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   University of Stirling Magazine Summer 2008

                                                                                         Main image: Stirling sports scholar Todd Cooper,
                                                                                         who has qualified for his third Olympic Games. Inset:
   The University is to play a leading       Scotland’s University of Sporting           Combining sport with education: Peter Bilsborough,
   role in Scotland’s sporting future        Excellence attached to the University       Grant Jarvie, Christine Hallett and Stephen Morrow

   after the First Minister, Alex            of Stirling is perhaps most significant.
                                                                                        • Additional funded places and an
   Salmond, announced that it is to
                                                                                          opportunity to expand the
   become Scotland’s University for          Key benefits for Stirling and
                                                                                          International Scholarship Scheme,
   Sporting Excellence.                      Scotland include:
                                                                                          which could benefit all subject areas;
                                             • Being a recognised National              • Delivery of a key facet of the
   Professor Christine Hallett, Principal,     Centre for Sporting Excellence;            University strategic plan ahead
   said: “Creating a world class centre
                                             • Additional support for increased           of schedule.
   for sporting excellence will be the
                                               involvement with the 2014
   catalyst for a successful sporting
                                               Commonwealth Games and the               Professor Grant Jarvie, Deputy Principal,
   future for Scotland. Additional                                                      who chaired the working group to
                                               2012 Olympic Games;
   funded places will add greater                                                       bring the national centre for sporting
                                             • Qualified, talented athletes have
   capacity to our International Sports                                                 excellence here, added: “At one level it
                                               an alternative to Loughborough,
   Scholarship Scheme and put Scotland’s                                                is crucial that Stirling is allowed to
                                               Bath and the USA;
   talent on a world stage by combining                                                 develop world-class niche areas of
   sport with education.”                    • The opportunity and platform             specialism, but strategically this has
                                               to attract significant external          implications far beyond sport. I have
   The Scottish Funding Council will           investment;                              always believed that the combination
   allocate £600,000 in an initial payment   • The capacity to become more              of sport and education can make a
   and will support additional sports          involved with international              significant difference to people’s lives
   scholarships worth about £100,000 per       development work through                 and this will help so many more people
   annum. However, having the title of         sport in Africa and elsewhere;           from all walks of life.”

In this issue:
                                Research in STORRE
                                                                40 years non-stop
                                                                                              08 12
                                                                                          Highland nurses                 Olympic swimmers
    Principal’s column
    ONE of the wider benefits of the
    University’s 40th Anniversary is the
    opportunity to reconnect with our
    many friends and supporters.

    The past year has seen events and
    gatherings large and small, not only in
    Stirling but around the world, which
    have confirmed the outstanding fondness
    with which former students and staff
    regard their time here. The culmination
    of all of this is the reunion weekend in
    June, when I am looking forward to
    welcoming back the many alumni who
    have booked a return to Stirling.

    In the spirit of staying in touch, I am       STORRE is growing rapidly and can be
    also delighted that we now have the           searched at
    facility, via the Stirling University
    Retired Staff Association, to engage
    more readily with former colleagues
    who have made such a valuable
    contribution to the life of the
    University. The Association’s members
    are currently working on a major oral
    history project to record impressions of
    the University over the past 40 years
    before they are lost altogether.
                                               Research in STORRE
                                               Staff and students are now            Repository) was brought to fruition
    After over two years of intense work on
                                               required to deposit all their         by a team of information
    implementation of the Framework
                                               journal articles and theses in        technology specialists.
    Agreement on Pay Modernisation,
                                               the University library.
    virtually all gradings have now been
    concluded. While this has been a                                                 Meanwhile, the go-ahead has
    difficult period for many staff, the       Stirling is leading the way in open   been given for the University to
    individual outcomes at Stirling have       access to its research work, after    undertake an ambitious recreation
    been generally positive. To date, around   it became the first academic          of the library. Detailed planning
    62% of staff have been “white circled”,    institution in the UK to oblige       has already begun for the flagship
    and nearly 34% “green circled”, with       staff to make all their published     project, which will be completed in
    under 2% “red circled”.                    research available online.            the summer of 2010 at a cost of
                                                                                     £13.7 million.
    As we celebrate our 40th Anniversary, it   Professor Ian Simpson, Deputy
    is unfortunate to be dealing with the      Principal (Research and Knowledge     Peter Kemp, Director of
    implications for Stirling of a             Transfer) said: “We believe that      Information Services, said:
    disappointing financial settlement for     the outcomes of all publicly          “The building will be trans-
    Scotland’s Universities, following the     funded research should be made        formed, providing a vibrant,
    outcome of the Comprehensive               available as widely as possible.      welcoming library at the physical
    Spending Review. The immediate future      By ensuring free online access to     and intellectual heart of the
    will be difficult but we are optimistic    all our research output, we will      University. We are also going to
    that Stirling can rise to the challenge,   maximise the visibility and impact    highlight and promote our special
    and continue to invest in its core
                                               of the University’s work to           collections. In short, the library
    activities of research and teaching.
                                               researchers worldwide.”               will be a state-of-the art, modern
                                                                                     building that will attract future
    Finally, I would like to take this
                                               The four-year project to create       students, researchers, and the
    opportunity to express the gratitude of
                                               STORRE (Stirling Online Research      public for the next 40 years.”
    all of us to our outgoing Chancellor,
    Dame Diana Rigg. Her term of office
    ends on 31 July and she has served the                                                      You can take a virtual
    University, for almost a decade, with                                                       tour of the new library
    grace and distinction.                                                                      at

