The School has a strong reputation for excellence in research: Law Staff are committed to producing high quality publications, which impact on legal scholarship and outside academia. Students benefit directly from that expertise in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and in PhD supervision.
In the last UK wide Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014, 65% of Law staff research publications were either world leading or internationally excellent, 30% were recognised internationally and 5% were recognised nationally. The grade point average measuring the overall quality of the Law School’s research outputs in the 2014 REF was ranked first for law in Scotland. Our research impact case studies, which showcase the impact that our research has outside academia, were found to provide evidence of very considerable or considerable impact in terms of reach and significance in relation to law-making and policy-making.
The Stirling Law School seeks to foster excellent legal research by staff without any prescription as to subject area or methodology and to encourage and support colleagues to develop their scholarship to the very best of their abilities. Research by staff therefore is both socio-legal and doctrinal, and a range of different methodologies and philosophies are utilised. Much of the work which is done is library-based, although a number of colleagues conduct (mainly qualitative) empirical research. Our aim is to maximise research quality, impact beyond academia and funding. Research is centred around a number of clusters, reflecting staff expertise: Private Law, Environmental and Energy Law, Transnational Law, Public Law, Competition Law, Dispute Resolutionand Legal Philosophy.