Our vision, our mission, our values

Our unique character is built on our vision, mission and values; reflecting who we are, why we matter and why we are different.

Our vision

To be recognised across the world as a University that addresses the needs of society through innovative and interdisciplinary research; learning and teaching of the highest quality; and by sharing our knowledge with the world.

Positioning statement

At the University of Stirling our thinkers are bright, inquisitive and innovative.

Everything we do, as an institution and as individuals, has purpose and impact. This shapes our culture, our personality and our mindset. It encourages us to challenge the status quo and push the norm. We have a constant desire to innovate and improve in order to benefit society and make a difference to the communities we serve.

We use our thinking to improve everything. By connecting, innovating and transforming, we believe our thinking can change the world.

Our mission

Our contribution and approach are defined by:

Developing people and helping society through the pursuit and understanding of knowledge. We create the conditions for innovative, interdisciplinary research, and communicate what we have learned to the wider world in a clear and useful manner.

Transforming the lives of our students and staff by giving them opportunities to reach their full potential intellectually and emotionally; by making them resilient and giving them the skills they need for the modern world; and by instilling in them a sense of responsibility to promote public good.

Creating global citizens, working in partnership with governments, business and industry, the public and third sectors, and colleagues in other institutions, to identify and meet the changing needs of society.

Our values


Leading the way globally in our areas of research expertise and through the delivery of an outstanding learning experience.


Being open in all we do, communicating the work and worth of the University to the wider world, and engaging people in the delivery of our vision.


Growing the University in innovative ways, embedding sustainability, and making it a role model for the sector.

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Strategic Plan 2016-2021

Focusing on innovation and excellence, the strategy sets out our vision, institutional priorities and objectives for the next five years. Find out more about by reading our Strategic Plan 2016-2021.