                                                                                                The STORRE project team
                                                                                                (from left): Colin Sinclair,
                                                                                                Carolyn Rowlinson, Clare
                                                                                                Allan, Peter Kemp, David
    Professor Christine Hallett                                                                 Gardiner and Michael White.

    Principal and Vice-Chancellor

                                                                                                                campus news

                                                                                     June honours
                                                                                     SCOTTISH singer Eddi Reader      Kirsty
                                                                                     and television presenter         Young
                                                                                     Kirsty Young will be among
                                                                                     six personalities to receive
                                                                                     honorary degrees from the
                                                                                     University in June.

                                                                                     Dame Diana Rigg will
                                                                                     preside over the graduation
Seated with Nicola Sturgeon are (from left) Kelly-Ann Ward, Jean McLeod, David
                                                                                     ceremonies for the final time
Tarttelin and Julie McGhee, while standing behind are Kathleen Russell, Paul Mair,   as Chancellor before her
Kirsteen MacLean and Isla Dooley, with University Principal Christine Hallett.
                                                                                     ten-year term of office ends.

Minister’s praise                                                                    Also receiving honorary doctorates are Baroness Ford
                                                                                     (public sector reform), Baroness Stern (penal reform),
                                                                                     George Reid (public affairs in Scotland) and Jonathan
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s                   of Stirling will continue to           Mills (the arts).
Health Secretary and                          lead the way.” And she
Deputy First Minister,                        commented: “You have                   The University will stage four graduation ceremonies, on
praised the University as                     without a shadow of a                  Wednesday 25 June and Thursday 26 June. Subjects on the
she delivered the 40th                        doubt one of the finest                first day are: Management, Nursing and Midwifery, School
Anniversary Lecture,                          campuses in the UK, if not             of Biological and Environmental Sciences, and Sports Studies
entitled ‘Education for                       in the whole of Europe.”               (10am); then Applied Social Science, Aquaculture, Marketing
Better Health, Better                                                                                               and Psychology (2.30pm). The
Care’, when she visited                         Listen again                                                 Eddi     following day’s subjects are
the Centre for Health                                                                                        Reader   Education, English Studies,
                                                Did you miss Nicola
Science in Inverness.                           Sturgeon’s speech, or other                                           and Modern Languages,
                                                big events taking place                                               Cultures and Religions
After a tour of the Highland                    during the 40th Anniversary                                           (10am); then Accounting
Campus where she met staff                      year? You can listen to a                                             and Finance, Computing
and students, she said: “You                    podcast of her talk and                                               Science and Mathematics,
have a tremendous facility                      other key speeches on the                                             Economics, Film, Media &
here, and you should be                         University website, in the                                            Journalism, History, Law,
very proud of it. Over the                      Events section.                                                       Philosophy and finally
next 40 years the University                                                                                          Politics (2.30pm).

University of Stirling Open Day
Saturday, 30 August 2008 10am – 4pm                                                   Attractions include:
                                                                                      • Nature walks                 • Helicopter rides
Visit Britain’s most beautiful university campus, as the University
                                                                                      • Art tours                    • Sports activities –
of Stirling celebrates its 40th Anniversary with an Open Day.
                                                                                      • Airthrey Castle open doors     golf, tennis, fitness,
Come along and enjoy a programme of sporting, social,
                                                                                      • Lectures and talks             swimming, orienteering
academic and cultural activities for all the family.
                                                                                      • Theatre and music              and more
Free admission and parking (most events and activities are free,
but helicopter rides and some performances must be paid for).
                                                                                     Further information
Catering. Disabled access.                                                 
                                                                          Time for an award?
                                                                          Do you have a project, a colleague or an initiative
                                                                          that has enhanced the University’s reputation and
                                                                          deserves national recognition?

    Shanghai delight                                                      If so, it could merit an entry to the Times Higher
                                                                          Education Awards, a celebration of excellence that
                                                                          culminates in the biggest awards night of the year
    Staff from Student Recruitment and                                    for British universities.
    Admissions recently visited Only College
    at Shanghai Jiaotong University in China.                             Last year, Stirling was shortlisted in two categories
    This is the University’s flagship                                     - Outstanding Support for Overseas Students and
    international articulation and over 150                               Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community.
    students will come here to study in                                   You can get a full list of all 18 categories at
    September 2008, making it the largest                       
    such arrangement in Scotland. The
    picture shows students who have won                                   To make a nomination, contact Fiona Wheater in
    scholarships following excellent performance in                       Policy, Planning and Governance (tel 6940) before
    Shanghai, with Neil Christie, Susan McGiffen and                      the deadline of 12 June.
    Stuart Shorthouse from SRAS.

