Olympic curler Eve Muirhead to receive honorary degree


Olympic curler Eve Muirhead is to receive an honorary degree from the University of Stirling in recognition of her outstanding contribution to British sport.

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

She will be made a Doctor of the University of Stirling at the event in the Highlands.

In addition to her Olympic bronze she has had success at 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 champion seven times between 2009 and 2017.

Professor Malcolm MacLeod, senior deputy principal, 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 graduands and embodies the University’s ambition to ‘be the difference’.”

The ceremony at Inverness Cathedral 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.

It will be followed by a reception at the Centre for Health Science in the town.