UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2021 - University of Stirling
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1 CONTENTS BE YOU 1 Principal’s welcome 4 Campus map 1ST IN THE UK AND TOP 5 IN THE WORLD FOR CAMPUS BE THE 14 Life at Stirling 48 Course flexibility ENVIRONMENT 51 Course list A–Z DIFFERENCE UK International Student Barometer (ISB) Benchmark and Global ISB Benchmark 2018 115 Entry requirements 120 How to apply To further enhance our student experience, At the University of Stirling, we’re we’re investing £41 million to create world- class fitness and high-performance sports committed to helping you make facilities, as well as a new ‘Campus Central’ social and learning space. These projects a positive difference in the world. have been shaped in collaboration with our students, staff and wider community. We’re proud to provide our students with an If you’re into sport, you’ll love Stirling. As outstanding education, founded on innovation Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, and excellence. You’ll find that Stirling is a we provide high-quality sports facilities for place where everyone is treated with respect our students, high-performance and Olympic and where ability, not background, is valued. athletes, staff, and the wider community. Our focus is on helping you to be the We’re the home of Scotland’s National difference in your chosen career and, with Swimming Academy, GB National Tennis flexible degree courses to choose from, we’ll Academy and Triathlon Scotland. Our equip you with the knowledge, expertise and students rated our sports facilities – which lifelong employability skills to stand out from include a 50m swimming pool and a golf the crowd. course – first in Scotland, and fourth in the UK, in the Times Higher Education We’re delighted 97 percent of our Student Experience Survey 2018. undergraduate – and 96 percent of OPEN DAYS 2020 postgraduate – leavers are in work or further study within six months of graduating. Our award-winning Students’ Union is the University’s hub, providing entertainment and welfare services to make your life at Stirling 6 SATURDAY 6 JUNE Our students, graduates and staff are having a positive impact internationally and we the best it can be. With more than 120 clubs and societies to choose from, settling SATURDAY 19 SEPTEMBER celebrate our global outlook, with more into university life couldn’t be simpler. 19 than 120 nationalities represented on our diverse, inclusive and multicultural campus. You’re about to make a very exciting and 24 SATURDAY 24 OCTOBER We were named UK Sports University of the Year, in The Times and Sunday Times Good important decision about where you choose to study – and we’re delighted you’re considering joining us at Stirling. I hope this stir.ac.uk/openday University Guide 2020. And in November 2019, prospectus offers a flavour of life at Stirling our world-leading Institute of Aquaculture and that you’re able to visit our campus received the UK’s most prestigious academic during one of our Open Day events. CAN'T ATTEND AN OPEN DAY? honour – the Queen’s Anniversary Prize. I wish you the very best of luck with No problem. If you’re unable to make one of our The University’s beautiful 330-acre campus your studies and look forward to Open Days, take our virtual tour: stir.ac.uk/virtualtour offers an unrivalled living and learning welcoming you on campus soon. environment. In the latest QS World To chat to us or to find out about other University Rankings, the University retained visiting opportunities, please contact: its five-star rating as an institution and was email@example.com awarded five stars for teaching, employability, PROFESSOR GERRY MCCORMAC +44 (0)1786 467046 internationalisation, facilities and inclusiveness. Principal and Vice-Chancellor
2 3 5FORQS STARS BUILDING TEACHING EMPLOYABILITY THE INTERNATIONALISATION FACILITIES FUTURE QS World University Rankings 2020 92,000 ALUMNI IN MORE THAN At the University of Stirling, SPORTS 170 COUNTRIES Campus Central will be the new heart As the UK’s Sports University of of our stunning campus, giving you the Year1 and Scotland’s University we want to give you the cutting-edge learning facilities and for Sporting Excellence, you’d best-possible student experience – which means dynamic spaces. It’s going to be an expert blend of modern architecture expect Stirling to have incredible sports facilities – and you won’t be UNIVERSITY OF THE YEAR 2020 and natural beauty, and will include: disappointed with our new cutting- you’ll need world-class edge complex. Integrated with the • New meeting spaces and facilities. That’s why we’re student support facilities National Swimming Academy and investing £41 million updating GB National Tennis Academy, our Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 • Collaborative learning and brand-new facilities will include: our student hubs in time for research spaces • Purpose-built fitness studios your arrival in September • Bigger and better food 2021, and we think you’re and shopping facilities • State-of-the-art gym going to love it. • Beautiful green space to sit • Two sports halls and six indoor tennis courts and think • Indoor cycling studio • A convenient transport hub • Strength and conditioning areas • World-class high-performance suite • Enhanced changing facilities • Open-plan communal spaces, cafe and reception area 1 The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
4 5 ANDREW MILLER BUILDING COLIN BELL, IRIS MURDOCH COTTRELL BUILDING UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING The heart of the University, AND RG BOMONT BUILDINGS The Cottrell Building is home INNOVATION PARK made up of Campus Central, These buildings are where the Faculty to the Faculty of Natural Home to some cutting-edge Library, Students’ Union and of Social Sciences is based, and include Sciences and the Stirling research and development the Macrobert Arts Centre. some of our cutting-edge research centres. Management School. companies. WALLACE MONUMENT Climb 246 steps to reach the top of our famous landmark, built to commemorate Scots hero, Sir William Wallace. AIRTHREY GOLF COURSE Less than a five-minute walk from student accommodation, STIRLING COURT HOTEL our nine-hole golf course is The perfect place to stay, with right on your doorstep. 100 bedrooms and excellent facilities. AIRTHREY CASTLE Our very own 18th-century SPITTAL HILL CHALETS castle is still in use today, Popular student accommodation and overlooks the University’s in our Scandinavian-style timber picturesque golf course. chalets. THE LINK BRIDGE INTO BUILDING The scenic commute between Offers international students Halls and University, and unique academic pathways that you’ll never have to worry can help them gain a degree. about being late again. GB NATIONAL AIRTHREY PARK TENNIS ACADEMY MEDICAL CENTRE Tennis superstars Andy Murray Our on-campus general medical and Gordon Reid famously honed practice and dental centre. their skills on our courts. STUDENT ACCOMMODATION NATIONAL SWIMMING Home to our students: more than 2,900 bedrooms across ACADEMY Home to Scottish Swimming and 19 residences on and off campus. our world-class student athletes, who practise more than 35 hours per week in our Olympic pool. AIRTHREY LOCH Our very own loch; home to our water sports teams, along with our resident swans. PATHFOOT BUILDING LET'S Where the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport and the Institute of Aquaculture are based. It also hosts an art collection. THE PITCHES Get a front row seat to the action on our grass and artificial pitches. EXPLORE
6 7 The University’s 330-acre campus isn’t “The campus is a five-minute just a gorgeous place to call home; it’s bus ride away from the city OUR CAMPUS centre, enabling you to have an inspirational place where cutting-edge the peace and quiet of the technology combines with breathtaking country but also the buzz nature and where a world of discoveries of the city.“ ANGELA MCIVOR awaits you. Scotland BA (Hons) Human Resource NOT YOUR Management and Marketing AVERAGE CAMPUS FIVE-STAR SPORT, STUDY AND LEISURE FACILITIES PLENTY OF CULTURE GB NATIONAL TENNIS ACADEMY Our facilities were given the top score in the 2020 QS World Our campus is a vibrant, artistic and cultural hotspot. As the home of the National Tennis Academy, our campus is University Rankings – and it’s easy to see why. The University’s Located at its heart is the Macrobert Arts Centre, the leading the nation’s premier training ground for the game’s biggest library has a range of different study spaces to suit your cultural hub and arts centre in Scotland’s central region. It stars. But you don’t need to be an aspiring Wimbledon needs; our contemporary, spacious and secure student regularly hosts new theatre productions, dance, comedy and champion to take advantage of our world-class facilities – accommodation has options to suit every taste and budget; contemporary music. Meanwhile, its critically acclaimed cinema courts are open to everybody. and our world-class sports facilities enable you to play and offers excellent value and a great programme of blockbusters, train alongside Olympic athletes. arthouse movies, classics and documentaries. UNIVERSITY ART COLLECTION macrobert.org Stirling’s public art collection is one of the finest in the CAMPUS CENTRAL country. Our unique works include paintings, sketches, Campus Central is the social hub of the University. AIRTHREY GOLF COURSE tapestries and sculptures from some of the biggest names It connects students to the library and houses our Students’ Are you a budding golfer? We have our own nine-hole, in Scottish contemporary art. Union, where you can relax with a coffee during the day, par-three course, driving range and putting green. The course stir.ac.uk/artcol catch up with friends or socialise into the wee hours. There’s is suitable for both amateur and professional golfers, and also a vibrant shopping precinct with a bank, pharmacy, affordable equipment hire is always available. STIRLING COURT HOTEL Students’ Union outlet packed with branded goods and For visiting family and friends, the University has a a well-stocked supermarket – as well as a wide selection VENUE 100-bedroom hotel and versatile conference centre 120+ of restaurants and cafes. Our multipurpose social space is perfect to collaborate, show right here on campus. The hotel also features a relaxing off your skills or just hang out. Venue hosts regular unplugged bar, cafe and excellent restaurant. AIRTHREY CASTLE music sessions and provides plenty of room to stretch out stirlingcourthotel.co.uk How many universities can say they have their own castle? and enjoy a Starbucks, a healthy drink from the Juice Bar Overlooking the University’s loch, the 18th-century Airthrey or a great selection of food. NATIONALITIES Castle boasts a fascinating history – and is still in active use today. ARE REPRESENTED ON CAMPUS
8 9 IN A CITY WHERE 20% OF MOST AFFORDABLE RESIDENTS ARE STUDENTS, LIFE CITY IN THE UK STIRLING IN STIRLING MEANS YOU'RE NEVER UNiDAYS 2018 FAR FROM A FRIENDLY FACE AND A FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE THIS IS ARE STIRLING The ancient city of Stirling combines YOU? the charm of a historic destination with the buzz of a young population. SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP GET CONNECTED Stirling has everything you could hope for in a premier Stirling has everything you could hope for and even has shopping destination. The city’s historic Victorian arcade, Nextbike cycle-sharing stations. Its central location also means bustling high street and Thistles Shopping Centre boast all Glasgow and Edinburgh are within easy reach for a day of the biggest brands and quirkiest pop-up shops imaginable. shopping or a night out. With around 130 gigs a week in Glasgow, and the world’s biggest arts festival in Edinburgh, SOAK UP THE CULTURE you’re not going to want to miss out on either city. The Castle and the Albert Halls are popular for concerts, while the Old Town venue the Tolbooth has a famous live music and GO OUTDOORS arts scene. We have a multiplex cinema, and the Macrobert If you’d like to explore the sets of iconic films and TV series, the Arts Centre showcases the best in arthouse and mainstream University is a frequent film location and nearby Doune Castle cinema, along with a year-round live performance programme features in Outlander, Game of Thrones and The Outlaw King. right here on campus. For a change of pace, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National PUBS AND GRUB Park are on our doorstep and the Scottish Highlands are less Allanwater Brewhouse is just a few minutes’ walk from than an hour away. Whether it’s skiing, rock climbing or simply “Stirling is in the perfect location if campus. Our local Gin Distillery and craft beer revolutionaries enjoying the beauty of one of the world’s last wild places, you BrewDog are in Stirling. Popular speciality cafes like the Burgh Coffeehouse and student-friendly eateries including Nando’s, should add this outdoor adventure to your to-do list. THE SAFEST CITY you want to make the most of what Domino’s and Subway are also in the city centre. IN THE UK central Scotland has to offer. It’s a The Complete University Guide 2019 beautiful city and there’s loads to get WALK WITH HISTORY Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s grandest and former home stuck into both on and off campus, to Mary, Queen of Scots. It’s also where the world’s oldest from sport to music and the arts – football was discovered hidden behind some panelling! The there’s something for everyone.“ historic Old Town remembers Robert the Bruce and William CALUM MURDOCH Wallace, and still bears the scars from military campaigns Scotland that changed the course of Britain’s history. BSc (Hons) Management Science and Mathematics
