Friends of GCU

The University is extremely grateful to our donors, key stakeholders and friends, who continue to work with us to support our students and in delivering education, research and outreach that makes a positive difference to our environment and people’s lives. 

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we have raised more than £8.5m to date, ensuring that our students, regardless of circumstances, have access to opportunities that develop the skills and confidence needed to pursue their dreams.  

We were this year delighted to acknowledge the incredible support of GCU Foundation founding donor Sir Alex Ferguson CBE, who has given more than £700,000 to our students, by renaming our library in his honour.

At the opening ceremony of the renamed library, Sir Alex met current and past beneficiaries to hear about their experiences while sharing some of his own.

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

A new fund to support STEM projects and scholarships was established in November, with an initial donation from Liberty Industries Group, whose Chief Executive Officer, Dr Douglas Dawson, is a GCU alumnus and Honorary Graduate.

The STEM fund will enable GCU to deliver outreach activity in partnership with industry that provides tangible results as well as building on our programme of STEM scholarships and awards to help drive forward a skilled and diverse workforce for the future.

Liberty Industries Group is committed to developing new talent. We must provide opportunities for all young people who otherwise would be denied the possibility of excelling in a career in engineering and manufacturing, so partnering with GCU a leader in widening access makes sense.

Dr Douglas Dawson
Chief Executive, Liberty Industries Group

Together with the GCU Archive Centre, the Foundation established the Marzaroli Fund to support unearthing hidden gems within the 50,000 negatives donated by the family of the much-celebrated photographer Oscar Marzaroli.  Many of these photographs have never been developed, printed or even viewed by the family. The Fund will help us to preserve, catalogue and digitise the collection making it available to everyone for the first time. An online fundraising auction of 14 Glasgow prints attracted international interest raising £30,000, helping to kick start a £200,000 campaign.

From tackling the frontline effects of climate change to volunteering on Cambodian hospital wards – these are just two of the life-changing projects to be carried out by GCU students in the name of the University's late Chancellor, journalist and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson KBE. A total of 10 students were presented with Magnus Magnusson Awards at a ceremony in June. The awards will enable them to volunteer with projects across the globe, bringing their expertise and knowledge to parts of the world where it will make a real and lasting difference.

More than 30 staff members, students and graduates took part in the Glasgow Kiltwalk in April, raising over £9,000 for the University's Common Good Fund. The team's efforts were rewarded with almost 300 generous donations providing support for our talented students, including scholarships, travel awards, awards for clubs and societies, as well as enhancing the University's award-winning outreach activity. 

Throughout the year hundreds of alumni, honorary graduates and friends of the University gave back their time and expertise to support our students with many volunteering via guest lectures, workshops and mentoring.    This year our esteemed Masterclass series welcomed a number of high profile speakers including scent maverick Jo Malone, Paralympic gold medallist Gordon Reid MBE and entrepreneur Dr Marie Macklin CBE, who took time out to share their expertise and advice to an audience of students, staff, graduates and friends of GCU.