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Taking the past into the future

Protesting against financial cuts, 1981

The University of Stirling has just celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. Its raffish image has changed with time – in the early days the university car was a Lotus Élan and it would draw up beside other Scottish universities’ sober Rovers, the Stirling car driven by a woman in a trouser suit rather than by a male chauffeur in cap and uniform.

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