I have loads of positive memories of a very special place and of all the social and academic opportunities Stirling afforded me. Without a doubt it was the Uni's excellent Psychology department that set me off on a 36 year career as a Clinical Psychologist.
Here's just one anecdote: Aged 18 in 1970 and in my second week, I realised that in all the strangeness of my new surroundings I had missed my first History tutorial. So I took myself off to the lecturer concerned, addressed him as "sir" and apologised! His reply, delivered with a warm smile I should stress, was "Two things son. First no-one calls anyone sir around here, and secondly I don't give a **** whether you come to my tutorials or not!"
As I walked away I thought "well this is all very different" and so it proved. Could this have been the shortest induction to university life ever?