Dr James Naughtie, one of Britain’s best-known broadcasters, became Chancellor of the University of Stirling in October 2008. He has a ten year term of office, during which he will preside over graduation ceremonies and other key University events.
Born and educated in Aberdeenshire, he began his journalism career in 1975 on the Press and Journal and wrote for the Scotsman and Guardian before moving into broadcasting. Currently, he presents Today on BBC Radio 4, and is host of the network’s monthly Bookclub. For Today, he has travelled to more than two dozen countries, and has written and presented two acclaimed series on American politics.
He has also introduced programmes on music on BBC radio and television over many years and in 2007 wrote and presented an award-winning radio series, The Making of Music, an account of the European classical tradition. He has anchored BBC radio election results programmes for more than ten years, and been commentator at many national events on radio and television.
He was made an honorary Doctor of the University of Stirling in 2001.
In the three short videos below he describes some of the outstanding features of Stirling, and his feelings about the University.
Dr James Naughtie
Chancellor of the University
Fiona Sandford took up the position of Chair of the University Court in August 2015. Originally from East Kilbride, she has spent her career in Higher Education, most recently as Executive Director of Global Business at London Business School, developing key markets in China, the Middle East and South America. Prior to that she was Director of Careers at London Business School, London School of Economics and UCL.
Fiona is a founding trustee of the Jeans for Genes campaign and for ten years she was a lay member of the UK Government’s advisory body on Gene Therapy. She is currently a consultant to London Business School on leadership skills and behaviours, and a trustee of the Thomas Wall Trust. Fiona is an economics graduate of the University of Stirling and lives in the Scottish Borders.
Chair of the University Court