University of Stirling
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|Motto||Innovation and Excellence|
|Endowment||£3.2 million (2015)|
|Principal||Gerry McCormac |
|Chairman of the Court||Fiona Sandford|
|Location||Stirling, Scotland, UK|
|Affiliations||Association of Commonwealth Universities|
It is ranked among the top 60 universities in the world that are under 50 years old by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In the 2014 assessment of research in the UK, Research Excellence Framework, it was ranked 5th in Scotland and 40th in the UK for research intensity.
Stirling is an international university with over 120 nationalities represented on campus. It has international degree programme partnerships in Singapore, Oman and Vietnam. The University has campuses in Inverness and Stornoway.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 3 Organisation
- 4 Teaching
- 5 Research
- 6 Business links
- 7 Governance
- 8 Student life
- 9 Reputation and rankings
- 10 Notable academics and alumni
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Stirling was the first new university to be established in Scotland for nearly 400 years.
The original site of the campus was selected from a shortlist of competing sites. The Robbins report's author, Lord Robbins, was later appointed the University's first Chancellor in 1968.
The Pathfoot Building was completed in 1968 and originally housed the University's principal facilities. The building was extended in 1979 to include a Tropical Aquarium and again in 1987 to include a Virology Unit.
In 1970 development began on what was subsequently named the Cottrell Building, following the premature death of Dr Cottrell. It houses lecture theatres, departmental offices, classrooms and computer labs.The University Library and what was renamed the Andrew Miller Building (after a former Principal) were completed in 1971.
Unfortunately, Stirling is still best known for the events of 13 October 1972 when HM The Queen was subjected to a rowdy reception by students, widely reported in the media. Although calls for it to be closed were rejected, some years later it, along with a number of other universities, suffered drastic cuts in public funding from which it took many years to recover.
The world-renowned Institute of Aquaculture was opened in 1982, the R.G. Bomont Building (named after the second University Secretary) completed in 1998, the Iris Murdoch building opened in 2002 housing The Dementia Services Development Centre, and the Colin Bell Building (named after a deceased Principal) completed in 2003.
In 1993 the Pathfoot Building was selected by the international conservation organisation DoCoMoMo as one of sixty key Scottish monuments of the post-war era. It was also voted as one of Prospect's 100 best modern Scottish buildings.
In 2002, the University of Stirling and the landscape of the Airthrey Estate was designated by the International Council on Monuments and Sites as one of the top 20 heritage sites of the 20th century within the UK.
It is situated on the site of the historic Airthrey estate which includes the Robert Adam-designed 18th century Airthrey Castle and includes the Hermitage woods, Airthrey Loch, Airthrey Golf Course and a 50-metre swimming pool.
The Andrew Miller Building incorporates an Atrium, which contains several retail and food outlets including a bookstore, bank and general store. This building links the Library and Robbins' Centre Students Union and has connecting bridges to the Cottrell Building, on-campus student residences and the MacRobert Arts Centre.
The Library holds over 500,000 volumes and over 9,000 journals. It reopened in August 2010 after a major refurbishment programme.
MacRobert Arts Centre is a small theatre and cinema complex open to members of the University community and the general public.
The University of Stirling offers almost 3,000 bed spaces spread over 20 properties located on and off campus.
There are 2,000 residential bed spaces located on-campus, including 800 within brand new accommodation built as part of a £40m investment programme in student accommodation which was completed in September 2015.
Halls of Residence located on-campus include:
- Andrew Stewart Hall
- Beech Court Flats & Studios
- Fraser of Allander House
- H H Donnelly House
- Muirhead House
- Polwarth House
- Willow Court Flats & Studios
- Juniper Court Flats & Studios
- Union Street, Stirling
Residential buildings located off-campus, within Stirling city centre, include Union Street and John Forty's Court.
Stirling was designated as Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence by the Scottish Government in 2008.
The University has a comprehensive range of sports facilities including its own 9-hole Airthrey Golf Course and a 50-metre swimming pool completed in 2001 as part of the National Swimming Academy - a partnership between the University, Scottish Swimming and British Swimming.
