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University of Stirling

2016 League Table Ranking 47
2016 Overall Score 699
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Entry Standards 371 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 15.0 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.96 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 958 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 3.98 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 590 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 70.1 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 85.6 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 67.9 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 21.4 Help
Green Score
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  • Founded in 1967, Scotland's first new university in 400 years. Strong history of innovation and excellence.
  • Designated Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence in 2008.
  • The first UK University to introduce a two semester system.

Location and Transport

  • Beautiful 125.5-hectare (310-acre) campus boasting a loch and an 18th-century castle situated less than an hour away from Edinburgh and Glasgow.
  • The historic and lively city of Stirling is only a ten minute bus ride from the campus and the university encourages and supports students and staff to user greener methods of transport.
  • The University aims to reduce its carbon emissions by 38% by 2020.
  • The campus has been described by the police as one of the safest in Britain and has a strong community feel.
  • The city of Stirling was judged as having the best student living experience in the UK (National Student Housing Survey 2010 awards).
  • As of September 2014, the University funded a corporate subscription with Nextbike which allows students use of bikes on Campus and around the Stirling area, as well as any other Nextbike locations throughout the UK.

Entry Standards

  • If you do not obtain the grades the University has asked for, we will review it again, paying particular attention to the personal statement, reference and past academic performance. You may, therefore, still be offered a place despite not having achieved the exact conditions required.

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

  • Offers will normally be made on a basis equal to three A-levels, although all applications will be considered individually and offers may be given with less.

Student Mix

The 11,090 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender
  • Over 110 nationalities are represented amongst the student and tutor population.

Course Flexibility

  • At undergraduate level there are over 300 degree combinations, with few restrictions on which subjects are studied together.
  • There are innovative options for February entry, and back-to-study programmes for anyone returning to education.
  • The University of Stirling offers integrated degree options with Forth Valley College, with focus on both academic ability and employability skills, aiming to develop highly skilled work-ready graduates.

Teaching Standards

  • Gained best possible result in the 2011 QAA enhancement led institutional review with QAA reporting 'broad confidence' in the university's teaching and learning provision.
  • Excellence in teaching is recognised by RATE (Recognising Achievement in Teaching Excellence), a student-led teaching awards scheme.

Research Standards

  • Almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • 4th in the UK for Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science.
  • 1st in Scotland and 12th in the UK for Health Sciences.
  • 3rd in Scotland and 18th in the UK for Psychology.
  • In the top 25 UK institutions for Business and Management.
  • 17th in the UK for Social Work and Social Policy.
  • 100% of Psychology Impact case studies classed as world-leading.

Academic Strengths

  • At the forefront of research and learning that helps to improve lives. Working with academic, commericial, public, private and voluntary sector partners. Key strengths are Health & Wellbeing, Environment, Culture and Society, Sport, Enterprise and Economy.
  • Specialisms include patient centred cancer care, sports science, dementia, aquaculture, management, education, media studies, retail studies and social marketing.
  • 94% of our graduates are in employment or taking further study within six months.

Student Facilities

  • Library: Stirling recently opened the doors of its £11.4 million state-of-the-art library refurbishment, which has created a stunning contemporary environment.
  • 950 computers in computer labs, libraries and elsewhere (many 24 hours), plus connection points throughout campus and wireless networks.
  • MacRobert Arts Centre is based at the heart of the campus with lively programme of cinema, drama, dance, comedy and music.
  • The University massively expanded its WiFi network to cover the whole of the Stirling campus, including student residencies, providing all students with free access.

Disability Services

  • Telephone +44 (0) 1786 466612; email

Students' Union

  • Offers over 100 student societies and sports clubs, volunteering opportunities as well as student activism and representation.
  • An award winning Union recognised for Green Impact, Best Bar None, and Investors in Volunteers.
  • Provides a range of bars and venues on campus. Attracts top name acts for Freshers including Vernon Kay, Jameela Jamil and Scott Mills
  • In all of its activity the Union seeks to deliver on its objective of 'Making Students Lives Better'.


  • The university is designated as Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence by the Scottish Government.
  • Home to the National Swimming Academy and Gannochy National Tennis Centre.
  • Facilities include a sports hall, squash courts, a state-of-the-art fitness suite, a 400m running track, 50m swimming pool, Football Academy and Golf Academy.
  • The university has helped student athletes compete in Olympic and Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championship events. More than 150 Stirling students have represented their respective countries in the World University Games.
  • Stirling has helped produce over 100 national champions and over 200 senior and junior internationalists in a wide range of sports.
  • The campus is a hub for sports agencies including the SportsScotland Institute of Sport, the Central Scotland Institute of Sport; the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland, Scottish Swimming, the Scottish FA National Women's Football Academy, Triathlon Scotland and the Forth Valley Football Academy.
  • The University's International Sports Scholarship Programme is one of the largest high performance sports programmes in the UK and has supported more than 700 student athletes since its inception.
  • The University participates in men’s and women’s BUCS leagues for Basketball, Football, Hockey, Lacrosse and Rugby.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The University is to spend around £40 million on the replacement of a significant part of the original student accommodation at Stirling, and the refurbishment and maintenance of the remaining accommodation.
  • The University has further ambitious plans to redevelop the campus, improving space utilisation, energy efficiency and creating a vibrant, student-centred learning space at the heart of the campus.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Career Development Centre’s Job Shop helps students find part-time work both on campus and in the City of Stirling, and also helps students find full-time work during vacations.
  • The historic City of Stirling offers many opportunities in retail, hospitality, administration and tourism for students looking for part-time work.

Careers Guidance

  • By providing high quality careers information, education and guidance, the Career Development Centre at the University of Stirling endeavours to empower clients to make informed career decisions and develop life long career management skills.

We do this by providing:

  • Accredited career management and work experience modules
  • Career related events and workshops on campus
  • Work experience: placements and internships
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • One-to-one careers guidance
  • Help with application and interviews
  • Advertising opportunities for students and graduates
  • Open access, modern information room
  • Work with academic colleagues to further develop student employability
  • Services and advice for employers

Notable Alumni

  • Iain Banks – author.
  • John McLellan – editor, the Scotsman.
  • Derek Lambie – journalist, editor Scottish Sunday Express.
  • Grace Dent – reporter, author and television critic.
  • Jack McConnell – former First Minister of Scotland.
  • John Reid, MP – former Home Secretary.
  • Richard Lochhead MSP – Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment.
  • Neil Brailsford QC – Treasurer of the Faculty of Advocates.
  • Neil Davidson, QC – Solicitor General for Scotland 2000–01, Advocate General for Scotland 2006.
  • Sir Callum McCarthy – former Chairman, Financial Standards Authority.
  • Richie Ramsay – winner of the 2006 United States Men's Amateur Golf Championship.
  • Sir Bill Gammell – former Chief Executive of Cairn Energy plc.
  • Dr Donald MacLeod – President and Chief Operating Officer, National Semiconductor Corporation.
  • Angela Constance – Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning

For further information

  • +44 (0)1786 473171
  • University of Stirling
    FK9 4LA
UCAS Code S75

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