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Stirling MINDS FOR ALUMNI, STAFF AND FRIENDS - University of Stirling
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Stirling MINDS FOR ALUMNI, STAFF AND FRIENDS - University of Stirling

Welcome                                                                                                           Contents
Dear alumni and
                                                                                                                  4          Campus news                                                             5
friends: welcome to
                                                                                                                  8          Faculty of Social Sciences
the 2018 edition of
                                                                                                                  10         Honorary Graduates
Stirling Minds, which
                                                                                                                  12         Graduates and Students of the Year
offers a glimpse into
                                                                                                                  14         Stirling Management School
an incredibly exciting
time at the University,
                                                                                                                  17         Faculty of Arts and Humanities                                         12
                                                                                                                  20         Business engagement
during its 51st year.
                                                                                                                  24         The Stirling Network
In May, planning permission was                                                                                   26         Campus Central
received for two projects: Sport
and Campus Central, and the                                                                                       28         Meet the academic
UK and Scottish Governments
announced that the University                                                                                     30         Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport                                   24
would receive £22m towards                                                                                        33         Graduate outcomes
a new Institute of Aquaculture
and the creation of Scotland’s                                                                                    34         Faculty of Natural Sciences
International Environment Centre.
     After conferring degrees on                                                                                  38         International focus
20,000 graduates from 2008,                                                                                       39         Class notes
Dr James Naughtie retired.
The University announced that
the next Chancellor would be        Thank you to everyone who
                                    put forward nominations for
                                                                           If you liked Stirling Minds, or have
                                                                           suggestions for future issues,
                                                                                                                             Alumni events
                                                                                                                             Advancement update
distinguished alumnus, Lord
                                    the inaugural Graduates and            please email us at
Jack McConnell, who received
                                    Students of the Year awards. The  and let us       50         GDPR
his honorary degree 10 years
ago at the installation of          winners are highlighted on the         know – it’s your university and
Chancellor James Naughtie!          front cover and pages 12 and 13        we need your involvement and
New faces include Professor         and you are encouraged to put          feedback.
Neville Wylie, Deputy Principal     forward nominations for 2019.                I hope to meet you at a future
for Internationalisation (page      A further thank you to everyone        event but in the meantime would        Produced by the Directorate for Advancement:
28), Dr Lee Zhuang the Executive    who help with career mentoring         wish everyone a very happy 2019.       Kerry Bryson; Debbie Miller; Hazel McIlwraith and Jennifer Forman. Special thanks to Greg Christison; Rosemary Free;
Director for Internationalisation   opportunities for our students.                                               Athina-Evera Qendro; Wendy Bailey and Eunice Atkins.
& Partnerships, Hazel McIlwraith    On pages 24 and 25, you can                                                   Design: Big Think Agency.
joined as Head of Fundraising       read about the ambitious plans                                                Photography: Kristin Paterakis (Veronique Koch); Clive Totman (John Scott); Elaine Livingstone; Antony Jones/Getty Images
and Debbie Miller MBA 2013          to increase this activity through                                             Europe; Steve King; Jim Mailer; Page\Park Architects; Tina Norris; Joanne Fairbrother; Jennifer Beckett; Michael Rea; Doron
returned to the University as       a new business engagement                                                     Gild; Historic Environment Scotland; Mario Vallejo-Marin; Church of Scotland; Paul Stuart; Richard Gleed and SBGS.
Head of Alumni and Business         platform, The Stirling Network.                                               This publication can be made available in different formats. Contact the Directorate for Advancement for further information
Engagement.                              I urge you to stay in touch and   Kerry Bryson                           at
                                    opt in to the alumni programmes.       Director for Advancement               University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA is recognised as a Scottish Charity with number SC011159.

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Campus news                                                                                                                                                                          Campus news

                                                                                               Homecoming for Stirling’s new Chancellor
                                                                                               The Rt Hon Lord Jack McConnell, DUniv 2008, BSc DipEd 1983, will be officially installed as
                                                                                               the sixth Chancellor in June 2019. An alumnus and former Students’ Union President, he
                                                                                               served as First Minister of Scotland between 2001 and 2007, and his political papers are
                                                                                               curated in the University’s Scottish Political Archive. Lord McConnell said: “I feel deeply
                                                                                               honoured to be asked to serve the University as their Chancellor. I will do all I can to help
                                                                                               the University continue to grow and develop, while retaining the essential values that
                                                                                               have helped build its success over the past 50 years.”

Naughtie steps down                                                                                                            The 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours
                                                                                                                               Huge congratulations go to            World Anti-Doping Agency) was
Staff, honorary graduates and friends attended a special event in September to mark                                            economics and management              awarded a GBE for services to
                                                                                                                               science alumnus Mark Russell          sport.
the retirement of Dr James Naughtie. Jim took over as Chancellor from Dame Diana Rigg
                                                                                                                               CBE (pictured), who was                    Finally, Jonathan Burton,
in 2008 and since then has conferred degrees on 20,000 graduates. Jim and his wife Ellie                                       recognised for services to business   the community pharmacist in
were presented with a pair of silver candlesticks crafted by Dr Graham Stewart, also an                                        and to the economy.                   the Right Medicine Pharmacy
honorary graduate of the University. The newest portrait in the University’s Art Collection,                                       Honorary graduate Sir Craig       on campus, received an MBE
                                                                                                                               Reedie CBE (President of the          for services to healthcare.
painted by Guy Kinder, was unveiled at the event.

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Campus news                                                                                                                                                                                               Campus news

Celebrating Stirling’s success
Here are a few of the highlights over the year.

