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Stirling Now

eNewsletter / STAFF EDITION / APRIL 2010

News in brief



Dr Robert Graham, chairman of Graham’s The Family Dairy, and his wife Jean have generously donated £30,000 towards the rebuilding of our library.

The money will be used to support the creation of a dedicated reading room, to be called The Robert and Jean Graham Reading Room, in the new library’s archive section, where collections of international importance will be kept.

The Grahams’ children, Robert and Carol, gifted the money to their parents in recognition of the Bridge of Allan-based family’s long relationship with the University and its campus over many years. The Library project is on schedule, and on target to reopen at the end of August.



NHS Scotland has chosen the University of Stirling to assist in the development of its future leaders by providing the Master’s element of their prestigious Management Training Scheme. 

The Master’s programme will be developed and delivered by the inter-disciplinary Stirling Institute for People-Centred Healthcare Management, chaired by Dr Mike Walsh.  The Institute is a partnership between Stirling Management School and the Department of Nursing and Midwifery and is strongly focused on Scottish healthcare management.

The university is delighted to be working with the NHS in Scotland.  Professor Roger Sudgen, Director of Stirling Management School, explained: “The School is committed to providing opportunities for students, citizens and organisations to think about and study management issues that are important to the development of particular societies and communities. The NHS Scotland Management Training Scheme Master’s Qualification that we are offering epitomises our concerns and our approach. We will draw upon our international experiences and our network of collaborators to bring to bear innovative and creative learning opportunities for the future leaders of NHS Scotland, thereby helping to serve the communities of Scotland.”

Ms Jill Sandford, Programme Leader, NHS Scotland Management Training Scheme, explained: “The Management Training Scheme is aimed at creating the future leaders of the NHS in Scotland and the Master’s programme is a key aspect of this”.

The Institute team was led by Dr Brian Howieson who is the Programme Director, and the first students will arrive at Stirling in September.



The ‘Broaden Your Horizons’ campaign to recruit academic staff has been a great success, with 670 applications for the 28 posts advertised. The campaign also invited applications for research studentships, and the University had an overwhelming response of over 400 applicants for the 50 studentships.

Undergraduate recruitment is running at record levels. After our largest ever intake at the start of this academic year, applications for the next are continuing to rise, up by about 15 per cent for UK/EU students on this time last year, and 35 per cent up on overseas applications.

Aimed at increasing our postgraduate numbers, Stirling’s first-ever Graduate Fair this month attracted a great deal of interest from current students who wanted to know how PG study could further their professional ambitions. Exhibitions in the Pathfoot Crush Hall and the Atrium, together with presentations from academics and current PG students, provided information on everything from funding to housing issues.



The University’s growing Art Collection (300 works and counting) has been increased by a very attractive new arrival. At just 18 inches high, Danaë II is a small but beautiful female torso, made of gilded jesmonite and is the second of a cast of 10 pieces. 

It was gifted to us by its creator, renowned figurative sculptor Dr Alastair Ross (pictured), who has many fond memories of growing up in nearby Dunblane and felt that giving Danaë II into our care was a way of re-establishing his connection with the area. The statue is now on show in Pathfoot for the enjoyment of staff and students alike.



At the Staff Assembly on 21 April, Finance Director Liam McCabe highlighted the range of financial challenges facing the University: public sector funding cuts; the economic climate and political uncertainty; growing our income in a competitive environment; managing our cost pressures; and capital investment requirements.

“We have to aim for financial stability by generating surpluses for investment and rebuilding our reserves,” he said.

A new Strategic Plan for the University will be compiled in the new few months, integrating our academic, physical and financial planning over a five year period. It will replace the most recent Strategic Plan, which covered 2008-2012.


Stirling academics are in demand from the media to comment on the general election campaign.

Among the most high profile have been Dr Peter Lynch, Senior Lecturer in Politics, who took part in a breakfast tv session, while Professor David Bell of Stirling Management School was filmed talking economics by the loch for the BBC national news; his election blog has also been well reviewed - click here to read David Bell's blog

A number of students have been ‘Vox-pop’d’ by journalists keen to get the ‘yoof’ take on politics and the BBC has asked to attend the Student Union’s round-the-telly gathering, as part of its election night coverage on 6 May.