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Class notes

Let us know what you're up to now in our ever popular 'class notes' section. If you'd like your update to be included, please email alumni@stir.ac.uk and we'll do our best to post it.


Dr Majed Abahussain, PhD Education 2016
I am a faculty member of School of Education at Majmaah University, Almajma'ah, Saudi Arabia. Recently, I have been appointed as the head of English Language Department at the School of Education.

Natalie Sweeney, BA (Hons) English Studies 2015
Having only been away from the University for three months since graduating, I have started my second job here with the Directorate for Advancement as a fundraiser. I am also a keen new stand-up comedian and comedy writer and have even managed to get back to playing basketball with the Stirling team!

Laura Brown, BA General 2012
I got married to my partner Liam in March 2017, having recently bought our first house in Grangemouth together. I enjoy working as a legal secretary with Livingstone Brown Solicitors in Glasgow. My ambition is to become a paralegal, having recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Law with Scotia Law Training.

Kathleen Anderson, BA (Hons) Film and Media and Marketing 2012
I have recently had my first book published. Sweaty Hugs explores how free fitness is changing lives by examining the core benefits of engagement - community, culture and positive mindset. Hopefully it will make you laugh, cry and inspire you to get your trainers on and find some free fitness.

Paul Cowell and Jennifer Cowell (née Wilson), BA Economics (Hons) 2010 and BA History (Hons) 2014
After Paul completed his studies he went on to complete his MSc Economics at the University of Edinburgh in 2012. He then returned to the University of Stirling in 2013 as an Economics PhD student and is due to finish later this year. Since 2014 he has also been working as a staff member within the Stirling Management School including the course co-ordinator of ECNUX from 2014-2017. When Jennifer completed her studies she went on to complete her MSc History at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in November 2015. In May 2015 they tied the knot, after being a couple for three years, in a Humanist celebration which incorporated Scottish and French traditions, and had a barn owl as the ring bearer. In November 2016 Jennifer returned to the University of Stirling as a Database Assistant in the Directorate for Advancement.

Vigneshwaran Sevugan, MBA 2010
I am now part of the product team for Western Union digital, a leader in global payments services. I miss the happy times in Lyon Crescent, especially new year's eve driving with friends. I wish to meet the entire MBA friends for a get-together. Hope that happens :)


Stéphanie Hochard, BA (Hons) Tourism Management 2009
I first worked as a Sales and Marketing Consultant in New Zealand's tourism industry for two years. Upon my return to Paris, I decided to set-up my own business, which offers photography and cultural walking tours: Paris Polaroid Tours. Subjects studied at Stirling such as entrepreneurship and marketing provided me with the necessary skills to succeed. 

Ashish George, MBA Corporate Finance 2008
I married Rebecca Mathews on 31 December 2016 in Kerala, India. We were both working as SAP consultants when we got married. We’re now based in Sydney, Australia – so for you next meal in Sydney, reach out to me on Facebook. (ashish.george)

Virginia Grose, MBA Retailing 2008
After Stirling, I ran my own Cashmere Consultancy and became Course Director of the MA in Fashion Business Management at the University of Westminster in 2009. I am very involved in the UKFT Rise committee, working with small fashion brands to fulfil their potential, as well as acting as a mentor to some of them.

Doris Fullgrabe, BA (Hons) Human Resource Management and Spanish Language 2001
I've lived in London, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Aguascalientes (Mexico), and Dallas (Texas). My Spanish husband and I are based in New York and recently celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. I am an executive coach and cross-cultural trainer, freelancing as a hand lettering and calligraphy designer. Join our alumni Facebook Chapter in New York at www.facebook.com/groups/282021421925757/ or say hello via instagram.com/dorisfullgrabe


Dr Francisco Lozano Llanos, Visiting Student 1999
Since graduating I took a PhD on Remote Sensing and Ecology, got married and recently fathered twin girls. I worked for five years for a small satellite company and then, three years ago, I joined Airbus Group in Seville supporting A400M aircraft operations.

Christopher Baker, BA DipEd English and Education 1997
Since leaving Stirling, I have taught in Thailand (13 years), Germany, and in New Zealand at Auckland University of Technology. I also had my own business here in New Zealand. Now I am semi-retired and in my spare time, I do long-distance hiking. I have hiked the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, the Himalayas and recently in the South Island of New Zealand. If anyone remembers me, I can be contacted at cgb1953@yahoo.com

Mike Meadows, BSc (Hons) Ecology 1996
I read my MSc at UEA in 2006/07. I am currently a Natural England Senior Marine Ornithologist, working with partners across Europe on seabird conservation, and I advise on Marine Conservation Zones. From April, I will be the Senior Ornithologist advising on implementation of the English Coast Path.

