Festival of Museums: 1967
As part of the Festival of Museums weekend the Art Collection are celebrating 50 years of the University of Stirling and all things 1960s.Read more
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On 11 May 2017, 80 invited guests attended a drinks reception in the River Room at the House of Lords. The event was hosted by graduate Rt Hon Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale, as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations.
In November the first ever University of Stirling reunion event was held in Ho Chi Minh City. Lindsey Donald, Head of Alumni Engagement and Professor Matthew Hibberd attended the event with 45 alumni who attended. It was a great chance to increase the networks in Vietnam and update alumni on the development of the University and plans for the 50th Anniversary.
More than 100 graduates and friends attended our first ever Shanghai reunion! Hosted by Professor Richard Oram, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the reception took place in the Twelve at Hengshan hotel in central Shanghai.
Professor Oram highlighted the importance of building new and enhancing existing relationships with our Chinese alumni community. He encouraged alumni to keep in touch with the University through social media and where they can, support current students by proving internships, placements or mentoring.
Lindsey Donald, Head of Alumni Engagement thanked guests for attending and commented how delighted she was to see so many of our alumni attend the event. Lindsey added: "Our 50th Anniversary in 2017 provides an excellent opportunity to consider a return visit to campus or to help our international student community celebrate our very special birthday in their home country."
Felix Yang now working for Phillips Investment Company Limited as Marketing Manager, said: "It was great to see so many alumni gathered together sharing stories and memories of their time on campus. I always tell my friends that Stirling is the best place to study for Chinese students because of the high quality education, the international mix of students and so many teachers willing to share their knowledge and experience." He finished by saying: "I'm so lucky to have had the opportunity to study in Stirling, I will always remember it and I am proud to be an alum of the University."
Alumni and friends of the University of Stirling descended on the British Embassy in Jakarta to attend an alumni reunion hosted by the British Ambassador, HE Mr Moazzam Malik.
Deputy Principal, Professor Malcolm MacLeod; Professor Herve Migaud from the Institute of Aquaculture and Lesley Onslow, Donor Stewardship Officer joined alumni to enjoy fish and chips in style at the British Ambassador’s new residence, a wonderful setting for the event.
Amongst the guests were Philip Soelistio (Class of 1982) who was the very first Stirling graduate from Indonesia, and Norizan Sani, one of the 2015 graduates attending.
Without exception all the alumni had very happy memories of their time in Stirling – 'the most beautiful campus in the world' according to Hermawan Prawoto. Plans are already being made to revisit Stirling for the 50th Anniversary celebrations – and to stock up on supplies of Irn-Bru!
Following the graduation ceremony, over 100 alumni attended a special reunion on 8 October in the Hilton Hotel, Singapore. The event was hosted by senior Deputy Principal, John Gardner and Director for Advancement, Kerry Bryson, and provided a great opportunity to showcase University achievements, catch up with friends and meet new contacts. Earlier on the day of the event Professor John Gardner conferred degrees upon 47 graduates of the highly popular BA (Hons) in Retail Marketing.
Te Institute of Aquaculture was a key participant at Aquaculture Europe, a two-day conference discussing sustainable growth in aquaculture, at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. As part of this, almost 80 Aquaculture and Aquatic Veterinary Studies graduates and students were invited to join us for lunch. Professor Herve Migaud from the Institute of Aquaculture welcomed guests and presented the Institute's strategy. Many senior members of staff from the Institute were also in attendance. Alumni thoroughly enjoyed catching up with old faces and some have volunteered to be mentors in our Alumni Mentoring Programme for students in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.
Thank you to organiser and participant, Billy Gilmour for his summary of the event: "Following the success of last year's bank holiday reunion bash at Pathfoot, some of the Maisie's Folk-Club regulars – John Boyd, Billy Gilmour, Sarah J Slater, Eddy Graham, Paul Higgins and Val Hendry – returned for one more huzzah. We were joined once again by members of the Union bar staff from the 80s; Marlene and Jan provided backing vocals for John in their legendary rendition of 'Blue Murder', sorry 'Blue Moon'.
We were delighted to meet a number of ex students from the early 80s ( Imogen, Gael and Sue) who, on spontaneously forming 'The Black Isle Beauties', became John's backing vocals.....to international acclaim! They even took the lead on a couple.
Agnes did a sterling job behind the bar and even served pizzas, the quality of which have improved markedly since the time of Maisie.
Overall, most of us thought this year was even better than last year, mainly because we got the use of the actual Maisie's bar – now called Studio.
Special thanks to Jennifer Forman and Frances Slorance for supporting us throughout."
The first University of Stirling Washington DC Alumni event took place on Thursday 19 May. The event was held in the beautiful surroundings of the Round Robin Bar of the Willard Hotel. The informal event was attended by 14 alumni (from a variety of years), and was arranged by our Fundraising Manager, Stuart Rennie, who is also a Stirling graduate. Stuart was in Washington on a study visit to meet with staff from the University of Maryland and the American University of Washington.
A pleasant evening was had chatting over a nice drink, with everyone sharing memories of experiences and time at the University of Stirling. Many happy stories were shared, including about how the University has developed over the years, the beauty of the campus, and the quality of the teaching received - one couple actually met at the University! Stuart would like to thanks everyone for taking the time to meet with him. He really enjoyed his first time in Washington, and looks forward to visiting again soon.
On Tuesday 10 May a few graduates met Lindsey Donald, our Head of Development and Alumni Services at the Bryk Bar in Berlin. Over a few drinks they had the chance to discuss their time at Stirling and be updated on all the news and developments from the University.
On April 8 2016, several University of Stirling graduates gathered in New York City with Lindsey Donald, Head of Development and Alumni Services, to march in the Tartan Day Parade during Tartan Week. Lindsey had the pleasure of meeting with many alumni throughout the week to update them on the news of the University and hear of their time as students.
We were delighted to welcome over 100 graduates and invited guests to a drinks reception held at Hanfenlou, The Commercial Press. Hosted by the Deputy Principal, Professor Malcolm MacLeod, guests had the chance to meet representatives from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Department of Development and External Affairs. There was also a calligraphy and painting showcase and a guqin performance.
Lindsey Donald, Head of Development and Alumni Services, attended an alumni reunion in Hong Kong. The drinks reception was held at the Pottinger Hotel. Lindsey thanks everyone for coming to join and was pleased to see so many new faces there to join the alumni community.