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April

Women on Top at the University of Stirling

Stirling Student in Scottish Universities' Golf Champ

Moderator Visits University of Stirling

The Principal's Music

Stirling Swimmers Head for Olympic Trials

Gallery on Gambling

Executive Funds Pioneering Research on Patient Experience of Cancer

Stirling Student Sponsorship

University of Stirling Swimmers Book their Olympic Places

Cornton Vale Expert Comes to Stirling

Scholarship Support from John Smith Bookshops

Professorial Inaugural Lecture

Mumps Outbreak in Forth Valley

Scotland's Poor Reputation for Industrial Relations Examined

BAFTA Winner Mark Daly Owes Success to Stirling

BUSA Success for Stirling University Tennis Players

Official Opening of Colin Bell Building

Football is More Than Kicking a Ball About

Dewar Demonstrates Early Season Form at Helen Holm

 

Women on Top at the University of Stirling

Date released: Thursday 1 April

March Graduation 2004 Following the appointment of Professor Christine Hallett as Principal and Vice-Chancellor on Monday 15 March, the University of Stirling has become the only Scottish University to have women in all of its senior posts:

Principal and Vice-Chancellor – Professor Christine Hallett

Chairman of the University Court – Dr Doris Littlejohn CBE

President of the University’s Students’ Association – Miss Esther Kavanagh

Chancellor – Dame Diana Rigg

Speaking at the University of Stirling’s graduation ceremony on Friday 26 March, Dame Diana Rigg said: “Professor Christine Hallett made history twice when she became Principal and Vice-Chancellor. Not only is she the first woman to hold the office at Stirling, but she is the first female Principal in one of Scotland’s older universities. She is in good company. Stirling already has a female Chancellor, myself, a female Chairman of Court, Dr Doris Littlejohn, and a much younger female President of the University’s Students’ Association, Miss Esther Kavanagh. Take note Mr Blair and Mr Howard.”

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Stirling Student is Scottish Universities’ Golf Champ

Date released: Thursday 1 April


Stirling University student Richard Ramsay eased to a six-shot victory over the field at the Scottish Universities’ Individual Golf Championship on Wednesday 31 March to win the Jack Allan Trophy.

The annual 36-hole event, held on the on the Old Course at Moray Golf Club, Lossiemouth (par 71), saw over one hundred of the top student and youth golfers competing in unseasonably warm sunshine and light winds.

Scoring throughout the day was good and, at lunchtime, over a third of the field were still in with a chance of winning. The morning highlight was provided by Ramsay himself, when he shot a three-under par 68, to lead his team mate Robert MacGregor by four strokes.

The afternoon rounds got off to a spectacular start with Alistair Love of Heriot Watt University racing to six-under par through seven holes. The pace, however, was too difficult to maintain and, despite finishing with an excellent 68, Love was unable to get any closer to Ramsay who added a one-under par 70 to his morning round for a championship record score of 138 (4 under par).

Ramsay (20), from Aberdeen and a member of Royal Aberdeen Golf Club is a second year Marketing and Sports Studies student at the University of Stirling. He is a Royal & Ancient Sports Bursar and plays off a handicap of +1. A Scottish Under-21 International and North-east District player, he thanked his team mates, and particularly his coaches Ian Rae and Steven Rosie, for his current run of good form and achievement.

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Moderator Visits University of Stirling


Date released: Monday 5 April

Professor Hallett with the Church of Scotland Moderator Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt. Reverend Professor Iain Torrance visited the University of Stirling on Thursday 1 April as part of a special tour of Stirlingshire and Clackmannanshire.

Director of Communications and Development, Mr Giles Dove said: “We are delighted that the Moderator chose to include the University of Stirling in his official programme. Professor Torrance has considerable knowledge of the higher education sector and colleagues at Stirling hugely appreciated the opportunity to interact with him.”

