Where are they now?

This is our ever popular 'class notes' section. If you'd like your update to be included, email alumni@stir.ac.uk and we'll do our best to post it.

2010s

Dr Majed Abahussain, PhD Education 2016
I am a faculty member of School of Education at Majmaah University, Almajma'ah, Saudi Arabia. Recently, I have been appointed as the head of English Language Department at the School of Education.

Natalie Sweeney, BA (Hons) English Studies 2015
Having only been away from the University for three months since graduating, I have started my second job here with the Directorate for Advancement as a fundraiser. I am also a keen new stand-up comedian and comedy writer and have even managed to get back to playing basketball with the Stirling team!

Laura Brown, BA General 2012
I got married to my partner Liam in March 2017, having recently bought our first house in Grangemouth together. I enjoy working as a legal secretary with Livingstone Brown Solicitors in Glasgow. My ambition is to become a paralegal, having recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Law with Scotia Law Training.

Kathleen Anderson, BA (Hons) Film & Media and Marketing 2012
I have recently had my first book published. Sweaty Hugs explores how free fitness is changing lives by examining the core benefits of engagement - community, culture and positive mindset. Hopefully it will make you laugh, cry and inspire you to get your trainers on and find some free fitness. Click here to find out more about the book. 

Paul Cowell and Jennifer Cowell (née Wilson), BA Economics (Hons) 2010 and BA History (Hons) 2014
After Paul completed his studies he went on to complete his MSc Economics at the University of Edinburgh in 2012. He then returned to the University of Stirling in 2013 as an Economics PhD student and is due to finish later this year. Since 2014 he has also been working as a staff member within the Stirling Management School including the course co-ordinator of ECNUX from 2014-2017. When Jennifer completed her studies she went on to complete her MSc History at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in November 2015. In May 2015 they tied the knot, after being a couple for three years, in a Humanist celebration which incorporated Scottish and French traditions, and had a barn owl as the ring bearer. In November 2016 Jennifer returned to the University of Stirling as a Database Assistant in the Directorate for Advancement.

Vigneshwaran Sevugan, MBA 2010
I am now part of the product team for Western Union digital, a leader in global payments services. I miss the happy times in Lyon Crescent, especially new year's eve driving with friends. I wish to meet the entire MBA friends for a get-together. Hope that happens :)

2000s

Stéphanie Hochard, BA (Hons) Tourism Management 2009
I first worked as a Sales & Marketing Consultant in New Zealand's tourism industry for two years. Upon my return to Paris, I decided to set-up my own business, which offers photography & cultural walking tours: Paris Polaroid Tours. Subjects studied at Stirling such as entrepreneurship and marketing provided me with the necessary skills to succeed. 

Ashish George, MBA Corporate Finance 2008
I married Rebecca Mathews on 31 December 2016 in Kerala, India. We were both working as SAP consultants when we got married. We’re now based in Sydney, Australia – so for you next meal in Sydney, reach out to me on Facebook. (ashish.george)

Virginia Grose, MBA Retailing 2008
After Stirling, I ran my own Cashmere Consultancy and became Course Director of the MA in Fashion Business Management at the University of Westminster in 2009. I am very involved in the UKFT Rise committee, working with small fashion brands to fulfil their potential, as well as acting as a mentor to some of them.

Doris Fullgrabe, BA (Hons) Human Resource Management & Spanish Language 2001
I've lived in London, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Aguascalientes (Mexico), and Dallas (Texas). My Spanish husband and I are based in New York and recently celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. I am an executive coach and cross-cultural trainer, freelancing as a hand lettering and calligraphy designer. Join our alumni Facebook Chapter in New York at www.facebook.com/groups/282021421925757/ or say hello via instagram.com/dorisfullgrabe

1990s

Dr Francisco Lozano Llanos, Visiting Student 1999
Since graduating I took a PhD on Remote Sensing and Ecology, got married and recently fathered twin girls. I worked for five years for a small satellite company and then, three years ago, I joined Airbus Group in Seville supporting A400M aircraft operations.

Christopher Baker, BA DipEd English & Education 1997
Since leaving Stirling, I have taught in Thailand (13 years), Germany, and in New Zealand at Auckland University of Technology. I also had my own business here in New Zealand. Now I am semi-retired and in my spare time, I do long-distance hiking. I have hiked the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, the Himalayas and recently in the South Island of New Zealand. If anyone remembers me, I can be contacted at cgb1953@yahoo.com

Mike Meadows, BSc (Hons) Ecology 1996
I read my MSc at UEA in 2006/07. I am currently a Natural England Senior Marine Ornithologist, working with partners across Europe on seabird conservation, and I advise on Marine Conservation Zones. From April, I will be the Senior Ornithologist advising on implementation of the English Coast Path.

Scott Fyfe, BA (Hons) Marketing 1996
Having been a Board Director at Marks and Spencer for 12 years, I was appointed CEO of Country Road Group in January 2017. I moved to Melbourne with my wife Lauren (also class of 1996) and our family to run five retail businesses across Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Jon 'JB' Beckett, BA Business Law & Sociology 1996
I am a Senior Manager at Scottish Widows and have been a fund selector and strategist for more than 16 years. I am UK lead for the Association of Professional Fund Investors, an ambassador for the Transparency Task Force, a Chartered Member and senior reviewer with the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments, member of the Z/Yen Long Finance think-tank and a regular columnist and presenter. I am also the author of the book #NEWFUNDORDER.

