Facts and figures

 

At the University of Stirling, being the difference is in our DNA. That's why we're regularly recognised across the globe for excellence in teaching, research and offering a world-class student experience.

 

Key statistics

  • 14,000+ students
  • 10,300+ undergraduate students
  • 3,800+ postgraduate students
  • 1,500+ staff
  • 120+ nationalities are represented on campus
  • 20% of students are from overseas

Our rankings

The Complete University Guide 2018

  • Accounting and Finance - 4th in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
  • Communication and Media Studies - 2nd in Scotland, 13th in the UK
  • Economics - 4th in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
  • Education - 4th in Scotland, 7th in the UK
  • English - 2nd in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
  • Marketing - 2nd in Scotland, top 25 in the UK
  • Social Policy - 4th in Scotland, 7th in the UK
  • Sociology - 4th in Scotland, top 25 in the UK
  • Theology and Religious Studies - 5th in Scotland, 15th in the UK

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The Complete University Guide 2017

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

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The Guardian University Guide 2018

  • Criminology - 1st in Scotland, 4th in the UK
  • Education - 1st in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
  • Media and Film Studies – 1st in Scotland, 6th in the UK
  • Sociology – 2nd in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
  • Social Policy - 1st in Scotland, 6th in the UK

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The Guardian University Guide 2017

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

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The International Student Barometer (ISB) 2016

  • 3rd in Scotland for overall satisfaction
  • 1st in Scotland for welcoming international students (scored top under "Arrival")
  • 1st in Scotland and the UK for campus environment
  • 1st in Scotland for good teachers, quality lecturers and performance feedback
  • 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK for sports facilities

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Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

  • Accounting and Finance - top 5 in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
  • Criminology – 1st in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
  • Communications and Media – 1st in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
  • Education - top 5 in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
  • French - 3rd in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
  • Iberian Languages - 3rd in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
  • Sports Science – 3rd in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
  • Social Policy – 3rd in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
  • Social Work – 3rd in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
  • Theology and Religion – 3rd in Scotland, top 15 in the UK

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Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017

  • Anthropology - top 5 in Scotland
  • Communications and Media Studies - 1st in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
  • Criminology - 1st in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
  • Economics - 3rd in Scotland
  • English - 3rd in Scotland
  • Philosophy - 3rd in Scotland
  • Sports Science - top 5 in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
  • Social Policy - 3rd in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
  • Social Work - top 5 in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
  • Sociology - 3rd in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
  • Theology & Religion - 3rd in Scotland, top 15 in the UK

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The National Student Survey 2017

  • Social Work - Joint 1st in the UK
  • Iberian Studies - 1st in Scotland, joint 4th in the UK
  • Computer Science - 2nd in Scotland
  • Journalism - 2nd in Scotland
  • Media Studies - 2nd in Scotland
  • Philosophy - 2nd in Scotland
  • Social Policy - 2nd in Scotland
  • Accounting - 3rd in Scotland
  • Human Resource Management - 3rd in Scotland
  • Marketing - 3rd in Scotland
  • Physical Geography and Environmental Science - 3rd in Scotland
  • Politics - 3rd in Scotland
  • Zoology - 3rd in Scotland

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QS World University Rankings 2017

  • Nursing – top 15 in the UK
  • Agriculture and Forestry – top 15 in the UK
  • Philosophy – top 20 in the UK
  • Sport – top 20 in the UK
  • Media and Communications – top 25 in the UK, Top 150 in the world

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Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017

  • Good environment on campus - 1st in Scotland, joint 2nd in the UK
  • Good sports facilities - 1st in Scotland, joint 4th in the UK
  • Good library - 1st in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
  • Good extra-curricular activities/societies - 2nd in Scotland, joint 7th in the UK
  • Helpful/interested staff - 2nd in Scotland, joint 10th in the UK
  • High-quality staff/lectures - 2nd in Scotland, joint 8th in the UK
  • University facilities - 3rd in Scotland, top 25 in the 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:

Good University Guide Top 10 League Tables 2016 - Education

Good University Guide Top 10 League Tables 2015 - Sports Science

Good University Guide Top 10 League Tables 2016 - Social Work

Good University Guide Top 10 League Tables 2016 - Iberian Languages

QS World University Rankings 2018

As part of the QS World University Rankings 2018, the University of Stirling has been 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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