Professor Torrance was welcomed to the University by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Christine Hallett, before embarking on tour of the campus including the University Art Collection, the Department of Religious Studies, the MacRobert Arts Centre and the Dementia Services Development Centre.

Professor Torrance said: “The University of Stirling has been remarkably adroit in its strategic planning and management. It has played to its strengths by developing internationally renowned centres of excellence in research, especially in aquatic science, dementia and sports science. It has deepened its links to its community with the truly outstanding facilities of the MacRobert Arts Centre. Realising that its staff are its greatest asset, in an enviable way it has maintained collegiality throughout a turbulent period in higher education."

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The Principal's Music

Date released: Monday 5 April

The University of Stirling has organised a series of informal musical recitals in the MacRobert Foyer under the banner of The Principal’s Music.

The following events are open to the public and are free of charge:

Wednesday 14 April 1.10–1.50pm
Dollar Academy Young Musicians with a programme including music by Corelli and Haydn.

Wednesday 12 May 1.10-1.50pm
Professor Leslie Smith’s Jazz Band play mainstream tunes.

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Stirling Swimmers Head for Olympic Trials


Date released: Monday 5 April

Nine students from the University of Stirling will travel to Sheffield this week to participate in the British Olympic Swimming Trials.

Double Olympian Nick Neckles (23) has already qualified to attend his third Olympiad in Athens this summer representing Barbados, however for his team mates the pressure is on to perform at the Ponds Forge pool if they are to be in the running for selection for the British Team.

Among those competing will be Todd Cooper (21) from Kidderminster who competed at British senior level in the World Championships and World Student Games last summer.

Todd commented “Swimming at the Olympic Games has been a goal of mine for many years, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what I can do at the trials”.

Each swimmer has been following a highly individualised preparation programme in the run up to this crucial competition.

University coach Ciaran O’Brien commented: “These athletes have really benefited from the support and academic flexibility which the Scholarship Programme at the University provides. Scottish Institute of Sport coach Chris Martin leads the coaching staff here at Stirling University. He has been instrumental in ensuring each swimmer has had the training they need to be able to perform when it really counts.”

To be selected for the team swimmers need to finish in the top two in their event and register a time that is faster than twelfth place in the world rankings. This tough criteria means only top performances will make the team; but Stirling’s swimmers remain positive of reaching their goal.


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Gallery on Gambling


Date released: Monday 5 April

Professor Wray Vamplew, an expert on sports history, has teamed up with the National Horseracing Museum at Newmarket to develop a new gallery observing the history of gambling. Opening tomorrow, Tuesday 6 April, You Bet will trace the relationship between horseracing and gambling from the beginnings of on-course bookmaking in the 1790s through to modern times when betting takes place via the Internet.

Among the objects on display will be one of the multi-coloured jackets worn by ‘Prince’ Monolula, a tipster made famous by his catchphrase ‘I Gotta Horse’. There are also letters revealing a major scandal when the 1844 Derby, a Classic race for three-year-old horses, was won by a heavily disguised four-year-old.

For much of the period under review, till the legalisation of betting shops in 1961, cash betting away from the racecourse by working-class men and women was illegal. Both bookmakers and punters disregarded the law and an illegal betting industry thrived.

Professor Vamplew said: “Most illegal bookmakers employed ‘runners’ who received commission on the bets that they collected from pubs, factories and small shops, especially tobacconists. These were picked up in clock bags, leather purses which, when shut, set the time on the clock to confirm that the bets had taken place before racing started. A clock bag used by bookies’ runners will be on display.”

The Tote was introduced to British racing in 1929 so that gambling would help finance the sport. A major exhibit will be a mock Tote office, complete with the uniforms of ‘the ladies in red’ who have helped create a distinct image for the Tote that is quite unlike that of the bookmakers.

