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Stirling Minds e-edition February 2019

Dear friends and supporters,

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Welcome to “a sporty edition” of e-Stirling Minds where we catch up with one of our latest Honorary Graduates, Scottish curler Eve Muirhead, on receiving her honorary degree and her aspirations for this year and the future. We also talk to Dr Paul Dimeo about some of the exciting research within the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport.

The University has broken ground on the new sports facilities and are on schedule to complete by summer 2020. Did you know a time capsule was unearthed on campus recently? Among the items were sporting relics, old photographs and a bottle of whisky, all dating back 50 years. Sealed within the University’s Gannochy Sports Pavilion during its construction in 1969, the time capsule was recovered during the current £20 million redevelopment of the sports facilities. You can read more about the time capsule here. The University is committed to providing the best facilities for our students and the communities we serve and if you would like to find out more, or support the new facility, contact Hazel McIlwraith or call 01786 466649.

Networking and mentoring relationships can help people realise the ambitions by unlocking business development opportunities, careers development and access to expertise and skills. We are launching a new way for alumni and students to connect through The Stirling Network, which aims to connect the Stirling family no matter where they are across the world. See page 24 of Stirling Minds magazine and contact Debbie Miller for more information.

The University of Stirling is a partner of Asia Scotland Institute and Stirling alumni are warmly invited to attend any of their events. Plans are underway for a number of alumni reunions in April – we’re delighted to be taking part in the Tartan Week activities in New York and hope to host alumni gatherings in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing in China. Plans are evolving so email alumni@stir.ac.uk to register interest.

Last year we celebrated the achievements of University of Stirling students and alumni who made a major contribution to the community, arts, sports, sciences and business. Nominations are now open for the 2018 Students and Graduates of the Year. Please send your suggestions, by 30 April, to alumni@stir.ac.uk with a short paragraph on why you think your nominee deserves the accolade.

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.

With best wishes,

Kerry Bryson
Director for Global Advancement

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Olympic curler Eve Muirhead reflects on the past year and ambitions for the future

Eve Muirhead

This week, on the TV programme ‘League of their Own’, the famed curler Eve Muirhead demonstrated her bagpiping skills. Last November the University awarded her an Honorary Degree in recognition of her outstanding contribution to British sport. She won an Olympic bronze medal in 2014 as skip for the British team and has been World, European and Scottish Champion. Outside of curling and bagpiping, she is also an accomplished golfer.

In addition to her Olympic success, Eve has performed to a consistently high standard in the World Championships – winning a silver medal in 2010, a gold in 2013 and a bronze in 2017, and the European Championships, where she has won two bronze, four silver and two gold medals since 2010. She has also been Scottish champion seven times between 2009 and 2017.

Stirling Minds caught up with her recently in between training. Describing the University and on receiving her Honorary Degree, she said: “I currently train there five days a week alongside other athletes from a variety of other sports and work closely with our coaches from the Scottish Institute of Sport. It provides me with all the essential off ice training needs.

“To receive an honorary degree is something very special. To realise that what I’ve done in sport is being recognised and appreciated by the University of Stirling is really touching.”

On what her advice would be to students, she said: “You really have to enjoy what you do. Every day you should encounter challenge, whether it is in the work place, classroom or gym and recognise the good moments and not just the bad. And celebrate them!”

As to her plans and ambitions for the future, she revealed: “2019 was always going to be a year for finding my feet. Last summer was tough with a 4th place at the Olympics, team change and going through surgery on my hip. So, keeping positive and climbing back up the hill.”

She loves sport and can’t imagine life without being involved in it. “Having already got bronze at Sochi 2014 Olympic Games of course I have big ambitions to reach the top of the podium in 2022 Beijing.”

See here for more on the graduation ceremony in November.

Health Sciences and Sport working on global challenges

Paul Dimeo

Of course, as you would expect of a research-intensive university, performance sport and sport for health and wellbeing at Stirling is underpinned by high performing academic staff seeking answers to global challenges. Research focuses on finding solutions to obesity and ageing and dementia as well as identifying ways to encourage healthy lifestyles and behaviours and make sport fair and inclusive. An example of potential unfairness in sport we will all be familiar with through extensive coverage in the media is the use of performance enhancing drugs.

Dr Paul Dimeo, Associate Professor in Sport at Stirling, has been contributing to the anti-doping debate in sport for over ten years. Paul’s book with Verner Møller, The Anti-Doping Crisis in Sport: Causes, Consequences, Solutions, 1st Edition, draws from his extensive knowledge of the history of sport as well as his research funded by organisations like the World Anti-Doping Agency, Welcome Trust, The British Academy and US-UK Fulbright Commission.

Paul has recently been appointed as Associate Dean for Internationalisation for the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport. He will be working to develop new international research and teaching partnerships. An example of one such partnership is that between the Singapore Institute of Management, Stirling Management School and Health Sciences and Sport, where years three and four of the BA (Hons) Sports Studies and Marketing and the BA (Hons) Sport Business Management are taught in Singapore.

You can read more about Paul’s research where you will also find his contact details if you’d like to get in touch with him about any international collaboration opportunities.

It’s an exciting time for Health Sciences and Sport at Stirling, with student numbers on the increase and additional members being added to its research groups. Last summer eight early-career-stage researchers joined us from across the globe and new appointments strengthening the team in the coming weeks include an academic Head of Sport and a Professor. Watch out for profiles on them in future editions of e-Stirling Minds.

Graduate Outcomes Survey – where has your journey taken you?


Knowing the career destinations of our graduates is of vital importance, not only to the University, but to any prospective students who are thinking about studying the same course as you, at Stirling.

Fifteen months after you graduate, you will be contacted to complete the Graduate Outcomes survey. This is a national survey capturing information about what you have done since University. This information will help current and future students gain an insight into possible career destinations following the completion of their degree. Your responses will also help the University to evaluate and promote our courses.

The survey will be sent to you via an email, or you may be contacted by phone. Please ensure that we have your correct contact details and let us know if you change your details following your graduation. A useful FAQ, and further information, is available on the Graduate Outcomes survey website.

Alumni events

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

  • Alumni reunion in Taipei – 8 March
  • Informal drinks in New York – 4 April
  • Tartan Day Parade in New York – 6 April
  • Alumni reunions in China – 11 to 14 April
  • Golf AmAm Fundraiser – 24 May

University events

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

  • Traditional Japanese Poetry and Tea Ceremony – 4 March
  • Japanese Calligraphy and Pinching Handiwork Workshop – 7 March
  • Human Cargo: A Journey among Refugees – 18 March
  • Film screening: Human Flow – 20 March
  • Experiences of Exile: French Settlers of Algeria – until 31 August
  • Experiences of Exile: The List – until 31 August