10 good reasons to come to Stirling

The University of Stirling is Scottish University of the Year for 2009/2010 (Sunday Times) and is consistently ranked best in the UK for 'a good place to be' (International Student Barometer, 2007 and 2008).


We have high student satisfaction levels, a staff who enjoy their work and are committed to investing in your future and an excellent employability rate for our graduates. From a number of perspectives, academically and socially, Stirling regularly rates highly in surveys.

Below are 10 good reasons why we think you should study and live at Stirling.

1. Quality of choice

Choose from around 300 high quality degree combinations to create the programme that will suit your strengths and help you achieve your goals.

2. Leading research

Several of our academic disciplines are rated top in Scotland for research – you'll have access to cutting edge developments in your field. In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK. Additionally, almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

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3. Excellent prospects

93% of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation (Higher Education Statistics Agency, 2010).

4. Latest technology

Most of the bedrooms in our halls are networked and there are wireless hubs throughout the campus – no excuse not to stay in touch!

5. Stunning environment

"Where else can you study on the shores of a loch, by an 18th-century castle, beneath rolling hills?" (The Guardian University Guide)

6. Central location

Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Highlands are all on your doorstep – Stirling really is Scotland's heart.

7. Friendly atmosphere

We're medium-sized, based on a campus, highly residential, with 115+ nationalities represented; there's a great community feel.

8. Cracking nightlife

Stirling's a friendly, buzzing and youthful city, with lots to do. One in every five residents is a student.

9. Superb sport

We have some of the finest facilities on a single site in the UK. No wonder we've been named Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence.

10. A great place to study and work

We know you will, because a resounding 88% of students were satisfied with their programme (National Student Survey, 2011). We have also been voted The Sunday Times Scottish University of the Year 2009/2010. Additionally 91% of our staff surveyed enjoy their work and so are committed to investing in your future.

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