University of Stirling students are reaping the benefits of a free new app, designed to make academic study, life on campus and everything in-between more accessible and convenient.
Launched last month, mStir – the University’s new app for Android and Apple devices – has already been downloaded by thousands of students.
The app, which also provides a wealth of information to University staff, enables users to manage and organise many aspects of university life at the swipe of a finger.
mStir users can access library services; find contact details for staff; watch video podcasts of lectures; locate an available PC on campus; confirm which assignments are due; check when the next bus is due to leave campus; and find out which events are taking place at the Students’ Union.
Mark Toole, Director of Information Services, said: “With more and more students being online these days, this new app gives lots of useful information in a quick and easy-to-access format.
“Our students will now be able to obtain important information relating to their studies much more conveniently.”
Anna Staneva, a second year Business Law student originally from Bulgaria, is impressed with this convenience. She said: “The mStir app is an awesome idea and makes life much easier. Everything you need for university is just one click away.
“I’ve been telling all my friends they need to download it. So many students, especially international students like me, get lost in their first year and this will really help them find their way to seminars and lectures.
“It’s fantastic that students are able to renew or place a hold on a library book and use the Listen Again feature to watch podcasts of lectures – at home, in town, or anywhere they’ve brought their phone.”
Commenting on her favourite feature, the Sport Centre tab, Anna said: “I love to go to sports classes but I don’t like to carry leaflets and timetables around with me all the time. Now I have class times and details at my fingertips.”
Andrew Wilson, the mStir app’s creator and Senior IT Advisor within the University said: “There are lots of other exciting plans for the mStir app. The next update will include weekly menus for all Sodexo outlets on campus and we’re looking into the possibility of introducing personalised fitness plans.”