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Avenue The magazine for alumni and friends of the University of Glasgow

The man behind the malt The story of Japanese whisky’s Glasgow roots

Issue 54 June 2013

With you throughout your career Your first job is only the starting point on your career journey. Your Careers Service is here to support you whenever you’re looking to take the next step. Our web pages contain useful information for both current and former students of the University, including: • applying for work and enhancing your CV • job adverts • interview techniques • further study • finding work through social networks • ways that you can inspire, support and connect with current students. If you graduated within two years, you can even book an appointment for one-to-one careers advice.




Welcome to the latest edition of Avenue, our twice-yearly magazine for alumni and friends of the University.

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From world-leading research to pioneering projects, at Glasgow we have always been proud of the men and women associated with the University who have gone on to make notable differences in the world. In this issue we tell the story of one such man, who came to Glasgow from Hiroshima a century ago and went back to Japan to become the father of Japanese whisky (page 14).

Out of Africa


From Slàinte to Kanpai


Alumni news and events


Report to the General Council


Exhibitions and events


Another alumnus who went on to change the world is Dr David Livingstone. Two hundred years after his birth, his legacy of groundbreaking parasitology lives on in our research today (page 10). And earlier this year, we commemorated yet another influential alumnus by renaming the Business School in Adam Smith’s honour (page 3). It is not just alumni from previous centuries that we have to be proud of. On page 17 you can read about Karina Atkinson who is pioneering conservation solutions in South America which will inspire generations to come. In 2001 we launched our Young Alumnus of the Year award to recognise young graduates who have made a significant contribution to society, with previous awards going to Katherine Grainger and Emeli Sandé. You can make a nomination for this year’s award (see page 17). Looking forward, the University is preparing a strategy for a significant campus expansion (page 5) and getting ready for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. We would like to hear from alumni from Commonwealth countries – find out why on page 7. We hope you enjoy reading this issue and that you look forward to reading some more of your stories in the next issue of Avenue.

Recent activities and achievements

The legacy of Dr David Livingstone lives on in University research today Father of Japanese whisky begins his journey at Gilmorehill Clubs, reunions and personal news Minutes from the Half-Yearly Meeting of the General Council, including the Principal’s report What’s on at The Hunterian

Half-Yearly Meeting of the General Council Saturday 22 June 2013 Alumni are invited to join the Chancellor and Principal at the General Council Half-Yearly Meeting on Saturday 22 June from 11am at the Garscube Campus. Read the report of the last meeting on pages 22 and 23.

Professor Anton Muscatelli Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Cover image:

Masataka Taketsuru, the father of Japanese whisky and founder of Nikka whisky.

How to contact Avenue Editorial Strategy Committee: Executive Editor: Ailie Ferrari Editor: Lynne Maclagan Cathy Bell, Emily Howie, Alan Macfarlane, Helen McAvoy. Contact details are listed below. All addresses are University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ. Alumni news: Development & Alumni Office, 2 The Square Tel: +44 (0)141 330 4951 Email:

Giving to Glasgow: Development & Alumni Office, 2 The Square. Tel: +44 (0)141 330 4951 Email: Changes of address and obituaries: Development & Alumni Office, 2 The Square Tel: +44 (0)141 330 7146 Email: Letters to the Editor: Corporate Communications, 1 The Square Tel: +44 (0)141 330 4919 Email: © University of Glasgow June 2013. ISSN 0950-7167.

Produced by: Corporate Communications, University of Glasgow.

Photography by the University Photographic Unit. Additional photography provided by Shutterstock, Andy Crump, TDR, WHO/Science Photo Library (page 10), Dr Keith Wheeler/Science Photo Library (page 11), Development & Alumni Office, The Hunterian, Nikka Whisky, Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, NASA, 2014 Commonwealth Games, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Printed by J Thomson. Views expressed are not necessarily those of the University or the editors. All rights reserved. Nothing may be reproduced without written permission from the Editorial Strategy Committee.


News Bringing graduates and students together A University initiative that connects alumni with current students to prepare them for the challenges of the job market is proving to be a great success. Since December 2012, when the Glasgow Careers Alumni Network was launched, a growing number of graduates have given their time and shared their expertise with students in a variety of ways, including posting information online, participating in career events and offering work placements and internships. More than 700 alumni have provided their profile online, allowing students to benefit from their experiences and find out where they have gone since leaving University. Many alumni have also joined the Ask the Alumni service and allowed students to connect with them through LinkedIn to ask for informal careers advice. And a number of alumni have come back on campus to speak with students in person about their career and offer valuable insight into industry. Graduates from a variety of backgrounds

have participated, from a cancer research scientist to a political blogger. As students face an increasingly challenging job market, internships are highly desirable as they offer students valuable work experience and confidence for entering the job market. Alumni have been able to provide these opportunities within their organisations and have been supported by the University’s Club 21 Business Partnership Scheme. Sarah Armour is in charge of the scheme and said, ‘The University is looking forward to the development and expansion of the programme over the coming years. Our alumni are among our greatest ambassadors and can make a considerable difference to the career development of our students. Please consider joining the Glasgow Careers Alumni Network.’ More information can be found at glasgowcareersalumninetwork.

New centre for surgical skills training A state-of-the-art centre that will be used to train surgeons and other health professionals in techniques such as traditional open surgery and laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery has opened in Glasgow. The new centre will provide unrivalled facilities and realism for surgical training, anatomy teaching and medical device development. The Clinical Anatomy Skills Centre, which is a joint initiative between the University and the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow, is one of only a handful in the UK that offers surgeons the chance to train with cadaveric material. The centre will use bodies (cadavers) bequeathed to the University’s body donation programme. Most surgical training is done using computer and video simulation or animal tissue. Cadaveric material offers a significant advantage for training – the real anatomy and tissue fidelity and individual differences in each human body make for more realistic training. It also allows surgeons to practise new techniques and refine their skills in a safe environment before performing them live. The centre will also be used for teaching anatomy and supporting the development of medical devices, such as heart valves and prosthetics. Research and development at the centre will help to provide valuable insight into major diseases such as dementia and cancer.


News University Challenge Christmas Special Well done to our celebrity University Challenge team who beat Exeter University in the first round of the Christmas Special University Challenge and went on to put up a great fight in the semi-final against the University of East Anglia. The team consisted of Chief Medical Officer for Scotland Professor Sir Harry Burns (MBChB 1974, MPH 1991, DSc 2007), comedian Susan Calman (LLB 1996, Dip 1997), archaeologist, TV presenter and journalist Neil Oliver (MA 1988) and presenter Lynn Faulds Wood (MA 1968). Sir Harry, who enjoyed the occasion, remarked, ‘It was great fun. I’m happy we got to the semis and didn’t let Glasgow down.’

A new name for the Business School The University is very proud of one of its most influential alumni – Adam Smith. The 18th-century philosopher, who was both a student and a professor at Glasgow, was one of the founding fathers of economics, best known for two classic works: The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759) and An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776). On 6 February 2013, more than 300 people gathered in the University’s Bute Hall to celebrate the renaming of the Business School in honour of its renowned alumnus. Professor Farhad Noorbakhsh, who is head of the school, told the audience of staff, students, alumni and figures from business and industry that the University is committed to celebrating the academic tradition of Adam Smith. ‘He is recognised worldwide as one of the most influential figures to emerge from the Scottish Enlightenment and the field of economics. ‘We are delighted to launch the Adam Smith Business School to commemorate the close ties he had with the University. Adam Smith continues to inspire people from all over the world and naming the Business School in his honour is a fitting way to mark his legacy.’ Guest speaker Michael Russell, MSP and the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Education & Lifelong Learning, delivered a lecture to celebrate the legacy of the Scottish Enlightenment and its continued relevance to Scottish education.

Funding for extra postgraduate programmes The University is to receive funding from the Scottish Funding Council to support an additional 122 postgraduate places in 2013–14, more than any other Scottish university. The places are for programmes that support industry by encouraging links between the University and business, and cover subjects from art history to real estate, and from animal welfare to software development. The Principal said, ‘We are strongly committed to forging links with industry and helping our students find fulfilling work in their chosen fields, so we are delighted that our strong contribution to Scotland’s key industrial and cultural sectors has been recognised by the Scottish Funding Council.’ See for more information. Glasgow Alumni Scholarship The University offers all our alumni, including Junior Year Abroad and Exchange Students, a reduction of 10% in the fee for most postgraduate taught programmes. The scholarships are open to students who are fully self-funded and students can only be in receipt of one scholarship at a time. Contact: for more information.


News Aiming to avert a future global water crisis A team of Glasgow biologists, chemists and engineers has been awarded £5m to develop innovative solutions to safeguard the worldwide supply and treatment of water. The UK Minister for Universities & Science, David Willetts, announced the award in March at the first Global Grand Challenges Summit in London: an international event bringing together the world’s leading thinkers and the next generation of engineers. The team will work to develop synthetic biology solutions to growing problems with the world’s water supply. The developed world’s water infrastructure, created with tremendous vision and effort by the engineers of the Industrial Revolution, is now unsustainable: aged, faulty, expensive to maintain, costly to run and energy-inefficient. In many countries water demand will exceed supply by an estimated 40% within 25 years and one-third of the population, predominantly in the developing world, will have only half the clean water required for life’s basics.

Strength in numbers Probably for the first time since their establishment in 1858, the four General Councils of the ancient Universities of Scotland have joined forces to protest at the risk of new government interference in academic matters. In February, the four Business Committee Conveners of the Universities of Glasgow Aberdeen, Edinburgh and St Andrews lodged a submission to the Scottish Government Committee scrutinising the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill. In the submission, the Conveners expressed concern about certain sections of the Bill and their potential impact on university autonomy, in particular proposals which would allow Scottish Ministers to intervene in the governance and management of universities and which would potentially affect what subjects could be taught at a university. Mr George Tait, Convener of Glasgow’s General Council Business Committee, said, ‘This joint action shows the strength of feeling about some of the clauses in the Bill. While much of the Bill is very sensible, the particular proposals to become more involved with University governance and academic freedom are retrograde, at a time when many other countries are moving in the opposite direction and liberalising the culture in their higher education institutions, which is known to lead to greater success.’ To read the submission in full, see • The General Councils of Scotland’s four ancient universities (the bodies of graduates) were established by the Universities (Scotland) Act in 1858. All graduates are members of their respective General Councils. The role of General Councils is to represent the views of the graduate body in matters of interest to their Universities. General Councils meet twice a year.

Glasgow Professor Steve Beaumont is Vice-Principal for Research & Enterprise: ‘Water supply and treatment is an important global challenge, and it’s vital to deliver new, more sustainable, engineering technologies to safeguard the world’s access to water. The award will allow us to investigate a broad spectrum of synthetic biology approaches to addressing these pressing issues. We’ll engage in new research, from cloning genes into existent organisms and even evolving inorganic “life”.’ • Synthetic biology is the application of engineering tools and principles to the design and manufacture of biologically based parts, novel devices and systems as well as the redesign of existing, natural biological systems, for a useful purpose. See biology/syntheticbiology for more information.


News Expansion plans promise positive developments The University has recently announced plans to take over 14 acres of land currently occupied by the Western Infirmary, in a development as significant as the relocation from the city centre in 1870. According to the Principal the acquisition of the site will offer a unique opportunity to provide modern, fit-for-purpose facilities that are in keeping with Glasgow’s status as a world-leading university. ‘As ever, the student experience is at the heart of all that we do, and the campus redevelopment will allow us to focus on what our students want and need, as well as providing an environment that is open and accessible to the wider community.’ Work will now begin on a campus strategy which will include extensive consultation with staff, students, local residents, businesses and other interest groups. Further information on the proposed development can be found at

Debating the future of printed media Senior figures from media and journalism discussed the future of printed media at a major debate held in the Bute Hall on Monday 4 March. The event was attended by students, PR practitioners, journalists, members of the public, staff, alumni and friends of the University. The debate was chaired by journalist, broadcaster and Glasgow alumnus Andrew Neil, who said, ‘More people are reading newspapers and magazines than ever before – just not as printed products. The challenge is to develop new revenue streams around the new digital means of delivery. Some of the dead-tree press will succeed, some won’t. The failures will die. But the digital market is already being flooded with new entrants. So it is a time for optimism.’ Joining Andrew Neil on the panel were Allan Rennie, editor-in-chief of Media Scotland, publishers of the Daily Record and the Sunday Mail; Bobby Hain, director of channels for STV; Kirsten Morrison, head of digital (newspapers) for DC Thomson; and Professor Philip Schlesinger from the Centre for Cultural Policy Research at the University. The panel discussed the impact of digitisation on traditional media and on the wider business community, current trends in digital consumption, and the opportunities and threats presented by the upsurge in the number, choice and variety of mobile devices available.

