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September

Gareth and Graeme to Attend Stammering Conference at University

Work is Breaking our Bodies and Our Minds

Poetry at Scottish Churches House

Presiding Officer to Give Williamson Lecture

Director of Cold Mountain at MacRobert

University Gives Police Lessons on Dementia

Journalists and War Reporting

Criminology Seminars at Stirling

The Warsaw Uprising

Gareth and Graeme to Attend Stammering Conference at University

Date released: Thursday 2 September 2004

Pop star Gareth Gates and Wet Wet Wet guitarist Graeme Duffin are to appear at a conference on stammering at the University of Stirling this weekend.

The British Stammering Association (BSA) is holding its tenth Annual Conference, Freedom to Speak on campus from 3-5 September.

The event, aimed at adults and children who stammer, their friends, relatives speech therapists and other interested professionals, aims to increase awareness of stammering and provide support to those affected. The BSA is hoping to attract scores of new participants and potential members to the event, which this year coincides with the establishment of its new Scottish Branch.

There will be An Audience with Gareth Gates on Saturday 4 September at 12.40pm and Wet Wet Wet guitarist Graeme Duffin will deliver a workshop on Flirtations with Fluency at 9am.

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Work is Breaking our Bodies and our Minds

Date released: Monday 6 September 2004

The University of Stirling’s Occupational and Environmental Health Research Group has raised serious questions about the impact of work on health and the failure of governmental organisations to tackle root problems effectively.

Professor of Health Effectiveness, Andrew Watterson has voiced his concerns over the Health and Safety Commission’s new strategy for occupational health in the International Journal of Occupational Safety and Health (IJOEH).

Professor Watterson said: “The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) has ditched crucial occupational health functions, such as the post of HSE medical director, despite its own evidence showing it is failing to meet its targets to reduce occupational ill-health. Its new strategy document for occupational health is an enormous disappointment and looks certain to fail to deal effectively with what is a very serious public health problem.”

The HSE’S recently published Occupational Health Statistics Bulletin 2003/4 notes that the around three quarters of the 43 million working days lost each year in the UK to workplace disease and accident are due to occupational disease. The top workplace diseases are musculoskeletal strains and sprains and mental health problems. Other common types of ill-health with a significant number of occupational cases were lung diseases such as asthma, contact dermatitis and disorders related to vibration noise. The annual toll for work-related cancers is estimated at 6,000.

Professor Watterson said: “At a time when occupational health and safety needs to raise, not lower, its profile and increase, not reduce, its champions, specifically in the occupational health field, current decisions about occupational medicine seem deeply flawed.”


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Andrew Watterson

University of Stirling

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Poetry at Scottish Churches House

Date released: Tuesday 14 September 2004

The University of Stirling's Professor of English Studies, Roderick Watson, will take part in a poetry reading and discussion weekend at Scottish Churches House, Dunblane from 24-26 September on the theme of Poetry and the Human Spirit.

He and three other poets, Meg Bateman, Robert Crawford and Michael Symmons Roberts, will read from their own work, discuss it with the participants and enter into wider conversations about the role of poetry in a secular world, its relationship to spirituality and what it offers for readers and writers.

Roderick Watson’s poetry has appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies. His first full collection, True History on the Walls was published in 1976 and another, Into the Blue Wavelengths, will appear later this year from Luath Press. He has published extensively on modern Scottish literature, has been General Editor of the Canongate Classics series since it was established in 1987 and is the editor of the comprehensive anthology, The Poetry of Scotland: Gaelic, Scots and English (Edinburgh, 1995).


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Presiding Officer to Give Williamson Lecture


Date released: Wednesday 15 September 2004



George Reid MSP will give the University of Stirling’s annual Andrew John Williamson Memorial Lecture on Friday 24 September.

Mr Reid, who is Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, will speak on The Scottish Parliament and the Need to Look over the Horizon.

Head of Politics at the University of Stirling, Dr Graham Timmins said: “In a very short time the Scottish Parliament has established itself as a force for positive change in Scottish politics and has become a symbol for the nation within Europe and the wider international community. George Reid's talk at the University of Stirling comes at a time when Scotland is facing a range of complex political challenges. It will be a welcome opportunity to hear the views of a much respected Scottish politician.”

