August 2018 news

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97% reduction in second-hand smoke exposure revealed by Stirling-led study

The amount of second-hand smoke inhaled by non-smoking Scots has fallen by over 97% over the past 20 years, University of Stirling-led research has found.


‘Generation rent’ suffer mental health issues

Being forced to live long-term in private rented housing is impacting negatively on young people’s mental health a new study, led by University of Stirling academic Dr Kim McKee, has found.

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University welcomes £5 million scheme to fight period poverty

Free sanitary products will be available to University of Stirling students thanks to a new £5.2 million fund.

Astrid Smallenbroek

National Teaching Fellow award goes to University educator

The University of Stirling’s Head of Student Learning Services, Dr Ruth Watkins, is named as a National Teaching Fellow by Advance HE.

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Education experts team up with children’s mental health charity

Education experts from the University of Stirling team up with children’s mental health charity Place2Be to help future generations of teachers in Scotland support their students.

Crying girl being comforted by woman

Experts gather to discuss the ethical collection and use of student data

Data experts gather at the University of Stirling to discuss the ethics behind the collection and use of student data in higher education.

Head shot of Dr Paul Prinsloo

Women’s football roots revealed – as Stirling researcher announces inaugural seminar

The first recorded evidence of women’s football in Europe has been commemorated – as a University of Stirling research student announced an inaugural seminar celebrating the beautiful game.

Women's football match

MSPs celebrate Stirling’s decade at the top of Scottish sport

The Scottish Parliament has recognised the tenth anniversary of Stirling’s designation as Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence.

Duncan Scott swimming backstroke in water

New study using technology to monitor water quality

Experts - including University of Stirling academics - are testing techniques to enhance water quality monitoring worldwide as part of the €5 million MONOCLE project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme.

Technology used to monitor water quality

Plain packaging led to price hike for branded tobacco

Small retailers sold fully-branded tobacco for higher prices while they were being phased out for standardised packaging, a study has found.


Experts to present new anti-doping approach at Stirling talk

Two scientists who are developing a novel technique to detect gene doping in athletes will present their work at a special event at the University of Stirling.


Dementia workshops for carers and volunteers

Free workshops are being offered by the University of Stirling to carers and volunteers who provide support for people with dementia.

Dementia workshops for carers and volunteers

Eating breakfast prior to exercise helps burn more carbs

Eating breakfast prior to exercise may “prime” the body to burn carbohydrates and more rapidly digest food post-workout, according to research involving the University of Stirling.

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Coastal acidification is causing oysters to shrink, study finds

An oyster species found in the waters of Australia and New Zealand is getting smaller due to coastal acidification, according to a new University of Stirling study.


Stirling shares in arts and humanities research funding

University of Stirling students are to benefit from new national funding for arts and humanities research.

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Study sheds light on peer pressure and alcohol consumption

A new study involving the University of Stirling has found that more than four in five people in the UK have experienced pressure from friends to consume alcohol.

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University’s defibrillator initiative recognised by MSPs

The University of Stirling’s decision to introduce 11 new defibrillators to campus – taking the total number to 20 – has been celebrated by politicians at Holyrood.

Scottish Parliament

Scott secures golden hat-trick at Euros

University of Stirling’s Duncan Scott rounded off his European Championships with another gold medal after helping the British men’s 4x100m medley relay team secure victory in Glasgow.

Duncan Scott celebrates with GB teammates on podium

Top academic appointed to senior Stirling role

A leading UK academic has been appointed to a key role in supporting the University of Stirling’s international teaching and research activities.

Professor Neville Wylie

Fresh insight into invasive plant that blights UK rivers

New research into the behaviour of an invasive plant seen on riverbanks across the UK could help improve the management of the problem, experts have found.

Himalayan balsam

Athletes assemble for Special Olympics Anniversary Games

More than 1400 athletes from across Europe will converge on campus this weekend as they get set to compete in the Special Olympics GB Anniversary Games.

Special Olympics male athlete doing high jump

Breakthrough in battle to rid salmon of sea lice

A project involving the University of Stirling and two leading fish farms has reached a major milestone in its drive to tackle sea lice in salmon.

Ballan wrasse

Scott strikes gold again at Euros

Stirling swim star, Duncan Scott, enhanced his burgeoning reputation last night as he claimed another gold in the 200m freestyle at the European Championships in Glasgow.

Duncan Scott with gold medal at European Championships

Swimmers make a splash at opening weekend of Euro Champs

University of Stirling athletes made the perfect start to their European Championships as they claimed three medals across the opening weekend in Glasgow.

Duncan Scott waving on podium at European Championships

Stirling athletes set for first ever Euro Champs

A group of Stirling athletes are set to compete for Team GB at the inaugural European Championships which take place over the coming week in Glasgow.

Duncan Scott swimming backstroke in water

Cardiac arrest survivor welcomes 11 new defibrillators to Stirling campus

A cardiac arrest survivor has praised University of Stirling staff who used a defibrillator to save his life – and has revealed his “absolute delight” at 11 new medical devices being introduced to campus.

Eilidh Watson, Finlay Richardson, Gareth Allan with new defibrillators

Stirling staff and students in Zambia mission

The University of Stirling is making a difference in Zambia by empowering and enriching communities through sport, leadership and education.

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New study could revolutionise salmon farming

Scientists believe a new feed solution for Atlantic farmed salmon – created from a genetically modified plant – could help relieve pressure on stressed marine resources.

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