Plana Gàidhlig an Oilthighe The University has launched its first Gaelic Language Plan. The five-year policy underlines the University’s support of one of Scotland’s ancient languages and recognises the importance of Gaelic in modern society. In practical terms it will involve the development for Gaelic language and culture within the context of key functions identified by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the National Development Agency for Gaelic, including: communications, staffing, publications and identity. The University has also identified a number of commitments it will make to incorporate Gaelic into the student experience at Glasgow which take forward the work of the pioneering Gaelic Language Initiative which was established in 2009. Full details of the Gaelic language plan are at

You can watch the debate at


News Water on Mars

Blasted from the surface of Mars by a massive impact around 10 million years ago, the meteorite is named Nakhla after the town in Egypt where it landed in 1911. Over the years since then, scientists from across the globe have conducted research on Nakhla, finding evidence of the existence of water on Mars through the presence in the meteorite of ‘secondary minerals’ – types of carbonates, hydrous silicates and sulfates most likely formed when Martian minerals reacted with liquid water. Now, experts from the University, the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre and the Natural History Museum London, which provided the fragment for testing, have been able to show where the chemical elements

that made up the secondary minerals came from. Professor Martin Lee explained, ‘We examined many tiny bowl-shaped depressions, known as etch pits, in grains of the minerals olivine and augite found in the meteorite. We found evidence that the etch pits were created when water dissolved the olivine and augite, and that the elements released from those minerals led to the formation of the secondary minerals.’ From the amount of dissolution observed, it is likely that this piece of Mars was affected by water for only a few months. The research raises fascinating questions about where the water might have gone. Professor Lee said, ‘We’ll be continuing to look for the answers to these questions in future research. Results from NASA’s Curiosity rover, currently on the surface of Mars, will also help us build a clearer picture of the history of Martian water.’

© A.M. Thierry / CNRS – IPEV

Scientists conducting tests on a 1.7-gram fragment of a Martian meteorite have uncovered the first evidence of water dissolving the surface of Mars.

The cold coats that warm penguins Emperor penguins benefit from an unusual phenomenon to stay warm during Antarctic winters, scientists have discovered. Despite living in one of the coldest places on Earth where temperatures can reach -40º Celsius, Emperor penguins retain their body heat not only because of their thick plumage and layers of fat but because the surface of their feathers is colder than the surrounding air. Using thermal imaging technology on penguins in Adélie Land, scientists from Glasgow’s Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine and the Université de Strasbourg were able to determine that the surface temperature of the birds was 4º cooler than the surrounding air. The only parts of the penguins warmer than the air were the eyes, beaks and feet – and only the eyes were warmer than freezing. Computer simulations showed that it is the penguins’ plumage that is colder than the surrounding air. This ‘cold coat’ may gain them back a little heat from the warmer air circulating around them. Though this regained heat is unlikely to reach their skin, it could help reduce heat loss from the body by thermal radiation. Dr Dominic McCafferty said, ‘We didn’t think a warm-blooded animal could ever have an outer surface temperature that was colder than its surroundings. Antarctic penguins’ plumage is so well insulated – the insulation equivalent of us wearing two ski suits – that heat will be transferred very slowly to the skin surface. In this way the penguin will remain warm on the inside but the outer surface of its plumage will be extremely cold.’


News Commonwealth connections Glasgow 2014 – the 20th Commonwealth Games – starts in less than 500 days and the University is getting ready for this prestigious sporting event. The Games are a chance to celebrate the University’s impact on graduates from Commonwealth countries. Do you come from a Commonwealth country outside of the UK? If so, the Development & Alumni Office needs your help to build a collection of Commonwealth alumni stories. Share your strongest memory of an experience or discovery, or any lasting impressions from your time studying at the University and in Scotland. Or tell the story of how your studies and experiences at the University helped you later in life. The University has strong connections with Commonwealth countries and is in touch with alumni in 48 of the Commonwealth countries outside of the UK. Are you one of those alumni? Email your memorable moments, in no more than 250 words, to

Uncovering our international impact From international engineers and worldwide artists to groundbreaking researchers and professors, the University has a long history of staff and students who have changed lives across the world. The new International story website means that their legacy can be easily shared. Over 13,700 people are included on the website so far, including alumnus James McCune Smith. Born a slave in New York in 1813, James was not allowed to attend a US university on his emancipation. He came to Glasgow and became the first African American to receive a university medical degree.

Other pioneers include the father of Japanese whisky, Masataka Taketsuru. You can read his story on page 14 in this issue of Avenue. More stories from our international graduates will feature in future issues. A team of student editors, recruited through the University’s Club 21 Business Partnership Programme, are using their language skills and country-specific knowledge to uncover these stories. Read more about our international story at:

Rugby returns Leaving a troubled past behind, the Glasgow University Rugby Football Club (GURFC) has been reinstated and is going from strength to strength. The club’s status was suspended in 2008 because of behavioural issues, a decision not taken lightly by the University Court. Rugby all but ceased to exist at the University, except for an inter-faculty league. Great changes had to be made and the club sought to reform its reputation and then regained its official University status. Armed with a fresh ethos, support from Glasgow University Sports Association and a rugby development officer, GURFC has brought rugby successes back to the University. The club’s first XV have just celebrated an undefeated season and claimed the Glasgow Cup for 2012/13. The second XV are also going strong in their league.


News New hope for elephants at risk of deadly virus Scientists at Glasgow may be a step closer towards developing a vaccine against a virus that is killing scores of Asian elephants – a species already in danger of extinction. The majestic Asian elephant is threatened by loss of habitat, poaching and illegal trade. There are believed to be between 40,000 and 50,000 animals left in the wild. Zoos are playing a vital role in conservation efforts, but their work has been severely hampered by a haemorrhagic disease caused by elephant endotheliotropic herpesviruses (EEHVs). EEHVs were discovered 15 years ago and are known to have killed 80 captive animals. Anti-viral medications have been used to treat infected animals but their efficacy is unknown. What’s more, the viruses are difficult to study: none have previously been isolated in the laboratory. Now a team of scientists from Glasgow, with colleagues at the Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency and the Roslin Institute, have used high-throughput DNA sequencing technology to map the genomes of the two most lethal kinds of EEHV. The research is published in the Journal of Virology.

Drop of expertise helps startup taste success A startup company is on track to taste success after receiving a splash of expert help. Fitsip, a product that helps runners to remain hydrated while keeping their hands free, was designed with input from the University’s School of Engineering.

After three years of development, prototype testing and design refinement, Fitsip is now on the market. For more information see

Frustrated with having to carry heavy and inconveniently shaped water bottles while exercising, keen runners Belinda Goldsmith and Christine Manson came up with the idea of a small, light pouch of fluid which could be held in a forearm-mounted band. Christine said, ‘We had no idea how to turn our idea into a functioning prototype that we could actually test with runners. Thankfully we were able to benefit from the engineering expertise available at Glasgow.’

Calling our alumni We would like to hear from alumni interested in assisting the University to exploit innovative technology opportunities developed via our academic research activity. Possible involvement could range from assessing new inventions for licensing to entrepreneur mentoring or Board roles in spin-out ventures formed in partnership with IP Group plc ( – the University’s venture capital partner. Opportunities arise from all four colleges but in particular from Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences and Science & Engineering. You should have several years of relevant senior experience in a corporate, technology or angel/venture capital environment.

After the Fitsip team made initial contact with the University, Dr Ian Watson provided assistance with the design of the replaceable plastic container held within the armband. The initial research was supported by a grant of £5,000 from the University’s First Step Award programme, which aims to provide financial aid for the early stages of partnerships between academics and businesspeople.

For further information please contact: Melville Anderson, Head of IP & Commercialisation,

Dr Andrew Davison, of the MRC – University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, said, ‘Despite the efforts of conservationists, attempts at breeding Asian elephants are being threatened by deadly EEHVs. Understanding the genomes of the viruses should bring us closer to improving diagnoses of infected elephants and more importantly help us develop vaccines against the viruses.’


News Partnership will boost business A new partnership between UK leaders in micro- and nanotechnology is offering access to tiny technologies that could bring big benefits for business. The University has agreed to combine its resources with the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Kelvin Nanotechnology Ltd (KNT) to form a complete nanotechnology service called Kelvin-Rutherford. The new venture will deliver seamless support across device design, through computer simulations, and on to fabrication and evaluation in preparation for mass production. It will support innovation across a wide variety of industrial sectors, from medical diagnostics and space exploration to consumer electronics. STFC is host to the UK’s fastest supercomputer, capable of more than a thousand trillion calculations per second. Combined with the expertise to develop dedicated software, this provides an ideal platform on which to run high-performance nanotechnology modelling and simulation. KNT provides nanofabrication solutions to its global blue chip customer base through the University’s James Watt Nanofabrication Centre. The centre fabricates some of the most advanced nanoscale systems in the world.

Invitation from the General Council The General Council invites all members to the next half-yearly meeting on Saturday 22 June at the Garscube Campus. The event will begin at 11am in the AHTC Lecture Theatre. Following the meeting there will be two presentations:

Students vote ‘No’ to independence In what is thought to have been the biggest event of its kind, students at the University have voted ‘No’ in a campus-wide referendum, asking: ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’ The final results stood at: • No – 1,614 • Yes – 967 • Spoiled – 8 More than 2,500 students took part in the referendum, which was supported by a broad coalition of student societies including the SNP, Labour, Conservative and Independent politics groups. Michael Gray, President of the Dialectic Society, was the lead organiser: ‘This was a

fascinating and fantastic way to engage all of our students on campus. In addition to the referendum itself, we held several debates which attracted high-profile speakers from both sides of the argument. ‘The referendum was also well covered by national and international media. Whether our result points the way ahead for Scotland’s vote in 2014 remains to be seen – but we can only hope that the level of debate and engagement seen at Glasgow over the past few weeks will be repeated as the nation prepares for the biggest decision in Scotland’s political history.’

• Professor Anna Dominiczak, internationally renowned Head of the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences (MVLS), will outline the latest developments in the college • Professor Alan Jardine, Head of Undergraduate Medicine in the School of Medicine, will discuss the new spiral undergraduate medical curriculum. This a wonderful opportunity to see the Garscube Campus and to meet prominent MVLS staff. Find out more about your General Council at generalcouncil. Its meetings are now being recorded to allow those members unable to attend to view the proceedings. See to link to the recordings.


In Africa a child dies every minute from malaria.


Out of Africa: Dr Livingstone’s legacy First as a missionary doctor and later as an intrepid explorer, Glasgow alumnus Dr David Livingstone gained as many medical insights as he made geographical discoveries on his expeditions into the African interior. Two centuries after his birth, his alma mater continues to play a leading role in combatting tropical diseases. Regarded as the father of Scottish parasitology in his day, Livingstone influenced a generation of young Scottish scientists – many of them also Glasgow alumni – who set off for Africa in the hope of building a healthier world. This commitment to furthering science and alleviating human and animal suffering lives on at Glasgow today, where current research focuses on parasites that continue to cause devastating tropical diseases such as malaria, sleeping sickness and leishmaniasis. Much of the University’s expertise exists within the Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology, which has one of the largest groupings of parasitologists in the world. There, scientists use genetic and molecular technology to study the biology of parasites, their lifecycle, how they interact with humans and what they can teach us about our own immune systems. Professor Andy Waters is director of the centre. His research focuses on a form of the plasmodium parasite responsible for malaria. ‘We need to know as much as possible about the biology of the parasite, the nature and mechanisms of its interactions with us as its host and the mosquito as vector. If we can take that knowledge further forward we might then be able to design new drugs or vaccines or completely novel approaches that we have yet to formulate.’

Menace of malaria

Livingstone was the first to make the connection between mosquitoes and malaria. On his 30,000-mile walk into Africa’s interior, Livingstone is believed to have contracted malaria 27 times, and he was one of the first to administer quinine in a dosage that is now considered effective. Although the world has moved on in many ways from the time of Livingstone, the menace of malaria is by no means diminished. Just under half of the world’s population is at risk from the disease. Globally, it is responsible for 9% of deaths of children under five.

An evolving threat

Combination drug therapy is key to dealing with the constant threat that the malaria parasite will evolve resistance to a particular drug, but this requires a fast-flowing pipeline of drugs available for rotation. By applying molecular and genetic technology, Professor Waters is currently exploring a specific stage in the developmental biology of the parasite in a bid to advance new cures. ‘To move from its mammalian host into the mosquito, the parasite makes male and female gametocytes that can freely circulate in the blood and potentially become part of the mosquito’s next blood meal. How the parasite commits to producing these gametocytes, which are essential for transmission, is particularly interesting. If we can control that, we can either reduce transmission or interrupt it altogether.’ Much of the tropical diseases research at Glasgow is laboratory-based, but time in the field can be invaluable. A belief in getting to ‘know the enemy’ has led Dr Heather Ferguson to Tanzania to study the ecology of malaria-carrying mosquitoes. She thinks it’s possible that mosquitoes are adapting their behaviour to circumvent barrier controls like bed nets, by biting earlier in the evening or outdoors. Dr Ferguson has trained African postgraduate students in effective vector control, and will contribute to a substantial EU project by developing innovative tools to detect mosquitoes displaying ‘unconventional’ behaviours. Championing collaboration over competition is essential in beating tropical disease. As a centre of excellence for malaria research, Glasgow hosts EVIMalaR – the European Virtual Institute for Malaria Research – a network that connects 50 European research groups and partners in Africa, India and Australia to achieve more rapid progress in controlling malaria. ‘If we can work more collaboratively,’ said Professor Waters, ‘I am confident that we will eventually succeed in at least controlling the spread of malaria and ideally eradicating it.’

