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Internship events

Internships are a fantastic way of gaining experience in an area that you want to work in. The Careers and Employability Service (CES) only advertise paid internships and these can be highly competitive. Next week, CES will host two events focussed on internships. These are:

  • Get that Internship - Tuesday 10 October, 1.00pm - 2.00pm
    This informative workshop will show you how to get the internship you want and what you can expect from these opportunities
  • Saltire Internships - Wednesday 11 October, 1.00pm - 2.00pm
    Saltire's world-class internship programme prepares university students in their penultimate year of study by undertaking commercially valuable projects in Scotland, and all over the world. In 2017, they partnered with more than 70 organisations, who hosted 165 Saltire Scholars. These amazing opportunities are highly competitive, so come along to find out how to apply and what you can expect if you're successful.         

Both events will take place in Room 3A1, Cottrell Building.

New recreational sport programme

A new recreational sports programme has now started, with sessions running all over campus every week up until Wednesday 6 December. The programme is designed for all abilities, so come along, meet new people, and get involved without the pressure of competition. Examples of the sessions include:

  • Beginner Joggers - every Monday, 6.00pm - 6:45pm, meet outside Willow Court (free)
  • Beginner Netball - every Tuesday, 5.00pm - 6.00pm, register at Sports Centre Reception (free for members, £2 non-members)
  • Football 5s - every Friday, 7.00pm - 8:30pm, register at Sports Centre Reception (free for members, £2 non-members)

There are around 14 different drop-in sessions happening throughout each week, check out what is included in the programme.

An Inconvenient Sequel

Next week, Monday 9 - Friday 13 October, is Global Climate Change Week. In recognition of this significant date, the University, Students' Union and Macrobert Arts Centre will be running a number of campaigns and events during the week. On Tuesday 10 October, head along to the Macrobert Arts Centre for a screening of 'An Inconvenient Sequel'. 

Following the film, the Students’ Union President and Environmental Development Coordinator will answer any questions you may have about sustainability on campus. Further information on Global Climate Change will be communicated next week.

Sport update

It's been a busy week for our student football and golfing stars. Congratulations to the men’s 1st XI team, which booked its place in the second-round of the William Hill Scottish Cup. Further details on this success and other recent achievements are outlined via the link below.

Read more: Sport update »

RingGo Pay-by-Phone

In order to improve the methods of paying for parking, car park users can now pay by phone, using the RingGo service. Having located a parking bay, drivers should contact RingGo either by dialling the dedicated number (020 3046 0060), or by downloading the new RingGo mobile app.

Please note, each car park on campus has its own dedicated location code, which is displayed on individual pay & display ticket machines, and on selected car parking signage. However, for pay-as-you-go permit holders, there is a dedicated location code (24019) for use in all car parks. This code should be quoted each time you wish to use the RingGo service in conjunction with your pay-as-you-go permit, to ensure that you are charged the discounted daily parking charge of £2.00.

Drivers wishing to use this service will be charged for calls at their network rate. Additional charges apply for optional text message services that include:

  • Reminder that your allocated parking time is about to expire (10p/transaction)
  • Top-up service to extend your parking time (10p/transaction)

Please see the car parking FAQ for further information.

Pre-graduation photography session

If you want to avoid the queues on your graduation day, or are graduating in absentia, you can take advantage of the pre-graduation photography session. This drop-in service will take place on Monday 16 October, from 11.00am - 7.00pm, in the Atrium. All you pay for at the session is your photography - your academic dress will be supplied at no extra charge. Your guests are welcome to join you – remember to dress smartly! Please note this service does not constitute certification of any award or degree from the University of Stirling. Official awards will be confirmed on Thursday 9 November. Email graduation@stir.ac.uk for further information.

Text advertising casting call

Students wanted for University film casting

We're looking for bright, vibrant, confident and outgoing students to star in two short promotional films for the University. You don’t need to have any acting experience, but you should be confident in front of the camera, enthusiastic and natural. Groups of friends would work too! If you’re a student, aged 17-25, and interested in representing the University on the silver screen, please get in touch! Come along to a casting session, and show us what you’ve got, on Friday 6 October, between 12.00pm and 1.30pm, in Room 2B10, Cottrell Building. If you can’t make it then, please drop us an email and we can try and meet you another time.

The filming will take place on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 October. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. You'll be needed for a few hours, on one or both of the days. Please email us at marketingtools@stir.ac.uk, if you’d like any more information.

Volunteer with LEAPS

LEAPS, a widening participation programme, is looking for student volunteers to help support young people in secondary schools in South East Scotland. By volunteering with LEAPS, you will have the opportunity to participate in workshops and events on campus and in local schools, as well as enhancing your CV. Activities can fit around your studies and other commitments. To be eligible, you must be in second-year or above and have the ability to relate to secondary school children. Interested? Come along to an information session, being held later this month, to find out more. Further information is available on the Portal.

Bike maintenance event

Following the success of the bike maintenance event, held last week, Recyke-a-Bike is planning to repeat the session. Attendees last week were shown how to repair their bikes, including mending punctures, brake repairs and much more. If you're interested in attending a future event, please email Tanya Cairns in Estates and Campus Services. 

Macrobert Arts Centre

The quintessentially renegade British spies are back - both of them - with the usual array of gadgets, wit and undeniable class. Kingsman: The Golden Circle, starring Taron Egerton, Colin Firth and Mark Strong begins on Friday 6 October, at the Macrobert Arts Centre, with tickets starting from just £5.50!

Strathcarron Hospice 10K

On Sunday 15 October, the University will host the Strathcarron Hospice 10K, which will result in a road closure between 10.45am – 2.00pm approx. The road closure will be from the boiler house, just before the barriers at the Hillfoots Road entrance, through the main campus to the small roundabout at the end of West Link Road. Buses will be as timetabled but will have alternative drop-off points. Further details are available via the link below.

Read more: Strathcarron Hospice 10K »

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Survey

Equality, diversity and inclusion survey poster

At the Students' Union, we aim to ensure every aspect of the Union's operations embrace equality, diversity and inclusion at every stage. We have been working on our Investors in Diversity accreditation and are now seeking feedback from students, Union staff and others, to allow the Students' Union to effectively plan for the future.

With this in mind, we are working with the National Centre for Diversity and have created a survey for student members to complete.

November Graduation Registration

If you are eligible, or potentially eligible, to graduate in November 2017, at the Stirling Graduation Ceremony, an Invitation to Graduation has been emailed to you. If you've not received an email and are expecting to graduate, please contact ask@stir.ac.uk. Please note that in order to guarantee your place at the November Graduation Ceremony, or to graduate in absentia, you must complete the online registration process by Tuesday 31 October 2017.

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Contributions for next edition

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 12 October. Please email contributions for the next edition to communications@stir.ac.uk, by 5.00pm on Tuesday 10 October.

Please note that contributions may be edited.