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GCU honorary graduates and alumni rewarded in New Year's honours list

31 December 2016

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) honorary graduates and alumni from sports and business have led a glittering list of heroes honoured by The Queen in the New Year’s honours list.

Britain’s most successful female rower Dr Katherine Grainger was made a Dame for her services to rowing and charity. With five Olympic medals, most recently winning silver in Rio 2016, she is Great Britain's most decorated female Olympian.

Glasgow-born Katherine was conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of GCU in 2013, in recognition of her outstanding contribution in the field of sport and to honour her public service and work with charity. You can watch her Caledonian Sporting Conversation at GCU.

GCU Honorary Graduate Dr Donald McCarthy, British entrepreneur and philanthropist, was awarded a CBE. An ambassador of the retailing trade charity RetailTRUST, Dr McCarthy has worked closely with GCU’s British School of Fashion.

British School of Fashion Honorary Professor Imran Amed has received an MBE in the New Year’s honours list for services to fashion. With his unique insights into the creative and commercial sides of fashion, Professor Amed has emerged as one of the industry’s leading writers, thinkers and commentators.

Also receiving an MBE is business leader and Visiting Fellow of GCU Jim Duffy, who founded Entrepreneurial Spark, the UK's first free business-accelerator facility for budding entrepreneurs.

GCU alumnae were also rewarded for their achievements, with Margaret Gibson receiving an OBE for services to business and entrepreneurship, and Christine Craik honoured with an OBE for her work in occupational therapy, particularly mental health services and education. Dr Jennifer Preston received an MBE for services to the occupational therapy profession and neurological rehabilitation.