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November 2007

University Honours in Inverness

Access to Civil Justice in Scotland

Best Help for Stroke Survivor is from the Heart

Chancellor Addresses Global Challenge

SFA Central Region Relocates to University of Stirling

Stirling Becomes First Scottish University to Join Elite Global Group of CFA Institute Program Partners

FT’S John Lloyd to give Hetherington Lecture

US Journalist Tackles Human Rights and Foreign Policy

American Poet Adrienne Rich, Planet Earth Photographer Doug Allan and Former NATO Chief George Robertson Among Those to be Honoured by University of Stirling

US Journalist Tackles Human Rights and Foreign Policy

Nacho Novo to Address Football, Media and Celebrity

Education Secretary Joins School Pupils' Mini-Highland Games to Celebrate St Andrew's Day

Cartoon Animation Makes Child's Play of Identifying Criminals

University Honours in Inverness

Date released: Friday 2 November 2007

Scottish mountaineer, Victor Saunders, who has conquered Mount Everest no fewer than three times, is to be awarded an honorary degree from the University of Stirling in Inverness today (Friday 2 November).

Mr Saunders will receive the award of Master of Arts in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Scottish and international mountaineering.

He will join more than 120 Nursing and Midwifery students who have successfully completed degree and diploma courses at the University’s Highland (Inverness) and Western Isles (Stornoway) campuses.  Two of the graduating students (Emma MacDonald and Lena MacDonald) starred in the BBC documentary ‘Nursing A Dream’ earlier this year.

In presenting Mr Saunders for his award, Senior Lecturer Dr Vernon Gayle of the Department of Applied Social Science said: “Mr Saunders is a distinguished and highly accomplished Scottish mountaineer who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport. He has reached the summit of Mount Everest three times and climbed extensively in the European Alps and the Himalayas. At home, he has been a significant contributor to the development of winter climbing in Scotland, establishing a number of major routes at the highest technical grades.”

The graduation ceremony will take place in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness at 12 noon. A photo call will be held at 12.50pm outside the Cathedral, when there will be an opportunity to photograph Nursing and Midwifery graduates and Victor Saunders.

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Access to Civil Justice in Scotland

Date released: Monday 5 November 2007

The Scottish Legal Action Group (SCOLAG) has today (Monday 5 November) published an important collection of short essays concerning the ongoing review of the civil justice system in Scotland.

The collection was commissioned by the Scottish Consumer Council and has been edited by Dr David McArdle, Deputy Head of the University of Stirling’s School of Law.

The Review, headed by the Lord Justice Clerk, Lord Gill, seeks to ensure that the civil justice system provides an effective service for all those who use it. The areas that are under consideration include ensuring cases are dealt with at the appropriate level of the court system; disposing of civil cases that involve relatively small sums; and ensuring effective management of all civil cases as they progress through the system.

Establishing the review was a key recommendation of Lord Coulsfield’s advisory group report, which was also commissioned by the Scottish Consumer Council and published in November 2005. When announcing the terms of the Gill Review in February 2007, the then justice minister Cathy Jamieson said it would have ‘a clear remit to produce recommendations for change’.

The SCOLAG collection aims to help that process by raising awareness of a number of matters that fall clearly within the public interest and debates whether the present regimes are fit for purpose.

Dr McArdle said: “There is an expectation that the Gill Review will result in real, tangible benefits to those who live and work in Scotland; but this can only be achieved if the opinions of those most affected by the legal system are taken into account and acted upon. Lawyers aren’t always the best people to drive law reform and it’s our hope that this collection will raise awareness of some of the issues that the Gill Review ought to consider. We also hope that it encourage all those who would not normally engage in such processes to share their opinions on these matters with the appropriate parties. “

Among the concerns highlighted in this collection are the difficulty in obtaining legal aid to challenge decisions impacting upon out-of-hours medical care (a particular concern within rural communities); the lack of opportunity to challenge planning decisions which have a marked environmental impact and individuals’ lack of access to ‘environmental justice’ in general; the lack of opportunities for lay people to engage with, and learn about, the law in Scotland (as opposed to the opportunities afforded in other jurisdictions); the particular problems faced by litigants-in-person, vulnerable groups, victims of domestic abuse and migrant workers; and how the courts’ reluctance to grant protective costs orders discourages those with entirely legitimate claims from pursuing legal redress.

Dr McArdle said: “These are situations that can have a long-lasting impact upon the fabric of Scotland and the lives of those who live, work and do business here. If the Gill Review has any teeth, it should bite deeply on matters such as these.”