Scott Fyfe, BA (Hons) Marketing 1996
Having been a Board Director at Marks and Spencer for 12 years, I was appointed CEO of Country Road Group in January 2017. I moved to Melbourne with my wife Lauren (also class of 1996) and our family to run five retail businesses across Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Jon 'JB' Beckett, BA Business Law and Sociology 1996
I am a Senior Manager at Scottish Widows and have been a fund selector and strategist for more than 16 years. I am UK lead for the Association of Professional Fund Investors, an ambassador for the Transparency Task Force, a Chartered Member and senior reviewer with the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments, member of the Z/Yen Long Finance think-tank and a regular columnist and presenter. I am also the author of the book #NEWFUNDORDER.

Gregor Hank, Visiting Student 1995
As a postgraduate of English Studies, History and Scottish Studies (Year of Graduation 2001 at the University of Bonn, Germany) I have profitted very much from my experiences at Stirling both academically and socially. I returned to Germany after that to complete my first degree of a state examination to become a secondary grammar school teacher at the University of Bonn, Germany in 1998. I am now an established graduate secondary-school teacher (Studienrat) in English and History at a German grammar school. Besides, I have completed my postgraduate studies in English and American literature as well as History of 19th and 20th century Britain and the U.S. by gaining a Master of Arts (M.A.) at the University of Bonn, Germany in 2001.


Sarah Diggins, MBA Marketing 1989
I lived in Europe (France and Spain) for 11 years where I set up a marketing consultancy for producers of raw food snacks and health products. I also held several directorships during this time. Now I’m working for one of my original raw food clients as Sales and Marketing Director: www.vegusjuices.com. The company is based in Ireland and we produce specialist raw juices for specific uses and have a global customer base through a multi-level distribution structure.

James (Jim Terrell) Visiting Student 1988
I was a Philosophy exchange student from St Andrews Presbyterian College, North Carolina. I live in Charlotte, North Carolina and own a handy-man business. I play traditional bluegrass music and enjoy time with my wife and three children.

Vikram Subrahmanyam, MSc Information Technology 1988
I moved to Singapore in August 2016 to run Citibank's Operations and Technology function across Asia Pacific. I'm delighted with the opportunity, and I would love to connect with alumni in the region.

Heather Savage, BA General 1987
Since June 2016 I have been the Community Development Coordinator for Greater Western Sydney with the youth mental health organization Headspace.

Pierre Verdeaux BA DipEd French and Education 1987
After leaving Stirling I started my teaching career in Hampshire before moving to Dorset, progressing from teacher to Head of Modern Languages Department. Now disillusioned with the direction education is taking and the relentless conversions to Academies, I am retiring early to concentrate my efforts on raising my adopted son.

Robin Sheehan, BSc Environmental Science and Biology 1983
Since 1983 I've worked as a Climatologist/Agricultural Meteorologist; on environmental and space systems; and an Oceanographer. I have an MBA, and a Masters in Natural Environments and Plant Growth. Today I'm a wilderness tharapist, Director of Outdoor Programmes for www.eQeOUTDOORS.com, trained in Prehistoric Hunter-Gathering, Survival, Bushcraft, and Rites of Passage.

Dr Elspeth Reid, PhD German 1983 and BA German 1976
I have co-researched and co-written a book The Post-Reformation Gravestones of Angus up to 1715, due out shortly. I divide my time between London and Angus.


David Lloyd, BA (Hons) English 1978
After a long career in public relations which took me to the BBC and Whitehall as well as not for profit organisations, I retired to Devon five years ago. I took a late MA at the University of Exeter and am now writing a novel and a short story collection.

Jim Fitzpatrick, BA English 1977
A book of childhood memories by Jim Fitzpatrick, who studied at Stirling from 1973 to 1977, has just been published on Amazon. Jim died in October 2018 in Paris where he had lived for over 40 years. He wrote the book to give his three children and granddaughter an insight into his childhood in Glasgow in the 1960s. For further information: OUT OF THE DARK CLOSE: Scenes from a Glasgow Childhood eBook: FITZPATRICK, James: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

Dr Janet Lee, BA (Hons) Sociology 1976
I’m a professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University, where I teach courses on gender and feminism. My research focuses on early 20th century social and literary histories, especially the cultural practices of gender and modernity and British experiences of the First World War. I have really fond memories of my time at Stirling and would love to connect with fellow classmates from the 1970s! Contact me on: jlee@oregonstate.edu and http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/users/janet-lee

Rajesh Hiremath, Diploma Industrial Economics 1975
I completed my Masters in Agricultural Mechanisation at the National College of Agricultural Engineering at Silsoe. I live in Edinburgh and voluntarily teach robotics and computer programming to children from ages six to 12. I also offer one to one support around the use of smartphones and tablets to older people who may need help to stay in touch with family and friends or to maintain their independence.

