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Stirling Minds
For Alumni, Staff and
Friends 2020/2021

University of Stirling Stirling Minds For Alumni, Staff and Friends 2020/2021
Letter from the Director                                                                                              Contents
                                                                                                                      4       Campus news
                                          has adapted at speed despite              recognised in the New Year
                                          the knowledge that, like for              Honours, becoming the first
                                          many businesses, there would              Principal at Stirling to be       8       Faculty of Social Sciences
                                          be a funding gap. Stirling has            knighted whilst in office. The
                                                                                                                      12      Interview with alumni generations
                                          an important role to play in              accolade recognised in part
                                          providing the solutions to make           the positive economic impact      14      Stirling Management School
                                          a successful and sustainable              the University has had on the
                                          recovery and throughout this              region over the last decade.      17      Faculty of Arts and Humanities
                                          edition there are inspirational
                                          stories of how staff, students
                                                                                    These achievements, in such
                                                                                    an unusual and difficult          22      International focus                                                  17
                                          and alumni have responded to              year, are testimony to our
                                          the pandemic and post-Covid               commitment to deliver a world-
                                                                                                                      24      Upskilling for the future
                                          economic recovery plans – you             class education and student       28      Spotlight on research
                                          will see there are many reasons           experience.
                                          to be proud of your association
                                                                                    If you have any feedback on
                                                                                                                      30      Meet the academic
                                          with the University.
Dear alumni and friends:                                                            Stirling Minds or any aspect of   32      Faculty of Natural Sciences
                                          In other news, the University             the University please contact
Welcome to the latest edition
of Stirling Minds, and a special
                                          moved up 57 places to be                  me at          36      Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport
                                          ranked 18th in the UK National
welcome to the most recent                                                          Wherever you are in the world,
                                          Student Survey and moved up                                                 40      You said: we did
cohorts, whose Graduation                                                           stay safe,
                                          to 28th place in The Guardian
ceremonies were postponed.
                                          University Guide. The Sports                                                41      Class notes

This year marks my tenth year             Centre opened and Campus
                                                                                                                      47      Tribute to a benefactor
at the University and it has              Central (an extension to the
been a difficult one – socially,          atrium) will be completed at                                                48      Alumni events
emotionally and financially.              the end of this year. Professor           Kerry Bryson
Every part of the institution             Sir Gerry McCormac was                    Director for Global Advancement   50      Advancement update

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Campus news                                                                                                                                                                                     Campus news

                                                                                                         Queen’s Anniversary Prize
Principal and Vice-Chancellor                                                                            awarded a second time
honoured by knighthood                                                                                   In February 2020 the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall bestowed the UK’s highest
                                                                                                         academic honour – the Queen’s Anniversary Prize upon the University’s Institute
Reflecting on his inclusion in the New Year Honours list, Professor Sir Gerry                            of Aquaculture, at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The prize was
McCormac said he felt very honoured to receive this recognition and is                                   awarded in recognition of the Institute’s pioneering work in one of the world’s
indebted to the staff and students whose hard work and dedication have                                   fastest-growing food production sectors in a bid to tackle global hunger.
made the University what it is today.
He said: “Stirling is an
international university with a
                                   community. I would like to
                                   express my gratitude to all of
                                                                     international presence, and
                                                                     has led the regeneration of the
pioneering spirit and a global     those who have supported          University estate – including         We are delighted to congratulate the following alumni who were
reputation for high-quality        – and continue to support –       new student accommodation,            recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and the New Year’s Honours:
teaching and research. Most        the University.”                  the redevelopment of the
importantly, it is a place where                                                                           Professor Muffy Calder OBE, BSc (Hons) Computing Science 1980,
                                   The accolade recognised the       world-class sport facilities, and
ability – not background – is                                                                              Vice-Principal & Head of College of Science & Engineering at University of Glasgow
                                   contribution the University       the ongoing Campus Central
                                                                                                           DBE for services to research and education
valued. Our successes are                                            development. In addition, he
                                   makes to the local and regional                                         Sophie Dunnett, PGCE Tertiary Education 2001, Athletics Coach
testament to the tireless work                                       has led the transformation of
                                   economy. Today, the University                                          BEM for services to amateur athletics in Scotland
of our wonderful campus                                              the student experience, with
                                   generates around £380 million
community – our passionate                                                                                 John Loughton, DipHE Politics 2009, CEO Scran Academy
                                   per annum for the economy         the University ranked top 20
and dedicated staff, our                                                                                   BEM for his services to the community during Covid-19
                                   which was an increase of 90%      in the UK in the latest National
talented students and our                                                                                  Andrew Miller, BA History 1988, Arts Consultant and Broadcaster
                                   on an impact review carried out   Student Survey.
inspirational alumni. The                                                                                  MBE for services to disability awareness in the cultural industry
                                   in 2011.                          He has served as the University’s
enormous challenges posed                                                                                  Eve Muirhead, DUniv 2018, Scottish curler
by coronavirus over the past       Over the last decade, Professor   Principal and Vice-Chancellor         MBE for services to curling
year have shone a light on the     McCormac has overseen             since May 2010 and was                Patricia Ritchie, BA (Hons) English 1981, CEO of Newcastle City Council
togetherness, resilience and       a significant improvement         elected Convener of Universities      CBE for services to local government and to public service reform
unwavering support of our          in Stirling’s research and        Scotland in August 2020.

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                                                                                         Doors open to £20m
                                            The University’s reputation
                                            for research that makes a
                                            difference has positioned us
                                            on the frontline of the UK’s
                                            response to the Covid-19
                                            pandemic, and we were
                                                                                         sports facilities
                                            awarded over £3.6m across a                  The new facilities welcomed          Members will benefit from                “After more than four years
                                            number of research projects.                 their first users at the end         enhanced changing facilities             in the making, this project
                                                                                         of 2020 briefly before the           and communal spaces. The                 has delivered a stunning new
                                            The research considered the effects of the   country went into another            existing 50m swimming pool,              complex that will transform
                                            virus on society, using our expertise to     period of lockdown.                  six-court indoor tennis courts           sport, health and wellbeing at
                                            search for answers with impact. Projects                                          and eight-court sports hall              the University.
                                            include an exploration into the impact of    The new building includes a          have been integrated into the            “The past year has been an
                                            the pandemic on vulnerable children and      purpose-built studio space, an       new building. It’s been kitted           incredibly challenging time
                                            young people; the nature and number          innovative fitness suite with        out with top-of-the-range                for everyone and we hope,
                                            of ambulance call-outs; the impact           add-on multi-use studio, a           equipment from world-leading             when fully operational, the
                                                                                         three-court sports hall, strength

City Region
                                            of loneliness and other mental health                                             brands such as Technogym,                new facilities will offer a
                                            challenges; and research into the possible   and conditioning area, as            BLK BOX, Eleiko and Outrace.             hugely positive experience for
                                            spread of Covid-19 through sewage.           well as a new state-of-the-          Stirling’s Executive Director of         our students, staff and local

                                            Latest research shows that the change        art high performance suite.          Sport, Cathy Gallagher, said:            community.”
                                            in UK regulation of the AstraZeneca

