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Facts and figures

At the University of Stirling, being the difference is in our DNA. That's why we're regularly recognised across the globe for research excellence in teaching, research and offering a world-class student experience.

  • 14,000+ students
  • 10,300+ undergraduate students
  • 3,800+ postgraduate students
  • 1,500+ staff
  • 120+ nationalities are represented on campus
  • 20% of students are from overseas

Our rankings

  • The Guardian University Guide 2020
    • Accounting and Finance - top 5 in Scotland
    • Business, Management and Marketing - top 5 in Scotland
    • Criminology - 1st in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
    • Economics - 2nd in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
    • Education - 2nd in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
    • English and Creative Writing - top 5 in Scotland
    • Geography and Environmental Studies - top 5 in Scotland
    • Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations - 2nd in Scotland
    • Media and Film Studies - 3rd in Scotland
    • Modern Languages and Linguistics - top 5 in Scotland
    • Nursing and Midwifery - top 5 in Scotland
    • Philosophy - top 5 in Scotland
    • Social Work - top 5 in Scotland
    • Sociology - 3rd in Scotland
    • Sports Science - top 5 in Scotland
  • QS World University Rankings 2020

    As part of the QS World University Rankings 2020, the University of Stirling has been awarded 5 stars in the following areas:

    • Teaching
    • Employability
    • Internationalisation
    • Facilities
    • Inclusiveness
  • The Complete University Guide 2020
    • Accounting and Finance – top 20 in the UK
    • Communication and Media Studies – 2nd in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
    • Education – 3rd in Scotland and the UK
    • English – top 5 in Scotland
    • French – 3rd in Scotland and top 20 in the UK
    • Geography and Environmental Science – 3rd in Scotland and top 20 in the UK
    • Iberian Languages – top 5 in Scotland and top 20 in the UK
    • Marketing – 2nd in Scotland and top 10 in the UK
    • Nursing – top 5 in Scotland
    • Social Policy – top 5 in Scotland and top 15 in the UK
    • Social Work – 2nd in Scotland and 3rd in the UK
    • Sociology – 3rd in Scotland and top 20 in the UK
    • Sports Science – top 5 in Scotland and top 20 in the UK
  • The National Student Survey 2019
    • Human Resource Management - 1st in the UK
    • Journalism - 1st in Scotland, top 5 in the UK
    • Environmental Sciences - 2nd in Scotland
    • French studies - 2nd in Scotland
    • Law - 3rd in Scotland
    • Literature in English - 2nd in Scotland
    • Marketing - 3rd in Scotland
    • Social Policy - 2nd in Scotland
    • Tourism, transport and travel - 2nd in Scotland
  • Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
    • Criminology - 1st in Scotland, 3rd in UK
    • Communications & Media - 1st in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
    • Social Work - 2nd in Scotland, 2nd in UK
    • Education - 3rd in Scotland, top 5 in the UK
    • Social Policy - 3rd in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
    • Sociology - 3rd in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
    • Geography - 3rd in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
  • The International Student Barometer (ISB) 2018
    • 91% overall satisfaction rate
    • 1st in the UK and 5th in the World for campus environment (UK International Student Barometer (ISB) Benchmark and Global ISB Benchmark 2018)
    • 1st in Scotland, Top 5 in the UK and Top 15 in the World for careers services (UK International Student Barometer (ISB) Benchmark and Global ISB Benchmark 2018)
    • 2nd in Scotland and 5th in the UK for sports facilities (UK International Student Barometer Benchmark 2018)
    • Top 10 in the UK for clubs and societies (UK International Student Barometer Benchmark 2018)
    • 96% satisfaction rate for lecturer expertise
    • 94% satisfaction rate for English language support
    • 96% satisfaction rate for safety and security on campus
    • 97% satisfaction rate for library services
  • Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018
    • Good environment on campus - 1st in Scotland, joint 2nd in the UK
    • Good sports facilities - 1st in Scotland, 4th in the UK
    • Good extra-curricular activities/societies - Joint 2nd in Scotland, top 25 in the UK
  • Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

    In REF2014, the University of Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK. Highlights include:

    • Almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent
    • 4th in the UK for Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science
    • 1st in Scotland and 12th in the UK for Health Sciences
    • 3rd in Scotland and 18th in the UK for Psychology
    • In the top 25 UK institutions for Business and Management
    • 17th in the UK for Social Work and Social Policy
    • 100% of Psychology Impact case studies classed as world-leading

Survey highlights

The University of Stirling regularly performs well in a wide array of global higher education surveys. Here are some of the accolades we’ve received.

Employability

Learning and teaching

  • 96% satisfaction rate for lecturer expertise (International Student Barometer 2018)
  • The University of Stirling is ranked 3rd in Scotland and top 5 in the UK for Institute and Course Quality (University Compare January 2018)
  • 94% satisfaction rate for English language support (International Student Barometer 2018)
  • 97% satisfaction rate for library services (International Student Barometer 2018)

Sport

  • 2nd in Scotland and 5th in the UK for sports facilities (UK International Student Barometer Benchmark 2018)
  • The University of Stirling has been named one of the UK's top universities for having a great sports scene (Which? University Student Survey 2018)

Campus

  • 1st in the UK and 5th in the World for campus environment (UK International Student Barometer (ISB) Benchmark and Global ISB Benchmark 2018)
  • 96% satisfaction rate for safety and security on campus (International Student Barometer 2018)

Student experience

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Studying at Stirling has been a defining time in my life. I now know what direction I want to take my career, I have made great friendships and built a strong connection to Scotland.
Papoula Petri Romão
Germany BSc (Hons) Psychology
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