Words: Amanda Park
Active GCUSA volunteer, PhD student Haroon Farooq has been named GCU’s Student of the Year.
Haroon, who is President of the GCU Cricket Club and the Explore Pakistan Society, received his award at the Student Leaders Programme and Student-led Teaching Awards Ball held in March 2012.
Since joining GCU, Haroon has made the most of his university experience. He is a key committee member of the Multinational Society, has contributed to the Societies Policy Group and regularly attends Student Voice Meetings. In addition, he is a Students’ Association Ambassador, a Residential Assistant at Caledonian Court and represents students at the School of Engineering and Built Environment’s Research Committee. Haroon has also made substantial contributions to the wider community by raising funds for Pakistan’s Shaukat Khaumum Memorial Cancer Charity.Despite his extra-curricular commitments, Haroon is a dedicated PhD student who has presented at International Forums in Spain and Germany, and had his work published in the field of Electrical Engineering.
Presenting the award to Haroon, Jan Hulme (Vice Principal, Governance and University Secretary) described him as an “inspirational student who has wholeheartedly engaged himself in all aspects of university life”.
Haroon said: “I am extremely honoured to be awarded the Student of the Year Award. Receiving it is a prime example of the welcoming attitude of people in Scotland. So, I am thankful to the local fraternity for accepting me as a part of their family. Volunteering is a great way to make new friends and to integrate when you arrive in a new country.”
The Student Leaders Programme rewards students who have enhanced their university experience through extracurricular activities. Haroon received Gold for his contribution to the programme.Joining Haroon were fellow winners Sinead McIntosh, who won the Allister Boyd Award for Contribution to Health and Wellbeing of others in a Leadership Role; GCUSA Rugby Committee Member Ross Marscheider, who won Silver and Bronze winner Mandy Smith, for her work as a Caledonian Club mentor.