Professor Vamplew said: “At the course the Tote appeals particularly to those preferring the orderly queue to the push and shove of the betting ring, those wishing to bet in small amounts, and those seeking to bet each-way or even place only.“

Betting shops will also feature, as that is where most betting takes place. When they were allowed to open in 1961, the government did not wish to be seen as encouraging betting and hence insisted that the shops be unattractive and not be allowed television, comfortable seating, the provision of refreshments, or even a toilet! A radical change came in 1986, following legislation of 1985 that allowed shops to have televised coverage of racing and other sports, and to sell soft drinks in more comfortable, well-furnished surroundings.

The exhibition will also seek to be socially responsible. Professor Vamplew said: “For most betters racing and the associated gambling is fun, but, for some, addiction to gambling has resulted in dire consequences for them and their families. Attention will be drawn to those organisations which can assist people with a gambling problem.”

The new gallery has been sponsored by The National Sporting League Benevolent Fund in memory of one-time president Charles Layfield.

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Executive Funds Pioneering Research on Patient Experience of Cancer

Date released: Tuesday 6 April

Cancer care will only improve by listening more to the experiences of patients and their carers, Health Minister Malcolm Chisholm said today.

He was announcing £1.5 million of Executive funding for pioneering research into patient experiences at the University of Stirling’s new Cancer Care Research Centre.

The Centre, the only one of its kind in the UK, was opened by the Health Minister in October last year. It has set out an extensive programme of work to improve outcomes for patients with cancer over the next three years. This will include:

  • Undertaking a comprehensive evaluation of the symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment, resulting in the first ever database of cancer related morbidity.
  • Establishing a substantive body of cancer care research focused on the experiences of patients and carers, throughout all phases of their illness.
  • Exploring a range of methods to capture the views of patients, carers and the public about cancer care in Scotland.
  • Involving patients and carers in directing the activity of the Centre.

Health Minister Malcolm Chisholm said:

“Cancer remains a significant challenge in Scotland and I am committed to reducing the burden of this disease.

“Currently our knowledge of patients’ experiences of cancer is limited so gathering reliable information on patients’ experience of cancer, and of their treatment and care, is essential if we are to make real progress in designing services around patients’ needs and securing improved patient outcomes.

“The Cancer Care Research Centre will operate as a national resource for patient experience research with implications for all areas of healthcare but maximum impact on cancer services.

“It will establish a robust source of information on patient experiences and trends in cancer related morbidity in Scotland, which will better equip us to tackle cancer in Scotland. This information will be of use to everyone with an interest in cancer in Scotland.

“It will also enable us to provide cancer care which ensures that patients, their families and carers are not only informed about their care but are actively involved in influencing, planning and developing that care.”

The Centre’s Director, Professor Nora Kearney, said:

“This level of support from the Scottish Executive highlights the emphasis they place on listening to patients and carers. Undertaking this large programme of work will allow, for the first time, a systematic approach to understanding patients’ experiences of cancer and allow us to develop cancer services which are responsive to patients needs.

“In addition we will develop a national system for data collection and analysis of cancer-related morbidity which will result in a comprehensive picture of the true burden of cancer and will facilitate more efficient costing of cancer services and inform workforce planning.

“It places patients and their carers at the forefront of cancer care and we will work with them throughout Scotland to ensure their views are heard and acted upon.”

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Stirling Student Sponsorship

Date released: Tuesday 13 April

Independent market research company, MRUK research has rewarded the top final year marketing students at the University of Stirling.

Gareth Lawrence was awarded £100 as the best student on the course. He also wins a month long work placement with MRUK where he will gain valuable work experience of the industry. A further prize of £50 for the best assessment work was awarded to Kenyatta Thompson.

Picture shows Adelina Broadbridge (Senior Lecturer in the Department of Marketing ), Gareth Lawrence (prize winner), Kenyatta Thompson (runner-up) and Jim Law (Managing Director of MRUK research).

