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Postgraduate Newsletter June 2012

Whether you’re an undergraduate student waiting on degree results and looking to extend and develop knowledge; an ambitious professional wanting to make career progression; or someone who wishes to recommence the university education or initial training they completed a long time ago, now is also the time to be thinking about postgraduate study.

News @ Stirling

Research News

Olympic fever comes to Stirling On 13 June, a team of students and staff created a guard of honour as the Olympic torch passed, to mark the occasion and celebrate our support for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: more details here.

Current international veterinary product guidelines must be reviewed says Stirling Researcher More details here.

Sculptures come to campus 15 new sculptures have been installed on campus. The granite and marble pieces, are on long term loan and are part of the Art Collection . Art is very much a part of everyday campus life so cultural inspiration is never far away: more details here. As old as the hills Almost 400 runners tackled this year’s annual hill race up Dumyat. First created when a psychologist laid a £1 bet claiming the return trip to the top of the Dumyat was impossible in under an hour: more details here.

Sport psychologists at the University of Stirling explore spectators’ Olympic experience More details here.

Stirling offers Omega 3 blood testing at World Fisheries Congress in Edinburgh More details here.


Accommodation We understand that moving to a new home (and sometimes a new country or continent) can be a daunting prospect. Our accommodation forms a bustling community in the heart of campus, making it easy for students to build a home from home, gain new friends and utilise the world-class campus facilities on their doorstep. Once your offer is unconditional, you will be able to apply for accommodation straight away, further information will be sent to you via e-mail from the International & Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Graduate School The Stirling Graduate School assists in delivering a high quality postgraduate experience at Stirling. As a virtual School, it encompasses all the individual Schools across the University, to ensure that students have the best possible student experience, engage with the highest quality of postgraduate research and teaching programmes, have access to the foremost facilities, and achieve success in their degrees and qualifications. The Graduate School will support you in making the most of your time at Stirling - ensuring you develop your employability, research, learning and teaching skills within a rich, interdisciplinary academic environment.

Careers in the Spotlight Anton Immink MSc Aquaculture Senior consultant, University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture How has your degree informed your career? I wanted to work in international development and my MSc definitely benefitted my career. I’ve been lucky enough to work in many countries e.g. Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Kenya, Malawi and Uganda. I can’t claim to know what it’s like to live in extreme poverty but my degree training and field experience helped me understand how we can help alleviate it. What does your job entail? In Uganda, I am leading the Institute of Aquaculture’s work with several partners to develop a commercial catfish and tilapia farm that will bring jobs to hundreds of people. Sharing this experience with students on the MSc in Sustainable Aquaculture is one of the highlights of my job at the University. The best thing about your job? My job is exciting, invigorating and very rewarding. When I’m not sharing my experiences around the world I work some great people at the University and still get to enjoy the wonderful campus at Stirling.


Scholarships focus

Student Development & Support Services

The University provides a range of scholarships for postgraduate students, including a Postgraduate Merit Scholarship, a taught postgraduate fee waiver, various academic subject scholarships and a host of country-specific scholarships, so make sure you don’t miss out. Click here for further details, application forms and deadlines. For research students, the University is also investing £2.8 million to create a unique range of over 50 Research Fellowships and Studentships, across five areas of research excellence: health and wellbeing, culture and society, environment and communities, enterprise and economy, and sport. Applications are invited by 19 July for the University’s Research Fellowship scheme: more details here.

As a student you may face issues which cause difficulties or worry, or may simply have questions that you need answered. You never need to struggle, though, because we are here to help. Our support teams provide support and guidance to students and promote development through all aspects of the student experience. Collectively, they can help you address any problems you may face to enable you to make the most of your time at Stirling, including money and budgeting advice; faith support; disability and dyslexia support; counselling and wellbeing support; career development support; and specialist support for students who have been in local authority care. Student Development & Support Services contact details are listed here.

Employability We are renowned at Stirling for putting our students and their needs first. We understand the importance of employability; it’s embedded in our curricula and we strive to provide students with abundant opportunities to prepare for the workplace and develop their careers and professional practice. Our strong links with industry and external partners ensure students benefit from external visits, regular talks from visiting speakers, industrial placements and workplace-based learning.

Keep in touch:

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University of Stirling June 2012 Postgraduate Newsletter