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Stirling Minds e-edition February 2018

Dear friends and supporters,

Welcome to the latest e-Stirling MindsThank you to everyone who supported the University during the 50th birthday celebrations, either by submitting your memories or attending an event. 

We hosted many events including lectures by Honorary Graduate Jim McColl and John Goodwin from the Lego Foundation, a family open day plus alumni reunions in Delhi, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore. Feel free to take a look at a selection of photographs capturing these happy moments.

Our anniversary publication, 'Fifty: The University of Stirling in 50 objects' is proving to be extremely popular and I’d warmly encourage you to order your copy through the online shop.

A special anniversary edition of Stirling Minds was dispatched in December. If you didn't receive a copy please see here or contact the alumni team to request a copy. We are also interested to hear your views on the magazine. 

In December, the University's Deputy Principal for Internationalisation and Graduate Studies, Professor Leigh Sparks, joined a delegation of senior leaders from Scotland's higher education sector on an official visit to India. Led by Scotland's Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP, they met with the Scottish Government, Scottish Development International and the British Council and key Indian government officials to explore further avenues for collaboration between the University and partners in India.

On 21 March, students are set to pitch their stock recommendations for inclusion in the newly created Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF). The fund was set up to provide students from all disciplines with experience of professional equity analysis and portfolio management. The stock pitch event provides a platform for students to pitch their ideas to a panel of investment experts, and to answer their questions, thereby enhancing their communication skills and employability. The event takes place at 2pm in Cottrell Lecture Theatre W1 and is open to staff, students and alumni.

We're also looking forward to Japan Week on campus and we're delighted to be attending the Tartan Day (7 April) celebrations again in New York and hosting alumni reunions in Shanghai and Beijing - details to follow. At the end of May, we will host a drinks reception for our legators and donors to the 1967 Circle to thank them for their support. If you would like to find out more or attend the event, email us on alumni@stir.ac.uk 

The annual alumni survey will be issued soon and we would encourage alumni to participate via this survey link.

Don't forget there are many platforms that you can use to stay in contact with Stirling. Keep in touch with your alma mater by joining our networks on Facebook and LinkedIn and we have an ever-growing list of followers on our Twitter page @StirAlumni.

With best wishes,
 
Kerry Bryson
Director for Advancement

PS. Don’t forget to email alumni@stir.ac.uk if you would like your 'class notes' to appear in our spring e-newsletter.

New Year CBE celebrations for Stirling academic

David Bell

David Bell, Professor of Economics, received the honour for services to economics and public policy. Professor Bell has provided advice to the Scottish, UK and Irish Governments, including acting as specialist adviser to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee for its investigation into the Financing of Devolution.

He is regularly consulted by the media for his views on economic issues, including the health of the labour market, the fiscal implications of constitutional change and the funding of education and long-term care. He is currently leading a study to improve the lives of Scotland's older population by providing policymakers with an insight into the economic, health and social circumstances of older Scots. The Healthy Ageing in Scotland (HAGIS) study collected data from 1,000 Scots over the age of 50 – providing information that will inform, influence and support the debate around how the country tackles problems posed by its ageing population. Other members across the University community were also honoured. Among the University of Stirling alumni recognised, Professor Lesley Sawers (PhD, Business Studies, 1986), Equality and Human Rights commissioner for Scotland, received an OBE for services to business and equality. Karen Vivienne Morrison (BA English/Education, 1998) received an MBE for services to the Children's Hearings System in Scotland and the community in North Lanarkshire.

Alumnus of the Year

Nominations are now open! Launched as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, this award is an annual University honour to recognise and celebrate the achievement of our alumni who have made a major contribution to the community, arts, science or business. If you would like to nominate a Stirling alumnus please follow the link here for an application form. Please note that nominations will close on 31 March. If you have any questions, email alumni@stir.ac.uk.

Japan Week

Join us for an exciting programme of events dedicated to Japanese culture. The University of Stirling's Japan Week is now in its sixth year and all events are open to staff, students and members of the community. We offer an eclectic mix of events including lectures, films and workshops. There is something for everyone and most events are free of charge. Would you like to learn Japanese but haven't had the chance? Come along to our taster session. Forget your sandwiches and join us for some sushi. Or you can learn the art of calligraphy

Email events@stir.ac.uk if you have any questions about Japan Week.

Alumni events

We invite you to join us at the following alumni reunions:

Tartan Day Parade in New York - 7 April
Shanghai reunion - 8 April
Beijing reunion - TBC April
1967 Circle and Legacy drinks reception - 31 May
Indian reunions including Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Pune - TBC July

University events

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

Japan Week - 5 February onwards
Computing and Maths: the language of numbers - 22 February
International Women's Day - 5 March
Science fair - 17 March
Postgraduate Open Day - 28 March
Sunrise, Sunset - 19 April
1967 exhibition - on until 1 August

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