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University of Stirling Swimmers Book their Olympic Places

Date released: Wednesday 14 April

The University of Stirling will be well represented at this year's Olympics after three students made the qualifying times at the Great Britain (GB) National Swimming Championships held last weekend at the Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

Film & Media student, Todd Cooper (22) maintained his impressive current form by smashing the GB 100m butterfly record at the event. He has already experienced a major games final when he helped GB to a fourth place finish in the 100m relay final at the World Swimming Championships held in Barcelona last autumn. Todd is confident of producing a medal winning performance in Athens.

Economics student Nick Neckles (24) will attend his third Olympics after swimming for Barbados in the previous Sydney and Seoul events. The 24-year-old broke two Caribbean records in the 100 and 200m backstroke events at the weekend; but his overseas nationality prevented him from swimming for a medal in the trial finals.

Economics student David O'Brien (21) surprised everyone except Head Coach, Chris Martin, when he achieved the qualifying time at the Nationals to book his spot in the GB Olympic 4 x 200m relay team. Chris said:

“David has been swimming well in training all year and he really only needed the right platform to demonstrate his talents.”

He added:

“I'm obviously very pleased and proud of the achievements of all our swimmers. I think it is a testament to the superb holistic performance development programme we have established at the National Swimming Academy in conjunction with Scottish Swimming, the Scottish Institute of Sport (SIS) and the University of Stirling.”

All of Stirling's Olympic hopefuls are sports scholarship holders at the University. The scheme provides top-level coaching and sports science support to talented athletes whilst allowing them to combine their sport with their academic studies. Swimmer, Todd Cooper feels he has benefited from this approach. He said:

“I cannot speak highly enough of the programme offered at Stirling. A strong partnership approach to sports services exists between the University and the SIS. Moreover, the University is tremendously supportive of sport and provides alternative study pathways to assist top-level athletes. The ethos of performance and success permeates everything.”

Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Alison Sheppard, who trains at the National Swimming Academy at Stirling, also made the times. She will now compete in her third Olympics. However there was disappointment for Stirling Marketing student Mark Lewis who, despite swimming the third fastest British butterfly time ever, missed out narrowly on a top two final finish and a place on the GB butterfly Olympic team.

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Cornton Vale Expert Comes to Stirling

Date released: Thursday 15 April

The University of Stirling’s Department of Applied Social Science is running a new criminology seminar series this spring entitled New Themes in Criminology.

National and international scholars with an interest in the study of crime and crime control strategies have been lined up to appear including Pat Carlen whose study of Cornton Vale entitled Women in Prison has achieved international acclaim.

The following seminars will be held in room 3S15, Colin Bell Building 4.30 - 6.00pm. Members of the public are most welcome.

Wednesday 21 April
Judging aliens, punishing monsters: justice at the boundaries of the community – Professor Barbara Hudson
Barbara Hudson is Professor of Law at the University of Central Lancashire and is a leading scholar in criminology and penal theory. She has research interests in criminology, penology and socio-legal studies, race and criminal justice; feminist jurisprudence; restorative justice; the punishment of impoverished offenders; emergent theories of justice; probation; risk and criminal justice.

Wednesday 28 April
Risk and Responsibility in Women’s Prisons – Professor Pat Carlen
Pat Carlen is Honorary Professor of Criminology at Keele University and Visiting Professor of Criminology at Westminster University, London. Pat Carlen is a leading scholar in the area of women and punishment. In 1997 she was awarded the Sellin-Glueck Prize by the American Society of Criminology for outstanding international contributions to Criminology.


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Scholarship Support from John Smith Bookshops

Date released: Friday 16 April

John Smith scholarship presentation group
Pictured are: Back row - Mr Kevin Brosnan (Access Programmes Co-ordinator), Professor Christine Hallett (Principal & Vice-Chancellor), Willie Anderson (Managing Director of John Smith & Son) and John Gray (Manager of John Smith & Son Bookshop at the University of Stirling). Front row – access students Laura Douglas, John Wood, Donna Reid and Miranda Walsh.

