Professor McCormac presented with a knighthood at Windsor Castle

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University of Stirling Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Gerry McCormac, has been presented with a knighthood during an Investiture at Windsor Castle.

Professor McCormac received his award insignia from the Prince of Wales today, after being made a Knight Bachelor in the 2021 New Year Honours.

The knighthood recognises his leadership in higher education and the continuing contribution that the University of Stirling makes to the economy.

Professor McCormac has served as the Principal of the University of Stirling for over twelve years and has expressed feeling “indebted to the staff and students whose hard work and dedication have made the university what it is today.”

Speaking on his knighthood, Professor McCormac said: “I’m immensely proud of everything that we have achieved over the past twelve years and the progress that we’ve made.

“Stirling is an international university with a pioneering spirit and a global reputation for high-quality teaching and research. Most importantly, it is a place where ability – not background – is valued.

“Our successes are testament to the tireless work of our campus community – our passionate and dedicated staff, our talented students, and our inspirational alumni.  

“I would like to express my gratitude to all of those who have supported – and continue to support – the university and, on a personal note, I would also like to thank my family, close friends and colleagues for their support, which is truly appreciated.” 

Professor McCormac shakes hands with the Prince of Wales at Windsor Castle. Image Credit: University of Stirling

Professor McCormac has also served as the Convener of Universities Scotland since August 2020.

Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland, said: “I’m delighted to see Gerry collect his knighthood today. The award is very well deserved, in recognition of his leadership of both the University of Stirling and the time and energy he has invested in leading the Scottish higher education sector, as Convener of Universities Scotland, through two of the most challenging years I can recall.” 

During his tenure, Professor McCormac has overseen improvements in Stirling’s research and international presence. The regeneration of the university campus – including renewed accommodation blocks and sports facilities – has also been recognised in Professor McCormac’s honour.

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