Granted its Royal Charter in 1967, the University of Stirling is Scotland’s youngest university.
Located in one of the most historic parts of Scotland, at the centre of the university’s 330-acre campus is Airthrey Castle. Now the university’s School of Law, the first recorded reference of the Castle is in a 12th century charter of King David of Scotland.
As well as being a major heritage site, Stirling’s stunning campus was also ranked 1st for its environment by International Student Barometer in 2012. Encompassing a loch and a golf course, the campus sits at the point where Lowland and Highland Scotland meet, in the shadow of the Ochil Hills.
The university also has other campuses – one in the Highlands, which offers a wide variety of medicine and teaching courses, and another in the Western Isles, situated close to Stornoway.
Considered one of Scotland’s leading universities for sport, Stirling has strong sporting alumni associated with it, including professional golfer Gordon Sherry and Olympic swimmer Todd Cooper.
It also ranks among the top research-intensive universities in the UK with strengths in the fields of health and wellbeing, the environment and people, culture and society, enterprise and the economy, as well as sport.
With a cohort of almost 13,000, students make up over a quarter of the total population of Stirling. International students number around 20% of the whole and represent more than 100 nationalities between them.
The university is organised across five academic faculties, plus a graduate school which acts as a virtual hub for the institution’s postgraduate community.
A recent large-scale infrastructure investment in the university's campuses has resulted in refurbished student accommodation and improved library facilities. The main Stirling campus also benefits from a shopping precinct, a 50 metre swimming pool, a publicly accessible art collection and the Macrobert Arts Centre comprising a theatre, cinema and bars.
The centre of Stirling, just a ten minute bus ride away, is a compact city that maintains a strong community feel.