Straight from school, I found myself at the brand new university (Pathfoot was not even completed), where for the next four years I would be living – what an adventure. We set up as many clubs as we could with 164 of us, so we were all in great demand. My passion was the Rugby Club (the picture is dated 1969), and I served as Secretary in 1970/71, but also got involved as Chairman of the Scottish Nationalist Club and was elected to the Students Representative Committee in my final year. In the end, I fell out of the university process with a 3rd Class Honours degree in Philosophy (very rare!), which stood me in good stead for my Post Graduate Certificate in Physical Education from Carnegie College in Leeds.

 

In 1985, while on secondment to the Central Region Education Office in Stirling, I had the opportunity to undertake a Post Graduate Diploma in    Computer Education, and so returned, to graduate again in 1987. This enabled     me to help to set up the Computing Studies Department at Falkirk High  School, although I soon returned to Physical Education, finishing my teaching career as Head of the Faculty of Health in 2003.

  

At almost this exact same time, our son Gavin was graduating for the second time from the university, having completed his MSc in Environmental Management and winning the SEPA Prize as best student on the course. He had previously completed a Joint Honours degree in Environmental and Management Sciences at Stirling in 1999. Was this the first family “double double” graduation from the University of Stirling?

 

Alistair Spowage 
BA (Hons) Philosophy, 1971

The first ever photo of the Rugby Club (Stirling Observer) – that’s me in the middle of the front row, aged 17. 

Rugby Club 1967/71 reunion – October 2013.

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