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Best Help for Stroke Survivor is from the Heart

Date released: Friday 9 November 2007

The experiences of stroke patients can help other patients and their families just as much, if not more, than medical books or doctors surgeries, according to recent research by the University of Stirling.

The UK wide research project led by Professor Sally Wyke [of Stirling] through the Alliance of Self-Care Research, taps into the empathy quotient, which is a valuable tonic for stroke survivors, carers and health professionals. The findings, in the form of patient narratives, are live on the Times rated patient websites DIPEx, and allows people to watch video clips, and listen to real patients as they talk about their experience of living with stroke.

Developed by the University of Stirling, working with NHS Scotland and the DIPEx organisation, Professor Sally Wykes hopes the site will make life a bit easier for anyone suffering from, or caring for, a stroke survivor, as she explains:

“It isn’t easy to get information about other peoples’ experiences of stroke, and unlike many chronic illnesses, stroke usually has a sudden onset. The issues that present the greatest physical, mental and emotional challenges may be very different from those that healthcare professionals imagine.

“DIPEx: Living with stroke provides stroke suffers, family and carers with personal accounts from over 53 stroke patients UK wide – recounting experiences of treatments, recovery progress, as well as sound advice as to how to get better. The wider this information can be disseminated, the better for everyone.”

The research was wholly dependent upon the voluntary efforts of stroke patients. It identified information not readily available such as how people felt after a stroke, and the very personal needs of stroke patients, and carers, in the months after leaving hospital.

Living with stroke on the DIPEx website also links with factual advice on stroke from Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland and has video, audio and written clips from the interviews with people talking about a variety of topics, including:


• What happened? The first few days after a stroke
• What problems did I have, and why?
• Why me? Why now? Reducing the risk of another stroke
• Can I take the contraceptive pill if I have a stroke?

A similar project has been undertaken by NHS Lanarkshire to create The ETHoS Project and Stroke Patient Narratives. This staff training and service development programme makes use of the patients’ narratives both to promote active listening, and to enhance staff understanding of patients’ needs and concerns.

Life After Stroke – The Patient Experience, took place at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 7th November 2007, and recognised volunteers’ invaluable contributions to the successful outcome of the project, alongside illustrating the ways in which the shared experiences are being used to support others and influence staff training and practice.

Additional information can be found at www.dipex.org/stroke

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Chancellor Addresses Global Challenge

Date released: Thursday 8 November 2007 - Updated Friday 9 November 2007

Alistair DarlingThe Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Alistair Darling, paid a special visit to the University of Stirling on Thursday 8 November to give the annual Andrew John Williamson Memorial Lecture. The subject of Mr Darling’s address was the challenge of globalisation for Scotland and the UK. Read the speech in full at:

Speech by the Chancellor of the Exchequer

Speaking ahead of the lecture, Mr Darling explained how the University of Stirling is itself meeting global challenges: “I am honoured to give this lecture in the University’s 40th anniversary year. Stirling is one of the UK’s leading universities in the fields of enterprise and the economy, sport, health and well-being, culture and society and the environment. Its graduates, staff and students are helping shape the world at a local, national and international level; from the economics of Scotland’s ageing population and upskilling the retail sector in Singapore, to international development work in Bangladesh and HIV education through sport in Zambia.”

The lecture was organised jointly by the University and 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 annual lecture has attracted major political figures since it was launched in 1983 including Clare Short, Michael Portillo, Paddy Ashdown, Alex Salmond, Michael Forsyth, George Robertson, Menzies Campbell and George Reid.

Todd Cooper, David O'Brien and Alistair DarlingDuring his visit to the campus the Chancellor also met some of the University's top student athletes in the Scottish National Swimming Academy, including Todd Cooper (Commonwealth and Olympic Games) and David O'Brien (Olympic Games).

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SFA Central Region Relocates to University of Stirling

Date released: Monday 19 November 2007

Despite Scotland’s heartbreaking defeat to Italy at the weekend, the Scottish Football Association this week set out its vision for the future of football development in the Central Belt.

The SFA’s Central Region, one of six regions created to deliver the association’s Youth Action Plan across Scotland, will deliver its five-year framework from a new regional base at the University of Stirling.

The ambitious plan aims to truly localise the game and Andy Gilchrist, the SFA’s Central Region football development manager, said: “Our overall aim is purely to localise football and provide opportunities to all. Quite simply, everyone in the central belt should be able to find a club local to them that they can play for and the teams of these clubs should be able to play against similar teams within the region. Improving the infrastructure of leagues and the quality of its member clubs will greatly enhance the number of footballing opportunities for local people and ultimately improve the overall standard of the game in Central Scotland.”

