, ,

Beauty / Health & Wellbeing Space to Let – Killearn


Beauty / Health & Wellbeing Space to Let – Killearn
(next door to the Pharmacy) – Available October 2019


Three single well-presented individual consulting rooms to let (might be let separately or as a whole).

Great opportunity for Dentists, Opticians, Physio, Beauty Therapists complimenting the local Health Centre.

Call 0141 843 4211 to get more details!

, ,

BCAh Medalist Suzanne Fernando MBE was invited to attend a Special Recognition and Formal Presentation at the Palace of Westminster in London

British Citizen Awards July - 2019
As a BCAh Medalist Suzanne Fernando MBE was invited to attend a Special Recognition and Formal Presentation at the Palace of Westminster in London.  She was awarded and honoured the BCA for services to Military Veterans, Autism and Cervical Cancer where she received a specially struck medal of recognition inscribed with the words ‘For the Good of the Country’.  
British Citizen Awards July - 2019
The purpose of the BCA programme is to recognise individuals that are making a positive contribution to their
community, society or chosen cause, in the hope that it encourages them to continue and others to emulate
their good deeds.  It is important to the BCA that people are recognised as widely as possible for the good that they do, to help change perceptions of young people often portrayed negatively in the media.  BCA recipients are all extraordinary people from across the country who have a commitment to improving the lives of others. They come from all over the country to be honoured at The Palace of Westminster.  The programme represents multi-cultural Britain welcoming
nominations for any person that is committed to making a positive impact on their community or their chosen cause.
The BCAh category Suzanne was nominated in is typically for an individual who has promoted healthcare in any or all of its forms. The individual may have devoted time, energy or effort into helping the community retain or improve its health awareness, may have lobbied to build new facilities or created innovative approaches to healthcare education. It includes any individual working in the healthcare sector both private and public, from porters to physicians and carers to caterers. Individuals who save lives, change lives and prolong lives are suitable for this category. People who brighten the days of those who are unwell or unable to care for themselves are often deserving of praise and recognition. 
Suzanne said: “I’d like to say ‘Thanks’ to everyone at the Palace of Westminster, Church House, House of Lords, the British Citizen Awards team, Lord Dholakia, Dame Mary Perkins, Sara Yarrow – Business Development Director and Matt Albright of Rouge Traders for making the day so special, and as I told them up on stage as I collected my award, us Scot’s like to say…. “It’s been pure dead brilliant”.  The highlight of my day though was meeting fellow veterans Frank McGowan, Tony Nisbet, Archie Dryburgh and Tony Foulds, Tony whom you’ll know from recent TV appearances as the gentleman who has dedicated 66 years to the fallen from WW11 continues to look after the memorial to the crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress ‘Mi Amigo’ that crashed at Endcliffe Park in 1944.  
  I was overwhelmed with the award and will continue my volunteering for as long as my health allows.   Am looking forward to what the future holds and attending Buckingham Palace next where I’ll be presented with my MBE”.
, ,


  • £1 million fund for rescue boats and equipment opens for applications
  • Now in its sixth year, the fund has already paid for thousands of items of rescue equipment
  • Launch comes as part of the UK’s first Maritime Safety Week.

Lifeboat charities across the UK can now bid for Government cash for life-saving equipment.

Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani visited Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue Service (OxSAR) today (July 4) as part of Maritime Safety Week and to launch this year’s £1million Rescue Boat Grant Fund.

The fund is open to search and rescue teams in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to buy new boats, engines or other equipment.

So far, the £6million scheme has paid for 82 new boats, more than 1,800 items of equipment for rescue operations and in excess of 5,000 items of crew kit to keep volunteers safe on missions.

Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani said:

“We want everyone to be safe on or around water, but occasionally people get into trouble.

“These charities do amazing work and I’ve seen first-hand how they help people in their hour of need.

“I’m proud that this fund has already helped more than 100 groups buy the vital boats and equipment they need to rescue those in need. I want to see even more people benefit from this fund this year.”

