Welcome activities and information sessions

In the first few weeks and throughout the semester, we'll be offering students a range of different activities, both on campus and online, to help you make a great start to life at Stirling.

During Welcome Week there will be lots happening on campus including:

You can also join a range of online events including welcome workshops on topics such as student life, student support, and how to make the most of your time at University.

January welcome events

Event

Description

Time

Location

Attendance

Audience

Explore Stirling Walking Tours

Join us on a walking tour of Stirling city centre where we'll show you grand historic sites, favourite student cafes and bars, a range of shops and stores that sell useful items and other locations that'll make you feel at home! The tour will depart promptly from The Atrium at 2pm and it'll last approximately two hours including travel time to Stirling via the bus.

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Off-campus: Tour departs from the Atrium on campus

Optional

All students

Library tour (Monday)

Daily tours of the excellent range of study space and services available in the university library. Please see LibCal for full list of dates and times.

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On-campus: Meet at the library entrance.

Optional

All students

Intro to Indoor Cycling

Looking to join in with our indoor fitness classes but not sure where to start? Learn how to set-up and use our state-of-the-art Technogym bikes with our instructor. This will prepare you for joining in with future indoor cycling classes, a highly effective cardio and strength workout. Ride through hills, flats and sprints to the rhythm of the music. Book via the University of Stirling Sport App.

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On-campus: Multi-use Studio, Sports Centre

Optional

All students

Just Play Table Tennis

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome. Book via the University of Stirling Sport App

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On-campus: Sports Hall 1

Optional

All students

Stirling Students' Union ReFreshers 2022: Freebie Fayre

Come along to the Atrium to meet local businesses, get student discounts and freebies and that all important discount from our ReFreshers Sponsors, Domino's Pizza! This event is free of charge and open to all students from all year groups.

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On-campus: The Atrium

Optional

All students

Global Cafe

An opportunity to meet new friends, play games or have discussions. Snacks are available. Drop in or come for the full session - everyone is welcome.

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On-campus: University Chaplaincy, Andrew Miller Building

Optional

All students

Just Play Short Tennis

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome. Book via the University of Stirling Sport App

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On-campus: Sports Hall 2

Optional

All students

UV Indoor Cycle

Taking place in our new cycling studio! Workout on our state-of-the-art Technogym bikes under UV lights. A highly effective cardio and strength workout. Ride through hills, flats and sprints to the rhythm of the music. Don't forget to wear something white or bright to glow in the dark. Book via the University of Stirling Sport app.

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On-campus: Multi-use Studio, Sports Centre

Optional

All students

Better Together: Form a peer or study group for fun and success

In the online and blended teaching environment, many students are missing the chance for informal discussion, peer support, and just having a friendly social context for their academic work. Forming a study group or other peer group is one great way to bring social context and friendly discussion back to the academic experience. It can be a great way to study ideas, learn from others, develop your practice, and motivate yourself. This short workshop will give you a few guidelines and tools to form your own study or peer group, as well as an opportunity to get started on your own.

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Online

Optional

All students

Library tour (Tuesday)

Daily tours of the excellent range of study space and services available in the university library. Please see LibCal for full list of dates and times.

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On-campus: Meet at the library entrance.

Optional

All students

Intro to Yoga

Interested in coming along to our yoga classes but not sure where to start? Join our instructor, Eve who will introduce you to the basics of yoga to build your confidence joining in with our regular yoga classes. Book via the University of Stirling Sports app

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On-campus: Studio 1 & Studio 2, Sports Centre

Optional

All students

Dissertation 1: Learn to control Microsoft Word

Working on a Dissertation requires a different level of skill in an application which we think know well. Join us to see how Styles, Automatic Tables of Contents, Sections and many other Word features enable us to be in control of the process.

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Online

Optional

All students

Essential Guide to Library and IT Services

Introduction to Library and IT services at Stirling University

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Online

Optional

All students

Reading 1: Introduction to reading at university

It is hard to get by at university without doing plenty of reading. This webinar will consider why reading is so important, what you are expected to read and how to manage some of the practicalities. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

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Online

Optional

All students

Intro to T.R.X Fitness Class

Looking to join in with our fitness classes but not sure where to start? Join our instructor, Kev to learn the basics of our T.R.X fitness class to build your confidence joining in with our regular classes. T.R.X involves suspension training, body weight exercises that will develop your strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously. Book via the University of Stirling Sports app

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On-campus: Multi-use Studio, Sports Centre

Optional

All students

Discover Clubs & Societies

Although restrictions haven't allowed us to host all (70+!) of our amazing Clubs & Socs in person, it's easy to find out what clubs are available and how to join. Clubs will be hosting Give It A Go sessions which are like 'try before you buy' to allow you to meet the committees and other members, try it out and see if it's a good fit for you!