10 11 SCOTLAND LIVE IT LOVE IT SCOTLAND HAS BEEN VOTED THE WORLD'S MOST BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY AND FAVOURITE DESTINATION The Rough Guide 2019 EDUCATION BEAUTY Scotland has more world-class universities per head than Scotland is, quite simply, beautiful. Mountains, lochs, beaches, anywhere else in the world. We offer unrivalled quality and islands and castles offer wonderful opportunities for cycling, choice, and maintain some of the highest rates of graduate climbing, walking, skiing, swimming or just having the space to employment in the UK. Stirling is regularly awarded five sit and think. Our towns and cities all have their own character, QS stars1 for its commitment to graduate employability, and Stirling’s central location means you’re never far from a with more than 97 percent of our students in employment new adventure. And travelling to the rest of the UK and Europe or further study within six months of graduating2. is easy, with convenient and affordable transport links. INNOVATION SPORT Scotland is famous for its inventions: penicillin, the bicycle, The Scots invented golf, curling and cycling, and have had the television, the telephone and animal cloning all came a major impact on the development of rugby, hockey and from our nation of innovators – and we’re continuing that football. From the 2016 Rio Olympic Games medal haul, tradition. University of Stirling researchers are at the forefront to hosting the 2018 European Championships, Scotland of their fields, which means our students are taught by experts is a haven for sporting success. With world-class facilities, in each area of study. At Stirling, you’ll be encouraged to take strong community links and our great outdoors just waiting part in work placements and internships with the brightest for you, why not take up a new sport or outdoor activity start-ups, as well as leading organisations – who knows when you’re here. You’ll find lots to inspire you in Scotland! what you’ll discover? FOOD AND DRINK Scotland is renowned for its unique cuisine and internationally acclaimed whisky. The country boasts an incredible culinary tradition and has ten Michelin-starred restaurants. No Scottish experience is complete without a hearty serving of haggis, neeps and tatties, and many of the world’s top whisky distilleries are found in the local countryside 1 QS World University Rankings 2020 and neighbouring Highlands. If you’re into food and drink, 2 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17 Scotland has plenty to offer.
12 12 13 The University of Stirling is an international university with a global reputation for excellence in teaching “Coming to Stirling for a semester has been one of the best decisions and high-quality research. With more than 100 international research partners and almost three-quarters KEELY of my life. The campus is absolutely beautiful and there are loads of of our research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent1, it’s not surprising that we’ve also been awarded five QS stars in the World University Rankings for internationalisation2. Thinking and working globally RAMMAGE-SCOTT Canada different societies you can join in order to find friends and allow is part of our daily teaching, learning and research practice. This means your BA (Hons) Communications and Journalism yourself to feel at home.” degree will be outward-looking, and full of possibilities and potential. Studying at Stirling sets you up to be a global citizen in an increasingly connected world. I AM WELCOMING STIRLING THE WORLD A DIVERSE CAMPUS We’re known in Scotland for welcoming LASTING CONNECTIONS Studying at Stirling is a truly connected international students, with more than experience. When you graduate, you’ll 120 nationalities represented on campus. automatically become a member of our Our exchange partnerships mean students alumni association. This means you’ll can join our community for a year or a join a vibrant network of 92,000 people semester as part of their studies. This helps in more than 170 countries. It’s an to create a unique atmosphere on campus, amazing resource for mentoring, career with plenty of opportunities to meet new development, advice and support. people and experience diverse cultures. We strive to make sure our former students Who knows – perhaps you’ll be inspired stay connected with each other, and love to follow in their footsteps and study abroad welcoming back our alumni as mentors, as part of your degree, too? There’s a whole guest lecturers and speakers through our world out there – let us help you discover it. Alumni Ambassador Programme. As well as hosting work experience opportunities and placements that enable students to practise their skills in real-life situations, alumni also organise reunions and events for graduates living in their local communities. 1 Research Excellence Framework 2014 2 QS World University Rankings 2020
16 17 YOUR STIRLING University is all about trying new things – and Stirling is the perfect place to get involved. The city BUCKET LIST gives you a backstage pass to some of the country’s weirdest and most wonderful experiences imaginable. To give you an idea, here are our top 10 events to mark in your calendar. BE INTRIGUED AT EDINBURGH MAY AUGUST STIRLING CASTLE FRINGE FESTIVAL Perched high above the city, award-winning Stirling Looking for a bit of culture? The world’s largest Castle will transport you to the 16th-century with all arts festival is virtually on the doorstep. It runs over its splendour. Meet historical characters in the Royal 25 days in August and features more than 50,000 Palace and learn about kings, queens and warriors of performances across 300 venues. You’ll find all sorts old who changed the course of Scotland’s history. of music, dance, theatre, comedy, cabaret, musicals, lectures, special events and so much more. 05 06 STAY COOL AT HIT THE SLOPES ESCAPE ROOMS GET LOST IN THE JANUARY FEBRUARY SEPTEMBER OCTOBER THE LOONY DOOK IN AVIEMORE IN STIRLING ENCHANTED FOREST Feeling bold? One of Scotland’s biggest Do you enjoy skiing or snowboarding? Challenge your inner detective to solve the Named the Best Outdoor Festival in the Scottish New Year’s Day traditions is the annual Firth Stirling has trains running directly to the puzzles and riddles with clues that allow Outdoor and Leisure Awards 2017, the Enchanted of Forth Loony Dook, which sees thousands Cairngorms National Park and Aviemore. you to escape from Stirling Old Town Jail. Forest is Scotland’s top immersive sound and light of brave souls charge into the freezing sea There are world-class runs available for all event. It’s set amidst the stunning Faskally Wood to celebrate the new year and raise money skill levels and, for practice, there’s a 120m just north of Stirling and is the perfect way to for charity. dry slope just eight miles from the University. find your holiday spirit. Book early! 