                                                                                         Do Better
                                            vaccine – recommending an alternative
                                            for those under 30 – has had no effect
The University is a central partner of      on the general public’s intention to get
                                            vaccinated. Stirling economists have         Following the death of George Floyd and the emergence of the Black
the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City                                                   Lives Matter movement, the University’s Art Collection participated
                                            warned that fiscal frameworks of UK
Region Deal, and is leading on three City                                                in the Scotland-wide Black Lives Matter mural trail created by Wezi
                                            devolved governments must be made            Mhura.
Deal projects: The National Aquaculture
                                            more robust in future crises.
Technology and Innovation Hub,                                                           Alloa-based artist, Suzanne Williams was commissioned and created a
                                            As well as rising to the immediate           sculptural piece Do Better, which is designed to highlight those who have
Scotland’s International Environment
                                            challenges presented by Covid-19, we         experienced and strived against injustices.
Centre and the groundbreaking               continue our work to fight against
                                                                                         Art Curator Jane Cameron said: “Do Better is designed to make us think
Intergenerational Living Innovation Hub     tobacco-related harm, feed communities       about our thoughts and actions. It is sited at the end of the loch bridge in
and Village in Clackmannanshire. These      through sustainable aquaculture research     the heart of the University campus where it will be passed on a daily basis
developments will ensure the University     and improve the lives of people with         by current students. We hope that the installation will have an impact and
continues to be a renowned international    dementia. All our research is conducted      inspire positive action.”
centre for world-class research.            to the highest standards of quality and
                                                                                         The installation is supported by the University of Stirling, UCU, Students’
                                            integrity, allowing us to support and
                                                                                         Union, the Macrobert Arts Centre and a number of individual donors.
Read more at       improve life across the world.               For more information visit or to donate please
                                                                                         contact or
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Faculty of Social Sciences

                                               Designing homes
                                                                                                        The project has been awarded
                                                                                                        £1.6m through the UK Research        A new home for
                                                                                                        & Innovation’s healthy ageing
                                               for healthy
                                                                                                        challenge, part of the Social,
                                                                                                        Behavioural and Design               No part of the University was unaffected by the
                                                                                                        Research Programme. The              consequences of Covid-19, and the impact of lockdown

                                               cognitive ageing                                         project will feed directly into an
                                                                                                        Intergenerational Living project
                                                                                                                                             was felt particularly keenly by students with mandatory
                                                                                                                                             placement requirements, including our Housing students. To
                                                                                                                                             address this, course coordinator Dr Vikki McCall introduced
                                                                                                        and the City Region Deal for
                                                                                                        Stirling and Clackmannanshire,       an elegant solution – professional mentorship.
                                                 The old saying ‘time waits for no one’ is
                                                                                                        providing groundwork for local
                                                  certainly true with one in 12 people in                                                                                   Housing programme – a
                                                                                                        housing developments. The
                                                   the UK now over the age of 75. By 2040,              challenge is to innovate and
                                                                                                                                                                            testament to the calibre of
                                                    it will be one in seven. Predictions are            scale up products and services
                                                                                                                                                                            Stirling graduates in the field.
                                                      that one third of children born today             that will help people as they                                       Dr McCall said: “The
                                                       will reach their 100th birthday and              get older, and this project is                                      postgraduate internship
                                                                                                                                                                            placements are a key element
                                                        that half of everyone aged 65 will              vital if we are to future-proof
                                                                                                                                                                            of building student experience
                                                         live the rest of their lives with a            housing to meet the needs of
                                                                                                                                                                            and knowledge with employers.
                                                                                                        the world’s ageing population.
                                                           disability.                                                                                                      Making the personal and
                                                                                                        CIPFA, RICS Scotland, the
We need to find sustainable           therefore a longer healthy,     Housing LIN, Mediva (a medical                                                                        informal links into the housing
                                                                                                        Institution of Civil Engineers
solutions on how we can remain        independent life in one’s own   consultancy in Japan), the UK-                                                                        sector and having those ‘water-
                                                                                                        Scotland and other professional
active, productive, independent       home. Our partners include      Japan international network                                                                           cooler’ conversations is an
                                                                                                        bodies will use the research
and socially connected for as         Robertson Group, Construction   on Designing for Ageing                                                                               extra challenge for students at
                                                                                                        findings to develop CPD                                             the moment due to Covid-19,
long as possible. Professor           Scotland Innovation Centre,     and Dementia, Stirling and
                                                                                                        programmes for their members.                                       so linking our graduating and
Alison Bowes is leading a team        Faithful and Gould, Holmes      Clackmannanshire Councils,
of experts at the University on       Miller Architects, Inch         BoKlok/IKEA and Silviahemmet,     If you are 50+ and would like                                       current placement students to
a major new research project to       Architecture, Space Group,      a foundation established by the   to find out more contact                                            key professionals in the sector
                                                                                                                                             Twenty four mentors joined     helps career development and
design and build virtual and real     Kingdom Housing Association,    Queen of Sweden.            
                                                                                                                                             the programme to share         building those important informal
demonstrator houses as test-
                                                                                                                                             invaluable knowledge gained    networks. The housing sector
beds for innovations to support
                                                                                                                                             from their work in the         is incredibly supportive of the
healthy cognitive ageing.
                                                                                                                                             sector. The students benefit   University and our students, and
The designs will be evaluated                                                                                                                from real world experience,    the enthusiasm and motivation of
by older people – using virtual                                                                                                              upholding the commitment       mentors has been amazing.”
reality developed by Stone                                                                                                                   to professionalism which is    In another triumph for the
Paper Scissors – in collaboration                                                                                                            embedded in the course.        Housing programme, the
with builders, architects and                                                                                                                Students discuss a range       University’s graduate trainee
housing providers to identify                                                                                                                of contemporary issues         programme in partnership with
practical, realistic and affordable                                                                                                          and challenges with skilled    Kingdom Housing Association
designs that can support
                                                                                                                                             practitioners during the       was shortlisted for a Chartered
healthy cognitive ageing, and
                                                                                                                                             mentorship programme, and      Institute of Housing Scotland
                                                                                                                                             most of these mentors are      award for “Excellence in
Pictured from left to right:                                                                                                                 alumni of the University’s     working in partnership”.
Volunteer Ro Pengelly, Professor
Alison Bowes, volunteer Jean                                                                                                                  Contact about becoming a
Gibson and Dr Grant Gibson                                                                                                                    housing mentor.

