU is the founding academic partner of ALC and former Student President Lauren Ramage joined the students travelling to Mauritius to gain an understanding of life and study in Africa. She said: “The aim of the study trip was to establish a partnership between GCU and ALC students, so that future and further long-term exchanges can occur between each institution. It was, without doubt, the most incredible and inspirational week of my life. I hope GCU students can continue this fantastic partnership.”

Professor Cam Donaldson, one of the world’s leading health economists, was appointed Vice-Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise.

Professor Donaldson joined the University in 2010 to lead the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health and, in his new role, will lead the development and implementation of GCU’s Research Strategy 2020.

And Scots artist Gerard M Burns’ portraits of Sir Billy Connolly and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon were exhibited alongside his portrait of Professor Muhammad Yunus at a public exhibition of his work on campus.

Portraits of other celebrated Scots including actors Brian Cox and Karen Dunbar were on show with current works including Ordinary Angel and On into Winter to help celebrate the £32 million transformation of GCU’s city-centre campus.