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July

Support for Job Seeking Graduates

University Welcomes Delegates from USA and Canada

New Book Looks at Football in the New Media Age

Stirling University Golfers Amongst European Elite

Public Relations in Britain

Legal Philosopher Elected to British Academy

World Youth Congress Comes to Stirling University

Toddlers Exposed to Daily Pesticide Threat

Support for Job Seeking Graduates

Date released: Friday 2 July 2004

With degree ceremonies taking place across the UK, the University of Stirling is reminding job-seeking graduates to take advantage of their local Higher Education Careers Advisory Service.

Thanks to a reciprocal agreement, graduates can visit practically any service in Scotland for up to one year following graduation regardless of where they studied.

So, graduates who have moved away from their place of study, for example back to their home town, should make contact with the careers advisory service at their nearest university or college.

Like most University Careers Advisory Services, Stirling’s remains open throughout the summer break; so graduates need not wait until the start of the next semester before they visit. A drop in service is available 10 - 4pm, Monday to Friday. It is best call in advance if travelling from a distance.

Senior Careers Advisor Jim Campbell said: “The Careers Advisory Service is here to help students find out about potential careers and to take the right steps to get a job that suits them or a place on a further programme of study. “

Services include:

  • Short guidance interviews with careers advisers
  • A fortnightly vacancy publication (available at www.careers.stir.ac.uk <http://www.careers.stir.ac.uk/>)
  • A careers library - with information on a wide range of career opportunities
  • CV and application form assistance
  • Interview preparation
  • Experience of selection tests
  • An annual careers fair
  • An employability skills programme
  • A programme of employer presentations


Graduates can also access a series of interactive career development seminars developed by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) Scotland. Entitled SORTED, these seminars help graduates assess their personal skills and experience, teach them how to create a CV, prepare for interviews and look for graduate jobs in Scotland.

The outlook for UK graduate recruitment in 2004 is more positive than in recent years, with over two-thirds of the employers surveyed in the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) report indicating that they expect to maintain or increase their graduate vacancies for 2004.

Figures as at March 2004, show that nearly two-thirds of Stirling graduates are employed full-time within 6 months of graduating, 12.57 per cent are employed part-time and 1.43 per cent are self-employed.

Graduates can contact the Careers Advisory Service on Tel: (01786) 467070 or E-mail: careers@stir.ac.uk. Alternatively log onto www.careers.stir.ac.uk for further information.

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University Welcomes Delegates from USA and Canada

Date released: Monday 5 July 2004

Delegates from the USA, Canada and rest of the UK will descend on the University of Stirling this week (6 - 8 July) for an international conference promoting educational links between North America and the UK.

The British Universities Transatlantic Exchange (BUTEX) Association’s 6th Conference will explore themes of regionalism and diversity in regard to international education.

The opening plenary, entitled Scotland and the United States; Renewing Connections and Attracting Fresh Talent, will be given by Susan Stewart, the First Secretary for Scottish Affairs at the British Embassy in Washington.

The conference will cover a variety of topics from interactive recruiting to the Scottish Higher Education experience.

The University of Stirling prides itself on developing strong links with North America and other regions such as Japan, China and Europe. There are currently 100 exchange students studying at Stirling.

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Ian Cockbain

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New Book Looks at Football in the New Media Age


Date released: Monday 5 July 2004

With football rarely out of the headlines this summer, a timely new book from the University of Stirling’s Media Research Institute examines the game's relationship with the media.

Football in the New Media Age, written by lecturers Dr Raymond Boyle and Dr Richard Haynes, looks at the football industry at a time when stories about star players misbehaving, clubs facing financial meltdown and TV companies battling over broadcast rights dominates much of the mainstream news and current affairs agenda.

Dr Raymond Boyle said: “The impact of the vast amounts of money paid to elite footballers, and the inability of young men to cope with this when combined with their media-fuelled celebrity status, have frequently made headlines. However, at the core of this process is the battle to control a game that has exploited its position as a key 'content provider’ for new media over the last decade.”

The book analyses the impact of media change on the football industry, drawing on extensive interviews with key people in the media and football industry. It examines the finances of the game; the rising importance of rights and rights management in the industry; and attempts by clubs to establish their own media capacity. At its core, is the battle to control football as the media, business and fans seek to re-define the game in the 21st century.

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Stirling University Golfers Amongst European Elite

Date released: Tuesday 13 July 2004

The University of Stirling was well represented in European team golf competitions last week:

Sports Studies student Richard Ramsay made a significant contribution to Scotland's victory in the European Youths Team Championships played at The Island Golf Club, Dublin over the weekend. Playing in the final against a strong England side, Ramsay turned a one-hole deficit into a two-hole advantage, gained a vital point, and secured a narrow 4 - 3 win for the Scots. Scotland last won the title 8 years ago.

