Where are they now?

This is our ever popular 'class notes' section. If you'd like your update to be included, email alumni@stir.ac.uk and we'll do our best to post it.


Gerard Jones, MSc Performance Coaching 2013
I'm one of the UK's leading football performance coaches working as an academy coach at Rochdale AFC and a Grassroots Football Ambassador for Adidas UK. In 2013 the Clydesdale Bank and the Yorkshire Bank named me among the 'Top 6 Yorkshire-based Entrepreneurs 2013'. You can read my story at www.gerardschooloffootball.com

Chiara Palieri, BA (Hons) International Politics 2013
I have spoken at many conferences and I am one of the IELTS Global testimonials. This video was recorded at my graduation last summer and you can view it at http://stir.ac.uk/hz

Indibar Ghosh, MSc Energy Management 2012
I am self-employed and my business is called Winners' Academy & Education Institute. My office is based in Mumbai, India, but operates globally in the field of education and training specialised in the power and energy sector. We conduct Executive Development Programmes and provide facilitators for various technical and management training programmes. You can find out more at www.thewinners.co.in


Keiti Price, MLitt The Gothic Imagination 2009
I recently had my first novel published, Yours Truly, Cardwell B. Find out more about Izzie Green and her dream job at Poe, the US’s popular television show at http://stir.ac.uk/ny

Robert Hudd, BA (Hons) Business & Management 2006
Jenny and I were married in a beautiful service at St Lawrence Church, Alton in Hampshire on 12 April 2014, and we’re living in our new home around the corner from the church. I’m working at the University of Surrey and we’re enjoying settling into our new routine and having a little less planning to do! We hope to visit Stirling in the near future, so that I can introduce Jenny to the magnificent scenery.

Neil Dorrian, BSc (Hons) Marine Biology 2006
With a fellow Stirling graduate, Lorenzo Scala, our new organisation 'Whalefish' recently launched alongside our website. Our aim is to improve marine conservation awareness by transmitting the research of our scientists and collaborators from the field to the public. We also provide a platform to network for conservation projects, volunteer and job opportunities within the scientific community. Find out more about us at www.whalefish.org


Krishnamurthy Thakur, MSc Media Management 1998
After I left the University, I always wanted to return. My business conducts a Business Quiz in London for the TATA Group for University campuses across Europe. I joined the team from India and extended my stay to visit the University last November. I was lucky to visit during a sunny day and wandered around the campus taking many pictures. You never can have enough of Stirling. Thanks to Kerry, Jennifer and Suzie – the team at Stirling who made my visit memorable. I wish to have a class get together of MSc Media Management 1997. Get in touch with me at kthakur@greycaps.com

Honey Kalaria, MSc Public Relations 1997
I am a dancer, choreographer and Bollywood specialist and have been involved in many films such as 'Bombay Dreams', 'Merchants of Bollywood' and 'Bride and Prejudice'. I launched Honey's Dance Academy in 1997 and it is one of the UK's first Bollywood dance and performing arts training institutions. Find out more at http://stir.ac.uk/hx

Stan Shires, BA (Hons) Marketing 1994
The Class of '94 celebrated 20 years since graduation with a reunion in Stirling in April. We had a great turn out with about 25 people. Some of us met in the Med on Friday evening – wow that has changed since our day! On Saturday some of the group met in the Students' Union Bar. Wow that has changed too! Timmy Stevenson, Jareth McCready and me played a round of golf on the University course. Then we all linked up at the Union bar! After many rounds (including some with Jennifer Forman), we went via the Med to Bridge of Allan for a meal. The night finished with a dance til the early hours. Happy days!

Birgit Kempfle, Visiting Student 1990
I still love my job at a grammar school near Munich. Since 2012 I have been involved in the Alumni Ambassador Programme, so if you come to Munich and are looking for a travel guide, feel free to ask stirlingalumnigermany@googlemail.com


Hamish Hamilton, BA (Hons) Accountancy 1989
I was honoured by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts at its Craft Awards. I’ve been responsible for directing Madonna and Beyonce’s half-time performances at the 2012 and 2013 Super Bowls, the 2010 Academy Awards and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics. I’m absolutely thrilled and it’s great to be recognised for work that surrounds me with so many talented friends.

