Update: A Podcast interview with Sam by New Zealand Bridge is online! Interest is being shown world-wide in the research that the SBU is helping to fund. Listen here (Starts about 2' in)
International Bridge player, Professor Samantha Punch and her colleagues at the University of Stirling are bridging the gap between generations - as well as the local community - by inviting people to join a new bridge club.The University Bridge Club has been set up as part of a series of research projects into the health and well-being benefits of playing the card game.
A study, funded by English Bridge Education and Development (EBED), found that those who play bridge have higher levels of well-being than those who do not play.
The new club will also help build intergenerational relationships within and beyond the University.
Professor Punch is leading the research together with Dr Caroline Small, an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College, London. The project will look at what drives people to take up bridge and keep playing throughout their lives. It will also explore the role a hobby can play in friendships and personal communities, as well as how it creates a sense of belonging and collective identity within and across generations.
In addition, the University, in partnership with EBED and the UK and Irish Bridge Unions, is funding a three-year PhD studentship in the Sociology of Bridge.
In June 2018 Professor Punch organised a short film evening to encourage people of all ages to consider taking up Bridge. The evening was very successful, and The Scottish Bridge Union is funding free taster bridge sessions in the University library on 25 July and 15 August, between 5.30-7.30pm. For more information about the Bridge Club, email: