News at Stirling http://www.stir.ac.uk/news The University of Stirling's Communications and Media team aims to work positively and closely with the media, providing a service that will help media professionals to cover news, personalities and events at the University in an informed manner. News at Stirling http://www.stir.ac.uk/news http://www.stir.ac.uk/media/wwwstiracuk/styleassets/images/logo.png http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/07/stirling-olympians-depart-for-rio/ Students and staff bid farewell to members of the University of Stirling’s sensational swim squad as they jetted off to the unforgettable backdrop of Rio, to fly the flag for Team GB at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Swapping the National Swimming Academy at Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence for the British Swimming holding camp north of Rio, Ross Murdoch, Robbie Renwick, Craig Benson and Duncan Scott are ready to take on one of the biggest challenges of their swimming careers.

For first-time Olympian and Commonwealth gold medallist Ross Murdoch, Rio will be the ultimate test. 19-year-old team-mate and freestyle specialist Duncan Scott will also experience this level of competition for the very first time.

Breaststroke swimmer Craig Benson, who studies accountancy and finance, will look to improve on his fantastic performance at London 2012, while full-time athlete Robbie Renwick hopes to make it third time lucky on the Olympic stage, having competed in both London and Beijing.

The University’s sporting stars are among 26 swimmers selected to travel to represent Britain in the Olympic pool.

Cathy Gallagher, Director of Sport at the University, said: “The excitement is palpable now with less than one month until the 2016 Olympic Games. Although the pool on campus will miss our four swimming Olympians, we hope they take a bit of Stirling magic with them to Rio.

“The work and dedication put in by our athletes and coaches, as well as Scottish Swimming and sportscotland Institute of Sport, to get to this point has been immense and we wish them every success for the competition.

“The entire University community is incredibly proud of what these young athletes have already achieved and will be backing them every step of the way. We also send our good luck and best wishes to former golf and tennis scholars who will compete in Brazil with Team GB.”

The swimmers are joined by two former tennis scholars – Colin Fleming and Gordon Reid – and past golf scholar and Stirling graduate Catriona Matthew.

The Olympic swimming competition gets under way on 6 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in the heart of Rio. The tennis event will be played on hard court, with the draw taking place on 4 August, while the women’s golf tees off on 17 August.

As Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, Stirling currently supports 88 scholar-athletes, enabling students to balance training and competition at the highest level with study for a University degree.

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Stirling Olympians depart for Rio Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:09:00 +0000 http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/07/stirling-olympians-depart-for-rio/name-130193-en.html
http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/07/researchers-back-call-for-cancer-education/ A researcher from the University of Stirling is supporting calls from Teenage Cancer Trust for cancer education programmes to be introduced in secondary schools across the UK.

This comes after research led by the health science expert found such education sessions significantly increase students’ knowledge of how to spot the signs of cancer.

The benefits of these sessions have also been highlighted by Jane Sutton, charity patron and mother of the late charity campaigner Stephen Sutton.

Dr Gill Hubbard, Reader in Cancer Care at the University of Stirling, worked with Teenage Cancer Trust to investigate their programme and said: “Tragically, some young people get cancer and incidences of some cancers such as skin cancer in teenagers are rising. We need to educate this group so they are aware of the signs of cancer and have the skills to seek and demand help from doctors early on.

“Cancer is still not talked about enough which means young people are often unsure how to raise the subject when they are worried something might be wrong. We found that Teenage Cancer Trust's education programme in schools raises young people's awareness and knowledge of cancer by a third, with teenagers successfully identifying a number of everyday risks including sunburn.

“Importantly, we also found young people are nearly three times more likely to talk about cancer with their parents after the subject has been tackled in a 50 minute education session at school. We want to empower young people so they feel able to talk to parents and their doctors if they notice that something might be wrong and help reduce the taboo around cancer.

“Moving forward, we want to see a national cancer education programme in all of our schools. Our research backs up the views of Jane Sutton and Teenage Cancer Trust that continued focus in this area will help us spot childhood cancer sooner.”

Dr Hubbard’s research demonstrating the value and impact of education work was published in Pycho-Oncology, the Journal of Psychological, Social and Behavioural Dimensions of Cancer.

