Stirling shoots for stars in university rankings

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The University of Stirling has secured a five-star rating in an independent assessment of its performance.

In the latest QS Stars ratings, the University has received an overall score of five stars.

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University of Stirling campus, including Airthrey Loch.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gerry McCormac, said: 'We’re pleased to retain our QS five-star rating, which reflects Stirling’s status as an international university with a global reputation for high-quality teaching and research'.

'Our continued success is testament to the hard work and commitment of the entire University community.'


A QS rating assesses universities on how they perform in several key areas. A five-star university is typically world-class in a broad range of areas, enjoys a global reputation and boasts cutting-edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching staff.

As well as securing a five-star institutional rating, Stirling scored five stars in teaching; employability; internationalisation; facilities; and inclusiveness.

Meanwhile, in the QS World University Rankings ‘by subject’, Stirling was ranked for Sport, placing it in the 51-100 bracket. The University was also ranked in the 51-100 bracket for Nursing.

There were year-on-year ranking improvements in Philosophy (101-150th bracket); Agriculture (151-200th); Psychology (201-250th); and Economics (301-350th).