In May, the government announced it had secured a further £1million for the fund, taking it into its sixth year and bringing the overall total to £6million.

OxSAR has received about £40,000 from the fund to buy a new rescue boat, lifevests, drysuits and other equipment to help them find and rescue people, while also keeping the volunteers who risk their lives to save others safe.

This year’s fund has opened for bids as part of the Department for Transport’s first ever Maritime Safety Week.

At the start of the week, the Government launched its Maritime Safety Action Plan, which sets out ambitious targets to cut the number of preventable deaths on UK waterways.

, ,



PAYMENTS to Glasgow’s thousands of equal pay claimants have begun, it was confirmed today.

Council leader Susan Aitken told this morning’s City Administration Committee that the first settlements were paid on Wednesday – with cash expected to reach workers today and tomorrow.

The update came as members heard the council had concluded the first of three deals to finance the settlements, with the other two on track to be signed during summer recess.

The first – and biggest – deal is a partnership with insurance and pensions giant Legal & General.


The FTSE 100-listed firm is investing £285 million over 30 years; refinancing City Property’s existing portfolio as well as its purchase of the SEC Armadillo, Glasgow City Halls and Glasgow Museums Resource Centre – all of which will be leased back by Glasgow City Council.


Cllr Aitken said: “Today is the day we can finally allow ourselves to say we are making good on equal pay and a promise of justice for thousands of women workers.


“Today is the day that hundreds of millions of pounds starts to find its way into the pockets and purses of thousands of people who earned it and who always should have had it.”

The council concluded its deal with Legal & General on Wednesday and immediately started the process of making payments to claimants.


It is expected that settlements will arrive in claimants’ accounts today and tomorrow, although exact timings will depend on each individual’s own banking arrangements.


Further batches will then be paid, daily, in the order they were accepted by claimants and within the agreed timescales.


Cllr Aitken said: “This is a hugely significant step forward for the council and the city as a whole. This deal not only means we can meet our responsibilities on equal pay – but do so while safeguarding the future of the city’s property assets in public use.

“I’m very pleased to be doing that in partnership with Legal & General, which has already shown great confidence in Glasgow as a place to invest.”

, ,

Council approves £4.2million funding to make Glasgow homes energy-efficient


Glasgow City Council today (27 June) approved funding of almost £4.2million towards making homes in the city more energy-efficient.  The funding is expected to deliver insulation measures to 776 households in the owner-occupier and private landlord owned sectors.


The Scottish Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland: Area Based Schemes (HEEPS: ABS) was introduced in 2013, and is an area-based approach to deliver insulation measures to owner occupied and private landlord owned properties.


The programme’s objectives are to upgrade housing stock; tackle fuel poverty; reduce carbon emissions; lever in Energy Company Obligation funding; support the local economy and sustainable local economic development, and these align with the aims of the council’s Affordable Warmth programme – part of the city’s Housing Strategy – to tackle fuel poverty, energy inefficiency and climate change.


11 projects have been identified in Glasgow to benefit from this funding, in areas which:

  • feature non-traditional or hard to treat house types
  • have missed out on GHA’s investment programme
  • are in the lowest Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation(SIMD) or
  • are in Council Tax Band A-C and Tax Band D, in certain conditions


The funding will also give owner-occupiers who live in mixed-tenure blocks the chance to participant in improvement schemes carried out by Registered Social Landlords, and allows the council to deliver projects in wholly-owned private schemes – particularly those with non-traditional type housing.


HEEPS: ABS is funded from the Scottish Government and is delivered by local authorities.


In 2017, the Scottish House Condition Survey 2017 found that approximately 61,000 householders – 21% of all homes – in Glasgow were fuel poor, ie households spending more than 10% of their disposable household income on fuel costs.


The work to be delivered will bring significant savings to people living in these homes every year, as it is estimated (by the Energy Saving Trust) that those living in terraced and semi-detached houses will save between £160 – £260 annually, with people in flats saving around £120 per year.