Livingstone was the first to make the connection between mosquitoes and malaria.


Livingstone carried large supplies of medicine with him on his expeditions.

Always fatal

The latest estimates suggest that 70 million sub-Saharan Africans are at risk from sleeping sickness, also known as human African trypanosomiasis. Trypanosome parasites are transmitted by the bite of a tsetse fly, entering first the peripheral system – blood, lymph nodes and organs – and after a number of weeks, crossing the blood–brain barrier to reach the central nervous system. Here the parasite produces all sorts of neurological problems, including the characteristic sleep disorder. ‘Sleeping sickness is one of the few diseases that is virtually always fatal,’ said Professor Peter Kennedy, who holds the Burton Chair of Neurology. ‘Leave it untreated, you die. Malaria kills far more people, but not everyone infected with malaria dies.’ Livingstone was the first to introduce the use of arsenic to treat animal trypanosomiasis in a horse – a treatment that is used to this day for sleeping sickness. But treatment of sleeping sickness is far from safe or effective and it is in this area that most scientific endeavour is concentrated. Two strains of trypanosome parasite affect humans: Tb gambiense, which is more

prevalent and causes chronic sleeping sickness, and Tb rhodesiense, which results in more acute cases. Rhodesiense accounts for only 3–5% of total cases, but 18% of the risk. Until a few years ago the only cure for both was melarsoprol – an arsenic compound so dangerous it kills over one in 20 patients treated. A safer intravenous drug has been developed for the gambiense disease and in 2011 a major development at Glasgow led to hopes of safer treatment for rhodesiense cases. The hope comes from a new technique, where researchers combined the melarsoprol with cyclodextrins – molecules that surround the drug allowing it to be administered orally, increasing its solubility and releasing the drug more slowly in the gut. ‘Melarsoprol is very effective at killing the parasites,’ explained Professor Kennedy, ‘but when given intravenously it probably does this too quickly, which is in part why we think it so dangerous. By controlling the rate of release of the drug with this new oral formulation, we believe we make it safer.’ In laboratory tests in a highly reliable mouse model of sleeping sickness, the altered drug was shown to clear parasites from the brain, and in response to this world-leading

research, the European Medicines Agency officially designated complex melarsoprol an orphan drug for the treatment of sleeping sickness. Professor Kennedy’s next challenge is to secure funding for a clinical trial of complex melarsoprol in Uganda, where most rhodesiense cases are found, planned for 2014.

Making progress faster

It currently takes more than six months to determine whether new chemicals are effective in killing trypanosomes once they have crossed from the blood into the brain. In 2009 Professor of Biochemical Parasitology Mike Barrett and colleagues secured a grant of $3m from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a test to speed up the rate at which scientists could test the effectiveness of drugs in killing the trypanosome parasite once it had reached the brain. The grant was used to develop trypanosomes with bioluminescent capability. ‘A new generation of microscopes can detect photons of light particles emitted from trypanosomes deep within the tissues, including the brain,’ explained Professor Barrett. ‘Any drug that reaches the brain and kills parasites can then be identified, as the light emitted from living trypanosomes is diminished as drugs kill them.


The University of Glasgow has a higher concentration of people working on tropical diseases than anywhere else in the world.

‘We’ve actually got the test that previously took six months down to two months or even better. We’re currently talking to both GSK and Novartis, both of whom have drug campaigns against trypanosomiasis.’ It was Livingstone who first identified the tsetse fly as the vector responsible for transmitting trypanosomes, having seen livestock decimated by disease. Today, the parasite continues to impede development across Africa: wherever the tsetse fly is present, cattle are conspicuous by their absence. The University’s Vet School has played a vital role in researching animal trypanosomiasis. For example, Emeritus Professor Max Murray and his earlier colleagues investigated the mechanisms of trypanotolerance – where some breeds of cattle have superior immune systems that render them tolerant to trypanosomes. Genetic variations such as increased susceptibility or tolerance interest Dr Annette MacLeod. She has just been awarded £2.7m by the Wellcome Trust to set up a network of African scientists to look at human susceptibility to trypanosomiasis through a large-scale genome study. ‘It will be interesting and important to find out what genes are involved in susceptibility. We will be sequencing around 150 people and our study will also feed into other genetic diversity studies in Africa, because the African population is so diverse and not really represented in other studies, which are generally focused on Europeans.’

A neglected disease

A disease that doesn’t get a lot of media attention but threatens around 350 million people in 88 countries is leishmaniasis, a disease caused by the parasite leishmania,

which is spread by sandflies. Named after its discoverer, Glasgow alumnus William Boog Leishman, it is classified by the World Health Organization as a neglected tropical disease, with 12 million people currently infected and 1 to 2 million new cases occurring every year. Treatment is still frequently based on very old drugs developed in the 1940s that are highly toxic. And according to Glasgow Professor of Molecular & Cellular Parasitology Jeremy Mottram, drug resistance is also an issue. His team is developing a programme of collaboration with scientists in India, Brazil and Sudan to sequence the genomes of the parasite that causes visceral leishmaniasis, a clinical form of the disease which is fatal if left untreated. The team has identified variations in the genetics of the parasite in different areas of the world. ‘We have a theory that the genetics impact on the way that the parasites cause different manifestations of the disease,’ said Professor Mottram. ‘If we sequence the genomes of a number of leishmania parasites from different parts of the world which show differences in their gene content, we should be able to identify factors that are involved in the virulence and pathogenicity of the parasite and also the potential mechanisms behind drug resistance. That’s going to be a major focus of our studies over the next five years.’ Though the landscape of tropical disease research is constantly changing, it’s clear that Glasgow is covering new ground all of the time. ‘I am prepared to go anywhere, provided it be forward,’ the father of Scottish parasitology once famously said. Dr Livingstone would find himself in good company were he to return to the University today.

‘ I’m prepared to go anywhere, provided it be forward.’ Dr David Livingstone


Masataka Taketsuru founded Nikka Whisky in 1934. The company has two malt whisky distilleries, one in Yoichi, Hokkaido (established in 1934), and the other in Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Northern Honshu (established in 1969). The company also owns the Ben Nevis Distillery (acquired in 1989) in Scotland.

From Slà inte to Kanpai In the last decade Japanese whisky has taken the world by storm, winning a clutch of awards and challenging Scotland’s position as the industry leader. Yet whisky in the Scottish tradition has been produced in Japan for almost a century and the story begins in Glasgow.

It was winter 1918 when a young Japanese man called Masataka Taketsuru arrived in Glasgow charged with learning the art of Scotland’s master distillers. This man would later become known as the father of Japanese whisky. Replicating Western brewing and distilling techniques was becoming big business in Japan. In particular, manufacturers were attempting to replicate the iconic imported Scotch blends that were flooding the Japanese market. After experimenting with blends of different spices and herbs with limited success, Osaka-based Settsu Shuzo Company decided to send Masataka to the home of whisky to learn the secrets of this elusive art.

East meets West

Masataka enrolled at the University to study Organic Chemistry under Thomas Stewart Patterson, who held the Gardiner Chair of Chemistry. It was here that he learnt the fundamentals behind the distilling techniques in whisky manufacturing. He split his time between attending lectures and serving an apprenticeship at Hazelburn Distillery in Campbeltown, where he acquired first-hand experience of whisky production. After a valuable year getting to grips with the fundamental chemistry and mechanics of malting, brewing and distilling, Masataka returned to Japan. He not only took the key


The secret of whisky production wasn’t the only prize that Masataka brought back from Scotland – he also returned to Japan with his wife, Rita Cowan. They married despite their families’ protests. By all accounts they had a very happy marriage, but for Rita the shock of adjusting to her new life proved hard. She had to learn a new language and an entire system of cultural norms.

to whisky production with him but also a new wife, Rita, a doctor’s daughter from Dunbartonshire whom he married in a hurried and secret ceremony at Calton Registry Office in January 1920. Japan was in the grip of a post-war depression. World War I had derailed the Japanese economy and Settsu Shuzo was on the brink of bankruptcy. Drinks manufacturers and the consumer were more interested in cheap, cost-efficient liquors than investing in the more time-intensive and financially demanding practice of producing whiskies matured in the Scottish tradition.

Making history

Masataka was still determined to pursue his dream of whisky making and eventually he was asked to oversee the building and management of the brand new Yamazaki Distillery near Osaka. Six years later he made history by overseeing the production of the first ever Japanese whisky, Suntory Shirofuda (White Label). However, the quality of the product proved unpopular among consumers, who were yet to be persuaded that whisky to rival Scotch could be produced in Japan, and sales were slow. Over time it appeared that in order to pursue his single-minded quest for quality and authenticity Masataka would have to do it on his own terms. After leaving Suntory, he sought financial backing to build his own distillery.

A piece of Scotland

On the inhospitable and underdeveloped northern island of Hokkaido, Masataka found his own piece of Scotland in the small rural community of Yoichi. Not only did it have access to a ready supply of barley, coal and water, the cool coastal climate and peaty soils were ideal for growing barley and vital for replicating the aromas of the Scotch whiskies that Masataka had fallen in love with when in Glasgow. In 1934 Masataka founded Nikka Whisky and began production, remaining true to the techniques employed by the traditional Scottish distilleries. Small onion-shaped stills were heated by a coal fire, giving the product a spicy flavour with more subtle smoky notes. Masataka even planted heather on the site to make it more authentic. Until his death in 1979, Masataka continued to oversee whisky production at Nikka. The techniques that he popularised are still in evidence among the major Japanese whisky producers, who have gone on to win many medals at major whisky competitions around the world and whose products are mixing with the best in the world.

Following his father

In 2002 Masataka’s son, Takeshi Taketsuru, visited Scotland to follow in the footsteps of his father. He was the special guest at a reception for an exhibition celebrating the University’s historic links with Japan.

Takeshi also founded a University prize to be awarded annually in memory of his father. The prize is awarded to the student showing the best performance in the work placement element of the Master of Science in Chemistry.

Building on the legacy

Over 80 years after Masataka Taketsuru studied at the University, Dr Koichi Inatomi has enrolled as a Research Fellow working on the history of distilling technology in the University Centre for Business History. Like Masataka, Dr Inatomi worked at the Yamazaki distillery, where he was a technologist for 25 years. Looking at the implications that recent technical innovations have had for the whisky industry, Dr Inatomi is ensuring that his studies at the University will help to shape not only the past, but the future of Japanese whisky production.

Japanese connections

There are 29 Japanese students currently at the University and over 380 alumni. The first Japanese students registered at the University in the 1870s and were mainly graduates from the Imperial College of Engineering. Alumnus Kaichi Watanabe (BSc 1886) was one of the first Japanese engineers to study and work in the UK. He worked as a foreman on the Forth Rail Bridge construction. Read more stories like this at


Alumni news

Notes from No 2

TV’s Iain Stewart on communicating geology

In what will be a regular column, Emily Howie, the Alumni Manager in the Development & Alumni Office, will share with you some news from the alumni team.