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Researchers back call for cancer education in schools Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:50:00 +0000 http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/07/researchers-back-call-for-cancer-education/name-130183-en.html
http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/07/former-scholars-join-olympic-line-up/ Two past University of Stirling tennis scholars have been confirmed as part of Team GB for the Olympic Games in Rio, alongside former golf scholar and graduate, Catriona Matthew.

Colin Fleming – who played on Stirling’s world-renowned performance programme at the Scottish National Tennis Centre from 2001 to 2007 – will represent Great Britain in the doubles.

Colin is now one of three Scots playing doubles at the Olympics, taking up ranks alongside Andy and Jamie Murray.

While recent Wimbledon and Australian Open wheelchair men’s champion and Stirling psychology student Gordon Reid, who still trains at the renowned facilities on campus, joins the Paralympic team.

Catriona Matthew, one of the first students to join the University’s golf scholarship programme, will also travel to Brazil next month as golf returns to the Olympic Games after a 112-year absence. The Scots star attained a BA and an MA from Stirling before starting her professional career.

The athletes join Stirling’s world-class swimmers, also selected to represent Team GB at Rio. Ross Murdoch, Robbie Renwick, Craig Benson and Duncan Scott will compete and the team’s Head Performance Coach, Ben Higson, is part of the British Swimming coaching staff.

As Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, Stirling currently supports 88 scholar-athletes, enabling students to balance training and competition at the highest level with study for a University degree.

Cathy Gallagher, Director of Sport at the University, said: “Sport is a part of Stirling’s DNA. We pride ourselves in helping to produce the best athletes to compete at the very highest level and no sporting feat is greater than the Olympics. To have seven current or former University of Stirling athletes travelling to Rio, alongside a coaching presence, is testament to the talent of these sports stars, as well as the hard work and support they have received up to now.”

The Olympic tennis event will be played on hard court, with the event draws made on 4 August. The swimming gets under way on 6 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in the heart of Rio while the women’s golf tees off on 17 August, with the men up first on 11 August.

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Former sport scholars join Olympic line-up Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:01:00 +0000 http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/07/former-scholars-join-olympic-line-up/name-130061-en.html
http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/07/university-of-stirling-wins-at-the-heralds-higher-education-awards/ The University of Stirling’s Being Dementia Smart package was co-winner at the Herald Higher Education Awards last night in Glasgow.  

Being Dementia Smart is an innovative dementia curriculum that is embedded throughout the pre-registration graduate nursing programme and was developed with input from Alzheimer Scotland and partner healthcare organisations. The Being Dementia Smart package was recognised in the Enhancing Student Learning Award category, and was a joint winner with an entry from Glasgow Caledonian University. 

The novel Being Dementia Smart package was introduced in 2014 in the University’s undergraduate nursing programme. It is the first such undergraduate nursing dementia package in Scotland developed within the Promoting Excellence Framework – a framework for all health and social services staff working with people with dementia, their families and carers.  

Professor Jayne Donaldson, Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, said:

“Dementia is increasingly becoming a common long term condition in older adults and is a growing global challenge. Our Being Dementia Smart package emphasises the importance of understanding dementia for nurses, right from the start of their career.

“This recognition also emphasises the importance of the nursing profession and the value of graduate nurses. Many congratulations to the Being Dementia Smart team and all our teaching and administration staff who support this work.”  

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University of Stirling wins at the Herald’s Higher Education Awards Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:04:00 +0000 http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/07/university-of-stirling-wins-at-the-heralds-higher-education-awards/name-129861-en.html
http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/07/researcher-takes-study-to-house-of-commons/ A leading health science researcher from the University of Stirling visited the House of Commons to answer questions from MPs and Lords on using patient data to help identify where suicide prevention activities would be best introduced.

Nadine Dougall, Senior Lecturer in the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit, led a study which looked at patient data in Scotland and revealed that general hospitals should engage in more mental health screenings and follow-up with at-risk individuals.

The study was presented at an All-Party Parliamentary Group Event, Can patient data revolutionise healthcare,to exemplify what can be done with patient data to provide a more comprehensive level of care within the NHS.

The research, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, studied all deaths by suicide in Scotland in people aged 15 and over between 1981 and 2010. Of the 16,411 suicides, almost two thirds had linkable hospital records.