The programme will deliver significant carbon reductions over its 25-year lifetime.


Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm, said: “Making homes in Glasgow more energy-efficient is good for the city in a number of ways: it helps those who are struggling to pay energy bills, reduces energy use, benefits the environment, and contributes to tackling climate change. The funding we have approved today expands the number of homes which have benefited from these measures, and I look forward to the scheme continuing this very important work.”


To deliver these energy-efficient measures, contributions from other sources such as owners, private landlords, and UK energy efficiency Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding, will be added to this HEEPS:ABS support.  Over £100million funding from all these sources has been raised since the programme began in 2013.

, ,

Glasgow celebrates Armed Forces Day on Saturday


Glasgow’s Lord Provost Eva Bolander, in her role as Lord Lieutenant, will lead the city’s Armed Forces Day celebrations in George Square on Saturday 29 June.

The Lord Lieutenant will take the Salute at the march past the Cenotaph just after 11 am joined by senior military including Commander John Cunane, HMS Dalriada, Colonel Sandy Fitzpatrick, Deputy Commander 51st Infantry Brigade and RAF Squadron Leader Archie McCallum.


The Lord Lieutenant said: “Glasgow’s Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to let the incredibly brave and professional men and women in our armed forces know that we are grateful for all they do. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone including our remarkable veterans – some who saw service during the Second World War.

“It’s also a chance for our citizens to demonstrate their pride in our military personnel and our veterans. Inevitably too, our thoughts stray to those far from home, serving in some of the toughest places on earth.”

Colonel Fitzpatrick said: “On behalf of serving and retired personnel from all the services, and their families, I thank the city of Glasgow for its generosity on Armed Forces Day.

“Armed Forces Day differs from Remembrance. It’s a chance to celebrate our military and allow communities to recognise and show their appreciation for the contribution they make. We’re extremely appreciative of the support we receive from Glasgow’s citizens”.

The parade will leave Holland Street at 11am followed by serving Royal Navy, Army and RAF personnel, as well as cadets from all three services and veterans.

, ,

Council approves £1million City Deal funding for Clyde Waterfront Innovation Campus

lyde Waterfront Innovation Campus

Glasgow City Council today (30 May) approved up to £1million of Glasgow City Region City Deal funding to the University of Glasgow for the development of the proposed Clyde Waterfront Innovation Campus.

lyde Waterfront Innovation Campus

As part of the £1.13billion Glasgow City Region City Deal – an agreement between the UK Government, Scottish Government and eight local authorities across Glasgow and the Clyde Valley – the proposed campus will be a key part of the City Deal: Clyde Waterfront Innovation Quarter. This project aims to regenerate the waterfront as an attractive urban quarter that will bring significant private sector investment to Glasgow and unlock the economic potential of vacant and derelict sites close to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.


By the end of the City Deal investment in the Clyde Waterfront Innovation Quarter, it is expected that almost 4,000 new jobs will have been created, along with 184,000 square metres of new commercial floorspace.


With regard to the Clyde Waterfront Innovation Campus itself, this will be a high technology innovation facility – to be built on vacant and derelict land in Govan – with academic and industrial assets that will stimulate economic growth, particularly in the Life Science and Further Education sectors, through the proximity to the hospital and other high-value-added industries.


The first stage of the campus will feature an enhanced James Watt Nanofabrication Centre and a Precision Medicine Living Laboratory, and a technology accelerator will be established, with a flexible space where companies can co-locate, carry out collaborative research and develop innovative products.


The campus is expected to cost £80million to complete, and the University of Glasgow has submitted a bid of £25million for UK Government Strength In Places funding, and has identified in-principle funding support of £10million from Glasgow City Region City Deal.  The funding approved by the council today will support design, site investigations and technical studies.


Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council and chair of the Glasgow City Region City Deal Cabinet, said: “The Clyde Waterfront Innovation Quarter will bring thousands of jobs to communities on the banks of the river, and the Innovation Campus will help to unlock the enormous potential of these sites in Govan.  The City Deal funding the council has now approved will help deliver a facility that will further enhance Glasgow’s reputation as a leading city in technology and innovation, attract investment, and deliver inclusive economic growth.”