                                                                                                              Permanently Progressing? Building secure futures for children in Scotland
                                                                                                              Every year, thousands of children     outcomes by tracking over 1,800      and author of The Adoption
                                    Other staff received an               a third-year Business Studies
                                                                                                              in Scotland become ‘looked            children. For the first time data    Papers, Jackie Kay (DUniv
                                    array of external awards              and Sports Studies student,
                                                                                                              after’ due to concerns about their    sources were linked to get a more    2000, BA English Studies
                                    and honours.                          returned from the Games with
                                                                                                              welfare. Researchers from the         complete picture, and researchers    1983), pictured second from left,
                                    Professor David Bell was awarded      a record-breaking six medals,
                                                                          taking the total university medal   Universities of Stirling, York, and   discovered that processes can        returned to the University for
                                    a CBE in the New Year’s Honours
                                                                          tally to 11. Duncan – who also      Lancaster, in collaboration with      come before the needs of             the event. For more information
                                    list for services to economics
                                                                          won three golds at the European     Adoption and Fostering Alliance       individual children. The findings    contact lead academic Dr Helen
                                    and public policy, and Professor
                                                                          Championships in Glasgow – was      (AFA) Scotland, led a ground-         were presented at a conference in    Whincup on
                                    Kathleen Jamie, Chair of Poetry,
                                                                          crowned Sportsperson of the         breaking study investigating          September and Scotland’s Makar,
                                    was elected to the Royal Society of
                                                                          Year and Male Athlete of the Year   decision-making, progress and         alumna, honorary graduate,           or
                                          Professor Herve Migaud,         at the Team Scotland Scottish
                                    of the Institute of Aquaculture,      Sports Awards, where Steven
                                    was made President-Elect of the
                                    European Aquaculture Society,
                                                                          Tigg, Stirling’s Head Performance
                                                                          Swimming Coach, was named
                                                                                                              City Deal: £22 million for international research hubs
                                    and Kirstein Rummery, Professor       Coach of the Year.
                                                                               Stirling’s Communications,                                           In May, the UK and Scottish          edge academic research alongside
                                    of Sociology/Social Policy and
                                                                          Marketing and Recruitment                                                 Governments announced that           industries, local authorities,
                                    Criminology, won the Equality
National Teaching Fellow            Champion of the Year award at         directorate triumphed in the Best                                         the University will receive £17      regulators and policymakers –
award for Dr Ruth Watkins                                                 News Coverage category at the                                             million towards a new Institute of   and the enhanced collaboration
                                    the inaugural Scottish Diversity
Dr Ruth Watkins, Head of                                                  Edurank Awards, in recognition                                            Aquaculture and Global Aquatic       will create more opportunities
                                    Awards. It was a year of incredible
Student Learning Services at the                                          of its strategy to support the                                            Food Security and £5 million to      for further development and
                                    sporting success, culminating in
University, is one of five people                                         launch of the University’s state-                                         create Scotland’s International      investment. The Secretary of
                                    Stirling’s outstanding performance
in Scotland named as a National                                           of-the-art app Iridis, designed                                           Environment Centre. This funding     State for Scotland, David Mundell
                                    at the Commonwealth Games,
Teaching Fellow by Advance                                                to help improve workplaces,                                               is part of the £90.2 million UK      MP (pictured centre), visited the
                                    with 11 athletes travelling to
HE. Dr Watkins was recognised                                             public buildings and homes for                                            City Region Deal for Stirling and    campus on Thursday 31 May
                                    compete on Australia’s Gold
for her work enhancing the                                                people living with dementia.                                              Clackmannanshire. These new          to mark the announcement.
                                    Coast. Swimmer Duncan Scott,
student learning experience.                                                                                                                        initiatives will position cutting-

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Faculty of Social Sciences                                                                                                                                                                        Faculty of Social Sciences

Hidden costs in education system
impact on Scotland’s poorest families
Hidden costs in the Scottish
                                         Dr Morag Treanor
education system – such as
                                         Senior Lecturer in Sociology,
school trips and uniforms – are          Social Policy & Criminology.
impacting on children and
families living in poverty, a
University of Stirling report
from the Faculty of Social
Sciences has found.
     Instead of preventing and
mitigating poverty, inclusion in the
education system privileges the
better-off and brings costs that are
often unseen and misunderstood
by educators – particularly at
secondary school level – report
author Dr Morag Treanor found.
     The study, ‘Falling through the
cracks: the cost of the school day

                                                                                                                      Claudia Cruz De Salgado
for families living in in-work and
out-of-work poverty’, looked at
how the costs of the school day
are experienced and managed by

                                                                                                                      MSc Dementia Studies 2017
low-income parents, and how this
impacts on their wider financial
situation and vulnerability.
     “There is much that has
been done to facilitate poorer         life for low-income families.          the School Day project – two
children’s participation in school-          The report recommended           initiatives aimed at mitigating the
                                       that local authorities impose a        effects of poverty on children’s full
                                                                                                                      Claudia is an architect and Vice President of Design at Amica Mature Lifestyles, the
related activities; however, there
is more that can be done,” said        maximum limit for the cost of          participation in education.             leading operator of high-end retirement living in Canada, and came to Stirling because of
Dr Treanor. “Research shows that       school trips; issue guidance to             It also called for the practice    our leading reputation in the field of Dementia Studies.
children are acutely aware of the      schools encouraging them to allow      of withholding clothing grants
deprivations they experience in        more time for paying for activities;   from pupils on an Educational           The Canadian based company,          Claudia says she was impressed      Completing the course was
relation to school.                    and use pupil equity funds to          Maintenance Allowance, to be            Amica Mature Lifestyles, was         with the level of support she       a poignant moment for
     “The research shows that          ensure inclusion of all pupils in      stopped.                                entering a new venture into          received over the duration of       Claudia, who lost her mother
parents are also aware of              school trips and activities.                This research was conducted        dementia care and Claudia wanted     her three-year course. She said:    to Alzheimer’s. She explained:
children’s school-related privations         It said teachers should be       as part of wider research with the      to upskill specifically into how     “Through technology, great          “I felt that by advancing my
and do their best to prevent and       offered continuing professional        Child Poverty Action Group in           the built environment can affect     professors and tutors, group        practice through furthering my
mitigate the negative impacts.”        development on the nature,             Scotland.                               people with dementia. She visited    discussions and challenging         understanding of how I could
     The study found that              causes and consequences of                                                     the University of Stirling and the   assignments, I discovered a whole   design better environments for
difficulties in affording school       poverty, similar to the City of        For a copy of the report                Dementia Services Development        new world which I have been able    people with dementia, I would
uniforms, school trips and school      Edinburgh’s 1-in-5 project and                  Centre, and decided to sign up for   to put into practice at home.”      be honouring her memory.”
lunches are constant features of       Glasgow City Council’s Cost of                                                 a distance learning course.

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Honorary Graduates                                                                                                                                                         Honorary Graduates

Meet the 2018 honorary graduates                                                              The class of 2018 will join a budding alumni community of more than 88,000 located in
                                                                                              170 countries around the world. Photos and stories from the graduation ceremonies are
                                                                                              available at

                     The Right Honourable Dame Anne McGuire DBE                                                            Mark Daly
                     Dame Anne McGuire received the award of Doctor of the University                                      Mark received the award of Doctor of the University in recognition of
                     in recognition of her public service to the people of Stirling and to                                 his outstanding contribution to investigative journalism.
                     people with disabilities.
                                                                                                                           A graduate of Stirling, with a degree in Film and Media studies, Mark
                     Anne was Stirling’s Member of Parliament for 18 years. In 2002,                                       is a multi-award winning investigative journalist for the BBC and
                     she became a Minister at the Scotland Office, where she steered                                       contributor to the BBC’s Panorama programme. He has a Bafta and
                     the legislation on civil partnerships for same sex couples through                                    two Royal Television Society (RTS) awards for his work on racism in
                     Parliament. As Minister for Disabled People, she oversaw the                                          the police, and four RTS awards, two Scottish Baftas and a Foreign
                     implementation of the 2005 Disability Discrimination Act and a year                                   Press Association award for work involving the financial collapse of
                     later the Disability Equality Duty for the public sector.                                             Rangers and child sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

                     Patrick McGrath                                                                                       David Strang
                     Patrick received the award of Doctor of the University in recognition                                 David Strang received the award of Doctor of the University in
                     of his support of academic research and the University of Stirling                                    recognition of his outstanding contribution to ensuring due process,
                     archives. Patrick has written short stories and a series of critically                                quality and integrity of public services and for his championing of
                     acclaimed novels including The Grotesque (1989), Spider (1991),                                       the rights and wellbeing of vulnerable people in prison.
                     Asylum (1996) and Trauma (2008). His most recent novel is The
                     Wardrobe Mistress (2017).                                                                             David was a Chief Officer in Scottish policing for 15 years and then
                                                                                                                           HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland from 2013 until 2018.
                     Patrick is fascinated by the human mind and by those spaces in which                                  He is Chair of the Independent Inquiry into NHS Mental Health
                     psychic healing may take place, and his work is taught as part of the                                 Services in Tayside and champions the rights and wellbeing of
                     University’s MLitt course on ‘The Gothic Imagination’.                                                people living with vulnerability in institutions such as prisons.

