Why Stirling?


The University of Stirling is consistently ranked as one of the best in the UK for 'a good place to be' (International Student Barometer).

We have high student satisfaction levels, a staff who enjoy their work and are committed to investing in your future and an excellent employability rate for our graduates. From a number of perspectives, academically and socially, Stirling regularly rates highly in surveys



Below are 10 good reasons why we think you should study and live at Stirling


Choose from around 300 high quality degree combinations to create the programme that will suit your strengths and help you achieve your goals.

The University of Stirling is 5th in Scotland and 40th in the UK for research intensity in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). We were a winner of the Queen’s Anniversary prize for Higher and Further Education 2014 for ground-breaking research led by the Institute of Social Marketing into the effects of tobacco, alcohol and food marketing on the health of young people.

Stirling is ranked 7th in the UK for graduate employability with 96% of our graduates in employment, or further study, within six months of graduating. (Telegraph/HESA, 2015)

Our approach to flexibility is different. Unlike some other universities, there are no restrictions – you’re free to mix and match between disciplines and schools. Then, once you know what you love, you choose the degree combination you’ll graduate in.

One of the many reasons students come to study at the University of Stirling is the outstanding beauty of our Stirling campus.

The campus was founded by Royal Charter in 1967 on the historic Airthrey Estate, close to Bridge of Allan and two miles from the Royal Burgh of Stirling. The University's location and history make us stand out from other UK universities. 

Located in the heart of Scotland, with superb links to the rest of the UK and beyond (with close proximity to the capital city of Edinburgh and three international airports), the University nestles beneath the Ochil hills on the site of the historic Airthrey estate. Our 330 acres include an 18th century castle, the Hermitage woods, a loch, a golf course and a 50-metre swimming pool. The University also has campuses in Inverness and Stornoway and international degree programme partnerships including in Oman and Singapore.

We have a friendly campus environment that promotes events and activities for all our students. There is a strong community feel on campus and we offer support through the clubs, teams and support networks that are available to you at all times. 

All of our facilities are central to our campus and are easily accessible. In particular, a central social area links the library, eating facilities, shops, Students' Union and Macrobert Arts Centre.

Stirling is Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence and our accolades include a 5 star QS 
World University Ranking 2015, with further 5 star individual rankings in teaching, employability,
internationalisation, facilities and inclusiveness.

We Also ranked in the top 10 in the UK for Sport (The Complete University Guide 2015)

The quality of the campus setting and landscape is a significant asset and contributes to the University’s appeal to students, staff and visitors. The exceptional natural parkland, together with high quality academic, sports and accommodation facilities, plays an important role in providing a world leading student experience.

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