How you'll be taught

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have adjusted our approach to teaching to keep you safe. If your course is normally delivered face-to-face then this semester it will be delivered through a combination of online and, where we can, face-to-face teaching. We'll adapt our teaching as the government guidelines relating to the Coronavirus pandemic change. If your course is normally an online programme, then these changes will not affect your course is taught.


Our general approach to teaching in the spring semester will be to:

  • Ensure that all modules are available for students to study online.
  • Replace lectures with online material.
  • Offer some limited face-to-face small group teaching sessions, as safe and appropriate space on campus allows, for those who can get to campus (online alternatives will be available for those who cannot do so).
  • For subjects such as nursing, which require on-campus skills or laboratory work, we will continue to offer these sessions on campus, subject to government restrictions and with full regard to health and safety regulation.
  • Timetable all live teaching sessions, whether online or on campus, so that you are clear about your timetable.
  • Make all spring assessments online, including examinations, wherever possible. See our approach to assessment and progression.

Online interactive learning

  • You’ll be taught through our virtual learning environment, Canvas. This is a supportive, inclusive and active space for learning. You will be led through your module material and activities, to help keep you on track.
  • Free wi-fi is available on campus and laptops can be borrowed from the library.
  • Lectures to large groups on campus will be replaced with a variety of online webinars, short videos and other materials. There will also be activities that bring the material to life. Your lecturer will be on hand to guide you through and you’ll be encouraged to take part, ask questions, comment and give feedback.
  • There will be lots of interactive activities available through Canvas to help you learn, be supported and meet your fellow students. These include live chats, virtual coffee, group tasks, discussion boards, quizzes and more. You can work online with your classmates or come to campus and have a socially distanced coffee with them to work on group projects.
  • Reading lists for each module will be available online, where possible.
  • The library is open. You can book a study space, and physical books are available, with some extra safety guidelines in place. A click and collect service is also available. We have around 500,000 e-books and e-journals if you want to work remotely.
  • Live teaching sessions can be recorded using ‘Listen Again’, so you can use these recordings to catch up and revise.
  • Co-curricular activities such as subject-based student societies, employability events and reading groups will all take place online or on campus.

Teaching arrangements and timetables

  • All teaching arrangements will be communicated to you for your own programme ahead of semester.
  • If you are joining us as a new student early in the New year, you will be able to enrol and chose modules from 1 December 2020.
  • The timetable will be available from 7 December 2020.
  • Canvas, our virtual learning environment, which holds your learning materials and through which you will study, opens for undergraduate students on 11 January 2021 and postgraduate taught students on 25 January 2021.
  • To arrange a one-to-one meeting with a lecturer, contact your faculty administrator.

If you need to start your degree from home online

If you need to start your degree from home online, please let the University know on the Student Portal after you complete the online enrolment process. Please contact your Faculty if you have any specific queries about teaching delivery on your course.

One-to-one support

  • Your lecturers and tutors will be on hand to answer questions, lead activities and support you. Whether you are on campus or online, feedback and support will be available at every stage.
  • All teaching staff have regular weekly drop-in sessions to offer one-to-one feedback and any support required. These will continue to be available by phone, online or face-to-face, where possible. Where we can’t meet you face-to-face in person, we will aim to meet you face-to-face online.
  • You will be allocated a personal tutor who will support you and signpost any additional support required.
  • Support for academic skills offered by Student Learning Services will be available online and face-to-face, where possible.

Work placements  

  • Physical work placements will proceed where possible and we are working hard with employers to ensure you will be safe and have a good experience in their workplace.
  • As the working world has moved online, so have many virtual placements and internships, offering a realistic experience of the new work environment. We are working with employers to expand access to virtual placements and internships locally and throughout the world.

Free software

  • At Stirling we’ve introduced Microsoft Office 365 including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and apps such as Teams for videoconferencing, Planner to help plan your time, OneNote to organise your research and notes. These are free for you to use as apps or on other devices and you will have guidance on how to get the most out them through our Stirling Essentials module, available on Canvas and through our digital study skills workshops

Academic skills support

  • We have a range of workshops and individual support available for all our students’ needs through our Student Learning Services. New students can access the workshop series as soon as they enrol at the University. They also have access to Stirling Essentials, a module to help you transition onto study at University of Stirling.

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.

Faculty Office contact details

Use the details listed to contact your faculty administrator:

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

+44 (0) 1786 467561

Faculty of Natural Sciences

+44 (0) 1786 467840

The Faculty of Social Sciences

+44 (0) 1786 467740

Stirling Management School

+44 (0) 1786 467370

Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

+44 (0) 1786 466340

To find out which faculty you belong to check out the list of courses here.