Graduates and Students of the Year
The Graduate and Student of the Year awards were introduced in 2018 to recognise the outstanding achievements of members of
2019 Graduates of the Year
Nicola Walters, BA (Hons) Business Studies and Management Science, 1996
Nicola’s achievements are as impressive as they are varied. She developed her exceptional timekeeping at Stirling where she balanced five part time jobs alongside her studies. After graduating, Nicola went on to win, as well as representing Team GB in Le Trec, undertaking an 1,100km solo hike from Switzerland to Spain and appearing in Channel 4’s Dangerous Jobs For Girls. Like Stirling, she embraces the international community and has worked globally, assisting clients in South Africa, Argentina and throughout Europe. Her commitment to innovation and tackling environmental challenges saw her successfully launch onits, a reusable, dry wipe alternative to sticky paper notes in 2018. Nicola’s enthusiasm for responsible business practice, innovative change and personal development has made her a valuable asset in student mentorship programmes.
2019 Students of the Year
Garry Foster, BAcc (Hons) Accounting and Business Law
During his teenage years Garry missed a lot of school days due to severe challenges with his mental health. His journey began with a small step out of his front door. A walk to the end of the street was then followed by a trip to the local shop. Since then he has rebuilt his social skills and progressed to college and then onto University. Garry graduated in June with an extraordinary academic record attaining 1sts in almost every academic module and also completed a successful work placement at the Royal Bank of Scotland – a feat which would have been inconceivable in the past. He has been an inspiration to others in the way he has overcome his personal challenges.