Honorary Graduates 2012: Steve Inch and Ian Callum >

One has created cars that motorists across the world dream of driving; the other has been a driving force behind Glasgow's regeneration. Both were awarded honorary doctorates today at the GSA Graduation Ceremony.

Ian Callum RDI is acknowledged as one of the world's foremost automotive designers. A GSA graduate in Industrial Design (the forerunner of the current Product Design Engineering course), Callum began his design career with Ford before moving to TWR. Here he revived Aston Martin's famous DB series, designing the DB7, as well as creating the Vanquish, which was famously driven by Pierce Brosnan in the Bond movie,Die Another Day. Callum moved to Jaguar in 1999 where as Design Director he has brought a dynamic and modern feel to the celebrated "big cats" re-establishing Jaguar's sports saloon credentials with the XF, XK the XJ. He has also been instrumental in creating the R-Coupe and RD-6 concept cars, as well as Jaguar's latest creations, the C-X75 and the exciting all-new two-seater sports car, the Jaguar F-TYPE.

A proud Scot, Dumfries-born Callum still retains strong links with Scotland and with The Glasgow School of Art. In recognition of his contribution to international design and his commitment to championing design education he was awarded a DUniv, conferred by the University of Glasgow.

"The annual honorary degrees recognise individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to art, architecture and design," says Professor Seona Reid, Director of The Glasgow School of Art. 'Ian Callum is at the top of the game in automotive design and a great champion of design education. As a graduate in industrial design, the pre-curser of our current product design engineering course, he is a great inspiration to our students."

Ian Callum says,"The years I spent at Glasgow School of Art were amongst the happiest and possibly the most creative time I can recall.  I am deeply honoured to be receiving this award from an Institution that means so much to me."

Over the last 30 years Glasgow has seen a remarkable reversal in fortunes transforming from post-industrial wilderness into a vibrant cultural and creative centre. One of the leading players in this process is the recently retired Executive Director for Development and Regeneration Services at Glasgow City Council, Steve Inch, OBE.  Steve Inch was responsible for a number of the city's most important strategic economic development and planning initiatives including the Glasgow City Plan, the Joint Economic Strategy, Glasgow Tourism Action Plan, and the Commonwealth Games Village Bid documents. He has also made a vitally important contribution to the arts and creative industries in the city both as a driving force behind the 1999 City of Architecture and Design bid and as leader of more recent initiatives such as Trongate 103. The Glasgow School of Art today recognised his outstanding contribution to the regeneration of the City and to the growth and development of the arts and creative industries with a DUniv conferred by the University of Glasgow.

"Steve Inch has had a seminal influence not only on the regeneration of Glasgow, but on the growth of the arts and creative industries in the city",says Professor Reid. "The strength of Glasgow's cultural infrastructure has been key to attracting and retaining talent and Steve has be instrumental in creating the environment in which innovation and creativity can flourish."

Steve Inch says,"Prior to retiring from Glasgow City Council I worked with GSA on a great many projects and am therefore fully aware of the role it has played in the ongoing regeneration of the city.  I feel deeply honoured that my contribution has been recognised through the award of this Honorary Doctorate, and I look forward to continuing to support GSA in the years to come."

Bailie Liz Cameron, Executive Member for Jobs and the Economy at Glasgow City Council adds,"how fitting that Steve Inch has received an Honorary Doctorate from Glasgow School of Art.  During almost three decades of service to the city council he played a pivotal role in the regeneration of Glasgow.  A large part of this was achieved through the realisation of the value of Glasgow's cultural sector to our economy.  His work at board level in organisations such as Glasgow Film Office and the Glasgow International Jazz and Comedy Festivals provide a small illustration of his dedication to improving our economic and cultural life.  It gives me great pleasure to see yet more recognition, in addition to his OBE, for the sterling work that Steve has done for this city."

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