                     Dr Lee Kwok Cheong                                                                                    Martin Valenti
                     Dr Lee, Chief Executive Officer of SIM Holdings, received the                                         Martin Valenti received the award of Doctor of the University in
                     Degree of Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding                                  recognition of his outstanding contribution to the protection of our
                     contribution to the IT industry and education sector in Singapore. At                                 environment.
                     the National Computer Board he transformed the organisation into a
                     regional IT and communications engineering powerhouse, with the                                       He has successfully delivered high-profile projects for the Scottish
                     Civil Service of Singapore being the most IT-efficient in the world.                                  Government on climate change and environmental issues. He played
                                                                                                                           an instrumental role in setting up Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group and
                     Since 2011, SIM has been instrumental in the successful operation                                     co-created the award winning 2050 Young Leaders Group. Martin
                     of the University of Stirling Honours degree programmes in                                            is Head of Strategic Initiatives at the Scottish Environment Protection
                     Retail Marketing, Sports Studies and Marketing, Sports Business                                       Agency and currently seconded to the Scottish Land Commission, to
                     Management and Sustainable Events Management.                                                         help Scotland deal with its vacant and derelict land.

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Graduates and Students of the Year                                                                              Graduates and Students of the Year                                     Graduates and Students of the Year

                                                                                                                Doug Allan
                                                                                                                                                        teaches more than 10,000                Freestyle swimmer Duncan
                                                                                                                Wildlife Cinematographer,               children each week through a            became Scotland’s most
                                                                                                                Biologist and Research Diver            growing network of franchises           decorated swimmer at a single
                                                                                                                Degree: BSc Marine Biology, 1973        and tutors.                             Commonwealth Games, at the
                                                                                                                Honorary Doctorate, 2007                     Angela, who graduated              2018 competition in Australia.
                                                                                                                                                        with a BA DipEd Education and           The third-year student won a
                                                                                                                                                        French in 2001, reached national        gold in the 100m freestyle – one
                                                                                                                                                        attention in 2017 following an          of six medals he landed on the
                                                                                                                                                        appearance in an episode of             Gold Coast. In July 2017, Duncan
                                                                                                                                                        Dragons’ Den, supported by a            represented Great Britain at the
                                                                                                                                                        team of students who sang to            FINA World Championships in
                                                                                                                                                        the Dragons in four different           Budapest, where he won gold in
                                                                                                                                                        languages.                              the 4x200m Freestyle and silver in
                                                                                                                                                                                                the 4x100m Medley Relay.
                                                                                                                                                       Ashley Cameron                                 The champion swimmer was
                                                                                                                                                                                                also crowned Male Athlete of the
                                                                                                                                                       Faculty: Arts and Humanities             Year at last year’s Team Scotland
                                                                                                                 Doug is best known for his work       Degree: BA (Hons) History                Awards. His latest successes come
                                                                                                                 as a cameraman for world-             and Politics                             two years after he won two
                                                                                                                 renowned BBC documentaries.                                                    silvers as part of relay teams at
                                                                                                                      His credits include the iconic                                            the 2016 Rio Olympics.
                                                                                                                 Planet Earth and Blue Planet
                                                                                                                 2 series. Doug, who in 1973
                                                                                                                 received a BSc (Hons) Marine                                                  Kelsey Blemings
                                                                                                                 Biology and – in 2007 – Honorary                                              Faculty: Health Sciences
                                                                                                                 Doctorate from the University,                                                and Sport
                                                                                                                 holds several awards, including                                               Degree: BA (Hons) Sports Studies
                                                                                                                 eight Emmys and five Baftas.           Ashley has championed the rights
                                                                                                                      He won the Fuchs Medal            of care experienced young people
                                                                                                                 and two Polar Medals, in               in Scotland. A care experienced
                                                                                                                 recognition of his work, and is        student herself, Ashley has
                                                                                                                 an Honorary Fellow of the Royal        appeared on TV and radio, and
                                                                                                                 Photographic Society and the

Our alumni make the difference
                                                                                                                                                        with the First Minister and other
                                                                                                                 Royal Geographical Society.            politicians to lobby for support for
                                                                                                                                                        care experienced students. Ashley,
                                                                                                                Angela Sterling                         who graduated with a BA (Hons)
                                                                                                                Managing Director, Lingotot Ltd         History and Politics in June, has
                                                                                                                                                        overcome personal challenges            Kelsey serves as Faculty Officer for
                                                                                                                Degree: BA DipEd Education              to achieve considerable success,        the Faculty of Health Sciences and
Stirling graduates and students are making the difference globally in all spheres of life                       and French, 2001                        both academically and in her            Sport and is in her second term
                                                                                                                                                                                                as Sports Union Communications
from business and industry, to politics and public sector, to culture and sport. To celebrate                                                           public affairs activities. The First
                                                                                                                                                        Minister’s decision to introduce        Officer. Kelsey was involved in
their achievements, and make that important link between student and graduate, we                                                                       a bursary for care experienced          sports volunteering during her
                                                                                                                                                                                                first year of studies and has a
launched a special set of awards as part of the 50th anniversary commemorations. The                                                                    students was influenced by
                                                                                                                                                        Ashley’s work.                          specific focus on encouraging
inaugural Graduates of the Year, and Students of the Year were:                                                                                                                                 and increasing the number of
                                                                                                                                                                                                student volunteers. As Sports
                                                                                                                                                       Duncan Scott                             Union Communications Officer,
Yuanyuan Qiu                       she oversees the distribution        and PBS in the USA.                                                            Faculty: Health Sciences                 the third-year BA (Hons) Sports
President, Jiangsu Broadcasting    of original Chinese TV formats            Yuanyuan, who gained an                                                   and Sport                                Studies student has been vital in
Corporation International          globally, in addition to importing   MSc Media Management from                                                      Degree: BA (Hons) Business               growing the Sports Union social
                                                                                                                 Angela is the founder and                                                      media presence, by creating
Company Ltd (JSBCI)                international formats for            the University in 2005, was              Managing Director of Lingotot
                                                                                                                                                       Studies and Sports Studies               engaging content on fixtures,
Degree: MSc Media                  broadcasting in China. She           shortlisted for the British Council’s    Ltd, which provides language                                                   results and clubs’ activities.
Management, 2005                   also leads the development of        Professional Achievement Award           classes for children aged from
                                   international co-production and      – an accolade she in no small part       0 to 11 years old, working in
                                                                                                                 primary schools, nurseries and                                                 To find out more about how you
Yuanyuan is President of Jiangsu   broadcasting with companies such     attributes to her UK education and       community centres across the                                                   can nominate someone or be
Broadcasting Company’s             as the BBC and Channel 4 in the      University of Stirling experience.       UK. Founded in 2010 and based                                                  nominated, email
international arm, JSBCI, where    UK, Arte in France, NHK in Japan,                                             in Co. Durham, Lingotot now

