Welcome activities and information sessions

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

There will be a festival vibe on campus with lots happening such as our free welcome BBQs with live DJ and gourmet food, Freshers Fayre, Welcome Zone, Clubs and Societies Fayre, Sports Union Fayre, and much more!

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.

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.

Freshers Week 2021

Stirling Students' Union

Stirling Students' Union will ensure you have a brilliant Freshers' Week 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.

Undergraduate welcome events and information sessions

Event

Description

Time

Location

Attendance

Year group

Just Play Women's 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 in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club. 

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Hockey Pitch

Optional

All students

Students' Union Meet the Officers and Q&A

Join us on Teams for a virtual meet and greet with your four Union Sabbatical Officers: Nela, Union President, Calum, Vice President Education, Alyson, Vice President Communities and Sophie, Sports Union President.

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Online: MS Teams

Optional

All students

UV Zumba with Andrea

Join the 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.

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Sports Hall 2

Optional

All students

Inter-Hall Sport

Are you a first year student? Come down and join us for a fun hall vs hall tournament featuring different sports each week. Sports include UV dodgeball, UV Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Badminton and more.

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Sports Hall 2

Optional

First year

Library Tours

Check out the Library, meet our friendly Library staff and find out all about the services and facilities on offer. Find a tour time to suit you.

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On-campus: Library

Optional

All students

Exploring Career Options for Undergraduates

If you’re unsure about your options, then this session will help you to think about where the skills and knowledge you are developing during your degree can take you and how you can make the most of your time at university.

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Online

Optional

First year

Students' Union Meet the Clubs & Societies

If you missed the fayres in Freshers Week or are just keen to find out more, you can chat online with reps from some of our amazing Clubs & Societies who can tell you all about how to join and get involved!

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Online: MS Teams

Optional

All students

Understanding the Graduate Labour Market

In a time of technological and societal disruption, this session will help you to feel more prepared to enter the graduate labour market. We will explore your options from understanding how graduate recruitment schemes work to alternative options. Learn what employers are looking for and how to find relevant opportunities.

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Online

Optional

Fourth year

Just Play Badminton - drop-in session

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 in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club. 

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Sports Hall 2

Optional

All students

Library Tours

Check out the Library, meet our friendly Library staff and find out all about the services and facilities on offer. Find a tour time to suit you.

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On-campus: Library

Optional

All students

Using Word to Write Assignments

When you have particularly lengthy assignments, save time and hassle with a few tricks! Electric light bulb Join our workshop for loads of tips on writing long documents, including automatic bibliographies and vocal typing.

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Online

Optional

All students

Students' Union Meet the Sports Clubs

If you missed the fayres in Freshers Week or are just keen to find out more, you can chat online with reps from some of our amazing Sports Clubs who can tell you all about how to join and get involved!

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Online: MS Teams

Optional

All students

Essential Guide to Library and IT Services

Learn all about the Library and IT setup at Stirling

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Online

Optional

First year

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

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 in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club. 

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Sports Hall 1

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 in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club. 

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Sports Hall 1

Optional

All students

Students' Union Speed Mating and Quiz

We're here to help you make some new friends, virtually! Speed-mating is like speed dating but everyone is just friends. We'll put you into rooms where you can virtually chat and meet new people, then we'll mix it up and you'll meet more! At the end, we'll be hosting a little quiz that you can do together

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Online: MS Teams

Optional

All students

Yoga with Tamara

Explore and observe the sensations created within the body (and mind) as we move through a series of postures. All levels welcome.

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Sports Hall 2

Optional

All students

Library Tours

Check out the Library, meet our friendly Library staff and find out all about the services and facilities on offer. Find a tour time to suit you.

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On-campus: Library

Optional

All students

Learning online - 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

Second and third year

Want to improve your grades (2nd/3rd year)

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

Second and third year

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 in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club. 

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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 in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club. 

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Sports Hall 2

Optional

All students

Library Tours

Check out the Library, meet our friendly Library staff and find out all about the services and facilities on offer. Find a tour time to suit you https://stir.libcal.com/

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Library

Optional

All students

Office 365 for Students

Every student at Stirling has access to Microsoft Office365. But what is it and how can it help you with your studies? Find out at our 'Office 365 for Students' webinar.

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Online

Optional

All students

Writing and referencing

All new students have to take a compulsory module in writing, referencing and academic misconduct. This is to be completed within 4 weeks of arrival at the university. You can work through the module in your own time, or you can join this workshop where a tutor will guide you through the materials. Why not set aside this time and get through the work with some support and an opportunity to ask questions. You can then test yourself by using the module quizzes.

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Online

Recommended

First year

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 in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club. 

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Hockey Pitch

Optional

All students

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

Learning online - 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

Paraphrasing 'In your own words'

Learning how to read and use course materials you have read in the expected way can be challenging, but this workshop aims to look at the skill of 'paraphrasing' or writing in your own words. It will cover why you need to paraphrase, how to do it and the benefits of this technique as a learning tool.

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Online

Optional

All students

Just Play Women's 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 in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club. 

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Hockey Pitch

Optional

All students

Hatha Yoga with Eve

Calm your body and mind. Perfect for any level of yogis from beginners to advanced.

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Sports Hall 2

Optional

All students

Hall Sport

Are you a first year student? Come down and join us for a fun hall vs hall tournament featuring different sports each week. Sports include UV dodgeball, UV Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Badminton and more.

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Sports Hall 2

Optional

First year

Note taking at university

Learning how to take effective and useful notes is an essential skill for many areas of successful study including reading, listening to lectures and revision. This workshop will cover some of the different approaches which can help to take notes in a variety of live and virtual learning situations.

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Online

Optional

All students

Tech Tips to Help you Learn (part 1)

Could you use your computer or your mobile phone to make your studying easier? Find out how with our ‘Tech tips to help you learn’ workshop.

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Online

Optional

All students

Essential Guide to Library and IT Services

Learn all about the Library and IT setup at Stirling

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Online

Optional

First year

Referencing and avoiding plagiarism

This workshop will consider why referencing is so important in your academic work. We will also discuss the issues around plagiarism and how to avoid it.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions. This is a must for all new students.

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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 in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club. 

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Sports Hall 2

Optional

All students

Developing Skills for undergraduates

Graduate employers expect to see a range of transferable skills on your CV. Find out about the practical steps you can take to develop your skills whilst at university.

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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 in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club. 

,

Sports Hall 1

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 in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club. 

,

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 in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club. 

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3G Pitch

Optional

All students

Tech Tips to Help you Learn (part 2)

Could you use your computer or your mobile phone to make your studying easier? Find out how with our ‘Tech tips to help you learn - part 2’ workshop.

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Online

Optional

All students

Essay writing - Understanding the task

In this webinar we look at getting started on essay assignments.  We explore how to ‘deconstruct’ an assignment question so that you know exactly what you are being asked to do and how this helps with planning. What a difference this makes, a webinar not to be missed.

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Online

Optional

All students

Intro to the Enterprise Programme

Have you ever considered developing an idea, starting a business, pursuing self-employment, commercialising your research, or broadening your skillset? Learn about entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial opportunities and the comprehensive range of support available at the University of Stirling for our students.

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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 in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club. 

,

Sports Hall 2

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 in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club. 

,

Sports Hall 2

Optional

All students

UV Zumba with Andrea

Join the 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 under UV lights. Wear something white or bright and get ready to glow!

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Sports Hall 2

Optional

All students

Please note that all events are subject to change or cancellation at short notice.