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Online: Online

Optional

All students

Stirling Students' Union: Yellow Jelly Vintage Fayre

Yellow Jelly Vintage are bringing the best vintage clothing, streetwear, sportswear and brands to your Students' Union for ReFreshers Week. They will have everything from track jackets to t-shirts, sweatshirts, fleece and denim jackets, cord shirts and everything in between. Entry to this event is free, however it will be at a limited capacity for COVID safety.

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On-campus: Venue (Students' Union)

Optional

All students

Scottish Culture

An introduction session on your new country of study - Scotland. You will learn about Scottish history, culture as well as things to see and do. A great opportunity to ask questions about Scotland.

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Online

Optional

All students

Dissertation 2: The Power of Word Styles

Join us for our 2nd Dissertation session which takes us further on the journey of how to create, use and modify Styles. This wonderful Word feature helps to put us in control of how our Dissertation will look ensuring a consistent appearance.

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Online

Optional

All students

Conversation Club

Join the English Conversation Club on Zoom. Meeting ID: 999 0361 7635 and Passcode: 150350

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Online

Optional

All students

Library tour (Wednesday)

Daily tours of the excellent range of study space and services available in the university library. Please see LibCal for full list of dates and times.

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On-campus: Meet at the library entrance.

Optional

All students

Sports Union Fayre

Come along to meet our amazing Sports Clubs in the Sports Centre. They'll let you know how join and how to try before you buy with the Give It A Go sessions! You'll need to book a slot for this event, but do not require any memberships to attend. Quiet hour - 10am to 11am.

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On-campus: Sports Centre

Optional

All students

Effective online learning

This webinar will review what we mean by on-line learning and what is expected of you. We will also explore how to get the best out of your on-line learning experience, so that you are both effective and efficient. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

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Online

Optional

All students

Postgraduate Masterclass: Academic Expectations - What is a Masters degree all about?

Academic expectations of students undertaking a Master’s level programme at a UK university can be very different from those for undergraduate study or from other cultures and countries. This workshop helps to unpack some of these expectations and give some pro tips on how to meet them and how to make the most of your Master’s studies and fulfil your potential.

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Online

Optional

All students

Just Play Badminton

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome. Book via the University of Stirling Sport App

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On-campus: Sports Hall 1

Optional

All students

Just Play Football

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome. Book via the University of Stirling Sport App

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On-campus: 3G pitch

Optional

All students

Library tour (Thursday)

Daily tours of the excellent range of study space and services available in the university library. Please see LibCal for full list of dates and times.

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On-campus: Meet at the library entrance.

Optional

All students

Dissertation 3: Take Control of Graphs, Charts and Images

Join us for our 3rd Dissertation session which looks at the often annoying task of how to control the placement and captioning of the graphs, charts and images which enhance the text. If there is time we will include a look at the Drawing Canvas and how to create your own diagrams.

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Online

Optional

All students

Preventing procrastination and getting organised

With so many electronic devices around and so many other things to do, it is very easy to get distracted and put off studying until another day. This webinar will explore some of the reasons for procrastination and will give some practical hints and tips to help keep you on track and focussed. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

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Online

Optional

All students

Participating in class with confidence

There are many effective ways to boost your confidence when it comes to participating in classes. Join our session to learn strategies and ideas on how to overcome those nerves to ensure you get the most out of your learning at university.

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Online

Optional

All students

Chat with a study skills tutor

A Student Learning Services study skills tutor will be available to answer any questions you might have about studying and learning at university. This is a group event and you can join at any time.

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Online

Optional

All students

(ACE) Academic English: Conquering annoying articles

This highly interactive workshop will help you learn ways of conquering awkward articles (‘a’, ‘an’, and ‘the’) which you can apply to all of your writing, both inside and outside of university. Articles are little words but they play an important role in academic writing! This workshop is part of the Academic and Communicative English (ACE) programme which is designed for students who speak English as an additional language. However, all students are welcome to attend if you think the class will be useful.

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Online

Optional

All students

Undergraduate students - want to improve your grades?