The sports centre also holds the Gannochy National Tennis Centre, badminton and squash courts, a fitness centre, strength and conditioning centre, sports halls and all-weather playing fields available for students, University staff and the public.
The campus has been selected as the headquarters for a number of sports agencies including the sportscotland institute of sport, Commonwealth Games Scotland, Scottish Swimming and triathlonscotland. Falkirk FC opened a football academy on campus in 2008.
Highland and Western Isles campuses
The Highland site is on the outskirts of Inverness within the grounds of Raigmore Hospital. The site has purpose-built teaching facilities and student accommodation.The Highland Health Sciences Library is also located on this campus and caters for both the students and staff of the University, as well as the employees of NHS Highland and its associated Trusts.
The Western Isles campus is located in Stornoway and the teaching accommodation is part of the Western Isles Hospital. This is a small campus site and also has student accommodation within the environs of the hospital.
International degree partnerships
As of March 2016, the University is split into five Faculties below, and Stirling Graduate School.
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Applied Social Sciences
- Faculty of Arts and Humanities
- Communications, Media and Culture
- History and Politics
- Law and Philosophy
- Literature and Languages
- London Academy of Diplomacy
- Stirling Management School
- Accounting & Finance
- Management, Work and Organisation
- Marketing and Retail
- Centre for Advanced Management Education
- Centre for Graduate Research in Management
- Faculty of Natural Sciences
- Biological and Environmental Sciences
- Computing Science and Mathematics
- Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport
- Health Sciences
Stirling has offered modular degree programmes since its inception. The first teaching semester lasts from mid-September to mid-December and the second from the beginning of January to the end of May.
Stirling achieved a 5 Star Excellence Award for Teaching by QS in 2015.
Stirling is an interdisciplinary research-intensive University focused on research areas including Health and Wellbeing; Culture and Society; Environment; Enterprise and the Economy; and Sport.
In the 2014 assessment of research in the UK, the Research Excellence Framework, the University was ranked 5th in Scotland and 40th in the UK for research intensity. The Research Excellence Framework also rated almost three quarters of research activity either world-leading or internationally excellent. Other rankings include:
- 4th in the UK for Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science
- 1st in Scotland and 12th in the UK for Health Sciences
- 3rd in Scotland and 18th in the UK for Psychology
- In the top 25 UK institutions for Business and Management
- 17th in the UK for Social Work and Social Policy
- 100% of Psychology Impact case studies classed as world-leading
The University is home to a number of specialist research centres:
- Institute of Aquaculture
- Dementia Services Development Centre
- Institute for Social Marketing
- Institute for Retail Studies
- The Cancer Care Research Centre
- Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection (CCWP)
- Centre for Environmental History and Policy
- Stirling Media Research Institute
- Behavioural Science Centre
The University of Stirling's research publications database, STORRE, is a source of free, full-text access to the University's research outputs.
The University has major industrial research links through Stirling University Innovation Park. This large science park was founded in 1993 and is located adjacent to the main university campus. It is home to more than 50 companies engaging in various forms of research and development.
The university also owns an International Conference Centre, Stirling Court Hotel, which is a purpose built conference and management training centre located on campus.
The University is ranked 7th in the UK for graduate employability using new data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, with 96% of graduates in employment, or further study, within six months of graduating.
The University of Stirling's constitution is laid out in its Royal Charter. University Court is the governing and financial body of the University and the Academic Council looks after academic affairs
The University's constitution, academic regulations, and appointments are outlined in the University calendar.
The University's governing body is the University Court. It has overall responsibility for the management of the University's resources, the ongoing strategic direction of the University and the approval of major developments.
The Court meets four times over the course of the academic year. In May 2015 the University announced Fiona Sandford would be their new Chair of Court, taking up the post on 1 August 2015, for a period of four years.
Academic Council is the body responsible for the management of academic affairs, awarding of all degrees, and for the regulation and superintendence of the education, discipline and welfare of the students of the University. The Council consists of various academics and is chaired by the Principal of the university.
The Union provides students with entertainment, welfare and information services and represents students interests to organisations including the University itself. Senior members of the Union are entitled to seats on the University Court.
The Union supports more than 60 clubs and societies. The Sports Union supports 53 sports clubs.