Surprisingly, the data revealed that more than half the people who died within three months of last discharge did so after admission to general hospital.

Working with the MQ Data Science Group, Ms Dougall shared the opinion of experts from across the UK with MPs and Lords, revealing the challenges involved in accessing and sharing patient data.

These include the fact there is no unified, standardised national register for mental health patients and different datasets are kept in different settings, each with its own unique access procedure.

Ms Dougall said: “Using historical and electronic health records in research is crucial to saving lives and improving the service patients receive from the NHS. In the UK all data is stored securely and every patient has been allocated a confidential NHS number. However, these records can be better utilised in many different ways, including that of guiding suicide prevention work.

“The data currently held on all NHS patients has a significant role to play in saving peoples’ lives, if we can access and assess it properly. We have now been able to provide parliament with a better understanding of the opportunities for suicide intervention, and of the challenges in accessing patient data in secure settings.”

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Researcher takes suicide prevention study to House of Commons Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:51:00 +0000 http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/07/researcher-takes-study-to-house-of-commons/name-129776-en.html
http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/07/trio-of-athletes-world-university-championships/ Three University of Stirling triathlete scholars have been selected to compete at the World University Championships in Switzerland.

Mathematics student Grant Sheldon, Environmental Management Masters student Douglas Roberts, and Sports Coaching student Natalie Milne each won a sought-after spot to represent Team GB at the renowned biannual international meet.

In its 53rd year, the World University Championships are organised by the International University Sports Federation and allow elite student sportsmen and women to pit their skills against the best in the world.

33 countries will be represented at the 13th World University Triathlon Championship on Sunday, 7 August in Nyon, Switzerland, including three triathletes from Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence who are coached by Blair Cartmell and Gordon Crawford of triathlonscotland.

Fiona Lothian, Head of Performance at triathlonscotland, said: “For three athletes to have been selected from the University of Stirling for the World University Championships is testimony to the hard work that the athletes and their coaches have put in over the winter, and it is great for this to have been recognised.

“Being based at the Triathlon Scotland High Performance Centre on campus enables them to access a hugely positive, varied and challenging training environment, while combining flexibility with academic studies.

“The support provided by Winning Students and Stirling University International scholarships has been invaluable in supporting the athletes to get to this level, and I am sure they will all take the opportunity to step up and deliver their best result on the day.”

Cathy Gallagher, Director of Sport at the University, said: “The World University Championships bring together the very best student athletes in the world and is a fantastic platform and challenge for elite student sport stars.

“As Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, we are committed to helping talented individuals fulfil their potential in and out of the lecture theatre. These championships will provide a new test and unique experience for Grant, Douglas and Natalie who are all exceptional ambassadors for the University. Now, they have the chance to do their country proud too when they represent Team GB.

“Stirling triathletes continue to thrive under the stewardship of triathlonscotland coaches and we are working together to provide the best High Performance environment for the students. I would like to thank everyone who has supported the students in reaching this level of competition.”

The athletes are part of the University of Stirling triathlon and Winning Students scholarship programmes, which support current international and developing student athletes. Find out more about the scholarships here.

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Trio of triathletes to take part in World University Championships Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:18:00 +0000 http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/07/trio-of-athletes-world-university-championships/name-129745-en.html
http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/07/first-university-for-employability/ The University of Stirling is top in Scotland and third in the UK for university graduate employability among institutions with more than 500 respondents, according to new statistics released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

Almost 97 per cent of graduates from Stirling, a 0.8 per cent increase on last year, have a positive destination after University, including employment and further study.

Stirling tops the table of Scotland’s universities, second only to a Small Specialist Institution (SSI), the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and gains the third highest percentage of positive destination leavers of 151 UK universities.

The University’s graduating class of 2016 saw hundreds of graduands swap the campus of Stirling for bright careers.

Calum Burns, a 23-year-old football scholarship student, graduated from Stirling with a first class honours in Business Studies. He won an internship with Barclays in New York through the Saltire Foundation at the end of his third year and will now join the company’s Personal and Corporate Banking graduate programme.