I’m always delighted to hear about the progress of graduates, so it’s a pleasure to act as editor of the alumni pages of Avenue. I have held that position for some years, but this is my first column to accompany your stories. No two days here are the same. One day I might be working with a group helping put the finishing touches to their reunion and the next I could be off to the Far East to attend an alumni event. I love that I have the opportunity to meet so many interesting and friendly people – many of whom have become good friends. It is great to help people keep in touch with their friends and maintain an interest in their University. A big part of the team’s role is to plan and attend alumni events. We’re looking forward to meeting graduates at events coming up this year, like the law alumni dinner in September in Glasgow, the vet alumni dinner and ceilidh in November in Glasgow, and the alumni Christmas dinner in December. Having studied with us, you’re forever part of a diverse global community. From China to Canada, there are more than 118,000 Glasgow alumni worldwide and it’s my job to lead the alumni relations team as they encourage and enable your continued engagement both with the University and with each other. We believe in the mutual

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benefits of staying in touch, whether we’re working to strengthen the global network of graduates and friends of the University, or fostering support and opportunities for the next generations of learners. As well as meeting graduates in person, I like reading your letters. We recently received a letter from Daphne Menary (MBChB 1959) who now lives in Australia. She shared some reflections on her time at the University, knitting with friends and visiting The Hunterian. It was interesting to hear about her déjà vu experience on seeing one of the University of Otago’s buildings. The University of Otago is New Zealand’s oldest University and their Clocktower building was partly modelled on our own Gilbert Scott building. Take a look at the similarities below. New Zealand is just one of many Commonwealth countries that we have connections with. The Commonwealth Games are coming to Glasgow soon and we are keen to compile a collection of stories from Commonwealth graduates. You can read the full article on page 7. Thank you for your contributions so far, please send me your news and reunions to: Development & Alumni Office, 2 The Square, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ. Tel: +44 (0)141 330 4951 Email:

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More than 200 staff, current and former students and members of the public came to the Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre to hear broadcaster Iain Stewart present his lecture 50 Shades of Grey: Communicating Geology in April. The Professor of Geoscience Communication at Plymouth and friend of the University talked about the important role geology can play in informing current policymakers and the general public, by dispelling the myth that geology is irrelevant in the current climate, and switching from traditional communication methods to new alternative media. ‘It was a great opportunity to welcome our alumni back to the University, and take the opportunity to hear Iain speak in this intimate venue,’ said Richard McConnell, College Development Officer for Science & Engineering. ‘We were also delighted to have such a large number of current Earth Science and Geography students in attendance.’ Members of Glasgow University Earth Science Society (GUESS) were involved in organising the event. For more information on events coming up at the University see


Alumni news Katherine collects Young Alumnus award In recognition of her achievements as Britain’s most successful female rower, Katherine Grainger MBE, CBE (MPhil 2001), was presented with the prestigious Young Alumnus of the Year Award 2012. Learning of the University’s decision to present her with the award, the Olympic gold medallist said, ‘It’s incredible. I felt the big focus for me this year would be the Olympics, and winning it was everything I wanted it to be. I kind of thought I’d won everything I could win, so to be awarded this on top makes the year even more special.’ The award was presented at the alumni Christmas dinner in December. Many guests took the opportunity to get photos with Katherine and see the much deserved gold medal.

Young graduate pioneers model for conservation For many, taking a gap year gives you the chance to expand your horizons and try out new jobs. This was no different for Karina Atkinson (BSc 2007), but her life-changing gap year led to her setting up her own award-winning conservation business. Following her graduation from the University, Karina decided to take her fate into her own hands and enrolled in a gap year at a voluntary preservation programme in Paraguay. Such was the effect of her experience that five years later she has now set up her own business, Para La Tierra, a not-for-profit conservation project based at Reserva Natural Laguna Blanca. ‘I enjoyed the flexibility my course offered and even took a business module in second year, which no doubt helped me with setting up

my own business,’ Karina said. ‘The science programme at Glasgow gave me such a strong grounding in Biology in general. I was able to apply the skills I’d gained at university and completely change my focus to Zoology.’ Para La Tierra aims to protect habitats and species in Paraguay through scientific research and community outreach. Not only is this the first project of its kind in South America, but it is steadily becoming the model for conservation and sustainable tourism around the world. To further endorse Para La Tierra’s growing reputation for research and community work, Karina was awarded the prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise, an accolade judged by an international panel of explorers, conservationists, scientists, doctors, educators and innovators. Since its inception, Para La Tierra has welcomed more than 150 temporary volunteers and professional scientists, carrying out a total of 29 distinct research projects. Find out about Karina’s project at

Nominate our next Young Alumnus of the Year Nominations are open for the next Young Alumnus of the Year award. The annual award celebrates and recognises an alumnus who makes extraordinary achievements in the first 15 years after graduation. You can nominate someone who has made a major contribution to their chosen field; be it to the community, arts, sciences or business. Do you know someone who fits the bill? Email nominations to: To find out more, see

New Year’s Honours 2013 Dr Rodney Simon Berman (BSc 1990, PhD 1994) received an OBE for services to local government and the community in Cardiff. Mr George James Brechin (BSc 1971) received an OBE for services to the NHS. Professor Sir Ian David Diamond (DLitt 2006) received a Knighthood for services to Social Science and Higher Education. Ms Katherine Jane Grainger MBE (MPhil 2001) received a CBE for services to rowing. Mr Magnus Duncan Linklater (DLitt 2001) received a CBE for services to the arts and media in Scotland.

New members welcomed for London Club The Glasgow University Women’s Club would be delighted to welcome new members. Their AGM is planned for 26 October at St Columba’s, Pont Street, Kensington. If you are interested in joining the club, please come along to the event. To find out more, contact the Membership Secretary, Marjorie Bremner, email:


Alumni events Alumni around the world get together to celebrate their connection with the University of Glasgow. Representatives from the University attend these social events to meet with, encourage and grow our esteemed network of graduate, current and future students. Find out about these events, including dates and locations, at




More than 240 alumni attended what could perhaps be the biggest overseas alumni event to date – a drinks reception at the trendy Lan Club on Sunday 17 March. Yueping Feng (LLM 2011), one of the Beijing Alumni Association Coordinators, welcomed the Principal and the rest of the visiting Glasgow delegation to China. The Principal talked about current developments in Glasgow and the University’s links with China. Many of the guests said how much they had enjoyed the opportunity to get together with classmates and maintain their connection with Glasgow.

Five graduates from the University, who have returned to Ghana since completion of their degrees, attended the British Council Education UK’s alumni reception ‘Celebrate a Brilliant Future’ in February 2013. Over 40 representatives from universities across the UK attended the event. It was a great opportunity for the Glasgow alumni to share experiences and reminisce about their time at the University. The graduates hope to set up an alumni association in Ghana and encourage all other alumni in the area to update their details in GU World.

The hotly anticipated Chicago Burns Supper made a welcome return in February 2013 at the Racquet Club of Chicago. This popular event was well supported with 68 alumni, guests and prospective students in attendance. Special thanks to Albert Van Alyea and our Midwest Alumni Association Coordinator Ginny Van Alyea (JYA 2001) for delivering the wonderful Toast to the Lassies and Reply respectively. Musical group Glen Ayre was on hand to serenade guests throughout the dinner and then rounded off the evening with a few ceilidh sets.

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Over 70 alumni and friends attended the alumni cocktail party at Christie’s in the Rockefeller Center in October 2012. Christie’s Education is an affiliated institute of the University of Glasgow, and a subsidiary of Christie’s International, the auction house founded by James Christie in the 18th century. The evening included short talks from Professor David Gaimster, Director of The Hunterian, and Veronique ChagnonBurke, Associate Professor, Director of Studies, Christie’s Education. Guests had the opportunity to view some artworks that were due to be auctioned at Christie’s.

Professor Anne Anderson, the Head of the College of Social Sciences, entertained more than 70 guests with news and pictures from Glasgow at this year’s Hong Kong reception. Club Lusitano’s sparkling star ceiling and fabulous city views made it a great venue for alumni guests to meet old friends and make new acquaintances. Many graduates took the time to speak to the group of prospective students and sing the praises of life at Glasgow.

London 2013 saw the biggest turnout yet at the annual London Burns Supper at the Caledonian Club. Clark McGinn (MA 1983) delivered a spectacular Address to the Haggis and an entertaining Toast to the Immortal Memory. The laughter continued into the evening thanks to John Cowie and Margaret Connolly’s fun Toast to the Lassies and Reply. Fine food was followed by an energetic ceilidh. Thanks go to Talisker and Tunnocks who sponsored the evening, and there was not one tea cake or drop of Talisker left over. Plans are underway for the 2014 event.

Brazil Brazil is an increasingly important market for the University. The latest alumni event was designed to be the forerunner to bigger events in the coming year. Alumni and friends of the University gathered for an evening of news and networking in São Paulo in October 2012. Professor David Fearn, International Dean for the Americas, gave an address on developments at the University, including new research projects with strong Brazilian links such as the world-leading Malaria Research Network of Excellence.

Toronto Canada has a strong Scottish cultural identity and Canadian students have attended the University of Glasgow since the early 1880s. In October 2012, to celebrate the University’s Canadian connections, 50 guests attended a poster exhibition event at the Granite Club in Toronto. The exhibition featured special collections from our archives and The Hunterian, illustrating our many past and present links with Canada. Many Glasgow academics have had strong links with Canada, including James McGill, founder of McGill University, who studied at Glasgow in the 1750s.


Alumni events

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For almost 30 years, Glasgow has welcomed visiting students from Duke University. The Duke Public Policy Studies course began with the first student cohort arriving at Gilmorehill in September 1985. In October 2012, we celebrated this long-standing relationship at a special event with colleagues from Duke and alumni from the local area. The Principal hosted the event in Durham. Guest speakers included two staff members from Duke who were instrumental in setting up the programme in the 1980s. Wake & District Pipe Band provided the entertainment. Special thanks go to the Raleigh-Durham Alumni Association contacts Harry Nicol (BSc 1969) and Nathan Isley (MArch 1992) for helping to coordinate the evening.

Thirty graduates from Indonesia attended an evening reception hosted by Professor Andrea Nolan, Senior Vice-Principal and Deputy ViceChancellor, in January at the Intercontinental Jakarta. Professor Nolan was also joined by Professor Frank Coton, Vice-Principal (Learning and Teaching), Professor Massimo Pignatelli, Head of the School of Medicine, and Naomi Allum, Deputy Head, International Office. Alumni at the event heard the latest news from Glasgow and met old and new friends. Special thanks to Dr Scott Younger (BSc 1962) for his assistance in the run-up to the event.

In February, 84 guests, who were a mix of alumni, friends and prospective students, came together for a Burns Supper in celebration of Scotland’s Bard. Glasgow alumnus Clark McGinn (MA 1983) entertained with his amusing Address and Immortal Memory. Professor David Fearn, International Dean for the Americas, welcomed guests and Melvyn Pond, President of American Alumni of Glasgow University (AAGU), thanked all in attendance for their support of the University’s fundraising initiatives.

Berlin Glasgow Jewish Students’ Society The Aberdeen Club In November 2012, the Aberdeen Club held its annual dinner at the Royal Northern and University Club. Around 50 members and guests enjoyed speeches by the Very Reverend Alexander McDonald, former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Mr George Mitchell, formerly of Grampian Television, and from Mrs Lesley Richmond, Deputy Director University Library and University Archivist. The President of the Club, Sheriff Douglas Cusine, presented Lesley with a cheque for £600 in support of the James Watt Postgraduate Scholarship Fund in Engineering. New club members are always welcome. Contact Evelyn Dobson, tel: +44 (0)1224 868275. The 2013 dinner will take place on 8 November. Mr George Mitchell, The Very Reverend Alexander McDonald; front row: Mrs Lesley Richmond and Sheriff Douglas Cusine. From left to right, back row:

In December 1911, a group of communally minded young students at the University came together to form a Jewish Students’ Society. To celebrate the centenary of the Society, a gala dinner was held in November 2012 in the magnificent setting of Glasgow City Chambers. 200 past and present members attended the event. Guests travelled from around the UK as well as Amsterdam, Düsseldorf, Italy, Venezuela and Israel. Depute Lord Provost Bailie Gerald Leonard spoke warmly of the Jewish contribution to the city. University Rector, the Right Honourable Charles Kennedy MP, gave the toast to the Society. Photographs and documents from the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre were displayed. The centre would be pleased to receive further reminiscences and memorabilia; email: Principal Muscatelli joins Rector Charles Kennedy with other distinguished guests. Photo by Will McGregor/Stuart Hatch.

In December, more than 60 alumni and guests turned out at the British Council in Alexanderplatz for the first ever alumni reception in Berlin. Secretary of Court David Newell talked of University developments and encouraged the group to build on the success of this first event. A number of alumni are now in discussions as a result of the event, with a view to setting up a formal Berlin Alumni Association.

Coming up: Vet alumni event Saturday 2 November 2013 This event is open to all our alumni and friends, in particular those year groups ending ‘3’ and ‘8’ who are celebrating their significant anniversaries in 2013. The evening celebrations start with a drinks reception in The Hunterian, followed by a dinner and ceilidh in the magnificent setting of the Bute Hall. You can tour the Vet School during the day. We can also help coordinate informal reunion gatherings around this event. Please email: or tel: +44 (0)141 330 7145. As part of the reunion weekend, we will hold a CPD day at the Vet School. The day will involve Small Animal, Equine and Farm Animal.


Reunion reports

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1962 Class of Honours Chemistry In June, 25 class members, along with spouses and partners, travelled from far and wide to Glasgow to celebrate the 50th anniversary. The day started with many attending the Commemoration Graduation and lunch, and a visit to the School of Chemistry conducted by Professor Joe Connolly. Due to a complete change in health and safety regulations over the past 50 years, no smoking, eating or experiments were allowed to be performed by the 70-year-old chemists! An excellent dinner in the Western Club with a light-hearted speech by Peter Harvey was the culmination of a memorable occasion. Joyce Allison was presented with a token in appreciation of her organisational skills. The following day many travelled north to the Dunkeld Hilton for one or two days to reminisce and to catch up on news from the past 50 years. It was agreed to meet again in five years’ time.

