Staff achievement

As the University for the Common Good, GCU is proud of its leading role in teaching excellence and focused research, and the fact this has been recognised through its people.

Director of GCU’s Centre for Climate Justice, Professor Tahseen Jafry was awarded a prestigious Elsevier Atlas for her published research examining water access and provision in Malawi and Zambia. Professor Jafry’s article was selected from thousands to be awarded the trophy, which showcases research that can or has significantly impacted people’s lives around the world.

Dawn Skelton, Professor of Ageing and Health, was presented with the British Geriatrics Society’s Marjory Warren Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her pioneering work helping older people to become more active.

Professor Jacqui Reilly was awarded the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America's 2017 William Jarvis Award for Outstanding International Clinical Paper. Professor Reilly led a study that showed the six-step hand-hygiene technique was superior to a rival three-step process. The Safeguarding Health through Infection Prevention (SHIP) Research Group’s findings have shaped World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on infection control and prevention to help minimise the spread of infection.


The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport Shona Robison commissioned Professor Alison Britton to examine and report on the Scottish Government’s Independent Review into transvaginal mesh implants. Professor Britton was asked to consider how the independent review process assessing evidence relating to the surgical procedure of transvaginal mesh implants was undertaken and look to lessons learned for the future.

Professor Stephen Webb, pictured above, was conferred as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences for this global leadership in social work research.

Professor Suzanne Hagen was appointed co-chief Investigator in a new £1.1million trial based at GCU that will assess if a self-management programme could improve the lives of women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse.

Dr Angela O’Hagan, Lecturer in Equalities and Public Policy, was appointed to the independent Disability and Carers Expert Advisory Group to advise Scottish Government Ministers on disability and carers’ benefits.

The Estates and Facilities Management team was highly commended in the Association of University Directors of Estates' (AUDE) 2017 Estates and Facilities Team of the Year award.

Professor John McKendrick was named as one of 21 brave and inspiring individuals who are not “feart” to make a difference in children’s lives and who will speak up for, and stand alongside, children in The Children’s Parliament campaign ‘Unfearties’. He joined noted Scots including Deputy First Minister of Scotland and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills John Swinney MSP.

Under the leadership of Professor John Lennon, GCU hosted the ‘Dark Tourism Sites related to the Holocaust, the Nazi Past and World War II: Visitation and Practice Conference’, which attracted practitioners, curators, managers and researchers involved in such sites. This event was oversubscribed with requests to present papers by a factor of 5:1 and some 40 papers were presented. Notably, 80% of the delegates were international and the conference was organised in partnership with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC and the Centre for Holocaust Studies in Berlin and Munich.

Professor Claudia Estcourt, Professor of Sexual Health and HIV, was appointed Genitourinary Medicine Specialist Adviser to Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer.

Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health, Sharon Hutchinson, appealed to governments around the world to step up the fight to eliminate viral hepatitis as a major public health threat by 2030 when she addressed the World Hepatitis Summit in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Professor Lorna Paul scooped first prize in the Social Enterprise category at the Converge Challenge Awards for her online physiotherapy service to help people who suffer from neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory or orthopaedic conditions. Web-Based Physio offers patients greater access to physiotherapy services.

Dr Romana Ramzan was named Professional of the Year at the Scottish Asian Business Awards.

Dr Ramzan, a lecturer in games design, said: "I'm delighted to win this award. I hope my win paves the way for other women from minority groups to consider and pursue a career in the creative industries."

Associate Dean of Research Professor John Harris, and Nick Wise, had their edited volume on Sport, Events, Tourism and Regeneration, published by Routledge. This book brings together a collection focusing on the diverse range of approaches and perspectives of regeneration from scholars in different parts of the world.