Holy­rood’s praise as uni cel­e­brates

MSPs’trib­ute as in­sti­tu­tion marks 50th an­niver­sary

Stirling Observer - - PRIMARY ONES - Chris Marzella

Stirling Univer­sity has this week been hon­oured in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment as part of its 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

MSPs con­grat­u­lated the univer­sity on its land­mark birth­day dur­ing a spe­cial de­bate.

Stirling MSP Bruce Craw­ford led a 40-minute dis­cus­sion on the in­sti­tu­tions’s his­tory and suc­cess at Holy­rood on Wed­nes­day.

Mem­bers from across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum joined Mr Craw­ford in the de­bate as prin­ci­pal, Pro­fes­sor Gerry McCor­mac watched on from the pub­lic gallery.

Mr Craw­ford told Par­lia­ment : “On Septem­ber 18 1967, the doors to the Univer­sity of Stirling opened for the very first time, ad­mit­ting 195 stu­dents, 164 grad­u­ates and 31 post­grad­u­ates. It was the first gen­uinely new univer­sity in Scot­land for 400 years.

“The royal char­ter was signed in Novem­ber 1967 and the great seal of Scot­land was ap­plied the fol­low­ing month.

“Stirling’s univer­sity has grown to be­come a global player in ed­u­ca­tional ex­cel­lence, and I am de­lighted to lead this de­bate to high­light the sig­nif­i­cant his­tory and achieve­ments of this won­der­ful in­sti­tu­tion.

“The de­bate also gives us the op­por­tu­nity to con­sider the mas­sive con­tri­bu­tion that the univer­sity makes to ed­u­ca­tion, cul­ture and re­search.”

Mr Craw­ford praised the work of the Univer­sity’s co-founder and first prin­ci­pal, Tom Cot­trell, for build­ing a “thriv­ing in­sti­tu­tion that con­tin­ues to in­spire to this day”.

Politi­cians also paid trib­ute to the univer­sity’s “un­ri­valled” con­tri­bu­tion to sport, its state-ofthe-art li­brary and “re­mark­able track record” for wel­com­ing in­ter­na­tional stu­dents dur­ing the de­bate, which was broad­cast live on the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment web­site.

Mid Scot­land and Fife MSP Alexan­der Stew­art said the univer­sity had made a “huge con­tri­bu­tion” to the econ­omy of Stirling, cit­ing its 14,000 stu­dents and 1,500 staff.

Green MSP Mark Ruskell, one of the univer­sity’s 82,000 alumni, spoke fondly of his time at Stirling and re­called a po­lit­i­cal “poster war” be­tween him and an­other for­mer stu­dent, the SNP’s Richard Lochhead.

Mr Ruskell added: “In­deed, he might not know that it was me who used to rip down his posters.”

Mid Scot­land and Fife MSP Dean Lock­hart also con­trib­uted to the de­bate be­fore Shirley-Anne Somerville, Min­is­ter for Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion, Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Science, brought pro­ceed­ings to a close.

Ms Somerville, also a for­mer Stirling stu­dent, added: “As some­one who stud­ied at the Univer­sity of Stirling for two years as a post­grad­u­ate and had a very happy time there, I along with col­leagues who stud­ied or worked there, am con­fi­dent that the in­sti­tu­tion will build on the his­tory that we are cel­e­brat­ing to­day.

“I am sure that we will be back in the cham­ber in years to come to cel­e­brate the fur­ther suc­cess of the univer­sity.”

He might not know that it was me who used to rip down his posters

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Birth­day greet­ing MSPs praise con­tri­bu­tion made by Stirling Univer­sity and its stu­dents

Rip­ping time Mark Ruskell MSP

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