Calum Burns - Sporting Scholar
Calum Burns BA (Hons) Business Studies Home country: Scotland
A Business Studies graduate is banking on a bright future, having won a sought-after place on the Barclays graduate programme.
Calum will trade in campus life for the lights of London, having turned his work placement into his work place with the blue-chip company he previously interned for.
Studying at Stirling gave Calum the opportunity to become a scholar with the Saltire Foundation, where he won an internship with Barclays in New York. He will now join the company’s Personal and Corporate Banking team.
Calum said: “I’ve been interested in the activity of successful organisations since high school and wanted to learn about the various business functions that help a company thrive. During my degree I began to take an interest in finance, which only grew while I was living and working in New York last summer.
“The internship was life-changing and something I would never have seen myself doing when I began university. My daily commute into work finished at Grand Central Station and every morning I felt incredibly lucky to be there. Whilst it was hugely enjoyable, it didn't come without its challenges and definitely helped shape me into a well-rounded graduate.”
The 23-year-old of Dalkeith has always set his sights high. At the age of 17, he bagged a professional football contract with this year’s Scottish Cup winners, Hibernian Football Club.
Two years later, Calum suffered last minute disappointment when the club revealed they were unable to continue his contract. After taking on additional study and professional football training in England, the right back found the perfect opportunity to combine his two passions, business and football, at the University of Stirling.
As a football scholar, Calum played 20 hours of semi-professional football every week, leading the Stirling University Football Club (SUFC) First XI in the Scottish Football Lowland League and British University Championship Sports Premier League.
Reflecting on his time at Stirling, Calum said: “Combining an undergraduate degree with the football scholarship has - at times - been stressful and physically demanding, but the support from my family and the coaches of SUFC have enabled me to pursue both avenues successfully.
“My time at Stirling has been the best four years of my life. I have achieved a lot in football and in my studies, but most importantly have met friends for life who I would not have had the privilege of meeting if I had not decided to come here.
Dr Carol Marshall, lecturer at Stirling Management School, taught Calum throughout this time at Stirling. She said: “I have known Calum since he began university as a first year undergraduate in 2012. I’ve had the pleasure of teaching him in several classes and have always found him to be an active and enthusiastic participant.
“Calum comes prepared and organised to classes, will ask questions when he does not understand and challenge when he does not agree. He works very hard to give his best and always looks for ways where he can improve. He is a first class student with a first class personality; he is very considerate and empathetic towards others and has a very cheeky sense of humour which will stand him in great stead as he leaves Stirling.”