University Chancellor and Vice Chancellor with students

Stirling Minds e-edition August 2019

Dear friends and supporters,

Welcome to the summer edition of e-Stirling Minds, the latest issue of our snapshot of University activity. In this edition we’ll take a look at The Stirling Network, our exciting new networking and mentoring platform and how it can support you in your career; check in with the recipients benefitting from the Stirling Fund and discover the story behind our alumni gin.

The freak weather conditions that hit Stirling in late June threatened to wash out our graduations, but staff across the University pulled together in extraordinary conditions and I’d like to convey my gratitude to them all – and I’m delighted to report that the sun shone down on graduation! Our alumni family is now 92,000 strong and can be found all around the world. Summer graduation saw two distinguished alumni get awards, Hamish Hamilton and Alison Brittain. We also welcomed Outlander star and philanthropist Sam Heughan, Pete Cheema, Lillian Thuram to the alumni family.

Sport and Stirling go hand in hand, and the University has been well represented at a number of major events. The Women’s World Cup might not have gone Scotland’s way, but we were thrilled to see seven alumna taking to the field, led by fellow alumna and former head coach of the Stirling University Football Club, Shelley Kerr. Wimbledon gave us the opportunity to cheer on current student, Maia Lumsden and alumnus Gordon Reid, both of whom gained wildcard entry to the tournament. In the pool, Stirling swimmers did us proud with brilliant performances at the Scottish National Open Swimming Championships. A stunning performance from Stirling swimming star Duncan Scott helped Great Britain to win 4x100m medley gold at the World Championships in South Korea. Scott swam the freestyle leg of the relay, pulling back a 0.84 second deficit by producing a split of 46.14s – the 100m freestyle world record is 47.05s. Scott also won Bronze in the 200m freestyle.

The Made at Uni Lifesavers project highlighted over one hundred innovative and exciting ways universities are saving lives and improving public health. The full list is an inspiring read! Stirling featured thanks to the incredible work of our Dementia Services Development Centre in creating the Iridis app – a tool for incorporating dementia design principles in homes, public buildings, care facilities and workplaces. The team’s work makes this information easily accessible, guiding carers on changes that can help people living with dementia to stay safely in their homes for longer.

Keep in touch with Stirling in the way that suits you best – we’re on Facebook; LinkedIn; Twitter; and we’ve launched an Instagram account.

And finally, if you graduated after 2017, you will receive an email to complete the Graduate Outcomes Survey. This is a national survey capturing information about what you have done since leaving the University, and gives you the opportunity to express the value of your degree and experiences at Stirling.

With best wishes,

Kerry Bryson
Director for Global Advancement

The Stirling Network

student at laptop

Looking to develop your career network? Ready to take the next step in your CPD? Our new platform, The Stirling Network, can help. Enhance your professional profile and expand your business network by connecting with your fellow alumni. 

This platform allows our highly skilled and vibrant alumni community to connect with each other, building professional and personal networks for CPD and career opportunities. The network facilitates mentoring, allowing you to share the experiences and knowledge you’ve gained since leaving the University with a member of the current student body or one of your fellow alumni, or to benefit from the knowledge and experience of a more established alumni in your field or a field you’re interested in moving into. Registration is simple and free – you can connect to the network using your LinkedIn account to easily complete your profile, or register by email.

Once you join, you’ll have access to sector specific or thematic groups relevant to your interests. The platform keeps you connected with your alma mater to access the lifelong learning and career support opportunities Stirling provides, news of events and industry talks offered by the University, and reach out to lost contacts. The site is in the early stages of development, but it’s already populated by highly skilled and experienced professionals in a variety of fields, throughout the world. We’re working hard to make The Stirling Network the networking and mentoring platform you deserve. If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch.

Spotlight on the Stirling Fund

Brig newspapers

Thanks to the generosity of our alumni donors this year the Stirling Fund was able to support 17 projects to improve the student experience. The panel were impressed by the range of ideas and creativity and agreed to purchase equipment for a number of our sports clubs, from fencing to football, reinforce the University’s commitment to sustainability, and support a series of initiatives focused on our commitment to an inclusive, welcoming environment on campus.

A number of the applications involved students’ mental and physical well-being, aiming to improve the health outcomes of the student community. One project supported by the Fund is the digitisation of the Brig archive, ensuring that future students, researchers and the public can continue to access the beloved student newspaper. The University’s Archive and Special Collections Team holds a complete archive of Brig. Archivist Rosie Al-Mulla, said: “whilst the early issues of Brig bear a striking resemblance to Private Eye, overall the collection is an incredible look at the way the University has changed over the years”.

The project is being undertaken with the help of some student volunteers who are gaining valuable archival experience for their CVs and future employment. The digital resource is scheduled to be launched in the autumn to mark Brig’s 50th anniversary. 

Follow us on social media for more coverage of the projects #StirlingFund, and find out about previous projects or how to become a donor.

Introducing Airthrey 67!

Airthrey 1967 bottle

Introducing Airthrey 67 – Stirling’s very own gin! This limited edition premium gin was crafted by alumni of the University to celebrate over fifty years of innovation and excellence.

Earlier this year, a small group of alumni met at the Kinrara distillery in the Scottish Highlands to select the botanics and recipe for the gin. With Stirling dear to their hearts and at the forefront of their minds, Airthrey 67 combines juniper and rosehips, both of which grow on the Airthrey Estate campus. This fruity, floral gin is priced at £35 and can be purchased via the Students’ Union [summer opening hours 10am-3pm, Monday to Friday],

or by emailing to make enquiries. It’s a perfect gift for gin fans. We would love to know what you think of Airthrey 67, so please share your thoughts, cocktail recipes and photos with

Alumni events

We invite you to join us as these upcoming alumni reunions:

  • Reunion for MBA class of 1989 – 1990 – 23 to 26 August

University events

Here are some of the events and exhibitions taking place on campus over the next few months:

  • Experiences of Exile: The List – until 31 August
  • Belgian Refugees in Scotland during the First World War – until 1 September
  • Open Day – 14 September and 26 October