Academic wins Downing Street award

A member of staff has been announced as the recipient of a national award that recognises outstanding individual volunteers who make a difference in their community.

 Dr Andrew Murray, from the University’s Physical Activity for Health Research Centre, has been announced as the winner of the Points of Light award. 

Dr Murray has raised more than £170,000 for charities that include the Yamaa Trust, the African Palliative Care Association UK and the Scottish Association for Mental Health.

Daily award

Each day, the Prime Minister announces the winners, individuals who have been selected to celebrate their remarkable achievements.

Dr Murray will receive his award on St Andrew’s Day, 30 November.

Your remarkable running challenges are raising funds for three important charities, but also inspiring countless people to become more active and improve their health.

Prime Minister Theresa May 

Extreme running

As part of his fundraising, he ran 4300 km from John O'Groats to the Sahara desert, and ran seven ultra-marathons on the seven continents in under a week. 

Dr Murray also spends time raising awareness of the benefits of physical activity. He was the Scottish Government's first Physical Activity Champion and is a former president of Ramblers Scotland

He has also used his medical training to provide volunteer services in Kenya, Outer Mongolia and Namibia.

Points of Light

Andrew is the 622nd winner of the Points of Light award, which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA.

To be honest, it is great fun to run around in deserts and cold places, and work with communities in Outer Mongolia, Kenya, and Namibia. I would totally encourage people to explore, try new things and also to volunteer; it has given me some of the best and most memorable experiences of my life. Physical activity is the single best present we can give our patients and our children. Being active offers seven years of extra life, better health, and increased happiness. It's a great honour to be recognised by Points of Light and the Prime Minister.

Dr Andrew Murray

Related links

Points of Light

Physical Activity for Health Research Centre