Other projects funded by the Glasgow City Region City Deal within the Clyde Waterfront Innovation Quarter include the Govan – Partick Bridge; new public realm in Central Govan; and the redevelopment of both Govan Old Church and Water Row.


More information about the Glasgow City Region City Deal is available at: www.glasgowcityregion.co.uk

, ,

Contributions to civic life celebrated at Lord Provost’s Awards Dinner.

LPs Award

Individuals and organisations representing business, academia, charity, sport and the performing arts will be honoured for their contribution to civic life by Glasgow’s First Citizen.


Lord Provost Eva Bolander will present 11 Lord Provost Awards at a glittering awards dinner in the City Chambers on Friday 31 May from 6.30pm. Entertainment will be provided by Piper, David Wotherspoon and Arta String Quartet.

LPs Award


The awards honour men and women who have dedicated their professional lives to public service, worked selflessly for their communities or distinguished themselves in business, the arts, sport or entertainment.


Past recipients include Baroness Michelle Mone, singer and songwriter Frankie Miller and actor Robbie Coltrane.


In the business category a Lord Provost’s Award will go to the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC Building). In recognition of the transformative way it has encouraged innovation and collaboration across academia, business and industry. Including helping develop Glasgow City Innovation District.


Mr Ray McHugh, The University of Strathclyde’s Director of Marketing and Development Services, will accept the award.  He said: “We’re delighted to receive the Lord Provost’s Award for Business & Enterprise. This award recognises the contribution the University of Strathclyde’s Technology & Innovation Centre, which sits at the heart of Glasgow City Innovation District, has made to research, development and economic growth in Glasgow.”


Street and Arrow, a charity and social enterprise that supports people with criminal convictions into work, is also recognised with a Lord Provost’s Award for its contribution to business. It runs a community café at Glasgow Dental School and a mobile food truck in the city’s west end. Its aim, to work with partners, to improve the long- term employment prospects of people with convictions and break their cycle of offending.


Mr Stevie Mackin, Operations Manager, will accept the award. Mr Mackin said: “The team at Street & Arrow are hugely honoured. We’ve had such wonderful support from the people of Glasgow. It takes a city working together to change the lives of those in our most deprived areas. Glasgow has shown this is possible. By giving people second chances it has offered our trainees more than just a job. It has given them hope and opportunity. Thank you to the Lord Provost and the city of Glasgow for proving together we can make a difference.”


The city’s Third Citizen, Deacon Convener Tom McInally will be presented with the Lord Provost’s Award for charity for the Trades House and its fourteen Incorporated Crafts.


It honours the trades’ long and proud history of supporting the people of Glasgow. Offering direct grants to needy organisations and individuals; as well as supporting various social and educational projects, on occasion, with financial assistance. Last year the Trades House awarded more than £750,000 to deserving causes and individuals across the city.


The Deacon Convener said: “I’m delighted and honoured to accept the Lord Provost’s Award for charity on behalf of the 14 Incorporated Crafts that constitute the Trades House of Glasgow.


“The Trades House was formed in 1605 and has represented the skilled tradesmen and women that helped to build and develop the city over the past 414 years. Initially providing the rules and regulations that governed the quality of workmanship and looked after the interest of members and their dependants. The Trades House and its 14 historic Incorporations now operate primarily as registered charities helping individuals and community groups.


“I’m extremely proud of our legacy of charitable work.  We’re focused primarily on supporting education and helping our young people achieve their potential. Next week we launch our Educational Festival at the Trades Hall in Glassford Street when we’ll celebrate the activities of primary schools pupils and the craftsmanship of secondary school students. I thank the Lord Provost and the city for this honour and pledge that Trades House and its 14 historic crafts will continue to support this great city and its citizens.”


Glasgow’s Recovery Communities and Mrs Nancy Humphries are all recognised for their services to the community.