02 07 08 01 SHOP THE STYLE MILE CELEBRATE IN STYLE DECK THE HALLS RING IN THE NEW YEAR MARCH APRIL NOVEMBER DECEMBER Stirling has plenty of fantastic shops – but nothing AT THE SPORTS IN EDINBURGH AT STIRLING HOGMANAY compares to Glasgow’s Style Mile. According to Lonely Planet, it’s the UK’s biggest shopping district UNION BALL Counting down the days until Christmas? You’ll find plenty of magic in Edinburgh. Have you ever counted down to midnight in a medieval castle? Every year, locals gather at Stirling Castle to ring outside London, with everything from global fashion brands to one-off stockists in more than 1,500 The Sports Union Ball is, without doubt, one For seven weeks every year, the medieval Old in the New Year with some of music’s biggest names. stores. Best of all, it’s just 26 minutes down the of the most anticipated events on the social Town is transformed into a winter wonderland – There’s always plenty of food and drink to keep you road from Stirling. calendar. As the annual awards ceremony for complete with traditional markets, ice skating warm, and the atmosphere is totally electrifying. student achievements in sport at the University and plenty of mulled wine. 03 09 04 of Stirling, it’s a celebration not to be missed. 10
18 19 “Here at the Students’ Union, our main University isn’t about locking yourself aim is to ‘Make Students’ Lives Better’. We achieve this by representing your in the library for days on end. Here at STUDENTS' UNION needs and views to ensure we work Stirling, our students love to explore together with the University to make and share the passions and interests a positive difference to your student that make them unique. That’s why experience. We ensure that the Students’ we have more than 70 societies and GET Union offers something for everyone. Whether it’s getting involved in clubs 50 sports clubs to choose from, and societies, with our environmental including our three award-winning team or simply having a coffee in the Union, we look forward to welcoming student media outlets – Air3 Radio, International Society distillery tour Air TV and Brig Newspaper. If there’s INVOLVED you to Stirling.” Chloe Whyte nothing that piques your interest, we Union President 2019/20 can even help you start your own club. 120+ YOUR STUDENTS' UNION AIR3 RADIO MARINE CONSERVATION SOCIETY CLUBS AND FACILITIES FOR YOU Your award-winning Students’ Union is Your Union also runs several award-winning Proudly the oldest student radio station in Protecting our oceans is at the heart of all the beating heart of the University. Through and student-focused outlets. Whether you’re Scotland and equally looking to the future we do. Whether it’s hosting guest speakers its student-focused representation, the Union aims to ‘Make Students’ Lives Better’. Alongside our representation work, we offer looking for a pizza, coffee, or a space to relax or party in, your Union provides it all. Studio serves food all day to a backdrop of SOCIETIES with its amazing new studio for podcasts, radio dramas and much more; Air3 radio holds the Best National Media Society award from the field, having marine documentary nights, taking part in beach cleans, advocating for plastic reduction and even a wide range of services designed to improve live sport and regular entertainment. The CLUBS AND and has a wide range of programming volunteering with marine life; you’ll play your student experience. From societies to sports clubs, events to environmental projects, outside decking offers stunning views, while SOCIETIES designed to let your creativity run free! an active part in conservation efforts in the fight to save our seas. If you’re passionate our cafe in Underground serves Starbucks no matter what your interest is, we are coffee, paninis, soups and cakes. INTERNATIONAL about our oceans, this society is for you. here for you. Want to mix with students from across At night, you can relax in our Studio bar or the globe? The International Society is the POLITICS SUPPORT FROM THE UNION check out what’s going on in our multipurpose biggest on campus and all are welcome. Ready to join the debate? PolSoc brings The Students’ Union body elects Student space Venue. From Freshers’ Week events, From Christmas Markets in Edinburgh to together all sides of the political spectrum Officers each year to work with Faculty with guest DJs like BBC Radio 1’s Scott Mills St Andrews and its beaches, the International for an array of activities. They’ve travelled Officers and Course Reps to enhance all and performances from Cascada, to comedy Society is the best way to explore while to Amsterdam, Berlin and Barcelona and aspects of student life. From academic nights and regular ceilidhs – there’s something making new connections. have a Model UN here on campus. representation to course feedback, and for everyone. Check out the Union’s website campaigns on student housing to tuition for all the latest news. LGBTQ+ STIRLING UNIVERSITY DRAMA SOCIETY (SUDS) fees, the Union is here for you. The Union A welcoming, supportive society with a busy To be or not to be… in this amazing society?! will help you to deal with any personal calendar of social and educational events. SUDS is one of our top award-winning or academic issue you may be facing. All LGBTQ+ works with the wider community and societies, with activities ranging from acting services are run by a dedicated team that is about raising awareness and having fun! workshops right through to full stage provides confidential and informed academic productions, scriptwriting, make-up, costume and non-academic support and guidance. design and stage management. Whether you LIVE MUSIC KEEP IN TOUCH Are you a budding musician? Check out the love the limelight, or think you could work stirlingstudentsunion.com Live Music Society. All instruments, skill levels one, this might be the group for you! stirlingstudentsunion and tastes are welcome. Both electric and For more information, visit: acoustic sessions are offered, and the society stirlingstudentsunion.com/clubssocieties stirlingunion hosts a weekly Open Mic night in the Students’ stirlingunion See page 24 for more on the Sports Union. Union Studio bar.
