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.


Lisa White, BSc Nursing 2014
I'm a volunteer with Friends International and working in partnership with the University to help and support international students while they are in the UK.

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

Will Goodall-Copestake, BSc (Hons) Environmental Science & Outdoor Education 2013
I recently won Scotland and UK Adventurer of the Year at the National Adventure Awards. See: www.scottishadventureawards.com for more information.

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


Sneha Saha, MSc Media Management 2008
I am pleased to announce that I got married to my boyfriend Barry on 21 April in India. After our wedding, we moved to Los Angeles and will start our new life there. We’re hoping for all the love and luck for a happy married life.

Neil Gray MP, BA (Hons) Journalism Studies and Politics 2008
After graduation, I spent seven years working across the Scottish Parliament and for the Scottish National Party, including as Constituency Office Manager for Alex Neil MSP. I was honoured to be selected as the SNP candidate for Airdrie & Shotts in the 2015 General Election and to go on to win the seat, with support from a fantastic team. I now divide my time between Westminster, the constituency and my home life with my baby daughter and wife, who recently became a Stirling graduate too.

Dr Alastair Ferrie, PhD Education 2006
I’ve published four books and they are Step-by-Step Aftercare for New Christians (2004); Evangelism in a Post Christian Culture (2008); Seeing the Big Picture (2012) and Amazing Jesus (2015).

Pauline Bremner, MBA Retailing 2001
I obtained my MBA whilst working at Robert Gordon University (RGU). I’m still here and recently received a Doctorate from the University.

Matt Ridsdale, MSc Public Relations 2001
I was recently awarded the title of Outstanding Freelance PR Practitioner of the Year at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Yorkshire and Lincolnshire PRide awards. I set up my business, Cannon PR in 2011.

Bob Crozier, BA (Hons) Economics 2000
My wife had our first child on 27 August 2014 in Hong Kong. Alexander is approaching one year old, doing great and looking forward to welcoming his grandmother to Hong Kong later in the year – just in time for his mum and dad's 15th wedding anniversary.


Alex Jeikner, MSc Public Relations 1999
Last year, I received my PhD from the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences), Newcastle University. My job title has also changed and I am now Associate Faculty, Lecturer I, at The American College of Greece – Deree.

Zoe Comyns, BA (Hons) Film & Media Studies & History 1999
I’m a multi award-winning Independent Radio Producer responsible for ‘The Book Show’ and ‘The Book on One’ on RTE Radio 1, as well as dramas and documentaries. I also train and lecture in radio and audio production.

Jonathan Alles, MBA 1999
Since July 2013, I’ve been the Managing Director and CEO of Hatton National Bank in Sri Lanka.

Rob Shorthouse, BA (Hons) Film & Media Studies & Politics 1998
After three years as Director of Communications for the successful No Campaign in the Scottish Independence Referendum I am now Communications Director for ScotRail. In my spare time, I am continuing my long-running campaign to ensure that my daughter goes to Stirling when she leaves school – in twelve years’ time!

Anders Hafsett Gullerud, BA (Hons) Business Studies 1997
After 16 years with Touch-IT as sales manager I founded Sign-IT based in Oslo, Norway. We deal mainly with electronic signature pads for several large clients such as banks, pharmacies, immigration and police departments and we went fully operational on 1 June. See www.signpad.no for more details.

Olaf Dellit, Visiting Student 1997
I started a new job in February and now work as a writer and editor for the Evangelische Kirche von Kurhessen-Waldeck (Evangelical Church of Hesse Electorate-Waldeck), a protestant church in central Germany. My latest book, Die Kaperfahrt der Kinderpiraten a children's novel was published in 2012 and I’m still an active member of the fencing club.

Nandita Mathur, MSc Media Management 1997
I left Google India and I’m now working as Deputy Editor for the business website Livemint.com which is the online version of Mint, India's second largest business newspaper published by HT Media Ltd. Its target readership is business executives and policy makers. 

Julian Holland, BA (Hons) German & Religious Studies 1996
I would like to announce that I am taking up the position of Head of Boarding at St George's School, Cologne from August 2015 after 14 years at Framlingham College.

Craig Sergeant, BA (Hons) History 1995
Since 2004, I've been working in a government position in Nashville, Tennessee. I earned a Masters in Environmental Policy & Management from the University of Denver in 2012.

Stan Shires, BA (Hons) Marketing 1994
I recently passed my flying test so I am now a qualified pilot. After a big final push I completed the last of the nine exams, my radio test, my navigation test, my solo cross-country test and then the general skills test. I can now take people up with me and take to the skies! This is a hobby for me because I don't think any of the big airlines will be looking to train a 43 year old diabetic to fly their jumbos for them. It’s an amazing feeling of freedom, like motorcycling but on another level, literally, plus there are no speed cameras!

Melissia Schmidt, Visiting Student 1992
I’m Eastman School of Music’s assistant dean for student life, based in in Rochester, New York. I was recently awarded the Grace Dawson Wilson professional development scholarship from the Association of College Unions International. The award announcement stated, “Melissia has been innovative with a small staff to successfully build community and give students the true college union experience without a physical college union.” I accepted the award at the Community Builders Award Ceremony at the ACUI 2015 Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas.