In September 2012, 68 graduates of the 1967 class of Notre Dame Teacher Training College reunited to celebrate their 45th anniversary. The reunion began with Mass at the University Memorial Chapel celebrated by Father John Keenan, Catholic Chaplain for the University. ‘We were privileged to have Philip Donnelly, a fine church organist, play for us at this ceremony,’ said Mary Harmon, who organised the reunion. This was followed by lunch in Randolph Hall. ‘Although most of us still reside in the Glasgow area,’ said reunion treasurer Liz Sheridan, ‘many travelled from other parts of Scotland as well as England, France and Canada to be with us.’ The ‘old girls’ renewed friendships, enjoyed photos and memorabilia, reminisced about their college days and shared their life experiences. ‘We are now looking forward to our golden jubilee in 2017, which I know will be even bigger and better,’ commented Margaret Gobbi.

They met in Rothesay on the Friday evening for dinner. Class members came from as far away as Alaska, New Zealand and Panama. On Saturday morning we toured Mount Stuart House. After lunch, the group went for a geological field trip around Bute, remembering some of what was learned long ago. The reunion dinner was held in the Victoria Hotel in Rothesay. On Sunday, the group enjoyed a walk at Ettrick Bay, which finished with champagne and strawberries. As one said, ‘The years melt away when we meet up again. We plan to hold our 35th reunion in 2017 in Oban.’

Thanks to Emma Sloan, Development & Alumni Office, for her assistance and to Hospitality Services for our wonderful lunch. To be added to the 50th reunion mailing list, email Mary:

Cecilian Society

1956–62 MBChB Alpha Club In September 2012, 58 graduates from the UK, Canada, USA, Saba (a Caribbean Island), Australia, Nigeria and Iran attended the reunion event. Graduates shared a dinner in the University attended by our Chancellor, Sir Kenneth Calman. The following day graduates and spouses went to another dinner. There we were entertained by a quartet from Douglas Academy School of Music and by several very talented young musicians from the same school under their head of school and Deputy Rector Mr Derek Norval. During the reunion we also visited The Hunterian and Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, both of which have been refurbished magnificently since our last reunion.

In June 2012, ten members of the class of ’82, along with partners and children, met in Rothesay to celebrate our 30th anniversary. The class was a close-knit group due to many long geology field trips together. Many still maintain regular contact. One of the group was lost in an accident, and we always toast his memory. Today, many still work as geologists and in related fields, including oil, mining and the nuclear industry.

1972 Civil Engineering In November 2012, the 1972 Civil Engineers held a 40th anniversary bash with 17 attending and looking as young as ever. They were very pleased also to have the company of Dave Green and Iain McLeod, two of their former lecturers – also looking as young as ever! For some it was the first time that hands had been shaken since that happy day of graduation back in 1972. A most enjoyable evening was had by all, with plenty of catching up and the class tradition of finishing the event with a song maintained (by those still awake!). To stay in touch, please email:

In October 2012, we celebrated our 60th anniversary with past and present members. We started on Friday night with a ceilidh, buffet, birthday cake and a welcome speech from the current president. Saturday was a day of rehearsals for our anniversary concert, as well as for catching up with old friends. On Saturday night, we did karaoke in true Cecilian fashion with costumes, choreographed dance routines and a glamorous host, Miss Liza. After dress rehearsals on Sunday, we held our evening anniversary concert with spectacular performances all round. We then had a formal dinner at the Grosvenor Hilton, and speeches from our honorary president, Hugh Gould, current president, Ronan Radin and a vote of thanks from our most recent honorary member, Lorna Moir. We ended the night with our very own ‘cheesy pop’ provided by DJ Toast. We can’t wait to do it again at the 70th celebrations.


Reunion notices 1958 Beta Club

1973 Notre Dame

12–14 September 2013, Grosvenor Hotel, Glasgow The club will celebrate its 55th reunion.

14 September 2013, Turnbull Hall For the 40th anniversary reunion of the Notre Dame Teacher Training graduates of 1973. We will have Mass at 12 noon followed by a buffet lunch, and will finish the evening in one of the local hostelries.

Contact: Stuart Parker, email:, tel: +44 (0)1698 882724/ +44 (0)7973 186096.

1959 Gamma Club 4–7 September 2014, Glasgow This club is holding a 55th reunion. The venue has not yet been finalised. Please put the dates in your diary. Details will follow shortly by personal email from John Kennedy and Marjory MacSween.

1960 Delta Club 7 September 2013, 1A The Square (the old College Club), Gilmorehill If you have not already received information about this lunch event and would like to attend please contact Anne Loudon. Contact: Anne Loudon, tel: +44 (0)141 639 4195, email:

1963 Beta Club 6-8 September 2013, Glasgow The club is holding a 50th reunion. To find out more contact JJ Boyd or RS Thomson. Contact: JJ Boyd, email:, or RS Thomson, email:

1963–1970 Swimming Club 24 and 25 July 2013, Glasgow A reunion for the University of Glasgow Swimming Club of the period 1963–1970. There are several activities planned, including morning coffee in the Principal’s Lodgings and a dinner in the Melville Room. Contact: George Browning, email:, or Phil Leckie, email:

1964 Classics 21 June 2014 A reunion to celebrate 50 years since graduation. Contact Gordon if you would like to attend. Contact: Gordon Hepburn, email:

1968 Engineers 19 October 2013 The 45th anniversary reunion for any graduate (with or without their partner) of the 1968 Engineers. The event will begin with a drinks reception in the Melville Room and be followed by dinner in the stunning Randolph Hall. Contact: Jim Urquhart, email:

Contact: Maggie Powell (Campbell), email:, or Nancy, email:

1973/4 Biochemistry Advance notice – 2014, Glasgow It will probably take place after the Commonwealth Games. No programme yet, so there is plenty of time for you to provide suggestions. We would like to find everyone who started Junior Honours Biochemistry in 1972. If you are interested and/or have contact details for other class members, please get in touch. Contact: Alistair Lax, email:

1974 Electrical Engineers Advance notice – Summer 2014 A 40-year reunion is being planned for 2014, probably in Glasgow and if possible including a visit to the Rankine Building. Contact: Ian Rodney, email:

1974 Gamma Club 25–27 April 2014, The Old Course Hotel, St Andrews To celebrate the 40th anniversary of graduation with MBChB. The format of the reunion will, as in previous years, include an informal buffet on the Friday night and a ceilidh dinner dance on the Saturday night. Contact: Eleanor Hodgson, email:, or see:

1978 Electronic Engineers (Blown Fuse Society) 27/28 September 2013 (provisionally), Glasgow A 35-year reunion for all who graduated around 1978. The main event on a Saturday evening. If there’s enough interest, we will arrange an optional weekend of events. We aim to make this event bigger than the 30th reunion. Contact: Ken MacPherson, email: or, tel: +44 (0)7801 714163.

1978 Notre Dame

22 June 2013 The 35-year reunion for the Notre Dame graduates of 1978. A Mass will be held at 12 noon followed by lunch in Turnbull Hall. Contact: Kitty Moran, email: catherine.

1982 Beta Club 22–24 November 2013, Peebles Hydro Hotel It’s a year late, but get yourselves there and have a great weekend with ‘old’ friends. Family and partners welcome. Please book directly with the hotel quoting Beta82. Contact: To book, tel: +44 (0)1721 720 602 or email: For further information, email:

1983 Gamma 2 November 2013, Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow. All medical graduates of 1983 (or those associated with this year) are invited to a reunion dinner. Contact: email: or

1988 Bachelor of Education (St Andrew’s College of Education)
 October 2013 A 25th celebration reunion event is planned for a Saturday evening in Glasgow. A great chance to catch up with old friends. Please express your interest and/or give details of classmates who would be interested in attending. Contact: Grace Parker, email:, or Helen Cullen, email:

1993 Gamma Club

7 September 2013 To celebrate the 20th anniversary of our graduation. The format will be a dinner and ceilidh in a venue at the University of Glasgow. It would help us find a suitable venue if people could get in touch as soon as possible. Contact: Craig Melville, email:

MacBrayne Hall reunion 14 September 2013 A reunion for residents of MacBrayne Hall during the period of 1964 to 1970 at the University. Contact: John Farmer, email:


The General Council Business news and reports. Prepared and supplied for the General Council by Robert Marshall, Clerk to the General Council. Email: Papers for consideration at the Half-Yearly Meeting of the General Council, 22 June 2013: 1. Minutes of the Meeting of the General Council held on 19 January 2013 (see below). 2. Paper A. Report by the Principal on the work and activities of the University (see page 24).

Minutes of the General Council Half-Yearly Meeting held on Saturday, 19 January 2013 in the Fraser Building of the University The Chancellor, Professor Sir Kenneth Calman, took the chair and welcomed those present to the meeting. He thanked the Director of Estates & Buildings for her excellent informal presentation about campus development proposals. The meeting approved the resolutions amending the Standing Orders as proposed by the Business Committee. The changes are described in Appendix A at: The meeting elected six nominees, duly proposed and seconded, to the General Council (GC) Business Committee. Their names are given in Appendix B at:

Minutes of the meeting held on 23 June 2012 The minutes of the meeting held on Saturday 23 June 2012, printed in Avenue issue 53 (January 2013), were approved. There were no matters arising.

Report of the Convener of the Business Committee, Mr George Tait The Convener reported that since the last General Council meeting in June 2012 the Business Committee (BC) had continued to focus on implementing the modernisation of role and purpose mentioned in previous reports. Court and Assessors The BC innovations of a) Assessor reports of Court matters and b) information from University management are proving very informative. There is opportunity for University management to use the BC as a sounding board on contemporary issues. Development & Alumni Office (DAO) Following discussions with the DAO, the BC a) is considering regular contact with General Council members via the GU World enews email b) has increased coverage of the General Council in Avenue c) now has a representative on the Avenue Editorial Board.

Increased participation by General Council members To encourage increased participation an opinion survey was held at the June 2012 General Council meeting. Support emerged for keynote University speakers and holding the meeting at various campus locations. The June 2013 meeting will be held in an MVLS location, with a presentation on the undergraduate medicine degree. The profile of the General Council with University academic staff is to be raised. Business Committee matters Standing orders: as well as recommendations on immediate changes, a sub-committee has recommended an overhaul of the Standing Orders, to be ready for the June 2013 General Council meeting. Ancient Universities meeting: a meeting of BC Conveners of the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews was discussed: relationships with General Council assessors; effectiveness reviews; increased Rectorial representation; and online voting technology and procedures. The four Conveners made a joint submission to the Scottish Parliament expressing concerns about the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill. BC meetings: there were BC meetings in July and October 2012 and January 2013; there are fuller reports from Court and the Principal. In July, the University Librarian Ms Helen Durndell showed members the transformation to the building, where printed material is digitised and released shelf space used for new learning and social activities. In October, Mr Ian Black (Director of HR) presented the findings of the recent University Staff Engagement Survey. The BC was assured that areas for improvement requested by staff were being addressed through a variety of channels including the management development programme. In January, Professor Anne Anderson (Head of the College of Social Sciences) briefed the BC on the five schools in the college (Business, Education, Law, Social & Political Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies in Dumfries). She highlighted the college’s range of popular undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. The BC is very grateful to the speakers for giving the time to update it on important current issues in the University.

Questions and answers During comments and questions, attendees wondered whether there could be a greater emphasis on promoting the General Council. The Convener reiterated that a BC member will join the Avenue Editorial Board and will press for emphasis of General Council affairs. The University web portal is to be improved to allow easier access to the General Council pages. The University has established a web strategy group to improve landing pages and one-click navigation. The Principal noted that website management takes place through Corporate Communications; he agreed that the web system needed modernised. In response to discussions about whether General Council meetings could be held overseas, the Chancellor summarised that it would be difficult to translate overseas the formal biannual decision-making processes of the General Council but that it would be straightforward to use DAO overseas meetings with alumni to promote the General Council and the University in general. The University was congratulated on its appointment of the Regius Professor of Law. The Principal pointed out that the University has the largest number of Regius Chairs in the UK. In concluding, the Chancellor thanked the Convener for his report and looked forward to hearing about progress on profile-raising at the next meeting.