                                                                    At the gala premiere, Professor Seona Reid, Director of Glasgow
                                                                    School of Art, introduced the show and spoke of McLaren’s legacy.

     Norman conquers                                             I came out a complete obsessive, and with a real
     the macrobert                                               frustration that so few people in Stirling and Scotland
                                                                 know or celebrate the life of this remarkable man.”
     One of the most successful events of the University’s
     40th Anniversary calendar was the staging of the dance      University archivist Karl Magee and curator Jane Cameron
     drama Norman, in honour of the Scots-Canadian film          tracked down two of McLaren’s nephews and found they
     maker Norman McLaren.                                       had an astonishing personal archive, ranging from early
                                                                 family portraits to examples of his artwork. These,
     Reviewers gave the show five stars and it delighted sell-   together with items already in the University’s collection,
     out audiences, but staging Norman meant much more           formed the basis of an exhibition.
     than putting on a performance, as Liz Moran, artistic
     director of the macrobert, explained: “I went to Canada,    To keep his memory alive, the filmhouse at the macrobert
     to see this show about a man who was born in Stirling.      was renamed the Norman McLaren Filmhouse.

                                                                                                            campus news

This thermographic image shows the improved performance: a section (left) that has been completed is
next to one which has yet to be started. Yellows and reds indicate higher temperatures, blues are lower,
demonstrating that heat is kept inside the building after work is complete.

                                                                                                           Robert Morrison, Graham Thomson
                                                                                                           and Clare Dignall

Cottrell cladding benefits                                                                                 Net gains
Three months ahead of schedule, the transformation of the Cottrell Building is
now complete, with a bright new look and a better working environment.                                     The new look University website
                                                                                                           went live at the end of May after
In two years, concrete panels have been               give expression to the fact that this is an          being revised for the first time in
replaced by thermally efficient cladding,             educational building and is therefore                five years.
and most windows have been replaced                   rather special.
and double glazed.
                                                                                                           The project was led by Graham
                                                      “Staff and students have had to put up
                                                                                                           Thomson, Web Author, who said:
The building’s appearance has been                    with disturbance and inconvenience
                                                                                                           “The new design brings the website
transformed, its heat retention                       during the project and their tolerance
properties have been greatly enhanced,                has been appreciated. Any problems                   into line with the University’s
requiring less energy, and it is also much            have been more than compensated for                  branding, so that images, key
brighter internally.                                  by the total transformation.”                        messages, colours and fonts all fit
                                                                                                           in with our marketing strategy.
Ian Whyte, Senior Project Manager, said:              Now that the insulation is up to scratch,            It is essential to have a cohesive
“The feedback from staff, students and                the next project is to replace all 750               message when communicating
visitors has been very positive.                      radiators within the Cottrell Building               with online visitors.”
                                                      over the next two summers with more
“The colours reflect the building’s setting           efficient systems.
                                                                                                           It was a lengthy task to refresh
of great natural beauty and
                                                                                                           such a complex website, and
                                                                                                           Graham explained: “We began
                                                                                                           by researching how people use
                                                                                                           the website, and that gave us a
                                                                                                           fascinating insight that helped
 Campus diary                                                                                              to shape our plans.

  Surveys – don’t you just love them?                   described as Superfit Clare, Sultry                “Over the coming months we
  A recent Times Higher survey examined                 Laura and Lovely Amber.                            will continue with the project
  which universities are the best to work
                                                                                                           so that the user journey across
  at, on a range of diverse criteria.                   All dressed up… but perhaps Clare, Laura
                                                                                                           the University website can be
  Astonishingly, it voted Stirling as the               and Amber might pause for thought
                                                                                                           smoother and more logical from
  gloomiest place in Britain! Apparently                before paying for a hairdo and remember
                                                                                                           the moment anyone clicks on
  we have less sunshine than any other                  what happened to Carrie at the senior
                                                                                                           our home page.”
  university and also the highest rainfall,             high prom in Stephen King’s novel of
  almost twice that of Glasgow. Still, on               the same name. A word with Stirling
                                                                                                           Graham has spent many months
  the bright side, the serious league                   student Amy Palko, who is preparing to
  tables continue to give accurate –                    submit her PhD thesis on the writing of            working on the new design
  and positive – reviews of Stirling.                   Stephen King, wouldn’t go amiss.                   with Clare Dignall, Publications
                                                                                                           Assistant, and they were joined
  From sunny weather to sunny faces.                    Award-winning chef Nick Nairn has                  recently by Robert Morrison as
  The Sun newspaper is inviting its                     achieved a lot in his life, but when               Web Developer.
  female readership to send in pics in a                asked in a recent interview to name
  bid to be the next Miss Scotland.                     his proudest moment, his response                  For further information about
  No fewer than three of the featured                   was: “Getting an honorary doctorate                the University brand, visit
  ‘stunners’ so far are Stirling students,              from Stirling University last year”.     