Glasgow Recovery Communities represents three local areas: South Community Recovery Network (SCRN), North West Recovery Communities (NWRC) and North East Recovery Community (NERC).


It’s a charity that helps people recovering from drug and alcohol abuse. Part of its success is due to its programme being run and developed by volunteers with personal experience of addiction. Many of whom, go on to attain recognised industry qualifications and secure related employment. Work that helps others in the community – creating a virtuous cycle.


Anna Campbell, who was helped by the charity, and is now a lead volunteer said: “It’s great the Lord Provost has recognised what we do in the Recovery Communities. Out of all the good and bad choices I made, recovery has made me the happiest. This project helped me because I was talking to people with lived experience of addiction.”


Mrs Humphries (81) from Bridgeton Lord Provost’s Award is in appreciation of her outstanding voluntary work across North and East Glasgow.


Nancy has spent more than 20 years volunteering in her local area. Principally helping families battling addictions. She is currently chair of the East Community Addiction Forum having served as a member for more than 15 years.


Nancy is also heavily involved in assisting her local church and community foodbank and was among Glasgow’s first trained Alcohol & Drug Community Engagers.


Nancy, said: “I was shocked to hear I was getting an award. Drugs and alcohol have a terrible impact on communities. It would make you cry, but there are a lot of services out there to help people. I love my voluntary work and the people I meet – it’s what keeps me going. It has kept me active and mobile. If I didn’t do it, I wouldn’t last long.”


Scientist, Professor Paul Garside from the University of Glasgow and Mr Alan Sherry, Glasgow Kelvin College’s outgoing Principal, will each receive Lord Provost’s Awards for their contributions to education.

Professor Garside has worked in Higher Education in the city at the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow. A world expert in immunology as well as a leading research scientist, he formed part of the research team that successfully brought the Rheumatoid Arthritis Centre Excellence (RACE) to the city.

Professor Garside also spent six months living and working in Kenya and Malawi fostering opportunities for scientific collaboration with Glasgow researchers. That led to the establishment of an internationally accredited laboratory in Blantyre in Malawi following approval of £1 million funding from the Scottish Government’s International Development Fund. That research continuing Scotland’s long relationship with Malawi, dating back to explorer David Livingstone.

Currently The University of Glasgow’s Dean for Global Engagement (Africa and Middle East). He continues to teach undergraduates immunology subjects. In addition, he is an enthusiastic STEM Ambassador delivering his ‘Be a Scientist’ talk to school children and encouraging them to consider a career in science. Keen to demonstrate how a combination of curiosity, ambition and hard work can pay off.

Born and educated in Liverpool, attending Hillside Community School in Egerton, Skelmersdale. He was a voracious reader and inspired by his parents and teachers to pursue a career in science.

Throughout, he has guided and supervised many PhD students. Many successful research scientists working across the world.

Prof Garside said: “I’m delighted and honoured to accept this recognition from my adopted city- particularly in my 30th year in Glasgow. I have been very lucky to have an extremely rewarding career greatly enriched by colleagues and students from all over the world. I believe more strongly than ever in the importance of education.”


Mr Sherry is a founder of the former John Wheatley College in the city’s East End and oversaw its merger with Stow College and North Glasgow College to create Glasgow Kelvin College back in 2013.


His 36-year career has been devoted to improving and creating community learning and development opportunities as well as to modernising Further Education in the city.


Under his stewardship, Glasgow Kelvin College has flourished, consistently focusing its resources and expertise in the areas and communities where need is greatest. Striving for excellence for all its learners.


Mr Sherry will step down as Principal of Glasgow Kelvin College in July when he takes retirement.


He said:  “I’m truly honoured to receive this Lord Provost’s Award. It recognises the success and hard work of everyone at Glasgow Kelvin College. I accept it on their behalf.  Our learners – past, present and future – sit at the heart of all we do in the sector and I hope to see that continue.