Fellow classmate Emily Jenkins also graduated from Stirling last month with a degree in Business Studies and Economics and now joins GlaxoSmithKline’s Future Leaders programme. With the help of the University’s Career Development Centre, Emily secured a 12-week pharmaceutical marketing internship with the company during her final summer.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Gerry McCormac, said: “In delivering high quality, relevant and innovative academic courses, we aim to equip all of our students with lifelong knowledge and skills that ensure their readiness for life after University.

“Our Careers and Employability Service is also integral to developing students into employable, confident graduates with the requisite skills, knowledge and experience to contribute to and succeed in an ever changing environment outside of campus. It’s fantastic to be recognised for this as we continue to see our graduates thrive and reach their full potential.”

The full UK Performance Indicators in Higher Education 2014/15 for Employment of Graduates can be viewed here.

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Stirling top University in Scotland for employability Fri, 08 Jul 2016 10:48:00 +0000 http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/07/first-university-for-employability/name-129589-en.html
http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/07/new-dementia-activity-toolkit-to-launch-at-the-university/ A new social enterprise, Creating Conversations, is launching an innovative activity kit at the University of Stirling to encourage creative activities among people living with dementia.

The toolkit, developed by Artlink Central, a charity that offers artist-led participatory programmes to support people from disadvantaged groups, is an artist-designed group activity kit. Dr Jane Robertson and Dr Vikki McCall at the University of Stirling have supported the development of the product through an innovation voucher funded by the Scottish Funding Council.

The creative activity pack is designed for use by staff in day care centres and residential care settings to support people with dementia by prompting conversation and reminiscence. The theme of the first kit is ‘gardens’ and it provides eight topics around the theme which will prompt conversation and activities such as: drawing, colouring, collage, planting bulbs and designing an ideal garden. Users will be able to draw, colour in and spark conversation using themed cards. Artlink Central also plan to develop further kits around popular themes such as food, sports, music and movies.

Lead Researcher, Dr Jane Robertson, Lecturer in Dementia Studies at the University of Stirling, said:

“We are delighted to support the launch of the toolkit at the University and hope that it will be rolled out across the UK health and social care sector this summer to bring a number of benefits to people living with dementia.  

“Our research has shown that the toolkit, Creating Conversations: Gardening, has the potential to help people with dementia by; encouraging reminiscence, increasing confidence, reducing anxiety, supporting positive social connections and providing opportunities to engage in enjoyable and purposeful activities as evidenced through our observations.”

Join researchers at Macrobert Arts Centre for an exhibition telling the story of the product and its development on 11 July at 10.30-12am. Hear from speakers who have been instrumental in designing, testing and evaluating the use of the kit in care homes and day care settings in Central Scotland.

For more information about the event please click here.

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New dementia activity kit to launch at the University Wed, 06 Jul 2016 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/07/new-dementia-activity-toolkit-to-launch-at-the-university/name-129498-en.html
http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/07/palmer-cup-win/ A University of Stirling golf scholar and the team’s performance coach proved to be a winning combination as they helped Team Europe lift this year’s coveted Arnold Palmer Cup.

Business and Marketing student Mathias Eggenberger was one of 10 players who took part in the student equivalent of the Ryder Cup, making the selection for a second year running to reclaim the transatlantic title.

The University’s high performance golf coach Dean Robertson also joined the team as Assistant Coach, backing up Europe’s Head Coach Janice Moodie and guiding the squad to victory.

The three-day competition, named after legendary player Arnold Palmer, took place at Formby Golf Club between 24 and 26 June.

The tournament pits the best golfers at European universities against their American counterparts and is recognised as a springboard for emerging talent.

Mathias, from Switzerland, was selected following his win at the R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament at St Andrews in April.

The student, who this week graduated from Stirling, won Europe’s second match against Will Zalatoris and controlled much of the match. He took the lead with birdie at the fourth and pushed his advantage to three-up after a birdie at the seventh. Europe went on to defeat the United States, 18.5-11.5.

Mathias said: “The Arnold Palmer Cup is the pinnacle of collegiate golf and I was so proud, excited and honoured to be a part of Janice and Dean’s victorious European team this year and avenge last year’s defeat at Rich Harvest Farms in the USA.

“The University of Stirling performance golf programme has been pivotal to my ongoing development and success. Without question, the skills, habit and mind set I have learned helped me to perform so well under pressure.”

