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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 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.

Abs Bubonic plague bacteria - 3d rendered image structure view on black background. Plague Infection concept.

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.

Dear Green Place

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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Stirling PR students shortlisted for prestigious award

Four University of Stirling Public Relations students have been recognised as among the best in Europe after being nominated for a top international award.

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Political archive appeals for election campaign material

The Scottish Political Archive, housed at the University of Stirling, is appealing to the public to help collect campaign materials connected to next month’s Scottish Parliament elections.

A sign for a polling station tied to a black metal fence with a brick building in the background

RSE announces two new Stirling Fellows

Two University of Stirling Professors have been elected as Fellows of The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

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Study raises questions over coaches’ awareness of concussion protocols in youth football

A new study has raised questions over an apparent lack of awareness of concussion protocols among coaches in Scottish youth football.

Girl wearing a white football strip shapes up to kick a football.

£200k investment will “super-charge” research capacity at University of Stirling

The University of Stirling is to significantly upgrade the technology supporting its Archives and Special Collections after receiving a major funding award.

Historic records held in the University's archives

Stirling secures £1.6m to connect older people

A multi-disciplinary team of researchers has been awarded £1.6m of funding to improve access to online resources for older people in a bid to boost health.

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Stirling art student picked for city Street Stories project

A University of Stirling student has been selected to take part in an ambitious project set to transform Stirling’s empty shops into vibrant works of art.

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New law network to tackle academic and professional silos

A University of Stirling law professor is launching an innovative new body to bring together and promote all sectors of the profession in Scotland.

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Stirling politics students win place on NATO exercise

Two University of Stirling students are to put their negotiation skills to the test after winning the opportunity to take part in a NATO simulation exercise.

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University of Stirling announces pioneering Law School partnership

The University of Stirling has announced a new strategic partnership with global law firm Ashurst.

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Stirling academic appointed to Scotland’s new environmental body

Leading environmental law expert Dr Annalisa Savaresi has been appointed as a member of Scotland’s new environmental body – Environmental Standards Scotland (ESS).

Annalisa Savaresi

Research uncovers secrets of historic Dunfermline Abbey ahead of 200th anniversary

A unique research project has uncovered evidence of the original layout of the choir of Scotland’s historic Dunfermline Abbey – home of the final resting place of Robert the Bruce – for the first time.

Dunfermline Abbey photographed at night

Politics students to live stream US election analysis

Politics students at the University of Stirling are taking part in an international live streaming event offering unique analysis on the US election in real time.

A pile of badges with the US flag on them and the words VOTE 2020

Stirling academic’s research plays part in new opera

Research by a University of Stirling academic has underpinned one of the first performances to be live streamed from the Royal Opera House.

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Stirling researchers to uncover Scotland’s hidden reading history

Experts at the University of Stirling have been awarded £1m for a unique project aiming to uncover the history of reading in Scotland from 1750 to 1830.

18th Century lady and gentleman reading books in a library

Stirling philosopher recognised with £1m of UK government support

A University of Stirling academic has been recognised as a rising star of research after being awarded more than £1m for an innovative new project.

The word research spelled out in blocks sitting on top of a pile of books