How you'll be taught in 2020

The way we teach you is changing. For students starting in September (undergraduate) and October (postgraduate), you'll be taught through blended learning during semester one. This will be a combination of face-to-face teaching and online interactive learning. We'll review how we teach you as the regulations on social distancing change. 

Face-to-face learning

  • All face-to-face teaching will follow social distancing guidelines. This sort of teaching will take place in small groups, seminars and tutorials.
  • Lectures to large groups will be entirely online at the start of the semester. 
  • Lab-based learning that can continue with social distancing will go ahead as normal. 
  • All teaching arrangements will be communicated to students ahead of time. 

Online interactive learning

When we can't teach you face-to-face, you'll be taught through our virtual learning environment, Canvas. Online teaching will be recorded as standard, and live-streamed where possible. 

Support for international students 

If you are an international student, there are extra sessions during induction to help you adjust to life at the University of Stirling. These include:

  • Academic expectations at the University of Stirling: This session provides an introduction to academic work at Stirling. It teaches you what to expect and how this might be different from your previous international experience.
  • Living in Stirling: You will receive help and practical advice, including support with understanding English language documents (police registration/council tax/bank letters, etc).
  • Scottish culture: This section looks at Scottish culture and the wider community. This promotes extracurricular activities and will help you settle in and feel part of the University. There is also a session on Scottish vocabulary. 

Help with English language learning

After induction, there is ongoing English language support for you during your studies. These in-sessional classes include:

  • Presentation and seminar practice: Sessions to improve your ability and confidence in oral English.
  • Online conversation club: Every Wednesday from 15:00 to 16:30. Discussions are hosted by English language teachers and are open to all students. Check our Be Connected calendar during the semester to find out more.
  • Individual English language support: If you need extra help with English, we can refer you to INTO for an in-sessional English course.
  • Dissertation support (over four sessions): Sessions to help postgraduate students with the dissertation writing process.

Faculty Office contact details

Use the details listed to contact your faculty administrator:


Faculty of Arts and Humanities

T: +44 (0) 1786 467561



Faculty of Natural Sciences

T: +44 (0) 1786 467840



The Faculty of Social Sciences

T: +44 (0) 1786 467740



Stirling Management School

T: +44 (0) 1786 467370



Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

T: +44 (0) 1786 466340