The lecture has been organised by the Andrew John Williamson Memorial Trust, which was established by an endowment from the parents of Andrew John Williamson. Andrew died as a result of a car accident in 1981 while a Politics student at the University of Stirling.

The talk is free of charge and open to the public. It will be held in the Logie Lecture Theatre commencing at 6.30pm.

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Director of Cold Mountain at MacRobert


Date released: Thursday 16 September 2004

Internationally acclaimed writer and film director, Anthony Minghella (The English Patient and Cold Mountain) will provide the keynote speech for Inspire, 21st Century Literacies - Creativity and Ambition, an Education Forum at MacRobert, University of Stirling on 17 September.

Editors are invited to send a reporter and/or photographer to MacRobert at 9.00am when a photo shoot and interview has been arranged with Mr Minghella.

Inspire will consider the role of moving image media education in the Scottish Curriculum. This education forum is part of Discovery, Scotland’s first International Film Festival for Children and Young People (www.discoveryfilmfestival.com) that runs until 19 September 2004. This unique event showcases the very best of national and international film for and by children and young people and features gala events, public and school screenings, special guest appearances, workshops and discussions.

The MacRobert Young Consultants, aged between 7 and 17, have been involved in all aspects of the festival including viewing and selecting films for the Discovery programme, film projection and overall management of the building during the festival.

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MacRobert Arts Centre

University of Stirling

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email Email: lisa.campbell@stir.ac.uk

University Gives Police Lessons on Dementia

Date released: Tuesday 21 September 2004


The University of Stirling has joined forces with the Scottish Police Service to supply dementia awareness training to officers working in the community.

The CD-ROM based training module will be launched on: World Alzheimer’s Day, Tuesday 21 September, at Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Centre at 81 Oxford Street, Glasgow at 10am. It has been developed with the expert assistance of the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) at Stirling University in conjunction with Alzheimer Scotland to explain what dementia is and identify the different ways it can affect people.

The module uses a series of interactive activities and four different case scenarios to give officers the opportunity to think through the types of situations they may have to deal with in the course of their duties and acquire strategies for dealing more effectively with people with dementia. Scenarios include an elderly lady who is caught shoplifting at 2am, a man in his late 40s causing a disturbance in a pub, a distressed older woman running through the streets at night wearing only a jacket and an elderly man who keeps leaving his home.

DSDC Education and Training Officer and author of the module, Fiona Fowler said: “It is important to remember that Britain’s population is ageing, with this comes new challenges. People with dementia are able to live longer whether in their home or in a care home. That is why we all need more information and education on dementia. Identifying whether a person has dementia can be difficult, particularly in the early stages, as there are other illnesses that have similar symptoms. Through completing this module, officers will discover information which will assist them as they carry out their work in the community.”

The module provides practical advice for police officers working within the community. It sets out clear guidelines for dealing with people with dementia including being aware of facial expressions, using a quiet tone, allowing time for them to respond and sitting facing them in good light.

Chief Constable Paddy Tomkins, Chair of the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland’s Diversity Standing Committee said: “It is a fact that people who suffer from this complex illness will sometimes come into contact with the police. We have a commitment to deal with all members of our communities in a fair, sensitive and supportive manner and this new training allows officers in Scotland to do that. The Scottish Police Service has always sought to improve the service it offers to communities and this is yet another positive step forward in achieving that.”

Endorsing the module, Rachel Guy, Fundraising & Public Relations Director for Alzheimer Scotland said: “Alzheimer Scotland very much welcomes the launch of the training module which will help develop a better understanding of dementia amongst the police in Scotland.’’

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Lesley Pollock, Media Relations Manager, University of Stirling, 01786 467058
Stuart Wilson, Communications Officer, ACPOS, 0141 532 6302
Karen Gallacher, Public Relations & Marketing Manager, Alzheimer Scotland, 0131 243 1453


Journalists and War Reporting

Date released: Monday 27 September 2004

The distinguished journalist Roy Greenslade will give this year’s Hetherington Memorial Lecture on the subject Not my country right or wrong: journalists and war reporting.