    Forty years non-stop

    Four staff members who                                                         Jim Struthers, Carolyn Rowlinson, Kay
                                                                                   Anderson and Roger McEwan have
                                                                                   completed an unbroken 40 years on campus,
    received 40-year long service                                                  although there are others who were here at
                                                                                   the start but have taken a break of some
    awards recently are the first to                                               kind over the intervening years.

    reach that landmark, with the                                                  Making the most of this unique event, we
                                                                                   took the opportunity to speak to them
    University celebrating its                                                     about their memories.

    anniversary this year.

                                                 WHEN Jim Struthers started work in 1967 as a University gardener, he shared
                                                 the open spaces of the Airthrey estate with cows, and fields of corn and
                                                 barley, rather than staff and students.

                                                 Now 63, Jim has been Superintendent of Grounds since 1986. His team, within
                                                 Estates and Campus Services, is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of
                                                 the 300-plus acres which make up the University campus. They also clear snow
                                                 and ice, and salt paths and roads in winter.

                                                 Jim’s uncle worked at a shooting lodge at Killin and inspired his love of
                                                 gardening. “When I was 8, I decided I wanted to be a gardener, just like Uncle
                                                 Pat,” he said.

                                                 What has Jim most enjoyed about working here? “The variety of the grounds,
                                                 the plants and the sports fields. There’s no doubt that we have the best
                                                 campus anywhere.” However, the elements make his life difficult at times:
    Jim Struthers                                “When it rains and the ground is saturated, things get really miserable.”

    Carolyn Rowlinson
    Carolyn Rowlinson, Deputy Director of        of-house” duties – front desk,             It’s not a librarian’s job, and
    Information Services, remembers the          reception, lending and enquiries –         hasn’t been for a long time.
    first principal of the University, Tom       in the original University library in
    Cottrell, whisking her to work every         the Pathfoot building.                     “It was tough for
    day in his Lotus Elan.                                                                  Stirling to find its
                                                 She lives in Bridge of Allan with her      place alongside
    “I guess that sums up the informality        husband Peter, an Emeritus Professor       the ancients
                                                                                            of Edinburgh,
    of the place,” she smiles. “The very         of maths whom she met during her
                                                                                            Glasgow and St
    best thing about working here over           second year at Stirling, and says
                                                                                            Andrews, but I
    the years has been the friendliness of       change has been a major feature of
                                                                                            think we have
    those I’ve worked alongside, and the         her 40 years at Stirling. “New subjects,
                                                                                            a lot to hold
    opportunities which have arisen.”            new teaching, new ways of learning,
                                                                                            our heads
                                                 all have an effect in the library. I now   up about.”
    She started as a senior library assistant,   work as the line manager for the
    responsible for what she calls “front-       Centre for e-Learning Development.

                                                               Kay Anderson
                                                               Kay Anderson remembers the days before strict health and
                                                               safety regulations, when her friend would hide in a mailbag
                                                               and wait until the postman had dragged his suspiciously
                                                               heavy load across a corridor, down in a lift and then out to
                                                               his van before jumping out to surprise him.

                                                                “Times have changed,” she smiles, “but the friendliness and
                                                               relaxed atmosphere here at Stirling have made it a great
                                                               place to work over the 40 years.”
Roger McEwan
                                                               Departmental Secretary for Estates and Campus Services,
Roger McEwan bucked the trend when it came to adapting
                                                               Kay started at the University as Admissions office junior.
to changes in technology throughout his long University
                                                               She feels that staff could sometimes be more appreciative
career. When computers arrived in his office, he wanted to
                                                               of the fact they work in a secure and beautiful
ignore them, and now feels he couldn’t live without them.
                                                               environment: “I remember as a youngster, getting off the
He started at Stirling as a television engineer for student    bus and going up the steps to Pathfoot, looking out over
micro-teaching in the Department of Education. “Colour         the loch – of course there were no buildings there then –
TV was still new then and I worked on machines which           and seeing the mist rising over it and thinking how lucky
used inch-thick tape! I was scared of computers at first,      I was to be able to see this every day.
but realised I had to make an effort to keep up. Now I
can’t do without them. They make life so much easier.”         “I have enjoyed seeing
                                                               the changes over the
Roger is now Section Leader of DLTS (desktop learning          years and I think the
teaching services). Information Services was formed only in
                                                               work being done now,
the late 1980s, when Roger’s work broadened to involve
                                                               on the outside of the
other departments University-wide.
                                                               Cottrell building, has
He has noted a marked change in fashions since starting at     taken it forward into
Stirling: “When I started I had hair! And it was long and      the 21st century, right
permed. Fashions were more rigid: flares, for example, had     up there with the
to be worn then or you looked odd, out of place. Now you       changing times.”
can wear what you like. It’s much more relaxed.”