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Stirling Management School                                                                                                                                                            Stirling Management School

                                                                                                                                                 Stirling announces new partnership in Singapore

                               Nicola Walters
                                                                                                                                                 On 3 October the University          course in particular, as part of
                                                                                                                                                 signed a new agreement with          Singapore’s drive to become a
                                                                                                                                                 Amity Global Institute, a leading    ‘Smart Nation’. He said: “It is with

                               BA (Hons) Business
                                                                                                                                                 education provider, to allow         great honour that we are working
                                                                                                                                                 students in Singapore to enrol       with the University of Stirling
                                                                                                                                                 on University of Stirling degree     to deliver this course, providing

                               Studies/Management                                                                                                courses – BA (Hons) Accounting
                                                                                                                                                 and Finance; Master of Business
                                                                                                                                                 Administration; BSc Management,
                                                                                                                                                                                      a learning platform for young
                                                                                                                                                                                      people in Singapore to develop
                                                                                                                                                                                      one of the most sought-after skills

                               Science 1996                                                                                                      MSc Banking and Finance; and
                                                                                                                                                 MSc Data Science for Business.
                                                                                                                                                      Dr Aseem Chauhan,
                                                                                                                                                                                      for employment in this digital

                                                                                                                                                 Chancellor of Amity Global           Further information on the courses
                               Current occupation:                                                        Professor Gerry McCormac (left)        Institute, welcomed the launch of    is available at
                               Founder and Managing Director
                                                                                                          with Dr Aseem Chauhan.                 the MSc Data Science for Business

                               at Organisational Elephant

                             What convinced you that               How did your University                and launching my new company           What are the main                    Innovation is core to our success
                             Stirling was the right                experience prepare you for             and product range from home.           challenges of your job?              and a project involving recycled
                             choice?                               life/career?                           Already the company is registered      I need more time to engage           materials is the next phase.
                             The combination of the campus         One Computing Science module           as a Disability Confident employer     suppliers and consultants; time to
                             setting and the locality to my five   that remains relevant today            and signed up to the Scottish          build momentum in a crowded          My advice to current
                             part time jobs meant I could juggle   was learning the basics of             Business Pledge. Setting the           market place. Taking my eye off      students is:
                             work, study and show jumping.         programming in Pascal. The lack        culture of a company is so             the ball could have significant      We are limited by what we know
                             The only way I could afford to buy    of an “;” can wreak havoc in code      important – what I do now is the       consequences so working long         – get out there and know more,
                             my first horse and start competing    development and even now I can         blueprint to grow the business.        days is a given and working seven    there is so much to learn. Follow
                             was to live at home and work my       identify with the words “it was                                               days a week is a must!               your dreams, find what makes you
                             socks off.                            working a moment ago and I             What are onits?                                                             tick, and don’t settle for a job, a
                                                                   have no idea why it is not working     onits are dry wipe magnetic            Can you tell us what                 subject or a life that doesn’t get
                             What is your favourite                now”! Living off-site and working      notes perfect for brainstorms,         projects you’re working on           you excited. We only live once.
                             memory?                               many jobs proved I could juggle        workshops, personal planning,          just now?
                             The walk across the link bridge       priorities.                            idea generation, strategy building,    Launching a crowdfunding             In my spare time…
                             into the Atrium space where                                                  reminders, shopping lists, revising,   campaign. Organisational Elephant    Horses and hiking recharge my
                             everyone came together into one       Can you tell us about your             or even leaving notes on your          is more than a company – it’s        soul. Married to Andrew and living
                             space combining study, socialising    current role?                          fridge. onits stick to any metal       a global community of people         in Kippen, I have travelled the
                             and sustenance. Also sing-alongs      I am the founder of Organisational     surface – for months if you need       coming together to solve             world and ended up married to a
                             in MacRobert and many an iced         Elephant and the creator of onits.     them to. They won’t fall off, get      problems. We call them The Herd,     Scot, Andrew, and living a short
                             bun in the café.                      As a start up entrepreneur, I          lost, or end up crumpled in a bin.     and we develop, manufacture and      distance from where I was born
                                                                   am Managing Director, Product          But like magic, they’re also really    sell organisational tools based on   and close to the University where I
                             Did you have a favourite              Designer, Market Researcher,           easy to move around. They’re           their needs. Crowdfunding is an      started my journey.
                             lecturer at Stirling?                 Finance Director, HR Manager,          smart, wipeable, and reusable.         extension to the crowd sourcing
                             Dr Enid A Marshall. I read her book   Operations Director and Supplier       Write – do – repeat, it really is      vision where the people with         Three words to describe
                             General Principles of Scots Law       Manager in one. For 20 years I         that simple! onits are great for       the need contribute towards the      Stirling:
                             during my Business Law module.        travelled the world delivering large   any business who need a reusable       development of the solution.         Campus, International, Haven.
                             She always brought her two            change programmes for blue chip        product that costs less whilst              Already we are developing the
                             dachshunds to work and now I too      companies. Now I’m harnessing all      also engages staff to behave in a      next generation of onits to ensure   To find out more, visit
                             bring my dog to work every day.       my trouble-shooting experiences        sustainable way.                       a product development pipeline.

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Stirling Management School                                                                                                                                                                         Faculty of Arts and Humanities

                                                                                                                          MSc Media and Communications
                                                                                                                          Management programme
                                                                                     Sebastian Sienkiewicz has
                                                                                     received the Walter Scott Global
                                                                                     Investment Management Prize
                                                                                     for the best student on the MSc

                                                                                                                          celebrates 10th anniversary
                                                                                     Investment Analysis course.
                                                                                     Sebastian is a winner of the CFA
                                                                                     Institute Research Challenge

