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  • students drinking coffee9,000 students
  • 7,000 undergraduate students
  • 2,000 postgraduate students
  • 80 nationalities represented on campus
  • 14 percent students from overseas
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Best Student Experience: Stirling is ranked in the top ten for the UK’s Best Student Experience.
(The Times Higher Education Supplement, 2006.)

Quality Teaching: Overall, Stirling is in the top ten in the UK for Teaching Assessment. (The Times Top 100 Universities, 2005.)

Semester System: As the first UK University to introduce a semester system, our system of continuous or periodic assessment in all courses ensures that teaching is student-focused.

Graduate Employment: Stirling is ranked 3rd in the UK for graduate employability. (Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2006.)

Sporting Results: The University enjoys five-star sports facilities (Sunday Times, 2003). We have been well represented at the Olympic Games (2004), the World University Games (2005), the Walker Cup in the USA (2005), the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the European and World Championships 2006.

Highly Rated: The University was ranked 1st in Scotland for Communications and Media Studies, 1st in the UK for Social Work and 2nd in Scotland and 4th in the UK for Sociology and 6th in the UK for English (The Guardian University Guide, 2003).

Quality Research:
Half of our academic departments are ranked top in Scotland for research. (Research Assessment Exercise, 2001).

Access for All: The University was ranked 1st in the UK for widening access to Higher Education, teaching and research standards and low dropout rates. (The Times Higher Education Supplement, 2002).

Students’ Association: Stirling’s Students’ Association has been accredited with ‘Best Bar None’ status in both 2005 and 2006, which highlights the Association’s long-standing commitment to social provision and the safety of its members. SUSA facilitates over 70 student clubs and societies.

Celebrity Supporters: With Dame Diana Rigg as the University’s Chancellor, Jon Snow as an Honorary Professor, Sir Jackie Stewart as an Honorary Graduate and Jack McConnell as a graduate, Stirling comes highly recommended.