 At the same time, awards were presented to these staff who reached the milestone of 25 years with the University, and
 they were also congratulated by the Principal and University Secretary. Back, from left: Patrick Bradley, Teaching Fellow
 (N&M); Simon Booth, Manager (CELD); Kevin Clarke, University Secretary; James Dick, Chief Technician (Aquaculture);
 Keith Ranson, Chief Technician (Aquaculture); Alan Goodacre, Professor (Accounting and Finance). Front: Annetta
 Smith, Teaching Fellow (N&M). Judith Henderson, Departmental Secretary (IS); Christine Hallett, Principal; Ann
 McKillop, Shelving Assistant (IS); and Eileen (Frances) Primrose, Data Preparation Assistant (IS).

                                               Donald MacKintosh (right) was one of many nursing mentors
                                               to be presented with a certificate by Sandra MacFarlane.

    Pool resources
    Pregnant women in the far north of
    Scotland can benefit from a water
    birthing pool which has been installed
    at Caithness General Hospital in Wick.

    Wendy Jessiman, Lecturer in Midwifery
    Studies at the Highland Campus, has        Awards for Highland nurses
    been in Wick to train Julie Munro’s
    team of local midwives at the hospital     Nursing and Midwifery students in the North have recognised
    in the use of the new pool. They will      practice colleagues who have done most to help and support
    link with midwives at Raigmore Hospital    them during their learning in practice, at the fourth annual
    in Inverness, which has already had a      Mentor Event at the Highland Campus.
    popular birth pool for ten years.
                                               Sandra MacFarlane, who is the             Inverness: Heather Carr, Will
                                               Practice Placement Co-ordinator           Cassidy, Jim Conway, Jackie

    New editor                                 at the campus, said: “All students
                                               on a practice placement are
                                                                                         Forbes, Sue Irving, Anne Lamont,
                                                                                         Diane Matheson and Julia Moran.
    Hearsay has a new editor, with Andy        supervised by a mentor, who               East Highland: Margaret
    Mitchell joining the University as Media   covers all areas of nursing and           Cameron, Angela Campbell,
    Relations Manager in place of Lesley       midwifery. They have been                 Kirsty Fuller, Kate Menzies, Kerry
    Wilkinson, who is on maternity leave       instrumental in helping students          Urquhart and Mary Wilson.
    (and the proud mother of little Deia).     to develop the skills that will
                                                                                         Lochaber: Christine Douglas,
                                               ultimately benefit patients, and
                                                                                         Eilish McLennan.
    Andy lives locally in Bridge of Allan,     this is a great opportunity to
    and has just spent ten years as head                                                 Moray: Andrea Hall, Adeline Moss.
                                               bring everyone together to share
    of communications for the Scottish         best practice and examine what            Badenoch and Strathspey:
    Football Association.                      makes a good mentor.”                     Elizabeth MacKenzie,
                                                                                         Donald MacKintosh.
    The next issue of Hearsay is due out       The mentors who received                  Caithness: Joan Miller
    in the autumn, and if you have any         certificates were:                        Wester Ross: Margaret Winwood.
    contributions or media stories please

                                                 News in brief
    Memories on show
    Forty years of University memorabilia         Name Changes: There have been a few name changes in recent
    are now on show in the Pathfoot
                                                  months: the Department of Film & Media Studies is now the
    Building in a major exhibition of
                                                  Department of Film, Media & Journalism; the Institute of Education
    the archives.
                                                  has become The Stirling Institute of Education; Student Support
                                                  Services is now known as Student Development and Support Services.
    Karl Magee and Jane Cameron have
    put together a wide-ranging selection
    of exhibits including documents,              Indian Award: Ties between India and Scotland were strengthened
    photos, objects and paintings to              when Dr Matthew Hibberd, who lectures in Film, Media &
    show how the University has                   Journalism, was awarded Best Business Communication Trainer
    developed and changed since 1967.             (International) by the Public Relations Council of India. He said:
                                                  “On my visit to Bangalore I also went to see colleagues at the
    There is also the opportunity to              Institute of Business Management and Research (IBMR) where
    contribute your own memorabilia               I have been a member of their international advisory board since
    and memories.                                 last summer. They are delighted to have signed the Memorandum
                                                  of Understanding with Stirling and are looking forward to stronger
    Admission is free and the exhibition
                                                  ties with the MBA programme here.”
    runs until the autumn.

Open doors
Designer Wayne Hemingway has officially opened the
Design and Technology Suite at the Dementia Services
Development Centre (DSDC), which features a series of
rooms demonstrating how technology can help older
people and people with dementia.

