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January 2007

Star Studded Letters to go on Show in Stirling

University of Stirling's New Home in the Highlands

University Scores £513,000 for Football Academy

Sports Scholarship to Unite Kenya and Stirling

Scientists' Sensational Crime-Fighting Exhibit

Stirling Golfers Travel the Globe

 

Star Studded Letters to go on Show in Stirling

Date released: Monday 8 January 2007

Letters written to the film director Lindsay Anderson by a starry who’s who of actors, writers and directors have been donated to the University of Stirling’s dedicated Anderson archive and will go on show next month.

The collection includes letters from the great Hollywood director John Ford, the theatre critic Kenneth Tynan, the writer Albert Camus and a number of actors including Laurence Olivier, Alec Guinness, Lillian Gish and Bette Davis. It also contains additional letters and postcards from John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, David Storey and Rachel Roberts, which will join those already held in the archive.

The file of letters came to light amongst the papers of the theatre designer Jocelyn Herbert, who died in 2003, and was passed to Stirling through the assistance of the Lindsay Anderson Memorial Foundation.

Archivist for the University’s Lindsay Anderson collection, Karl Magee, said:
“The discovery of this file is a very exciting development and a valuable addition to the University’s collection of Anderson’s personal and working papers. Many of the letters are fascinating objects in their own right and the correspondence highlights the circles in which Anderson worked and socialised.”

Many of the letters will be displayed as part of a major exhibition on Anderson in The Changing Room, Stirling’s Contemporary Art Space, in February 2007.

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University of Stirling's New Home in the Highlands

Date released: Friday 12 January 2007

Centre for Health ScienceOne of the largest providers of higher education in the Highlands and Islands, the University of Stirling, takes centre stage in the newly created Centre for Health Science which is officially opened today (Friday 12 January) by First Minister Jack McConnell at 2pm.

Staff and students as well as the University run Health Services Library moved into their new home in late October. Since 1996 the University’s Highland Campus, previously based at another site in the grounds of Raigmore Hospital, has conferred more than 1700 degrees and currently educates more than 400 students in Inverness. Most students are undertaking undergraduate courses leading to registration as nurses or midwives, while some are undertaking postgraduate studies leading to Master’s or Doctoral degrees.

Centre for Health ScienceUniversity Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Christine Hallett explained some of the benefits arising from the new facility:

“We look forward to the new opportunities offered by the Centre for collaborative teaching and research with other tenants. The Centre’s state-of-the-art facilities will transform the learning, teaching and research environment for our nursing and midwifery students and staff. It also provides ideal premises for conferences and meetings; while its location continues our close association with Raigmore hospital.”

Part of the University’s commitment to the region is its management of the Health Sciences Library, which has served University students and staff as well as the NHS community across the Highlands for many years.

Professor Hallett said: “The Health Services Library has also benefited from the move into the new modern facilities and continues to be a fantastic resource for our staff and students, as well as NHS Highland staff and Highland Council’s Social Work Department. We hope to extend this service to other tenants as the Centre expands.”


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Photos by Ewen Weatherspoon.


University Scores £513,000 for Football Academy

Date released: Friday 26 January 2007

Football AcademyThe University of Stirling has scored more than half a million in funding to create a football academy on campus. Stirlingshire businessman Sandy Alexander has donated £513,000 to the University to build the new facility which will house changing rooms, a physiotherapy suite, offices for coaches and a teaching area. Work on the academy, sited next to the National Tennis Centre and overlooking sports pitches and running track, will kick off in April and is expected to be complete by September 2007.

Mr Alexander said: “I am a Stirlingshire born lad and a big sports fan, and have had the good fortune in my business career to allow me the opportunity to help out in this way. I have been extremely impressed with the work the University has done to date in creating first class sports facilities and believe this new academy will enhance Stirling’s position as Scotland’s top university for sport.”

University of Stirling Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Christine Hallett said: “We are delighted to receive such a generous donation. The creation of this new facility will strengthen our reputation as the leading Scottish centre for sporting excellence. The University of Stirling offers the best range of sports facilities on a single site in the country and has long been at the forefront of high performance sport and training. Through our sports scholarship programme we have produced European and Commonwealth medal winners and over 85 senior and junior internationalists in a wide range of sports. This new facility will help us nurture Scotland’s football talent.”

