Events for mature students

We run a number of events throughout the year to support mature students at every stage of the application process.
Whether you are considering going to university and want to find out more about what the University of Stirling can offer, or you already have a place with us there is something to help you on your journey.

Mature students thinking about university

Mature students are represented at all levels of the university and in all subject areas. From events on campus to visits to your college there are a number of different ways that we can help you. For more information please see our thinking about university section below.

Mature students starting university in September 2017

Starting university can be daunting, but we are here to help. Find out more about the dedicated transitions sessions we offer at the start of semester, along with handy tips on what to look out for in your first weeks at university in the section below.

Starting university in September 2017

All students

Becoming a university student

Everyone should work their way through the Undergraduate Checklist, making sure to make your module selection and uploaded a photo to your account. Without completing all of this you won't be able to pick up your student id card or complete your registration.

You choose your modules before you arrive on campus. The deadline for module choices is usually the week before the start of semester. Look out for the dates in the undergraduate checklist and in the information we send you.

The important things to look out for during week 1 would be as follows: -

  • Student ID card: You can pick up your card at the ID Card at pickup events or from the Student Administration Office in Cottrell 2Z. You can only do this once all the steps for registration have been completed, so make sure you have used the student checklist.
  • Essential Student Guide to Library and IT Services: this is really useful as a beginners guide to how to use the library to help you research an essay, and the most important things like connecting to Wi-Fi, the computer network, and where to get IT help.
  • Your first lectures: for each module make sure you go to the first lecture in your timetable and to check Canvas to see if there is any important information regarding your modules. The first week is when most of the information you need to get through the course is handed out, including reading lists, how to sign up for tutorials, and if there are any added classes.

You should also look at your account on Canvas for Study Skills sessions as these are really useful in preparing you for the kind of essay writing and research required at university.

Students coming into first year

You should check the First Week Timetable for more information on what to attend. In particular you should go to the first meetings for each of your courses. These meetings provide you with most of the information you will require to get through the semester.

Advanced entry students

To help you make the transition between college and university you should get in touch with both your Academic Adviser of Studies and your Personal Tutor before you start. They will be able to help you figure out what modules to choose and let you know about any induction sessions they are running in your subject.

Academic Adviser of Studies

Advisers provide a personalised point of contact for students to discuss academic concerns or queries within the academic community. You should talk to your adviser about your module selection to ensure you have chosen the best modules for your particular interests and plans. You can find out who your Academic Adviser is here. For more information about the scheme, including a list please consult our Adviser of Studies Scheme website.

Personal Tutor

The role of a personal tutor is to help students feel part of the University community. They are a specific and consistent source of guidance, information and support for students throughout their studies. The tutor should be the student’s first formal point of contact for general academic guidance and pastoral support.

You will find your personal tutor from your academic history on your Portal Homepage, click the link “View Personal Student Tutor/Supervisor(s) Information”. For more information about the scheme please consult our Personal Tutor Scheme website.

If you are thinking about university and would like to find out more about what the University of Stirling can offer you then we're here to help.

Why not come and see us? The best way to get the most out of a visit is to come to one of our Open Days. We run an information session specifically for mature students and have a dedicated information stand so you can talk to our mature student advisers in person. We hold tours of the campus, offer presentations, talks and displays. A range of information desks are also available where you can speak to University staff, academics, and current students.

If you can't come to an Open Day and a few of your classmates want to come along too then we could arrange a group visit for you. Alternatively we can come to see you. We go to a number of different careers fairs in colleges across Scotland, and we are also happy to come and talk to your class. Just ask your lecturer to get in touch with Tracey Kerr, the Widening Participation Manager, and we can sort something out.

Open Days

Open Days are the best way for anyone interested in studying at the University of Stirling to find out everything they will need to know. We hold tours of the campus, offer presentations, talks and displays. A range of information desks are also available where you can speak to University staff, academics, and current students. We run an information session specifically for mature students and have a dedicated information stand manned by our mature student advisers throughout the day.

Our Open Days this year are run on Saturday 17th September and Saturday 29th October 2016.

When you have been made an offer


If you've been made an offer then you will be invited to an Applicant Day. These are really useful for you and your family and friends even if you live locally or have visited the University campus before. They give you time to ask staff and students about what it is like to study at Stirling and lets you find out all you need to know about the next steps in the application process.

Even if you've already visited the campus before, you might have loads of new questions to ask. That’s why our Applicant Days have been specially designed to give you valuable time with academic staff and students as well as the chance to see our range of accommodation and support services.

*Please note: Nurses have to attend an interview, which is different to the Applicant Days. Please don't get them confused as offers are based upon your interview as well as your application. Further information is sent directly to you by our admissions team.


On campus information sessions

Throughout the year we run a number of events on our campus to introduce students to life at the university. These include introductory sessions for anyone thinking about coming to university and study skills sessions to help students make the transition into first year.

We also welcome visits from groups of mature students. If you want to come and see us  just get in touch our Widening Participation Manager, Tracey. 


SWAP Study Skills Day - February 2018

We are running a dedicated SWAP Study Skills day on Friday 23rd February 2018 for anyone currently studying a SWAP access programme. This is open to all SWAP students, not just those who have applied to the University of Stirling.

You will be able to experience what studying at university is like and there will be sessions to help you make the move from college to university. This will include a question and answer session with a group of current university students.

More details, including how to register, will be available here in the new year.

HNC and HND students

You can find more information for HNC and HND students on our coming from college pages.


Help and advice

We encourage everyone to come and see us to find out more about the University and our degrees. Use our visit us pages to find out about about your options.

If you can't make it on to campus our Widening Participation Manager, Tracey Kerr, is happy to talk to you about what it is like to be a mature student and help you decide on the right route for you. Get in touch and Tracey will give you advice online, or can meet with you face-to-face if you need to.

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