How you'll be taught - information for new and returning students

Supporting your studies with increased teaching on campus and providing the right teaching tools to support your learning experience is our priority. This includes offering more smaller group face-to-face teaching sessions and fewer large lectures. There are real benefits to face-to-face teaching which include building your relationship with other students and your lecturers and tutors to become part of a learning community, which we know will support your mental health and wellbeing. To complement this, some material is best presented digitally so you can access it at your own convenience and revisit it to revise. We have a wealth of materials available in all sorts of formats so you can learn in a range of ways. The mix of digital and face-to face will vary by module and subject. We encourage you to engage with all materials and you should attend in-person teaching and follow our standard self-certification process if you are unable to do so due to ill health.

Key dates

Your teaching timetable: You can access your autumn teaching timetable from Monday 15 August via the University of Stirling app. Until you have signed up for seminars and other group sessions, via Canvas (our virtual learning environment, see below), only lecture information will appear. Seminar and other group sessions will appear on your timetable the day following your sign up.

Choosing your modules and enrolling: Enrolment opens on 22 August (undergraduate) and 29 August (postgraduate). You will receive an email confirming when enrolment is available to you and explaining the steps you need to take. If you need help with your module choices, contact your Advisor of Studies (continuing students) or Faculty administrator (new students) to access the appropriate academic support.

Choosing your seminar group and accessing your learning materials via Canvas: Canvas will open on 5 September for undergraduate modules and 19 September for postgraduate modules and you will be able to see the modules you have chosen there. Once opened, you will be able to sign up for seminar and tutorial groups on a first come, first served basis. You will also find some introductory reading.

Arrival and semester dates: Teaching starts on Monday 12 September for most undergraduates and Monday 26 September for most postgraduate taught courses. There are some courses which have an earlier start date and students on those courses will be contacted directly by their faculty. You should be available to attend on-campus teaching from these dates. See the semester dates for the rest of the year.

Assessment dates: You will usually be given a list of assessment dates when you start your modules. If you are to sit examinations, the autumn examination timetable will be published at least a month before the exam period begins. The dates of all University examination diets for undergraduates and postgraduates can be found on the examination timetables webpages.

Assessment

You will usually be assessed through coursework, along with some online class tests or online examination. Only a small number of examinations and class tests will take place on campus, particularly for professional accredited subjects. Details of assessment for specific modules will be available when you choose your modules. Coursework can involve, for example, writing an essay, developing a business case, a presentation or video. They can be individual or group exercises. They are designed to help you consolidate and demonstrate your learning.

Online examinations take place during the examination period at the end of semester, without the need to attend on campus. You can sit the examination wherever you wish, if you have internet access. Space is available on campus to book, if you prefer. This offers a flexible, less stressful approach to examinations.

Whatever form your assessments takes, your module co-ordinator will offer guidance on the expectations for particular assessments e.g. referencing; word count; use of particular resources; marking criteria.

Student Learning Services (SLS) Canvas site offers useful study skills advice and information. SLS also provide study skills guidance and support through emails and bookable tutorials (virtual and by email). To book, you should contact sls@stir.ac.uk.

The Student Guide to Examinations contains useful information on how exams are organised and run at the University, and offers answers to frequently asked questions. You should familiarise yourself with the guide before sitting an exam. 

Accessibility and Inclusion will help advise students with disabilities. Information Services have produced a guide to the technology available to help you, which is available on Canvas.

International students

Visa requirements for international students starting or returning in 2022/23

Students living outside the UK

You are expected to be available to attend on-campus teaching in the UK from the start date of your course. If students cannot arrive and enrol by the dates given on their CAS, they should contact our Student Immigration Team at internationaladvisor@stir.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Students already living in the UK

The UK Government has confirmed that international students who hold a student visa to study here cannot continue learning remotely from elsewhere in the UK.

Students already in the UK are required to attend their studies in person (including engaging with face-to-face academic activity). If students in the UK do not attend or engage with scheduled face-to-face academic activity, universities must withdraw sponsorship of their visa.

International students must follow UK Home Office visa regulations and it is important that students plan their travel and accommodation arrangements.

See more information about visa requirements.

COVID-19 restrictions - attending campus

You should follow the latest Scottish Government COVID-19 guidelines to protect yourself and others. If you need to stay at home for up to 7 days because you are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms or a fever, you should advise us using the self-certification process available on the Portal, for classes you miss. You will need to catch up on work when you return and seek help from your tutors as necessary. Alternatively, you may be able to attend online, where available, if you are well enough to do so.