Sports Studies students, Alex Marshall and Dawn Dewar, helped England and Scotland finish 4th and 10th respectively in the European U/21 Championships held at Royal Cinque Ports, Deal in Kent.

New recruits to the University of Stirling's golf scholarship programme, Clare-Marie Carlton and Kylie Walker, helped Scotland U/18s gain a 10th place finish in the European Girls' Championships, played over the Golf National Club, Paris.

Stirling students Jamie Macleary and Lynn Kenny competed as amateurs in leading European Professional Tour events last weekend. Macleary gained a wild card entry into the Scottish Open, held at Loch Lomond, as reward for leading the Scottish Order of Merit to date. He bowed out at the halfway stage with scores of 76, 77. Kenny, one of the leading Scottish amateur golfers over the past 3 years, accepted an invitation to play in the Ladies English Open, played at Chart Hills GC. She narrowly missed the cut with scores of 71,76. Solheim Cup player and Stirling graduate, Maria Hjorth, won the event with scores of 66, 67, 64.

Former golf scholarship student, Jonathan King, won the Sutherland Chalice 72-hole Scottish Golf Union Order of Merit event by four strokes at Dumfries and Galloway Golf Club with a 12-under-par final total of 268.


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Raleigh Gowrie

University of Stirling

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Public Relations in Britain

Date released: Tuesday 20 July 2004

The development of public relations in Britain is explored in a new book by Jacquie L’Etang of the University of Stirling’s Media Research Institute.

In the book Jacquie poses the question, how did public relations develop in Britain and why? The question is answered through a broad ranging narrative that links the evolution of British public relations in the early 20th century to key political, economic, social and technological developments.

Drawing on oral history interviews and extensive archival research, the book highlights some of the sociological issues relevant to a study of public relations and foregrounds the professionalisation of the occupation in the second part of the 20th century.

The book takes an interdisciplinary approach and is intended for academics, researchers and advanced students in the fields of public relations, media studies, political communication and communication studies.

Public relations in Britain: a history of professional practice in the 20th century is published by Lawrence Erlbaum priced £31.50.

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Dr Jacquie L’Etang

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Legal Philosopher Elected to British Academy

Date released: Monday 26 July 2004


Professor Antony Duff, of the University of Stirling’s Department of Philosophy, has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy. The distinction is bestowed on only 35 academics per year by the Academy.

Professor Duff was elected in recognition of more than 20 years of research in the field of Legal Philosophy, during which time he has published numerous articles and books on penal theory and criminal liability.

He is currently involved in projects looking at criminal responsibility and the criminal trial.

Professor Duff has also recently acted as an adviser to the NCH Inquiry into the Children's Hearing System and to a Scottish Council Foundation project on The Public Interest in Criminal and Youth Justice.

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Professor Antony Duff

University of Stirling

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World Youth Congress Comes to Stirling University

Date released: Tuesday 27 July 2004

The University of Stirling will host a major international event for young people in 2005, which will focus on the environment and sustainability.

The World Youth Congress, taking place on campus from July 30 to August 8, will attract more than 600 delegates aged 18 - 25 from 120 countries across the globe.

It is anticipated that the event will attract a number of high profile attendees from the UK and Scottish Parliaments as well as international dignitaries.

Michael Chambers, the University’s Marketing Manager, said: “We are delighted that the University has been chosen as the venue for such a prestigious event. The large number of delegates attending the Congress will ensure that the University’s profile is raised locally, nationally and internationally. The scale of event will enable the University to showcase its conference, accommodation, catering and leisure facilities including the Gannochy Tennis Centre, which will be used as a major auditorium for the Congress’ plenary sessions.”

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Toddlers Exposed to Daily Pesticide Threat

Date Released: Friday 30 July 2004

New research commissioned by Friends of the Earth shows that up to 220 children a day could be exposed to potentially dangerous levels of pesticides from eating a single apple or pear.

The study, carried out with two leading experts on pesticide exposure, Professor Andrew Watterson of the University of Stirling and Dr Vyvyan Howard of the University of Liverpool, also revealed that imported produce was more likely to contain high pesticide levels than UK fruit.

The researchers used mathematical modelling to measure pesticide exposure for children aged between 18 months and four years old. Using the Government’s pesticide residue data and information from the National Dietary Survey, the study found that between 10 and 220 young children could be exposed to levels of pesticides which pose an immediate and long term threat to health.

Professor Andrew Watterson said: “Very little is known about the long term effects on the immune, hormone or nervous systems when young children are exposed to short term high levels of pesticides. But the pesticides that were found in this research all have the potential to cause damage to health. The Government must take a precautionary approach and ensure that internationally agreed safety limits are not breached.”

Friends of the Earth is urging the Government to take urgent action to lower legal limits, but is advising parents not to stop giving their children fruit.

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Professor Andrew Watterson

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