Professor Richard Oram

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Professor Richard Oram joined the University of Stirling in 2002 as a Lecturer in Medieval and Environmental History. A former Director of the Centre for Environmental History and Policy, in 2008 he was appointed a member of the Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland, providing advice to Scottish Ministers on aspects of policy and public engagement in the sector.

Prior to taking up his post in Stirling Professor Oram worked as an Honorary Lecturer in History at the University of Aberdeen. His research interests include environmental history of the North Atlantic region, with particular emphasis on climate change and resource use, the resilience of communities in marginal zones, and the impact of non-anthropogenic agency on human social development.

An alumnus of the University of St Andrews, Richard pursued a non-academic career in commercial property underwriting before setting up a freelance historical research business.

Richard Oram

Professor Richard Oram
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Professor Richard Oram
E: rdo1@stir.ac.uk


Professor Jayne Donaldson

Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

Professor Jayne Donaldson is a Registered Nurse and Registered Nurse Teacher, and has worked in Higher Education since 1998.

She led and managed the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University, and was an Honorary Doctor of Nursing and Midwifery Studies at NHS Borders.

Professor Donaldson has a keen interest in the quality of patient experience within healthcare, and recently co-edited a special edition within Nurse Education Today relating to her work in compassionate person-centred care.

She is an active member of Scottish Academic Heads for Nursing, and Allied Health Professions network and the UK-wide Council of Deans of Health.

Jayne Donaldson

Professor Jayne Donaldson
Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

Professor Jayne Donaldson, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport
E: jayne.donaldson@stir.ac.uk


 

Professor Maggie Cusack

Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences

Professor Cusack completed her PhD at the University of Liverpool where she studied the sweetest substance known, a protein called thaumatin.  Protein research then brought her to Geosciences where she investigated proteins in brachiopod shells, establishing her enthusiasm for modern and fossil biominerals.  As Professor of Biomineralisation, Maggie’s research interests are broad and multi-disciplinary.  These interests include extracting environmental information from shells and corals using isotopes and trace elements, how shells of economically important species such as mussels, will be affected by environmental change including ocean acidification, resulting in one of her favourite publications, ‘Ocean acidification impacts mussel control on biomineralisation‘ as published in Nature: Scientific Reports and even how stem cells respond to nanotopography of shells to produce bone.

Maggie is the 2017 winner of the Mineralogical Society’s Schlumberger Award for ground-breaking earth science in recognition of her ‘scientific excellence in mineralogy and its applications’.  She is a member of the EPSRC peer-review College and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  Indeed, she has recently been elected to join the RSE’s Council as Vice-President, Physical Sciences.

Professor Maggie Cusack
Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences

Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences
Professor Maggie Cusack
E: maggie.cusack@stir.ac.uk

 


Professor Alison Bowes

Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences

Alison Bowes holds BA and PhD degrees in Social Anthropology from the University of Durham. After teaching Anthropology at Durham, she came to the University of Stirling in 1977 as a Lecturer in Sociology, becoming Professor in 2001. She was previously Head of the Department of Applied Social Science from 1999 to 2004 and held the Chair in Dementia Research from 2008 to 2011.

Her research interests concern population ageing and its consequences, especially in relation to provision of social care services. Her work has focused on socially excluded groups including minority ethnic groups and people with dementia. She has particular expertise in qualitative research methods, and a commitment to applied, multi method, interdisciplinary research.

Recent work has covered non-pharmacological interventions for older people with care needs and people with dementia, such as telecare, physical activity and ‘brain-training’. The research aims to identify ways of improving care and support, and hence, quality of life.

Responsibilities

The Dean of Faculty is the senior academic officer of the Faculty, responsible for all aspects of its academic performance.  The Head is the accountable manager of all staff within their Faculty, and as such is responsible for the effective management of staff and their performance and for the discharge of all responsibilities and duties devolved to the Faculty. The role is supported by a Faculty Manager who is the primary support role within the Faculty.

The Dean of Faculty contributes to the effective management of the University and represents their Faculty both within and outside the University. They are responsible for effective communications with staff within their Faculty and promote and execute institutional strategies and plans.

Professor Alison Bowes

Professor Alison Bowes
Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences

Professor Alison Bowes
E: SASSSchoolOffice@stir.ac.uk


Professor Samantha Punch

Head of the Stirling Graduate School

Professor Samantha Punch

Professor Samantha Punch
Head of the Stirling Graduate School

Professor Sharon Bolton

Dean of the Stirling Management School

Professor Bolton completed her PhD at the University of Lancaster Management School in 1999. She then enjoyed a period as Simon Marks Research Fellow at University of Manchester in the Sociology Department before taking up her first lecturing post at University of Lancaster Management School in 2000. She moved to University of Strathclyde Business School where she was Professor of Organisational Analysis between 2007-12 and Head of the Department of Management from 2010-2012. She joined the University of Stirling in December 2012 as Director of Research and Professor of Organisational Analysis within Stirling Management School. Before joining academia, Professor Bolton worked as a Senior Administrator in the public and private sectors.

Professor Bolton’s research interests broadly cover the sociology of work with a particular focus on the emotional labour process, public sector management, the nursing and teaching labour process, gender and the professions, and dignity in and at work. Her recent research is focused upon an exploration of ‘dignity in and at work’, and a consideration of managerial work within a moral economy. The origins of Sharon’s research interests lie in some perennial questions concerning what is it to be human, how can we better understand the relationship between people, work and society, and what is the fundamental conception of humanity embedded in the political economy?

Professor Sharon Bolton
Dean of the Stirling Management School

Professor Sharon Bolton, Dean of the Stirling Management School

E: sharon.bolton@stir.ac.uk


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