Facts and figures about the University of Stirling

Key statistics

2016/2017 rankings

The Complete University Guide 2017

  • Social Work - 1st in UK
  • Communication and Media Studies - 2nd in Scotland, top 20 in UK
  • Marketing - 2nd in Scotland, top 25 in UK
  • Economics - 5th in Scotland, top 25 in UK
  • French - 3rd in Scotland, top 25 in UK
  • Sports Science - 5th in Scotland, top 25 in UK
  • Social Policy - 5th in Scotland, top 25 in UK
  • Philosophy - 5th in Scotland
  • Politics - 5th in Scotland
  • Sociology - 5th in Scotland
  • Geography and Environmental Science - 5th in Scotland
  • Education - top 15 in UK
  • Theology and Religious Studies - top 20 in UK

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The Guardian University Guide 2017

  • Education – 1st in Scotland, 9th in UK
  • Film and Media Studies – 1st in Scotland
  • Criminology – 1st in Scotland, 9th in UK
  • Economics – 3rd in Scotland, 14th in UK
  • Journalism – 3rd in Scotland
  • Social Policy and Administration – 3rd in Scotland, top 15 in UK
  • Geography and Environmental Sciences – 4th in Scotland, top 20 in UK
  • Theology and Religious Studies – 4th in Scotland
  • Sociology – 4th in Scotland

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Times Good University Guide 2016

  • Communication and Media Studies - 1st in Scotland, top 20 in UK
  • Education - 9th in UK
  • French - 2nd in Scotland
  • Social Policy - 3rd in Scotland, top 10 in UK
  • Social Work - top 15 in UK
  • Sports Science - top 15 in UK

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QS World University Rankings 2016

  • Nursing – 13th in the UK
  • Aquaculture – Top 10 in UK
  • Philosophy – Top  20 in UK
  • Media and Communications – Top 20 in UK, Top 150 in the world

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Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2016

  • Good environment on campus - 1st in Scotland, 3rd in UK
  • High quality sports facilities - 1st in Scotland, 4th in UK

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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 a wide array of global higher education surveys. Here are some of the accolades we’ve received:


QS Stars

In 2015, the University was awarded 5 stars in the following areas:

  • teaching
  • employability
  • internationalisation
  • facilities
  • inclusiveness

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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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