Alan Shearer

Honorary Graduate Alan Shearer

An England and Newcastle United legend, Mr Shearer is renowned as one of the world’s best ever strikers. During his career, he also played for Southampton and Blackburn Rovers – and he continues to hold the record of being the English Premier League’s record goalscorer, with 260 goals.

Mr Shearer has set up the Alan Shearer Foundation to raise funds for people with disabilities in the north-east of England and has also supported the NSPCC, Sport Relief and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. He received an OBE in 2001 and a CBE in 2016.

Today, he is best-known for his regular slot on BBC’s ‘Match of the Day’ and, in 2017, he fronted a documentary, ‘Alan Shearer: Dementia, Football and Me’, investigating the risks posed by heading in football. Experts from the University of Stirling were at the centre of the documentary discussing their world-leading research found that heading in football causes instant changes to the brain.

Read Alan Shearer’s tribute to University of Stirling experts shining a light on heading risks.

"It's hard work that gets you there"

Alan Shearer talks about his links with the University and its research into football heading risks, and has some useful advice for graduates.