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Studying at University of Stirling
Named Scottish University of the Year in 2010, the University of Stirling offers students an incredible place to study, excellence in teaching and great career prospects, with 90.5% of students gaining employment or carrying out further study within six months of graduating. The university occupies three campuses; Highland, Western Isles and Stirling, which is the main and largest of the three.
The Students’ Union is a hub for seeking advice on any university or life issue plus the venue of choice when it comes to chilling out with a Starbucks coffee, grabbing a bite to eat, watching sport on one of the big screens or having a go at karaoke or the pub quiz before heading over to dance the night away to live music and gig and comedy nights. Declared 'Best Students' Union in Scotland 2003' the union has a lot to offer each individual including the opportunity to get involved in student media such as student newspaper, 'Brig', 'Air3 Radio' or student television, 'AirTV'.
For those students that fancy a bigger night out, then the City of Stirling is only ten minutes away on the bus and offers a large range of clubs, pubs, bars, restaurants and arts venues such as the cinema, The Tolbooth arts centre and Stirling Castle that has played host to some big names that include REM and Jamiroquai.
Sports facilities at the University of Stirling include an athletics track, sports hall, squash courts, indoor and outdoor tennis courts plus clay courts, a gym and fitness suite, a 50m swimming pool, a nine-hole golf course, grass pitches and artificial pitches. There are also several fitness classes that run throughout the week in the studio and due to its close proximity to the loch, students can get involved in canoeing and fishing as well as going further afield to the surrounding countryside to take part in several outdoor pursuits. Stirling is Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence and as such has attracted some of the best staff for teaching, five star facilities and offers a huge range of study programmes within this area. Students from the University of Stirling are often winners when it comes to competing with other universities in the areas of tennis, golf and swimming and have some notable names among its sporting alumni; pro golfers Gordon Sherry and Richie Ramsay, world champion hill runner Angela Mudge, Olympic swimmers Andrew Hunter and Todd Cooper and pro tennis player and gold medal winner in the Mixed Doubles at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Colin Flemming.
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96 University of Stirling Reviews
The campus looks really cool from the outside, but the university has a lot of problems. This is a university motivated by money and not student welfare. Exam results are never posted on time and support staff are few and have a high turnover. On campus accomodation is appalling especially for postgraduates and very overpriced. Returning students are always evicted from their accomodation in mid August until mid September and expected to go find somewhere else to live. Teaching staff are mostly on zero hours contracts, so tend to disappear after lectures.
I would not recommend, the course does not worth to go. The learning content is outdated, no relevant modern theories, we discussed case studies 10 years ago, and all students were bored doing something else like facebook for whole class. Lectures trying to not spend their time on teaching, slides in classes are very poorly made with mistakes every week, they tell students they cannot give academic advice because they are marking, feedbacks on assignments are just stupid, we don't get any feedback on our presentations. Administrations are awful, always very late and some students could not attend a study trip because of their faults, takes more than a month to make an appointment with tutors.
The University of Stirling is overall a very good university. They are very flexible and understanding, and most lecturers are very talented. The campus is beautiful, and near the town (which is very useful.) Transportation is easy, and overall I find the teaching very good.
Amazing campus!! Can't walk 5 mins outside without seeing a squirrel or a rabbit. The Loch is lovely too. Lots of dog walkers. Uni buildings are close to each other and relatively modern. Food available is good but expensive. It's very handy to have things like a pharmacy and bookshop on campus, but again very expensive. Clubs + Socs are expensive and clique-y, nothing caught my interest. All the give-it-a-gos are pubcrawls which isn't great if you're under 18. The sports clubs are also not very accommodating to casual players/beginners. I met lots of friends in the few clubs I tried but otherwise it's not worth it unless it's something you really care about. Don't know much about career opportunities but there's some brilliant study abroad options for all degrees.
Stirling University is beautiful, if the surroundings can't inspire you I do not know what will. Sitting in the library looking at the views makes it less monotonous. Halls are a brilliant experience, but I wouldn't pay the extortionate prices for the newer buildings - spend that extra money on booze to bond with your new flat mates. The only downfall to the uni is the lack of available modules for your specified course. Taking additional modules in a subject you have no idea about is annoying especially when you have to try and pass the module!
I can't help but get the feeling that this university tries very hard to milk every penny from our pockets. Overpriced facilities, cafes and shops on campus in which obnoxious staff members sell food low in quality are prime examples. The porters in the halls of residence seem like they have been dragged through hell for most of their life and exhibit their misery onto students all too keenly. The student union is useless. I have remained completely uninterested with their activities since freshers week (3years ago). The best part of this university is the sports facilities which I cannot fault. I haven't had much activity with the careers office but it appears to be competent. In conclusion this university has so much potential to fulfill but has failed to come even close to doing so.
The campus itself is stunning to look at, the buildings not so much. Although they are rebuilding halls at the moment. The staff in my faculty are friendly and helpful but I have heard otherwise from friends in their subjects. Jobs are hard to come by unless you have experience due to the small size of the area. Generally I great place to study, although I wouldn't want to live here forever.
It's an amazing university, the campus is stunning and it truly offers everything one could want and more. It has a great community spirit and has a range of sports teams to join, from American football to quidditch - as well as all sorts of societies too. The student union is great also, and if you feel like going somewhere different for a change you can hop on the bus into town and there are plenty of other places to go to. 96% of graduates go onto employment or further study 6 months after graduating and the Internet/wifi is really fast - it very rarely let me down if at all. All in all, a class environment to study in.
Stirling university was the best decision I have ever made. The campus provides a tranquil place to study and provides a sense of community amoung students. The staff at stirling university never made me feel alone I have always felt supported and I know that help was always there if I needed it. I would recommend this university to everyone especially prospective undergraduates.
This uni has a really relaxed atmosphere both in the campus and in the city and a whole. The lecturers are very helpful and there's a club/society for everyone. One of the best sporting universities with great sport facilities!
Amazing university and can't think of one issue I have with it!! Had an amazing two years and feel like I've grown so much being here. Wouldn't change it for the world. Except for maybe a subway or something in the main campus area..
Beautiful campus, wonderful fellow students, decent course, good freshers week, however staff do not post exam results online like they are supposed to, poor on campus facilities, buses to Stirling are far too expensive, and worst of all the price for campus accommodation can only be described as exploitative, as the cost is extortionate and the dorms are in utterly revolting condition. I would recommend the university, however it has some key issues that need improving immediately. I would not recommend living on campus.
I'm study in the highland campus in Inverness. There is no students union or any club or societies up here. The accommodation is also not very appealing. The placements are great as you get to see rural Scotland however sometimes the university is not accommodating when you have finical issues and can't afford your 'away' placement. Overall it is a great uni with just some minor issues in the highland campus.