Philosophy Viewpoint

Gayle Taira

MLitt Knowledge and Mind

'I carefully researched each of the universities in the UK that I applied to for postgraduate studies, and at this stage each university was equally attractive to an international student. But when I got an email from the Course Director of the MLitt programme at Stirling which began “Dear Gayle…” instead of “Dear Student No. 45683…”, I was hooked! And really, things only got better from this point. The Philosophy Department here is terrific and there are many opportunities for postgraduate students to study Philosophy here. The Department goes out of its way to make sure students feel comfortable and welcome. Students are not ‘numbers’ here, but human beings.

"The Department goes out of its way to make students feel comfortable and welcome."

Gayle Taira

It is important for me to feel comfortable and safe in my living environment, and the University of Stirling has proven to be outstanding in this regard. Student Information and Support Services (SISS) and Residential Services have been wonderful in providing disability support and information. They have been very willing to sit down with me, discuss what my needs are, and then find a way to fulfil them. My flat on campus is centrally located in respect to the library and computer labs.

Everything is very accessible for me here; I can live independently. The campus itself is very beautiful, with lots of wildlife all over the grounds. The people here are very friendly and always willing to help. It was a very good decision to come here to study, and I have never regretted turning down the other offers I received.'

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