Dr Phil Back, BA History 1974
After retiring to finish my PhD in 2018, I was persuaded back to work as a post-doctoral researcher with Imperial College London, studying municipal approaches to green infrastructure in the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. I’ve also published a book exploring the origins of the country park in Scotland.

Mike Dougall, BA (Hons) German Literature 1974
After graduating I changed direction to become a Chartered Accountant (I must have loved exams!) before becoming an appointment taking Insolvency Practitioner with EY. Later as a member of the EY Global team I worked in Europe and the USA. I retired in 2013 and play hockey, tennis and golf when I am not following Patti Smith on her concert tours.

Judith Paton, BA Sociology 1974
I’m the Owner of Hey Jude's Music Shop in Newport, Shropshire established in 1999 and reliving my love of music, especially in the vinyl format (25,000+ in stock). Still working fulltime with occasional getaways to my bothy on the Isle of Lismore. Love it!

Very Rev Colin Sinclair, BA (Hons) Economics 1974
I just completed a year as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. For my last two months in office after my diary was wiped out in March last year, Ruth and I found ourselves presenting a daily reflection to an average of over 10,000 views – a different congregation!

Ian Robertson, BA (Hons) History 1973
Whilst at Stirling, I spent my third year as an exchange student at the University of California San Diego. My eldest daughter Linda works at the University in website design and my youngest daughter Gillian got her Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Professional Studies at the Gannochy a few years ago.

Dr Leslie Smith, BA (Hons) Chemistry 1973
I went to the USA for PhD. Post Doc in Geneva then fragrance/cosmetic industry in Belgium, Switzerland, USA and France. Retired in Switzerland and now back in beautiful Princeton, NJ with my wife Leslie. Travel the world following rugby and pestering old friends. Recently started work again as Chief Scientific Officer with a start-up fragrance company. Keeps a bit of the dust off my brain.

Dr Rod Stone, PhD Biology 1973
Having enjoyed my year as President of the Sports Union and Chair of the Scottish Universities Sports Federation I decided to try a job in recreation management after I graduated. That led to a career of almost 40 years in local government in different parts of Scotland managing not just sport but cultural services including the arts, libraries and museums as well as community learning and development and I acted as an advisor to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities on sport and cultural policy. Although I retired nine years ago I joined the Board of SportScotland for six years. I’m still an active participant but devoting my spare time now to creative work.

John Short (aka Sean), BA (Hons) Economics 1971
I was the Founding President of the Sports Union. I spent the initial lockdown writing Applied Economics: Public Financial Management and Development based on my work in 60 countries. Now seeking a publisher! Regarding sport, I was inducted into the Newcastle Rugby Hall of Fame in April 2017.

Looking to get in contact

The following alumni are not in contact with the University so we were unable to put University friends back in touch.

Yan Kuen (Billy) Ng, MBA 1987 would like to get in touch with any former classmates and his email is genji02127@yahoo.com.

Fiona Thompson (née Nicolson), BSc Biology 1978 would like to get in touch with Alastair Brown, BSc Chemistry 1979.

Catherine Mallon, BA Political Studies 1988 would like to find Mark Peterson, BA Political Science 1988, Paul McQuillan, BA English Studies 1988 and Elaine Sneddon, BA English Studies 1987.

We were contacted by Sara Hogan, who spent some time abroad with Kelly Moody (BSc DipEd 1997) in 1997-1998 before Kelly went on to become a teacher. Is anyone in touch with Kelly?

If you know where any of these people are, email alumni@stir.ac.uk and we'll put them back in touch.


The University regrets to announce the following deaths:


Calum Davidson, PGDip Social Work Studies, 2012


Colin Dalziel, BA (Hons) Sports Studies, 2008


Peter Palmer Bawn, BA (Hons) History, 2006


Dr Alastair Ferrie, PhD, 2006


Joyce Williamson, MA, 2005


Dr Rennie McOwan, DUniv 1996


Margaret Anderson, MSc Applied Social Research, 1996


Kyle Hardie, BA Marketing, 1993


Lord Stewart Sutherland of Houndwood, DUniv, 1993


Dr Angus Mitchell CB CVO MC, DUniv 1992 and former Chair of University Court


Charles Carr, BA Educational Studies, 1987


Martin Currie, BA History, 1980


Dr Janet Watson (née Stock), PhD Biology 1980


Charles Mcdonald, BSc Biochemistry, 1978


Christine Rolfe (née Tyrell), BA French and History, 1973


Bill Cook, enrolled as a student in 1967


Bob McIntosh, retired member of staff


Dr Winston Pertaub, retired member of staff from Spanish Department


Ron Shone, retired member of staff from Economics Department

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