Principal’s Report, given by the Principal & Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anton Muscatelli The Chancellor invited the Principal to address the meeting. Update on student numbers Home and EU applications are very strong, with over 30,000 in 2012–13. There has been a 100 reduction in the number from the rest of the UK (RUK) following marketisation of higher education in England, where there is no cap on fee-paying student numbers. Student numbers at some English universities have grown very strongly; others have seen a marked reduction. Maintaining the RUK numbers is important to the University, as it adds to the diversity. Non-EU postgraduate taught students are valuable to the University by increasing diversity, reputation and other aspects of internationalisation and by increasing income, as their numbers are not capped. At 3,900

23 The General Council was set up by Act of Parliament to give voice to the views of the graduates and teaching staff on the regulation and wellbeing of the University. All graduates and teaching staff are entitled to attend meetings.

students (2012–13), Glasgow has pulled ahead of the Scottish universities’ average; although it is doing much better than before, Glasgow is still below the average for the Russell Group comparator universities. Widening access Widening access is a very important area for Glasgow: the University is unique in its combination of research-intensive performance and access improvement for disadvantaged students. The University has various offers, including top-up programmes and talent scholarships and has the biggest share among Scottish universities of MD40 students (40% most deprived). Investment in infrastructure and facilities The University has invested a large amount in facilities: £80m in new buildings and equipment; £55m on refurbishing facilities. Projects include: new facilities at Garscube; a postgraduate club in Gilmorehill; increased social space in the Library. Careers guidance and opportunities are being improved: Club 21 (prestigious internship programme) has 200 employer participants. Research The Arts & Humanities Research Council has funded a major ‘People of Medieval Scotland’ database. The Institute of Glasgow Polyomics has opened. Benefits of restructuring There has been a beneficial impact of the restructure on research. New institutes and complex interdisciplinary bids have been created, including: the Institute of Health & Wellbeing; the CREATe bid (Creativity, Regulation, Enterprise & Technology) which will address challenges associated with digitisation, intellectual property issues and how to support relationships between the arts and technology; and the Glasgow-led innovation centres of Stratified Medicine and Sensors & Imaging Systems. Major external stakeholders have been very positive about the changes; the Medical Research Council described the changes in Glasgow’s biomedical research as ‘truly transformational’. Investing in people Glasgow has invested £14m on new staff, in advance of the 2013–14 Research Excellence Framework assessment, on which institutional funding depends. Nineteen international professorial appointments have been made.

A global university: transnational education Transnational education (TNE) is an increasingly important component of internationalisation; Glasgow degrees are provided overseas in partnership with other universities. The University is collaborating with 200 institutions, including exchange collaboration that allows our students to study abroad (currently around 20% of our students study abroad). Prestigious collaborations (such as Columbia in New York) already exist. In two years, there will be 600 TNE students at the University. In concluding, the Principal stated that there are many positive things happening in the areas of research, investment and teaching. Restructuring has led to excellent developments in collaborative research and teaching. Challenges include the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill; public spending budgets in the face of continuing austerity measures; and ever more active competition in the sector. As always, the University is very grateful for the support received from its alumni. Questions and comments The Chancellor felt the talk was very positive and was pleased in particular with the University’s performance in widening student access. Those present were pleased to hear about 19 international-level professorial appointments but wondered what was being done to encourage early-career researchers. Principal replied that staff investment (directed towards RAE) had been made at both ends of the scale. The University advertised for a) the Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith Fellowships, where schools and research institutes put up interesting cross-disciplinary ideas to attract staff working at the interface and b) leadership fellowships, for specialist discipline areas. The Principal thought it was a good idea for General Council members to be involved more with the Club 21 mentor scheme and suggested that the Director of the Careers Service explain the scheme to the BC. In answer to a question about recent negative media stories about the University, Principal explained that University management received comprehensive media reports from its press office: the University enjoys massive coverage, where positive coverage greatly outweighs negative; and that negative stories arise predominantly from local media. He thought it was very important that all

University constituents (students, SRC, senior management group etc) work together so that a common University view could be expressed to the outside world. The local press had covered widening access very well, using phrases such as the University being a ‘shining light’. The Principal explained that the University had a Facebook site and that students made great use of social media. In response to questions about the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill, the Principal felt confident that the offending sections would be altered. The greatest anxiety was created by the government proposal to link funding to educational matters, eg suggesting that university X should teach subject Y; or that, for example, engineering is taught in only one university in a major city. The Principal felt that other parts of the bill (such as the fee cap proposals) were sensible. He also noted that current relationships between the University and the Scottish Government were very good; the issue would lie with future relationships. The Chairman of Court (Mr David Ross) endorsed the Principal’s view and explained that the powers in Section 2 of the Bill are draconian; applying not only to governance and management but also allowing Scottish ministers to determine what is ‘good’. He understood that in contrast Finnish universities are currently in the process of being released from government control because independence is seen as being better. The Principal added that elsewhere in the world, the UK/US model of autonomy is increasingly recognised as producing the best results. The Chancellor suggested that the submissions and responses to the Bill should be published somewhere on the University website. The Chancellor thanked the Principal for a very important talk that would be published in the next edition of Avenue. He concluded the discussion by noting that the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill was an active topic, reiterating that information would be transmitted to the General Council in the near future.

Closure of the meeting Finally, the Chancellor thanked the Convener and the Clerk for their work; and all those present for their attendance. He informed the meeting that the next meeting would be held on Saturday, 22 June 2013 at 11am in the University.


The General Council Paper A: Report by the Principal In February we officially launched the renamed Adam Smith Business School. It is perhaps long overdue that we should claim the name of the father of modern economics and identify him with our Business School. The school is enjoying a period of unparalleled success and I thought I would use it as a microcosm for the University today – for the foundations of the school’s success are and will be the foundations of the University’s success now and into the future. The Adam Smith Business School has proudly identified itself with one of our great figures from the past, whose voice is still heard today. As a University it is right that we should be proud of our past, proud of our intellectual heritage and strive, like the school, to be worthy of it. But the strength of the school is based on certain fundamentals, as important for the future success of the University as for the school. First, the school exemplifies strength through collaboration and multidisciplinarity: it is built on the combined strengths of Accounting & Finance, Economics and Management. Last year I spoke about our process of restructuring from faculties to colleges, and from departments to schools, with the additional creation of seven research institutes. At its heart was the same drive embodied in the Adam Smith Business School to bring disciplines together, to catalyse creative and interdisciplinary research and innovative teaching. These multidisciplinary research strengths have enabled us to lead on two nationwide Innovation Centre proposals to the Scottish Funding Council. We have the exciting prospect of establishing and leading two multimillion pound industry–academic centres of excellence. They will bring together academic expertise from across all of Scotland’s universities to drive forward innovation in the areas of Stratified Medicine and Sensors & Imaging Systems. Both could generate hundreds of millions of gross value added for the Scottish economy over the next five years. But success through multidisciplinarity is not just about biomedicine, physics and engineering, as the Adam Smith Business School exemplifies. It is evident in arts and social sciences too. For the second year running, the College of Arts finished second (this year to Oxford) in the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s responsive mode grant capture in the UK. This success is, in no small measure, down to the multidisciplinary Arts Lab. We’ve also seen the development of such centres as the Centre for Robert Burns Studies, more recently the Centre for Textile Conservation & Art History, and more recently still the Centre for Copyright & New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe), led from within our School of Law in the College of Social Sciences. Glasgow won the bid to lead this new centre, which brings together eight subject areas in the arts and social sciences and will work in collaboration with seven other universities across the UK.

These, just like the Adam Smith Business School, and so many other examples will continue to maintain our research strengths to truly international standards with real international impact. But the Adam Smith Business School embodies another key aspect of the University: its international standing. The school is internationally accredited by AMBA and AACSB. It attracts an international student population (undergraduate and postgraduate) of over 1,600 and an international academic staff of 40% of the total, representing 23 nationalities. And at the heart of the University’s strategy is ‘Enhancing our global reach and reputation’. We have grown our international student numbers more strongly than any other Scottish university, doubling our total in the last four years. We are also building research and programme collaborations with key universities worldwide. One very significant area of growth is transnational education. We are now offering four undergraduate degree programmes in Engineering in partnership with Singapore Institute of Technology and will introduce Computing Science degrees in Singapore from September 2013. Similar programmes are being developed in Electronics Engineering with the University of Electronic Science & Technology of China, which should be launched this autumn. For 2014 and beyond, we are exploring the possibility of setting up a joint graduate school with Nankai University in Tianjin, offering joint Masters programmes and dual PhD degrees, mainly focused on social sciences and arts, and there is potential for research and postgraduate collaborations in medical, veterinary and life sciences at Sun-Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou. But we know too that our future success depends on investing in quality staff. The Adam Smith Business School is working hard to draw talented staff to Glasgow, recently appointing five Chairs and around 11 research and teaching posts. As of January and within a year, the University has been in the process of securing over 150 new appointments from across the world. Investment in talent is critical, but investment in our estate is also vital. In February 2013 we launched our Gilmorehill Campus Vision & Estate Strategy which, though propelled

forward by the potential of the acquisition of the Western Infirmary site, addresses the future of the whole campus. The process towards a new strategy and building a development framework will involve extensive consultation with staff, students, local residents, businesses and other interest groups. It will involve discussions with Glasgow City Council, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise and with other key stakeholders. It has already started. Our aim is to create a lasting legacy for future generations of students, academics and local people in the west of Glasgow on a par with, and worthy of, what was achieved by our forebears in 1870 and the move to the Gilmorehill site. What this initiative emphasises is the way in which the University flourishes through partnerships. The Adam Smith Business School, through its Strategic Advisory Board, which draws on individuals from a range of international, national, public and private sector organisations, seeks to ensure the relevance of its business education offering and to secure its wider promotion and advocacy. As a University we work in partnership with all those I’ve already cited, and with our alumni, donors and supporters. They, you, are a tremendous asset, and we now have an exciting new project called the Glasgow Careers Alumni Network which seeks to enhance the value of this relationship still further. Its aim is to harness the wealth of talent of our graduate community, our friends and supporters, and open it up to our current students, thereby providing encouragement and inspiration to them for life after graduation. I hope this is something you might want to get involved in, working together for the good of our students and our University.


Deaths of Members of the General Council noted from April 2012 to March 2013 Names are listed alphabetically within each year of graduation decade.


