University of Stirling is Scottish University of the Year


The University of Stirling has been named Scottish University of the Year by the Sunday Times newspaper, in recognition of the University’s “outstanding student experience and record for innovation and high quality teaching”.

Stirling jumped 10 places in The Sunday Times university league table published today (Sunday). Its rise from 42 to 32, its highest-ever ranking, followed excellent results in this year’s National Student Survey and a strong performance in last December’s research assessments.


It is the first time that the University of Stirling has won the award, and Professor Christine Hallett, Principal, said: “This is a superb accolade that underlines the overall quality of this University, and in particular the outstanding staff we have here.


“Our mission is to pursue world-class research, scholarship and learning, and the staff at the University of Stirling have worked extremely hard to raise standards. I am delighted that this award recognises their passion for innovation and excellence. We are now competing nationally and internationally with some of the best universities in the world.


“Students are at the heart of what we do and we provide one of the best all-round student experiences in the UK, with innovative and high quality teaching programmes that produce intellectually able graduates who are highly sought after by employers.”


The Sunday Times chose Stirling following in-depth research for its annual Sunday Times University Guide, which measures progress and standards in all of Britain’s universities.


A Sunday Times analysis of the latest National Student Survey results covers students’ views on teaching quality, assessment and feedback, the quality of learning resources and their overall satisfaction with university life. Since last year, Stirling’s score has risen from 74.1% to 78.7%, ranking it 23 in Britain and registering one of the biggest gains of any university in the UK.


Alastair McCall, Editor of The Sunday Times University Guide, said: “Stirling richly deserves its award. It has provided a distinctive higher education for the past 40 years in a fantastic setting. Its designation as Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence was an acknowledgement of one aspect of the high quality provision on offer to students. The Sunday Times award recognises Stirling’s offer to students on a much broader basis.


“High quality teaching is backed up by research demonstrating innovation and excellence across several subjects areas. The end result is highly employable graduates, who have benefitted from an outstanding student experience. No wonder they rate the university so highly.”


Tom Spencer, President of the University of Stirling Students’ Union, said: “Everyone at Stirling Students’ Union is delighted by the news, and warmly thanks The Sunday Times for their recognition.


“Stirling has demonstrated ever since its birth that it is not just one of the most dynamic and vibrant of the universities in Scotland, but across the UK. We are enormously proud of our relationship and role in working with the University in developing Stirling's leading record on widening access, excellence in sport and world class student satisfaction.


“For the future, we intend to continue building on this success; to better educate, develop and enrich our students’ lives.“


Key facts about the University of Stirling

Founded by Royal Charter in 1967, the University of Stirling was the first genuinely new university in Scotland for over 400 years.
There are now over 11,500 students at Stirling and over 1,300 staff, with more than 80 countries represented on campus. Around one in five students are from overseas.
The University has a magnificent 310-acre campus with a loch, 18th century Airthrey Castle, and outstanding recreational opportunities including a performing arts centre, a golf course and an extensive collection of Scottish art. There are also campuses in Stornoway and Inverness.
Stirling is designated by the Scottish Government as Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, bringing together an unrivalled critical mass of talented athletes, national sports facilities, sports agencies, governing bodies and leading academic researchers.



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