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August 2017

Two colleagues from the Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies have been nominated for the Scottish Women’s Awards. Co-Director Karen Boyle is nominated in the Services to Education Category and Carron Shankland, Professor of Computing Science, is nominated for Services to Science and Technology. (LINK to UNI website news item: The awards ceremony takes place in Glasgow on August 30th. Fingers crossed!

May 2017

We were delighted to welcome Professors Rebecca and Russell Dobash back to the University of Stirling to deliver an extremely well-received public lecture: 'Ending Violence Against Women in Scotland.' The Dobashes' pioneering book – Violence Against Wives: A Case Against the Patriarchy (1979) - was written at the University of Stirling, and their lecture reflected on both how much has changed in the intervening period and how urgent the project of ending men’s violence against women remains. The event was organised by Gender Studies PhD student Jenny Wartnaby, whose SGSAH-funded PhD is focused on 'Archiving and Historicising the Feminist Anti-Violence Movement in Scotland.' The event also provided an opportunity to hear from Emma Gascoigne – from Scottish Women’s Aid’s Speaking Out project – about their current oral history project exploring 40 years of Scottish Women’s Aid. The Speaking Out exhibition is on display in the Pathfoot building until June 16th: make sure you catch it.

April 2017

Centre Co-Director Kirstein Rummery has been made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Rummery, said: 'It's a great honour to have my work and the impact it has had honoured by my discipline in this way, and thank you to all my colleagues, students, family and friends who have supported and taught me over the years.'

We are delighted that two applicants affiliated to the Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies have been successful in this year's AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership competition run by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities. Donna Moore is currently in her first-year of part-time study for her Creative Writing PhD. She is researching and writing a series of historical crime novellas exploring women's experiences of men's violence. Donna is a Graduate of the MLitt in Gender Studies (Applied) and is supervised by Liam Bell and Karen Boyle. Clare McKeown will be joining us from September to begin work on her PhD exploring beauty norms in public education campaigns against male violence against women, working with Karen Boyle and Alenka Jelen-Sanchez. 

If you are thinking of PhD study for 2018 then it is never too early to get in touch to discuss your ideas and possible supervision within the Centre: as well as AHRC funding, the MSc Gender Studies is a recognised doctoral training route for the ESRC DTC for Scotland.

March 2017

March 2017 has been a busy month for Gender Studies students and graduates:

On March 17th, the University launched a new Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy, accompanied by a powerful campaign isthisOK? and a new microsite providing advice, information and support for staff and students. This work has been informed by Gender Studies student research: graduate Neill Clark undertook his Research Placement with the Student Support Service in 2016, providing an overview of existing University responses to sexual violence across the UK and identifying best practice – he then expanded on this work in his dissertation. This is a vital new resource and we are proud to have been involved in its development. Particular thanks and congratulations to Jill Stevenson, Head of Student Services, who has spearheaded this work

Nasty Women Book Launch

We were delighted to welcome Publishing graduates Heather McDaid and Laura Jones back to the University for the launch of the first book from their new publishing company 404Ink, the brilliantly titled Nasty Women. The book offers a collection of essays and accounts of what it is to be a woman in the 21st Century and includes an essay from Gender Studies PhD student Claire Heuchan entitled 'Black Feminism Online: Claiming Digital Space.' 

Our friends at Glasgow Women’s Library have a fantastic new online resource relating to their Lesbian Archive. Two of our Masters students – Laura Wylie and Morna McMurtry have short essays on the site exploring different facets of the collection . Our students also have a number of blogs for GWL exploring different aspects of the collections: Giorgia Succi’s blog on lesbian 1920s publication Urania:, Holly Phelby has been writing about her work on the girls’ magazine Jackie and Charlotte Osdalen has been blogging about her research on the Scottish feminist magazine Harpies and Quines. You can read her latest blog here:

Congratulations to PhD student Kate Gould on her first academic publication: 'Women's sexual desire: Challenging narratives of dysfunction', co-authored with Cynthia Graham and Petra Boynton in new edition of European Psychologist. Kate's PhD looks at the framing of female sexuality in the media coverage of Flibanserin/Addyi (so-called 'Pink Viagra') and is supervised by Bill Munro and Karen Boyle.…/pdf/10.1027/1016-9040/a000282

December 2016

Congratulations to PhD student Claire Heuchan who won Best Blog at the Write to End Violence Against Women Awards  ( at the Scottish parliament on 6th December 2016. You can read her winning blog - 'Self-Care or Speaking Out? A Black Feminist Dilemma' here:

Claire is a graduate of the MLitt in Gender Studies (Applied) and of our undergraduate Journalism programme. Her PhD – Mapping the Intersections in a Digital Context: Black British Feminism Online – is being supervised by Prof Karen Boyle, Dr Greg Singh and Dr Chiara Bernardi.

November 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 and Feminist Studies and the Scottish Football Association. 

October 2015 

Screening and 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 and 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 and 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 Faculty 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.

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