Policy and process

Following approval by the Education and Student Experience Committee (ESEC) in May 2017 the Quality Handbook has been updated to include both the policy and process for the approval, amendment and withdrawal of programmes and modules at the University of Stirling.

We recommend that you read through the relevant sections of the Quality Handbook before embarking on your project and use the information provided in the Resources hub to help you translate your idea into reality. Should you need any advice or guidance you can contact the Academic Quality and Governance team.

Please note: From November 2017 the following graduate attributes have been adopted:

Stirling Graduate Attributes

Graduate attributes are the high-level qualities, skills and understandings that a student should gain as a result of the learning and experiences they engage with while at university. This ‘graduateness’ is what sets them apart from those without a degree, and is the added value graduates offer.

Be the Difference

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Through their degree and opportunities at the University of Stirling, graduates of the University will be subject specialists, with in‐depth knowledge, understanding and skills associated with their discipline(s). Our ambition is that they will also be confident, aspirational graduates with the right skills and attitudes to connectinnovate and transform, as they will have opportunities to become:


  • with their discipline(s) knowledge, understanding and skills with a range of complex real-world issues
  • with contributions from alumni, private, public and third sector to develop their employability skills
  • with knowledge, experiences and people providing different perspectives, to understand different cultures, beliefs and traditions
  • and work with one another as an inclusive learning community and with the wider community
  • and communicate effectively through digital and other media


  • through active and ethical research
  • through using the latest global research and new technologies to develop new understandings and creative solutions
  • through independent critical and reflective thinking
  • through identifying opportunities to improve what they do and taking action


  • through their intellectual, sporting and cultural passion and excellence
  • through sharing new perspectives and broadening their horizons
  • through being professional, adaptable and resilient and equipped to succeed in the global marketplace
  • through being active global citizens who are socially, culturally and environmentally aware