Performance golf coach Dean Robertson said: “Mathias has been an outstanding scholar-athlete and excellent ambassador for our institution. It was such a huge personal goal of his to play his way onto this year’s European Arnold Palmer Cup team that to see him play so well and contribute to Team Europe success was hugely rewarding, not just to him, but to all involved in his development at Stirling. A truly wonderful sign-off to a wonderful collegiate career.”

Stirling – Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence - was the first university in the UK to offer golf scholarships with R&A and has supported more than 180 student golfing athletes to date.

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Player and coach duo are winning combination at student ‘Ryder Cup’ Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:56:00 +0000 http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/07/palmer-cup-win/name-129178-en.html
http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/06/researchshowsgrowingsupportforchangestotheuseofelectronicmonitoringtagginginscotland/ Findings and recommendations released in a new report by University of Stirling criminologists, Professor Gill McIvor and Dr Hannah Graham, indicate support among criminal justice practitioners for key changes to the use of electronic monitoring tagging in Scotland. Their study sought the views of criminal justice social workers, Scottish Prison Service staff, sheriffs, the Parole Board for Scotland, Police Scotland, G4S monitoring staff, Scottish Government policymakers, and a third sector organisation.

Currently, the majority of electronically monitored orders made by Scottish courts and prisons do not involve supervision by criminal justice social workers or support from third sector services. Instead, most people are simply tagged and expected to stay at home during curfews of up to 12 hours a day.

Lecturer in Criminology and report co-author Dr Hannah Graham said:

“Our findings suggest that the use of electronic monitoring in Scotland over the last 15 years can be characterised as relatively simple but stable in approach. There’s plenty of momentum among most participants in this study to pursue more innovative and tailored uses.”

“Tagging and curfews alone don’t address the reasons why people commit crime. In line with international evidence, we recommend that tagging needs to be integrated with rehabilitative supports and opportunities to help people change their lives and leave crime behind.”

“One approach to electronic monitoring simply doesn’t fit all. Involving criminal justice social workers will harness their practice knowledge in tailoring community sentences, and could reduce unnecessary uses of court time and resources – for example, do sheriffs really need to decide on requests to change address?”

“Sheriffs are important decision-makers, but there’s a need for greater clarity and consistency between sheriffs and courts across the country about how and why they use electronic monitoring. Whether you get tagged or sentenced to prison should not significantly depend on where you live and who sentenced you.”

The Scottish prison population rate is one of the highest in Western Europe. One in every 700 people in Scotland are in prison. Recent figures show that some Scottish sheriffs and courts use electronically monitored Restriction of Liberty Orders (RLOs) as an alternative to a custodial sentence much more than others, who barely use them at all. In 2015, the rate of Restriction of Liberty Orders imposed by sheriffs in Glasgow was 256% higher than that of their Edinburgh counterparts, with 314 RLOs imposed in Glasgow compared to 88 RLOs in Edinburgh.

Stirling criminologists Gill McIvor and Hannah Graham worked on this project with an international research team of academics from England & Wales, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. Commissioned by the European Union, this electronic monitoring comparative research is the first of its kind in Europe.

Dr Hannah Graham added:

“Electronic monitoring offers a versatile and flexible tool in trying to reduce Scotland’s swollen prison population, but this is not the only option and its use must be proportionate and not in isolation.”

“In Scotland, there are moderately high completion rates for electronically monitored orders. Most monitored people do not get breached and returned to court or recalled to prison for non-compliance.”

“Instead of simply focusing on when and where a person must be curfewed or excluded from, we can gain valuable insights from how European neighbours, like the Netherlands and Scandinavian countries, use electronic monitoring. In Scotland, we should be considering more imaginative uses which include meaningful activities and community supports. This might involve work, volunteering or education, mentoring, attending an alcohol recovery group or family activities focused on parenting.”

The Scottish report and briefing paper summary are available online at http://emeu.leeds.ac.uk/reports/ 

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Research shows growing support for changes to the use of electronic monitoring tagging in Scotland Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/06/researchshowsgrowingsupportforchangestotheuseofelectronicmonitoringtagginginscotland/name-129108-en.html
http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/06/teacher-of-the-year-honoured/ More than 600 graduates from the Faculties of Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences celebrated alongside honorary graduates from the worlds of literature and education on the final day of the University of Stirling’s summer graduation ceremonies.

