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Stirling Fund gives green light to 12 University initiatives

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Twelve University of Stirling projects are benefitting from a share of £16,000 through the Stirling Fund.

The Fund (formerly known as the Annual Fund), was established by the University in 2001 to support specific one-off initiatives, start up costs and projects that enhance and make a real difference to the student experience.

Alumni and friends of Stirling donate to the Fund, with previous projects that have benefitted including enhancement of the art collection, student scholarships, hardship applications and the re-development of the library.

This year, applications were sought from staff and students across the University and 12 initiatives were successful. The candidates attended a presentation held in the University Court Room where they were presented with their awards by Stirling’s Director of Finance Liam McCabe.

Director of Development and External Affairs Kerry Bryson, said: “The Stirling Fund is the vehicle that many alumni use to give back and support current and future students. The projects supported this year will have a tangible and positive impact on improving the student experience at the University.”

Stirling Fund Winning Applications

· School of Sport Zambia IDEALS Project - Funding to allow five students to complete first aid and sports coaching qualifications to improve student skills.
· Students’ Union – Funding to develop the Student Union website.
· Archives and Special Collections, Information Services – Funding for an exhibition highlighting the University’s natural history collection and creation of a wildlife trail.
· AirTV – Funding to purchase a film camera and flash cards.
· School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health – Funding to create a Highland Campus film club.
· Nature Society/Career Development Centre – Funding to set up an Employability and Skills Award to start up and manage high quality voluntary work experience.
· INSPIRE – Funding to launch a new peer reviewed journal created and managed by postgraduate researchers.
· Students’ Union – Funding to support the delivery of student led teaching awards Recognising Achievement in Teaching Excellence (RATE).
· Stirling Writers and Publishers Collective – Funding for the creation of a start-up collective and publication of short stories.
· School of Nursing Midwifery and Health – Funding to create a meditation programme and stress reduction intervention for student nurses.
· Biological and Environmental Sciences – Funding to attract a ‘super speaker’ guest lecturer.
· Student Support Services – Funding for a fully equipped laptop to help students with dyslexia.

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