Events and reunions

The Alumni Office helps to organise alumni events all over the world. We also hope to encourage and support the organisation of freestanding events and reunions by independent groups of alumni. If you are planning an event, or would like advice on how to organise one, contact the Alumni Relations Manager.

Past events

Ho Chi Minh City

In November the first ever University of Stirling reunion event was held in Ho Chi Minh City. Lindsey Donald, Head of Alumni Engagement and Professor Matthew Hibberd attended the event with 45 alumni who attended. It was a great chance to increase the networks in Vietnam and update alumni on the development of the University and plans for the 50th Anniversary. 

 

 

 

Shanghai - October 2016

More than 100 graduates and friends attended our first ever Shanghai reunion! Hosted by Professor Richard Oram, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the reception took place in the Twelve at Hengshan hotel in central Shanghai.

Professor Oram highlighted the importance of building new and enhancing existing relationships with our Chinese alumni community. He encouraged alumni to keep in touch with the University through social media and where they can, support current students by proving internships, placements or mentoring.

Lindsey Donald, Head of Alumni Engagement thanked guests for attending and commented how delighted she was to see so many of our alumni attend the event. Lindsey added: "Our 50th Anniversary in 2017 provides an excellent opportunity to consider a return visit to campus or to help our international student community celebrate our very special birthday in their home country."

Felix Yang now working for Phillips Investment Company Limited as Marketing Manager, said: "It was great to see so many alumni gathered together sharing stories and memories of their time on campus. I always tell my friends that Stirling is the best place to study for Chinese students because of the high quality education, the international mix of students and so many teachers willing to share their knowledge and experience." He finished by saying: "I'm so lucky to have had the opportunity to study in Stirling, I will always remember it and I am proud to be an alum of the University."

 

Jakarta - October 2016

Alumni and friends of the University of Stirling descended on the British Embassy in Jakarta to attend an alumni reunion hosted by the British Ambassador, HE Mr Moazzam Malik.

Deputy Principal, Professor Malcolm MacLeod; Professor Herve Migaud from the Institute of Aquaculture and Lesley Onslow, Donor Stewardship Officer joined alumni to enjoy fish and chips in style at the British Ambassador’s new residence, a wonderful setting for the event.

Amongst the guests were Philip Soelistio (Class of 1982) who was the very first Stirling graduate from Indonesia, and Norizan Sani, one of the 2015 graduates attending.

Without exception all the alumni had very happy memories of their time in Stirling – 'the most beautiful campus in the world' according to Hermawan Prawoto. Plans are already being made to revisit Stirling for the 50th Anniversary celebrations – and to stock up on supplies of Irn-Bru! 

Singapore - October 2016

Following the graduation ceremony, over 100 alumni attended a special reunion on 8 October in the Hilton Hotel, Singapore. The event was hosted by senior Deputy Principal, John Gardner and Director for Advancement, Kerry Bryson, and provided a great opportunity to showcase University achievements, catch up with friends and meet new contacts. Earlier on the day of the event Professor John Gardner conferred degrees upon 47 graduates of the highly popular BA (Hons) in Retail Marketing. 

Click here to see a selection of further photographs. 

 

Aquaculture Europe - September 2016

The Institute of Aquaculture was a key participant at Aquaculture Europe, a two-day conference discussing sustainable growth in aquaculture, at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. As part of this, almost 80 Aquaculture and Aquatic Veterinary Studies graduates and students were invited to join us for lunch. Professor Herve Migaud from the Institute of Aquaculture welcomed guests and presented the Institute's strategy. Many senior members of staff from the Institute were also in attendance. Alumni thoroughly enjoyed catching up with old faces and some have volunteered to be mentors in our Alumni Mentoring Programme for students in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

 

Maisie's - August 2016

Thank you to organiser and participant, Billy Gilmour for his summary of the event: "Following the success of last year's bank holiday reunion bash at Pathfoot, some of the Maisie's Folk-Club regulars – John Boyd, Billy Gilmour, Sarah J Slater, Eddy Graham, Paul Higgins and Val Hendry – returned for one more huzzah. We were joined once again by members of the Union bar staff from the 80s; Marlene and Jan provided backing vocals for John in their legendary rendition of 'Blue Murder', sorry 'Blue Moon'.

We were delighted to meet a number of ex students from the early 80s ( Imogen, Gael and Sue) who, on spontaneously forming 'The Black Isle Beauties', became John's backing vocals.....to international acclaim! They even took the lead on a couple.

Agnes did a sterling job behind the bar and even served pizzas, the quality of which have improved markedly since the time of Maisie.

Overall, most of us thought this year was even better than last year, mainly because we got the use of the actual Maisie's bar – now called Studio. A wonderful weekend and with our beloved campus bathed in glorious sunshine once again, it really was another unforgettable trip down amnesia lane.

Special thanks to Jennifer Forman and Frances Slorance for supporting us throughout." 

Washington DC - May 2016

The first University of Stirling Washington DC Alumni event took place on Thursday 19 May. The event was held in the beautiful surroundings of the Round Robin Bar of the Willard Hotel. The informal event was attended by 14 alumni (from a variety of years), and was arranged by our Fundraising Manager, Stuart Rennie, who is also a Stirling graduate. Stuart was in Washington on a study visit to meet with staff from the University of Maryland and the American University of Washington.

A pleasant evening was had chatting over a nice drink, with everyone sharing memories of experiences and time at the University of Stirling. Many happy stories were shared, including about how the University has developed over the years, the beauty of the campus, and the quality of the teaching received - one couple actually met at the University! Stuart would like to thanks everyone for taking the time to meet with him. He really enjoyed his first time in Washington, and looks forward to visiting again soon.  

May 2016

Berlin - May 2016

On Tuesday 10 May a few graduates met Lindsey Donald, our Head of Development and Alumni Services at the Bryk Bar in Berlin. Over a few drinks they had the chance to discuss their time at Stirling and be updated on all the news and developments from the University. 

Berlin Reunion May 2016

New York - April 2016

On April 8 2016, several University of Stirling graduates gathered in New York City with Lindsey Donald, Head of Development and Alumni Services, to march in the Tartan Day Parade during Tartan Week. Lindsey had the pleasure of meeting with many alumni throughout the week to update them on the news of the University and hear of their time as students. 

New York Reunion - April 2016 TARTAN WEEK

Beijing - March 2016

We were delighted to welcome over 100 graduates and invited guests to a drinks reception held at Hanfenlou, The Commercial Press. Hosted by the Deputy Principal, Professor Malcolm MacLeod, guests had the chance to meet representatives from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Department of Development and External Affairs. There was also a calligraphy and painting showcase and a guqin performance. 

Hong Kong - January 2016

Lindsey Donald, Head of Development and Alumni Services, attended an alumni reunion in Hong Kong. The drinks reception was held at the Pottinger Hotel. Lindsey thanks everyone for coming to join and was pleased to see so many new faces there to join the alumni community. 

Nairobi - January 2016

Student Recruitment Offcer, Bertha Banda, hosted drinks in the Fairview Hotel in Nairobi. She was on a recruitment trip and used the opportunity to organise a get together with some alumni for a reunion. They enjoyed catching up and sharing their memories of Stirling. 

Singapore - October 2015

Around 100 alumni attended this event hosted by the Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gerry McCormac and the University Secretary Ms Eileen Schofield on Friday 16th October in the Hilton Hotel.  The evening provided an opportunity for our alumni to hear updates from Stirling, network, catch up with friends and it gave our new graduates an opportunity to hear about the experiences of some of our well established, high profile alumni based in Singapore. Professor Gerry McCormac just the day before, conferred degrees upon more than 50 graduates of the highly popular BA Hons in Retail Marketing.

Click here for a selection of photographs.

Hong Kong - October 2015

Thank you to to everyone who attended the reunion in the Lion Rock Bar.

Athens - September 2015

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the reunion, despite the terrible weather! Fingers crossed the sun comes out in time for the next event.

Greek beach image

Ghana - September 2015

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the reunion in Ghana! We look forward to seeing you at the next event.

Ghana 2015

Networking in Paris - September 2015

Thanks to everyone who was able to join Amanda Bouin in Paris for networking drinks. It was a brilliant turn out and the chance to meet alumni from many other British universities. 

Networking Drinks - 9 September 2015

Maisie's - August 2015

"Our Maisie’s Reunion turned out to be anything but A Trip Down Amnesia Lane, with all the old friends who had made the effort to attend, often from far flung places. It was hard to believe it was 25+ years since we last met for musical evenings under the affectionate eye of the Blonde Bombshell herself. Many of the old SUSA Management were there, as well as the musicians and singers from the old days, most of whom sounded better than ever. Of course, the real star turn was the beautiful university campus, bathed for once in glorious sunshine. We felt blessed to be part of the occasion, and to re-live what Stirling life meant for us all. So much so, in fact, that we are already discussing when we can do it again. Watch this space!"

Billy Gilmour, BA (Hons) in History, 1988

Maisie's Collage

London Pub Quiz - July 2015

Congratulations to George Martin and the rest of his team who came in second for the Scottish Universities pub quiz at the Spreadeagle in London! Hopefully the first of many more to come. From left to right: Manish, Eric, George and Anna.

 London Pub Quiz - July 2015

 

Munich - June 2015

Thanks to Birgit Kempfle (Class of 1990) for organising the latest international reunion in Munich! Fantastic to see some alumni in Germany, looking forward to seeing the next one! 

Munich Reunion - 13 June 2015

Stirling - June 2015

It was fantastic to be reunited with so many alumni at the very first Stirling Chapter alumni event in Macrobert Arts Centre. We are hoping to hold many more alumni events like this in the future so, if you would like to join the Stirling Chapter, please get in touch with Jen Forman on alumni@stir.ac.uk. All of the photos can be viewed on Facebook: stir.ac.uk/vp

Stirling Reunion - 10 June 2015#

Japan Alumni Association - May 2015

The Annual General Meeting of the Japan Alumni Association University of Stirling took place on Thursday 29 May 2015 at the British Embassy in Tokyo. The Association is pictured below along with special guest Steve Baker, Honorary Graduate Dr Taeko Seki and Director of Development and External Affairs, Kerry Bryson.

Japan Alumni Association Reunion May 2015

Newcastle - May 2015

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the Newcastle reunion at the Pitcher & Piano! We'll hopefully be able to organise some more events in the area so stay tuned! 

Newcastle

Guangzhou City - May 2015

Thanks to Eric Qiang (Class of 2006) for organising the latest reunion in the city of Guangzhou, China! 

Guangzhou City Reunion - 3 May 2015

Belfast - April 2015

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the reunion at the Ulster Museum in Belfast! 

Belfast 1

Tartan Week - April 2015

A strong contingent of Stirling alumni joined NYC’s annual Tartan Week celebrations for the first time in 2015. Graduates attended a reception for alumni of Scottish universities hosted by the Scottish Government, an excellent pub meet, and participated in the flagship event; the Tartan Day Parade on Sixth Avenue. 

Tartan Week 2015

Tartan Week 2015 2

London - March 2015

Thanks to everyone who was able to make it to Azzurro! It was a fantastic turn out and a great time was had by all. Special thanks to George Martin (class of 1983) and Stephen Pounder (class of 1987) for organising the event as well!

London Reunion - 5 March 2015

New York - February 2015

Thanks to all who were able to attend the reunion in NYC in February despite the chilly weather! 

NYC Reunion

Guangzhou City - January 2015

Thanks to  Ning (Eric) Qiang (Class of 2006) for organising the first alumni reunion of 2015 at the T.I.T Creative Industry Zone in China. 

Hong Kong - December 2014

Thanks to Annie Fu (class of 2005) and Manki Chu (class of 2003) for organising a reunion in Hong Kong for local alumni! The reunion was held at The Canny Man, a Scottish themed pub.

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