“Working in this great city has been incredibly fulfilling and I have enjoyed making my contribution to the fundamental and positive changes in the communities of North East Glasgow over the years.”


The Lord Provost’s Award for Human Rights will be presented to Mr Sabir Zazai, Chief Executive of the Scottish Refugee Council. A leading human rights campaigner who arrived in Coventry in 1999 as an asylum seeker, fleeing conflict in Afghanistan. Subsequently becoming involved in his local community assisting other asylum seekers and refugees.


His personal experiences inform his inspirational work at the SRC. The city is proud to be a friend of the Scottish Refugee Council and to work in partnership with it.

Mr Zazai moved to Glasgow in 2017 to take up his post. He said: “It’s a great honour and privilege to be honoured at this level in a city that has proudly welcomed asylum seekers and refugees, escaping conflicts across the world, for more than 20 years.

“I’m glad to have this opportunity to accept this award on behalf of everyone at the Scottish Refugee Council and everyone in this city and beyond, who has made it their business to welcome refugees and asylum seekers.

This is a city I’m proud to call home. It’s a privilege to be involved in safeguarding human rights. There’s such a strong appetite for social justice in this great city. It’s a sanctuary for those choosing to live, work or study here.”

The performing arts is also recognised with a Lord Provost’s Award. Mr Roddy MacLeod MBE will receive the honour for services to piping. Leading the team at the National Piping Centre with passion and pride since it opened back in 1996. He has also recently overseen the merger of the National Piping Centre and the College of Piping.

Mr MacLeod’s mission has always been to promote the music and study of the Great Highland Bagpipe. He’s been at the forefront of shaping the future of piping, its music and its players.

He launched the annual Junior Piping Competition- now in its 23rd year. Testament to its success, former National Piping Centre pupil and former winner of the junior competition Finlay Johnston, was last year crowned the world’s top solo piper. He’s also a teacher at the National Piping Centre.

Mr MacLeod’s commitment to developing piping continues with a schools’ programme offering pupils free drumming and piping lessons. In addition he is Festival Director of Piping Live. A well-loved festival that generates more than £2 m for the local economy.

Mr MacLeod said: “It came as an unexpected and pleasant surprise to hear that I was being presented with a Lord Provost’s Award for my contribution to the performing arts in Glasgow.


“This is such a vibrant musical city with UNESCO status. It’s so rewarding to know this award recognises and celebrates the Highland Bagpipe and traditional music.


“Throughout my work at The National Piping Centre, organising Piping Live and my other activities, I’ve had the fortune to have had the support of a great family, colleagues and friends. Without whom none of this success would have been possible.”


The recipient of the Lord Provost’s Award in recognition of a lifetime contribution to the city, is the proprietor of the city’s Amber Regent Restaurant, Mr Andy Chung. His inspirational rags to riches story begins back in 1969 when he arrived in Glasgow from Hong Kong with just £10 to his name.

Now, settled here for more than 50 years, Mr Chung is a well-known businessman, and widely respected for his contribution across the city’s business and economic sectors.

His hard work and determination enabled him to build up a string of Chinese restaurants, including the iconic Amber Regent. His acute business acumen also led him to launch Scotland’s first home delivery service.

Semi-retired, Mr Chung’s two daughters have taken over his flourishing business. Allowing him to concentrate on voluntary work supporting various community activities including establishing the Chinese Cultural Welfare Association and the Glasgow Chinese Recreation Association.

His benevolence also extends to personally providing meals for homeless people – primarily through Lodging House Mission – where he volunteers alongside other staff and volunteers.

In addition, this much-respected, adopted Glaswegian, has sought to extend understanding and integration of the Chinese community. Mr Chung, has been instrumental in staging the colourful and exciting Chinese New Year celebrations in George Square for the past four years.

Mr Chung said: “It’s an honour and a pleasure to receive this Lord Provost Award in recognition of my lifetime contribution to this great city. It’s also a tremendous encouragement for me to continue my support for the community.