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                                                                                                                   receptionists, cleaners in schools,   supporting them with their          unintended consequence.
                                                                                                                   the people doing maintenance          self-discovery, aspiration and      Our goal was to drop off the
                                                                                                                   for housing associations and local    ambition.                           boxes, but we started so many
                                                                                                                   authorities to have an awareness                                          conversations and connections
                                                                                                                   of trauma. How they interact and      The Crafty Kids initiative          with people who were isolated.
                                                                                                                   communicate with the people           has been a lifeline to local        Also, we could plug them into
                                                                                                                   using their services changes          families struggling to              other services like foodbanks
                                                                                                                   based on trauma awareness –           keep kids entertained,              and financial support. We’ve
                                                                                                                   being trauma-informed changes         motivated and creative              delivered 3,300 boxes so far.
                                                                                                                   how you see things. If someone        this year – can you tell us         The growth of Crafty Kids has
                                                                                                                   presents at reception shouting        about the impact?                   also meant that people who
                                                                                                                   and swearing, we don’t think          As the pandemic hit, we             were involved in our projects

Shumela Ahmed
                                                                                                                   what’s wrong with them, but           could see organisations             pre-Covid could also get paid
                                                                                                                   what happened to them? This           supporting people with              for their time, and very quickly
                                                                                                                   simple shift removes so much          food, and we wanted to do           we started giving four people
                                                                                                                   judgement.                                                                part time work. Organisations
Access Course 2013, BA (Hons) Journalism Studies and Politics 2017 and                                                                                   something similar with crafting
                                                                                                                                                                                             have started coming to us asking
PGDip Tertiary Education with TQFE 2018                                                                            RLP are introducing the
                                                                                                                                                         materials for children. We
                                                                                                                                                                                             for boxes for young people in
                                                                                                                                                         spoke to Clackmannanshire
Co-Founder, Resilience Learning Partnership (RLP)                                                                  TIER programme this year                                                  their area, which is helping us
                                                                                                                                                         Third Sector Interface, and
                                                                                                                   – what’s involved in that?            the Chief Executive, Anthea         keep people in employment and
                                                                                                                   Trauma Informed Education                                                 makes it a sustainable model –
What brought you to                   this is our second purpose – our       their experiences, and don’t                                                Coulter, supported us with
                                                                                                                   and Recruitment (TIER) is a                                               we give away a box for every
Stirling?                             facilitators, educators and project    have to be defined by them.                                                 start-up funding. From there,
                                      leads all have lived experience as     Lived experience is being used        six month programme that’s            it snowballed! We gained            one we sell.
I’d moved to Dunblane from
                                      well as the relevant academic or       in more meaningful ways.              one full day a week and is
Glasgow a couple of years                                                                                                                                coverage on
                                      professional skills needed to fulfil   Take the Care Review – I sat          completely co-produced by me
previously, and my best friend                                                                                                                           social media,
                                      their roles. Where people might        on that, and it was a really          and eight other facilitators –
said “you’ve got a uni just up                                                                                                                           local and
                                      not be at the stage of holding         different way of undertaking          seven of whom are third year
the road, you really should try                                                                                                                          national media,
                                                                                                                   Stirling students! These are
an access course.” I was taught       those qualifications yet, we’ve        a review. There were 140 care                                               and pulled in
                                                                                                                   students with lived experience,
by amazing academics, such as         found new, innovative ways of          experienced people involved,                                                more funding.
                                                                                                                   and we’ve co-produced this
Kevin Brosnan, so there was no        working directly with them to          14 working groups, each co-                                                 We have a nice
                                                                                                                   based on our own experiences
other option for me other than        develop their skills.                  chaired by someone with lived                                               big space in our
                                                                                                                   of being adult returners,
more study! The education and         A growing area of work for us is       experience and a professional,                                              base, letting us
                                                                                                                   and the barriers we faced
the campus community meant            trauma-informed policy design          and sometimes by a professional                                             socially distance
                                                                                                                   along the way. Our goal is for
that for the first time in my         consultation. We co-authored           with lived experience. This
                                                                                                                   participants to have a place at       and assemble
life, I felt a sense of belonging,    the National Trauma Training           movement is growing and
                                                                                                                   Forth Valley College, the Stirling    the boxes. We
something I had never felt            Plan with NHS Education for            is so much more than just
                                                                                                                   access course, or be in further       had an army
anywhere else before.                 Scotland and we work with              participation and consultation –
                                                                                                                   training leading to meaningful        of volunteers
                                                                             we’re way beyond that. This is
Can you tell us about your            organisations to implement                                                   employment, and we’re working         on furlough
                                      those recommendations and              true co-production.
organisation, RLP?                                                                                                 with these institutions and           who helped
I always describe us as an            requirements. It’s a huge piece        Why are you so passionate             Clackmannanshire Council to           with delivery
organisation with a dual              of work which will take years          about trauma-informed                 do this. We’ll have 12 people         – and we
purpose: first to provide learning,   to be fully realised, but it’s so      services?                             in each cohort and we’re              found another
development and training              significant to be starting this        Trauma-informed services bring
services for professionals across     journey.                               down barriers of engagement.             YouTube channel For more information
health, criminal justice, social      We show that people with               It’s so important to have people         Visit our blog for our full interview
care and education. How we do         lived experience are more than         like dental receptionists, doctors’

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Interview with alumni generations                                                                                                                                                Interview with alumni generations

Alumni families
Stirling may be a youngster on the UK higher education scene, but we’re
growing up fast, and delighted to see younger generations following in their
parents’ footsteps.

                                                                                                            Pictured from left to right: Jordan, Scott and Blair                           Scott at the Sports Union Ball in 1980

                                                                                                                                                       graduation I carefully selected     over the years. To this day, I still
                                                                                                             Meet the                                  my graduate placement – I’ve        get that same ‘buzz’ when I
                                                                                                             Haldanes                                  been with the firm ever since.      attend meetings on campus as
                                                                                                                                                                                           I did the very first time I came
                                                                                                             Scott BA (Hons)                           Best memory?                        to Stirling.
                                                                                                             Accountancy 1981                          Scott: Trying to throw the late,
                                                                                                                                                                                           Blair: I have returned three
                                                                                                             Blair BSc (Hons)                          great John Martyn out from the
Alice and Pat                                         Pat on her graduation day
                                                                                                                                                                                           times to do a guest lecture
                                                                                                             Environmental Geography/                  refectory thinking he was trying
                                                                                                                                                                                           spot for the Education
                                                                                                             Professional Education 2008               to sneak in, only to be told he
                                                                                                                                                                                           programme to hopefully inspire
                                    solvent, though I can remember       – sharing a bathroom and            Jordan BAcc (Hons)                        was actually the headline act
 Meet the                           buying clothes and albums            kitchen with 18 other people.       Accountancy 2010                          that night. Or roadying for
                                                                                                                                                                                           teachers in training for life in
                                                                                                                                                                                           the profession. Best advice I
 Ritchies                           when I got my grant cheque           I remember travelling to the                                                  Simple Minds and Siouxsie and
                                                                                                                                                                                           got was “do a job you love and
                                    (including my first Bruce            University, frightened of the                                                 the Banshees – and I got paid to
 Pat BA (Hons) English 1981                                                                                 Why Stirling?                                                                  you’ll never work a day in your
                                    Springsteen bootleg in pink          unknown, but as soon as I met                                                 do it. Excellent! And playing for
 Alice BA (Hons) Professional                                                                               Scott: I remember the day                                                      life.”
                                    vinyl!). I was part of the first     the other people in my halls,                                                 the University first 11 football
 Education (Primary) with                                                                                   vividly. It rained when I visited
                                    intake to Geddes Hall and I          including my boyfriend, I felt     Glasgow and Strathclyde and
                                                                                                                                                       team.                                Younger alums: will
 a specialism in Early Years
                                    thought it was luxurious. I’d        a huge sense of relief – I knew                                                                                    there be a 3rd generation
                                    never had my own room, it
                                                                                                            it was a glorious day when I               Favourite student meal?              coming to Stirling?
                                                                         I would be okay. My favourite      came to Stirling. As I walked
                                    was warm and I didn’t have to                                                                                      Scott: Anything from a Vesta
                                                                         spot was a picnic by the loch –                                                                                    Alice: Never say never!
Why Stirling?                       fight my siblings for hot water.
                                                                                                            across the bridge towards the              cardboard box.
                                                                         I wish I could go back and visit   residencies, I knew I belonged.                                                 Blair: With two kids now,
Pat: I was the first in my                                                                                                                             Blair: Chicken kievs and chips
                                    Greatest privilege was to be         more.                                                                                                              I certainly hope so. The
family to go to university                                                                                  Blair: I chose Stirling as my dad          with brown sauce.
                                    taught by Norman MacCraig                                                                                                                               decision will be theirs but I
and was offered a place at                                                                                  never tired of telling me how
                                    – I still have my essays with his    Favourite student meal?                                                       Jordan: Chilli – easy to whip up     will recommend Stirling and
Edinburgh and Stirling. I wanted                                                                            brilliant it was. Also the campus
                                    handwritten comments. I was          Pat: My Auntie Norma’s cheese                                                 and plenty left over for lunch       will fill their heads with as
somewhere different and                                                                                     life and the football – two
                                    a panellist at an Innovation &       and onion bridies. She would                                                  the next day.                        many positive stories as I can!
Stirling was modern and edgy –                                                                              things I was looking for in my
                                    Excellence event on Housing          send me off at the beginning of
and when I visited the campus I                                                                             University experience!                     How are you involved                 Jordan: Absolutely! My wife
                                    during the 50th birthday             every semester with a big box
was hooked. The best decision                                                                               Jordan: Stirling had a great               with the University today?           went to Stirling too and loved
                                    celebrations – being in Pathfoot     of them, I was very popular at
I’ve ever made. I made the best                                                                             reputation for accountancy and             Scott: I’ve been a member of         it. If my daughters ask me
                                    again brought back memories          the start of term.
friends of my life and six of us,                                                                           finance, and I found the subject           University Court since 2012 and      for advice I know where to
                                    of Echo and the Bunnymen,
all women, are still in touch.                                           Alice: Macaroni cheese and                                                                                         recommend.
                                    Simple Minds and the ‘All                                               to be wide and varied. After               have really enjoyed ‘giving back’
                                                                         curly fries from the Students’
Hardships or memories?                                                   Union – cheap and delicious.
                                    Alice: My first year in Murray                                           Read the full interviews at
Pat: I was lucky to get a full                                           A close second was an egg and
                                    Hall was a shock to the system                                           We’d love to hear from other generations so contact us at  
grant and was reasonably                                                 tattie scone roll.