                                                                                     Sebastian, from Poland, is a         Vietnam National University -           than a decade ago to develop a       Seven graduates from the
                                                                                     graduate of the University of        University Of Social Sciences And       unique course jointly delivered in   University of Stirling were recently
                                                                                     Gdansk. He is a member of the        Humanities (VNU-USSH) is one            Ho Chi Minh City. The programme      awarded their certificates at a
SME business owners need                                                             CFA Institute Research Challenge
                                                                                     team, the Student Managed            of Vietnam’s most prestigious           is also delivered in Hanoi and       ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City
support to adapt to Brexit                                                                                                institutions, with the largest social   was established in Danang for        attended by Dr Pham Tan Ha,
                                                                                     Investment Fund (SMIF) and
Research led by Dr Oliver Mallett,         Stirling student scoops top               completed an internship with         sciences and humanities faculty in      several years. The collaboration     USSH Vice Rector and Professor
Associate Professor in Work and            industry award                            Union Bank of Switzerland in         the country.                            has now seen more than 100           Richard Oram, Dean of the Faculty
Employment at the University of                                                      Zurich before taking up a position        The University of Stirling         graduates of the MSc Media and       of Arts and Humanities, University
Stirling, looked at how regulations        Student Debbie Maltman, (BA (Hons)        as Junior Analyst for Independent
                                                                                     Trader in Poland.                    partnered with VNU-USSH more            Communications Management.           of Stirling.
affect SMEs. The report, co-authored       Economics 2002), has been awarded
by academics from the University of        the Data Lab MSc 2017-18 Project
Sheffield, identifies the importance of    Award for her data analysis project
stability, reliability and continuity of   with Volunteer Scotland. The MSc
regulation post-Brexit and flags that      Data Science for Business student
owner-managers and entrepreneurs           was praised for her work which
will need support to gain confidence       looked at how to increase digital
in the new regulatory environment.         engagement on the website using
                                           data science and statistical tools. She
Dr Mallett said: “In developing a          helped provide new insights into why
‘better regulation’ agenda, policy         and how often people volunteer, and
makers must consider both the              what a typical volunteer looks like.
negative and the beneficial effects
that regulations can have on SMEs.         Debbie has a first class degree from
This is less about new regulations         Stirling, and had worked in HSBC,
and more about how businesses              before returning for postgraduate
engage with the processes involved         study. The University’s MSc Data
in compliance and how these can            Science for Business course was the
be linked to wider agendas, such as        first of its kind to be launched in
improving productivity.                    Scotland, and has been designed to
                                           teach students how to use data to
“Regulation can bring benefits from        drive value for organisations whilst
maintaining competitive markets and        also connecting closely with industry.
protection from unfair competition         More than a third of the course
but also through improving                 involves students working directly
employment practices, such as in           with companies and organisations on
managing conflict, and indirectly          real-world projects.
developing management
competence through the creation            Debbie is the third consecutive
of formal and equitable policies and       Stirling student to win the award.
practices. Monitoring, negotiating,        The runners-up were fellow students
and adapting to changes, are vital         Mark Wallace and Laura Hepburn.
business skills that go beyond
                                                                                     Sebastian (centre) with Maxim
regulation.”                               To find out more about the
                                                                                     Skorniakov (MSc Investment
                                           University’s business engagement
                                                                                     Analysis 2004) and Ashley-Jane
For a copy of the report visit             programme please contact Debbie
                                                                                     Kitchen from Walter Scott.                    Miller on

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Stirling MINDS FOR ALUMNI, STAFF AND FRIENDS - University of Stirling
Faculty of Arts and Humanities                                                                                                                                                                     Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Stirling students
secure success in
                                            Maria Craig, Josefin Dahlin,
                                        Hannah McKelvie and Joel Rock
                                                                              Ian Bell ‘New Writing’ competition
                                                                              for an unpublished piece by a        Dave Broom
top television and
                                        won in the ‘undergraduate
                                        factual’ category of the Royal
                                                                              writer under 30. The award was
                                                                              presented to Florence at ‘The        BA (Hons)
journalism awards
Over the past few months, there
                                        Television Society Student
                                        Television Awards 2018.
                                            Dario Sinforiani, Head of
                                                                              Importance of Good Journalism’
                                                                              event at Glasgow’s Aye Write!
                                                                              Book Festival, held in the city’s
                                                                                                                   English 1981
have been some outstanding             Production Teaching at Stirling,       Royal Concert Hall.
awards given to Stirling’s students.   said: “Stirling has a strong track                                          Current occupation:
     At the Scottish Student           record in production, having                                                Spirits writer, consultant, trainer.
Journalism awards, Rozlyn Little       picked up 10 Scottish national
(pictured) won both Scoop of           awards for factual work in the past                                         Why Stirling?
the Year and News Story of the         five years.                                                                 A few things. The course looked
Year, while Douglas Matheson                “Importantly, this prize means                                         fascinating, continual assessment
won Broadcast Journalist of the        that the production team of Maria,                                          suited me, and it was a chance to
Year and Ryan Peteranna won            Josefin, Hannah and Joel made the                                           get away from Glasgow (I know
Column of the Year. There were         best undergraduate documentary                                              it’s not far, but it’s psychological).
commendations for Ryan Carroll in      in the UK last year – a fantastic
The Calum Macdonald Memorial           achievement and beating off                                                 What is your favourite
Award, Sirri Rimppi for Feature        competition from a host of                                                  memory?
of the Year, Katie William for         prestigious institutions.”                                                  Brig, the Grange, various gigs and
Broadcast Story of the Year and             And Florence Breitstadt                                                friends.
Kieran Daly for Podcast of the Year.   received the student prize in the
                                                                                                                   Did you have a favourite
                                                                                                                   lecturer, or member of staff
                                                                                                                   at Stirling?
                                                                                                                   Angela Smith, Rory Watson, and
                                                                                                                   John Izod.

                                                                                                                   How did your University
                                                                                                                   experience prepare you for
                                                                                                                   your career?

History Tomorrow
                                                                                                                   Initially not at all as I worked in
                                                                                                                   a wine merchants, then ran a
                                                                                                                   pub. English language skills and         will be out in spring 2019. There’ll     There are not many of us and it is
                                                                                                                   meeting deadlines were revisited         also be a soundtrack and, maybe,         a great honour to be one.
                                                                                                                   when I began writing about               a book as well.
                                                                                                                   music and booze. The grounding                                                    My advice to current
Next year, a series of historical       • The 6-night experiences              • The itinerary for the tours       in Scottish literature has helped        What are the main                        students is:
themed experiences will be             combine fascinating day visits with    includes less well-known and off     immensely in ongoing whisky              challenges of your job?                  Use your time to broaden your
offered. Led by an academic            outstanding accommodation and          the beaten track sites, as well as   projects.                                Juggling a stupid number of              mind.
guide, they will initially focus       culinary experiences at the Stirling   better known locations such as                                                projects means the biggest
on Medieval and Renaissance            Court Hotel.                           Stirling Castle.                     Can you tell us about your               challenge is achieving a decent          Three words to describe
Scotland.                                                                                                          current role?                            work-life family balance.                Stirling:
                                        • Designed to be informative and      For more information                 I spend 50% of my time writing                                                    Life-changing, hedonistic, inspiring.
 • These will involve small-group      enjoyable, all the tours incorporate              and the rest on talking, training,       What is a Master of the
historical themed visits to central    cutting-edge research in the field                                          consulting, travelling and more          Quaich?
and eastern Scotland either as a       of Scottish History, combined with                                          recently making films. I’ve
                                                                                                                                                                                                     In my spare time…
                                                                                                                                                            A rather grand award given by            Walking, sailing, reading and
1-day experience or a 6-night all-     a relaxed atmosphere.                                                       just finished a film of Scotch’s         the whisky industry for services to      listening to (what my wife and
inclusive package.                                                                                                 influence on Scottish culture,           Scotch (other than just drinking it).    daughter call) “weird music”.
                                                                                                                   called ‘The Amber Light’ which

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Business engagement                                                                                                                                                                                   Business Engagement

Business challenge? University solution
Businesses benefit from working in partnership with the University of
Stirling across research, the student experience, commercial activities and
                                                                                                                   “   We knew we needed a really
                                                                                                                       bespoke solution to our problem,
                                                                                                                       and our academic partners at
                                                                                                                       Stirling are an enthusiastic,
                                                                                                                       knowledgeable and resourceful
governance. How might your organisation benefit from working with us?

