The University has demonstrated its commitment to sport over a number of years, commitment which was recognised by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council in its designation of Stirling as Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence in 2008. Building on this designation and the University's well established expertise in sport, the University of Stirling formally established the School of Sport in January 2011.
Sport is central to the University's strategic vision and priorities and the University is committed to build on its growing reputation and strength in sport, to use sport to raise its general profile and reputation and to use sport as a platform to project its various strengths to both national and international audiences. The existing quality of sport research in the School was evidenced in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise where it was ranked 1st in Scotland and 5th in the UK, with 85% of research outputs classed as of international standard.
The University's commitment to the strategic development of sport is evidenced in its recent appointment of three new Professors: one in Health and Exercise Science (Professor Kevin Tipton); a second in Sport Management (Professor Leigh Robinson); and a third in Sport and Exercise Psychology (Professor David Lavallee, Head of School). The present appointments are intended to complement and develop the School's research strengths in these areas.