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The recordings were made with the cooperation of numerous retired staff and alumni of the
university. The sessions were conducted by members of the SURSA Oral History Group and often
took place in the homes of the interviewees. The conversations were recorded using either a
Marantz Professional Solid State recorder (PMD 661)
Zoom H5 solid state recorder. The files are archived in *.wav format to maintain the
highest quality. The audio you will hear through this web site is delivered in *.mp3 format to
minimise file size, but will nevertheless be of excellent quality depending principally upon
your computer's audio capabilities. Some recordings may exhibit low sound levels or background
noises depending upon the interview location.
Video recordings were made by volunteer students recruited from as wide a variety of current
degree programmes and year classes as possible. Interviews were conducted by students of the
Communications, Media & Culture Department of the University in their recording studio in April 2016. Guidance
from the OH committee was provided on the range of topics that might be covered but otherwise
no intervention was made by the Oral History group or the CM&C Department. This
segment took place under the supervison of Dr Dario Sinforiani of CM&C and was managed by
Prof Christina Sommerville of the Oral History Group.
We are grateful to the volunteers who have prepared summaries and to Santander and SURSA for funding
two student interns (Aimé Jaffré and Laura McLoughlin) who summarised most of the initial collection.
The original recordings are housed in the University Archives and are available to
researchers - as well as to those of us who just wish to remember how life was (or hear what
other people thought). This collection complements official written histories, as well
as other Archive collections of University publications, films and photographs. In addition to searching this site,
you are also welcome to search the University of Stirling's online archive
for other aspects of the university's history.
The SURSA Oral History Group has made every effort to ensure that the material on the web site does not
breach applicable law or infringe any person's rights. The oral histories and other material collected, archived by the University of
Stirling and made available through our web site is compliant with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). If you have
concerns about any of the content, please contact UOS Archives. Please
include the words "Oral history research" in the subject line.