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Canvas - our new Learning Management System

Earlier this month, it was announced that Canvas will be introduced at the start of the new academic year, as the new Learning Management System, replacing Succeed. Canvas will be simpler to use for both staff and students, and will offer a range of new features which will transform our student learning experience. To bring staff up to speed on the new platform, a series of training events is planned, with the first two dates confirmed as Wednesday 31 May and Friday 9 June. To book either of these sessions (webinar and training class options available for both), and to find out more about Canvas, please see the information available via the link below.

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Campus security

Following the sad events in Manchester on Monday evening, the Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the UK security threat level would be raised to ‘critical’ its highest level.

Police Scotland has consequently instigated a number of actions, which has resulted in an increased policing presence at crowded places and transport hubs. As a consequence, and by way of public reassurance, there may be a similarly-increased police presence on campus.

It should be stressed that the University has received no specific information regarding any potential local threat. However, staff are asked to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to security staff (ext 2222 or 01786 467999 from your mobile) or directly to Police Scotland by calling the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321 or, in an emergency, by dialling 999. 

The following links may be of interest to those wishing further information:

Stirling Marathon winner

Well done to Stirling alumnus Andrew Lemoncello, who was first over the line at the inaugural Stirling Scottish Marathon, held on Sunday 21 May. Andrew, who returned to Stirling from his home in the US to compete in the event, finished the course in 2:25 hours.

Running legends Liz McColgan and Zola Budd were among 4500 participants who finished the Marathon. The event was a huge success, and planning for the 2018 Marathon has already begun.

Garden of Time relaunch

In 1986, the Gardeners' Memorial Garden was opened, with the support of the then Principal John Forty, and his wife Blanche. This has been a peaceful place, located just past Airthrey Castle, visited by many students, staff and alumni. Over the past year, in celebration of our 50th anniversary, the Garden has been redesigned and redeveloped, resulting in its relaunch as the 'Garden of Time', at a short ceremony held on Wednesday 17 May. The event was hosted by Senior Deputy Principal Malcolm MacLeod, and Art Curator Jane Cameron. 

During the event, a symbolic tree was planted by John Forty, in memory of his wife Blanche.

Everyone is welcome to visit the Garden, and even donate a tree, path stone or sculpture, to celebrate a special memory, person or achievement. Photos of the Garden and the launch event are available on Flickr.

Stirling Triathlon

On Sunday 4 June, the University is hosting the Stirling Triathlon. This event will result in a campus road closure between 12.30pm – 4.30pm. The road will be closed from the swimming pool entrance, through the main campus, to just before the barriers at the Hillfoots Road entrance. Further information is available via the link below.

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Research Bites

The 2017 Research Bites programme has been launched. These short, one-hour lunch sessions will give you information and tips to help you with your research activities. The courses cover a wide variety of topics, including social media, grant writing, ORCID, media relations, EndNote and much more. See the complete schedule of events on the website. 


Save water campaign

As we approach the end of May, and the end of our 'save water campaign', please continue to help us reduce our water wastage across campus, by turning off any dripping taps, and reporting any leaks to maint@stir.ac.uk, or by calling Property Management on ext 2444. Look out for next month's campaign, starting soon which focuses on reducing waste, and promoting on-campus recycling. 

Did you know leaving the tap running when washing cups or brushing your teeth can waste enough water to fill 25 baths per year?

Exercise classes for £1

With the academic year coming to an end and summer fast-approaching, there’s never been a better time to head to the Sports Centre, and get active! There are classes to suit all abilities and, whether it’s a quick lunchtime blast or a post-work stress-reliever, there is something for everyone. To encourage staff to enjoy the fantastic facilities every week over the summer, the Sports Centre is offering a different exercise class for just £1 per entry, for those who are not current members.

Every class from the current timetable, including H.I.I.T, yoga, TRX and indoor cycling, will be discounted for at least one week, during this period. The first session will be legs, bums and tums on Monday 5 June, from 5.15pm - 6.00pm, followed by Boxercise on Tuesday 6 June, at 5.40pm. Weekly deals will be promoted via the Staff Roundup and Sports Centre website. Please note that booking in advance is encouraged to avoid disappointment.

Alzheimer Scotland donation

The University and Students’ Union were delighted to recently donate £500 to Alzheimer Scotland. As an incentive for final-year undergraduate students to complete the NSS, the University and the Students’ Union created a donation target for Alzheimer Scotland - scaled to the response rate of the survey. The target response rate of 70% was achieved and the full amount of £500 was donated to the charity. The cheque was presented to Kerry MacPhee, of  Alzheimer Scotland, by Professor Tim Whalley, Dean of Student Affairs, and Jess Morris, Sports Union President. Professor Whalley said: “The University is pleased that the completion rate for the NSS reached its 70% target, and is delighted to be able to support the work of Alzheimer Scotland with this donation.” Read the full story.

Graduation assistance

Graduation ceremonies are of University-wide importance and the events team is seeking the assistance from staff from each faculty and directorate to participate and help at each ceremony. The ceremonies will be held on campus on Wednesday 28 June 2017 and Thursday 29 June, in the Gannochy National Tennis Centre. The roles available are:

  • Graduation usher
  • Ticket desk support
  • Platform marshal
  • Student marshal

Further information is available via the Portal.

New Jersey Tones

The next tribute act, to perform at the Stirling Court Hotel, will be the New Jersey Tones, on Saturday 17 June. Staff and students are offered a special discount rate of £20 per ticket. Tickets include a three-course meal. Contact the Stirling Venues team to book, on 01786 466000. 

Macrobert Arts Centre

Television presenter, radio host, journalist, political broadcaster, and Strictly Come Dancing star: is there anything Nicholas Owen hasn't turned his hand to? Join Nicholas, on his only Scottish tour date, this Friday 26 May, at 7.30pm, as he chats about his career, which has spanned more than 30 years. Tickets for 'An Evening with Nicholas Owen' are from £5.50.

Be the difference

Contributions for the next Staff Roundup

The next edition will be published on Wednesday 31 May.

Submissions for the next edition should be emailed to communications@stir.ac.uk by 5.00pm on Monday 29 May. Please note that contributions may be edited.