It was announced that Rob Woodward, chief executive officer of STV Group plc, was to become the new Chair of University Court, GCU’s governing body. He will succeed Hazel Brooke MBE, pictured above, in February 2018.

Sir Alex Ferguson CBE visited Glasgow Caledonian New York College at a landmark stage of its development.

The former Manchester United manager and founding donor of the GCU Foundation was joined by fellow Glasgow Caledonian honorary graduate photographer Harry Benson at the event, where he spoke on the theme of leadership in conversation with philanthropist and venture capitalist Sir Michael Moritz.

I am a committed supporter of Glasgow Caledonian, a vibrant university which does important research and changes the course of many young people's lives. It is a huge pleasure to see the University take a step forward with the launch of Glasgow Caledonian New York College.

Sir Alex Ferguson

Professor Gillies invited activist Bakira Hasečić to accept an honorary degree from the University in recognition of her outstanding contribution to international human rights and justice for women in Bosnia.

Ms Hasečić, a campaigner who supports women who were raped and sexually abused during the Bosnian War, and the Principal met when Professor Gillies visited the Balkan country as part of a Remembering Srebrenica Scotland delegation. Ms Hasečić founded the Association of Women Victims of War in 2003 to bring to justice war criminals hiding in Bosnia. It is estimated that up to 50,000 women were raped during the war, between 1992 and 1995, and the organisation provides legal and financial support to women to prosecute those responsible.

Professor Gillies said: "It was an enormous privilege to meet Bakira Hasečić and to invite her to accept an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University. Her strength and humanity is truly humbling. The association she founded and still leads today has succeeded in giving the many traduced women of the war a voice, companionship, care, and support, as well as bringing the guilty to justice in the courts. This is an ongoing struggle and challenge.”