University congratulates graduates honoured by Queen

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The University of Stirling Principal and Vice-Chancellor has congratulated three members of the University community on their recognition in the latest Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Computer scientist Professor Muffy Calder, social entrepreneur and youth campaigner John Loughton, and Olympic curler Eve Muirhead are on the Honours list.

Professor Calder graduated from Stirling with a BSc Computer Science in 1980 and is currently Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Glasgow. She was awarded Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to research and education.

Mr Loughton – who studied Politics and Social Policy at the University between 2005 and 2008 – is a former Big Brother winner and founder of The Scran Academy, which has brought together volunteers and organisations in Edinburgh to help keep people fed during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is recognised with the British Empire Medal for his services to the community during COVID-19.

Ms Muirhead, who received an honorary doctorate from Stirling in 2018, skipped her team to Olympic bronze in Sochi 2014. She will be made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to curling.

Professor Gerry McCormac, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Stirling, said: “On behalf of everyone at the University of Stirling, congratulations to Professor Muffy Calder, John Loughton and Eve Muirhead on their awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

“This recognition is well deserved and reflects the excellent contributions they have made, and are continuing to make, to science, society and sport.”