Honorary Degrees for Malcolm & Margaret Howat

Honorary Degrees for Malcolm & Margaret Howat

Malcolm and Margaret Howat have received honorary degrees from the University of Glasgow. 

The couple’s charity ‘The Howat Foundation’, has supported some of the most significant cancer research breakthroughs made at the University and has provided transformational support to the Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre.

Mrs Howat was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia in 2005 and was treated by Professor Tessa Holyoake, Director. Mrs Howat said ‘Tessa became a friend – she couldn’t do enough for me and gave me the confidence and courage to face treatment - she convinced me I had a chance.'

The couple has made major charitable donations to support equipment needed to identify and separate cells, and a system which allows the researchers to examine 384 genes in a single cell. 

Their support has also funded a five year project looking at leukaemia in childhood and, recently, to support research into how leukaemia cells can defy treatment.

Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, said: ‘The impact of the Howat Foundation’s philanthropy is immeasurable – not only to a number of areas of cancer research but also to early career researchers. Margaret Howat’s personal courage in the face of her diagnosis of chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) and her support to other CML patients have also been
inspirational.’ 

Professor Holyoake said: ‘The Howats have allowed us to progress and expand at a much faster rate. They have allowed us to attract the best scientists from around the world and extend the team.
Their donations have allowed us to have state-of-the-art technology that we would otherwise not have been able to afford.’