GCU Heroes

Staff nurse Dean McIlear

We were delighted to be able to recognise the outstanding contribution our graduates have made to the frontline of tackling the pandemic through our hugely successful GCU Heroes spotlight social media series. The campaign featured graduates such as staff nurse Dean McIlear, who shared his experiences of working in the Intensive Treatment Unit at King's College Hospital.

I work in two ITU. One dedicated to the treatment of COVID-19 cases and a general unit kept for traumas, cardiac arrests, sepsis and such. Times are tough and our workloads are increasing every day. My colleagues drive me to carry on; the camaraderie that exists is remarkable.

Dean McIlear
Staff nurse, King's College Hospital

We were also delighted that alumni were recognised for their contributions to tackling the pandemic as part of the Queen's Honours.  

  • Hugh Hill, MBA 2001, for services to the homeless in Scotland (British Empire Medal) 
  • Marlyn Gardener, BSc Community Nursing 2006 and PgCert Practise Education 2006, for services to the community in Stirlingshire (British Empire Medal) 
  • Deborah Irene Barnett, BSc Midwifery 2009 and Co-ordinator, Milk Bank Scotland, for services to Milk Bank Scotland and Infant Feeding (MBE)