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Stirling Management School

National recognition,                                                                                  Introducing the Inaugural
                                                                                                                                                                                   University of Stirling
                                                                                                                                                                                   Management School

local recovery                                                                                         Stirling Minds caught up with Honorary Professor Scott Brady to ask him about this new role.

Throughout the pandemic, Stirling Management School (SMS) has worked in partnership                                                         But in practice, it’s been much       Entrepreneurship, Employability
with Strathclyde Business School and The Hunter Foundation on ways to help Scottish SMEs                                                    more than that: the creation          and Personal Finance) has
to survive and thrive beyond Covid-19. Professor Kevin Grant and his team have extended                                                     of the role has been a call to        a community platform to
                                                                                                                                            action for aspiring student           nurture the skills and talents
the Scottish scale-up project and supported our local business community through popular
                                                                                                                                            and alumni entrepreneurs to           of future leaders. I support
applied consultancy projects, their business sanctuary approach and with the support of our
                                                                                                                                            engage with the University’s          and encourage seminars and
                                                                                                                                            Innovation and Enterprise             frequent interactions wholly
                                                                                                                                            programmes that are                   focussed on developing our

Calling all local SMEs                                                                                                                      already well established and
                                                                                                                                            delivering tangible results. I
                                                                                                                                                                                  students. I and other guest
                                                                                                                                                                                  speakers share our journeys
                                  UK Government’s flagship          “SMEs are the backbone of our                                           often signpost individuals to         and knowledge to the society
                                  business recovery programme.      economy and the last year has                                           the Enterprise Programme              members. The essence of a
                                                                                                                                            which supports those seeking          successful story of past success
                                  Announced by Chancellor Rishi     been really tough for them.
                                                                                                                                            business start-up and skills-         will foster future successes. LEEP
                                  Sunak, the programme is part      This is a valuable opportunity
                                                                                                                                            development. My role is to            creates that future for Stirling.”
                                  of a £520 million initiative      for small firms who want
                                                                                                                                            nurture these pathways.               Scott Brady is a successful
                                  which will support 130,000        to re-evaluate the way they
                                  SMEs and boost productivity by    operate, expand, upskill and                                            “I came to Stirling because           businessman with extensive
                                                                                                                                            I had identified keen                 international experience. He is
                                  providing access to one-to-one    help strengthen the local
                                                                                                                                            researchers, committed                Managing Director of ecos and
                                  support and training from the     economy. Through a mix of
                                                                                                                                            leaders, innovative                   SB Global HR and Legal LLP. He
                                  UK’s top business schools.        online teaching, masterclasses
                                                                                                                                            programmes and strong                 also sits on the SMS Business
                                  SMS is one of only two            and interactive sessions, this
                                                                                                       “The brief is to use my              values of delivering the              Advisory Board.
                                  business schools in Scotland      training programme will help
                                                                                                       experience to support and            best range of programmes              For more information or to
                                  to have the Small Business        business leaders to develop
                                                                                                       counsel staff, students and          I’ve seen in Scotland. For            be a guest speaker contact
                                  Charter – accreditation needed    leadership and management
                                                                                                       doctoral researchers with an         example, the student                  Fiona McMillan via
                                  to lead the programme. The        skills and provide them with                                            society LEEP (Leadership,
                                                                                                       interest in entrepreneurship.                                       
                                  training is 90% funded by the     the knowledge, tools and
                                  UK Government reducing the        confidence to implement
                                  cost per participant to £750.     change and adopt new and
                                                                    improved business practices.”
                                                                                                       Star Marketing Student of the
                                                                                                       Year 2020
                                  SMS will offer a 12-week
Professor Kevin Grant, Dean       programme, designed to allow      Open to SMEs who have been
of SMS, speaking at an alumni     participants to complete it       in operation for at least a year   Holly Millward (BA Hons Business Studies and Marketing 2020), won
event in China in 2019            alongside full time work, which   and employing between five         the award at the prestigious Marketing Society Awards – the third
                                  will help senior management       and 250 staff members, the         Stirling student to triumph in the competition in recent years.
The University is supporting      boost their business’             programme represents Stirling’s    As part of her prize, Holly entered into a three-month paid internship at
small and medium sized            performance, resilience, and      commitment to supporting           Edrington-Beam Suntory UK (E-BS), and then secured a role as their Marketing
enterprises in the Forth Valley   long-term growth.                 local recovery.                    Graduate in the Insights & Reporting Team. Holly told us that she was very
region through a management       Acknowledging the need for        The courses will start in June     grateful for the Marketing Society’s Star Award and the support of E-BS and
training programme as             targeted recovery support,        2021. To book your place, visit    the University – “entering the world of work as a graduate is challenging at the
part of Help to Grow, the                                                                              best of times and was (especially so) with the added difficulties presented by
                                  Professor Kevin Grant said:
                                                                                                       Covid-19, and the impact it has had on the job market.”

