Happy 50th to/from the University of Stirling

Launch Bottles

I’ve mentioned it a couple of times in this blog, but more often on Twitter – 2017/18 is the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the University of Stirling.  Whilst I have not been here since the start (honest), though it sometimes feels like that, I have put in a fair shift.

One of the questions in preparing for the 50th was around how to mark the occasion.  We have, and are doing this in many ways, but the traditional one is by a book.  We last did that for our 25th and I think there is still a room full of spares somewhere.

Bomont Book

The 25th Book

The 50th ‘book’ is thus not traditional in its approach.  It is a book, but it is no history of chronological form.  Instead it is an eclectic collection of 50 objects which together tell a story and give a picture of the University.  It encourages, and is well worth, dipping in to. The student newspaper – the Brig (one of the 50 objects itself) – has a nice piece on the story of this new book.

Fifty Front

My contribution is on the ‘object’ of the Campus Supermarket (hence the bottles in the slide at the start of this post) but takes this as its starting point.  It explores the development of our retail education programmes in South-East Asia and specifically Singapore.  I reproduce it below as it may be of interest to this audience and the picture may help to suggest the format of the book. More helpfully perhaps you can also download the piece here.  Some of you may have your own viewpoints and recollections to add, so please comment here or email in.

Chapter Page 1

Chapter page 2

I know I am biased but the book is well worth a read for anyone with any link to the University, or indeed beyond this.  If you like good photographs I can recommend the book for these too, by the award winning Elaine Livingstone.  Copies can be purchased here (and at a reduced price for alumni).


About Leigh Sparks

I am Professor of Retail Studies at the Institute for Retail Studies, University of Stirling, where I research and teach aspects of retailing and retail supply chains, alongside various colleagues. I am Chair of Scotland's Towns Partnership. I am also a Deputy Principal of the University, with responsibility for Education and Students and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
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1 Response to Happy 50th to/from the University of Stirling

  1. Jayakrishnan S says:

    Your article about the development of retail course at University of Stirling and the course gaining popularity in Singapore was worth reading. Commendable initiative and effort by Professor John Dawson to develop an Institute for Retail studies. Thanks for sharing the article. Good week ahead.

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