20 21 I AM HARRY STIRLING MITCHELL Scotland BA (Hons) Digital Media “I joined Air3 Radio and Air TV, where I’ve been given lots of creative freedom, along with the chance to CHARLOTTA expand my skills and meet people. As an integrated student with Forth Valley College, it’s also a great LUNDAHL Sweden way to spend time on campus.” BA (Hons) International Politics “I’ve met people from all over the world as well as Scotland and made my best friends through the “It can be quite daunting to move International Society. There’s lots to away from home, but it’s really do and I’ve enjoyed tours around welcoming here and everyone Scotland as well as fun evenings in is so thoughtful. The Christian Stirling. It’s a friendly community Union is like one big family.” and natural way to meet people.” ANNE “I have been a part of Brig since my first year, when I jumped in head STOOP Netherlands first as Lifestyle Editor. The paper gave me access to priceless opportunities; from free gigs all over Glasgow, to a seat in the MICHAEL SARAH BA (Hons) Journalism Studies and Politics Warriors Press Box and friends for life. As Deputy Editor I get to see MCNEIGHT MAYES new writers grow into themselves while creating a paper worth reading. Northern Ireland Northern Ireland My uni experience would not have BA (Hons) French and Spanish BA (Hons) Psychology been the same without Brig. It’s TOP 10 IN THE UK FOR truly a family away from home.“ CLUBS AND SOCIETIES UK International Student Barometer Benchmark 2018
22 23 We have been at the forefront of Scottish sport for five decades and are proud to SPORT have supported world-class athletes from around the globe. Our incredible student athletes have competed at the Olympic SPORT, HEALTH AND WELLBEING and Commonwealth Games, World FOR EVERYONE AT SCOTLAND'S Championships and Walker Cup. UNIVERSITY FOR SPORTING EXCELLENCE. SPORTS UNIVERSITY Sport, health and wellbeing are in our DNA, and we aim to make sure every student can enjoy our world-class sports facilities – which are fully accessible. OF THE YEAR 2020 Whether you’re an Olympic athlete, fitness lover, sports fanatic or completely Times and Sunday Times Good University new to physical activity, we have programmes, classes and clubs to suit you. Guide 2020 Choose from more than 50 fitness classes per week, learn to swim, try tennis, join a walking or running group around our beautiful campus, or bolster your CV with fantastic coaching and volunteer opportunities. Be part of something brilliant. GAME, SET University of Stirling golf scholar, and Great Britain AND MATCH. and Ireland player, Hazel MacGarvie. FACILITIES Open to all students, our world-class facilities include: The GB National Tennis Academy, which features six indoor courts And our new £20 million sports complex features: Two purpose-built, air-conditioned fitness studios STIRLING. The National Swimming Academy, A state-of-the-art gym and indoor which houses a 50-metre, six-lane pool cycling studio and high-performance preparation room An additional three-court sports hall A nine-hole, par-three golf course, putting Strength and conditioning areas with green, driving range, pavilion and video professional free weights equipment analysis suite A world-class high-performance suite An eight-court multipurpose sports hall for scholar athletes and Sports Union clubs and two squash courts Exciting new communal spaces, general A 400m all-weather running track facilities, cafe and reception area Two artificial (3G and sand-based) and seven grass pitches Olympic medallist, world and European champion and University of Stirling swimming scholar, Duncan Scott.
24 25 SPORT FIND YOUR FOR MORE INFORMATION ON TEAM THE SPORTS UNION, VISIT: STIRLINGSTUDENTSUNION.COM/SPORTSUNION HEALTH AND FITNESS We provide a wide variety of classes, workshops and activities. From high-intensity circuit classes to serene yoga workshops, our health and fitness programme has been designed with all students in mind. Whatever your goals or interests, we’ve got you covered! OUR SPORTS INCLUDE: American football Mountaineering GET ACTIVE Archery Muay Thai boxing If you want to exercise, play or try a new sport in a social Athletics Netball environment – away from the pressure of competition – Badminton Orienteering then Get Active is the programme for you. Incorporating our Baseball Polo turn-up-and-play, intramural and beginner courses, it’s a great Basketball Power lifting way to keep fit, socialise and meet new people, all in the Boxing Rowing name of fun! Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rugby Cheerleading Snow sports COACHING AND VOLUNTEERNG Squash Cricket As well as participation, we also offer a range of coaching Sub-aqua Curling and volunteering opportunities for students in activities Surf Cycling such as club support services, community lessons, event Swimming Dance delivery and more. Tennis Equestrian Fencing Touch rugby CLUB SPORT Football Trampoline and In conjunction with the Sports Union, we support over 50 Futsal gymnastics sports clubs of multiple teams for students of all abilities Gaelic football Triathlon and interests, competing in a range of domestic and national Golf Ultimate frisbee competitions. Whether you’re an eager beginner or Hockey Underwater hockey experienced competitive athlete, our clubs can provide Judo Volleyball the perfect sporting environment. Kayak Water polo Lacrosse
26 27 PUSH PERFORMANCE SPORT ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS Our performance sport programme is Undergraduate students from England, world-renowned, attracting student athletes Wales and Northern Ireland can also apply from across the globe and producing World, for a further sports scholarship with a value YOURSELF Paralympic and Olympic medallists. of £2,000 per year of study. Students successfully progressing to fourth year also SPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS receive Honours Scholarships to cover their HAZEL Our sports scholarship programmes provide final year tuition fees. student athletes with high-quality coaching MACGARVIE and support services, including academic WINNING STUDENTS flexibility, facilities access, strength and The national Winning Students programme conditioning, physiotherapy, and sports offers scholarships to talented student athletes Scotland psychology as well as financial subsidies. studying in Scotland. The programme is based BA (Hons) Sport Business Management on 12 core sports where