Former local head teacher and Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Teacher of the Year, Elaine Wyllie, received a Masters of Arts from the University for her outstanding contribution to the community with the ‘Daily Mile’ initiative at St. Ninians Primary School, Stirling.

The programme - which sees every pupil walk or run for up to one mile every day - has attracted national and international praise from healthcare experts for its innovative approach to tackling the growing issue of childhood obesity and is now the focus of a study by experts at the University of Stirling.

Ms Wyllie said: “The University of Stirling is Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence and I’m delighted that it has chosen to recognise the positive impact that The Daily Mile has on the health and wellbeing of children everywhere. The University’s decision to conduct robust and meaningful research into this initiative will have far-reaching consequences for the health of future generations of children in the UK and beyond.”

Also recognised during Thursday’s ceremonies was Professor Zhengshuan Li, who received the award of Doctor of the University for the promotion of Scottish literature in China. Professor Li presented the University with a copy of his book which translated the poems of Robert Burns into contemporary Chinese to mark the 220th anniversary of the Bard’s death.

Speaking during the ceremony, Professor Li praised the University’s reputation as an outward-looking institution with an international reach: “All of us graduating today are proud of the University where innovation and excellence is fully demonstrated, where national culture is highly valued, where we have studied and learned much about the world and the future.”

Thursday’s ceremony marks the final day of celebrations which recognises the achievements of more than 1200 graduates from five faculties.

This summer, more than 80 per cent of Stirling honours degree graduates achieved either a first or 2:1. 96 per cent of Stirling graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation.

Photos, social media and graduate stories from the summer graduation ceremonies are available on the Graduation Live website.

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Teacher of the Year honoured at Stirling graduation ceremony Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:44:00 +0000 http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/06/teacher-of-the-year-honoured/name-129106-en.html
http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/06/leading-scientist-honoured-at-stirling-graduation-ceremony/ Over 650 graduates celebrated alongside honorary graduates from science and education on the first day of the University of Stirling’s summer graduation ceremonies.

Cholera expert, the scientist Dr Rita Colwell, received the award of Doctor of the University for her outstanding contribution to marine biotechnology and influences in environmental microbiology.

Congratulating graduates from the faculties of Natural Sciences and Health Sciences and Sport, Dr Colwell said: “It is a very special honour to be recognised for scientific achievement by the University of Stirling. We live in an era of scientific advances that benefit society in many ways and the University of Stirling is an internationally recognised science university.”

Currently developing an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and safe drinking water issues in both developed and developing countries, Rita concluded by saying: “I am pleased and honoured to be invited to join the University of Stirling family.”

Also recognised during Wednesday’s ceremony was Alan Simpson OBE, Chair of University Court from 2007 to 2015, who received the award of Doctor of the University for his contribution to the University and for services to higher education. During his tenure he fostered strong relationships within the UK higher education sector and led the University of Stirling through a period of growth and investment.

Praising the support and commitment of University staff past and present, Alan highlighted the positive impact Stirling’s contribution makes globally by saying: “I am thrilled and delighted to receive this degree and to be honoured by such a prestigious institution. Today we are witnessing students receiving degrees from the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport and the Stirling Management School which are just two of the areas where Stirling is a real world leader and where the University’s contribution is making such a positive impact on people’s lives.”

Thursday’s ceremonies will celebrate the achievements of almost 650 graduates from the faculties of Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences. Honorary degrees will also be bestowed on academic and poet Professor Zhengshuan Li and former headteacher Ms Elaine Wyllie, founder of the Daily Mile initiative.

This summer, more than 80 percent of Stirling honours degree graduates achieved either a first or 2:1. 96 percent of Stirling graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation.

Photos, social media and graduate stories from the summer graduation ceremonies are available on the Graduation Live website.

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Leading scientist honoured at Stirling graduation ceremony Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:46:00 +0000 http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/06/leading-scientist-honoured-at-stirling-graduation-ceremony/name-129008-en.html
http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/06/more-than-1200-to-celebrate-at-stirling-summer-graduations/ More than 1200 University of Stirling graduands will have their achievements recognised at four Summer 2016 graduation ceremonies today and tomorrow.

