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Free history course celebrates Stirling's 900th anniversary

The University of Stirling is launching a new online course to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the founding of the burgh.

A group photo of representatives from all the partners involved in the Stirling 900n celebrations including Stirling Provost, Elaine Watterson, and the current Earl of Mar; James Erskine and the King’s Hereditary Keeper of Stirling Castle; outside the Stirling Castle gates.

Stirling students share extraordinary stories of unconventional route to university

Two Scottish students who beat an unconventional path to university are being featured in a new campaign to help widen access to higher education.

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Footballer Billy Bremner to be commemorated in his home town

A campaign to honour the late footballer Billy Bremner has stepped up a gear, after organisers launched a project to commission a statue in the player’s Stirling hometown.

Exterior view of Elland Road football stadium with the Billy Bremner statue in the foreground in Leeds, England

Iain Banks’ personal archives on exhibit as University of Stirling shares work of its famous alum

Never-before-seen writings and correspondence from author Iain Banks form part of an exhibit at the University of Stirling as it celebrates one of its most celebrated alumni.

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Rachelle Atalla appointed 2024 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellow

Scottish-Egyptian writer Rachelle Atalla has been appointed as the 2024 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellow, hosted by the Division of Literature and Languages at the University of Stirling and supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland. 

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University of Stirling to promote better outcomes from water resources for Scottish businesses and communities

A team at the University of Stirling is embarking on an extensive study into how water resources in Scotland promote better outcomes for our economy, society and the environment, in a £5 million partnership project to last three years.

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New museum to celebrate Scottish mining landscapes

The significance of coal in shaping Scotland’s past, present and future is to take centre stage of a new online museum.

Dr Catherine Mills holds an advertising board of The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Investigative website partnership sees first by-lines for Journalism students

Two Journalism students are set to secure their first professional by-lines thanks to a partnership between the University and award-winning investigative website, The Ferret.

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Journalism student lands reporter role at Winter Youth Olympics

A University of Stirling journalism student is heading to South Korea to report on the Winter Youth Olympic Games (WYOG) after being selected to take part in a special training scheme.

A headshot photograph of student Claudia Gasparino

University of Stirling to host Gavin Wallace Fellowship

The University of Stirling is confirmed to host the 2024 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship – a year-long writing residency which supports Scottish based mid-career and established writers to develop new work.

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Gardening expert Monty Don and writer Rona Munro to receive honorary degrees from the University of Stirling

Gardening expert and broadcaster Monty Don OBE and writer Rona Munro will receive Honorary Doctorates from the University of Stirling next week.

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University of Stirling sweeps the board at European PR Awards

University of Stirling Public Relations students have swept the board at the EUPRERA Master Thesis Awards– a major European event recognising excellent academic contribution to public relations.

Temi and Caitlin pose with their awards at the Annual Congress in Prague

Museum appointment for Stirling professor

A Stirling history expert is to join the Board of Trustees of National Museums Scotland.

Professor Richard Oram wears a dark suit jacket, white shirt and blue tie.

University of Stirling teams up with National Trust for Scotland to boost heritage research

The University of Stirling has formed a new partnership with the National Trust for Scotland to enhance research, teaching and learning.

National Trust for Scotland and University of Stirling experts visit the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre

First archive tells University’s story of the COVID pandemic

The first collection of its kind capturing the stories and experiences of a Scottish university community through the global pandemic has been launched.

Newspaper shelves in a newsagents in May 2020 showing headlines including 'Stay Home!'

New research sheds light on the UK branded content industry and need for advertising regulation

The UK Branded content industry, where advertising and media combine, is a fast-growing sector that needs better regulation, according to new research.

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Creative Writing student takes inaugural prose prize

A Creative Writing student has taken the top prize at a new competition celebrating local authors.

Winner Sam Nimmo receives her prize from the Buchanan of Buchanan, Mike Buchanan at the Legends Cafe event

New research finds cultural creative hubs key to supporting local communities during crises

Experts at the University of Stirling are calling for the arts and culture to be prioritised in funding decisions after new research showed the significance of cultural hubs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Stirling research team photographed at the Scottish Parliament with First Minister Humza Yousaf

Stirling sports heritage experts to measure success of national football celebration

Sports heritage experts at the University of Stirling have been appointed to evaluate a major celebration of football in Scotland.

Richard Haynes and Karen Fraser standing on a football pitch with stadium seating in the background. Richard holds a football and Karen holds a large board advertising the

Stone of Destiny focus of new research project

A University of Stirling heritage expert has been awarded a prestigious grant to explore the contemporary meanings and values of the Stone of Destiny.

Stone of Destiny created by the artist George Wyllie. It is a portable, concrete breeze-block stone, featuring an aluminium handle and the word ‘Destiny’ on one side

Media students win big at RTS Awards

Stirling students took home a record four awards, marking the best awards haul any institution has received at the event.

Gregor Forbes poses with his award trophy

New comic shines a light on forgotten heroes of HIV/Aids activism

A new comic is telling the stories of forgotten HIV and AIDs campaigners who played a major role in tackling stigma and prejudice faced by sufferers in the 1980s.

The front cover of the comic. A black and white cartoon of campaigners holding placards.

New festival to lift the lid on career opportunities in Scottish politics

The University of Stirling is launching the first event of its kind to profile the ‘forgotten’ jobs in politics.

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Politics students celebrate success at NATO simulation event

University of Stirling students have returned triumphant from a NATO simulation exercise held at the Foreign Office.

