Strategic Plan 2016-2021

The University of Stirling is an international university with a global reputation for high-quality teaching and research. We are an agent for change, connecting people, innovating and transforming the lives of our students, staff and the global communities we serve.

Stirling is numbered among the top 100 new universities in the world; a reputation that has been gained through the quality of our research, the impact it has had on society, and the skills and competencies of our graduates.

Our distinctiveness comes from our academics collaborating across disciplines to generate different perspectives to address key world issues. Graduates of the University are well equipped to play a leading role in society due to knowledge, initiative and resilience developed as part of their educational experience, and from the wider cultural and sporting opportunities available.

Stirling is a place where everyone is treated with respect and where ability – not background – is valued. We are open with one another and support people with specific needs; we acknowledge difference, and respect the right of students and staff to hold differing views.

We don’t settle for second best. We strive for excellence in all we do, and work actively to support students and staff to perform at the very highest level. By doing so, our teaching and research makes a real and demonstrable impact on the economy, environment and society in Scotland and beyond.

Our vision for the University

Our vision is to be recognised across the world as a University that addresses the needs of society through innovative interdisciplinary research; learning and teaching of the highest quality; and by sharing our knowledge with the world.

Our values:

  • Excellence Leading the way globally in our areas of research expertise and through the delivery of an outstanding learning experience.
  • Openness Being open in all we do, communicating the work and worth of the University to the wider world and engaging people in the delivery of our vision.
  • Ambition Growing the University in innovative ways, embedding sustainability and making it a role-model for the sector.

Our purpose:

Our contributions and approach are defined by:

  • Developing people and helping society through the pursuit and understanding of knowledge.
  • Transforming the lives of our students and staff by giving them opportunities to reach their full potential.
  • Creating global citizens to identify and meet the changing needs of society.
Professor Gerry McCormac, Principal and Vice-Chancellor
Having the right people, with the right skills and attitude, is central to achieving our ambitions over the next five years. Gerry McCormac Professor Gerry McCormac Principal and Vice-Chancellor
At Stirling we take pride in providing education with a purpose and conducting research that makes a difference to society. Our aim is to unlock the full potential of our students and staff, so that they can use their knowledge and skills to shape the world in a positive way. Our ambitions for the future, set out in this Strategic Plan, can be achieved through our collective will, passion and commitment.

Find out more

The University of Stirling’s story starts with its first Chancellor, Lord Robbins, a visionary who recognised that society was being transformed and it needed men and women skilled in navigating change. For almost 50 years the University of Stirling has been delivering the vision he first articulated. Our Strategic Plan 2016-2021, identifies a set of overarching institutional objectives that will help us focus on the practical steps needed to achieve our ambitious goals over the next five years.

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