The ceremonies held on campus at the University’s Gannochy National Tennis Centre, will confer degrees upon graduands from five academic faculties.

University Chancellor Dr James Naughtie will preside over the graduation ceremonies and Professor Gerry McCormac, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, will highlight the positive impact that Stirling’s contribution has made to people’s lives across the globe.

More than 80 percent of those receiving an honours degree at this week’s ceremonies will graduate with either a first or 2:1 while 96 percent of Stirling graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation.

The ceremonies are broadcast live via a graduation webcast.

Graduation coverage – packed with photos, social media and case studies - will also be available online.

Wednesday 29 June, 10am

Graduands from the Faulty of Health Sciences and Sport and Faculty of Natural Sciences will receive their awards at the opening ceremony.

This includes Jayne Galinsky who will leave the University with a Health Sciences PhD and joins Myeloma UK as a researcher and Andrew Hepburn who will collect a scroll bursting with qualifications fit for the digital age, having achieved a first class honours in Computing Science. Andrew will now take up a graduate software engineer role in the defence sector.

Professor and Chief Science Officer at CosmosID.Inc, Dr Rita Colwell, will receive an honorary doctorate for her outstanding contribution to marine biotechnology and influences in environmental microbiology. Dr Colwell is currently developing an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and safe drinking water issues in both developed and developing countries.

Wednesday 29 June, 2.30pm

The Wednesday afternoon ceremony recognises graduands from the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport and Stirling Management School.

Among those graduating is Emily Jenkins who will gain a BA Hons Business Studies and Economics before she takes a place on GlaxoSmithKline’s Future Leaders programme. From Sport, Maurizio Valenti has completed an MSc in Sport Management and will stay to complete a PhD, having been won over by life at Stirling.

Alan Simpson OBE, Chair of University Court from 2007 to 2015, will receive the award of Doctor of the University for his contribution to the University and for services to higher education. During his tenure, he fostered strong relationships within the UK higher education sector and led the University of Stirling through a period of growth and investment.

Thursday 30 June, 10am

Graduands from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities will be recognised at the first of two ceremonies on Thursday including French and Law star student Julian Osei-Bonsu who used his time at University to study abroad in Vancouver and Paris.

Professor Zhengshuan Li will receive the award of Doctor of the University for the promotion of Scottish literature in China. A translator of poetry, Professor Zhengshuan Li is currently working on translating the poems of Robert Burns into contemporary Chinese and he will present the University with a copy of his book, marking the 220th anniversary of Burns’ death. His work is crucial to the links between the University of Stirling, Hebei Normal University in China and the Chinese educational authorities.

Thursday 30 June, 2.30pm

The final ceremony of the summer graduation celebrations sees graduands from the Faculty of Social Sciences recognised.

Golf scholar Eilidh Briggs is among those who takes home a degree to be proud of having achieved a first class honours in Professional Education, Physical Education and Sports Studies. Eilidh represented the University and her country on golf courses around the world, balancing highly competitive performance sport with her studies.

Former local head teacher and Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Teacher of the Year, Elaine Wyllie, is to be recognised for her contribution to the community with the ‘Daily Mile’ initiative at St. Ninians Primary School, Stirling. The programme - which sees every pupil walk or run for up to one mile every day - has attracted national and international praise from healthcare experts for its innovative approach to tackling the growing issue of childhood obesity and is now the focus of a study by experts at the University of Stirling. It has received support from the Scottish Government and has been introduced into schools throughout the country as well as in other parts of the UK.

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More than 1200 to celebrate at Stirling summer graduations Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:16:00 +0000 http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/06/more-than-1200-to-celebrate-at-stirling-summer-graduations/name-128971-en.html
http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/06/eu-referendum---message-from-the-principal/ The outcome of the referendum on 23 June, was not, in my opinion, one that is in the best interests of universities or the country. However, the most important message I have for staff and students is that nothing will change immediately.

European Union students who have been made an offer to study at the University of Stirling in 2016 (or 2017 deferred entry) are unaffected. Those who are considering applying to the University for 2017 entry are encouraged to do so in the usual way. We will keep all applicants informed as relevant details emerge.

