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University experts attend Japan-UK dementia events in Tokyo

Experts from the University of Stirling are taking part in two Japan-UK Dementia events in Tokyo looking at the universal challenges of the condition.

Lesley Palmer

Stirling academic calls on Government to provide more support for single parents

A University of Stirling academic has called on the Government to increase payments for unemployed single parents in order to bring about improvements in child wellbeing.

Dr Morag Treanor

Stirling poet honoured

A leading University of Stirling writer has been elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Professor Kathleen Jamie

Celebrities helped to lose 100 years between them in 21 days by Stirling academic

Eight celebrities have been taking part in a unique experiment designed by a University of Stirling academic to see if they can lose 100 years between them in 21 days.

Dr Ian Philip

University of Stirling academic to dispel ‘poverty of aspiration’ myth

The theory that parents’ low aspirations are to blame for their children’s lack of progress at school will be challenged by a University of Stirling academic.

Dr Morag Treanor

Stirling team secures £1 million to study role of governing boards in Further Education

A team of researchers – led by the University of Stirling – has been awarded nearly £1 million from the Economic and Social Research Council to study governance in the Further Education (FE) sector.

Professor Cate Wilson

Equality award for Stirling academic

A University of Stirling academic has been recognised for her work in gender and disability equality.

Kirstein Rummer

Pride does not come before a fall

Contrary to the old saying ‘pride comes before a fall’ the opposite appears to be true, according to a study published in the Christmas issue of The BMJ.

Michael Daly

Hate crimes against LGBT+ people in deprived areas ignored

Hate crimes against LGBT+ residents in deprived neighbourhoods risk going unrecorded because housing associations rarely enquire about tenants’ sexual or gender identity, research has found.

Peter Matthews

Novelist and the Macrobert’s first director to be honoured at Stirling graduation

A celebrated novelist and the first director of the Macrobert Arts Centre will receive honorary degrees at the University of Stirling’s winter graduation ceremonies this week.

Students graduation

Scotland’s lost earth-built heritage overlooked, study finds

A romanticised perception of Scotland’s historic buildings has left traditional earth-built homes - once inhabited by the majority of the population - underappreciated, according to University of Stirling academics.

Dr Paul Adderley

Stirling academic lands senior Royal Society role

David Bell, Professor of Economics - who has been an RSE Fellow since 2002 - will serve on the RSE's Council during the 2017/2018 session, starting next April.

Professor David Bell

Stirling hosts national television summit

Top UK television experts have gathered at the University of Stirling to debate the future of factual programming.

Focus on Scotland Lecturn Talk

Senior Swedish Government official visits campus

Students received a visit from a prominent alumnus when Sweden’s Deputy Finance Minister, Per Bolund, returned to the Stirling campus.

Per Bolund, Sweden's Deputy Finance Minister

New study into Celtic FC founder Brother Walfrid

The impact of Celtic Football Club founder Brother Walfrid on social, cultural and religious identities in Scotland will form part of a new £25,000 study by the University of Stirling.

Michael Connolly is researching Brother Walfrid

University of Stirling celebrated at the Scottish Parliament

MSPs have congratulated the University of Stirling on its 50th anniversary during a special debate at the Scottish Parliament.


Masters students apply teaching skills around the world

Language education students are swapping the University of Stirling campus for schools and universities around the world as part of an international placement programme.

Dr Vander Viana (fourth from left) pictured alongside education students (L-R): Nguyen Duong Anh Minh, Stuart Milne, Yingying Wu, Puntavalee Svavasu, Peerapat Singlong, Bo Josefina Elisabeth Goldsmits and Marta Di Pierro

Stirling academic wins at the Scottish Women’s Awards

A University of Stirling academic has received a top accolade at the Scottish Women’s Awards 2017.

Carron Shankland

Hospital patients with dementia and other causes of confusion have worse outcomes, study finds

Hospital patients with dementia and other causes of confusion have longer stays and worse treatment outcomes than people without the condition, research led by the University of Stirling has found.

Professor Emma Reynish

Backing to boost dementia-friendly communities

A three-year project – involving the University of Stirling and local partners – to boost communities for people living with dementia has received major backing from the Life Changes Trust.

Life changes graphic

British Council recognition for Stirling student

A University of Stirling student has received recognition from the British Council for his Masters dissertation.

man in a blue shirt smiling standing in front of a lake

Students honoured alongside humanitarian and arts leaders at Stirling graduation

More than 750 graduates from the faculties of Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences celebrated their achievements on the final day of the University of Stirling’s 50th anniversary summer graduation ceremonies.

Summer Graduation 2017, ceremony one

Stirling students earn passport to brighter future

Almost 50 students will begin degree courses this year after graduating from a University of Stirling access to higher education programme.

Access to Degree Studies graduation

International focus on curriculum development

The University of Stirling has welcomed international researchers, policymakers and practitioners to a major European conference on curriculum studies.

Mark Priestley

Dementia experts host international masterclass

International experts in the design of environments for people with dementia have gathered at the University of Stirling to attend a masterclass hosted by the Dementia Services Development Centre.

an elderly lady sitting in a wheelchair with a crochet blanket over her lap with her carer outside

New app to help improve environments for people living with dementia

The University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre has announced the development of a ground-breaking new app to help improve workplaces, public buildings and homes for people living with dementia.

IRIDIS application screenshots

Women and babies in prison research explored

Top child welfare experts have gathered at the University of Stirling to discuss the wellbeing of babies and women in prison.

Professor Judith Phillips

Success in top social science Fellowship

Professor Alison Bowes and Professor Kirstein Rummery have both been conferred with the Award of Fellow by the Academy of Social Sciences.

Professor Alison Bowes

Article 50 triggered - Message from the Principal

As you will be aware, the Prime Minister has triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty today, Wednesday 29 March 2017. This will signify the formal start of the two-year negotiation for the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union.

eu and union jack badges

University opens its doors to mark milestone 50th anniversary

The University of Stirling threw its doors open to the community for a day of discovery this weekend, to celebrate its milestone 50th anniversary.

Stirling University mascott with people

Consultation on increased use of electronic tagging launched

A consultation examining how electronic tagging should be expanded in Scotland to help reduce reoffending levels has been launched.

An image of an electronic tag

Huge postcode disparity in proportion of children in care

A study by the University of Stirling and six other British universities has revealed significant inequalities in child welfare across the UK.

A child in distress

Partnership in Japan to enhance dementia care

Developing dementia-friendly communities in Scotland and Japan will be the focus of an international partnership involving the University of Stirling.

Dr Louise McCabe, Dr Hideki Ito, Fiona Hyslop MSP and CEO of TMGHIG

Befrienders could boost new mothers’ mental health

Women experiencing mental health difficulties directly before and after giving birth could benefit from a charity’s befriending service, a University of Stirling report has revealed.

close up of three pregnant bellies

Stirling top in Scotland for welcoming international students

The University of Stirling is top in Scotland for welcoming international students, according to a survey published today.

three students standing together on the loch bridge and smiling

Practical postgraduate education takes centre stage in Stirling

Education leaders gathered at the University of Stirling to showcase the Scotland-wide Making the Most of Masters (MMM) programme which uses work placements as an alternative to traditional academic Masters dissertations.

Bastian Roos