Professor June Andrews,           announced a funding
                                                                  Kathryn McCall, centre, with Gary Adamson of event sponsors
Director of the DSDC said:        package to improve services     ProStraken and Prof Jessica Corner of Southampton University.
“In 2007, Scotland spent a        for sufferers of dementia.
total of £1.7 billion on
dementia – more than the
                                  Over three years, £600,000
                                  will be shared between
                                                                  National awards
total amount spent on                                             Two University of Stirling nurses have won
                                  Alzheimer Scotland and the
                                                                  national recognition for their work.
cancer, heart disease and         DSDC to improve post-
strokes, and this figure is       diagnosis support.              Catherine Morrison, a part-time teaching fellow at the
echoed UK-wide.”                                                  Western Isles campus, scooped the ‘Nursing Standard’
                                  NI conference                   Community and General Nursing Award for her work
Wayne pointed out:                An international conference     in setting up the overnight community nursing service
“It is time Britain thought       on dementia, the first of its   in 2006.
about places for the elderly      kind to be held in Northern
                                                                  Catherine, who retired as senior community nurse last
to live. Traditionally, it        Ireland, was staged by the      year, after nursing for more than 20 years, was one of
hasn’t been ‘cool’ for            DSDC in Belfast recently.       over 200 nominations for the awards ceremony at the
designers to be involved                                          Royal Opera House in London.
with such projects, but it is     Embracing the Challenge:
a very good job that things       Citizenship and Dementia,       Kathryn McCall won the Palliative Care Nurse of the
like this are happening.”         was opened by the Northern      Year award. A nurse in Fort William, she was nominated
                                                                  by Professor Nora Kearney, Director of the Cancer
                                  Ireland Health Minister,
                                                                  Care Research Centre at the University of Stirling.
Meanwhile, the Scottish           Michael McGimpsey, who
Minister for Public Health,       said that Prof June Andrews     Kathryn combined work at Stirling with her NHS role
Shona Robison, has                and her organising team         in Fort William on a study looking at innovative ways
                                  “deserve our thanks for the     of using mobile phone technology to monitor and
                                  very successful conference      manage the symptoms of patients with advanced
                                                                  cancer being cared for in their own homes.
                                  they have mounted.”
                                  Experts from around the
                                                                  “I am absolutely delighted to receive the award and
                                  world heard keynote             am grateful to my employer and to Nora and
                                  speakers from as far afield     the CCRC team who supported me throughout.”
                                  as Australia and America.
 Wayne Hemingway opens
 the Suite with June Andrews

                                                                    Mexican gothic

Campus Policeman: The Stirling Campus has a new
community policeman. Constable Scott Craig was
appointed as liaison officer in February, and is now
working at the University with a remit to keep the crime
levels at their very low level. He can be contacted via
Central Scotland Police on 01786 456000.
                                                                    Professor Glennis Byron and Dr Dale Townshend,
Charity Number: The Office of the Scottish Charity                  who run the MLitt in The Gothic Imagination in
Regulator has produced new guidance for all registered              the Department of English Studies, were recently
charities to display their charity status on their literature.      in Mexico City as keynote speakers at a
As the University is included in this, the following                conference designed to introduce the Gothic
wording must be used on all official University                     to Mexican academics. The conference was
documents: The University of Stirling is a charity                  organised by Mtro. Antonio Alcala (above, with
registered in Scotland, number SC 011159. Further                   Dale Townshend), a graduate of Stirling’s Gothic
guidance is available from the Communications and                   MLitt, who now teaches at Universidad Nacional
Development office.                                                 Autonoma de Mexico.

