Lord McConnell served as First Minister of Scotland between 2001 and 2007, before being appointed to the House of Lords as Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale in 2010. He became a Vice-President for Unicef UK in 2015.
Lord McConnell received the degree of Doctor of the University in October 2008, in recognition of his contribution to public affairs.
After graduating in Mathematics with Education, he taught Mathematics in local high schools between 1983 and 1992.
During his time as an undergraduate student at the University of Stirling, Lord McConnell served as President of the Students’ Union – from 1980-82 – as well as National Union of Students Scotland Vice-President, from 1982-83.
He was the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Peacebuilding from 2008 to 2010, and Education Adviser to the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative in Malawi and Rwanda.
Lord McConnell is the Founder and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the McConnell International Foundation. He is involved as an ambassador, patron and board member of several international and UK-based non-government organisations.
In 2013, Lord McConnell’s political papers – ranging from early election leaflets to diaries from his period as First Minister – were received by the Scottish Political Archive, based at the University.
Lord McConnell’s installation as Chancellor will take place at the University’s summer degree ceremonies in June 2019.
Previous Stirling Chancellors
1. Lord Robbins - 1967 to 1978
2. Sir Harold Montague Finniston - 1978 to 1988
3. 8th Lord Balfour of Burleigh, Robert Bruce - 1988 to 1998
4. Dame Diana Rigg - 1998 to 2008
5. James Naughtie - 2008 to 2018