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University of Stirling Stirling Minds For Alumni, Staff and Friends 2020/2021
Stirling Management School                                                                                                                                                       Faculty of Arts and Humanities

                                    Dan Brown, BA (Hons)
                                    Retail Marketing 2014
                                    Position: President, Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF)
                                    always been easy! You have to         What’s next for you, Dan?
                                    make sure you have the right          At Lothian Stores the goal is to
                                    people around you and not             redefine convenience retailing.
                                    be afraid to ask your team or         We’re hoping to create a model
                                    extended network for help.            that allows us to do so and then
From an early age Dan Brown
worked alongside his father in      How did your studies at               hopefully get a few more stores
various different convenience       Stirling prepare you for a            under our belt using the same
stores. After graduating, he        career in retail?                     model. Within my role at the
completed his store manager         ‘Learning to learn’ was a phrase      SGF, I hope to ensure that the
training at Scotmid Co-             that my lecturers used and at         opportunities are there for every
operative. In 2018 he became        the time I found the phrase           retailer to be able to do the same.
Managing Director for Lothian       somewhat annoying! However,
Stores Ltd, who operate Nisa        this was actually one of the          How do you like to unwind
Pinkie Farm Convenience Store       most useful things I learned –        when you’re not working?
                                    you have to be able to question       Unwinding is an incredibly
in Musselburgh. He has the
                                    something, have the ability to        important part of life and I’ve
distinction of being the youngest
                                    research it and then confidently      only just discovered this in the
President of SGF.
                                    make fact-based decisions,            last year or so – and in finding
Congratulations on                  all whilst trying to hit tight        the time to spend on other
winning the Scottish                deadlines and budgets.                interests, I’ve found myself
Grocer Innovation Award.
How did you achieve this?
We improved the customer
                                    How have you coped in
                                    the last year?
                                                                          10x more productive when I
                                                                          am at work. Being involved in
                                                                          busy shops and offices all day
                                                                                                                Pandemics: then and now
experience at Nisa Pinkie           The main challenge has been
                                                                          makes it difficult to clear your
Farm Convenience Store by
                                    adapting to a more digital
                                                                          head and take time to reflect.
                                                                                                                Across the world Covid-19 has created unprecedented social and
incorporating a kitchen in-house
                                    world and overcoming various
                                                                          Exploring the silence of the          economic challenges. To the historian, however, the challenges of
                                    different technical issues.
– our chef makes meals for
                                    Covid-19 has had an impact            outdoors allows me to relax and       contagion, curfews and travel restrictions are all too familiar.
customers using products that                                             keep a steady head.
                                    on networking as so many
we sell in the store. We also use
                                    helpful conversations come
local suppliers, customers like                                           Do you have any advice                Professor Richard Oram,           empowering local authorities       ‘lockdown’, with restrictions put
                                    from physically being out and
to know the origin of their food                                          for Stirling students?                Dean of the Faculty, has          to take all necessary steps        in place across Scotland during
                                    integrating with others.
and how it’s been prepared.                                               Make the most of it! The real-        been highlighting many of         to ‘staunch’ the epidemics         times of plague, dating back to
                                                                                                                the comparisons through his       – years before Henry VIII’s        earlier government acts passed
Finally, we constantly seek         Who do you most admire                world hits you hard and fast. I
ways to improve: how can we         and why?                              rushed through my four years          excellent contributions to the    government did the same in         in Edinburgh in 1499. These
tell the story through digital      My father – always. He taught         and if I could do them again, I       James I: King of Scotland blog.   England.                           limited the movement of people
platforms and how can we                                                  would definitely involve myself       Richard positions Scotland                                           and goods and called for the
                                    me from an early age to face                                                                                  Dogs, pigs and children
make the shopping experience        everything with a can-do attitude     in more of the extra-curricular       as one of the most advanced                                          closure of spaces where people
                                                                                                                northern European states          By examining burgh council         gathered – including schools.
faster. We’ve won quite a few       and has provided me with the          opportunities and fully
                                                                                                                by passing basic legislation      records, Richard has found         He notes: “along with school-
other awards too. It’s been a lot   encouragement and support to do       interrogate the knowledge and
of hard work – I can’t say it’s                                                                                 between 1456 and 1462             extensive evidence of              closures came the instruction
                                    so no matter how big the challenge.   experience of my lecturers.

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University of Stirling Stirling Minds For Alumni, Staff and Friends 2020/2021
Faculty of Arts and Humanities                                                                                                                                            Faculty of Arts and Humanities

that all children under the age
of 15 were to remain indoors,
along with dogs and pigs,
revealing the three main groups
believed to be the most likely
vectors of disease transmission
through their common
attraction to filth!”

Hefty fines and death
penalties for breaking
the rules
Edinburgh was a community
dependent on trade, but the
fear of contagion was so
severe that the councillors,
                                                                                                         Then: image of graveyard in Edinburgh                Now: city streets during lockdown
who were all leading
merchants themselves,              from Leith, Kirkcaldy, Dysart    was devoted to religious             group festivities and general     restrictions have slowed the      For more insights to the life and
effectively stopped the flow       and Burntisland. Glaswegians     arrangements. One of the             excess of celebrations.           spread of Covid-19. A historian   times of King James 1 including
of goods to and from towns         were prohibited to travel        acts extended the King’s                                               might argue that it is simply     a link to the blog and a plan to
                                                                                                         Our collective experiences        the enforcement of centuries-
and districts, even where          under pain of death to those     protection to clergy who                                                                                 discover the lost tomb of King James
                                                                                                         over the last year would show     old policies that were known
infection was just ‘suspected’.    places. They believed that       breached quarantine rules to
                                                                                                         that social distancing and        to work.                          visit
In a step which echoes recent      Edinburgh itself was largely     conduct services in the hopes
restrictions on commerce,          plague free, so Glaswegians      that divine intervention would
they suspended Edinburgh’s         could travel to there if they    staunch the spread of plague.
markets and halted all trading     had secured a testimonial from   Like all diseases, plague was
within the burgh. Again, when      the council that they were       believed to be a scourge sent        Expert governance for Scotland’s environmental future
we think of the identified risks   ‘clean’ of disease. On their     by God to punish humanity for
of transmission of Covid-19        return, they were required to    its sins, a spiritual malaise that                                     Leading environmental law          enforcement gaps following
from one infected person           present another statement        manifested itself externally in                                        expert Dr Annalisa Savaresi        the UK’s departure from the
within a larger group, in          from the bailies of Edinburgh    the corruption of the victim’s                                         has been appointed to serve        European Union.
crowded or confined spaces,        to the council in Glasgow        body. Prayers and devotions                                            as a member of the board of        When fully established as
these steps are now very           to prove that they were still    were believed to be a more                                             Scotland’s new environmental       a statutory body, ESS will
familiar in the modern world.      ‘clean’. Reciprocally, no-one    certain cure than prophylactics                                        body – Environmental               monitor and investigate public
                                   from Edinburgh was to be         or any medical treatment.                                              Standards Scotland (ESS).          authorities’ compliance with
A century later, Glasgow’s
1574 enactments are a              received into Glasgow without    Religious practice remained                                            Dr Savaresi is a renowned          environmental law and will be
chilling record of a very          a testimonial; those who tried   a feature of plague control                                            expert in climate change           vested with powers to secure
local response to epidemic         faced a hefty £10 fine (which    measures in Scotland to the                                            law and the interplay              public authorities’ compliance.
within a community that felt       equates to c. £4,300 in 2020     mid-seventeenth century, with                                          between human rights and           Dr Savaresi said: “I am delighted
beleaguered and fearful of         currency)!                       every epidemic outbreak being                                          environmental law, with            to have been selected to serve
‘what was happening out            Places of worship were           accompanied by instructions                                            extensive experience working       in one of the most important
there’. Glasgow’s councillors      included in the most recent      from the King’s council for a                                          with international and non-        public bodies set up in Scotland
identified ‘suspect places’        lockdown rules and this was      re-application of the 1456 act                                         governmental organisations.        since the devolution settlement.
where they knew plague was         also a concern in the past. A    and the enforcement of a strict                                        Launched in January 2021,          I look forward to working
already raging and barred          considerable amount of detail    regime of prayer, fasting and                                          ESS is tasked to ensure the        with the ESS Board to support
entry to Glasgow for all folk      in the 1456 act of parliament    abstinence from sexual activity,                                       effectiveness of environmental     Scotland’s environmental
                                                                                                                                           law in Scotland and prevent        ambitions.”

