Dear alumni, friends and supporters,
Welcome to the 2020 ‘lockdown’ edition of e-Stirling Minds
I hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe during these unprecedented times.
In the six weeks, since my last message, staff and students have shown incredible strength and resilience in adapting to major challenges of COVID-19. The cycle of University life continues through remote working, online teaching and assessments, to delivering mass-scale virtual events, to supporting the students on campus unable to go home.
During this time the University has been in the news for very humbling reasons – donations of beds and equipment to the emergency facility in Glasgow, the NHS Louisa Jordan, and it was particularly moving when over 400 nursing students and staff answered the call and volunteered to support the NHS.
Going forward the country’s finances are stretched and just like all businesses and employers, the University will face a large funding gap. We will need to adapt further to survive but the University of Stirling has an important role to play in providing the evidence, skills and solutions to make a successful and sustainable recovery:
- Our academics have crucial contributions to make in confronting health, social and education issues and the related economic and social pressures, and I’m pleased to report that Stirling’s academic experts will lead 10 government-commissioned research projects on COVID-19 and its impacts.
- Digital Skills have never been more important and if you or your business would like information on Graduate Apprenticeships in Data Science contact Fiona McMillan.
The advancement team continue to work from home and welcomed the findings of a new study by Dr Niels Vollaard, a lecturer in Health and Exercise Science in Sport – the study found that regular four-second blasts of exertion, throughout the day, could be the perfect antidote to the long periods of sitting which could potentially damage our metabolic health. We have been further inspired by many Stirling Stories – our academic experts supporting pregnant women and vulnerable members in society; students who have set up online educational classes to help parents with home-schooling; alumni who have organised fundraisers, donated masks, or are volunteering for the NHS. If you know of a graduate or student of Stirling you may wish to nominate them for a 2020 Graduate or Student of the Year Award.
This is a time of uncertainty and we value all your support regardless of your intention or ability to make a donation. I hope you might consider supporting, as I have, our Student Hardship Fund to help those students facing immediate difficulties. We are also grateful to Santander, and other individual supporters of the University, who redirected their gifts to support students including those in hardship and our student nurses on the frontline.
Until we see you again, stay safe, stay well, and stay in touch.
With best wishes,
Director for Global Advancement
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