Sometimes it takes longer to settle down to studying at university than you expect. If you think that you could do better and are aiming for higher grades this next year, this is the webinar for you. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

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Online

Optional

All students

STEER Coffee and Chat

Come along to meet the Stirling Students' Union STEER captains and find out about being matched up for peer support. STEER is a University-wide peer support scheme linking in returning student 'Captains' with new undergraduate or taught postgraduate 'Crew', during their first year at Stirling.

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On-campus: Venue (Students' Union)

Optional

All students

Just Play Badminton

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome. Book via the University of Stirling Sport App

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On-campus: Sports Hall 2

Optional

All students

Slainte Mhath (Slanj-a-va) Scotland - A Celebration of Scottish Culture

Join us for 'Slainte Mhath (Slanj-a-va) Scotland' - A Celebration of Scottish Culture through live music, food, and drink. Sample a selection of Scottish delicacies and experience traditional live music and entertainment. Book your free tickets now.

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On-campus: Campus Central

Optional

All students

UV Zumba

Join the UV Party! Zumba is a great way to condition your body to some funky music and moves from around the world. Get ready to shake and shimmy. Don't forget to wear something white or bright to glow in the dark. Book via the University of Stirling Sports app

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On-campus: Sports Hall 2

Optional

All students

Just Play Basketball

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome. Book via the University of Stirling Sport App

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On-campus: Sports Hall 2

Optional

All students

Just Play Beginner Tennis

Come along and join our Tennis Club for some beginner tennis! Equipment provided. Book your space via the University of Stirling Sport App

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On-campus: Tennis Courts

Optional

All students

Online Learning: Canvas and Teams

Wondering how to make your way around Canvas? Join our Canvas orientation workshop for advice on: logging in/navigation, setting up notifications, groups and using group tools, getting help and our new Teams integration.

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Online

Optional

All students

What is Stirling University all about?

This workshop is part of the Academic and Communicative English (ACE) programme which is designed for students who speak English as an additional language. However, all students are welcome to attend if you think the class will be useful.

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Online

Optional

All students

Library tour (Friday)

Daily tours of the excellent range of study space and services available in the university library. Please see LibCal for full list of dates and times.

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On-campus: Meet at the library entrance.

Optional

All students

Just Play Badminton

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome. Book via the University of Stirling Sport App

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On-campus: Sports Hall 2

Optional

All students

Just Play Football

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome. Book via the University of Stirling Sport App

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On-campus: 2G pitch

Optional

All students

RefWorks fundamentals

Learn RefWorks to gather, manage and store references and generate a bibliography. See how to use RefWorks Citation Manager to automatically create in-text citations and a reference list in your Word document. We will be using the new version of RefWorks for this session https://libguides.stir.ac.uk/newrefworks.

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Online

Optional

All students

Global Cafe

An opportunity to meet new friends, play games or have discussions. Snacks are available. Drop in or come for the full session - everyone is welcome.

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On-campus: University Chaplaincy, Andrew Miller Building

Optional

All students

Raveminton

Looking for a unique way to get active?! Join our Badminton Club for glow in the dark badminton. Wear something white or bright and get ready to glow. Glow in the dark rackets, shuttles and face paint will be provided. Book via the University of Stirling Sports app

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On-campus: Sports Centre

Optional

All students

Students in a kitchen

Be connected

Discover a programme of online events, resources and activities designed to help you connect with the University community. Examples of activities include:

  • Live workouts hosted by our Sports Centre staff
  • Friendly drop in coffee and chat sessions
  • Quiz nights
  • Cooking and craft
  • Meditation sessions
student in library with laptop

Study skills workshops

Student Learning Services will be running study skills workshops to help you prepare for university and to support your progress through the semester. 

students talking with lecturer

Faculty and course welcome sessions

Course teams in each Faculty will arrange for you to meet the staff, other students and learn how things work at Stirling. You'll get essential information to help you settle in and find your feet. 

Wide view of the library

Library and IT at Stirling

Information Services will run information sessions and workshops to help you hit the ground running when it comes to using the Library and IT at Stirling.

Students at Studio, Students' Union

Stirling Students' Union

Stirling Students' Union will ensure you have a brilliant welcome to Stirling with a range of activities. Keep updated on what's happening via their website.

Students sitting on steps

STEER peer support

STEER is a University-wide student peer support scheme run by Stirling Students' Union. It provides mentors or buddies for any undergraduate or postgraduate taught student in their first year at the University of Stirling. The scheme aims to help you with the transition of settling into life at Stirling.