The University of Stirling is a modern university with an excellent reputation for research, teaching and the quality of the learning opportunities it provides. It is designated, by the Scottish Government, as Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence.
The main campus is two miles outside Stirling city centre. The university is responsible for the teaching of nurses in the Forth Valley, Highlands and Western Isles so there are additional campuses in both Inverness and Stornoway (on the Isle of Lewis).
Courses and Specialisms
The university runs modular, flexible courses in around 220 subject combinations through five academic faculties:
Stirling is the only university in Scotland to offer degrees with a January start date in a range of subjects.
The university has agreements (formal and informal) with a number of further education colleges, enabling students to move from a specific Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Higher National Diploma (HND) to the second or third year of a degree programme.
Students can also study abroad at partner universities in countries including China, Hong Kong, Germany and Singapore.
The university has over 12,800 students, with more than 120 nationalities represented on campus.
According to HESA, 96.8% of students went into employment or further study within six months after graduating in 2014/15.
Facilities and Services
Facilities include a modern library with a dedicated Study Zone next to it, which is open 24 hours a day. In terms of accommodation, there are 2,300 residential places available.
The university has outstanding sporting facilities and is Scotland’s university for sporting excellence. It is home to national swimming and tennis centres, as well as a golf course and a football academy. It also has a wide range of arts and leisure facilities including a theatre, cinema, bars and a nightclub.
The Highland Campus is situated in the grounds of Raigmore Hospital. Facilities for students are boosted by the Highland Health Sciences Library (which caters for students, staff and NHS employees).
The Western Isles Campus is situated in Western Isles hospital. The campus provides a modern, purpose-built learning centre. There are computer facilities, access to a purpose-built clinical skills centre, and a library. Free wi-fi access is also available and students have access to their own common room and kitchen facilities, a useful and relaxing space to spend time in.
The University of Stirling is ranked top in the UK for Social Work in The Complete University Guide 2017.
In The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016, Stirling is 1st in Scotland and 5th in the UK for Criminology.
Courtesy of University of Stirling
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