This is a new and exciting approach to researcher development at Stirling. Stirling Crucible aims to stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration and generate research with impact, through building active networks of researchers across the University, increasing collaboration across disciplines, and growing individual researchers’ Creativity, Innovation and Leadership Skills.

Stirling Crucible was created by three Stirling academics who participated in Scottish Crucible, and recognised the value of having a Stirling version. We would encourage participants in Stirling Crucible to go on and apply for the Scottish Crucible, or other national Crucible events, e.g. Digital Economy Crucible.

Stirling Crucible first ran in 2014, and was repeated in 2016.  Both cohorts had three 2-day labs, each of which included various guest speakers, from the University and externally, and visits to University facilities. 

2014 Cohort

Information on the next Stirling Crucible will be provided in due course. We welcome participants from all of our Academic Faculties.
You can see what happened at the last Stirling Crucible events via #stirlingcrucible.

Both cohorts have resulted in a number of research projects/activities funded via Stirling Crucible:

2014 Projects

  • Investigating the formation of physical activity habits and their effects on health (Naomi Brooks, Gemma Ryde)
  • Mathematical modelling of microbial population dynamics depending on biogeochemical parameter feedbacks (Christian Schroeder, Rachel Lintott) 

2016 Projects

Feedback from previous participants

“Extremely worthwhile and successful. We have already developed some long lasting collaborations and have learned a lot about collaboration, networking, impact, innovation and sustainability.”

Feedback from previous participants

“I particularly liked the first two events given the speaker insights. What the event as a whole has given me is more knowledge and insight into the impact agenda, which will allow me to be part of peer discussions at a national level.”

Feedback from previous participants

“Events such as the Crucible are vital for new researchers for many reasons. The training aspect is very important and the choice of subjects covered and the trainers employed for this were on the whole excellent.”

Feedback from previous participants

“Extremely useful exercise, it has created a new inter-school university research community. I have started a collaboration with somebody that was introduced to me by another member attending the Stirling Crucible so very useful also on that front.  The dinners were also a great opportunity to meet key people in the University.”

Feedback from previous participants

“I have found the whole event very useful and it has satisfied fully my expectations. I've learnt a lot of new things that will definitely help me to plan and develop my research, and it has given me the chance to meet other peers across the University. It's interesting to know that there are many researchers from other departments who work in areas of common interest.” 

Feedback from previous participants

 “This was a great opportunity to meet young, like-minded people from across the University and collaborate with them on different inter-disciplinary topics. We had the freedom to think freely, express views honestly, share experiences with each other.” 

‌Travel Costs

These will be paid for those staff normally based at Highland/Western Isles campuses, and at the marine Environment Research Lab.


Accommodation will be provided for all participants during the three labs

Stirling Crucible is open to all research staff, Impact Fellows, and academic staff.

Please note that you should be able to attend all three labs & associated evening activities.

Stirling Crucible 2016 Application form

Future dates will be announced in due course

We are aiming to recruit a cohort of 20 staff from across the institution. We expect to select staff from across the range of disciplines represented at Stirling, at any career stage. We are particularly interested in staff who can demonstrate evidence of interests beyond their research, including but not limited to: contributing to shaping policy, engagement with industrial partners, engaging the public with your research, writing for non-specialist audiences, involvement in school outreach programmes, involvement with special interest groups. Most of all, we are interested in people who are open to incorporating new ways of thinking in their research and to working with those from other disciplines on innovative and challenging new projects.

Please contact for further information.

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