Gregor Hank, Visiting Student 1995
As a postgraduate of English Studies, History and Scottish Studies (Year of Graduation 2001 at the University of Bonn, Germany) I have profitted very much from my experiences at Stirling both academically and socially. I returned to Germany after that to complete my first degree of a state examination to become a secondary grammar school teacher at the University of Bonn, Germany in 1998. I am now an established graduate secondary-school teacher (Studienrat) in English and History at a German grammar school. Besides, I have completed my postgraduate studies in English and American literature as well as History of 19th and 20th century Britain and the U.S. by gaining a Master of Arts (M.A.) at the University of Bonn, Germany in 2001.

1980s

Sarah Diggins, MBA Marketing 1989
I lived in Europe (France and Spain) for 11 years where I set up a marketing consultancy for producers of raw food snacks and health products. I also held several directorships during this time. Now I’m working for one of my original raw food clients as Sales & Marketing Director: www.vegusjuices.com. The company is based in Ireland and we produce specialist raw juices for specific uses and have a global customer base through a multi-level distribution structure.

James (Jim Terrell) Visiting Student 1988
I was a Philosophy exchange student from St Andrews Presbyterian College, North Carolina. I live in Charlotte, North Carolina and own a handy-man business. I play traditional bluegrass music and enjoy time with my wife and three children.

Vikram Subrahmanyam, MSc Information Technology 1988
I moved to Singapore in August 2016 to run Citibank's Operations & Technology function across Asia Pacific. I'm delighted with the opportunity, and I would love to connect with alumni in the region.

Heather Savage, BA General 1987
Since June 2016 I have been the Community Development Coordinator for Greater Western Sydney with the youth mental health organization Headspace.

Pierre Verdeaux BA DipEd French & Education 1987
After leaving Stirling I started my teaching career in Hampshire before moving to Dorset, progressing from teacher to Head of Modern Languages Department. Now disillusioned with the direction education is taking and the relentless conversions to Academies, I am retiring early to concentrate my efforts on raising my adopted son.

Robin Sheehan, BSc Environmental Science & Biology 1983
Since 1983 I've worked as a Climatologist/Agricultural Meteorologist; on environmental and space systems; and an Oceanographer. I have an MBA, and a Masters in Natural Environments and Plant Growth. Today I'm a wilderness tharapist, Director of Outdoor Programmes for www.eQeOUTDOORS.com, trained in Prehistoric Hunter-Gathering, Survival, Bushcraft, and Rites of Passage.

Dr Elspeth Reid, PhD German 1983 and BA German 1976
I have co-researched and co-written a book The Post-Reformation Gravestones of Angus up to 1715, due out shortly. I divide my time between London and Angus.

1970s

Rev Maggie Roderick (née Clarke), BA Psychology & Sociology 1979
I'm the Parish Minister at Menstrie Parish Church. It's great to live so close to the University. As a Lay Member of University Court, I visit the campus often and it's great to see our University doing so well. As one of the alumni ambassadors for Central Scotland, I'd love to hear from anyone living in or near Stirling who would like to meet up for any events. My email is revmaggieroderick@btinternet.com.

Dr Sue Oliver PhD (née Brotherstone) BA Sociology & Psychology 1973
I am co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing (OUP), publication date October 2017. My son and his family have just emigrated to Australia. We’re missing our only grandson but our first trip down under is being planned.

Penny Dade (née Watt), BA German 1973
I was an academic librarian for 30 years in four academic institutions in London and the South of England. I retired nine years ago and after 42 years living down South moved to Glasgow, where I volunteer at Glasgow School of Art Library and at the University of Stirling in the archives.

Looking to get in contact

The following alumni are not in contact with the University so we were unable to put University friends back in touch.

Yan Kuen (Billy) Ng, MBA 1987 would like to get in touch with any former classmates and his email is genji02127@yahoo.com.

Fiona Thompson (née Nicolson), BSc Biology 1978 would like to get in touch with Alastair Brown, BSc Chemistry 1979.

Michael Harris, Visiting Student 1991, would like to get in touch with Stephen/Steve Smith, who was at Stirling from roughly 1991 to 1995 and came from Elgin.

Catherine Mallon, BA Political Studies 1988 would like to find Mark Peterson, BA Political Science 1988, Paul McQuillan, BA English Studies 1988 and Elaine Sneddon, BA English Studies 1987.

We were contacted by Sara Hogan, who spent some time abroad with Kelly Moody (BSc DipEd 1997) in 1997-1998 before Kelly went on to become a teacher. Is anyone in touch with Kelly?

If you know where any of these people are, email alumni@stir.ac.uk and we'll put them back in touch.

Deaths

The University regrets to announce the following deaths, and offers its condolences to family and friends.

Stuart Cormack, BA (Hons) History 2015

 

Thomas David Welch, BSc (Hons) Environmental Geography & Professional Education 2010

Sean Maguire, DipHE Film & Media 2009

 

Frank Hitchman, MA 2006

 

Dr Tam Dalyell, DUniv 2006

 

Gilla Helenglass, Cert Business Administration 1999

 

Dr David Colvin CBE, DUniv 1998

 

Lady Marion Fraser, DUniv 1998

Margaret Stewart, BA Sociology & Social Policy 1992

 

Professor Jerome Bruner, DUniv 1990

 

Emma Jane Quinn (née Wilson), BA (Hons) German & English 1988

Sir Fred Holliday CBE, DUniv 1983 and former Deputy Principal and former Acting Principal who joined the University in 1967 as Professor and Head of Biology

 

Peter Wallis, BA Biology 1975

 

Dr Valerie Haynes, Retired member of staff from Biological and Environmental Sciences

 

Emeritus Professor John Sargent, Retired member of staff from the Institute of Aquaculture

 

Elizabeth Watson, Retired member of staff from Murray Hall

 

Otto Karolyi, Retired member of staff from English Studies

 

Dr John McCracken, Former Lecturer in the Department of History

Dr John Riddy, Retired administrative member of staff

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