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University of Stirling

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Overview of University of Stirling

The University of Stirling is a public university in Stirling, Scotland, founded in 1967 by royal charter.  Since its foundation, it has been extended to four faculties, the Management School, and a number of institutes and centers covering a wide range of subjects in the academic fields of the Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Health Sciences and Sports. Outside of its location, the University of Stirling continues to have several unique factors. It is a pioneer of a two-semester structure and a modular degree, allowing a high degree of flexibility in start times and study changes. Degrees are also made up of module credits, which means that students can effectively change their subject as / or when their interests change.

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Stirling’s campus is situated on the banks of the Loch, a castle of the 18th century. The town of Stirling features a castle, a sports centre and a lively shopping area, and is only a ten minute bus ride away from the campus. Stirling is traditionally the ‘ Gateway to the Highlands ‘ and centrally located in Scotland, Glasgow and Edinburgh airports within a short distance. The campus has some of the finest sporting facilities in the country, including the National Swimming Academy and the Gannochy National Tennis Centre. The campus is also home to the Scottish Sports Institute, the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland and Scottish Swimming.

  • Iain Banks, author
  • Set Aung, Myanmar politician
  • Craig Benson, Swimmer, Double Olympian
  • Dario Floreano, Italian scientist


Fun Facts
  • The oldest football in the world was discovered behind an oak panel in Stirling Castle. It was dated about 1540.
  • The first mention of the attempted flight was made at the Castle of Stirling. In 1507, John Damian flew off the battlements, wearing a pair of feathered wings. He landed in a heap of dung and broke his leg.
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