History, Affiliations and Rankings
The University of Stirling was established through a royal charter in the middle of the 19th century. It was established as a public education institution in Stirling, Scotland to provide "education with a purpose" to individuals skilled in navigating change in the British society. Since its inception, the university has today grown to educate over 17,000 students and incorporates 5 faculties, of Arts & Humanities, Natural Sciences, Health Sciences & Sport, and Social Sciences and the Stirling Management School. It holds accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA). Additionally, it is affiliated with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). According to QS World University Rankings 2023, the University of Stirling ranks in the bracket #501-510, while the Times Higher Education World University Rankings place the University in the bracket #301-350.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The university incorporates a Dementia centre and Innovation Park. There are two Scottish campuses within the university: Stornoway and Inverness. Stirling University is partnering up with a number of foreign universities as well. At present, the university has partnerships with Hebei Normal University, Singapore Institute of Management, and several Vietnamese universities. The university provides full flexibility to its students. If any student feels that his or her student is not suitable, then it is acceptable to change the subjects here. The university keeps a check on the interest and motivation of the students. It provides professional teachers, lecturers, and a chance to give feedback. This helps students improve their learning process. Many scholarships are available for those students who are not able to support themselves financially. 90% of the undergraduates are either employed or studying further. All first-year international students are guaranteed to get on-campus accommodation. The University of Stirling offers Bachelor's, Master's, Postgraduate Research and Professional programs
Accomplishments and Alumni
The University of Stirling is globally recognized for its teaching and research excellence as well as for offering a world-class student experience. According to the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, the University was recognized as the Sports University of the Year. It was awarded a full 5-Star rating across Teaching, Research, Employability, Internationalization, Facilities and Inclusiveness according to QS Star University Ratings 2021. Among the top 60 Young Universities in the world, the University of Stirling also provides a student-friendly environment, with the city of Stirling being named as the "Safest Student City in the UK" as well as the "Happiest Place to Live in Scotland." Further, the Institute of Aquaculture at the University is the winner of UK's highest academic honor, the Queen's Anniversary Prize for innovation and teaching excellence. The University of Stirling has 1,00,000+ alumni across 170 countries, who have ventured on a successful career path for themselves. Some of the notable names include, Alison Jane Brittain, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Whitbread, and Neil Brailsford, Senator of the College of Justice in Scotland.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
Currently, the university caters to the academic demands of more than 17,000 students, of which, 11,000+ are undergraduate students, while 6000+ are graduate students. 28% of the student body are international students who represent 120+ countries on the campus. A close-knit campus community with a global outlook, the University ranks #1 in the UK and #5 in the world for Campus Environment. Students get plenty of opportunities to explore passions and make friends through 120+ clubs and societies. The university also ensures the development of transferable and industry-based skills to ensure placement opportunities to its outgoing students. Some of the leading visiting companies are - Pepsico, Bloomberg, Google, M&S.