                                                                               £59,818                           £16,420

       Research awards                                                         Professor Alison Bowes
                                                                               Professor June Andrews
                                                                               Dr Sherry Macintosh
                                                                                                                 Dr Margaret Maxwell
                                                                                                                 (Applied Social Sciences)
                                                                                                                 Pilot study of a practice nurse
      Biotechnology & Biological         £39,634                               Dr Paul Lambert                   supported psychological self
      Sciences Research Council          Professor Bob Hart                    (Applied Social Sciences)         help intervention for patients
      £332,111                           (Economics)                           Baseline assessment of            with diabetes or coronary
      Dr James Bron                      Long term labour market               current information provision     heart disease and co-morbid
      Professor Brendan McAndrew         effects of male military              to people with dementia and       depression.
      Dr William Starkey                 conscription and female               their carers.
      (Aquaculture)                      civilian conscription.                                                  State Hospital
      Dissecting structural and                                                Natural Environmental             £33,844
      functional genomic factors         The Institute of Chartered            Research Council                  Dr Edward Duncan
      underlying the resistance of       Accountants in Scotland               £78,280                           Professor Kate Niven (NMAHP)
      the Atlantic salmon fry to         £19,550                               Dr Andrew Tyler                   Professor Len Dalgleish
      infectious pancreatic necrosis.    Mr William Collins                    (School of Biological and         (Nursing and Midwifery)
                                         Professor Ian Fraser                  Environmental Sciences)           A study of clinicians’
      £6,195                             (Accounting and Finance)              Professor Nicholas Hanley         assessment and decision
      Professor Ian Simpson              The Future of Audit Assurance;        (Economics)                       making regarding patients’
      (School of Biological and          A focus on the management             Strategies to manage toxic        readiness to transfer from
      Environmental Sciences)            commentary discussion paper           cyanobacterial blooms in lakes:   the State Hospital to the
      Modern human settlement            of the IASB.                          remote sensing, modelling and     conditions of lesser security.
      in tropical South Asia:                                                  cost benefit analysis.
      Micromorphology and                Momenta and NHS Lothian                                                 Supporters Direct
      microstratigraphy of two           £86,550 (£43,281 and                  Royal Society                     £5,000
      late Pleistocene-early             £43,269 respectively)                 £14,980                           Mr Steven Morrow (Sports Studies)
      Holocene rock shelter sites        Dr Michael Walsh (Management)         Dr Matthew Tinsley                Democratic Ownership Project:
      in SW Sri Lanka.                   NHS Lothian KTP.                      (School of Biological and         Clyde Football Club.
                                                                               Environmental Science)
      CFA Archaeology Ltd                NHS Health Scotland                   The immune system and             The CLIC Charity &
      £8,497                             £44,401                               senescence: Why do we age?        Teenage Cancer Trust
      Dr Alasdair Ross                   Dr Ruth Jepson                                                          £24,130 (£10,000 and
      (Environmental History)            (Nursing and Midwifery)               Scottish Aquaculture              £14,130 respectively)
      Professor Donald Davidson          Professor Alison Bowes                Research Forum and British        Professor Nora Kearney
      (School of Biological and          (Applied Social Sciences)             Trout Association                 Mrs Roma Maguire
      Environmental Sciences)            Physical activity and black           £54,928 (£49,928 and £5,000       Miss Lisa Ann McCann
      Investigations at Pinkie.          and minority ethnic groups:           respectively)                     (Cancer Care Research Centre)
                                         Qualitative Study.                    Dr James Turnbull (Aquaculture)   An evaluation of an “Advanced
      Economic and Social                                                      Developing practical strategies   Symptom Management System”
      Research Council                   NHS Highland                          for reducing the spread of        to monitor and manage
      £647,784                           £14,997                               harmful organisms during the      chemotherapy-related
      Dr Paul Lambert                    Professor Elizabeth Ireland           transportation of live fish.      toxicity with young people:
      Professor Alison Bowes             (Cancer Care Research Centre)                                           The ASyMS – YG Study.
      Dr Vernon Gayle                    Evaluation of the Nairn               Scottish Government
      Dr Margaret Maxwell                Anticipatory Care Project.            £100,575                          The Wellcome Trust
      (Applied Social Sciences)                                                Ms Helen Cheyne                   £44,675
      Dr Simon Jones                     NHS Quality                           Professor Catherine Niven         Dr James Smyth (History)
      Professor Kenneth Turner           Improvement Scotland                  Professor Len Dalgleish           Hospital Records and
      (Computing Science and Maths)      £14,444                               (NMAHP)                           patient narratives.
      Professor David Bell (Economics)   Dr Rhona McInnes                      Decision to transfer: Risk
      Data Management through e-         (Nursing and Midwifery)               assessment and decision           This list includes details
      Social Science: Case Studies,      National Infant Feeding               making in labour in remote        only of projects over the
      provision and support (DAMES).     Audit – Neonatal Units.               and rural settings.               value of £5,000

     European best                                                                             More golf news
                                                                                               Gavin Dear won the British Universities
     Stirling golfer Scott Borrowman can claim to be the best student                          stroke play championship at Forest of
     golfer in Europe after he won a closely fought R&A Foundation                             Arden. With Gordon Yates two strokes
     Bursars’ Tournament, held in St Andrews in April for sixty R&A-                           behind, Stirling also won the team title.
     supported university students.
                                                                                               Stirling retained the Scottish Universities
     Alongside his trophy, Scott won a         recipients, and this competition                team match play and stroke play titles, and
     place in the European team for the        was won by Gordon Yates last year               Matthew Dargie won the men’s individual
     Palmer Cup, the annual USA v              and Richie Ramsay before that.                  event, played over Lossiemouth GC.
     Europe students event, which this
     year will be played in June at the                                                        Paul Betty, Gavin Dear and Gordon Yates
     Gailes Course in Ayrshire.                                                                took the first three places at the Scottish
                                                                                               Golf Union’s ‘Champion of Champions’
     The R&A Training Panel contributes                                                        contest at Leven.
     over £300,000 per year to university
     golf, supporting over 90 student                                                          Paul Betty will represent the R&A in Peru in
     golfers and helping fund golf                                                             the Manuel Prado trophy this summer, as a
     programmes at 12 universities.              Keith Hodgkinson, chairman of the R&A         result of leading the Scottish student rankings.
                                                 Training Panel, presents the prize to Scott
     Stirling currently has 16 R&A award
                                                 Borrowman (photo courtesy the R&A)
                                                                                                     Kay and Vicki Adams, both
                                                                                                     students at Stirling, were in
                                                                                                     the Scottish Ladies’ curling team
                                                                                                     which won the Junior World
                                                                                                     Championship in March, beating
                                                                                                     hosts Sweden 12-3 in the final.
                                                                                                     In a dramatic conclusion, Vicki
                                                                                                     (18) fell and injured her ankle
                                                                                                     before the play-offs and had to
                                                                                                     give up her place in the final to
                                                                                                     big sister Kay (20), who had
                                                                                                     travelled as reserve.
Falkirk manager John Hughes meets Uni players
Richard Milne (left), Craig Glass and Guy Marshall