Barr, James Stevenson (Dr), MBChB 1945, died 01/01/2013

Jack, James John, MBE, MA 1949, died 12/11/2012

Baxter, Ronald Scott, BSc 1949, died 15/11/2012

Jackson, Eleanor Jean (Mrs Dunlop), MA 1945, died 13/12/2012

Beck, George Norman (Dr), MBChB 1946, died 12/11/2012

Leitch, John Gibson (Dr), MBChB 1949, FRCS, died 08/01/1995

Brown, Arthur Thomas Millar, MA 1941, died 13/10/2012

Lunn, Doris Agnes Rothery (Dr Peebles-Brown), MBChB 1943, died 21/07/2012

Brown, Betsy (Dr McIntyre), MBChB 1945, died 16/06/2012

Lynas, Mary Cecilia (Dr Dunn), MBChB 1942, died 25/06/2012

Bryan, Marion Stirling McIntyre (Mrs Sharpe), MA 1945, died 17/05/2012

Macdonald, Donald Gilbert (Dr), MBChB 1949,

Bryson, John Rowan (Dr), MBChB 1948,

McCargow, James, MA 1941, former Registrar and

Caldwell, Wylie, BSc 1948, died 26/12/2012

McCulloch, Ian Ross, MA 1949,

Clail, Thomas, MA 1949,

McGill, David (Dr), MBChB 1943,

Cockburn, June Margaret (Dr), MA 1946, MEd,

McGillivray, Roy (Dr), BSc 1946,

Court, Euphemia Winchester (Mrs McPhee), MA 1941,

McGuire, Ralph Joseph, BSc 1949,

Cross, Ian Keir, BSc 1944, ARCST,

McKerrell, William (Dr), MBChB 1947,

Cruickshank, Roger John (Dr), MBChB 1948,

McMinn, Robert Matthew Hay (Professor), MBChB

Currie, Margaret Whyte (Mrs Macdonald), MA 1947,

McRae, Ronald Kenneth (Dr), MBChB 1949,

Cuthill, James Macrae (Dr), MBChB 1948,

Meldrum, Robert (Dr), MBChB 1944,

died 15/04/2012

Dallachy, Russell (Dr), MBChB 1943,

Mitchell, Charles Lindie, BSc 1943,

Mackenzie, John W A (Dr), MBChB 1937, died 24/08/2012

Deane, Phyllis Mary (Professor), MA 1940, DLitt,

Moscardini, Celestino, MA 1949,

Dunlop, Annie Young (Mrs McCargow), MA 1941,

Munro, Neil, BSc 1942,

Finlayson, Duncan (Rev), MA 1940,

Murphy, Anna (Mrs Keegan), MA 1947,

Fleming, Margaret Hamilton (Mrs Hyslop), MA 1946,

Nicol, Alice Taylor (Mrs Spangler), MA 1942,

Gallagher, James Moore, MA 1946, LLB, died 06/11/2012

Ommer, Grace, Diploma 1949, died 05/04/2012

Gibson, Maria Paterson (Mrs Ewing), MA 1949, died 23/07/2012

Prentice, James Archibald, BSc 1947, died 05/09/2012

Gray, James Milne, MA 1949, died 03/03/2013

Proudfoot, Frederick Buchan (Dr), MBChB 1947,

died 18/12/2012

Greavy, Mary (Ms McNeill), MA 1940,

Walker, Alexander Percy (Dr), MBChB 1939, died 14/11/2012

died 30/06/2012

Ramage, Lanes Morton, BSc 1944,

died 26/06/2012

Hall, Alexander Arthur, BSc 1941,

died 21/11/2012

Rankine, James, BSc 1948, died 25/04/2012

Hamilton, Alexander Macdonald, CBE, MA 1948, died 25/05/2012

Renwick, Robert Scott, BSc 1949, died 25/04/2012

Hamilton, John Lamb, MA 1948, died 18/08/2012

Risk, Thomas (Sir), Kt, FRSE, BL 1949, LLD, died 27/06/2012

Hirst, Elizabeth Russel Anderson (Mrs Fulton), MA 1947,

Ritchie, Duncan Keir, MA 1948, died 08/11/2012

Hogg, Margaret, MA 1942, died 29/12/2012

Robb, Agnes Fraser (Mrs Nancy Thomson), MA 1949, died 15/10/2007

Hopkin, William, BSc 1948, died 14/03/2012

Semple, Anne Ross Miller (Mrs Robson), MA 1949, died 28/09/2012

Hutchison, Mary MacDougall (Mrs Brown), MA 1941, date of death unknown

Shedden, Alexander Denis, BSc 1948,

Inglis , Robert McGowan (Dr), MBChB 1946,

Smart, John Jamieson C (Emeritus Professor),

Irons, Irene Chalmers (Mrs MacGregor), MA 1946,

Soote, Sheila Webster (Dr Leitch) OAM, MBChB 1949,

Macleod, Catherine Macpherson (Dr Monro), MBChB 1923, date of death unknown

1930–1939 Archer, Margaret Paterson, MA 1937, LLB, died 23/07/2012

Bremner, Alexander McColl, BSc 1939, died 01/05/2012

Cassidy, Vincent Aloysius, MA 1935,

date of death unknown

Cathcart, Agnes Elizabeth Dorman (Dr Macalister), MBChB 1939, died 2013

Davison, Elizabeth Margaret (Mrs Walker), MA 1933, died 30/03/2013 Davison, Elizabeth Margaret (Mrs McLay), MA 1939,

died 05/04/2012

Forrest, George Williamson (Dr), BSc 1937, MBChB,

died 08/11/2012

Glendinning, David (Dr), MBChB 1939, died 06/10/2012

Graham, Isabel Ross (Mrs Ghaleb), MA 1938, date of death unknown

Hutchison, Ian Alistair, BSc 1937, date of death unknown Jamieson, Margaret Mitchell (Mrs Pippin), MA 1933, died 03/11/2012 Lomax, William James, MA 1939, died 09/11/2012

MacKenzie, Archibald R K (CBE), MA 1938,

McCrae, John Stewart (Dr), CBE, MBChB 1939, died 17/07/2012

Monaghan, Annie Brady, MA 1936, died 07/07/2012

Muir, Robert Graham, MA 1939, died 30/10/2012

Robertson, William Shepherd (Dr), CBE, BSc 1937,

DSc, died 19/07/2012

Rose, Jack Harvey (Dr), MBChB 1938,

died 13/10/2012

Seaton, James Robert, OBE, MA 1939,

died 18/08/2012

Simpson, Helen Ann, MA 1933,

Ward, Catherine (Mrs Loney), MA 1934,

died 20/11/2012

Wilson, David Mills, BSc 1935, PhD,

died 27/05/2012

Wright, Henrietta McLachlan Trench (Mrs Campbell),

MA 1932, died 28/06/2012

died 04/12/2012

died 4/07/2011

died 05/02/2013

died 02/06/2012 died 05/03/2012

date of death unknown died 26/01/2012

died 30/07/2012

died 06/04/2012

died 28/07/2012

died 29/01/2013

died 05/10/2012

died 30/04/2012

died 12/04/2012

1940–1949 Adam, James Mills (Colonel), OBE, BSc 1942, died 20/12/2012

Adie, Annie Barrack (Mrs Yeaman), BSc 1941, died 04/08/2012

Allan, Geoffrey Walter (Dr), MBE, MBChB 1948, died 14/07/2012

Allan, James Bruce (Dr), MBChB 1948, date of death unknown

Bain, Robert (Dr), MBChB 1948, Ayr, died 19/05/2012

died 28/03/2012

died 18/03/2012

died 15/04/2012

Secretary to the Court, died 07/09/2012 died 23/07/2012

died 02/09/2012

died 10/05/2012

died 03/04/2012

died 24/11/2012

1947, died 11/07/2012

died 17/04/2012

died 19/02/2008

date of death unkown died 12/09/2012

died August 2011

died 02/09/2011 died 28/11/2009

died 07/05/2012

died 21/09/2012

MA 1946, died 06/10/2012

died 06/11/2010

26 Souter, William Angus (Dr), MBChB 1940,

Glencross, Joseph Fergusson (Dr), MBChB 1956,

Prentice, Ella Elizabeth (Mrs Maxwell), MA 1951, died 02/04/2012

Stewart, William Ian (The Hon Lord Allanbridge), MA 1948, died 21/06/2012

Good, Anne Cunningham, MA 1954, died 15/05/2012

Purdon, William Andrew Bowie (Dr), BSc 1953,

Sutherland, Eileen Graham (Mrs Hutchison), MA 1946,

Gordon, Douglas Stuart (Dr), PhD 1956,

Riddell, John Alistair (Dr), OBE, MBChB 1953,

died 30/05/2012

died 11/10/2012

died 20/04/2010

died 04/04/2012

died 09/05/2012

died 19/03/2012

Taylor, Agnes White (Mrs Kennedy), MA 1943, died 26/05/2012

Gould, Bernice Freda (Mrs Newman), MA 1951,

died 04/01/2013

Robertson, David Iain Stewart (Dr), MBChB 1955, died 21/10/2012

Thomson, Ian Blake (Dr), MBChB 1948, died 29/09/2011

Gray, John, MA 1952, died 14/04/2012

Robertson, Donald Buchanan QC, BL 1954, died 09/04/2012

Thomson, Norman Graham, MA 1941, died 28/05/2011 Thornber, John Charles Powell, BSc 1945, date of death unknown

Haggarty, Elisabeth Gertrude (Dr), MBChB 1951,

Robertson, Gordon Kerr, MA 1958, died 07/05/2012

Halliday, James, MA 1952, MLitt, died 03/01/2013

Rose, Donald Bruce, BSc 1951, died 05/05/2010

Vincent, Charles Raymond (Rev), MA 1949,

Hamilton, Eleanor Hogg, BSc 1953, died 01/04/2012

Rose, John Alexander (Professor), MA 1955, LLB, died 01/06/2012

Wade, Eric, BSc 1948, died 26/07/2012

Hemingway, Reginald Gordon (Emeritus Professor), PhD 1959, died 27/06/2012

Roy, Archibald Edmiston (Emeritus Professor),

Wallace, Alison Carlaw (Dr Laird), MBChB 1942,

Jamieson, Isobel Mary (Mrs Duff), BSc 1950, ARCST,

Sim, James, BSc 1955,

died 28/11/2012

died 03/01/2012

BSc 1950, died 27/12/2012

died 03/03/2013

died 13/07/2012

died 05/02/2013

Wilson, James, BSc 1947, date of death unknown

Jamieson, John (Dr), MBChB 1950, date of death unknown

Smillie, Martin Watt (Dr), MBChB 1956,

Winning, Agnes MacDonald, MA 1949,

Johnston, Neill Malcolm Simpson, BSc 1954,

Smith, Alexander Thomas, BSc 1954,

Kennedy, Grace Carol (Mrs Hausermann), MA 1955,

Smith, David Abercrombie, BL 1954,

Kermack, Stuart Ogilvy (Sheriff), LLB 1959,

Smith, Hamilton (Emeritus Professor), BSc 1956, PhD,

died 16/09/2012

1950–1959 Anderson, Charles Elser (Dr), MBChB 1954,

died 17/05/2012

died 27/05/2010

died 20/04/2012

died 08/08/2012

Anderson, Thomas (Dr), MBChB 1950,

King, Marjory Elizabeth, MA 1954,

died 26/08/2012

died 15/02/2013

Ballantyne, James Neil, BSc 1959,

Lamont, Patritia Louisa, MA 1952,

died 03/10/2003

died November 2012

died 02/2012

died 18/07/2012

C.Chem, FRSC, FRCPath, FRSE, former Professor of Forensic Medicine, died 11/05/2012

Smith, James Caldwell (Dr), BSc 1956, PhD, died 22/04/2012

died 20/06/2011

Smith, John Duncan, BSc 1951,

Beaton, John Moody (Dr), BSc 1952, PhD, died 03/09/2012

Lewis, Edward MacBean Haldane (Rev), MA 1958, died 02/09/2012

Sommerville, William Taylor (Dr), MBChB 1953,

Brownlie, Jean Gibson (Dr Rennie), MBChB 1958,

Lewis, John Brown Scrimgeour, BL 1954,

died 03/08/2012

died 2012

Bryden, John Stephens (Dr), MBChB 1956,

Macara, Alexander Wiseman (Sir), MBChB 1958,

Caldwell, James Allan (Dr), MBChB 1956,

MacGregor, Alexander Roy, BSc 1953,

died 18/07/2012

died 10/05/2012

died 21/06/2012

died 15/08/2012

Campbell, Gillian Charlotte, MA 1955, died 21/11/2012

Mackenna, Beverly Robertson (Dr), MBChB 1956, PhD, died 14/12/2012

Campbell, Robert, BSc 1952,

Marks, Frederick Charles (Derrick), OBE, MA 1957, LLB,

died 23/11/2012

died 28/06/2012

Cavanagh, Denis (Professor), MBChB 1952, died 24/07/2012

Marshall, Malcolm (Calum) Macdonald, BVMS 1957,

Clarkson, James Graham (Dr), MBChB 1952, died 13/03/2012

Martin, David John, BSc 1951, MSc, PhD, died 10/05/2012

Colville, Robert Lawson Kellock (Dr), MBChB 1953,

McBride, May (Dr Ogilvie), MBChB 1959,

Devine, Margaret Josephine (Dr Beattie), MBChB 1951,

McLaughlin, Peter Francis, MA 1954, LLB,

died 11/12/2012 died 10/04/2012

MRCVS, died 02/10/2012

died 17/10/2012

died 19/06/2010

Dewar, Jean Hamilton (Dr Brown), MBChB 1950, died 23/12/2011

McRae, Colin, BL 1951,

Docherty, Patrick John (Dr), MBChB 1958, died 10/07/2012

Meehan, Joseph, MA 1950, died 01/10/2012

Drever, Mary Cullen (Mrs Ireland), MA 1952,

Menzies, James, BSc 1951,

died 03/08/2012

died 28/11/2011

died 2011

Drummond, David James, BL 1950, died 06/06/2012

Michaelides, Phoebus E, BSc 1956, died 01/01/2013

Duff, Archibald Martin, MA 1951,

Miller, Donald Bowie (Dr), BSc 1956,

died 09/01/2013

died 08/04/2012

Duncan, Geoffrey Cheyne Calderhead, BL 1950, died 29/04/2012

Morrison, Robert John, BSc 1950,

Foley, Patrick Joseph (Professor), MA 1952,

Neave, George Neilson, BSc 1953,

died 14/05/2011

Forbes, Alexander, BDS 1955,

died 16/12/2010

died 12/01/2011

Nicolson, Andrew Munro, BSc 1952,

died 04/06/2012

date of death unknown

Foxworthy, Mary Eileen (Mrs Hatrick), BDS 1959,

died 24/10/2012

Ogilvie, Alexander, BSc 1952, ARCST, died 22/06/2011

Gibson, David,

Paine, Doreen Isobel (Mrs Headrick), MA 1951,

died 05/2012

Gillies, David Ian, BSc 1950, died 16/06/2012

Girdwood, Katherine Murray (Dr Miller), MBChB 1954, died 23/10/2012

died 15/07/2012

Pate, George William, BSc 1950, died 17/01/2013

Plant, Alexander Valentine, BSc 1955, died 21/04/2012

died 14/04/2012

died 22/11/2012

Speirs, Ronald Dougall (Rev), BD 1954, date of death unknown Stevenson, Irene Victoria Scott (Mrs Fleming), MA 1952, died 28/08/2012

