Having left school with no qualifications, I never thought I'd go to University. However, I completed Stirling's access course and was accepted onto the Psychology degree programme. At graduation, I felt so happy and proud of how far I'd managed to come.

Stirling was where I began experiencing independence, so there are a lot of emotional memories attached to campus. In the early days I was still in a wheelchair but, when I regained my mobility, I'll never forget the  moment I walked across the link bridge for the first time.

The art collection takes you by surprise. You might be sitting on the stairs between classes, or eating your lunch by the loch, and you're surrounded by all these amazing artworks. Sometimes you turn a corner and suddenly see a beautiful piece. Only the other day I noticed a new sculpture on campus and it reminded me how lucky we are here to have access to such exciting art. 

Emma Scott-Smith
BSc Psychology, 2006 
(and MPhil Psychology, due to graduate in 2017)

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