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,
Director for Global Advancement