                                                                                                                       team, and we are looking forward
What is typically an organisation’s    other new jobs are emerging in        build their professional networks.        to continuing our collaboration.
biggest cost?                          design, digital technologies and      However, it’s not a one-way street.
     Human capital, yes, their         data analytics. These new jobs        Organisations also see benefits
staff. Whether scaling up a new        create technologies and analyse       through getting a resource,               Fiona Houston
venture or downsizing a resource-      society’s daily interfaces to make    fresh perspectives and ideas,             Marketing Director, Fishbox
intensive R&D function, businesses     sense of, and draw insights from,     and opportunities for developing
often turn to universities to          the increasing volumes of data        existing staff, such as employees
access support for research            available.                            mentoring students.
and innovation in intellectual               Whilst businesses can                “We brought in skills we
property, laboratory and test          train existing staff in the latest    didn’t have in the company.
facilities including prototyping,      workplace technologies, they          We shared what we wanted to
and building innovation capacity       also need a future pool of talent     achieve and the intern helped
and capabilities. The University has   with the right combination of         us to target our audience
successful innovation partnerships     high level skills in data analysis,   and get the messaging right.
with organisations covering areas      critical thinking, evaluation,        It worked really well for us.
as diverse as food production          problem solving and collaboration,    We were delighted.” Kevin
and security, fintech, health and      underpinned with knowledge            Wilkinson, Director, Ethical
social care, sports technologies       from a degree. The University is      Maintenance.
and sportswear manufacture, IT         working to deliver well educated           Additionally, hosting or
and digital, and management and        and – by working in partnership       mentoring a student can enable
leadership.                            with businesses – ‘work ready’        you to identify potential future
     The arrival of Industry 4.0,      graduates. The importance of          employees and sell your company
otherwise referred to as “the          guest lectures, master-classes,       to them as their first choice for
fourth industrial revolution”          placements, internships and           a job when they leave university
or “the Internet of Things”,           collaborative projects cannot         reducing recruitment costs.
has connected more and more            be underestimated in preparing             “Everyone we’ve taken on
technologies which collect data for    graduates to be ready to              so far through the University
analysis from homes, businesses        contribute from day one of            of Stirling has always been
and communities. This creates big      their working lives. Work based       given a job because they have
challenges. The human capital          opportunities, locally, nationally    been so exceptional.” Sandy
landscape is changing, with            and internationally, allow students   Robertson, Production Executive,
predictable, repetitive or low level   to apply their learning to the        Raise the Roof.
tasks becoming automated whilst        real-world, gain knowledge and                                                  Fishbox, a Scottish aquaculture business, needed to:
                                                                                                                       Create an algorithm to predict exactly what they needed to order to satisfy every aspect of customer
                                                                                                                       demand. Working in partnership with the University the company were able to fulfil a higher number
 Could a research and innovation project and/or a student internship be an affordable solution                         of orders without sacrificing freshness or customer service; avoid wastage and enhance sustainability
 to your business need? Contact Debbie Miller to find out more.                                      by purchasing fish based on precise data, including substitute quantities, and overall scale up (no pun
                                                                                                                       intended!) the business to confidently welcome and support a number of new customers.

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Business Engagement                                                                                                                                               Business Engagement

Investigating the Effect of Recent Peatland Restoration on
Water Quality                                                                                                        The University of Stirling’s Making the Most of Masters
Flanders Moss National Nature        reserve, view Flanders as both a       slowly. As a result being able to        programme provided us with the opportunity to work
Reserve, one of the largest and      designated site and an important       measure the quantity and quality         with the University and their researchers in this area.
least damaged lowland raised         feature in the landscape. The          of the outflow of water off the
bogs in the UK, has been engaged     restoration of the moss has            moss is now of great importance.         This student project allowed us to establish a baseline
in a large scale project spanning    delivered benefits to the local area   The Nature Reserve recruited an          of water quality measurements that could be revisited
20 years to restore the peatland     in mitigating climate change by        MSc Environmental Management
habitat by returning the water       locking up carbon and providing        student to work on a collaborative       in future years and provide an indication of the effect of

table to the bog surface. Scottish   natural flood management               project during summer 2018.
Natural Heritage, who manage the     through releasing rainfall more
                                                                                                                     the restoration works carried out on water flowing off
                                                                                                                     the moss.
 Could a research and innovation project and/or a student internship be an affordable solution
 to your business need? Contact Debbie Miller to find out more.                                    David Pickett
                                                                                                                     Scottish Natural Heritage, Reserve Manager

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The Stirling Network                                                                                              The Stirling Network

Mentoring matters:
Join The Stirling Network
The great screenwriter, director and film producer, Steven Spielberg, once said:
“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own
image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.”

Networking and mentoring              students, giving masterclasses and   “Registration is flexible – you
relationships can help people         guest lectures.                      can be the mentor, the mentee,
realise their ambitions by                 Debbie Miller, Head of          or both. And you only have to
unlocking business development        Alumni and Business Engagement       put in as much time as you are
opportunities, careers                explains: “One of the benefits       comfortable with. Sometimes
development and access to             of the new Stirling Network will     a quick answer to a question
expertise and skills. Whilst          be the ability to access a wide      will make all the difference.
recognising the value of              range of knowledge and expertise     The international nature of our
mentoring, alumni and students        from fellow alumni and mentors,      alumni community is also likely
often tell us they don’t know how     whatever stage you’re at in your     to mean that whenever you
to go about finding a mentor,         career. Even the most experienced    have a question, a problem or a
how to approach them and what         people can benefit from              challenge, someone, somewhere
they and their mentor should          mentoring and access to expertise.   in the network will be awake,
expect from the relationship. The     Lessons learned from one sector      online and willing to help.
University of Stirling is launching   can be applied to others through           “The Stirling Network can
an exciting new way for alumni        innovation projects, collaborative   help you build your network.
and students to connect through       working and best practice sharing    Membership is free and you can
The Stirling Network, which aims      and The Stirling Network can         use your LinkedIn login to register,
to connect the Stirling family no     help you identify and make those     it’s simple and easy. Unlike other
matter where they are across the      connections. It can facilitate any   social media networks, if you join
world.                                mentoring relationship: alumni       The Stirling Network, you’ll know
     Mary Barra, Chairman and         to alumni; student to alumnus        whether someone is interested in
CEO of General Motors Company         or even student to student           being a mentor, what their areas
once said: “Different people          mentoring.                           of expertise are and that they
see different aspects of us as             “As a Stirling alumnus, staff   are motivated to help you. We’re
we progress in our careers and        member or student you will be        looking forward to connecting you
handle the opportunities and          able to register on The Stirling     to your future source of inspiration
challenges along the way.” She        Network and control what you         and support – your fellow
notes that whilst some executives     share, what you see and you can      alumni!”
credit one or two key people          ask for the support that would
for coaching them to success,         be of most benefit to you. You       Contact for
she believes effective mentoring      will also be able to mentor others   more information.
takes a network. Stirling’s alumni    and share your expertise, to help
network is 88,000 strong across       students and other alumni to
170 countries and many of them        develop themselves and their
already support students and the      careers, enhancing your own
University through mentoring          management skills in the process.

