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Our reputation

Making our impact by thinking differently

Since our founding in 1967, the University of Stirling has always been driven by transformative thinking and a spirit of innovation. Our mission is to do everything we can to give our students the knowledge and expertise to make their impact in the world.

Everything we do makes a positive difference to people's lives. We are an agent for change, connecting people, innovating and transforming the lives of our students, staff and the global communities we serve. We have a constant desire to innovate and improve in order to make a difference to society. It’s how we’ve earned our global reputation for high-quality teaching and internationally acclaimed research.

Stirling research: changing lives

Our aim is simple. From feeding the world to using psychology to catch criminals, we want to tackle the global issues of our time. Our multi-disciplinary researchers challenge assumptions, innovate thinking and find solutions.

Our research themes are:

96%

undergraduate leavers

are in employment or further study within six months of graduating

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015/16

98%

postgraduate leavers

are in employment or further study within six months of graduating

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015/16

Highly rated courses, high rate of employability

We educate with purpose and our high-quality flexible courses are five star rated* for producing graduates highly sought after by employers. We’re proud of the way we prepare our students with life-long career and employability skills. It’s why more than 96% of our undergraduate students and 98% of our postgraduate leavers go on to work or further study within six months (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2015/16).

Our students love the way we teach. They named us first in Scotland for having good teachers, quality lecturers and performance feedback (International Student Barometer 2016).

*Stirling achieved a 5 Star Excellence Award for Teaching by QS Stars in 2018

The Stirling experience

Students are at the heart of everything we do and we aim to provide one of the best all round student experiences in the UK. Stirling is a beautiful, historic city with easy access to beautiful, wild landscapes and outdoor activities. We also enjoy fast transport links to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Find out more about the City of Stirling.

At the forefront of sporting excellence

From producing Olympians to teaching children to swim, we live and breathe sport. We’re Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence, a designation by the Scottish Government in recognition of our contribution to Scottish sport and for training Scottish athletes to successfully compete at international sporting events such as the Olympic Games and the Walker Cup.

Sport and wellbeing

A beautiful campus

Our stunning campus, with its castle, loch and golf course, enjoys views of the foothills of the Scottish Highlands, and is often cited as among the most beautiful in Europe. Our campus enjoys a vibrant and friendly atmosphere – we’re 1st in Scotland and the UK for our campus environment and we’re in the top 10 in the UK for extra-curricular activities and societies (International Student Barometer 2016).

International outlook, Scottish hospitality

Stirling is an international university that welcomes the world with proud Scottish hospitality. Thinking and working globally is part of our daily teaching and research practice. We’ve partnerships with over 70 universities worldwide while the contribution from our international students and staff from all over the world is crucial to our continued success and global outlook. We offer our students experiences of a lifetime through our Study Abroad programme and we prepare our students to thrive as global citizens in an increasingly connected world.

We're first in Scotland for welcoming international students

The International Student Barometer Autumn 2016

Ambitious future

Our global ambitions do not rest on our current success. We’ve launched new strategies with ambitious targets on our research profile and international standing so that we become one of the top 25 universities in the UK.

Read more about our Strategic Plan.

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