Dr Syed Noh Syed Ahmad, MSc Accountancy & Finance 1985 and PhD Accountancy 1989
I was appointed by the Prime Minister of Malaysia to be a member of the Advisory Panel of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

David McDonald, BSc Computing Science 1985
I left Stirling with my degree and a job offer from a well-known defence company. When I arrived at the company, the HR team weren’t expecting me and I was introduced to the team responsible for hiring software engineers. So what did I become? A Space Rocket Scientist! The department had a contract to design/write flight software for the European Space Agency's Ariane rocket, so working in the south of England and Paris, I spend the best four years of my working life as a rocket scientist, spending many hours at Mission Control Paris watching the latest launches of Ariane with our flight software on board. And what am I doing now? IT Support and Maintenance for a large banking group – not quite as exciting as being a rocket scientist.

Nigel Randell, BA Computing Science & Economics 1982
I spent my career in IT working in companies including BT and GSK, from 1982 until I retired in March 2011. I graduated with a BA in History from the University of Kent in 2009. I now volunteer for various history and IT-related projects in Kent as well as being chairman of our parish council and active in local politics.

Trevor Hoskisson, BSc Biochemistry 1980
I’m now part of the Harley Street Hypnotherapy Clinic in London and I’ve won the title of Hypnotherapist of the Year twice. I’m the author of two upcoming books The Book on Weight Reduction and The Book on Curing Insomnia which are due to be launched in London in September and Toronto in October. I’m also Psychological Adviser to Pronokal, The Doctor, The Diet and You, Weight Management Programme based in Harley Street, London.

Richard Arnott, BA Economics 1980
I spent seven years at General Accident followed by 14 years with Eagle Star insurance in Hong Kong and Singapore. I joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1999 and I'm now back in Perth and Director of BMTG (Hong Kong) Ltd. I'm married with one son who's 26.


Rev Maggie Roderick, BA Psychology & Sociology 1979
After a successful local government career in both Scotland and England, I returned to study at the University of St Andrews in 2006, whilst training to be a minister of the Church of Scotland, graduating with a BD Hons. Living in Causewayhead, I am locum minister in Bridge of Allan. I'm also looking for your ideas on the next alumni reunion for the Stirling area. Email me on maggierroderick@yahoo.co.uk if you want to find out more.

Dr Ranee Jayamaha, MSc Economics 1976
I am Chairperson of Hatton National Bank in Sri Lanka. I am also an advisor to the President of Sri Lanka in Banking and a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. I was also awarded an Honorary Degree from the University of Stirling in 2012 in recognition of my contribution to central banking in Sri Lanka and internationally.

Colin Gallacher, BA DipEd English 1975
I received an M.Ed from the University of Aberdeen. I'm a former Sports Union president at Stirling and honorary life member. My teaching career was from 1975 until 2010 working as an English Teacher at Graeme High Falkirk, ending as PT Guidance at Ellon Academy. I've been Performance Lifestyle Adviser with sportscotland Institute of Sport since 1998 based at Aberdeen Sports Village working with elite athletes across all sports. I was a mentor for Commonwealth Games Scotland Achieve programme 2014 and a Baton carrier in Queens Baton Relay. I'm married to Jenny and we have two sons Colin who's a Forensic Scientist and Neil, GP in training.

Ian Gibson, BA History & Sociology 1971
I went to Stirling in 1968 and was one of the first students in the flats on the campus. Since graduating, I have been in education working as a teacher in Scotland, England, Germany, Cyprus and The Netherlands. I made contact with the University when I worked as a volunteer at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last summer and was in the same team as a member of the university staff.

Ron Telfer, BA English & History 1970
I'm still teaching English at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia and live here with my Malawian wife and son.

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.

Fiona Thompson (née Nicolson), BSc Biology 1978 would like to get in touch with Alastair Brown, BSc Chemistry 1979.

Suzanne Mersch (née Sitzes), Visiting Student 1986 is looking for Shandini Dhanabalan, BA Business Studies 1987; Lesley Sawers, PhD Business Studies 1986 and Caroline Davies, BA Hispanic Studies 1986.

Richard Coffey, BA Economics & Politics 1997 would like to find Iain Green, BA Marketing 2000.

Hugh Fitch, BA History & English 1977 is looking for Charles Cameron, BA Sociology & Psychology 1974 and Ross Marshall, BA English 1977.

Catherine Mallon, BA Political Studies 1988 would like to find Mark Peterson, BA Political Science 1988, Paul McQuillan, BA English Studies 1988 and Elaine Sneddon, BA English Studies 1987.

We were contacted by Sara Hogan, who spent some time abroad with Kelly Moody (BSc DipEd 1997) in 1997-1998 before Kelly went on to become a teacher. Is anyone in touch with Kelly?

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

Cameron Cunningham, Visiting Student 2005

Steven McArthur, BA Film & Media Studies 2004

James Munro, BSc Psychology 2000

Kenneth Hart, BA History 1996

Diana McHardy (née Athey), BA Marketing 1992

Steve Morris, BA Economics 1989

Malcolm Handley, BA English 1982

Alexandra Ramsay, BA DipEd English 1979

Denise Lafferty (née Fischer), BA English & Spanish 1978

Linda Alexander, BA History 1974

David MacAndrew, BA Sociology 1974

Iain Johnston, BA Mathematics 1973

Elizabeth Kyles (née Dobney), BA Sociology 1972

Dr Charles Suckling, DUniv 1985

James Bowden, MA 1993

John Russell, retired member of staff

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