University of Stirling students socialising outside Airthrey Castle.

Undergraduate welcome

When you start life at the University of Stirling, you’ll step into an inspiring environment marked by boundless opportunity.

You’ll have the chance to make friends for life, expand your knowledge, travel abroad and join some of the many clubs and societies on offer. You’ll also become part of an academic community that has your best interests at heart and prioritises your wellbeing and success. So, even if you’re feeling a little uncertain about what lies ahead, rest assured that you’ll be supported every step of the way.

Faculty of Natural Sciences welcome activites

The Faculty of Natural Sciences arranges welcome sessions so that you can meet the staff, other students and learn a little about how things work at Stirling. Things can be a little overwhelming in your first days at university, so we will give you essential information at the outset, and your lecturers and tutors will continue to provide key information as and when you need it during your first semester.

Course welcome/induction timetable 2020/21
Column one describes the welcome session, column two lists the date the event will take place, column three lists the event start time, column four lists the event end time and column five describes the event location.

Session / Description

Date

Start

End

Location / Link

For returning students: Welcome to Autumn 2020

Drop in Q&A session and announcements about Teaching in Autumn 2020

Week of 10th August (TBC)

TBC

TBC

Online

Help with module selection

Q&As with course teams offering advice with module selection

10th – 24th August

TBC

TBC

Online

Welcome to Faculty

A welcome video from the Dean introducing the work of the Faculty

17th August

N/A

N/A

Online

Welcome to your course

Welcome videos introducing your subject and your course by your course director

17th August

N/A

N/A

Online

Welcome to your Modules

Welcome videos and materials introducing your modules by the module co-ordinators

From 17th August

N/A

N/A

Online

Virtual Coffee Catch-ups

Subject level drop in coffee sessions with students from all years

Early September (TBC)

TBC

TBC

Online

1st year Welcome Message

10th September

N/A

N/A

Online

Welcome back message for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students

10th September

N/A

N/A

Online

Skills for Success

Materials and support around the key academic skills you need for the year ahead.

Available 10th September

N/A

N/A

Online

Getting to know you

Subject-specific, fun events with fellow students and the Programme Team.

After 17th September (TBC)

TBC

TBC

Online

Personal Tutor meetings

Small group or 1:1 meetings with your personal tutor

After 17th September (TBC)

TBC

TBC

Online

Introduction to the Careers and Employability Service

Watch our  videos introducing you to the useful services and advice they provide to all students. These videos are aimed at new students and are available 24/7 on Panapto. Choose your course subject to watch the appropriate video for you.

Available now     

Psychology

Integrated Degree Programme with Forth Valley College

Computing Science and Maths

Biology, Environmental Sciences and Aquaculture

 

Preparing for study at University - Stirling Essentials

Stirling Essentials provides a summary of the key information you need to be a successful student and it links into more in-depth help and advice, as and when you need it. Before you arrive, please do take some time to familiarise yourself with this module and work through its sections. This module will remain available to you throughout your studies, through a link on each Canvas module. (Log on with your University username and password, if requested.)

Students at Studio in the Students Union

Your personal tutor

You'll be assigned a personal tutor during the first week of your studies in Stirling. The role of a personal tutor is to help you feel part of the University community and to act as a specific and consistent source of guidance, information and support throughout your studies. Your tutor should always be available as a formal point of contact for general academic guidance or pastoral support.

Feedback and guidance sessions

All modules offer regular feedback and guidance sessions when you can call in and ask your lecturer or tutor any queries you have on the module. Full details of when these sessions are held will be included in your module handbooks.

Student voice - make a difference to the student experience

Student Faculty Officers are there to represent all students across the Faculty, making sure that the student voice is part of all decisions which affect student learning. Each Faculty Officer is associated with a division and are paired with key Faculty staff to look at how students are experiencing their studies and University life. This can be anything from student employability, assessment and feedback, to lecturing, modules, and more.

Module representatives

Each module has a Rep(s) who raise issues or recommendations the class may have with staff. This allows the Faculty to ensure staff know what students want and continually improve the learning experience. You can become a module rep if you want to make a difference. You can apply via your modules on Canvas at the beginning of semester. Training is provided by the Students' Union and, if you carry out the duties, you will receive credit on your degree transcript for this work. It is a great opportunity to develop your leadership skills.

Student Faculty Officers 2019 - 2020

Aquaculture -  Kaeli Cruz

Biological & Environmental Sciences - Moira Volk

Computing Science & Maths - Peter Carlyle

Psychology - Marie-Anna Sedlinska

Contact undergraduate faculty advisers

If you have any questions about your course or module choices, you can contact your faculty adviser: