Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies

About Us

The Centre for Gender & Feminist Studies is an inter-disciplinary research centre which brings together leading feminist and gender-focused scholars working in and across a range of disciplines at the University of Stirling.

Co-Directed by Kirstein Rummery (Professor of Social Policy) and Karen Boyle (Professor of Feminist Media Studies),

The Centre is  home to MSc and MLitt programmes in Gender Studies (Applied) and runs a series of events throughout the year developing and showcasing feminist research at the University of Stirling.


For queries about the Centre or about postgraduate study in Gender Studies please contact gender@stir.ac.uk OR karen.boyle@stir.ac.uk 

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Dee Amy-Chinn Scholarship

We are delighted to announce a new scholarship for the Msc/Mlitt in Gender studies (Applied), funded by the family of our much-loved and much-missed colleague Dr Dee Amy-Chinn. 

Dee, a lecturer in the Division of Communication, Media and Culture at the University of Stirling, was instrumental in founding the Gender Studies MSc/MLitt programme. Dee died of bowel cancer in December 2015 and a donation was made from her family to fund these scholarships. Dee was the first in her family to go to university. She attended Lancaster University and later, mid-career, studied at Birkbeck University of London for her MA and MSc while continuing to work full time. She went on to gain a scholarship to do her PhD.  Dee’s academic interests were focussed broadly on gender and sexuality in the media and public sphere.  She was passionate about openness and fair treatment for all. 

These scholarships are to support students with diverse life experiences which have marked their journey to postgraduate study. Closing date for applications for students commencing study in September 2016 is Friday 1st July 2016.

Application Form


The Directors for the Centre for Gender & Feminist Studies are Karen Boyle (Professor of Feminist Media Studies) and Kirstein Rummery (Professor of Social Policy). Their Joint Directorship speaks to the inter-disciplinary focus of the Centre which seeks to bring together scholars across the University who are undertaking work on gender and feminist issues. A full list of affiliated colleagues is provided below and gives some sense of the diverse areas in which we can offer expert postgraduate supervision at both taught and research levels.

The Centre also provides an inter-disciplinary home for the MLitt/MSc in Gender Studies (Applied). These programmes were the brainchild of Alison Jasper (Religious Studies) and Dee Amy-Chinn (Communications, Media & Culture), who have both worked on gender and feminist issues inside – and outside – the academy for many years. Keen to see Stirling harness its range of expertise on gender and develop as a centre of excellence for those who want to undertake advanced study on gender and sexuality, Dee & Alison initiated the Gender Studies programme. Sadly, Dee retired on health grounds just as the Centre for Gender & Feminist Studies was established, but she continues to take an interest in the issues it addresses.




Dee Amy-Chinn Founder (Retired)
Karen Boyle Director  
Alison Jasper Founder and Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies 
Kirstein Rummery Director
Elizabeth Anderson Impact Research Fellow 
Suzy Angus Senior Teaching Fellow
Andrea Baumeister Senior Lecturer Politics 
Bethan Benwell Senior Lecturer in English Studies 
Susan Berridge Lecturer Communications, Media and Culture  
Sharon Bolton Professor, Stirling Management School
Adelina Broadbridge Senior Lecturer Management Work and Organisation
Rowan Cruft Lecturer
Brigid Daniel Professor Social Work
Ann Davies Chair in Spanish Studies
Richard Haynes Professor, School of Arts & Humanites
Alenka Jelen-Sanchez Lecturer in Communications, Media & Culture  
Cristina Johnston Senior Lecturer in French
Katharina Lindner Lecturer Communications, Media and Culture 
Philippa Lovatt Lecturer in Communications, Media and Culture
Barbara Leonardi Research Assistant, English Studies  
Kathryn Mackay Lecturer Social Work  
Margaret Malloch Reader Sociology/Social Politics & Criminology
Bill Marshall Professor Comparative Cultural Studies and French
Michael Marten Lecturer in Postcolonial Studies, Religious Studies   
Gill McIvor  Professor in Criminology 
Sarah Neely Senior Lecturer Communications, Media and Culture
Guillermo Olivera Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies
Sarah Parker Lecturer Literature & Languages
Tessa Parkes Senior Lecturer in Health Studies  
Samantha Punch Professor in Sociology/Social Politics & Criminology
Irene A Reid Lecturer in Sports Studies
Madhu Satsangi Senior Lecturer in Housing Studies
Carron Shankland Professor of Computing Science
Dalene Swanson Senior Lecturer, Education
Helen Whincup Teaching Fellow Social Work CPD
Monika Wilinska Lecturer in Sociology/Social Politics & Criminology 
Sarah Wilson Senior Lecturer Applied Social Science

May 2016

We are delighted to invite applications for a fully-funded PhD through the AHRC's Collaborative Doctoral Award scheme on Fandom, Media and Gender in Scotland’s ‘National’ Game. This scholarship is a collaboration between the Centre for Gender & Feminist Studies and the Scottish Football Association. Closing date is Friday 13th May: details and application form here:  http://www.stir.ac.uk/scholarships/arts-humanities/fandom-media-and-gender-in-scotlands-national-game.html

October 2015 

Screening & discussion 22nd October 2015:
The Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies and Stirling University Student Union will be welcoming award-winning producer Amy Zierling to introduce her film The Hunting Ground about rape and rape culture on US campuses. After the screening, Amy will be joined by representatives from the Students’ Union and Forth Valley Rape Crisis to discuss how UK universities can respond to the issues raised. The event is free and open to all (aged 18 and over).

PhD on ‘Arching and Historising the Feminidt Anti-Violence Movement in Scotland: 
The Centre for Gender & Feminist Studies, The Centre for Gender History (Glasgow) and Glasgow Women’s Library are delighted to welcome new PhD student Jenny Wartnaby. This project is the result of a successful bid to the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities’ Applied Research Collaborative Studentship Scheme and will run for the next three years. During the life of the project, we will be hosting a series of related events – so keep an eye out for announcements.

Athena Swan: 
Congratulations to the University of Stirling’s School of Health Sciences, and Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences, on their Athena Swan Bronze Awards. Athena Swan is the national benchmark from the Equality Challenge unit recognising commitment to advancing gender equality within Higher Education. These departmental awards add to Stirling’s Institutional Bronze Award.

Gender Studies Research Placements:
Over the past 6 months, students on the MLitt/ Msc in Gender Studies (Applied) have undertaken fantastic work with a diverse range of organisations as part of our Research Placement module. Students have researched feminist analyses of human rights discourse (for Scottish Women’s Aid); analysed coverage of debates about prostitution and commercial sexual exploitation (for the Women’s Support Project); undertaken archive research on experiences of lesbians and gay men in Scotland for Hopscotch Films; reviewed women’s experiences of coaching (for the Scottish Football Association); investigated young girls’  drivers and motivations for playing football (for Glasgow City); and developed a catalogue of Black feminist activism in the Glasgow Women’s Library. Also for Glasgow Women’s Library, our students have researched and curated exhibitions on Sexology and Women in Pulp Fiction. Congratulations to all on some excellent work, and thanks to our Placement Providers for supporting this scheme.


Equality and Diversity Calendar 2015-2016

Histories of the Feminist Anti-Violence Movement in Scotland, 11th May 2016

This half-day event has been organised by PhD student Jenny Wartnaby as part of her SGSAH Applied Research Collaboration PhD on Histories of the Feminist Anti-Violence Movement in Scotland.

Confirmed speakers: Lesley Orr (history of Scottish Women’s Aid); Sarah Browne (author of The Women’s Liberation Movement in Scotland), Hannah Telling (PhD student, University of Glasgow) and Finn Mackay (author of Radical Feminism: Feminist Activism in Movement).

The event is free and runs from 1.15 – 430 pm: reserve your place here

This event is supported by the Centre for Gender & Feminist Studies (Stirling), Centre for Gender History (Glasgow) and Glasgow Women’s Library.  

Full Programme

Breaking the Sound Barrier: Women Sounding Out in British Film & Television, Saturday 18 June 2016

NFT 3, London, 18th June

Dr Philippa Lovatt has been invited to take part in a panel discussion at the Breaking the Sound Barrier: Women Sounding Out in British Film & Television symposium at NFT 3, Saturday 18 June 2016.

The symposium has been organised by the (WFTHN) Women's Film and Television History Network and will focus on women's role in sound production. The panel that Philippa will take part in will consider the following questions: How to use archives and other resources to research and make visible the history women's work as sound-image makers in British film and television? How to change the history and teaching of film/tv as AUDIO-visual media?

Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities: Summer School 20-23 June 2016

The Centre for Gender & Feminist Studies is delighted to participate in the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities second annual summer school.


Women, Media, Politics symposium - Tuesday 21st June

On Tuesday 21st June, in conjunction with the MeCCSA Women’s Media Studies Network, we are organising a symposium on Women, Media, Politics, featuring a combination of academic papers and panel discussions on “Being a Feminist in Public” and “Writing as a Feminist”.

Confirmed speakers include: Emma Ritch (Executive Director, Engender); Liz Ely (Development Worker, Zero Tolerance); Kirsty Strickland (Freelance Journalist and Write to End Violence Against Women Bursary Winner); Claire Heuchan (@GenderStir student and online activist); Karen Ross (University of Newcastle); Fiona Mackay (University of Strathclyde); Laura Castillo Mateu (Universitate Jaume); Marina Dekavalla (University of Stirling) and Alenka Jelen (University of Stirling).

The event is free and will run from 10-4.30 at Glasgow Women’s Library. The event is open to all and booking details will follow soon.

Feminist Research Methods workshop - Wednesday 22nd June

On Wednesday 22nd June, Stirling’s Karen Boyle and Adele Patrick from Glasgow Women’s Library will be running a Feminist Research Methods workshop – back by popular demand! This is part of the SGSAH Summer School programme and is open to both Arts & Humanities AND ESRC-funded students from across Scotland.

More details at www.sgsah.ac.uk

Dee Amy-Chinn Prize

The Centre for Gender & Feminist Studies offers two prizes annually for excellence in gender and feminist studies here at Stirling. Named for our founder - Dee Amy-Chinn – these prizes are awarded in June (for undergraduate work) and November (for taught postgraduate work) and we accept nominations from all degree programmes across the University. 

We are now accepting nominations for the undergraduate prize for 2016. Nominations should be submitted by academic Divisions. We will normally accept 1 nomination per Division, although where Divisions are comprised of distinct subject areas we will accept up to 2 nominations per Division.

Nominated work can take any form (essay, dissertation, creative practice) and should be sent - electronically - to Karen Boyle (Karen.Boyle@stir.ac.uk) by Monday 6TH JUNE.

The submissions will be judged by a cross-disciplinary panel:  Centre Co-Director Karen Boyle (A&H), Sarah Wilson (Social Sciences) and Adelina Broadbridge (Management). We aim to announce the winner before the summer Graduations.


Previous winners of the Dee Amy-Chinn Prize for Gender Studies:

2015 Postgraduate: Shared

Rachel Adamson (MSc Gender Studies): Towards an alternative: A feminist critical policy analysis exploring the impact of neoliberalism on gender equality in Scottish higher education


Elizabeth-Anne Graham (MRes Social Science): Intellectual contests? Gender inequality and identity in the game of bridge

2015: Undergraduate winners (shared)

Janine Mitchell – for the Creative Writing dissertation “Helena – The Literary Representation of Boer Women During the Second Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902


Anudath Samaraweera – for the Sociology dissertation “An Exploration of Non-Heterosexual Male Experiences of Homophobic Hate Crime in Scotland and Attitudes Towards Police

2014: Postgraduate winner

Joanna McCafferty – for the Film Studies dissertation “Steve McQueen: The Body, Excess and Representation”

2014: Undergraduate winner

Emma Smith – for the English Literature dissertation “The Coming Out Novel: Questioning Heteronormativity in Society"

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