governing bodies Scholarships are available for athletes nominate eligible athletes for scholarships in the following core sports: valued up to £6,000 per year. Athletes can “My experience at Stirling has Hazel continues to flourish as part of the University of Stirling also apply to be considered for scholarships been great and the University has performance golf programme. She has won the BUCS Order • Curling in non-core individual or small combination of Merit title twice, reached the last 16 of the Women’s • Endurance running sports. Core scholarship sports include: helped me develop a lot, especially Amateur Championship and won her first international • Football in my golf. There’s always someone amateur event at the 2019 St Rule Trophy at St Andrews. • Golf • Badminton up at the golf centre to bounce • Swimming • Canoeing • Tennis • Curling ideas off, play competitions against • Triathlon • Football and learn from, which has helped • Golf me improve so much.” OTHER SPORTS • Hockey We also offer scholarship packages to • Judo student athletes competing at international • Orienteering level in any other BUCS, Commonwealth, • Rowing Olympic or Paralympic sport. • Swimming • Tennis To be considered for a scholarship, prospective • Triathlon athletes must hold a profile and proven track record in national competition at junior level For more information about or beyond, and successfully gain admission sports scholarships, contact: to an academic course at the University. For firstname.lastname@example.org more details and sport-specific criteria, visit: +44 (0)1786 466910 stir.ac.uk/performance stir.ac.uk/sport PARTNERS As one of the UK’s leading universities for sport, we have close working relationships with a number of partners operating from the campus: St Andrews Links
28 29 LIBRARY Based in the heart of our beautiful campus, our 5 STAR EXCELLENCE University library provides access to more than AWARD FOR FACILITIES 600,000 titles, about half of which are available QS World University Rankings 2020 as ebooks for digital download. With its carefully designed interior layout, our contemporary study hub gives you all the tools and inspiration you need to succeed. THESE PAGES HOLD THE KEY TO THE PAST, AND YOUR FUTURE WORKING TOGETHER Here at Stirling, we’re into collaborative working. That’s why our popular library with beautiful views offers a wide range of study options to suit all tastes. We’ve just increased our study space by 25 percent and have training suites, 10 group study rooms, study desks with PCs and plenty of more relaxed options, including a designated wellbeing space to chill out and recharge. Want to borrow a laptop? That’s no problem; we have nearly 200 laptops available to loan. ARCHIVES AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS Our collections don’t just include journals – on everything from popular culture to philately – the library is also home to the University archive and its dedicated reading room, which will enable you to explore our wide range of historical collections. You’ll enjoy unrivalled access to original manuscripts and quirky artefacts that have contributed to shaping world events. NEW TECHNOLOGIES Our Maker Space is the newest addition to the library, offering everyone the opportunity to get to grips with digital creativity using the latest technologies. Maker Space facilities include 5 QS STARS FOR FACILITIES 3D scanning, 3D printing, laser cutting and etching, and QS World University Rankings 2020 equipment to learn about the basics of coding.
30 31 Student living is split between our campus, nearby Stirling and Bridge of Allan – all beautiful, safe places to live with excellent travel links to and from campus. ACCOMMODATION We’ll guarantee you an offer of University-managed accommodation in your first year of study if you meet the eligibility criteria. All you need to do is confirm your place at WHAT A TO CALL Stirling and apply for accommodation by the advertised date. In 2019–2020, accommodation costs ranged from £84 to £171.83 per week, and included utilities, Wi-Fi, insurance and bed linen. See website for eligibility criteria and terms and conditions. PLACE ... HOME BUILT AROUND YOUR NEEDS We have different types of accommodation to reflect the needs and budgets of our students. All accommodation options are self-catered and kitchens are equipped with cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and kettle. Toilets and showers are either en-suite or in shared facilities. THE SAFEST CITY IN THE UK Accommodation is single occupancy, and you can choose The Complete University Guide 2019 Living away from home for the first from a range of flats, chalets and townhouses. We also have some family accommodation. time is exciting. New students are always prioritised when we allocate On campus, everything is planned around you, so you’ll find card-operated laundry facilities, a supermarket, accommodation, and our friendly pharmacy, medical and dental centre, sports centre staff are here to lend support. and bank within a few minutes’ walk, as well as all the facilities the University and Students’ Union have to offer. If your family and friends are missing you and fancy a visit, we have the Stirling Court Hotel on campus, with a fantastic restaurant, bar and facilities. stirlingcourthotel.co.uk ACCESSIBLE HOUSING We can provide or adapt accommodation for a variety of requirements following a pre-entry visit. If you have any specific needs, please get in touch with us as soon as you can and we’ll take it from there. email@example.com FIND OUT MORE You can apply for accommodation through our online portal – you’ll get access to this once you have a confirmed place at Stirling (either conditional or unconditional). New students can apply for accommodation from around April. There are several different instalment plans available for paying rent. For more information, up-to-date costs and booking details, visit: stir.ac.uk/accommodation