Ten access students at the University of Stirling have received £100 in book vouchers from John Smith & Son Booksellers to help support them in their studies:

Sam Brownlee of Dollar
Laura Douglas of Alloa
Claire Gethin of Falkirk
Nicolas Klaissle of Auchterarder
Donna Reid of Fallin
Miranda Walsh of St Ninians
John Wood of Tillicoultry
Lindsay Carson of Fallin
Heather Keir of New Stevenston
Andrew Marshall of Dunipace


Mr John Gray of John Smith & Son presented the awards at a ceremony held in Airthrey Castle on Thursday 15 April.


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Professorial Inaugural Lecture

Date released: Friday 16 April

The University of Stirling has organised a series of public lectures to provide new externally appointed professors with an opportunity to speak about their discipline in a publicly accessible way.

Professor Fred Coalter of the Department of Sports Studies will deliver a lecture on A Wider Social Role for Sport: Rhetoric or Reason on Tuesday 27 April at 5.30pm in the Logie Lecture Theatre.

The lecture will be chaired by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Christine Hallett.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served at the end.

If you would like to attend this event please contact the External Relations, Tel: 01786 467055 or E-mail: c&d@stir.ac.uk


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Mumps Outbreak in Forth Valley

Date released: Monday 19 April

There have been an increasing number of cases of mumps reported since late December 2003 in Forth Valley. To date there have been 30 cases reported, 18 of which have occurred in University of Stirling students. This is against a backdrop of over 400 cases in the West of Scotland in the past few months.

As a precaution all students between the ages of 17-27, who attend the University of Stirling, are being offered the combined mumps, measles and rubella vaccination (MMR). Students are being are being offered the option of attending the special mumps immunisation sessions at Airthrey Park Medical Centre on campus, or going to their own GP to have a course of two MMR vaccines.

Mumps is usually a mild disease and may even go unnoticed in young children, but it can have severe complications particularly among young adults and older persons. The incubation period is 14-21 days. Symptoms begin with a headache and fever for a day or two before the swelling of the salivary glands in front of the ears on one or both sides leading to swollen face and cheeks.

Complications related to the infection can occur in a few people: these include meningitis, swelling of the testes, swelling of the ovaries, inflammation of the brain and deafness.

Dr Malcolm McWhirter, Director of Public Health for Forth Valley NHS, said:

“MMR was introduced in 1988. Anyone now over the age of 17 will not have been offered MMR and will therefore have no immunity to mumps unless they have already had the disease.

“We are currently advising students between the ages of 17-27, who attend the University to have MMR because this age group is at highest risk of an outbreak. There have been no cases reported among members of staff, many of whom will already have had mumps. We are therefore not offering the vaccine to staff members as a routine. We are keeping the situation under review and will issue further advice if necessary.”

A spokesperson for the University of Stirling said: “The University has deployed a variety of methods to assist the NHS Board in getting the immunisation message across to students. It has distributed more than 3000 information packs to students living in University residences and has circulated posters and e-mails alerting all of its students to the Health Board’s campaign. Screen savers in the student computer labs carry a message urging students to get immunised, and detailed information on mumps and how to get immunised is available on the University’s Intranet. The University is keen that students protect themselves before the exam period starts in May.”


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Scotland's Poor Reputation for Industrial Relations Examined


Date released: Wednesday 21 April

Scotland’s reputation for poor industrial relations is undeserved according to a new report by Dr Gregor Gall, a reader within the University of Stirling’s Department of Management and Organization. In fact, relations are far more co-operative than in many other parts of the UK.

Union-Management Partnership Agreements, Productivity and the Scottish Economy shows that Scotland was only second to the Midlands in having the highest number of “partnership agreements” in Great Britain.

Furthermore, Scotland had a higher number of “partnership agreements” than Wales which has supportive public policies and similar trade union strength and influence.

Dr Gall said: “This suggests that other factors influencing the number of ‘partnership agreements’ are in operation in Scotland such as the role of influential unions including Amicus and AEEU, and a more supportive position from a number of employers.”


