After completing an HND in Sports Coaching, Mark Pirie opted to pursue a Sports Studies degree at the University of Stirling - a decision that unlocked a world of opportunities.
“The University of Stirling is the best in Scotland for sport,” Mark explained. “I love the atmosphere at the University, its values are similar to my own, and I just knew that this would be a great place to study, work and meet new people.”
Mark spent an exhilarating three years at Stirling, which saw him join the Skydiving Club and complete his first solo static line jump from 3,500ft. He also had the opportunity to study abroad for six months under the Erasmus Programme.
The Glaswegian appreciated the passion of his lecturers at Stirling, saying: “They made me believe that I was capable of doing good work that was likely to make a difference.”
Mark has now set his sights on becoming a secondary school PE teacher and describes his time at Stirling as a “crazy rollercoaster adventure”.
He added: “I met some amazing people and have definitely made friends for life.”