University of Stirling

The University of Stirling is an innovative university with a pioneering spirit and a passion for creating impact. Located at Scotland’s heart, Stirling offers over 300 flexible courses designed to develop forward-thinking graduates from around the world.


On the outskirts of a city or town


In or close to the countryside


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

UCAS Code: S75

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 70%
  • Postgraduate 30%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 84%
  • Part Time 16%

Where students come from

  • UK 80%
  • EU 8%
  • Other 12%

Student gender

  • Male 36%
  • Female 64%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Based in the heart of Stirling's beautiful campus, the library houses over 500,000 books and has plenty of space for research and study. Recently refurbished, it provides a contemporary study hub with all the tools and inspiration needed to succeed.
  • IT facilities include computer laboratories throughout the campus, many available 24/7. Wi-Fi is available across the campus and student residences.

Student jobs

  • The Careers and Employability Service's Job Shop helps students find temporary, part-time or vacation work both on campus and in Stirling.
  • The city of Stirling offers many opportunities in retail, hospitality, administration and tourism for students looking for part-time work.

Careers advice

  • The Careers and Employability Service provides high-quality careers information, education, and guidance, helping students to make informed career decisions.
  • Services include one-to-one careers guidance, help with applications and interviews, volunteering opportunities and workshops.
  • Stirling Internship Programme provides students and graduates of the University of Stirling with paid opportunities ranging from three to 12 weeks.

Health services

  • The University of Stirling is committed to looking after the health and well-being of all its students. Airthrey Park Medical Centre is an on-campus facility that offers a friendly, student-focused health service.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Student Support Services provides much of the support that students might require whilst studying at Stirling, recognising that university life can be both exciting and quite challenging at times.
  • The Counselling and Well-being Service is on hand to support students who feel they would benefit from taking time to talk over any problem causing anxiety. Qualified counsellors support students of all ages and at all stages of study.

Disability support

  • The Accessibility and Inclusion Service offers support which takes into account the full needs of students in a wide range of circumstances such as: physical and mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, specific learning differences including dyslexia and autism, long-term medical conditions and mental health conditions.
  • The service also supports students who have short-term, temporary impairments or other difficulties as a result of an accident, injury, illness or surgery.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Other services and facilities

  • The Macrobert Arts Centre is based at the heart of the campus with a lively programme of cinema, drama, dance, comedy and music.
  • The shopping precinct includes a bank, bookshop, pharmacy and supermarket.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union is an organisation dedicated to 'Making Students Lives Better,' with student representation at the core of what it does.
  • There is plenty for students to get involved in with over 120 student societies and sports clubs. Entertainment venues and a range of bars are found on campus, with top name acts having previously supported Freshers' week, including Vernon Kay, Jameela Jamil and Scott Mills.
  • Since 2012, the Students' Union has been recognised for volunteering best practice.


  • In 2017 the university celebrated 50 years since its founding.
  • Designated Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence in 2008, Stirling was Scotland's best performing university at the Rio Olympics, its swimmers returning with three Silver medals. Stirling swimmers also returned from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.

Fascinating Fact

  • Airthrey Castle, located within the University of Stirling's 330-acre estate, has a history going back to the 12th century. The present castle was built as a house in 1748 and in recent times was used as a maternity hospital from 1939–1968.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Iain Banks – author.
  • Jack McConnell – former first minister of Scotland.
  • Angela Constance MSP – cabinet secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities.
  • Grace Dent – reporter, author and television critic.
  • Derek Lambie – journalist, former editor of the Scottish Sunday Express.
  • Catriona Matthew – professional golfer and vice-captain for the 2017 Solheim Cup.
  • Muffy Calder – former chief scientific adviser to the Scottish Government.
  • The Hon Lord Brailsford QC – judge in Scotland's Supreme Courts.
  • Richie Ramsay – winner of the 2006 United States Men's Amateur Golf Championship.
  • Colin Fleming – Commonwealth gold medallist and national coach for Tennis Scotland.


University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, FK9 4LA