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BAFTA Winner Mark Daly Owes Success to Stirling

Date released: Wednesday 21 April

BAFTA winner Mark Daly (29) has thanked the University of Stirling for making him decide to be a journalist.

The BBC reporter, who studied at Stirling between 1993 and 1997, received the accolade of best current affairs programme at the awards ceremony in London on Sunday for the controversial investigative series The Secret Policeman in which he infiltrated Greater Manchester Police to highlight racism.

Speaking in the University’s Alumni Magazine, Stirling Minds, Mark said: “It was the print journalism course I took as part of my Film & Media Studies degree at Stirling that pointed me in the direction of journalism. On leaving Stirling, I took a postgraduate diploma in journalism at Strathclyde University and from there, got my first job, on the local paper in my own home town, the Clydebank Post. After ten months I moved on, however, and found my way to The Scotsman, where I worked as a news reporter. I followed that with a stint at the Daily Record and it was there that I got the first real taste of undercover journalism. Posing as dealers and users, the reporting team gathered evidence against around 200 heroin dealers as part of a campaign against the drug.”

It was around that time that Mark heard there was a place going at the BBC as an undercover reporter. They had already begun work on a programme to investigate racism in the Police Service and he was asked to consider working on this.

Mark said: “I jumped at the chance and it was to take over my life for 18 months. We created a new identity for me, the key part disguising my background in journalism, in order for me to infiltrate the police service as a rookie cop. I finally joined Greater Manchester Police (GMP) in January 2003 with only my brother and a couple of close friends in on the secret. I remained undercover in GMP until August 2003 when I was arrested, when my true identity was uncovered. The results of the investigation were broadcast in The Secret Policeman on the BBC in the autumn of 2003. We exposed a significant number of racist police officers that were later forced to resign. I worked under strict guidelines, not making racial comments myself to incite others to say or do things they wouldn’t have done otherwise. It was exhausting, but a tremendously exciting project to be involved in.”

As a result of the programme a wide-ranging investigation into racism in the Police Service has been launched.

Mark said: “I am grateful to my experiences at Stirling. It was there that I decided to be a journalist and learned valuable practical skills – from the writing that got me my first job, to the editing skills that helped me put together The Secret Policeman.”

Mark is also this year’s Royal Television Society’s Young Journalist of the Year.

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BUSA Success for Stirling University Tennis Players

Date released: Thursday 22 April


Stirling University Sports Studies students, Colin Fleming and Alex Halsey, returned triumphant from last weekend's British Universities' (BUSA) Tennis Championships held at Loughborough. The duo, who hold International Tennis Federation world rankings, beat the No1. and No. 2 seeds to win the men's doubles title.

Fleming (20) also took the singles title after knocking out Halsey (22) in the semi-finals. The young star, who represented GB in a student tour of the USA earlier this month, was delighted with his achievement. He said:

“Since coming to Stirling, it has been my goal to take the BUSA individual title. I came close last year when I lost at the final four stage, so to win this year is great. I'm also pleased that the University now has its name on two of the major tennis trophies after coming so close in previous years.”

It is the first time that a Stirling student has won the British Universities' Individual title. Head coach, Euan McGinn said:

“Fleming was always in with a good chance of winning and his game came good when he needed it most. Halsey also played well. Hopefully, this will be the catalyst for more victories in the future. I'm delighted for them both as they have worked hard to improve their games.”

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Official Opening of Colin Bell Building

Date released: Monday 26 April

The University of Stirling has paid tribute to the memory of former Principal and Vice-Chancellor Colin Bell by naming a new building after him.

Professor Bell held office at the University of Stirling from September 2001 until his sudden death in April 2003. He was previously Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford, and Vice-Principal and Professor of Sociology at the University of Edinburgh.

Given Professor Bell’s expertise in sociology, social inclusion and social justice it is apt that the Colin Bell Building houses the Department of Applied Social Science.

