Events for mature students

We run a number of events throughout the year to support mature students at every stage of the application process.
Whether you are considering going to university and want to find out more about what the University of Stirling can offer, or you already have a place with us there is something to help you on your journey.

Mature students thinking about university

Mature students are represented at all levels of the university and in all subject areas. From events on campus to visits to your college there are a number of different ways that we can help you. For more information please see our thinking about university section below.

Mature students starting university in September 2017

Starting university can be daunting, but we are here to help. Find out more about the dedicated transitions sessions we offer at the start of semester, along with handy tips on what to look out for in your first weeks at university in the section below.

Starting university in September 2017

All students

Becoming a university student

All students should ensure they have worked their way through the Undergraduate Checklist, made their module selection and uploaded a photo to your account. Without completing all of this you will not be able to pick up your student id card or complete your registration.

You also have to choose your modules before you arrive on campus. The deadline for module choices is usually the week before the start of semester. Look out for the dates in the undergraduate checklist and in the information we send you.

The important things to look out for during week 1 would be as follows: -

  • Student ID card: You can pick up your card at the ID Card at pickup events or from the Student Administration Office in Cottrell 2Z. You can only do this once all the steps for registration have been completed, so make sure you have used the student checklist.
  • Essential Student Guide to Library and IT Services: This is really useful as a beginners guide to how to use the library to help you research an essay, and the most important things like connecting to Wi-Fi, the computer network, and where to get IT help!
  • Your first lectures: For each module make sure you go to the first lecture in your timetable and to check Succeed to see if there are any notifications regarding your modules. The first week is when most of the information you need to get through the course is handed out, including reading lists, how to sign up for tutorials, and if there are any added classes.

You should also look at your account on Succeed for Study Skills sessions as these are really useful in preparing you for the kind of essay writing and research required at university.

Students coming into first year

You should consult the First Week Timetable for more information on what to attend. In particular you should attend the first meetings for each of your courses. These meetings provide you with most of the information you will require to get through the semester.

Advanced entry students

To help you make the transition between college and university it is advised that you get in touch with both your Academic Adviser of Studies and your Personal Tutor before you start.

Academic Adviser of Studies

Advisers provide a personalised point of contact for students to discuss academic concerns or queries within the academic community. You should talk to your adviser about your module selection to ensure you have chosen the best modules for your particular interests and plans. You can find out who your Academic Adviser is here. For more information about the scheme, including a list please consult our Adviser of Studies Scheme website.

Personal Tutor

The role of a personal tutor is to help students feel part of the University community. They are a specific and consistent source of guidance, information and support for students throughout their studies. The tutor should be the student’s first formal point of contact for general academic guidance and pastoral support.

You will find your personal tutor from your academic history on your Portal Homepage, click the link “View Personal Student Tutor/Supervisor(s) Information”. For more information about the scheme please consult our Personal Tutor Scheme website.

Thinking about university?

If you are thinking about university and would like to find out more about what the University of Stirling can offer you there are a number of options available to you: -

Open Days

Open Days are the best way for anyone interested in studying at the University of Stirling to find out everything they will need to know. We hold tours of the campus, offer presentations, talks and displays. A range of information desks are also available where you can speak to University staff, academics, and current students. We run an information session specifically for mature students and have a dedicated information stand manned by our mature student advisers throughout the day.

Our Open Days this year are run on Saturday 17th September and Saturday 29th October 2016.

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Applicant Days

Applicant Days are for those who have applied to the University and have been made an offer. Once we have made you an offer you will be invited to attend one our Applicant Days.

*Please note: Separate events are organised for Nursing. Further information will be sent directly to you by our admissions team.

A visit to an Applicant Day will be useful for you and your family and friends even if you live locally or have visited the University campus before. The event provides information about what it is like to study at Stirling and allows you to find out all you need to know about the next steps in the application process.

There are sessions specifically aimed at mature and college students, along with an information stand manned by specialist advisers and current students to help you get the most out of your day.


On campus information sessions

Throughout the year we run a number of events on our campus to introduce students to life at the university. These include introductory sessions for anyone thinking about coming to the university and study skills sessions to help students make the transition into first year.

We also welcome visits from groups of mature students. If you would like to arrange a visit please contact our mature student advisers - maturestudent@stir.ac.uk.


SWAP Student Visit Afternoon

We run a dedicated visit afternoon for mature students who want to find out more about studying at Stirling. You can come and see the campus, find out more about our courses and talk to current students.

This event is now closed.


SWAP Study Skills Days - date tbc

We are running a dedicated SWAP Study Skills day in February for anyone currently studying a SWAP access programme. This is open to all SWAP students, not simply those who have applied to the University of Stirling.

The day will run from 10.30am to 3.30pm - registration will open at 10am. You will be able to experience what studying at university is like and there will be sessions to help you make the move from college to university. This will include a question and answer session with a group of current university students.


HNC and HND students

For information on dedicated sessions for HNC and HND students please consult the events pages in the college students section.


Attending college events

We attend a number of college events throughout the year, including careers conventions and Higher Education events. In addition we give presentations to individual classes which can be tailored by subject depending on what the requirements of that class are. To arrange a visit to your class please contact our college students advisers - maturestudent@stir.ac.uk.


Help and advice

If you would like any help or advice on the application process or coming to university please contact our Mature Student Advisers and ask a question.


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