Stirling has risen to the challenge set by Lord Robbins half a century ago. Robbins saw the expansion of higher education – of which Stirling was a part – as “an essential condition for the realisation in the modern age of the ideals of a free and democratic society.”

The University has delivered on that. It has done so through a mix of intellectual rigour and pragmatism, harnessed to a clear vision.

Everything we do is done with a purpose. We discover things and make sure those who can benefit know about it; we provide a challenging and stimulating environment for learning and teaching; we make a difference to society.

The scale of our aspiration comes from active discussions with the broad University community and our external partners. That knowledge in itself is enough to give us confidence that we can deliver our shared vision, regardless of the changing environment in which we work. By 2021 we will be better connected; we will have delivered innovation in all sorts of ways; and, through our people, we will have transformed the lives of many others.

Fiona Sandford
This Plan demonstrates to our stakeholders, the scale and impact of our ambition as an innovative, transformative and globally-connected University. Fiona Sandford Fiona Sandford Chair of the University Court More case studies
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