The past 40 or so years, I’ve been in Glasgow have been fantastic. This vibrant city is where I established my restaurant and where I’ve become involved in various sectors of business with success.  This success I attribute to the well-being of this great city.


“I am a huge believer in giving back and helping out in the community.  I’m proud to be providing meals for the homeless and to have helped establish the Chinese Cultural and Welfare Society Scotland to help promote Chinese culture and bring the Scottish and Chinese communities together and will continue my efforts.”


Scotland’s star athlete and Diamond League Champion, Laura Muir, will receive a Lord Provost’s Award for Sport. World number one over 1500m, as well as European and British record holder, Laura currently has her sights on a gold at the Athletics World Championships in Doha.


She discovered her talent for running while studying to become a vet at the University of Glasgow. Successfully graduating, with breaks for competitions, last year.


Laura was crowned Scotland’s Athlete of the Year in 2016 and received the Young Scot Sport Award in 2017. She made her international debut in the 2011 European Cross-Country Championships, as part of the Great Britain junior women’s team that lifted gold.


She retained her two indoor European International Championship titles competing on home soil here at the Emirates in front of sell-out crowds.


Laura said: “It’s a real honour to receive this award from the Lord Provost on behalf of the people of Glasgow. A city where my sporting career has gone from strength to strength and which hosted the European Championships – one of the most  memorable moments of my career. Memories that will last a life time.


“My apologies for not being with you all this evening, I hope you are all having a lovely time and I send my congratulations to all the other award winners.”


Laura’s coach Andy Young will accept the award on her behalf.


Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow, said: “Both personally and on behalf of the University of Glasgow I would like to offer my warm congratulations to Paul and Laura on their prestigious awards.


“Paul has an outstanding track record for research, teaching, and outreach, and this award shows that the impact of his work goes far beyond our University and our city. Laura’s incredible successes are world-class, and to have achieved them while gaining her degree in Veterinary Medicine is inspirational.”

, ,

Training for Glasgow autism champions from city venues to take place

Training for Glasgow autism champions from city venues to take place


As part of Glasgow City Council’s Autism Aware Glasgow programme, a series of training days for staff from participating venues in the city will begin on 31 May.


The purpose of such training – a key objective of Autism Aware Glasgow’s plans to deliver the best possible experience of the city for people with autism – is to develop greater awareness and allow staff to be more confident in their approach to individual situations.


This intensive training will be carried out by Autism Network Scotland and Tanya Tennant Autism Training & Consultancy, and will take place at Glasgow City Council’s Training Academy at 40 George Street, with subsequent sessions on 27 June and 25 July.


Participating venues can nominate between one and four ‘Autism Champions’ for these sessions, which all have the same content and therefore staff need only attend one session.


A number of organisations in Glasgow, including museums and galleries, transport hubs, business organisations, shopping centres, the Hotel Association, arts venues, and the TOA, have already taken part in similar training as part of Autism Aware Glasgow.


Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Glasgow is making huge strides towards being a truly autism-friendly city.  These training sessions will allow all sorts of organisations across Glasgow to play their part in making the city as welcoming and inclusive as possible – and make a real, positive and daily difference to the lives of many people.”


Organisations wishing to take part in these sessions should contact dana.brady@glasgow.gov.uk.


Glasgow city centre alone attracts around 55million visits every year, and with just over 1% of the UK’s population being effected by autism, this training can help to ensure people with autism, and their families, can fully enjoy a visit to the city.


For more information on participating venues in the Autism Aware Glasgow programme, please go to: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/article/22411/Autism-Awareness-Venues.



Race for Life Inverness VIP starter Shannon Murphy, 22, with her daughter Sophia. Shannon rang the bell in memory of her husband Michael who died aged 25 from cancer

A HEARTBROKEN Inverness mum who shared her story on television led the charge against cancer at Race for Life Inverness in memory of her husband who died from the disease.

Race for Life VIP starter Shannon Murphy at the start line of Inverness with daughter Sophia

It was an emotional moment for Shannon Murphy and her two-year-old daughter Sophia as they were chosen to ring the bell to send more than 1,350 Scots on the 5K and 10K courses at Bught Stadium on May 26 to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK. It was a special tribute to her husband Michael Murphy who was just 25 when he died on September 11 last year. Former chef Michael was diagnosed with leukaemia just two months after his wedding day to Shannon in 2016. Shannon, who also turned 20 on her wedding day, was six months pregnant with their first child Sophia.

It was while receiving treatment at Raigmore Hospital that Michael first took part in filming with Channel 4 for the campaign Stand Up To Cancer, sharing his determination to be the best dad possible for Sophia. The family’s story was watched by millions on Channel 4 during a night of fundraising last October just weeks after Michael’s death.  Shannon dedicated Race for Life Inverness to the love of her life who she misses every day. She was  cheered on by her mum, Liz MacKenzie, 53, as well as event host, MFR breakfast radio presenter, Grace Nicoll.

Shannon of Inverness said: “I treasure the Stand Up To Cancer film as it’s a chance to hear Michael’s voice one more time and make memories for Sophia.

“It means Sophia will be able to grow up hearing her daddy’s voice, knowing how much he loved her and wanted to live to watch her grow up. Michael was in hospital when I took part in the Race for Life Inverness last May. I remember spending time with Michael on the ward and all the nurses wishing me good luck as I headed off to to do Race for Life. We’re getting closer to the first anniversary of Michael’s death and it’s been the toughest year of my life. It was devastating to lose Michael but if his story can help stop other families having to go through what we did then I couldn’t be prouder.”

Shannon knows exactly how vital the power of research is to help give families more tomorrows with their loved ones. Michael was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and chronic myeloid leukaemia in September 2016 after collapsing at home. He started chemotherapy treatment and three months later on December 28, the couple’s daughter Sophia was born. In June 2017 at hospital in Glasgow, Michael had a bone marrow transplant which doctors explained was his best chance of survival. He was allowed home to Inverness later that summer and the family moved in to their first house. But in spring last year, tests showed the cancer had spread to his spine and brain. He endured more chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Sadly, after that there was nothing more that could be done.

Every day, 88 people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland and the number of people being diagnosed with cancer has now reached around 32,000 people every year.* There are Race for Life events across Scotland this spring with events everywhere from Irvine to Aberdeen, Falkirk to Fife. Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to treat cancer and save lives.

Participants from as far afield as America took part in Race for Life Inverness. They included friends Christine Brown, 50, from Alaska and Jane Michaud, 47, from New Hampshire who took time out from their holiday to complete the 5K.

A team of work pals from Tesco Extra at Inshes Retail Park, Inverness also took part including employee Yvonne Charlton, 77, who took part in memory of her husband Jeff Charlton who died from lung cancer. A total of 45 pupils from Inverness Royal Academy also participated- inspired by their class mate, Mya MacKay, 15. Mya’s mum, Louise MacKay died the day before her 40th birthday in February this year from cervical cancer and already more than £1,300 has been raised by school pals.

Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend around £38 million last year in Scotland on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research.

Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK’s spokeswoman in Scotland, said: “We’d like to thank Shannon for supporting and to everyone who contributed to making Race for Life Inverness such a special day despite the rain.

“Our Race for Life events are fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting. They help people with cancer by raising money for research, including clinical trials which give patients across Scotland access to the latest treatments. You don’t have to be sporty to take part. You don’t need to train or compete against anyone else.  All you need to do is go to the Race for Life website, pick an event, sign up and then have fun raising money in whatever way you like.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research.

This year everyone can take part in the Race for Life whatever their fitness level. Because it’s not about breaking records, it’s about beating cancer.

Last year Cancer Research UK spent around £38 million in Scotland on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research. A study in Inverness is looking at the best treatments for men with prostate cancer following surgery. The study aims to find out the most effective way to use radiotherapy and hormone therapy and target the men who will benefit the most from these treatments.

To enter Race for Life today visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.