Deciding where and what to study is one of the biggest decisions in your life. I lead professional teams that attract and welcome students to Stirling; support international collaborations and exchanges; and engage with graduates on the mutual benefits of staying in touch after graduation. Students may be here for a short time but they are alumni forever. Our alumni, spread over 150 countries, mentor students on the skills that employers need and generously donate to projects designed to ensure that students make the most of their student experience. As we approach our 50th anniversary I hope to galvanise inspirational people to do exceptional things for our institution to ensure the University of Stirling’s place on the world stage is assured for the next fifty years.