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Campus Central                                                                                                                  Campus Central

                                     University’s biggest
                                     infrastructure investment
                                     since our foundation
                                   A £21m Campus Central project will create a new three-storey building at the
                                   heart of campus and give students, staff and visitors a host of new study and
                                   social spaces.
                                   The project includes a refurbished   entrance of Cottrell. Campus             students and staff. Building work
                                   atrium and improved retailing        Central will significantly enhance       on Campus Central is due to be
                                   and catering. The first phase        the student experience at Stirling       complete in September 2020. If
                                   of the project has already           – delivering facilities that match       you would like to find out more,
                                   been completed and saw the           our ambitions of being a top 25          or donate to the Campus Central
                                   Queen’s Court area becoming          university in the UK. It will help the   project, contact Hazel McIlwraith
                                   pedestrianised and the relocation    University remain competitive and        on or
                                   of the transport hub to the Logie    attractive to future generations of      call +44 (0)1786 466649.

                                       Access will be rationalised
                                       by the new link building.

Phase 1 has improved the
traffic flow through the campus.

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Meet the academic                                                                                                    Meet the academic

                           Professor Neville Wylie has joined the University with responsibility for
                           building global research collaborations and education programmes.
                           Professor Wylie is a graduate          research, its traditions and the       ‘global competencies’ needed to
                           of Kings College London and            location. I felt that the University   thrive in today’s global workplace.
                           received his PhD from the              could have a better profile outside    It is equally clear that research
                           University of Cambridge.               the UK and I was excited by            conducted with international
                           Previously he worked at the            the prospect of working with           collaborators, is read more widely
                           University of Cambridge,               colleagues to shape Stirling’s         and cited more frequently than
                           University of Glasgow and              ‘offer’ internationally.               that conducted with colleagues
                           University College Dublin                   I’ve been involved in global      up the corridor, or, for that matter,
                           where he lectured in Modern            engagement over the last decade,       down the M9 or M80.
                           History and International              but relish the opportunity to                Recruiting overseas students
                           Relations.                             develop an international footprint     is not just about diversifying our
                                His research bridges the          for a Scottish university, drawing     student body, enhancing our
                           fields of international history,       on all the distinctive advantages      learning environment or improving
                           politics and law, and focuses on       of being part of the Scottish          the university’s bottom line – it’s
                           the study of prisoners of war,         university network.                    about providing life changing
                           humanitarianism and small-state             Stirling is a very different      opportunities for people from
                           neutrality. He has published more      institution from the one I have        around the world, and creating
                           than 40 research works including       left – roughly a quarter the size,     a global community of Stirling
                           books, papers and articles in          and without the depth or breadth       graduates who have the skills,
                           peer-reviewed journals, as well        of global engagement – but it          appetite and empathy to make a
                           as leading numerous research           possesses some really interesting      real difference.
                           projects. Before coming to Stirling,   and unique programmes, and
                           he was Associate Pro-Vice-             undertakes research that is            How do you see alumni
                           Chancellor for Global Engagement       genuinely world leading. All this      contributing to this work?
                           at the University of Nottingham.       makes Stirling a really exciting       Alumni are the University’s most
                                From 2010 to 2014, he             proposition.                           precious resource, and I plan
                           was seconded to Nottingham’s                                                  to reach out and invite them
                           Malaysia campus as its first Dean      Why is it important that               to inform and execute Stirling’s
                           of the Faculty of Arts & Social        universities embrace                   international strategy. There are
                           Sciences.                              internationalisation?                  UK-based alumni who work in the
                                                                  There is a danger that people          international sector, or who have
                           Describe yourself in three             view internationalisation as ‘nice     contacts, ideas and interests that
                           words.                                 to have, but not really important’.    will help enhance our activities.
                           Now that’s tricky: three               This view is not valid. Everything          And there are those living

University welcomes
                           ‘threesomes’ come to mind. Firstly,    we do is enhanced if done from         overseas who already tell everyone
                           courtesy of Teresa May, I’m a          within an international context:       about the quality of education
                           ‘citizen of nowhere’; in homage        study abroad opportunities enrich      they received at Stirling, but could
                           to Billy Connolly I’m ‘fab, groovy     the students’ experience, improve      introduce us to people who would

new Deputy Principal
                           and windswept’ (though that’s          academic performance and,              like to partner with our researchers
                           four words); or in a nod to Thomas     critically, make our graduates more    and tackle some of the world’s
                           Hobbes I’m ‘nasty, brutish and         ‘employable’.                          most pressing problems.
                           short’!                                      The experience is particularly

for Internationalisation
                                                                  beneficial for those coming from       And finally, what do you do
                           What attracted you to                  disadvantaged backgrounds.             in your spare time?
                           Stirling?                              Today the world is a smaller place,    Dog walking (two year
                           Lots – its size, the spread and        and we would be failing our            old border-collie) and taxi-
                           quality of its curricula and           students if we didn’t provide the      driving (three children).

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Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport                                                                                                                                                      Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

A breath of fresh air?
University of Stirling experts have discovered new evidence of the link between air
pollution and cancer as part of a new occupational health study.