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Faculty of Arts and Humanities                                                                                                                                                            Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Reinterpreting through radar –                                                                                 Michael Hines
the secrets of Dunfermline Abbey                                                                               BA (Hons) Film & Media 1989
                                                                                                               Michael Hines (centre) with Ford Kiernan (left) and Greg Hemphill

Led by University historian Dr Michael Penman, an innovative three-year project
                                                                                                               Position: Television and film director
with the Abbey Church of Dunfermline, Fife Council and Historic Environment                                    What made you choose                    Are you missing Jack                    a cubicle and all the noise of the
Scotland used ground-penetrating radar to study Dunfermline Abbey. The                                         Stirling?                               and Victor?                             instruments etc. It’s hysterical.
results allowed the team to create a speculative plan of the lost medieval choir –                             It was the only university that         Ha! I miss the banter and the
                                                                                                                                                                                               I note that you’re also a
                                                                                                                                                       great fun we had filming but
an area left ruinous following the Protestant Reformation in 1560.                                             offered me a place to do English
                                                                                                                                                                                               celebrant! That sounds so
                                                                                                               and Education at the time. I’d          not standing outside in Maryhill
This allows visitors to re-            Bruce’s remains. However,            century ‘anthropomorphic’ lead     foolishly applied elsewhere to          in the rain waiting for a couple        rewarding – tell us more?
                                       combining our radar evidence                                            do Computing Science – a very           of neds to stop shouting “Ya            I’ve been a humanist celebrant
envisage the medieval church                                                shroud in quite a shallow, crude
                                       with measurements taken                                                 daft move!                              couple of fannies” at us.               for a few years, it’s such a lovely
as a whole, with many elite                                                 grave slot.
                                       by local historian Ebenezer                                                                                                                             privilege to be able to marry
tombs and a symmetrical                                                     “Through this study, we also                                               What was it like doing the
pilgrimage ambulatory arranged         Henderson in 1854, raises the                                           Who was your favourite                                                          couples. I don’t do many but it’s
                                                                            found potential evidence of
                                                                                                               lecturer?                               stage show?                             a lovely thing to do.
in veneration of a northern Lady       likelihood that the position of
                                                                            the existence of double tombs,                                             Terrifying at first! On TV you can
                                       this original gravesite was too                                         I took music in the first semester
Chapel and the east-end shrine
                                       close to the screened high altar
                                                                            and it could also have been the
                                                                                                               and there was this bonkers
                                                                                                                                                       do another take if something            What have you read over
of Scottish queen, St Margaret                                              case that Bruce was originally                                             messes up, but here you have
                                       for it to have been the original                                        brilliant Music lecturer called                                                 the last year that you’d
(d.1093). The combination of                                                buried within the northern                                                 to trust the cast to fly with it. I’d
                                       burial site.                                                            Otto Karolyi who made a real                                                    recommend to us?
cutting-edge radar technology                                               central presbytery of the choir,                                           not really directed stage before,
                                       “One possibility is that this site                                      impact on me. I’ve not chosen                                                   A Stirling alumna, Sara Evans,
and archival evidence also                                                  together with his Queen,                                                   so to be directing a 10,000
                                       was a ‘rescue’ burial by monks                                          any single Film and Media                                                       has written a wonderful book
raised questions about the true                                             Elizabeth de Burgh.”                                                       seater arena and the seven
                                       who reportedly stayed on at                                             lecturer as that would be unfair!                                               about lions called When The
gravesite of Bruce, Robert I King                                                                                                                      cameras for the big screens
                                       Dunfermline until around 1580,       Dunfermline was founded                                                                                            Last Lion Roars. It’s melancholy
of Scots (1306-29).                                                                                            Congratulations on the                  simultaneously was a big task,
                                       in defiance of the Reformation,      as a priory before becoming                                                                                        but deep-felt.
                                                                                                                                                       but I loved it and each of the
Dr Penman said: “In 1818,              and who perhaps saved these          an abbey under David I, and        BAFTA for Outstanding
                                                                                                                                                       three shows we did stuff you’d
architect William Burn                 remains after a box tomb was         ultimately a royal mausoleum       Contribution! What was it                                                       What do you have
                                                                                                                                                       never be able to do on TV.
uncovered a grave and a lead-          destroyed. That would explain        – some of Scotland’s most          like to receive such an                                                         planned for the future?
encased skeleton, which was            why this skeleton was found          famous monarchs have been          accolade?                               Which was your favourite                I’ve just signed a deal for a very
generally accepted as being            covered in a late 16th- or 17th-     laid to rest in the grounds.       Enormously proud – BAFTA                Chewin’ the Fat sketch?                 exciting project that will take
                                                                                                               awards are for excellence in the        The one that makes me laugh             me six months of next year so
                                                                                                               industry, and to be recognised by       every time is where the One-            I’m looking forward to that.
     Learn more about the project at
                                                                                                               your peers for the body of work         Man Band tries to go to the             I’ll let you know more about it
                                                                                                               (Still Game in this case) was lovely.   toilet. Greg Hemphill backs into        when I can!
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International focus                                                                                                                                                                           International focus

                                                                                                                                               awaiting transfer to the
                                                                                                                                               Department for International
                                                                                                                                               Cooperation, went to Zambia
                                                                                                                                               and worked on STI and AIDS
                                                                                                                                               prevention programmes, says:
                                                                                                                                               “There is enormous satisfaction
                                                                                                                                               in helping poor people live
                                                                                                                                               better lives.”
                                                                                                                                               Mimosa Hedberg (pictured far
                                                                                                                                               left) was selected, out of several
                                                                                                                                               hundred applicants, for an           and ethical dilemmas, to say
                                                                                                           Mathilde Ligneau (pictured          internship with United Nations       what we would actually do when
                                                                                                           above) went from Stirling           Office for Project Services in       disaster strikes.”
                                                                                                           to UNHCR (the UN Refugee            Myanmar, working on health           The Rt Hon Sir George
                                                                                                           Agency) in Geneva and then to       projects, mainly anti-malaria        Reid is a former MP, MSP
                                                                                                           Jordan, working for the Syria       and work against tuberculosis.       and Presiding Officer of the
                                                                                                           mission. Now running a $14m         She now is based in Nepal with       Scottish Parliament. Between
                                                                                                           programme for displaced people