On the ball
The University football team will find out on 12 June if it has been
accepted into the East of Scotland League, an important step up after
the recent launch of football scholarships at Stirling.
                                                                                                     The University cheerleading
Applications flooded in after the                                                                    squad is going to the World
                                                                                    John Hughes
University and Falkirk FC announced that                                            checks out the   Championships in Florida next
Stirling is the first UK university to join a                                       University       year, after winning the Scotcheer
professional club in offering football                                                               event in Dundee in April. And
scholarships. The first four scholars will                                                           what is more, the 25 members
take up their places in September.                                                                   have been given £2,500 funding
                                                                                                     to get across the Atlantic for
To raise the standard of play, the                                                                   the trip.
University will appoint professional
coaching staff, and East of Scotland                                                                 Professor Grant Jarvie, Deputy
clubs will vote at their AGM whether                                                                 Principal and Chair of Sports
to accept the team into the semi-                    when they reach the age of 18, and              Studies, is one of the authors
professional league.                                 a sports scholarship gives them the             of Sport, Revolution and the
                                                     chance to continue developing their             Beijing Olympics. This new book
Stephen Morrow, Head of the                          footballing talents.”                                   presents a balanced view
Department of Sports Studies, said: “This                                                                     of sport in China that
is an exciting and ambitious initiative.             Stirling is acknowledged                                  challenges many
These scholarships are designed to help              as Scotland’s university for                               ingrained Western
students with exceptional football ability           sport, and has awarded                                      assumptions about the
to become better players, acquire coaching           over 300 sports scholar-                                    2008 Olympic Games
skills, and study for a university degree.”          ships since 1981 in golf,                                    in Beijing, and
                                                     swimming, tennis                                              successfully debunks
George Craig, Managing Director                      and triathlon.                                                 harmful myths.
of Falkirk, explained: “Many players
are released by professional clubs

Retired staff                                                                                                                 Student winner Euan McCarthy.

go online
The Stirling University
Retired Staff Association has
launched its own interactive
website to enable people to
register online, and to discuss
the various group activities.

The website at is
administered by the chair of
the association, Angela Smith,
                                    Hilltop runners
formerly of the Department
of English Studies.                  They’re off! A glorious evening attracted 264 runners from all over Scotland to
                                     the 35th annual Dumyat Hill Race. Already in front is No 336, Jethro Lennox of
The steering committee has           Shettleston Harriers, who led the field in a time of 34m 8s. The women’s race
recruited over a hundred             was won by perennial champion and Stirling alumna Angela Mudge (Carnethy)
members from all areas of            in 37m 54s. After completing the race, Angela gave a short talk to the other
the University since the             runners about her recent experience of winning the Everest Marathon and
association started up in
                                     breaking the world record.
January, and would like to
invite many more former
                                     Stirling students came out on top to win the men’s and women’s Scottish
colleagues to come along
                                     Universities Hill Running Championships. Euan McCarthy, a postgraduate
and join its activities.
                                     student in the Department of Sports Studies, finished in 35m 52s, in fifth
                                     place overall, while Andrea Priestly had a time of 42m 20s.
SURSA organises a series of
events with a strong social
bias, including theatre
outings, walks, gardening
and reading groups, and a         Olympic hopefuls                                                        Andy Hunter

meeting over coffee at the
Smith Art Gallery and             Two sports scholars at the University
Museum in Stirling on the         will soon be packing their bags for
first Wednesday of every          Beijing, after qualifying for the
month at 10.30 am.                Olympic Games at the British
                                  Swimming Championships.
The members have also
                                  Todd Cooper (100m butterfly) and Andy
taken on a major oral history
                                  Hunter (200m freestyle relay team)
project, to record impressions
and memories of life at the       booked their tickets with outstanding                                 reach his third Olympic Games after
University over the past          performances in Sheffield. Their success                              competing in Sydney and Athens.
40 years.                         ensures there will be a record-breaking
                                  ten Scots swimmers in the British                                     Andy, meanwhile, will take part in his
Anyone who would like to          Olympic team in August.                                               first Olympics in the relay team after a
participate can contact                                                                                 fourth place finish in the 200m
Angela, either by email to        Todd broke his own British record with                                freestyle final. Stirling’s Charlotte or phone          a time of 52.43 seconds in the heat, and                              Henshaw has now been selected for
01786 860305 (home).              then finished second in the final to                                  the GB Paralympics swimming squad.

                                                                     As coot as can be
                                                                     Springtime brings new life to the campus, quite literally. This
                                                                     brood of baby coots is one of many new additions to the
                                                                     birdlife on the loch. Growing up fast from their earliest days
                                                                     in the nest, they soon learned to swim and seem more than
                                                                     happy with university life.

                                                                     If you have any stunning photos of campus wildlife,
                                                                     why not send them to Hearsay? We will publish the best.

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