The new Regional Plan was created in conjunction with the six local authorities within the SFA’s Central Region as well as the Scottish Youth FA, Scottish Women’s Football and the Scottish Schools FA. The plan outlines five main headline objectives for the region to deliver between 2007 and 2011. These are: Regionalisation; Player Pathway; Disability Football; Coach/Volunteer Education; and Club Development.

The University of Stirling is one of a number of partners who will support and help deliver the new plan and recently made office accommodation available for use by the SFA Central Region.

Welcoming the SFA, Peter Bilsborough, Director of Sports Development at the University of Stirling, said:” The University of Stirling is an important centre for the development of football and already has a strong working relationship with the SFA. The University is delighted to provide office accommodation to the Central Region. Sharing the considerable resources of both organisations will add considerable value to the delivery of the association's Youth Action Plan, ensuring that youth football in Central Scotland goes from strength to strength.”

Further information on the new regional office of the Scottish FA and the regional plan it is implementing can be viewed at www.footballcentral.org

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Stirling Becomes First Scottish University to Join Elite Global Group of CFA Institute Program Partners

Date released: Monday 19 November 2007

The global membership organisation that awards the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, CFA Institute, has named the University of Stirling as a program partner – making it the first institution in Scotland to receive this prestigious accolade, and one of a select group of partner institutions worldwide.

The University of Stirling won CFA Institute’s recognition for the industry relevant training provided by its Master’s in Investment Analysis. The well-established and internationally recognised one year programme covers 70% of the CFA Program syllabus and equips professionals with the knowledge needed to work in the field.

Nitin Mehta, Managing Director CFA Institute (EMEA), said: "Stirling is our first Program Partner in Scotland and supports CFA Institute’s strategy to work with the leading academic institutions around the world. Combining the MSc in Investment Analysis course with the CFA Program provides successful students with a great advantage. Not only will it provide a comprehensive understanding of the investment industry and finance but also give students a great asset with which to market themselves to employers. The partnership is a great example of combining the very best in academic and professional education.”

The MSc in Investment Analysis is delivered by the University’s Department of Accounting and Finance. As the oldest-established Master’s programme in the field of investment management education in the UK, the course has been an attractive option for postgraduate students since its inception in 1989 and has produced many graduates who now occupy key positions in the investment management profession and related fields. Sixty-one students from around the globe are currently enrolled on the programme.

MSc in Investment Analysis Programme Director, Dr Kevin Campbell, said: “We are very pleased to have been selected as a CFA Program Partner. This recognition by the CFA Institute sends a clear message to potential students and employers that our MSc in Investment Analysis provides an education that is professionally relevant, cutting edge and internationally respected.”

To mark the partnership a formal signing ceremony will take place at the University of Stirling today (Monday 19 November).

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FT’S John Lloyd to give Hetherington Lecture

Date released: Friday 16 November 2007

Contributing Editor to the Financial Times and author of What the media are doing to our politics, John Lloyd of the Reuters Institute, Oxford University, will give this year’s Hetherington Memorial Lecture.

He will speak on the topic 'A Serious Crisis? The future of analytical and investigative reporting' on Monday 19 November in the Logie Lecture Theatre, University of Stirling at 6pm.

Speaking ahead of the lecture, John Lloyd said: "There are problems with the survival of serious journalism, but there is no doubt that journalism as a whole is being taken seriously – indeed, much more seriously than ever before. In this lies a paradox: much (not all) journalism is attracting smaller and smaller audiences – especially, it seems, that which qualifies for the prefix “serious” or “investigative”. Yet at the same time much more effort, much more money – serious money – is being spent on “producing” personalities and events which are the subject of journalism. Herein lies one of the great problems for journalism in our times."

The Hetherington Memorial Lecture, organised by the Stirling Media Research Institute, was established in memory of Alastair Hetherington, former Guardian editor and BBC Scotland controller, who was the first research professor in the Department of Film & Media Studies at the University.

Elinor Goodman, Jon Snow, Alan Rusbridger and Sheena McDonald are among the well-known journalists who have given the annual lecture, which is supported by the Scott Trust, owners of the Guardian and the Observer.

The event is open to the public and admission is free.

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US Journalist Tackles Human Rights and Foreign Policy

Date released: Thursday 22 November 2007

Will the US attack Iran? What is the role of the media in shaping foreign policy? These are some of the questions to be addressed by Jim Lobe, Washington Bureau Chief of Inter Press Service (IPS), in a seminar at the University of Stirling entitled The Media: Human Rights and Foreign Policy.

