Sir Alex Ferguson Library

We renamed our library the Sir Alex Ferguson Library to honour the footballing legend’s special relationship with GCU and the city of Glasgow.

The renaming gave us an opportunity to thank Sir Alex - Founding Donor of our GCU Foundation - for his longstanding and generous support of our students.

And to mark the occasion, an exhibition, Sir Alex – My Story in Objects, was unveiled in the library’s Archive. Representing key decades of his life, the display includes his personal memorabilia including a football shirt, a coaching notepad and a manager-of-the-year trophy, as well as childhood photos, a Queen’s Park team photo from the 1958/59 season, Sir Alex’s A-licence coaching certificate from 1979 and a diary from 1993, the season he won his first Premier League title with Manchester United.

At the naming ceremony, Sir Alex met some of the beneficiaries of the £700,000 he has donated to the Foundation to hear first-hand how his support has transformed their lives.

I’ve had a brilliant relationship with GCU over many years, and it is an absolute honour that the University has chosen to name its library after me. The University was keen to give an insight into the person the library has been named after and I hope that donating personal items from my life will help to do that. I thoroughly enjoy returning to the University and listening to students speak passionately about their experiences. I see great ambition and potential in many of our young people.

Sir Alex Ferguson CBE
Founding Donor, GCU Foundation