If you are in a recognised vulnerable COVID-19 group and have concerns about coming to campus, then please contact the Student Services Hub to be referred to the Accessibility and Inclusion Service to have your needs assessed.

If COVID-19 restrictions in your home country currently do not allow you to travel, please let us know as soon as possible. Please contact the Student Services Hub so that we can understand your circumstances and discuss options. We expect (and it is required by the UK Government for student visa holders) that all students will be at Stirling and available for on campus teaching. For any concerns or questions about your visa status please email: internationaladvisor@stir.ac.uk 

New students

Essential digital skills

To study effectively you need access to a laptop/personal computer and basic digital skills, such as being able to type and use packages such as Microsoft Word.

The University offers access to computers around the campus and laptops for short term loan. You can check whether your existing laptop is suitable for university study (or find out what to buy) on our Canvas page. A mobile phone or tablet is not sufficient for university study. We also strongly discourage the use of Chromebooks as they cannot run the key software needed.

The Microsoft 365 suite of software is available, free to all students. Digital skills workshops are available both before and during your studies to help you develop digital skills and we would encourage you to engage with these opportunities before you begin your studies. Details will be available in August through Stirling Essentials.

Supporting your learning

  • The best way you can support your learning is to engage with your studies, prepare for and attend your classes and get to know your lecturers and tutors and fellow students.
  • In addition to on campus teaching, you will learn through our virtual learning environment, Canvas. This is a supportive, inclusive and active space for learning. Canvas will lead you through your module material and activities, to help keep you on track. Most live teaching sessions (online or on campus) will be recorded using ‘Listen Again’, so you can use these recordings to catch up and revise.
  • Free wi-fi is available on campus and laptops can be borrowed from the library. All students have free access to the Microsoft Office 365 suite, which we use to teach, study and communicate.
  • We have a range of workshops on academic and digital skills to help you get started through our Student Learning Services. New students can access the workshop series as soon as they enrol at the University. They also have access to Stirling Essentials, a module to help you transition onto study at University of Stirling.
  • The library and study zones offer a range of study spaces and many students choose to study in our amazing new Campus Centre space. Each area offers collaborative spaces, PCs and quiet corners. You will have free access to around 500,000 e-books and e-journals, minimising the need to buy books and allowing you to access books and journals wherever you want to work. Reading lists for each module will be available through Canvas.
  • Co-curricular activities such as subject-based student societies, employability events and reading groups will all take place on campus, with some events online.

One-to-one support

  • Your lecturers and tutors will be on hand to answer questions, lead activities and support you. Whether you are on campus or online, feedback and support are available at every stage.
  • All teaching staff have regular weekly drop-in sessions to offer one-to-one feedback and any support required. These are available by phone, online or face-to-face. You will be allocated a personal tutor who will support you and signpost any additional support required.
  • Student Learning Services (SLS) Canvas site offers useful study skills advice and information. SLS also provide study skills guidance and support through quick query emails and bookable tutorials (virtual and email). To book, students should contact sls@stir.ac.uk.
  • Student Support Services are also available to offer support and guidance on a range of issues including wellbeing, finance and Accessibility and Inclusion support.
  • The Information Centre (Library and IT enquiries) can be accessed via UniDesk (linked from your student portal) and the University’s Student App.
  • The Stirling Students’ Union are there to offer guidance and support to students.

Adjusting to life at Stirling 

If you are an international student, there are extra sessions during induction to help you adjust to life at the University of Stirling, details will be available on our Welcome website in the weeks before semester. These include:

  • Academic expectations at the University of Stirling: This session introduces academic work at Stirling. It teaches you what to expect and how this might be different from your previous international experience.
  • Living in Stirling: You will receive help and practical advice, including support with understanding English language documents (police registration/council tax/bank letters, etc).
  • Scottish culture: This section looks at Scottish culture and the wider community. This promotes extracurricular activities and will help you settle in and feel part of the University. There is also a session on Scottish vocabulary. 

Help with English language learning

After induction, there is ongoing English language support available throughout semester.

Faculty Office contact details

Use the details listed to contact your faculty administrator:

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

FAHFacultyOffice@stir.ac.uk

Faculty of Natural Sciences

naturalsciences.enquiries@stir.ac.uk

The Faculty of Social Sciences

FoSSFacultyOffice@stir.ac.uk

Stirling Management School

management@stir.ac.uk

Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

Health Sciences: fhss.ug@stir.ac.uk
Sport: fhss.sport@stir.ac.uk


To find out which faculty you belong to check out the list of courses here.