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Academic year
The University year, which runs from September to June.
Alumni
All former students at the University of Stirling automatically become alumni when they leave.
BA (Hons)
Bachelor of Arts - an undergraduate academic degree for an Arts course.
BSc (Hons)
Bachelor of Science - an undergraduate academic degree for a Science course.
Bursary
A means-tested financial award.
Career Development Centre
A service giving careers support and advice.
Chancellor
A senior University figurehead. Our Chancellor is Dr James Naughtie.
Chaplaincy
A team representing different religions that provide pastoral support to students of all faiths and none.
Dissertation
A long written essay or report presenting the student's research and findings, often completed during a final year of study.
Graduate or Alumnus
A person who has completed a degree course.
Lecture
A formal instructive talk given by a specialist to a group of students.
LT or Lecture Theatre
There are 12 lecture theatres around the Stirling campus.
Plagiarism
To falsely present someone else's writing as your own. The University treats plagiarism very seriously.
Portal
the Portal is a secure area of the University website that acts as a hub of information for students and staff such as tasks, exam timetables, results. Go to portal.stir.ac.uk to log in.
Postgraduate
A student studying for a Masters or PhD qualification.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor
The ‘Chief Executive’ of the University. Our Principal is Professor Gerry McCormac who is supported by three Deputy Principals and a University Secretary, who acts as the ‘Chief Operating Officer’.
Semester
A period of the academic year. Stirling has two semesters each lasting 15 weeks.
Scholarships
A merit-based financial award.
Tutorial
A period of instruction led by a member of academic staff (a tutor) to a small group of students.
The Students’ Union
The Union is a representative body which campaigns for students and facilities, the clubs and societies. They also offer facilities such as Starbucks Coffee and the Studio.
Undergraduate
A student studying for a first degree.
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