                                                                                                                       The road ahead
                                                                                                                    Moving from the Faculty of Health       the health of us all, like pollution,   of the Scottish Government’s air
                                                                                                                    Sciences and Sport to the Faculty       is evidenced by the appointment         quality strategy, ‘Cleaner Air for
                                                                                                                    of Arts and Humanities, the             of Dr Annalisa Savaresi, Lecturer in    Scotland – The Road to a Healthier
                                                                                                                    interdisciplinary nature of solutions   Environmental Law to the steering       Future’.
                                                                                                                    to societal challenges that affect      group that will oversee the review

                                                                                                                    Dr Christine Habeeb, PhD Sport Psychology 2017
                                                                                                                    Position: Lecturer | Organisation: University of Stirling
                                                                                                                    Drawn to Stirling by the lure of        Valley Football Academy.
                                                                                                                    working with a renowned expert               “At Stirling, I had the
                                                                                                                    in Sport Psychology, Christine          opportunity to extend my
The team, from the Faculty            Brophy (left), said their findings    for new designs for industrial and      Habeeb has enjoyed her own              knowledge into a practical
of Health Sciences and Sport,         “infer a causal relationship”         commercial facilities to cut down       success in the field, during her        setting, learning how to
analysed the case of a woman          between breast cancer and very        on the occupational exposures to        three-and-a-half years at the           communicate theories and models
who developed breast cancer           high exposures to traffic-related     traffic-related air pollution and for   University.                             to help athletes, coaches and
after spending 20 years working       air pollution containing mammary      scheduling shift work to minimise           Christine, who relocated            organisations,” Christine said.
as a border guard at the busiest      carcinogens. A link between           disruption of sleep patterns.”          from Florida to work alongside          Describing her Stirling experience
commercial border crossing in         nightshift work and cancer was             Reflecting on the findings,        Professor Robert Eklund, was            as “focused, enlightening and
North America. The woman was          also identified.                      Dr Gilbertson added: “This kind         a Young Researcher winner at            rainy”, Christine has not allowed
one of, at least, five other border        Dr Gilbertson said: “This        of forensic research depends on         the European Sport Psychology           the weather to put a dampener
guards who developed breast           new research indicates the role       asking new questions based on           conference in 2015, and her             on her time in Scotland – and has
cancer within 30 months of each       of traffic-related air pollution in   conclusions from the existing           research into team confidence           recently accepted a job at the
other and, at another nearby          contributing to the increasing        evidence and a willingness to           and dynamics was published in           University as a Sport Psychology
crossing, a cluster of seven other    incidence of breast cancer in the     follow leads into unfamiliar areas      the prestigious Journal of Sport        lecturer.
cases was noted.                      general population.                   of science.”                            and Exercise Psychology. She has             “I am more than delighted to
    Dr Michael Gilbertson (right),         “With this new knowledge,                                                also had the opportunity to work        continue doing what I love.”
who worked with colleague Dr Jim      industry and government can plan                                              with young footballers at the Forth

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Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport                                                                                                                                                                              Graduate outcomes

Stirling student wins The Queen’s Nursing                                                                                    Graduate Outcomes Survey.
Institute Scotland (QNIS) Postgraduate
Community Nursing Prize
                                                                                                                             Where has your journey
                                                                                                                             taken you?
                                                                                                                           Knowing the career                    information about what you             The survey will be sent to you via
                                                                                                                           destinations of our graduates         have done since University. This       an email, or you may be contacted
                                                                                                                           is of vital importance, not only      information will help current and      by phone. Please ensure that
                                                                                                                           to the University, but to any         future students gain an insight        we have your correct contact
                                                                                                                           prospective students who are          into possible career destinations      details and let us know if you
                                                                                                                           thinking about studying the           following the completion of their      change your details following your
                                                                                                                           same course as you, at Stirling.      degree. Your responses will also       graduation. A useful FAQ, and
                                                                                                                                                                 help the University to evaluate        further information, is available
                                                                                                                           Fifteen months after you graduate,    and promote our courses, and           on the Graduate Outcomes survey
                                                                                                                           you will be contacted to complete     help employers understand the          website at
                                                                                                                           the Graduate Outcomes survey.         value of the qualifications to their
                                                                                                                           This is a national survey capturing   organisations.

                                                                                                                                     The Graduate Outcomes survey...

                                                                                                                                                 contacts graduates
Bethan Murdoch (centre), receives the award from Jane Walker from QNIS.                                                                          15 months after graduation
QNIS has a mission to promote                 that in mental health, children’s     receive such recognition for the                             by email or phone
excellence in community nursing.              nursing, occupational health          hard work undertaken in order
They offer an annual prize to
one post-graduate community
                                              nursing, advanced practice or
                                                                                    to complete the Masters of Early
                                                                                    Years has just reinforced my drive
                                                                                                                                                 to learn about your activities and views
based student each year who                       Bethan Murdoch, who               to learn, however it is important to
is worthy of recognition. This                graduated in MSc Early Years          acknowledge those that I studied
may be someone undertaking                    Practice (Heath Visiting), received   beside and under. Without them
District Nursing or Health Visiting           her award at the graduation           I wouldn’t have been eligible to                   Find out more
training or another post-graduate             ceremony in June.                     receive the award.”
qualification, which is enhancing                 She said: “Receiving the
community nursing practice, be                QNIS award is a great honour, to

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Faculty of Natural Sciences                                                                                             Faculty of Natural Sciences

                                           Tell us about your early              Can you tell us what                  interest in your field of study and
                                           career…                               exciting projects you’re              interning is a great way to get that
                                           After graduating, I was prepared      working on?                           initial experience and great for
                                           to enter the professional world       For the past 14 months, I was         networking!
                                           as I had undertaken essential         with Sakhalin Energy Investment
                                           internship experiences during         Company as the 2018 Central           You’re one of our alumni
                                           my student summer breaks in           Commander of Environmental            mentors – what advice
                                           the USA. I established myself         Operations, managing an               would you give to anyone
                                           as a freelance environmental          endangered Gray Whale                 wishing to become a
                                           consultant specialising in marine     population monitoring and             mentor?
                                           mammals and from there on             mitigation programme in far           Sign up now! It is incredibly
                                           opportunities snowballed and I        eastern Russia. I’m now working       rewarding to observe your
                                           setup a not for profit conservation   as an Environmental Advisor and       student develop professionally.
                                           organisation with fellow Stirling     department manager for SBGS           You will feel a great sense of
                                           graduates. We went on to make         in Abu Dhabi. I’m developing          accomplishment knowing you
                                           a documentary in Argentina on         and delivering an environmental       have helped steer someone who
                                           Southern Right Whales and human       management programme                  was in your very shoes at one
                                           impacts to their population.          including; environmental scouting     point and provide them with some
                                                                                 surveys, pre/post evaluation of key   direction and new skills.
                                           What is one of the main               areas and habitats (mangroves,
                                           challenges of your job?               bird and turtle nesting sites) and    In my spare time…
                                           Working in the oil & gas, marine      water quality sampling.               I am the Chairman of the Marine
                                           construction and renewable                                                  Mammal Observer Association
                                           energy industries has been            What would your advice to             and I assist the British Divers
                                           challenging but more so in            Stirling students be?                 Marine Life Rescue as one of
                                           the earlier days of my career         You must get a head start with        their Advanced Marine Mammal
                                           as attitudes to environmental         your CV before graduation.            Medics. I also undertook a
                                           responsibility were hard to           Seek out relevant internship and      performing arts degree in
                                           change. Now, companies are more       volunteering opportunities now        Circus Arts in 2010 and I still
                                           prepared and attitudes are greatly    and don’t leave it too late! It is    enjoy aerial acrobatics.
                                           improving.                            your responsibility to prove your

Niru Neil Dorrian
BSc (Hons) Marine Biology 2006
Position: Environmental Manager
Organisation: Seabed Geosolutions (SBGS)
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