As I discussed earlier this month, in an article for The Conversation, the University of Stirling is a European University and will remain a European University. Our EU staff and students are part of the fabric of our scholarly community and contribute greatly to, and enrich all aspects of, university life.  The value of young people from across Europe living and learning together is immeasurable and we will do everything possible to ensure that this is not diminished in any way.

I recognise that this will be a worrying time for EU colleagues, students and their families. I would like to reassure you, that without unilateral action from the UK Government, the vote to leave will have no immediate impact on your immigration status or on the status of current and prospective EU students and staff. There will also be no immediate impact on the UK as a full member of Horizon 2020 and Erasmus.

The University values all our staff and students from across the EU and indeed from across the world – this will not change.

During the coming months, I will be working with the Scottish and UK Governments and with Universities UK and Universities Scotland to ensure that Stirling’s voice is heard in discussions and negotiations to ensure that the rich cultural diversity, that is the hallmark of higher education in the UK, is not lost.

Professor Gerry McCormac, Principal and Vice-Chancellor

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EU Referendum - Message from the Principal Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:49:00 +0000 http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/06/eu-referendum---message-from-the-principal/name-128841-en.html
http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/06/teacher-of-the-year-and-world-leading-cholera-scientist-to-be-honoured/ Figures from science, literature and education will receive honorary degrees at the University of Stirling’s Summer Graduation ceremonies next week.

Elaine Wyllie, Dr Rita Colwell, Professor Zhengshuan Li and Alan Simpson OBE will join more than 1000 Stirling graduands receiving their awards at ceremonies on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th June.

Former local head teacher and Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Teacher of the Year, Elaine Wyllie, is recognised for her contribution to the community with the ‘Daily Mile’ initiative at St. Ninians Primary School, Stirling.   The programme has attracted national and international praise from healthcare experts for its innovative approach to tackling the growing issue of childhood obesity and is now the focus of a study by experts at the University of Stirling.  The Daily Mile sees every pupil walk or run for up to one mile every day.  It has received support from the Scottish Government and has been introduced into schools throughout the country as well as in other parts of the UK.

Professor and Chief Science Officer at CosmosID.Inc, Dr Rita Colwell, will be recognised for her outstanding contribution to marine biotechnology and influences in environmental microbiology. Dr Colwell is currently developing an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and safe drinking water issues in both developed and developing countries.

Professor Zhengshuan Li will receive the award of Doctor of the University for the promotion of Scottish literature in China. A translator of poetry, Professor Zhengshuan Li is currently working on translating the poems of Robert Burns into contemporary Chinese. This work is crucial to the link between the University of Stirling, Hebei Normal University and the Chinese educational authorities.

Alan Simpson OBE, Chair of University Court from 2007 to 2015, will receive the award of Doctor of the University for his contribution to the University and for services to higher education. During his tenure he fostered strong relationships within the UK higher education sector and led the University of Stirling through a period of growth and investment.

Professor Gerry McCormac, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Stirling, said: “We are honoured to confer honorary degrees on such outstanding individuals and role models.

“As Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence it is a privilege to recognise Elaine Wyllie’s contribution to the community. Elaine is an inspirational headteacher who has taken a fun and simple idea for exercise and turned it into a positive way to improve the health and wellbeing of children.

“Dr Rita Colwell’s contribution to science is awe-inspiring.  Her research spans the globe and her discoveries around cholera have changed the research world’s perception of that disease.

“Professor Zhengshuan Li’s contribution to the promotion of Scottish culture is not only evidence of his commitment to the enduring friendship between our cultures, but also of his continued support for the University of Stirling’s links with China.

“Finally, in Alan Simpson, we honour a graduand who is an ambassador and champion for Scottish higher education. It is a reflection of his vision and leadership that the University of Stirling is so strongly placed for the quality of our research and teaching. Alan embodies the sense of commitment and ambition that we aim to instil in all our graduating students.

“I extend my congratulations to all of our graduands and honorary graduands on their achievements.”

The ceremonies will celebrate the achievements of graduating students from the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, the Faculty of Natural Sciences, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Social Sciences, and the Stirling Management School. 

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Teacher of the Year and world-leading cholera scientist to be honoured Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:28:00 +0000 http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archive/../2016/06/teacher-of-the-year-and-world-leading-cholera-scientist-to-be-honoured/name-128672-en.html