Stirling Minds e-edition December 2019
Dear friends and supporters,
As this e-Stirling Minds arrives in your inbox, our annual magazine has been printed and will be issued before Christmas in compostable potato starch wrapping, as part of the University’s sustainability plans.
In this issue we welcome our newest graduates together with honorary graduates James Jopling, Shelley Kerr and Alan Shearer. We also look at some of Stirling’s recent sporting successes, and with the accolade The Times and Sunday Times UK Sports University of the Year, 2019 is ending on a high! We’re delighted to share the news that the University has won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize. The latest recognition celebrates the Institute of Aquaculture (IoA) and its pioneering work to tackle global hunger. It is a timely announcement – as the IoA prepares to mark its 40th anniversary next year with a major redevelopment of its facilities, funded under the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal.
In other news:
- Historical instances of extreme climate change on Mars could be detected through the measurement of subsurface temperatures.
- For something different, The Extended Mind – an art exhibition featuring 13 international artists running until 1 February 2020 – looks at the connections between thoughts, our bodies and our environments. This project is led by Stirling Anniversary Fellow, Dr Miranda Anderson, working with colleagues from the universities of Stirling and Edinburgh.
- Further recognition of our “Best Campus and Facilities” has come in the form of “The 2019 Tencent Echo China Award for Favoured UK University Among Chinese Families”.
The QS World University Rankings is one of the most well-known international league tables, ranking 1,000 universities on a range of metrics. Two such metrics are ‘Academic Reputation’ and ‘Employer Reputation’, which are based on responses to the QS Academic and Employer Reputation Surveys. The Academic Reputation Survey collates the expert opinions of individuals working in higher education regarding institutional teaching and research quality. The Employer Reputation Survey asks employers to identify those institutions from which they source their most competent, innovative and effective graduates. Both surveys will be open for completion in March 2020. Those alumni who would be eligible to participate in either survey will receive a request to pass their contact details onto QS exclusively for this purpose prior to survey launch.
Finally, it’s our great pleasure to invite you to our launch event for The Stirling Network, our mentoring and networking platform for the Stirling student, alumni and business communities. Join us on 22 January in the Pathfoot building from 4pm to 6pm for a mentee or mentor masterclass followed by a social networking session – have a drink and expand your connections. If you can’t make it, we’ll be recording the masterclasses so you can access them online shortly afterwards. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
With best wishes to you and your family for a peaceful holiday season, and health and happiness for 2020.
Director for Global Advancement
Welcome to the alumni community
We invite you to join us as these upcoming alumni reunions:
The Stirling Network Launch – 22 January
Here are some of the events and exhibitions taking place on campus over the next few months:
Under Threat: Community resilience to extreme events – until 31 January
Peace be with you: an intervention @ the blue boy – until 30 March