32 33 LIVING COMFORTABLY We appreciate that not all students are after the same thing. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick list of options to help you decide where you’d like to stay during your time at Stirling. LIVING IN UNIVERSITY OR RENTING PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION PRIVATE RENTAL ACCOMMODATION Be prepared to haggle You have the power of choice If you choose to go privately, landlords The University has plenty of accommodation may charge extra for additional services, options and the local area has accommodation but improving your negotiating skills to suit all tastes and budgets. isn’t a bad thing. Share with friends Think about bills You can request to be housed with a group All of our University accommodation prices of friends in University accommodation or include bills. But most private rental fees don’t choose accommodation for yourself and include energy or broadband fees – some a group of friends in the private sector. properties don’t come with furniture either. You may feel homesick You need to be very self-sufficient It happens to everybody, but remember, it Most private properties don’t give you Just because you’re choosing to study, that doesn’t mean may just feel that way at first; that’s why 24/7 access to dedicated security staff. you’ve got to fall into the cash-strapped student stereotype. we have our Accommodation Operations Team and Accommodation Liaison Students There are plenty of ways to manage your money and LIVING AT HOME on hand to talk to and to help you. You won’t feel homesick stretch your finances to make sure you live comfortably Family and friends will still be right there while studying with us. You’ll have to budget whenever you need them. Home-cooked Moving away from home and paying meals are a plus, too. Five of our top tips: rent means you’ve got to manage your money wisely. Fortunately, Stirling offers You get continuity a low cost of living. See page 123. You can continue to work at the same part-time job or stay at the same clubs LIVING IN UNIVERSITY ACCOMMODATION It’s safe and secure All our accommodation has staff on hand 24/7 and teams that you’re in. Nobody likes a commute 1 PLAN AHEAD 2 TCOOKING AKE UP 3 THE BANK ACCOUNT 4 SAVVY RIGHT SHOP 5 TOFAKEDISCOUNTS ADVANTAGE to offer you their full support and assistance. Sometimes it helps to Nothing eats away It can be tempting You can save hundreds Our students enjoy If you choose to live at home, you may write everything down. at your finances to choose a bank of pounds each year discounts at a wide have to spend a lot of time travelling to There are loads of quicker than too account based on by simply shopping selection of retail shops You don’t need to worry about bills and from campus. Heating, electricity, insurance and Wi-Fi great, free websites many takeaways. who’s offering the smart. Use price and restaurants around charges are all included in your rent. Bedding that can help you to Instead of eating most freebies or the comparison sites, shop Stirling. You should You’ll lose time with peers budget and plan your out, why not learn highest overdraft, but for food online to avoid always ask staff before and housekeeping support are also provided. Living in University accommodation is a quick monthly expenses. You to cook? It’s cheaper, you’ve got to shop impulse buys and don’t you buy something to way to make new friends, gain independence can also find out about healthier and a around and read the be afraid to try out make sure you don’t Conveniently located and make the most of university life. It’s easier to roll out of bed and make it to those additional funding you fantastic way to fine print. If you need supermarkets’ own miss out. early-morning lectures if you’re in University may be eligible for: impress your help, we have a bank brand labels. For more advice, contact accommodation. You’re always within a stone’s stir.ac.uk/ flatmates. right here on campus our Accommodation throw of our on-campus facilities. moneysupport that offers plenty Services Team: of savings advice. stir.ac.uk/accommodation
34 35 University is about finding your own way, but that doesn’t mean you have to on your own. SUPPORT SUPPORT Our extensive support services are here to help every step of the way. The Student Services Hub WHEN YOU brings lots of frequently used services together through a single point of contact to welcome NEED IT enquiries about any of them. ACCESSIBILITY AND INCLUSION MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING This team provides the expertise to enable We offer a mental health, wellbeing and students with a wide variety of needs to access counselling service. Our qualified counsellors all aspects of their university life. Dedicated and mental health professionals are here for advisers offer assessments for all your learning you throughout your time at Stirling. Whatever and support requirements, and create a you’re going through, we’re here to help. tailored package to meet them. MONEY SUPPORT If you have specific needs, please talk to Student Money Advisers can help with us before you apply. We highly recommend budgeting and money management. They can pre-entry visits for students with mobility also help you apply for additional funding and or sensory impairments. financial support. Further to this, the Income Office provides a range of flexible and secure CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY options for fee payments. Whatever your ambitions, we’ll ensure you can make the most of your abilities. STUDENT LEARNING SERVICES From discussing your future career plans, Regular workshops and tutorials are to supporting you with practical job-seeking organised by our Student Learning Services skills, our Careers and Employability Team. No matter what stage of study you’re Consultants can help you to be the at, take advantage of our daily drop-in difference in your chosen field. sessions, workshops and other services designed to help you become an FAITH AND SPIRITUALITY independent, successful learner. The Chaplaincy is open to all faiths and none, and celebrates the wealth of nationalities, STUDY ABROAD cultures and beliefs represented here at the We offer a wide range of once-in-a-lifetime University of Stirling. It has a quiet room Study Abroad opportunities. You can choose for reflection and meditation, along with a to study at one of our partner universities lively and sociable communal area. Our team across four continents and develop your of chaplains provide emotional, spiritual or personal skills, broaden your horizons and practical support, and we have a dedicated experience new cultures. prayer and wash room for Muslim students. firstname.lastname@example.org IMMIGRATION stir.ac.uk/studentsupport Our Student Immigration Team can provide +44 (0)1786 466022 you with advice and information to ensure you’re able to secure the appropriate visa to cover the duration of your studies at Stirling.