Student Jenna Carty holds her certificate for 'Oustanding Delegate' in the Foreign Office, London following the event.

Piecing together Scotland’s religious past with shards of glass

Two Scottish researchers are attempting to piece together part of Scotland’s religious past by combining hi-tech science with historical knowledge.

A coloured photograph of Elgin Cathedral showing a large arched glass-less window

Heritage experts to study responses to protecting Ukraine's cultural heritage and monuments

A new international project is to explore how cultural heritage, monuments and the professionals involved in their safeguarding, can be better protected during times of war.

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Indian graduate Rohit Jaiswal named as top 75 Achiever

A Media Management graduate has been recognised as one of the 75 top young Indian alumni of the United Kingdom.

R to L: Mr Manish Tiwari, Jennifer Foreman and Nasir Arafat

Burns’ influence on working class English writers revealed after the discovery of ‘lost’ works

The influence of Robert Burns saw poets in the north of England writing verse in Scots, say researchers who have uncovered a host of ‘lost’ literary works penned by industrial workers in the 19th Century.

Black and white portrait drawing of Scottish Bard Robert Burns

New exhibition kicks Stirling sporting hero back into spotlight

Raploch born footballer Billy Bremner remembered in new University exhibition

Exhibition poster showing old photos of Billy Bremner as a young footballer and as a professional

PR student’s success marks hat-trick for Stirling at major European award

A public relations graduate has picked up a major academic award – marking the third time a Stirling student has been recognised at the annual EUPRERA Master Thesis Awards.

Anne Cumming photographed with her award certificate.

Historic children’s home archive opens with donation from former resident

A new archive making more than a century’s worth of records from Aberlour Children’s Charity accessible for the first time has been officially opened by a former resident.

Ron Aitchison poses on campus holding a small blue booklet which is one of the items he has donated to the new archive

Student films get debut on BBC iPlayer

Two short films created by University of Stirling students as part of a unique partnership with BBC Scotland are being showcased by the broadcaster online.

Disclosure documentary screenshot from the BBC iplayer website

New exhibition celebrates Scotland’s Commonwealth Games heroes

A new exhibition curated by University of Stirling experts to celebrate Scotland’s historic sporting heroes is set to open in Birmingham as part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Liz Lynch at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, 1986

Team Scotland cyclist graduates ahead of Commonwealth Games bow

Commonwealth Games-bound cyclist, Finn Crockett, took some time out the saddle this week – swapping Lycra for academic robes – as he graduated from the University of Stirling.

Cyclist Finn Crockett has graduated from the University of Stirling.

675-year-old mystery ends after researchers discover the origins of the Black Death

A team of researchers has ended a more than six-and-a-half-century mystery, after discovering the origins of the Black Death for the first time.

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Human Rights expert calls for law change to protect the most vulnerable from cost-of-living crisis

A leading human rights lawyer is calling for a change in the law in order to allow those suffering from fuel, food or housing inadequacies to hold the government to account.

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University of Stirling welcomes Norwegian heritage experts

The University of Stirling is to host some of the world’s leading experts on heritage as it strengthens its international ties to the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU).

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University of Stirling to lead third research network hub in British Academy pilot

The British Academy has announced that the third and final hub of its Early-Career Researcher (ECR) Network – a two-year pilot programme for UK-based postdoctoral researchers in the humanities and social sciences – will be in Scotland.

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New Dean announced for Stirling’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities

The University of Stirling has appointed Professor Kirstie Blair as its new Dean of its Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Portrait photograph of Kirstie Blair. She has short grey hair and is wearing a blue polka dot blouse. She is pictured indoors, against a grey background.

Stirling politics student recognised at NATO simulation event

A University of Stirling politics student has been recognised for her role in a NATO simulation exercise held at the Foreign Office.

Politics student Abbey Stroud receives Model NATO prize following event in London

University gathers politics experts for public event on Ukraine war

Politics experts from the University of Stirling are hosting a public event this week to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Researchers publish key guidelines for internet regulation

A new set of guidelines on internet regulation - published by philosophers from the University of Stirling - are aiming to support policy makers to tackle the spread of fake news and protect democratic debate online.

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Stirling academics to lead international study on smart technology and consumer protection

Legal experts at the University of Stirling have launched a new study to ensure that consumer laws are as ‘smart’ as the emerging technologies that they regulate.

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New Stirling-led project to reflect on Billy Bremner’s career

The life and career of Scottish football legend Billy Bremner will be the focus of a new sports heritage project, led by the University of Stirling.

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Journalism students tell the untold stories of climate change

Stirling journalism students are helping to tell the untold stories of the devastating impact of climate change thanks to a new international initiative.

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Research project to promote tolerance by reshaping history education

A new research project led by a University of Stirling academic is to shake-up the way British history is taught to school children and presented to the public in order to promote tolerance.

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Stirling PR graduate wins top European award

A University of Stirling Public Relations graduate is celebrating after winning a top international award.

PR award winner Iris holds her framed certificate

University first in Scotland to join EU traineeship project

The University of Stirling has joined the Pan-European Seal Programme, a prestigious EU training scheme, becoming the first in Scotland to partner with Europe’s leading Intellectual Property (IP) organisations: the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the European Patent Office (EPO).

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Museum partnership secures £1 million for Cold War research

The University of Stirling has secured a major funding grant in partnership with National Museums Scotland for a unique research project exploring how the Cold War features in museums.

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New heritage toolkit to improve community input in conservation

A new toolkit for heritage professionals is helping them understand and assess how people and communities value and relate to Scotland’s historic environment.

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