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Royal Society appointments

Congratulations to our Chancellor Dr James Naughtie, and our Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gerry McCormac, who have both been elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

Also elected RSE Fellows are Professor Ronan O’Carroll, of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, and Stirling alumni Sir Paul Grice, Clerk and Chief Executive of the Scottish Parliament, and Sir Bill Gammell, Cairn Energy founder.

New Fellows are elected each year through a rigorous five-stage nomination process. The five members of the Stirling community were among a total of 59 people named as having been elected to become RSE members yesterday. The RSE’s aim is to support ‘the advancement of learning and useful knowledge in Scottish public life’. Read more at the link below.

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Japan Week

As we get ready for the University's fifth annual Japan Week, make sure you book your place at your preferred events. A host of different activities celebrating Japanese culture will take place, including:

  • Concert by the Edinburgh Quartet
  • The Zen Way 
  • Cultivating Humanity in Japan through the Liberal Arts
  • Studying in Japan
  • Manga Workshop
  • Language Classes
  • Kimono Fashion Show

Japan Week starts on Sunday 19 February. Further details on all the scheduled events are available on the events web page.

Wedding discount

The Stirling Court Hotel is offering a 5% discount to staff and students who hold their wedding at the Hotel. To find out more, visit the Wedding Open Day on Sunday 26 February, or contact the Stirling Venues team on 01786 466000.


Dragons' Den

‌More than 80 people attended the University's first-ever Dragons’ Den competition last week. Nine interdisciplinary research groups from across the institution pitched to five dragons. Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerry McCormac, Deputy Principal Professor Judith Philips, Professor Helen Cheyne and Ms Linsey Dickson were joined by Swansea University's Professor Matt Jones, as they listened to pitches covering a variety of topics, from ‘Extreme events’ to ‘The digital age’.

Well done to everyone who took part! The teams secured funding for a range of activities, including: equipment, travel and networking costs to help develop collaborative networks, mentoring, and PhD studentships. To get a glimpse of all the action from the Den, search #StirDragonsDen and keep your eyes peeled for the latest REO blog post.

Sporting heritage conference

On Friday 24 February, University Archives is hosting a conference celebrating Scotland’s sporting heritage. The event will bring together experts in the curation, care, use and promotion of sporting heritage from across Scotland, to discuss their work and current projects. The University’s Hosts and Champions project team will also present an update on their touring exhibition of material from the Commonwealth Games Scotland Archive. The Archive has visited 10 Scottish towns and been seen by thousands of people.

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The Conversation

Stirling Management School's Isaac Tabner has written for The Conversation this week. His piece explains How renting can fix the UK's broken housing market.

Academics and PhD candidates who have not written for The Conversation before are invited to take part in a workshop on the morning of Thursday, 2 March, with Editor Stephen Khan. Stephen will travel from London to hold a session on pitching and writing for the media. If you are interested in attending and enhancing your international research profile, please email by Friday, 24 February.

A special celebratory reception to thank authors for their contribution to The Conversation will take place at 5pm on Thursday, 2 March. The event will include a short talk from The Conversation’s Editor and prizes will be awarded to the authors of some stand-out pieces. Invitations to those who have authored over the last year will be issued this week but all staff members are welcome to attend and find out more about the platform.

Academic Development

The Academic Development Team reminds colleagues that there is still space to book on the following courses running in February and March:

Supervising Doctoral Studies: Sharing good practice 
Friday 17 February, 10.00am - 11.30am

Supervising Doctoral Studies: Preparing to submit 
Wednesday 1 March, 2.00pm - 3.30pm 

Crowd control - or teaching large classes? Is it worth the effort? (A2, A4, K3, K4, V1, V2) 
Wednesday 8 March, 12.00pm - 1.00pm 

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Digital Assessment Forum

Come along to the Digital Assessment Forum (A1, A3, K4, V3) on Monday 20 February, from 12.30pm - 4.30pm, to explore themes and issues around assessment in the digital domain. With internal and external speakers, the event will encourage the sharing of good practice across a variety of disciplines and around the use and value of appropriate learning technologies. The keynote speaker, Dr Susie Schofield from the University of Dundee, will deliver a presentation entitled 'Improving digital and assessment literacy through online feedback dialogue: the interACT case study'. Lunch will be provided.

Free employee health checks

Researchers in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport are offering you the chance to take part in a research project entitled 'Bums Off Seats'. The project aims to understand the relationship between our normal movement patterns and our health. Dr Gemma Ryde is looking for predominantly sedentary, office-based employees who work more than 24 hours per week to volunteer to take part in a free health check. Read more via the link below.

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Entrepreneurial staff and students are encouraged to apply for The Duke of York's Pitch@Palace - a programme which supports the acceleration of entrepreneurs. Applications for 2017 are now open. This year, there is focus on 'Human Tech', exploring the potential impact of technology on our everyday lives. The main event will be held at Buckingham Palace on Friday 25 April, with a number of application events and dates planned in the run-up to this date. Further details are available on the Pitch@Palace website.

Tribute nights

The Stirling Court Hotel is launching Tribute Nights for 2017. The first event is at 7.30pm, on Saturday 1 April, and will feature George Michael. Tickets cost £25, and include a three-course meal. If you fancy making a night of it, you can have bed and breakfast added for just £30 per person. Be quick to benefit from an exclusive staff and student offer of just £20 per ticket – limited to the first 50 tickets! Contact the Stirling Venues team to book, on 01786 466000.

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Contributions for the next Staff Roundup

The next edition will be published on Wednesday 22 February.

Submissions for the next edition should be emailed to by 5.00pm on Monday 20 February. Please note that contributions may be edited.