36 37 “Studying abroad was incredible – STUDY ABROAD TIPS from being able to experience an American university and living in a WANT TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TIME ABROAD? Most of our Study Abroad programmes are different place, to meeting amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. To ensure people who have now become my you’re able to make the most out of your closest friends, to having unique adventure, we’ve rounded up a few top tips BE ADVENTUROUS from students who have taken advantage career opportunities, and travelling of the Study Abroad programme: to unreal places – I can strongly say this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I will never forget. San 1 DO YOUR HOMEWORK Once you’ve successfully snagged a Study WANT TO SEE THE WORLD? Diego and San Diego State University have a special place Abroad spot, it’s always worth learning a little bit about your new country before you ship off. Not only will it give you a working The University of Stirling is a truly international institution in my heart. Go Aztecs!” knowledge of the local customs and culture, but it will also give you some ideas about what YASMIN DA SILVA TEIXEIRA that offers a wide range of once-in-a-lifetime Study Abroad Portugal you’d like to see or do in between classes. BA (Hons) Film & Media and Journalism Studies opportunities. From a semester in Tokyo to a year in Spain or California, we have partnerships with more than 70 2 LEARN THE LANGUAGE Half the fun of studying abroad is getting the universities across four continents that provide our students opportunity to immerse yourself in a brand- new culture. To get a taste of life as a local, with a global and dynamic educational experience. it’s always worth talking the talk. Do your best to learn key phrases and regional slang. Not only will it help you get by on a daily basis, Statue of Liberty WHY STUDY ABROAD? A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY but you’ll definitely earn some respect from Our Study Abroad programmes are unique All our students are encouraged to take the locals. adventures designed to help you to see the part in one of our overseas exchange world, experience new cultures and discover programmes. Most Honours degree students crucial skills and perspectives that will broaden your horizons. Taking part will also show are eligible to study abroad in their third year – and it’s a compulsory part of your 3 DON'T FORGET YOU'RE JUST VISITING After you settle in, you may be tempted to shun sightseeing in order to live more like future employers your ambition, maturity course if you study French or Spanish. a local. There’s nothing wrong with that, but and self-reliance. Studying abroad helps you don’t forget that your time abroad has got an stand out to employers by showing you’ve got The application process starts in October expiry date. If there’s something you want to what it takes to thrive in an increasingly global every year, and students are chosen based see or do, you shouldn’t put it off. workplace, and that you’re the kind of person on their academic profile, the strength who can handle anything life throws at you. of their application and a short interview. From there, our expert team will guide As a student at the University of Stirling, you through the process to help you you could spend up to a year studying at one prepare for your adventure and make of our many partner universities as a fully the most of your time overseas. integrated part of your degree. That means you’ll continue to learn more about your For more information, visit: chosen field while overseas, and will keep stir.ac.uk/international earning credits towards your graduation at Stirling. Costs shouldn’t be a barrier. Because it counts as part of your degree, tuition is funded in the normal way. And because it doesn’t extend the length of your degree, there’s no ‘extra’ time to fund, either. Plus, there’s a range of grants and scholarships to help with living costs.
38 39 1ST IN SCOTLAND TOP 5 IN THE UK AND TOP 15 IN THE CAREERS WORLD FOR CAREER SERVICES UK International Student Barometer (ISB) Benchmark and Global ISB Benchmark 2018 SO, WHAT NEXT? “The Careers and Employability SKILLS THAT LAST We’ve built strong links with national and international Service is a wonderful resource organisations, as well as the brightest and best small that all students should make use businesses and start-ups flourishing around us. That means of during their time at Stirling all sorts of opportunities for you to test your learning in real-life situations. Whether it’s through a paid internship (and even after you graduate)! as part of the Stirling Internship Programme or tackling I learned such a lot about paid a real business issue in a work-based project, you’ll stretch digital media on my internship at yourself and learn new skills to get an idea of which working At Stirling, one of our top priorities is to enhance your Lane Agency, and it also included environment suits you. employability through top-quality education. Everything you a day at Facebook HQ in Dublin! Reflecting on your personal and professional development do while you’re studying here is designed to help you build I was invited to stay and I'm now is important. Our expert staff within our Careers and the skills you’ll need to be the difference and stand out to Media Executive at Lane Media.“ Employability Service can support you with comprehensive resources, through group work and on a 1-to-1 basis to: potential employers – whether it’s getting involved in the KAT STARK explore your ambitions and skills; develop your skills, Students’ Union, studying abroad, taking part in internships Scotland experience and network; and prepare you to compete BA (Hons) Marketing and Sociology or even balancing part-time work with study. to be successful in whatever you do. While you’re studying for your degree, our innovative My Stirling Award recognises your participation in extra- curricular activities such as part-time work, volunteering or TOP PERFORMANCE involvement with University clubs and societies. These different We’ve been awarded five QS stars for employability, skills and attributes, developed over your time at Stirling, are with more than 97 percent of our graduates having brought together and presented in your degree transcript. a positive destination after University, including work So, when it comes to proving your worth to potential or further study. In the Higher Education Statistics Agency’s employers, it’s all in one place. Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey published in 2017, our students were earning £23,000 To find out more about our Careers and Employability on average per year within six months of graduating. Service, visit: stir.ac.uk/careers
40 41 SHAPING Increasing your employability isn’t just about achieving outstanding academic results. That’s why we’re committed to providing you with YOUR the skills and knowledge you’ll need to make a difference to major industries and sectors, FUTURE and change the world for the better. As part of this commitment, we’ve A HANDS-ON EDUCATION partnered with a wide range of leading Several of our courses, such as Nursing, Teaching businesses and public service providers Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) and Applied “I gained invaluable experience on a to offer students a host of work Biological Sciences include compulsory work placements as part of the curriculum. These placements are a great way experience opportunities. That’s just placement at Hamilton Academical part of the reason why we have been to develop practical skills ahead of your future career in a Football Club, and on an internship awarded five QS stars for employability1. workplace environment supported by industry professionals. at the University, focused on There are also optional accredited volunteering placement strength and conditioning for high modules students can undertake as part of some degree performance athletes. Through courses including Sport, Psychology, Law and Journalism. these, I was able to quickly progress and learn the skills required to 1 QS World University Rankings 2020. “My work placement at Bio be a more effective practitioner.“ Reliance has been an excellent MARKUS VAN DER WESTHUIZEN Republic of South Africa opportunity to get some hands-on BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science experience, make connections and start to build a reputation in the industry. It made me very excited for my future career and all the different opportunities it holds.“ AUSRINE SABOCKYTE Lithuania BSc (Hons) Applied Biological Sciences EXPLORE NEW OPPORTUNITIES The Careers and Employability Service delivers the Stirling I AM Internship Programme, offering students a variety of exclusive paid internships in the private, public and third sector during semester and the summer vacation. They also advertise other work experience opportunities throughout STIRLING the year, from volunteering and part-time work to graduate opportunities. Our Careers and Employability Consultants are also on hand to support you with applications as you take your next step into the world of work.
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