Spotlight on humanitarian careers
                                                                                                                                               Finnish development cooperation      Westminster and Holyrood, he
                                                                                                           in the Democratic Republic of       organisation Felm. She says: “The    worked for 12 years in wars and
                                                                                                           Congo, she says: “The MSc           Stirling module was crucial in       disasters worldwide. Since his
                                                                                                           programme gave me a complete        launching my career. Sir George      retirement from politics, he has
                                                                                                           overview of humanitarian action.”   didn’t just teach theory. He         engaged in conflict resolution in
Where can a Stirling degree take you? Worldwide into conflict and disasters.                               Tanaka Musakambeva (pictured        challenged students, in actual       Bangsamoro, the Caucasus and
                                                                                                                                               case studies impacted by politics    Moldova/Transnistria.
Ten Stirling graduates are working for victims of war and disaster in some of                              right), now a UK civil servant

the most difficult places on earth.
They are caring for traumatised      the MSc International Conflict     routes into a career in            New Global Management programme launched in China
refugees from the conflict           and Cooperation programme.         humanitarian work,” says Sir
                                                                                                           The Stirling Management School
in Syria; managing projects          “Humanitarian action is not        George. “Managing relief
                                                                                                           and University of Chinese
for displaced people in the          for the faint hearted,” he said.   and rehabilitation projects,
                                                                                                           Academy of Social Sciences
Democratic Republic of Congo;        “The module is all about testing   healthcare, conflict resolution,
                                                                                                           (UCASS) have launched a new
working on malaria prevention        theory against actual case         human rights, advocacy, global
                                                                                                           Doctor of Management (DMan)
programmes in Myanmar;               studies. It’s about how to care    warming, communication and
                                                                                                           programme in Beijing.
bringing clean water to the          for the most vulnerable people     governance.
people of the Punjab; building       on earth. And accepting that                                          The programme aims to develop
                                                                        “No matter how good you are
resilience in earthquake zones;                                                                            top level managerial talent for      UCASS Programme Management and Academic Teams
                                     you may have to eat goat meat      academically, however, you
and advocating safe sex in           for ten days in a row, while                                          a global economy whilst also        approved by the Chinese              expected to conduct research on
                                                                        need people-to-people skills.
Uganda and Zimbabwe.                 scratching heat rash and finding                                      being in tune with local needs,     Ministry of Education in many        a novel aspect of management
                                                                        One student – teetering on
                                     sand in the most unlikely parts                                       conditions and perspectives,        years, indicating a high regard      and to make an original
Professorial Fellow Sir George                                          the border of a re-sit – simply
                                     of your body.”                                                        and will be delivered by leading    for University of Stirling awards    contribution to knowledge in
Reid – former Director of Public                                        got on a plane, knocked doors
                                                                                                           academics from both institutions.   in this overseas market.             their field of professional practice.
Affairs of the International Red     The module offers one-to-          and volunteered. But he could
Cross/Red Crescent in Geneva –       one coaching on placements         fix a broken water pipeline        The DMan is the first of its kind   It can be completed part-            Alumni in China interested in the
has taught the UK’s first module     in the United Nations and          or rundown radio system.           to be delivered in partnership in   time over three to five years        programme should contact Miya
in Humanitarian Action for six       international aid agencies.        He went on to run a relief         China and the first professional    depending on the participants’       Wang on 13810619620 or register
years at the University as part of   “There are many different          programme in Gaza.”                doctoral programme to be            pace of learning. Students will be   via

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Upskilling for the future                                                                                                                                                          Upskilling for the future

                                                                                                                    Pam Crawford            the problems unique to each
                                                                                                           (MBA 2012) pictured with         organisation.
                                                                                                          Thomas Tierney (BA Hons           Programme Director Dr Mario
                                                                                                              Business Studies 2017)        Kolberg (pictured) said: “We
                                                                                                                                            are delighted at the response to
                                                                                                                                            the launch of our BSc Graduate
                                                                                                                                            Apprenticeship in Data Science,
                                                                                                                                            and we welcome those students
                                                                                                                                            who have joined us. The launch
                                                                                                                                            is timely and will upskill and
                                                                                                                                            develop apprentices in the
                                                                                                                                            workplace, ready to make a
                                                                                                                                            positive impact in their company
                                                                                                                                            and the Scottish economy.”
                                                                                                                                            This first cohort includes          employability experience to
                                                                                                                                            apprentices from the Student        students, and they also make a

                                                                                                                                            Loan Company, Abellio,              hugely positive impact on the
                                                                                                                                            and several local authorities       organisation. However, with
                                                                                                                                            amongst others. Apprentice          Covid restrictions bringing new

careers                                                                                                                                     James McKenna from Scottish
                                                                                                                                            Fire and Rescue said: “As a
                                                                                                                                            full-time employee whose last
                                                                                                                                                                                challenges to employers and
                                                                                                                                                                                preventing students accessing
                                                                                                                                                                                workplaces, the University
                                                                                                                                            experience of further education     quickly had to introduce virtual
                                                                                                                                            was over 12 years ago, this GA      alternatives.
                                                                                                                                            programme has been a fantastic      Pam Crawford, Head of the
                                                                                                                                            opportunity. I applied to further   Careers and Employability
                                                                                                                                            my knowledge, skills and            Service said: “University staff,
                                                                                                                                            confidence as a Data Analyst.       students and our contacts in
                                                                                                                                            The programme’s flexible and        business have responded in
The need for the University to play its part in the economic recovery, address                           fees covered by Scottish           collaborative approach to           such a positive, innovative and
the skills gaps in industry, and ensure we have employer-ready graduates, has                            Government funding, this           learning, along with the support    agile manner to the introduction
                                                                                                         new programme provides an          of my employer, has allowed me      of virtual placements, projects
never been more important.                                                                                                                  to study and attend classes with
                                                                                                         attractive and cost-effective                                          and internships. Home working
                                                                                                         route for organisations to         minimal impact on my day-to-day     actually opened up opportunities
Microcredentials –                 in critical areas, improving        New BSc Graduate                  upskill their existing workforce   job. I have also enjoyed being      for students and businesses
go further faster                  workplace competencies              Apprenticeship in                 or recruit motivated new           welcomed as a full member of        to work more flexibly without
                                   and supporting career               Data Science                      talent. Spending 80% of their      the University of Stirling.”        location or geography being a
This year the University
                                   advancement. Hundreds                                                 time in the workplace and                                              barrier. We aim to offer virtual
launched a series of free                                              The Faculty of Natural Sciences
                                   of places were available to                                           20% engaged in study, our
                                                                                                                                            Virtual placements, real            opportunities as an alternative
online short courses to meet                                           has welcomed the first students
                                   individuals living in Scotland to                                     apprentices learn to collect,      experience                          to traditional placements and
the needs of people wanting                                            to its flagship Graduate
                                   undertake courses in project                                          manage and analyse big, fast-      Industry placements and work-       hope to engage more businesses
to develop their careers and                                           Apprenticeship (GA) programme.
                                   management, data analytics,                                           moving data, while solving         based projects provide valuable     globally to work with us.”
employers looking to upskill                                           GAs are an innovative new
                                   and leadership in the age of
their workforce.                                                       learning model designed in
                                   AI. The upskilling project was
Microcredentials are short         supported by the Scottish           collaboration with industry to      For a discussion about the benefits of GAs, hosting a student internship or placement or engaging
courses which deliver specialist   Funding Council’s Upskilling        blend academic and work-            a student in a consultancy project, email Fiona McMillan on
knowledge and develop skills       Fund.                               based education. With tuition