The University has student-run media services. Brig has been the campus newspaper since 1969. Air3 Radio, was the first campus radio station in Scotland (previously URA – University Radio Airthrey), and AirTV (formerly Videoworks) is a television station for students, set up in 2002.
Reputation and rankings
Stirling achieved an overall 5 stars in the QS World University Rankings 2015
In The Complete University Guide 2017, Stirling is ranked 1st in the UK for Social Work, 2nd in Scotland for Communication and Media Studies and 2nd in Scotland for Marketing.
The University was one of the twenty institutions that was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary prize in 2014; the prize for Higher and Further Education for ground-breaking research recognised work led by the Institute of Social Marketing into the effects of tobacco, alcohol and food marketing on the health of young people.
In March 2016, the University of Stirling Management School was accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) for its MBA and MBM programmes.
Notable academics and alumni
- Thomas Leadbetter Cottrell FRSE, chemist, first Principal of the University
- David Bebbington, Professor of History
- David Blanchflower, Professor of Economics, former Monetary Policy Committee Member
- Norman Jeffares, Emeritus Professor of English
- Norman Longworth, honorary Professor of Lifelong Learning
- Norman MacCaig, reader in poetry
- Ivana Markova, Emeritus Professor of Psychology
- Jean Redpath, (honorary staff) folk singer
- Steward Sutherland, former lecturer, later Baron Sutherland of Houndwood
- Herbert Wilson, Emeritus Professor of Physics
- Greg McHugh, actor, writer
- Iain Banks, author
- Alan Bissett, writer
- Jonathan Clements, author
- Jackie Kay, poet and writer
- Nick Keir, musician
- Fiona Ritchie, radio presenter
- Mark Cousins, film critic
- Grace Dent, reporter, author and television critic
- Ally McCrae, radio presenter
- Jack McConnell, former First Minister of Scotland
- Michael Connarty, former MP for Falkirk East
- John Reid, MP, former Home Secretary
- Tommy Sheridan, Leader of Solidarity, former MSP
- Eric Joyce, former Labour MP for Falkirk
- Gordon Banks, former Labour MP
- Bill Butler, former Labour MSP
- Daniel Kawczynski, Conservative MP
- Scott Barrie, former Labour MSP
- Scott Farmer, SNP Councillor
- Richard Lochhead, SNP MSP
- Kenneth Gibson, SNP MSP
- Shirley-Anne Somerville, SNP MSP
- Paul Grice, Clerk and chief executive, Scottish Parliament
- Steven Paterson, SNP MP for Stirling
- Neil Gray, SNP MP for Airdrie and Shotts
- Winston Set Aung , Politician , Economist and Management Consultant , incumbent Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar
- Gordon Sherry, professional golfer
- Colin Fleming, professional tennis player, winner of a Mixed Doubles gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games
- Richie Ramsay, professional golfer, winner of the 2006 U.S. Amateur
- Sir Bill Gammell, Scotland rugby international and businessman
- Angela Mudge, former world champion hill runner
- Catriona Matthew, professional golfer, winner of the 2009 British Women's Open
- Frankie Brown, female Scottish footballer
- Andrew Hunter, Olympic and Commonwealth swimmer
- Todd Cooper, Olympic swimmer
- Catriona Morrison, triathlete and winner of the 2010 World Duathlon
- Ross Murdoch, Commonwealth Swimmer, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Champion (200m Breaststroke) and Bronze medalist (100m Breaststroke)
- Sir Alex Ferguson, Former manager of Manchester United
- Craig Benson (swimmer), Olympic Swimmer
- Chris Lilley, W3C internet architect
- Neil Brailsford QC, Senator of the College of Justice
- Derek Lambie, Journalist, Editor Scottish Sunday Express
- Paul Lewis, Presenter, BBC Radio 4 Money Box
- Julian Roberts, chief executive of Old Mutual plc
- Neal Hazel, Criminologist, former Deputy Chief Inspector of Probation for England and Wales
- Neil Davidson, QC, Solicitor General for Scotland 2000–01, Advocate General for Scotland 2006–2010. Created a Life Peer, March 2006: Baron Davidson of Glen Clova
- Muffy Calder, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Scottish Government
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