Research excellence

The University of Stirling has an established reputation as an institution that contributes innovative research that is relevant to the social, economic and cultural needs of society. Working with academic, commercial, public, private and voluntary sector partners, Stirling is one of the UK’s leading research universities in the fields of health and wellbeing, the environment and people, culture and society, enterprise and the economy, and sport.

Ranked among the top 50 research-intensive universities in the UK, in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).  Stirling is 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK, doubling its levels of world-leading research since the 2008 RAE, with almost three quarters of research activity being rated as either internationally excellent or world-leading. This includes an outstanding performance in the Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science category, with Stirling ranked 4th in the UK for its research.  Stirling was also placed 1st in Scotland and 12th in the UK for Health Sciences.

Our Impact performance demonstrates how Stirling researchers are making a major contribution to society, locally and globally in a University environment which enables our academics to produce the highest-quality research.

Multidisciplinary collaboration is one of our hallmarks. For example, researchers in Economics, Computing Science and Applied Social Science are working together on an assistive technology project to allow elderly people to stay in their own homes for longer.

The breadth of our research activity makes Stirling a unique academic environment that stimulates creativity and critical thinking and provides the focus for recruiting, supporting and developing highly-skilled and motivated researchers.

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