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Student Learning Services

We want to make sure every student at the University of Stirling gets the most out of their time here. One of the ways we do that is by running a regular schedule of workshops and tutorials organised by our Student Learning Services team. No matter what stage of your studies you’re at, you can take advantage of drop-in sessions, workshops and other services designed to help you become an independent, successful learner.

Contact Student Learning Services

Email: sls@stir.ac.uk

Call: +44 (0) 1786 466022

Visit: Room 2A1, Cottrell Building

Our services

Prospective student speaking to another student at open day

Drop-in tutorials

An opportunity to discuss any aspect of your learning, studying and academic work.  

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Study skills workshops

See topics, dates, times and info on what we offer.

students talking with lecturer

Booked tutorials

Designed for students who need extra support for a variety of reasons. 

Information for staff

Student Learning Services works with staff to embed learning strategies into the curriculum. Read more about how to connect students with our resources. 

  • Confidentiality and data storage

    Student Learning Services (SLS) run a confidential service where students can discuss their academic issues with SLS tutors. It is essential for SLS Tutors to keep brief notes on their engagement with students. This is to ensure that we provide continuity of service and also, so that we can monitor uptake and use of the service. Notes may include limited personal information, key issues discussed with the tutor and any agreed actions. All student notes are stored securely within the case management system operated by SLS and are available to a limited number of appropriate support staff. These notes are not available to academic staff, except under exceptional circumstances.

    Exceptional circumstances might include:

    • Where the member of staff has the consent of the student to disclose the information
    • Where the member of staff or the University would be liable to civil or criminal court procedure if the information was not disclosed
    • Where the member of staff believes the student or a third party is in danger/at risk of harm
    • Where there is a legal requirement to disclose information.
    • Where the information is required by the police for the prevention or detection or crime or the apprehension or prosecution of an offender and not providing the information would prejudice the investigation.
    • Where it is necessary to share this information with colleagues on a need to know basis to help them provide robust and appropriate support to the student or third parties. This might include, for example, senior staff in the Accommodation Services team or a Personal Tutor.

    Wherever possible, we will seek the consent of students to share information and we will encourage them to disclose this themselves where appropriate. However, if there is no indication that this has happened, or is likely to happen, or if the risk of harm is sufficiently acute, we may pass on the information directly to relevant staff or to external parties.

    SLS produces reports on trends, for example who accesses our services and how satisfied students are with the support they receive. Student information may at times be used for these statistical monitoring purposes, but no individual student will be identifiable from reports produced using that data.

    Please let us know if you are not willing for us to keep your record. If this is the case, it may be more difficult to provide adequate support.

    If you would like more details, please ask a member of SLS staff or email sls@stir.ac.uk

    Data Protection: Access to notes

    Under the Data Protection Act 1998, students have a right of access to notes kept on them by making a Subject Access Request. Find out how to access this information.

    Details of case notes containing personal information are exempt from disclosure to third parties under Freedom of Information legislation.

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