LIFE changing projects are to be carried out by Glasgow students in the name of late Chancellor and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson.

From rebuilding a Kenyan school library destroyed by fire to online language classes in care homes, 10 Glasgow Caledonian University students will be awarded grants to support their innovative work.

The awards will enable them to use their expertise and knowledge where it will make a real and lasting difference.

Dr Sally Magnusson, daughter of the late Chancellor and Honorary President of the Magnusson Fellowship at GCU, said: “The 2021 winners have some truly exciting plans for their projects and I know they will make good use of these special grants and act as worthy Ambassadors for GCU and the Magnusson Awards.

"I can’t wait to hear how their projects progress and wish them every success.”

The Magnusson Awards, which will be given out during a virtual ceremony on May 5, are made possible thanks to the work of the Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation, which raises funds to help transform lives through education.

The Foundation has raised £9 million to date, supporting thousands of students through a variety of educational opportunities.

Students, their families and friends, staff and invited guests will attend the annual event hosted by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE and Sally.

Winner Robbie Norval will use his award to deliver online language classes in care homes via his organisation Lingo Flamingo, as well as providing online training of carers to allow them to deliver classes in person.



Emma Kidd will seek to build on the local and international success that she has already achieved with the Fashion Detox Challenge, to help encourage more sustainable clothing consumption worldwide.

Uzoma Alaneme intends to make a music video to be used for health promotion advocacy, building on his work as a musician and medical doctor, to increase public knowledge about the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ukegbu Kalu plans to carry out a two-day Covid-19 health information project for families living in an internally displaced people’s camp in Nigeria, through the delivery of training and workshops, as well as providing medical equipment and basic health supplies.

Georgia Barr's award will help the growth of her fashion business start-up which aims to reduce sending material to landfill and to support local communities through its circular economy.

Alwell Maduakolam will use his experience and knowledge to train frontline optometrists in Nigeria on modern eye care using the Scotland model, as well as equipping two rural health care centres.

Tabitha Nyariki intends to promote literacy by re-stocking and re-building a school library in Kenya mainly used by orphaned children which was destroyed by a fire, and ensure teachers are trained in library management.

Niamh Smith plans to bring attention to the plight of homeless people through raising awareness of her activities as a volunteer cook with a charity which is expanding into Glasgow.

Mairi Lowe seeks to contribute knowledge to the fashion community in Scotland through researching, creating and delivering insights from online Community Calls for a social venture, Sustainable Fashion Scotland.

Diana Chapoterera will train rural healthcare workers in Zimbabwe on basic foot care and screening for diabetic foot complications.