Edinburgh University honours former MND campaigner and graduate

Gordon Aikman, former Business School graduate and motor neurone disease (MND) campaigner is to be honoured by the university a year after his death.

The University of Edinburgh’s George Square Lecture Theatre, is to be renamed in memory of Aikman, who passed away last February from the disease.

Originally from Fife, after being diagnosed with the disease in 2014, Mr Aikman raised more than £500,000 for researching funding into MND, and launched the ‘Five-Point Fightback’ campaign which called for increased funding to cure the condition, successfully winning support from political parties nationwide.

The honouree move was proposed by the university’s student union, with a formal naming ceremony of the Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre and plaque unveiling to take place later this year.

Edinburgh University Student Association president Patrick Kilduff said:

“On behalf of students of Edinburgh past and present, we are so proud that a student as inspiring and important as Gordon is being honoured by having the largest lecture theatre in the Universities named after him.

“It is appropriate his legacy and fight to raise awareness around MND will continue for years to come”.


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