How you'll be taught

Teaching for most students starts from Monday 24 January 2022. There are some exemptions for a limited number of vocational courses, including placement learning, which have an earlier start date and students on those courses will be contacted directly by their faculty. Some online courses have a slightly later start date - check your student portal for more information.

Our general approach is to carry out as much in-person teaching as we can safely deliver. We plan to deliver an increase in face-to-face teaching, based on feedback and the progress made during the Autumn semester. We understand the desire from many students for more face- to-face teaching and recognise the health and wellbeing benefits this brings to learning and wider aspects of your student experience. The approach for spring will benefit our students, whilst continuing to place the safety and wellbeing of our community at the centre of everything we do. 

Teaching in spring semester

This spring, circumstances allowing, we will:

  • offer regular in-person learning opportunities for all students
  • seek to expand the number of seminars and workshops on campus
  • use lecture theatres for some classes, where appropriate.
  • facilitate more on-campus one-to-one dissertation and small group project meetings
  • aim to increase our on-campus laboratory and skills sessions
  • schedule all live teaching sessions, so that you are clear about your timetable
  • increase room capacity by the removal of physical distancing with appropriate mitigations in place, including ventilation and face coverings. This increase will be balanced by limiting room occupancy to between 50-75% depending on scale, ventilation and the shape of the room.
  • deliver online assessments, including examinations, as the standard form of assessment—noting that there may have to be adjustments to this for some subjects.
  • allow field work, where possible, subject to relevant risk assessments

This will be supplemented with our excellent online and hybrid provision to reach the best balance for our students and to enable flexibility if needed. This could include some lectures being delivered live online or pre-recorded. All lectures, whether on campus or online, will be available to watch again online.

Our spring semester for most undergraduate courses runs from Monday 24 January 2022 – Tuesday 19 April 2022 and for most postgraduate courses from Monday 24 January 2022 to Friday 8 April 2022. See the key dates, including the examination period.

Learning and teaching for international and vulnerable students

International students starting or returning in 2021/22

Students living outside the UK

The UK Government has indicated that international students who hold a student visa to study here and are unable to return to the UK because of COVID-19 related travel restrictions can join and study by distance learning or can continue learning remotely from overseas until 6 April 2022. Examples of travel restrictions include travel borders being closed, lack of capacity on flights or managed quarantine spaces, or delays with visa processing offices.

Student visa holders will be required to attend their studies in person through blended learning (including engaging with face-to-face activity) once they can travel to, and arrive in, the UK. The concession permitting remote learning in the UK will remain in place until 6 April 2022.

If students cannot arrive and enrol by the dates given on their CAS, they should contact our Student Immigration Team at as soon as possible.

Students already living in the UK

The UK Government has confirmed that international students who hold a student visa to study here are not permitted to continue learning remotely from elsewhere in the UK.

Students already in the UK are required to attend their studies in person through blended learning (including engaging with face-to-face academic activity). If students in the UK do not attend or engage with scheduled face-to-face academic activity, universities will be required to withdraw sponsorship of their visa.

Student visa holders will be required to attend their studies in person through face to face or blended learning once they can travel to, and arrive in, the UK. The concession permitting blended learning in the UK will remain in place until 6 April 2022.

International students must follow UK Home Office visa regulations and it is important that students plan their travel and accommodation arrangements – including whether quarantining is required once you arrive in Stirling.

See more information about visa requirements.

Vulnerable students

If you are in a vulnerable group and have concerns about coming to campus, or restrictions in your home country currently don’t allow you to travel, please let us know as soon as possible. Please contact your faculty so that we can understand your circumstances and discuss options. For any concerns or questions about your visa status please email: 

Supporting your learning

  • In addition to on campus teaching you will learn through our virtual learning environment, Canvas. This is a supportive, inclusive and active space for learning. You will be led through your module material and activities, to help keep you on track.
  • Free wi-fi is available on campus and laptops can be borrowed from the library.
  • There will be lots of interactive activities available to help you learn, be supported and meet your fellow students. These include on campus events and activities as well as online live chats, virtual coffee, group tasks, discussion boards, quizzes and more. You can work or catch up with your classmates on campus or online.
  • Reading lists for each module will be available through Canvas and most of our resources are available online.
  • The library is open. You can book a study space, and physical books are available, with some extra safety guidelines in place. A click and collect service is also available. We have around 500,000 e-books and e-journals if you want to work remotely.
  • Live teaching sessions (on line or on campus) can be recorded using ‘Listen Again’, so you can use these recordings to catch up and revise.
  • During induction and throughout semester, academic and digital skills workshops are available to help you develop the skills you need to be successful in your studies.
  • Co-curricular activities such as subject-based student societies, employability events and reading groups will all take place online or on campus.

Module choices

  • Module choices and enrolment will be available from 16 August (Undergraduate) and 30 August (Postgraduate) to help you plan your studies and the timetable will be available in August too, so you can plan your time.
  • Canvas, our virtual learning environment, which holds your learning materials and through which you will study, will also open before semester begins so you can familiarize yourself with materials and book tutorial and seminar slots that suit your needs.
  • To arrange a one-to-one meeting with a lecturer, contact your faculty administrator.

One-to-one support

  • Your lecturers and tutors will be on hand to answer questions, lead activities and support you. Whether you are on campus or online, feedback and support are available at every stage.
  • All teaching staff have regular weekly drop-in sessions to offer one-to-one feedback and any support required. These will continue to be available by phone, online or face-to-face, where possible. Where we can’t meet you face-to-face in person, we will aim to meet you face-to-face online.
  • You will be allocated a personal tutor who will support you and signpost any additional support required.
  • Support for academic skills offered by Student Learning Services will be available online and face-to-face, where possible.

Work placements  

  • Physical work placements will proceed where possible and we are working hard with employers to ensure you will be safe and have a good experience in their workplace.
  • As the working world has moved online, so have many virtual placements and internships, offering a realistic experience of the new work environment. Virtual placements offer endless possibilities of experiencing workplaces around the world and are an exciting addition to the opportunities available to you.

Free software

  • At Stirling we’ve introduced Microsoft Office 365 including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and apps such as Teams for videoconferencing, Planner to help plan your time, and OneNote to organise your research and notes. These are free for you to use as apps or on other devices and you will have guidance on how to get the most out them through our Stirling Essentials module, available on Canvas and through our digital study skills workshops

Academic skills support

  • We have a range of workshops and individual support available for all our students’ needs through our Student Learning Services. New students can access the workshop series as soon as they enrol at the University. They also have access to Stirling Essentials, a module to help you transition onto study at University of Stirling.

Support for international students 

If you are an international student, there are extra sessions during induction to help you adjust to life at the University of Stirling. These include:

  • Academic expectations at the University of Stirling: This session provides an introduction to academic work at Stirling. It teaches you what to expect and how this might be different from your previous international experience.
  • Living in Stirling: You will receive help and practical advice, including support with understanding English language documents (police registration/council tax/bank letters, etc).
  • Scottish culture: This section looks at Scottish culture and the wider community. This promotes extracurricular activities and will help you settle in and feel part of the University. There is also a session on Scottish vocabulary. 

Help with English language learning

After induction, there is ongoing English language support for you during your studies.

Faculty Office contact details

Use the details listed to contact your faculty administrator:

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Faculty of Natural Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences

Stirling Management School

Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

To find out which faculty you belong to check out the list of courses here.