The public lecture will take place on Wednesday 6 October at 5.30pm in the Logie Lecture Theatre, University of Stirling.

Roy Greenslade is a media commentator for The Guardian, a presenter on BBC Radio 4 and Professor of Journalism at City University, London. The former editor of the Daily Mirror is also the author of Press Gang: how newspapers make profits from propaganda (2003) and Maxwell's Fall (1992).

The annual event, organised by the Stirling Media Research Institute, is named after the late Alastair Hetherington. The former editor of The Guardian and Controller of BBC Scotland was the first Research Professor of Media Studies at the University of Stirling.

Previous lectures have been given by Peter Preston, Jon Snow, Alan Rusbridger, Sheena McDonald and Jonathan Freedland.

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Criminology Seminars at Stirling

Date released: Monday 27 September 2004


The University of Stirling’s Department of Applied Social Science is launching the second session of its criminology seminar series.

New Themes in Criminology brings together national and international scholars who all share an interest in the study of crime and crime control strategies.

The series aims to generate critical debate of the latest empirical, methodological and theoretical developments in criminological research.

All three seminars will be held in Room 2, The Iris Murdoch Centre, from 4.30 - 6.00pm to which members of the public are most welcome:

Wednesday 6 October
Professor John Muncie
Repenalisation and Rights: Global Developments in Youth Justice
John Muncie is Professor of Criminology at the Open University and is a leading international scholar on youth justice and youth criminology. His work is positioned within critical criminology, challenging traditional crime and law-and-order agendas. He has published widely on youth criminology and his current research involves comparative analysis of global youth justice reform and policy transfers. He is a member of the editorial boards of the British Journal of Criminology, The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice and Youth Justice. He is also compiling, authoring and editing of the first Dictionary of Criminology in the UK.

Wednesday 10 November
Professor Joe Sim
Inhibiting Radical Change: Criminology and the Limits of Penal Reform in England and Wales
Joe Sim is Professor of Criminology at Liverpool John Moores University. His main research interests lie in the sociology of violence, the history of prisons and punishment, contemporary penal systems and criminological theory, the politics of criminological research and masculinity and crime. He is the author of numerous articles and books including British Prisons and Prisons Under Protest. He has also co-edited Western European Penal Systems.

Wednesday 1 December
Dr Shadd Maruna
Beyond "Barbarians" and "Bleeding Hearts": Understanding Public Attitudes Toward Punishment
Shadd Maruna is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology. His research focuses on the reintegration of formerly incarcerated citizens into society. His work tackles issues of resettlement, the processes of self-change of offenders and the public’s attitudes and responses to law-breakers. He is the author of Making good: How ex-convicts reform and rebuild their lives which was awarded the American Society of Criminology's Michael J Hindelang Award for 2001. He is co-editor of After Crime and Punishment: Pathways to Offender Reintegration and he has written numerous articles and book chapters.


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Dr Laura Piacentini

University of Stirling

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The Warsaw Uprising, 1944

Date released: Monday 27 September 2004

A one-day conference is to be held at the University of Stirling to examine one of the major turning points of the Second World War, the Warsaw Uprising.

Director of the Centre for Research in Polish History, Professor Peter Stachura, said: “The Uprising was begun on the 1st of August 1944 by the Home Army, the largest military resistance movement in occupied Poland, with the aim of expelling the Germans and asserting Poland’s claims to national independence and freedom. After 63 days of intense fighting, however, the Uprising was brutally crushed.”

Specially invited speakers will assess the military, social and political character of the Uprising and its consequences. Particular reference will be made to the role of the Allied Powers, Britain, the Soviet Union and the United States.

The conference will take place on Saturday 2 October from 10am - 4pm. For further information or to book a place contact Professor Stachura on Tel: 01786 467580 or E-mail: p.d.stachura@stir.ac.uk. The conference fee is £15 or £12 for students.


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Professor Peter Stachura

University of Stirling

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