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Sports Scholarship to Unite Kenya and Stirling

Kip KeinoDate released: Wednesday 7 February 2007

Scotland’s leading University for sport has launched an international sports scholarship with legendary Kenyan runner and humanitarian Kip Keino (pictured right) which will benefit both Kenyan and Scottish athletes. The Olympic and Commonwealth gold medallist visited the University of Stirling on Monday 5 February to finalise the agreement which will give talented Kenyan sportsmen and women access to Stirling’s sport science expertise. Stirling students will also travel to Kenya on athletics and development projects.

During his visit Kip, who is involved in a number of entrepreneurial and humanitarian efforts in Kenya (including funding an AIDS programme and running an orphanage), heard how the University of Stirling is already helping children in Africa through its teaching and research. The University is involved in a number of international development projects which are helping to improve health and fitness as well as raise HIV/AIDS awareness. For example, Sports Studies students are currently undertaking development work in Zambia, teaching young people in Lusaka various sports and giving them information about HIV/AIDS, and Professor Fred Coalter has recently returned from Tanzania as part of a three year scholarship from UK Sport for development work through sport in Africa and other countries. Deputy Principal, Professor Grant Jarvie has also recently completed a study of how sport and education have provided African runners the chance to escape poverty.

Professor Jarvie said: “Kip Keino helped to put Kenyan running on the world stage. He has been a role model and an inspiration for a generation of athletes, but even more than this he has shown us all that sport can have a humanitarian value that extends way beyond the running track. We are delighted to have Kip recognise our development work in Africa.”

Now president of Kenya’s Olympic Association, Kip also visited the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland who are based on the University campus and are extremely supportive of the new scholarship.

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Scientists' Sensational Crime-Fighting Exhibit

Date released: Thursday 15 February 2007

Visitors to Sensation Dundee during February will be among the first to witness the latest crime-fighting technology, as a new face perception exhibit is unveiled later this week.

EvoFIT, a revolutionary new system designed by the University of Stirling to help crime witnesses to construct a facial composite of a suspect, is set to revolutionise criminal visualisation systems such as the use of police artists.

Sensation has teamed up with the system’s creators Dr Charlie Frowd and Dr Peter Hancock, from the Face Perception Lab at the University of Stirling, to develop a version of EvoFIT suitable for an exhibit, allowing visitors to try their hand at facial reconstruction. The exhibit also challenges the visitor to recognise celebrities from their EvoFIT facial reconstructions, as well as learn more about the science behind EvoFIT. The system is now being introduced to police forces in the UK.

Sensation’s marketing manager, Alan Martin commented, “With the mid-term holidays fast approaching, the new face perception exhibit will be an added attraction for visitors to the centre. The arrival of EvoFIT coincides with our Easter workshop on forensics and is sure to be popular with visitors”.

Dr Peter Hancock said, “This is an opportunity for visitors to Sensation to learn about the latest facial composite technology and the science behind it. The project has been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council through a Partnership for Public Engagement grant.”

www.evofit.co.uk

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Stirling Golfers Travel the Globe

Date released: Friday 16 February 2007

The University of Stirling's men's and women's golf teams have recently completed competitive golf tours around the world as part of the institution's highly successful International Sports Scholarships programme.

The University of Stirling's men's golf team has just returned from an 11-day winter training camp in South Africa that included a 2-day match against South African Universities' champions, Tshwane University.

The trip, scheduled as part of the team's preparations for the forthcoming 2007 season, included practice and play opportunities at different venues throughout Pretoria, including the fabulous Sun City resort, home to the famous Million Dollar Classic Professional Golf event.

The match had all the makings of a classic as British champions, Stirling, faced their South African counterparts over 54-holes played at Wingate and Silver Lake resorts. The match was played in great spirit and went to the final game before Tshwane ended victorious 13.5-12.5. Despite the loss, Head Coach, Gordon Niven seemed happy with his team's efforts:

"The Stirling team performed well considering this is an out of season period for the players. The trip allowed the players to work hard on technical aspects of their game in excellent conditions. I'm sure it will benefit us greatly in our quest to retain the British Universities' title for the 3rd year in succession."

Raleigh Gowrie, the University's Sports Performance Manager, also expressed his thoughts on the journey to the southern hemisphere:

"The trip was also beneficial for the University of Stirling in terms of international profile. Tshwane University has similar academic arrangements for sports degree programmes as Stirling and, hopefully, we can nurture some excellent links with this progressive institution."

The women's team completed a 24-day trip to the USA, where it competed in 3 events on the Women's Orange Blossom Tour throughout Florida. The trip's highlights included 3rd year Sports Studies student, Emma Tipping's top-10 finish in the South Atlantic Championship and 3rd year Sports Studies student, Clare-Marie Carlton's quarter-final appearance in the Doherty/Jones Championship.

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