Policies, advice and guidance

If you can't find the information you are looking for on this website, there are lots of other places you can get more information or help. The University has a range of staff who are involved in our work to promote equality for all our staff and students, and it should be easy to find the person that can help from the information below.

For general information about our work to promote equality and diversity, our equality and diversity policy, our Equality Outcomes, or the work of the Equality Steering Group, please contact us by emailing equality@stir.ac.uk or call the Policy and Planning team on 01786 466890.

Staff advice and guidance

If you have a personal equality matter and you want to speak to someone in HR and OD about this, you should contact the HR partner for your Faculty or Directorate. A list of HR partners, plus other members of staff in HR and OD, can be downloaded from the.

If you need to speak to someone about bullying or harassment, please see our Respect at work and study policy.

Student advice and guidance

If you are a student and want to speak to someone about a personal equality matter, or if you feel you need some advice or support, you might want to contact our Student Support Services (SSS). You can do this by visiting the SSS website or by emailing ask@stir.ac.uk. Alternatively, call into the Student Services Hub which is located at the Queen's Court Entrance of the Cottrell Building.

You can also speak to your academic student adviser or your personal tutor if you have any issues that affect your academic studies. They will either be able to assist you or they will be able to put you in touch with someone else who can. You can access the list of academic advisers.

Alternatively, you might be happier speaking to a member of the University of Stirling Students' Union (USSU). You can visit their website to find out who you should speak to. The 'equal opportunities' section of their website contains useful information about the support they provide to students, and also provides the contact details of student officers who can provide advice and guidance on specific equality matters.

If students wish to raise a complaint with the University, they should follow the University complaints procedures.

Monitoring student data

The University monitors student data upon any protected characteristic which they may share. We use this information to ensure the right support is in place for all students to thrive academically and personally. However, students can choose not to disclose.

As a result of the information gathered, we are able to direct our equality activities appropriately and evidence progress made. The data gathered from students with regard to their protected characteristics informs the annual Student Equality Report which, in turn, informs the Mainstreaming Equality Report, a statutory requirement of the Equality Act 2010 (Specific (Equality) Duties (Scotland) Regulations 2012.

Find out more about our Equality Outcomes or contact equality@stir.ac.uk if you wish to find out more about how we monitor data.   

Liberation and equality

Stirling Students’ Union has strong and vibrant liberation movement focused on spreading equal opportunities throughout the University and the wider community.

Stirling Students’ Union takes its role as a champion for equality very seriously, everything that it does as a Union is bound by its Equal Opportunities statement and is accredited as a Zero Tolerance Union actively challenging sexual harassment within our society.

All liberation groups are free and welcome all, they run campaigns, social events, training sessions and much more.  The President of the Students’ Union is a member of the University’s Equality Steering Group

  • Black Students Campaign
    The Black Student Campaign is for students who wish to challenge racism in the Stirling community and nationwide.
  • Disabled Students Campaign
    The Disabled Students Campaign is run for all disabled students to help promote the rights of disabled people and to challenge the discrimination and barriers they face.
  • The Women's Campaign
    The Women's Campaign works to represent the views and needs of women students within the democratic structures of the Union and to other external organisations, including the University and NUS, where necessary. In a world where women own less than 1% of the world's property/land and where two women a week are murdered in the UK at the hands of their violent male partners, women's liberation must continue to be at the forefront of everything the Union does, along with all other liberation campaigns.
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Campaign
    Stirling Students’ Union runs a LGBT campaign for people who self-define as LGBT and anybody who supports the movement. The society runs monthly social events and has regular campaigns to challenge homophobia, bi-phobia and transphobia. 

View more details of all of the above campaigns. Students can get involved by contacting theunion@stir.ac.uk.

Age, Gender, Disability, Race, Religion and Belief, Sex, Sexual Orientation. (Data on gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity is not currently collected by the university.)