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Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK.

Highlights include:

  • Almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent
  • 4th in the UK for Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science
  • 1st in Scotland and 12th in the UK for Health Sciences
  • 3rd in Scotland and 18th in the UK for Psychology
  • In the top 25 UK institutions for Business and Management
  • 17th in the UK for Social Work and Social Policy
  • 100% of Psychology Impact case studies classed as world-leading

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Survey highlights

The University of Stirling regularly performs well in the various newspaper surveys of higher education. Here are some of the accolades we have received:

  • The University is ranked in the QS World Rankings of the top 5% of universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2014)
  • The University is ranked as one of the world’s top 350 universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2014-2015)
  • Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for ground-breaking social marketing research (2013)
  • 94% of our students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education, 2012/13)
  • The University of Stirling is ranked second in Scotland and eighth in the UK in The Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 table, which ranks the world’s best 100 universities under 50 years old.
  • Scottish University of the Year 2009/2010 (The Sunday Times University Guide, 2010)
  • 1st  for a 'good place to be' (International Student Barometer, 2012)
  • 1st for Campus environment (International Student Barometer, 2012)
  • 1st for Sports facilities (International Student Barometer, 2012)
  • Best Student Living Experience in the UK (City of Stirling: National Student Housing Survey 2010 awards)
  • Top 5 in UK for best value University (Telegraph, 2012)
  • 1st in Scotland for Education (The Times Good University Guide 2014 and The Guardian University Guide 2015)
  • 1st in Scotland for Communications & Media (The Complete University Guide 2015, The Guardian University Guide , The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Sport (The Complete University Guide 2015)
  • 1st in Scotland for Social Work (The Complete University Guide 2015) 
  • 1st in Scotland for Social Policy (The Times Good University Guide 2014)
  • 2nd in Scotland for Maths (The Guardian University Guide 2014)
  • Top 3 in Scotland for Computer Science (The Guardian University Guide 2014)
  • 87% student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2013)

The Complete University Guide ranks the University of Stirling top 10 in the UK for Education, Social Work and Sports Science.

What people say

"I have been around the world and met potentates, princes, presidents and two popes, but the best and brightest people I have met have been here at the University of Stirling. You have a vital community with critical thought, mental rigour, and an environment second to none. Just walk around the place, why would you want to go to any other university in the world?" (Rt. Hon Dr John Reid MP, BA 1977; PhD 1986; DUniv 2009)

"The facilities and staff at Stirling are outstanding and will help to take our national team to a higher level by providing the best possible coaching and sports science professionals. Together with Scottish Hockey and Scottish Swimming, the Scottish FA will reap the benefits of this venture for years to come." (Gordon Smith, Chief Executive of the Scottish FA, at the launch of the University's national women's football academy and the Winning Students programme, 2009)

"The University's Innovation Park shows where academic research can be converted into commercial opportunities and jobs. Our ability to innovate and invent will be essential to secure our future in a fast changing world and Stirling is showing what we can do to compete with the best in the world." (The Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivering the 2007 Williamson Memorial Lecture)

"What I remember most keenly is the wonderful feeling of freedom of being there and the sheer intoxication of living and working in a place devoted to learning, to the pursuit of knowledge." (Iain Banks (1954 - 2013), BA 1975, DUniv 1997, novelist)

"My life has been punctuated by several memorable events and my time at Stirling was certainly one of them...these were fantastic times." (Doug Allan, BSc 1973, international wildlife documentary cameraman)

"The natural environment of the campus makes it an inspiring place to be, whether for sport or academic research." (Sir Bill Gammell, BA 1974. Founder and Chairman of Cairn Energy plc)

"Stirling is established as the kingpin of sport…not just in terms of high-performing students, but also in research, education and sports science. Stirling has a strong research interest in sport and among the staff you will find experts in physiotherapy, diet, psychology, history and a host of other specialisms." (The Virgin Guide, 2009)

"Stirling's campus is regularly described as one of the most beautiful in the world, set in 300 acres at the foot of the Ochil Hills." (Guardian University Guide2011)

Stirling is one of the most beautiful campuses in Britain and is also one of the best for the provision of sports facilities(Times Good University Guide, 2011)

"High levels of satisfaction and a lovely environment create an unbeatable package" (Sunday Times University Guide, 2010)

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