Student support

Before you come to university

We offer a range of support, advice and guidance which is open to anyone who is interested in coming to The University of Stirling. Feel free to use any of the contacts listed below to find out information about what it would be like to be a student at the university, and what support you would be able to access.

Student Support Services offer a range of advice and support, including:


Finance advice

Please use the Finance tab on the left hand side to find out more.

Disability advice

We offer a range of support services and guidance for students with a disability. Advisers offer one-to-one information, support and guidance before you arrive and throughout your time at University to assess what you might need and help you access it. this includes help applying for the Disabled Student Allowance and support for students with Dyslexia to organise diagnostic assessment.

We recommend that you come to see us on campus before you start. Having information about the type of support you may require helps us put support in place as early as possible.

Looked After Young People and Care Leavers

We can help you with information and advice on a range of topics including SAAS funding (the care leavers vacation grant) and 52-week accommodation. You can contact us while you are applying and once you are a student at the University of Stirling, or check out our advice online.

General advice

If you have questions but do not know who to ask, feel free to get in touch with our Mature Student Advisers. You can ask anything from what to study or where to find out information to is there a coffee shop on campus! Just use the 'online enquiry' button on the mature students page. 



When you come to university

‌The prospect of getting to grips with a new situation, your course, new people and even just finding your way about can be daunting. To help you deal with this we do everything we can to help you settle in as soon as possible.

In the first week of semester we offer a full induction programme for all new students. This means you have plenty of opportunities to get to know other people a bit better and find out more about what you need to know to start your course.

At the beginning of your first semester you will be assigned an Adviser of Studies. This member of staff is responsible for providing information and guidance on your choice of course and modules and is your first point of contact if you have any concerns relating to your studies. You will also be allocated a Personal Tutor who will act as your first point of contact for everything from academic guidance to personal advice throughout your studies.

STEER is a peer-mentoring programme which is open to all students in their first year of study. Mentors help new students settle in to the university and make the most of their time, and are available to ask questions of, offer advice or just a friendly face on campus. You will be sent out information on how to register for this in your welcome pack before you start your degree.

There is also a wide range of study and practical skills advice on offer. Information Services offer a rolling programme of student training sessions while Student Learning Services provide wide-ranging study skills guidance in the form of credited half modules delivered both online and in the classroom. In addition many aspects of studying effectively at university are examined and practised in class such as time management, exam techniques, academic writing styles and note-taking from lectures.

Throughout your time at the university Student Support Services and The Students' Union have trained counsellors who provide a free service to all students. They cover a range of services offering a safe and confidential environment where difficulties, no matter how big or small, can be talked through, including money worries, family/relationship problems, exam stress and more. 

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