I was one of the first intake of students at Stirling in 1967, studying for the MSc in Technological Economics with the late Professor Frank Bradbury. I graduated successfully in absentia in 1968, with my mother representing me as I was working in Swaziland at the time and couldn’t get back for the ceremony.
They were heady days; I knew Principal Tom Cottrell well, having been involved with him at Edinburgh University as Treasurer of the Sailing Club of which he was Commodore. Together we raised grants and purchased a fleet of boats for the club, something which we repeated at Stirling when we purchased Lark sailing dinghies to sail on Airthrey Loch. I loved my time there; I think I was the first President of the Staff-Student Club at Alangrange, where Fred Holliday and I grappled with the difficulties of reconciling the interest of a very young group of undergaduates with the rather more staid views of the staff! I played tennis in the sports hall several times a week with the Donnellys and took part in the very first concert which was put on by the choral society under Doctor Howie. What characters there were in those days and what fun we all had!
I found today an article which I wrote for the Glasgow Herald which was published in January 1968 as a reflection on the first semester, which brought back many memories.