Professor Christine Hallett said: “The new purpose built Colin Bell Building is a state-of-the-art development designed to advance research in Applied Social Science at the University. It is a fitting memorial to Professor Bell who was a sociologist of distinction and an inspirational university principal.”

The building was officially opened and named on Friday 23 April. Welcome and introductions were performed by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Christine Hallett. This was followed by a speech by Professor Bell’s widow Dr Jan Webb who unveiled the plaque. A speech was then made by Chairman of the University Court, Dr Doris Littlejohn who unveiled a photographic portrait of Professor Bell taken by university photographer Fred Phillips.

Staff in each of the Department of Applied Social Science’s five sections – Departmental Office, Housing Policy and Practice Unit, Social Work, Social Work Research Centre, and Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology – moved into the building last July. They were placed randomly throughout the building with the intention of stimulating more cross-disciplinary research work. Rooms were allocated by a lottery and have some of the best views on campus including the loch, Airthrey Castle, Dumyat and the Wallace Monument.

The building also has a number of large research rooms, which are the hub of the department’s research activity and where researchers working in similar fields benefit from a close collegiate atmosphere. Research work is also supported by a high-tech Information and Communication Technology (ICT) room, one of the best in the UK, which also has dedicated video-conference facilities.


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Football is More than Kicking a Ball About

Date released: Monday 26 April

The inextricable and fundamental relationship between Celtic Football Club and the Irish diaspora in Scotland is analysed in a new book edited by University of Stirling Sport Studies lecturer Dr Joseph Bradley.

Launched this week by Argyll Publishing, Celtic Minded: Essays on religion, politics, society, identity… and football, investigates the culture and identities of Celtic Football Club supporters. Celtic Fandom is explored in a series of articles and essays from a range of perspectives. Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Glasgow Patrick Reilly, Celtic supporter’s representative Eddie Toner, author and poet Des Dillion, Herald newspaper columnist Hugh MacDonald, lecturer in education at the University of Glasgow Dr Bob Davis, composer James McMillan and former players Tommy Gemmell and Andy Walker are just some of the book’s 22 contributors.

The book is a representation of many of the views and identities of the core supporters of Celtic Football Club and reflects on, amongst other issues, the roots, identity and culture of Celtic and its support as well as the lack of recognition experienced by the Irish Immigrant community and their offspring in Scotland. Dr Bradley explains:

“This is a collection of works written by people who represent the heart and soul of this institution and who are also highly knowledgeable and experienced in their fields. These voices are rarely raised in public and seldom listened to. This book shows how football is embedded in people’s lives, how its symbolism can mean so much and how it can inform us about the place and significance of football in Scotland. These contributions are stimulating and thought provoking. The book represents a significant contribution towards Scotland understanding itself as a multi-cultural society.”

Dr Bradley argues that football clearly is not just about kicking a ball about but that in Scotland, as in many other countries, “following football is strongly tied to notions of community and identity. Indeed, these are what make football Scotland’s most popular team sport”.

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Dewar Demonstrates Early Season Form at Helen Holm


Date released: Monday 26 April

Stirling University Sports Studies student, Dawn Dewar (19) finished leading Scot at the weekend’s Helen Holm golf trophy played at the Royal Troon links.

The competition acts as the opening event of the women's international golf calendar and attracts players from across Europe, including five Curtis Cup squad members.

Rounds of 71, 75, 74 gave Dawn a 6-under par total and a sixth place finish behind eventual winner, Emma Duggleby (Malton & Norton), who finished on a tournament record score of 14 under par.

Dawn said: “I've played more golf than ever before during the winter months. Two foreign training camps with Stirling University and a trip to Sanford organised through the Scottish Institute of Sport have helped my golf enormously. Hopefully, I can continue to play well throughout the season.”

Meanwhile, fellow Stirling Sports Studies student, Lynn Kenny has accepted an invite to play in this week's European Ladies Professional Golf Tour sanctioned Tenerife Open. She is one of five amateurs playing in the event.

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