Conor Mark Jameson, BA Film & Media Studies 1988
Initially I enrolled for an Ecology degree but it became clear I was more a science communicator than a field researcher. I changed courses, taking advantage of the flexible system at Stirling, and the kindness of Professor John Izod. I've worked in conservation since then, and have written the books Silent Spring Revisited, and Looking for the Goshawk. My latest book came out in spring, a journal on living with nature, and called Shrewdunnit. There's the odd reference to Stirling in this one too.

Dr Perry Ip, PGDip Accountancy & Finance 1984
I am now working as a Master/Doctoral dissertation supervisor in both Hong Kong and Macao. I am also the chief editor of China and World Highlights which has connections with over 400 Chinese media around the world.

Aik Leow, BA Accountancy 1981
After graduating, I spent the next three years in Edinburgh to train as a Chartered Accountant. Following qualification, I worked in Singapore and, after a few years, decided to migrate and settled down in Sydney, Australia. I never managed to go back to Scotland, despite numerous business trips to Europe and London over the years. That was until recently when I went to London, I decided that a trip to my beloved Scotland was long overdue. So, after more than 30 years, there I was, back at the University and it was truly a trip down memory lane for me.


Peter Lloyd, BA Accountancy/Business/Economics 1976
Following a career in local government finance, I retired to Malta with my wife and golden Labrador, Rory. I am busy setting up Malta Microfinance (based on the Grameen Bank) to give small loans to the poor, targeting women and migrants.

Michael Teare, BA Biology 1975
After completing a PhD in estuarine ecology I changed direction and spent 30 years in sales/management roles within the international medical device industry. I'm living in France and running my own consultancy business. Returning to my research roots I've been following up my Manx origins and the role of the family business, Teare and Sons, sail makers and ships chandler in the development of the 19th century Manx fishing industry. More information at http://teareandsons.com

Patricia Hess, BA Economics 1974
After varied careers in Housing Management and Public Relations in Scotland, and lots of travelling in Asia and Europe, I am now an independent retailer, based in Perth, selling Harris Tweed items handmade in Scotland. We also have a website at www.harristocracy.co.uk

Paul Martin, BA General 1973
Having started Brig in 1969, supervised its first content and print run as founding editor, I love following it on Twitter (@brignewspaper) 45 years later. Well done to all who kept my initial idea alive over those many years and here's to a bright digital future together.

Looking to get in contact

The following alumni are not in contact with the University so we were unable to put University friends back in touch.

Pete Smith, MSc Environmental Science 2001 would like to get in touch with Matthew Cross, BA (Hons) Religious Studies 2003.

Chris Baker, BA DipEd English & Education 1997 would like to get in touch with Darren Coleman, BA (Hons) Economics & German 1997.

Hon Man (Ricky) Leung, MSc Technological Economics 1986 is looking for Astril Fitrie, MSc Technological Economics 1986.

Jane Mackay-Bishop, BA English 1983 would like to get in touch with Adam Turner, BSc Biology 1984.

Dr Ziya Haq, PhD Chemistry 1976 would like to get in touch with Janice Law, BA Psychology 1976.

If you know where any of these people are, email alumni@stir.ac.uk and we'll put them back in touch.


The University regrets to announce the following deaths, and offers its condolences to family and friends.

Sue Layton, MBA Retailing 2012

Steven McArthur, BA Film & Media Studies 2004

David Paterson, Accountancy student and left in 1985

Alexandra Ramsay, BA DipEd English 1979

Denise Lafferty, BA English and Spanish 1978

Linda Hunter, BA Sociology 1975

David MacAndrew, BA Sociology 1974

Iain Johnston, BA Mathematics 1973

Elizabeth Kyles (née Dobney), BA Sociology 1972

Dr Augusto Odone, DUniv 1991

Marie Cottrell, widow of the University's first Principal, Professor Tom Cottrell

John Russell, retired member of staff

Jock Scott, MA and former senior technician in Department of Biology

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