The University of Stirling was Scottish University of the Year for 2009/2010 (Sunday Times) and 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.
1. Quality of choice
Choose from around 300 high quality degree combinations to create the programme that will suit your strengths and help you achieve your goals.
2. Leading research
Several of our academic departments are rated top in Scotland for research – you'll have access to cutting edge developments in your field. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, 2008), 10 per cent of Stirling research was judged to be 'world leading' and a further three quarters as 'internationally excellent' and 'internationally recognised'.
3. Excellent prospects
90.5% of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation (Higher Education Statistics Agency, 2011).
4. Latest technology
Most of the bedrooms in our halls are networked and there are wireless hubs throughout the campus – no excuse not to stay in touch!
5. Stunning environment
"Where else can you study on the shores of a loch, by an 18th-century castle, beneath rolling hills?" (The Guardian University Guide)
6. Central location
Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Highlands are all on your doorstep – Stirling really is Scotland's heart.
7. Friendly atmosphere
We're medium-sized, based on a campus, highly residential, with 80+ nationalities represented; there's a great community feel.
8. Cracking nightlife
Stirling's a friendly, buzzing and youthful city, with lots to do. One in every five residents is a student.
9. Superb sport
We have some of the finest facilities on a single site in the UK. No wonder we've been named Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence.
10. A great place to study and work
We know you will, because a resounding 89% of students were satisfied with their programme (National Student Survey, 2010). We have also been voted The Sunday Times Scottish University of the Year 2009/2010. Additionally 91% of our staff surveyed enjoy their work and so are committed to investing in your future.