Honorary degree to be awarded to ‘role model’ Eve

Scotland Women's Eve Muirhead
Scotland Women's Eve Muirhead

Stirling students will be celebrating their success alongside an Olympic curler at their Inverness graduation ceremony next Friday.

Olympic curler Eve Muirhead, from Blair Atholl, will be made a Doctor of the University of Stirling in recognition of her outstanding contribution to British sport at a graduation ceremony to be held in Inverness Cathedral.

Eve, who won an Olympic bronze medal in 2014 as skip for the British team, will receive her honorary degree alongside 85 students from the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport at the University’s graduation ceremony in Inverness next week, Friday November 2.

In addition to her Olympic success, Eve has performed to a consistently high standard in the World Championships – winning a silver medal in 2010, a gold in 2013 and a bronze in 2017, and the European Championships, where she has won two bronze, four silver and two gold medals since 2010.

She has also been Scottish curling champion seven times between 2009 and 2017.

Muirhead is also an accomplished bagpiper, piping at four World Championships, she was the ambassador for Piping Live! 2010.

A portrait of her with her broom, clubs and pipes in the National Galleries Scotland.

Eve opened The National Curling Academy in Stirling in 2017.

Professor Malcolm MacLeod, Senior Deputy Principal of the University of Stirling, said: “It is fitting that we are able to celebrate the achievements of Eve Muirhead in the year we celebrate our 10th anniversary as Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence.

“She is a role model for our graduates and embodies the University’s ambition to ‘be the difference’.”

The Inverness Cathedral ceremony will also celebrate the success of a cohort of nurses, as well as those graduating with specialist postgraduate degrees and other qualifications, from the Highlands and Western Isles.

The ceremony will be followed by a reception at the Centre for Health Science in the city.