Work at Stirling

The University of Stirling is more than a higher education institution. It is a global, vibrant community of staff and students with an excellent reputation for both research and teaching.

This is, in no small measure, thanks to our 1,500+ academic and support staff, representing over 120 nationalities, who help the University go from strength to strength. We recognise that having the right people, with the right skills and attitude, is central to achieving our ambitions.

Our people are our most valuable asset and the contribution of staff is critical to our success. At Stirling, we believe that every individual has a role to play in achieving our goals, and we provide just the right amount of aspiration and inspiration. 

Campus community

When you join the Stirling family, you immerse yourself in campus surroundings custom made for fruitful and fulfilling work. The University offers a peaceful yet stimulating environment with just about everything you might need for a good work-life balance.

Located at the foot of the Ochil Hills in over 330 acres of landscaped grounds, with a loch, golf course, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and an 18-century castle, our campus really is a beautiful, unique, inspiring working environment to be part of. This is not just our opinion: Stirling consistently ranks top in the UK for ‘good campus environment’ (ISB 2016; Times Higher Education Student Experience survey 2017).

Stirling is located in the historic and geographical heart of Scotland - with Scotland's two largest cities (Glasgow and Edinburgh) both less than 50 minutes from the city, you can explore the local area, the country and further afield easily. 

The city and the University share a friendly atmosphere and strong sense of community. In and around Stirling, you’ll find a rich variety of shops, bars, restaurants and entertainment. What is more, while the cost of living in Stirling is lower than the UK average, the standard of living certainly isn't. According to our students, Stirling is one of the most attractive places in the UK to live (City of Stirling: National Student Housing Survey). 

Staff benefits

We recognise that attracting the highest calibre staff goes beyond the job offer.

We have a range of great benefits for staff, including generous annual leave and membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme, with generous employer contributions. 

Staff can also benefit from a reduced membership rate at the University's excellent Sports Centre, and the option of childcare vouchers and cycle to work through salary sacrifice schemes. Additionally, our employees have access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development programmes that provide them with the skills to enhance their performance in the workplace and grow in their careers.

Why work in Scotland

Scotland is a diverse, friendly, outward-looking country with a high standard of living.

There are many reasons why living in Scotland is wonderful. As well as excellent work opportunities, you will find friendly cities, beautiful scenery, good travel links and a great quality of life. That’s why, for centuries, people from all over the world have been choosing to live in Scotland.

Learn about working in Scotland

Eligibility to work in the UK

Eligibility to work in the UK

The University of Stirling is an international employer, and we are committed to promoting diversity and equality of opportunity for all members of staff.

If you do not yet have eligibility to work in the UK, and you receive an offer of employment with the University, the offer will be subject to successful attainment of this requirement.

The UK immigration system have some restrictions in relation to who we are able to employ from non-EU countries on various grounds (see the UKVI website's section on working in the UK for further details).

Applicants from outside the EU need to apply for eligibility to work in the UK through one of the allowed immigration routes. The majority of overseas workers coming to the University apply through the Tier 2 (Sponsored Skilled Worker) route, however there may also be other routes available to you, depending on your circumstances which we are happy to discuss with you.

Equality and diversity

Equality and diversity

The University of Stirling aims to integrate diversity and equal opportunity into all its activities from key decisions on its mission and strategic objectives through to day-to-day operations. It does not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of gender, race, disability, age, religion and belief, sexual orientation or other irrelevant distinction and is committed to working with diversity in a wholly positive way to promote understanding, equality and inclusiveness. All staff and students (whether existing or potential) and visitors to our campuses should receive fair and equal treatment whatever their relationship with the University. We therefore have policies in place to ensure this in relation to:

  • research
  • recruitment and admissions
  • learning and teaching
  • the management of human and other resources
  • commercial operations
  • communications

The impact of these policies is monitored and assessed and the outcomes from these analyses published regularly. The University actively seeks the views and opinions of members of its community and liaises with external bodies, representative groups and users on the effectiveness and development of these policies. All individuals and organisations with which the University has a contractual arrangement are expected to accept the principle of equal opportunity and not to be party to situations which could lead to unfair discrimination.

Contact us

HR & OD Department

University of Stirling
Stirling, FK9 4LA

T: +44 (0)1786 467136


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