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The Stirling Fund

The Stirling Fund exists to support Stirling’s student community by awarding small grants for activities that contribute to University life. So far, the Fund has supported a variety of projects including activities to enhance employability, excursions to learn about different cultures, new equipment to fund the development of student-run clubs and societies, and much more. Your support can help to ensure the fund continues to enhance the student experience both on and off campus.

Successful projects

Bolstered by generous donations from University of Stirling alumni, The Stirling Fund helps to support a wide range of student-led activities. To date, the Fund has enabled grants for hundreds of different projects, supporting around 16 every year since 2001 – from a TEDx conference on campus to the creation of a free legal clinic for students.

Take a closer look at the all of the projects The Stirling Fund and its supporters have helped to make possible below.

  • Recently funded
    Wheelchair basketball

    The Sports Union held the first ever Scottish Universities and Colleges Wheelchair Basketball tournament thanks to support from the Stirling Fund. Enthusiasm for the sport has since led to the creation of the first dedicated disability sports club at Stirling.

    International festival

    Students, staff and members of the public turned out in great numbers to an International and Cultural Festival hosted by the University. With a grant from the Stirling Fund, our diverse campus population enjoyed a packed programme including a language café, traditional Chinese music, African drumming and more!

    Sub-aqua Club

    With a growing interest for scuba diving among Stirling students, the Sub Aqua club were awarded a grant to fund new breathing equipment, allowing them to safely train new members and develop their confidence.

  • 2016
    Projects  Description

    International Week - Fashion Show

    The project is a fashion show run during international week that aims to bring the university and the community of Stirling together to showcase the talent and cultural diversity present in the city.

    ‘Focus’  Air TV 

    A ‘Panorama’ style show, focusing on one key issue per episode. The issues would be those important to students.

    Team Tri Suits  Triathlon

    Funding to buy a collection of triathlon suits for club members to use when representing the university. 

    Bonds of Europe: Politics Society International Trip to the Hague 

    A trip to broaden the political and historical scope of members. The Stirling Fund has contributed to visits to the museum and the Dutch parliament when on the trip. 

    Swimming for Stirling 

    This funding provides for necessary training equipment that can be accessed by the relevant clubs, helping our current and future members as they train in a world class environment.

    The Entrepreneurial Quest

    Providing participants with a unique low-pressure opportunity for entrepreneurial experimentation and learning. 

    Sports Union Media Toolkit

    Funding for a GoPro and media toolkit to make it possible to report and record the progress of the University sports and extreme sports (Kayaking, skydiving etc) teams and to broadcast them to a wider audience.

    Third 'Competition of the Year' for the University of Stirling Dance Club

    Funding to help the Dance club compete at Manchester University’s dance competitionThe club have been successful in their existing competitions and also fundraise effectively throughout the year.

    Cricket Club

    Replacing old equipment and the purchase of a catching practice machine. To enable the club to succeed in the higher division, having being promoted the previous semester.

    The University of Stirling Archery Club

    The recently started Archery club received funding to buy more Bows, foam targets, and other essential equipment to allow the club to take on new members.

    ELSA Stirling Set-Up

    Setting up an affiliation of the European Law Student Association (ELSA) at the University to offer excellent opportunities such as international mooting competitions, law schools and traineeships.

    Strengthening Stirling’s Students 

    Enhancing the provision of equipment in the Gannochy Sport Studio to open up more strength and conditioning sessions to the clubs. 

    Ensuring the Student Voice is Heard

    Support for a project to devise and organise a system via the online module that would make managing all 500+ course reps more effective.

    Service User and Carer Involvement in Professional Education: A National Conference

    Funding to hold a National Conference to share and promote best practice in Service User and Carer involvement in Social Work education and introduce to Health and other professional education. 

    University of Stirling Performance Academy for Women’s Football 

    Becoming partners with performance academies to
    enhance performance opportunities for young females in the area.

    Amplify Trading Bootcamp

    The Boot Camp enables students to experience real-time financial market trading and so bridges the gap between an academic understanding of financial markets and the implementation of trading strategies in the real world.
  • 2015
    Projects  Description

    Stirling Students' Union Charity Cup

    The Vice President of Communities is organising a three day project in which the sports teams, societies and teams of students will compete in order to raise money for charity. The Stirling Fund has provided a trophy for this event that will also be used for future years. 

    Employability Festival 

    The Student Activities and Volunteer Coordinator is making plans for an Employability Festival that will benefit all the students at the university. This event will cover different issues and themes such as Women in Leadership, Career advice and a Volunteering Day. 

    TEDx University of Stirling

    The TEDx University of Stirling project will inspire students and help to raise the profile of the university. TEDx is a non-profit organisation which aims to share good ideas through their events. The project team have recruited a large team of student volunteers to help run the event. 

    The University of Stirling Legal Clinic

    Students from the Law Society are bringing a free legal clinic to the University of Stirling. This will be a pilot project within the university and aims to help students with legal advice as well as allow the law students to learn directly from a fully qualified lawyer. The society have met with other universities to get advice on how to make this project a more permanent feature. 

    Business exchange in Rome 

    Students from the Business Club and the Italian Society have collaborated to organise an educational trip to Rome. Both Societies will be able to learn about Italy's business sector first hand, visiting popular and successful businesses. The societies also plan to meet with some of our Italian alumni. 

    Futsal Equipment 

    A grant was issued to the Futsal Club to help them start up their new society. The money will be used for start up equipment and a coach for the first few months. 

    Musical Theatre Society 

    The Musical Theatre Society received funding for equipment to allow them to put on more productions and involve more students. 

    Ladies Gaelic Football Club

    The Ladies Gaelic Football Club received funding towards their tour abroad where they hope to increase the popularity of the sport and represent the university after a successful year of improving from last place to third place at the Annual British Universities Championships. 

    University of Stirling Super Teams

    The Sports President is organising an all day student-led, mass participation sports event. It will be the first event of its kind in the university. It will mark the end of the sporting year and be the start of annual Varsity events at the University of Sporting Excellence. 

    Politics engagement - #GenerationVote

    This project aims to engage as many students as possible in politics in the run up to the next Scottish Parliament Election in 2016. The project will include an exhibition of the 2014 Referendum for the students and local community. Additionally there will be speakers, debates and other events. 
  • 2014
    Projects  Description

    University of Stirling Enterprise Awards

    The Student Enterprise Programme engenders an enterprise culture amongst Stirling’s students. This project will feature a series of events to create awareness, build participation, offer training and guidance and finally, an event to present the awards and celebrate the progress of the participants. 

    Cycling Club Safety and Accessibility Project

    Following the successful establishment of the University Cycling Club in 2014, this project will promote safe cycling and make sport more accessible for all students at the University. 

    Immersive Control of Flying Drones (ICOFD)

    The ICOFD project seeks to develop an immersive virtual reality remote control of an unmanned drone. This proposal was submitted by the University of Stirling Computing Club, a growing initiative run by students and supported by staff, whose overall goal is to engage with Computing Science students and enhance their employability. 

    Debating Competitions

    Students from the Debating Society will have the opportunity to attend and participate in debating competitions around the country, enhancing their public speaking skills. 

    Sub-Aqua Equipment

    The Sub-Aqua Club has a record number of trainees participating in the sport and the grant issued from the Stirling Fund will partially fund new equipment. 

    Clansmen Equipment

    A grant was issued to the American Football Club, the Clansmen, to partially fund new helmets for the team. 

    Scottish Contemporary Writers Series

    The Scottish Contemporary Writers Series will offer a series of readings from local and well-known authors such as Alan Bissett, Kirsty Logan and William Letford. The final reading will be from students on our MLitt in Creative Writing who will read from their own works.  

    Air3 Xtra

    Air3 Xtra is an on going project that aims to expand Air3’s broadcasting capabilities from outside our studio. The aim of this project is to partially fund new equipment which will enable the production of high quality radio productions and features, allowing engagement with a wider audience. 

    Talking Heads - Employability Project

    This is a joint-funded project by the Career Development Centre and AirTV. A grant was awarded to create development opportunities for AirTV and its members by assisting the Career Development Centre with creation of a Talking Heads presence online. This project will increase student participation in internships and develop the employability of Stirling students. 

    Touch Rugby Club

    The Touch Rugby Club was issued with a grant to aid recruitment and skill development, allowing the club to compete with top level clubs. 

    Stirling Students’ Union Volunteer Awards

    The Students Union were awarded with a grant to partially fund an awards ceremony for student volunteers, a celebration of the effort and dedication that student volunteers contribute towards the Students' Union and the University. 

    Enhancing the Study Zone

    The aim of this project is to enhance the Study Zone in the Andrew Miller Building by displaying the best entries from the University's 2014 Annual Photography Competition. 

    A Life Outside of Academia

    Only 3.5% of science PhD graduates end up pursuing long-term careers in university research. Therefore, the Stirling Fund has awarded a grant for an event to showcase post-PhD opportunities outside of academia, allowing current PhD students the opportunity to engage, network and be inspired by those who have forged successful careers away from academic research. 

    Student Sports Communications Team

    A grant was awarded to fund a Student Sports Communication Team, established through partnership between the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, Communications Media and Culture and Development and External Affairs. As well as providing work experience for current student, this project will raise the profile of the University's International Sports Scholarship Programme. 

    Student Money Week

    To promote awareness about the services that are on offer to students when it comes to their financial situation, a grant was awarded to the Student Money Advice team to partially fund 'Student Money Week'.

    Generation Y Conference

    In partnership with other sponsors, this project will seek to bring employers and market leaders together to generate conversation with students about the graduate selection process.

    Ladies Hockey Club Equipment

    With an increasing amount of members, a grant was awarded to the Ladies Hockey Club to allow them to purchase new equipment for upcoming matches. 

    Law in Action

    This project will coordinate a series of five trips for student members throughout Scotland to visit places such as the Scottish Parliament, Scottish High Courts and law libraries. 

    Wheelchair Basketball and Tennis Club 

    A grant was awarded to the Sports Union to aid the development of a Wheelchair Basketball and Tennis Club, increasing the sporting opportunities for students. 

    Kayak Club Coaching Development Scheme 

    This project will ensure that the club has a larger coaching base and also to create a financially stable club within the next 3-5 years.

    Photography Society Equipment

    To contribute towards the development of the society and make it more accessible to students, a grant was issued to allow the society to invest in new equipment and training for its members. 


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