Be Connected

Discover a programme of events, activities and resources for our Stirling community of students and staff.

Be Connected

Our Be Connected programme is inspired by the 5 ways to wellbeing.

Below you’ll find a range of live, in-person and virtual events, activities and resources, from live workouts hosted by our Sports Centre staff and friendly drop in coffee sessions, to craft workshops and meditation sessions. We update the calendar each week, so keep checking back to see what's on.

There's also a great array of online resources for you to learn something new, keep fit and well or soak in some culture. Follow our hashtag #BeConnected on the University’s social media platforms to keep up to date about what we’re offering and promoting every week.

Select a day to see what's on:

Monday classes - 23 May 2022
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Festival of Research - Opening Plenary Festival of Research 2022 opens with keynote speaker, Dr Stuart Fancey, Director of Research and Innovation at the Scottish Funding Council. Stuart will set out the SFC’s plans for future research support and describe several key initiatives under way involving the SFC and its partners in Higher Education and beyond. 11:30am - 1:00pm  Find out more and sign up here
Global Cafe

The Global Cafe is a fun and relaxed way for International students to make new friends with local people and other students from around the world! Drop in or come for the full session, everyone is welcome! Enjoy a snack and chat, games and discussions and meet new friends!  

3:30pm - 5:00pm 

No need to book! Meet in the INTO Building 

Tuesday classes - 24 May 2022
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Festival of Research - What is mission-oriented research?

The session brings together a number of senior colleagues from across the University to stimulate discussion on mission-oriented research. We will address why mission-oriented approaches are becoming increasingly commonplace given the changes in the wider context for research and innovation, and what the implications of this shifting landscape might be for our research outlook at Stirling.

10:00am - 11:30am 

Find out more and sign up here

Festival of Research - Mission Oriented research – a faculty perspective

A session led by Associate Deans for Research from each Faculty who will share where discussions on this topic are within each Faculty. They will discuss which missions or challenges have been or might be identified as important to their faculty, where expertise lies, what opportunities this provides for research within strategies and where the synergies are between faculties.

2:00pm - 3:30pm 

Find out more and sign up here

Dissertation 1: Learn to control Microsoft Word (Online Student Session)

Working on a Dissertation requires a different level of skill in an application which we think know well.

Join us to see how Styles, Automatic Tables of Contents, Sections and many other Word features enable us to be in control of the process.

10:00am - 11:00am  Find out more and sign up here
Life Beyond Stirling: Interview Masterclass

Whether formal or informal you will likely be asked to attend an interview at some stage of a job application process. This Interview Masterclass session, combined with the 'How to Prepare for an Interview' Pathway on TargetConnect, will help to ensure you feel ready for your next interview. 

10:00am - 11:00am Sign up here

 

Wednesday classes - 25 May 2022
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Festival of Research - Doing Interdisciplinary Doctoral Research - Interdisciplinary Research Network (IRN)

The Interdisciplinary Research Network (IRN) is a PGR-led network for early career researchers in Scotland which aims to connect researchers across disciplines for knowledge exchange, skills development, and peer-to-peer support. This session will provide an overview of the activities of the network, as well as showcasing the range of interdisciplinary research projects across our membership through a “3-minute thesis” exercise. We will conclude with an interactive discussion on the challenges and opportunities that PGR students face in doing interdisciplinary research, from which key themes will be captured for dissemination after the event.

10:00m - 11:30am

Find out more and sign up here

 

Festival of Research - Reflections on REF

We will know the outcome of the Research Excellence Framework in early May. This panel session involving Unit of Assessment Coordinators and Impact Champions will provide an opportunity to discuss the impacts of the REF on researchers and professional services colleagues, exploring how impact was shaped in this REF, and discussing the outlook for impact and engagement with end users of research in future.

2:00pm - 3.30pm

Find out more and sign up here

 
Dissertation 2: The Power of Word Styles (Online Student Session)

Join us for our 2nd Dissertation session which takes us further on the journey of how to create, use and modify Styles.

This wonderful Word feature helps to put us in control of how our Dissertation will look ensuring a consistent appearance.

10:00am - 11:00am Find out more and sign up here  
Life Beyond Stirling:Slay on your first day Starting a new job can be exciting. It may be a wonderful chance to do something you enjoy, make new friends, develop your skills, and, at the very least, earn a living. But, for many of us, the build up to our first day can also come with increased anxiety. A new job means learning new routines, new places, new systems, and meeting new people. We may be nervous about this big change. But there are things we can do to ease that first day anxiety. Come along to this fun filled, interactive session to connect with your inner confidence and slay your way on your first day. 11:00am - 12:00pm Find out more and sign up here  
Life Beyond Stirling: Adulting, transitioning to work When we asked final year students about what you wanted to know more about, high on the list was how to navigate the transition from uni to work. It is common to feel daunted and apprehensive about what it's like to work full-time in a 'proper job' - even if you've had summer jobs or internships, leaving uni can still feel scary (and exciting of course!) In this session, we'll be talking about some of the common worries and challenges, addressing your concerns, and creating strategies so that you feel like a real adult! 12:00pm - 1:00pm Find out more and sign up here  
Thursday classes - 26 May 2022
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Festival of Research - Speed Networking The increase in home-working and a reduction in face-to-face events over the years of the Covid pandemic has led to less opportunity to make connections and grow networks. This speed networking session aims to bring together researchers from across different career stages and disciplines in the same space as an opportunity to spark conversations, build new connections and facilitate possible synergies. 10:00am - 11:30am 

Find out more and sign up here

Conversation Club English Conversation Club - Now in person in the INTO building! Practise your English language speaking skills while making new friends of locals and students alike. 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Contact: Alexandra.haworth2@stir.ac.uk for more information 

Festival of Research - City Region and Growth Deal We will be joined by John Rogers, Executive Director of Research, Innovation and Business Engagement (RIBE) and Ann Jacob-Chandler, Head of the Regional Programme Management Office for the Stirling & Clackmannanshire City Region Deal to present the City Region and Growth Deal. We will be updated on the current state of play of each of the City Deal projects, exploring what opportunities may come down the line for the researcher community, including ways in which researchers can engage and keep informed of activities. 2:00pm - 3:30pm Find out more and sign up here
Dissertation 3: Take Control of Graphs, Charts and Images (Online Student Session)

Join us for our 3rd Dissertation session which looks at the often annoying task of how to control the placement and captioning of the graphs, charts and images which enhance the text.

If there is time we will include a look at the Drawing Canvas and how to create your own diagrams.

10:00am - 11:00am Find out more and sign up here
Friday classes - 27 May 2022
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Festival of Research - Professorial Colloquium This event will bring professorial staff from across the University, including colleagues from the Research Environment Group (REG), to explore leadership, to share good practice, develop research teams, and build capacity of early career researchers. Although the panel will kick off the discussion, we hope the audience will also contribute ideas and examples of activities they organise themselves or have found valuable. We hope people will go away with an idea for one new thing to try in their own group or team. 10:00m - 11:30am 

Find out more and sign up here

Festival of Research - Research Culture Awards Ceremony Prof Rachel Norman, Dean for Research Engagement and Performance, and Prof Eddie Duncan Associate Dean for Research, Faculty Health Sciences and Sport and Chair of the Research Environment Group will co-host the third iteration of the Research Culture Awards Ceremony. The Awards are an opportunity to nominate colleagues across seven Research Culture Award categories and to celebrate people and groups who have positively contributed towards a vibrant research environment at Stirling. 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Find out more and sign up here

Saturday classes - 28 May 2022
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Sunday classes - 29 May 2022
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