Stewart, Sybil Josephine (Mrs Rickards), BVMS 1957,

died 23/12/2012

Struthers, Jean Orr (Dr Paxton), MBChB 1954, MD, FRCOG, died 24/09/2012

Stuart, Charlotte Elizabeth (Mrs Nicholson), MA 1957,

died 27/01/2013

Summers, Lindsay Anderson (Professor), BSc 1952 PhD, died 23/03/2012 Sutherland, James Sinclair, BVMS 1956, died 26/04/2012

Taylor, David Conrad, BVMS 1956, died 29/01/2013

Taylor, Janet Gollan (Mrs Livesey), MA 1950, died 01/04/2012

Thomson, Anna Thorburn (Mrs Jack), BL 1953,

died 27/11/2012

Vallely, Margaret Anne (Mrs Reynolds), MA 1957, died 14/05/2012 Walker, Norman Caulfield, OBE, BSc 1952, died 13/08/2012 Webster, Alexander Bruce, MA 1950, died 28/02/2013

Williamson, Thomas Francis, MA 1950, died 29/12/2012

Wolfe, Max Morrison, MA 1954,

died 25/01/2013

Young, Robert Francis, BSc 1952, died 27/09/2012

1960–1969 Adair, Charlotte Campbell, MA 1966, died 2012

Buchanan, Stewart, MA 1969, Diploma, died 11/03/2011

Callaghan, Gerard Michael (Dr), MBChB 1967,

died 07/06/2012

27 Dryden, William Fisher (Dr), BSc 1963, PhD, died 25/10/2012


Dunning, Joanna Letitia Lindsay (Dr Menzies),

date of death unknown

Anderson, Charles Morrison (Dr), MBChB 1971, died 29/04/2012

died 29/11/2008

Forbes, James Cook, BSc 1963,

Connolly, Francis, MA 1979,


Corsar, Kenneth, MEd 1977, DUniv,

Campbell, Jane Adamson (Mrs Jean Campbell), MA 1990, died 28/06/2012

MBChB 1966, died 24/02/2012 died 29/01/2013

Fulford, Kenneth George, BSc 1966, died 08/05/2012

Fyfe, Douglas John Edward, LLB 1966, died 06/12/2012

Allan, Robert Thomas Alexander, BVMS 1972,

died 07/12/2012

died 07/05/2012

Cox, Colin Edward, LLB 1970,

Vernon, Martin John, BEng 1989, died 28/11/2011

Wallace, Scott, BSc 1988,

Clark, Alan Fraser, BSc 1994, died 13/05/2010

Gemmell, Robina Donaldson (Mrs Bull), MA 1963,

died 15/07/2012

Cotton, William Frederick, MA 1993,

Geraghty, Brendan Patrick, MA 1966,

Gilbert, Mae Craig (Mrs), MA 1979, died 06/07/2012

Davidson, Robert (Very Rev, Emeritus Professor),

died 21/10/2012

died 28/06/2012

Gibb, Andrew (Professor), MA 1968, former Senior

Lecturer in Geography and Director of Development, died 20/05/2012

Goudie, Mary Beckett, MA 1971,

died 17/05/2012

DD 1993, FRSE, died 2012

died 31/10/2012

Huxley, Andrew F (Sir), DSc 1993,

Maguire, Patricia Elizabeth (Mrs Donovan), BSc 1975, died 22/09/2011

Lafferty, John Marshall Morton (Rev), BD 1997,

died 30/05/2012

Gillespie, Lorna Jane (Mrs Cotman), MA 1962, died 24/04/2012

McCulloch, James Allen Thomson (Dr), MBChB 1975,

Graham, Ishbel McInnes (Mrs Young), MA 1960, died 18/11/2011

McKendrick, Joseph James (Dr), BSc 1971,

died 18/10/2012

Hart, Ian Ritchie (Dr), MBChB 1960, died 24/08/2012

McMenemy, Eleanor (Mrs), Diploma 1975,

McDougall, Janice (Mrs Regan), BSc 1991, died 03/05/2011

Harvey, Jonathan Dean (Dr), PhD 1965, died 04/12/2012

FRCPsych, died 23/09/2012

died 2012

died 09/05/2012

Mirner, Desmond Michael, BSc 1973,

died 25/06/2012

died 06/05/2012

McDermott, Melissa Jane, MBChB 1998,

McIntyre, Mairi Clare, MA 1991, died 23/11/2011

McNicol, Eileen Martina (Mrs Childerhose), BEd 1998,

Harvie, James Duncan, BSc 1966, died 21/10/2012

Morrison, Thomas Ian, MSc 1973,

died 03/08/2008

Henderson, Robert Ewart, BL 1962,

Naftalin, Alan (Dr), MBChB 1972,

Speirs, Fiona, MA 1990, died 25/09/2010

died 09/12/2012

Hendry, William Forbes, MBChB 1961, ChM, MD, FRCS,

died 03/10/2012

Jones, William Kenneth (Dr), MBChB 1964, died 07/08/2010 Kilpatrick, Douglas Iain, MA 1960,

died 21/08/2012

died 06/06/2012

died 10/12/2012

died 21/07/2001

Robertson, Grant James, LLB 1970,

Thornley, Anne Vivienne, BArch 1993, died 11/03/2012

Ross, Alan Drummond, BDS 1971,

Walker, Alistair James Wallis, MA 1997, died 28/04/2012

died 13/12/2012 died 01/10/2012 died 08/01/2012

Kilpatrick, Maureen Anne, MA 1966,

Shannon, Norman, BSc 1972, died 06/06/2012

Knox, Bruce William (Dr), MBChB 1967,

Smith, Moira Howatson (Mrs Frame), BAcc 1976,

died 11/09/2012 died 11/07/2012

Thierling, Insa Grit, MA 1995,

Pollock, William (Rev Dr), MA 1971, BD,

died 10/11/2012

2000–2009 Gerber, Cyril, DLitt 2001, died 28/08/2012

Goodwin, Matthew Dean (Sir), DUniv 2000,

Kydd, James Lowdon (Dr), MBChB 1960,

Spate, Peter John, BVMS 1976, died 09/03/2012

MacLachlan, William Thorburn Campbell, BDS 1962,

Stent, Elizabeth Margaret (Mrs Stuart-Smith), BVMS

Halferty, Marianne, Certificate 2000, date of death unknown

MacNicol, Christian, Diploma 1961,

Stewart, Kenneth Michael, LLB 1971,

Ledger, Philip Stevens (Sir), CBE, DMus 2001, died 18/11/2012

died 21/10/2011

died 28/02/2013

died 15/06/2012

Macpherson, Allan Stewart, MA 1962,

died 22/05/2012

1976, died 27/07/2012

died 2012

Tierney, Brian David, MA 1971,

died 10/10/2012

Mart, Jaymie, MSc 2006, died 14/09/2012

died 28/12/2012

Roy, G Ross (Professor), DLitt 2009,

died 14/07/2012

Watkins, Rhona (Dr), MBChB 1977, died 19/11/2012

Mason, Ian Maclean (Dr), BSc 1963, died 17/08/2011

Sabour, Narcisse Roseanna, MSc 2005,

Watson, Ernest MacLeod (Dr), MBChB 1974, 2/L,

Mahoney, Maurice (Air Commodore), MBChB 1960,

McCurley, John (Dr), MBChB 1961, died 10/01/2013 McDowall, Arthur Wynn Tremenheere (Dr), MBChB 1962, died 22/05/2012 McHugh, Magdalene (Mrs Morris), MA 1966, died 18/02/2012 McShane, James Joseph, BSc 1961,

date of death unknown

Monaghan, Winifrede Gildea (Mrs Brady), Diploma 1961, died 20/07/2012

Robertson, James William Kingsmill, BSc 1965, PhD, died 28/03/2012 Smith, William George James, MA 1969, died 20/01/2012

Thomson, Daniel Ferguson (Dr), MBChB 1964, FFARCS, died 21/10/2009 Walker, Margaret Galbraith Gray (Mrs Turner),

BSc 1964, died 18/02/2013

Watt, Margaret (Dr Rita MacDonald), Diploma 1962,

died 31/08/2011

Zimmermann, James Robertson, BSc 1968, date of death unknown

died 19/02/2013

died 24/12/2012

died 01/07/2011


2010–2019 Bour, Jean Claude, LLM 2010,

Campbell, Andrew McGill (Rev), BD 1982,

died 14/05/2012

Carlin, Stephen Martin, MA 1980,


Christensen, Finn, BSc 1988, died 11/06/2012

Ferrier, Robert Patton, former Emeritus Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of Physics and Astronomy, died 30/09/2012

died 07/09/2012

died 25/10/2012

Coia, Mark Albert, MA 1986, died 09/11/2012

Gordon, William Morrison (Professor), School of Law, died 1/09/2012

Finnegan, Audrey Anne (Dr Crawford), MBChB 1985, died 03/2013

Parbrook, Geoffrey D (Dr), former Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia, died 22/11/2012

Hamilton, Neil McLeod (Dr), BSc 1983, PhD, died 27/11/2012

Glasgow Vet College

Harris, Kenneth, LLB 1981,

died 27/06/2012

Bickerton, David Thomson, MRCVS 1953, BVMS, died 06/09/2012

MacEwan, Fiona Jean (Mrs Larkam), BSc 1980,

Spence, Norman, MRCVS 1949, BVMS,

Morrison, John, LLB 1984,

Steel, Edward Robert, MRCVS 1952, BVMS,

died 17/03/2012

died 22/12/2012

Paterson, Robert Kenneth Angus, MA 1980,

died 12/06/2012

died 01/11/2012

died 14/04/2012


What’s on @ The Hunterian About The Hunterian The Hunterian is one of Scotland’s most important cultural assets. Founded in 1807, it is the country’s oldest public museum and home to one of the largest collections outside the National Museums. The Hunterian is open from Tuesday to Saturday 10am–5pm and Sunday 11am–4pm. Free admission to the Museum, Art Gallery and The Mackintosh House. Admission charge for some exhibitions (free to University of Glasgow staff and students with valid staff/registration card). The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ. Tel: +44 (0)141 330 4221 For updates on programmes and events, see


This Unrivalled Collection: The Hunterian’s first catalogue

The Antonine Wall: Rome’s Final Frontier

Until August 2013 Hunterian Art Gallery (Admission £5, £3 concession) The Hunterian’s first visitor guide was published in 1813. This exhibition celebrates the catalogue’s bicentenary through objects, specimens and books from the Museum’s earliest days. Many items are on show for the first time in over 150 years. You can see a three-toed sloth, a Renaissance shield, a selection of Napoleonic medals, rare butterflies and other insects, a mastodon tusk, and a cast of the Rosetta Stone. The Stone caused a public sensation when it arrived in London in 1802. The room-by-room guide to The Hunterian Museum was written by Captain John Laskey (c1760–1829), a soldier, naturalist and collector.

Hunterian Museum (Admission free) This spectacular gallery explores the biography of one of the most important monuments of Roman Britain. You can see the unique collection of monumental sculpture and other Roman artefacts recovered from the Wall. The exhibition also reflects the story of over three centuries of collecting and research by the University on the World Heritage site.

Hagar and the Angel Until August 2013 Hunterian Art Gallery (Admission free) The Hunterian celebrates a very important addition to its collection with a new exhibition dedicated to the Runciman brothers. In 2010, The Hunterian was allocated Hagar and the Angel or Hagar and Ishmael by John Runciman as part of the Acceptance in Lieu scheme, through which works of art are allocated to eligible museums and galleries in lieu of inheritance tax. The work will be shown with The Hunterian’s holding of works by John and Alexander Runciman, two of the most talented figures in 18th-century art.

Coming soon Allan Ramsay: Portraits of the Enlightenment 13 September 2013–5 January 2014 (Admission charge)

Allan Ramsay (1713–84) is one of Britain’s most accomplished 18th-century painters. This major exhibition centres on a selection of portraits, drawings, watercolours and other materials which demonstrate Ramsay’s fascinating place in the intellectual and cultural life of Edinburgh, London, Paris and Rome in the mid-18th century.

Friends go free The Hunterian Friends scheme offers members a range of exclusive benefits, including unlimited access to charged exhibitions. Hunterian Friends give vital support and make a direct contribution towards new exhibitions and galleries, our education and conservation work, and to new acquisitions. For further information, visit our website.

1. The Unrivalled Collection: Carved wooden figure from Tahiti collected on a voyage of Captain Cook © 2. The Unrivalled Collection: Maureen Gemmell with a giant clamshell from Borneo 3. Hagar and the Angel: Abraham Entertaining the Angels, Rembrandt van Rijn All © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow 2013

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Avenue (issue 54)  

The magazine for friends and alumni of the University of Glasgow. Issue 54, June 2013

Avenue (issue 54)  

The magazine for friends and alumni of the University of Glasgow. Issue 54, June 2013