November

Health Secretary and GCU alumna Jeane Freeman returned to campus to announce that more opportunities to study nursing and midwifery in Scotland are to be created in 2019/20.

Joined by Chief Nursing Officer Fiona McQueen to meet staff and students and tour the Inter-Professional Simulation Centre, she revealed that student numbers across Scotland will rise by 7.6 per cent to a record high of more than 4000.

The first graduate of our MA TV Fiction Writing course to create an original TV series returned to campus to run a workshop for the class of 2018. Lorna Martin co-created and wrote the hit show Women on the Verge, which follows three women in their 30s as they deal with work, divorce, men, children, parents, siblings and everything else life throws at them.

A former government minister who was once the youngest MP became our oldest PhD graduate at the age of 76. Dr Les Huckfield was nicknamed Baby of the House when he was elected aged just 24 in 1967. More than 50 years after completing his undergraduate degree at Oxford University, he graduated with a PhD from GCU with a thesis on how charities and social enterprises can support local communities.

Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead MSP heard how we are equipping hundreds of graduates with the cybersecurity skills increasingly demanded by industry. Head of Cybersecurity and Networks Dr Jackie Riley was joined by alumnus Andy Gill and third-year Maria Khokhar at a Universities Scotland Scottish Parliament reception, where they briefed the Minister.

Professor Snot led a team of researchers and lecturers teaching primary pupils how to stop the spread of infection during WHO’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week.

Pupils at Cadder Primary School had a lesson in handwashing and sneeze etiquette before learning how preventing the spread of germs could reduce the need for antibiotics. Research published in The Lancet by an EU-wide team of experts including GCU Professor of Infection Prevention and Control Jacqui Reilly found that 33,110 people die each year as a result of drug-resistant infections.