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The University of Stirling has saluted Queen Elizabeth II following her death on Thursday evening.

Throughout her reign, she enjoyed close links to the higher education sector.

In 1967, Her Majesty signed the University of Stirling’s Royal Charter, officially launching the institution by Royal Command. Five years later, she formally opened Queen’s Court as a part of a Royal Visit to Stirling.

Additionally, the University has had the honour of receiving two Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of its transformational work in social marketing and health research, and for its innovation in aquaculture. 

Following the news of the Queen’s death, Professor Sir Gerry McCormac, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Stirling, said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty the Queen and on behalf of the University, I express my sincere condolences to the Royal Family.

Professor Sir Gerry McCormac accepted the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education at Buckingham Palace in 2014. (Image Credit: University of Stirling)

“Throughout her remarkable reign, Her Majesty has been a great friend to the higher education sector and her continued support for the work undertaken by our researchers has been a valuable contribution to the University’s success over its 55-year history.   

“In her passing, the UK has lost not only a head of state but a champion for the many causes and charities to which she dedicated her time and provided such inspiration.   

“Colleagues will remember The Queen not only for her sense of duty and devotion to a lifetime of service to the nation but for her compassion and the kindness she showed to everyone she met.” 

In tribute, all university flags will fly at half-mast and a book of condolence for staff and students in the University Chaplaincy.

Featured Image Credit: University of Stirling

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