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Spotlight on research                                                                                                                                                                       Spotlight on research

                                                                                                             benefits to policy, business and    environment will be at the heart     circular and blue economies
                                                                                                             Black Sea communities.              of decision making. The approach     and marine-based solutions
                                                                                                             Real change can only be             will facilitate and encourage        and technologies.

€9m Horizon funded project to                                                                                brought about by the close          buy-in from external investors and   The DOORS legacy will be to
                                                                                                             cooperation between science,        stimulate enterprise to support      ensure the Black Sea is highly

clean up the Black Sea
                                                                                                             policy and industry. DOORS          the Green Recovery and Blue          valued by creating a culture
                                                                                                             will engage stakeholders from       Growth opportunities. The aims       of opportunity between
                                                                                                             inception, share knowledge          are growth and job creation in       environment, inclusion and
                                                                                                             and best-practice and work on       the marine and maritime sector in    economic growth. Stirling’s
Can the planet’s most                resources. It is supplied by major   consortium, involving the          co-developing and co-creating       the Black Sea region, prioritising   research and impact continue
polluted sea be saved?               rivers including the Danube,         collaboration of 37 partners       innovation action across the        the sustainable development of       to ensure our planet is
                                     Dnieper and the watersheds of        – including the University         key actors. Challenges will be      solutions and those companies        better tomorrow than it was
Fish stocks and species diversity
                                     many countries drain into the        of Stirling – will combine its     turned into opportunities and the   oriented towards zero-polluting,     yesterday.
in the Black Sea are under severe
stress as a result of decades of     sea beyond the six that share        regional knowledge with
                                                                                                             Pictured on page 26, DOORS bid team from left to right: Carlos Loureiro, Kerry Bryson, Armando
human-induced pressures from         its coast. In order to address       state-of-the-art capability in:
                                                                                                             Marino, Professor Andrew Tyler, Peter Hunter and Evangelos Spyrakos (not pictured but very much
pollution and eutrophication,        and reverse the environmental        marine science and observation;
                                                                                                             part of the team). The bid was led by Professor Adrian Stanica, Director of GeoEcoMar in Romania and
the impacts from which have          impacts, there needs to be a         modelling; social and economic
                                                                                                             Honorary Professor at Stirling. It was also supported by BT and members of the alumni family including
been compounded further by           common understanding across          studies; Blue Growth and
                                                                                                             Chancellor Lord Jack McConnell, wildlife presenter Gordon Buchanan, creative director Michael Rea and
climate change.                      countries of the problems and        entrepreneurship; societal
                                                                                                             BAFTA award-winning cameraman Doug Allan.
                                     then a framework to effect real      engagement and environmental
The water quality deteriorated
                                     behavioural change across the        stewardship. The €9m project,
to such an extent that many
                                     Black Sea’s complex geo-political    entitled Developing Optimal
wondered whether the Black
                                     and governance landscape.            and Open Research Support
Sea might become the first
                                                                          (DOORS) for the Black Sea, has
major sea devoid of life. Despite    An international research            secured funding from Horizon
the fragility of its ecosystem, if   team from 17 countries, led          2020. It will bring together
managed effectively the Black        by Romania, with detailed            existing fragmented monitoring
Sea can recover and present          knowledge of the whole Black         efforts, deliver state-of-the
important regional Blue Growth       Sea Region and its needs is          art observation capability,
opportunities for the economies      embarking on a new project           engage individuals through
of the Black Sea countries.          to develop an optimised open         citizen science and provide a
The Black Sea is bordered by         research support system for          harmonized ‘fit for purpose’
Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania,          the Black Sea and create a           information system and capacity
Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine          framework to overcome the            building framework. The aim
with a rich cultural heritage,       barriers to advancing the            is to ensure it is valued by the
biodiversity and natural             Blue Growth agenda. The              users because it maximises

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Spotlight on research                                                                                                                                                            Spotlight on research

Helping elephants tackle
climate change

In 1980, Caroline Tutin,         also meticulously documented      and she predicted some            In 2020, Stirling and Gabonese     body condition drops. Current      students working on all of these
                                 month by month the forest’s       significant effects of global     partners published a paper in      research is concentrating on       issues, to support the Gabonese
a University researcher
                                 behaviour and the production      warming.                          the leading journal Science,       understanding these impacts.       government’s aim to find
who completed her                of leaves, fruit and flowers of                                     showing that fruit production                                         effective management solutions
                                                                   The research team in the                                             Although a tragic story, it is
doctoral studies                 over 1,000 individual trees.      Faculty of Natural Sciences,      has crashed across the Lopé        an important one. Today the        as rapidly as possible.
under venerated                  She noted the temperature,        together with colleagues from     forest, with climatic drivers      national Elephant Protection       This case study is testimony
behavioural scientist            humidity and rainfall every day   the Gabon National Parks          being the most likely cause of     Strategy is changing to include    to Stirling’s engagement
                                 without fail. At the time no                                        the change. Elephants now
Dr Jane Goodall, went                                              Agency, have continued to                                            focus on assessing the impacts     in Gabon. The long term
                                 one else was engaging with        collect the data. The resulting   have to search five times harder   of disease and nutrition, and on   approach and our attention
to Africa to carry out           nature in this way but these      datasets held at The Station      for fruiting trees and find less   ensuring landscape connectivity,   to excellence in natural
a pioneering census              small actions have had major      d’Etudes des Gorilles et          fruit when they get there.         so that elephants can search       history ensure that we ask the
on how gorillas and              significance in creating the      Chimpanzes at Lopé are now        Elephants are generally thinner    for their food. Crop raiding       right questions and use our
chimpanzees interact in          data for understanding and        recognised as a precious global   than they were 20 years ago,       mitigation measures include        quantitative science to answer
                                 predicting climate change.        asset, as the only unbroken       which is likely to result in
the wild.                                                                                            fewer pregnancies, higher
                                                                                                                                        habitat enrichment rather than     robustly, using our outstanding
                                 In 1993, Caroline published       record of 40 years of local                                          relying on elephant barriers.      datasets. Our research has
Gabon was the natural location   her analysis showing that         weather and concomitant           infant mortality and lower         Anti-poaching strategies must      produced relevant evidence
to study ape ecology and how     temperature was controlling       ecological change in the whole    longevity. Disease, parasites      identify and protect key feeding   that is informing proactive
they search for food. Caroline   flowering in several species,     African tropics.                  and stress all also increase as    grounds. Stirling now has PhD      policies on the ground.

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