Organised by the Stirling Media Research Institute and Oxfam to mark the international week of Human Rights, the talk will take place in Room D1 (Pathfoot building) on Monday 26 November at 5pm.

Film & Media Studies Lecturer, Jairo Lugo said: “Jim is best known for his stiff criticism of US foreign policy and was the first journalist to cover the ties between the post-9/11 agenda pursued by the Bush administration and the recommendations of the neo-conservative-led Project for the New American Century.”

Following the lecture, a panel chaired by the University’s Dr Myra MacDonald will debate the humanitarian consequences of military intervention and whether the media should be more proactive in providing scrutiny. The title of the debate is: War and Aftermath: Asylum Seekers, Journalism & Collective Responsibilities.

As well as Dr MacDonald and Jim Lobe, panel members will include Hesain Khadir – an exiled Journalist from Iraq – and Amadu Khan – an exiled Journalist from Sierra Leone.

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American Poet Adrienne Rich, Planet Earth Photographer Doug Allan and Former NATO Chief George Robertson Among Those to be Honoured by University of Stirling

Date released: Monday 19 November 2007

The University of Stirling is to award six honorary doctorates this winter as well as almost 1000 degrees.

Honorary graduates include: former Secretary General of NATO, the Rt Hon Lord Robertson; poet, Adrienne Rich (who will graduate in absentia); BAFTA and Emmy award-winning wildlife photographer, Doug Allan; lifelong learning guru, Dr Jarl Bengtsson; painter and art curator, Richard Demarco and founder of Zoom Airlines, Hugh Boyle.

Three graduation ceremonies will take place at Stirling’s Albert Halls on Friday 23 November.

10am Ceremony

Hugh Boyle

Hugh Boyle will receive the award of Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to innovation, business development and successful marketing in Scotland and Canada.

Originally from Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Mr Boyle trained as a chef before moving into the travel business. Together with his brother, he began Falcon Holidays and later the highly successful Direct Holidays. Mr Boyle then moved to Canada and, spotting a gap in the market, established the Go Travel Direct tour operator and then Zoom Airlines. He was named ‘Scot of the Year 2006’ by the Scottish Studies Foundation of Toronto.

Doug Allan

Doug Allan will receive the award of Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to wildlife and polar photography. Mr Allan graduated from the University of Stirling in 1973, with an honours degree in biology and spent the early years of his career as a research diver with the British Antarctic Survey.

He then moved into wildlife filming, and has been at the forefront of developing new techniques, particularly in relation to polar and marine photography. He has been involved with major projects such as the BBC’s ‘Blue Planet’ series and has won awards including two Emmy awards and three BAFTAs.

The School of Biological and Environmental Sciences is to hold special public lecture by Doug Allan on Wednesday 21 November, 4-5pm in Logie lecture theatre. (For further details and quote see notes to editors section).

12.30pm Ceremony

Jarl Ake Ingvar Bengtsson

Dr Jarl Bengtsson will receive the award of Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution internationally to the field of education and its links to the economy and society at large.

A Swedish national, Dr Bengtsson was a Professor of Education at the University of Gothenburg and an advisor to the Swedish Minister of Education. He joined the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) in 1972 and was responsible for educational initiatives such as Lifelong Learning. He is a Board Member on several international bodies and written on education and its links to the economy and society.

Richard Demarco

Richard Demarco CBE will receive the award of Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the arts in Scotland.

Educated in Edinburgh, Professor Demarco is a painter of distinction whose pictures appear in, among others, the collections of the National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh and in the Victoria and Albert. He co-founded the Traverse Theatre in 1963 and opened his own gallery in Edinburgh in 1966.

Professor Demarco also had a formative influence on the art collection at the University of Stirling which now holds an outstanding collection of twentieth-century painting and sculpture.

3pm Ceremony

The Rt Hon Lord Robertson of Port Ellen

George Robertson will receive the award of Doctor of the University in recognition of his distinction in the field of public affairs.

Lord Robertson was born on Islay and graduated from the University of Dundee with an MA (Hons) in Economics. He was elected as Labour Member of Parliament for Hamilton in 1978 and remained in the House of Commons until 1999. After holding several posts as Opposition Spokesman, he was appointed Defence Secretary after the 1997 General Election.

He was selected to be the tenth Secretary General of NATO in August 1999 and held that post until December 2003, when he received a life peerage.

Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich will receive the award of Doctor of the University in recognition of her outstanding contribution to poetry. Awarded the Yale Younger Poets Award in 1951, at the age of twenty-one, Adrienne Rich is the author of more than fifteen volumes of poetry and four books of non-fiction prose.
She has published volumes of her own essays on poetry, gender and politics and her poetry and prose are taught in literature, creative writing, gender and gay studies courses across the USA and abroad.

She has been distinguished by the Academy of American Poets Fellowship and received awards including the 2003 Bollingen prize for poetry. Ms Rich’s degree will be conferred in absentia

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US Journalist Tackles Human Rights and Foreign Policy

Date released: Thursday 22 November 2007

Will the US attack Iran? What is the role of the media in shaping foreign policy? These are some of the questions to be addressed by Jim Lobe, Washington Bureau Chief of Inter Press Service (IPS), in a seminar at the University of Stirling entitled The Media: Human Rights and Foreign Policy.

Organised by the Stirling Media Research Institute and Oxfam to mark the international week of Human Rights, the talk will take place in Room D1 (Pathfoot building) on Monday 26 November at 5pm.

Film & Media Studies Lecturer, Jairo Lugo said: “Jim is best known for his stiff criticism of US foreign policy and was the first journalist to cover the ties between the post-9/11 agenda pursued by the Bush administration and the recommendations of the neo-conservative-led Project for the New American Century.”

Following the lecture, a panel chaired by the University’s Dr Myra MacDonald will debate the humanitarian consequences of military intervention and whether the media should be more proactive in providing scrutiny. The title of the debate is: War and Aftermath: Asylum Seekers, Journalism & Collective Responsibilities.

As well as Dr MacDonald and Jim Lobe, panel members will include Hesain Khadir – an exiled Journalist from Iraq – and Amadu Khan – an exiled Journalist from Sierra Leone.

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Nacho Novo to Address Football, Media and Celebrity

Date released: Monday 26 November 2007

Glasgow Rangers striker, Ignacio Javier Gómez Novo, otherwise known as Nacho Novo, will visit the University of Stirling on Thursday 29 November to give a candid talk to students entitled Media and Football: Playing in the Age of Celebrity Sports.

The seminar, jointly organised by the University’s Stirling Media Research Institute and Centro de Estudos Galegos (Galician Studies Centre), will take place in Pathfoot Lecture Theatre at 5pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend, although spaces are limited.

Nacho Novo will speak about his personal experiences of the media and the challenges that players face in an age when sport is dominated by celebrity culture. As well as playing for Rangers, the Spanish professional has previously played for Huesca, Raith Rovers and Dundee.


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Education Secretary Joins School Pupils' Mini-Highland Games to Celebrate St Andrew's Day

Date released: Thursday 29 November 2007

Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop will visit the University of Stirling tomorrow (Friday 30 November) to celebrate St Andrew’s Day.

Ms Hyslop will join school pupils and students on campus for a series of Scottish-themed events.

Programme:

11.50am-12.25pm – National Tennis Centre, University of Stirling

‘A Gift from Scotland’ – a mini-Highland Games for 250 P4-7 pupils from Bridge of Allan Primary. The event, in aid of the University’s sports development work with children in Zambia, will include activities such as tug of war, tossing the welly and haggis rolling.

12.30pm-13.30pm – macrobert, University of Stirling.

Tour of the arts centre followed by visit to the Students’ Association Celtic Music Society concert.

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Cartoon Animation Makes Child's Play of Identifying Criminals

Date released: Monday 26 November 2007

Researchers at the University of Stirling and the University of Central Lancashire have found that by caricaturing and animating police photofits they can in some cases double recognition rates – from around 40 to 80 percent.

Dr Charlie Frowd, who began the study at the University of Stirling but is now based at the University of Central Lancashire, said: “Normally static computer generated (E-FIT or PRO-fit) or sketched facial composites of criminals are publicised through newspapers and TV shows such as Crimewatch – however they are often poorly recognised. This new research finds that a composite, especially a bad one, is much better identified if seen as moving caricature. If the police used caricature animation on TV crime programmes, the identification of criminals should substantially improve.”

Further information about the project and an example using a photofit of former Prime Minister Tony Blair can be found at:
www.uclan.ac.uk/psychology/research/people/Frowd/AniamatedCaricature.html

Co-researcher Professor Peter Hancock, of the University Stirling, said: “A very simple procedure is used to prepare a composite for caricaturing and the animation can be produced using the PRO-fit composite system that many police forces use. We found through our studies that different people need different levels of caricature to best recognise a face, so showing them an image as a series of caricatures - from caricature to anti-caricature - is the best way to improve recognition rates.”

The research was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences and is part of a £225,000 project developing computerised photofits for the police.

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