How you'll be taught in 2020

The way we teach you is changing. For students starting in September (undergraduate) and October (postgraduate), you'll be taught through blended learning during semester one. This will be a combination of online and, where we can, face-to-face teaching. We'll adapt our teaching as the government guidelines on social distancing change.

Register your attendance

A QR code and room number will be on a poster in all face-to-face teaching rooms. All staff and students must register attendance using the code and room number, at the beginning of each class following Scottish Government guidance.

We collect this information to:

- track academic attendance
- assist NHS Test and Protect in contact tracing

Online interactive learning

  • You’ll be taught 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.
  • Lectures to large groups on campus will be replaced with a variety of online webinars, short videos and other materials. There will also be activities that bring the material to life. Your lecturer will be on hand to guide you through and you’ll be encouraged to take part, ask questions, comment and give feedback.
  • There will be lots of interactive activities available through Canvas to help you learn, be supported and meet your fellow students. These include live chats, virtual coffee, group tasks, discussion boards, quizzes and more. You can work online with your classmates or come to campus and have a socially distanced coffee with them to work on group projects.
  • Reading lists for each module will be available online, where possible.
  • Live teaching sessions can be recorded using ‘Listen Again’, so you can use these recordings to catch up and revise.
  • Co-curricular activities such as subject-based student societies, employability events and reading groups will all take place online or on campus.

Teaching on campus

  • There will be some small group teaching on campus, for example for lab or practical skills work, where it’s safe to do so. There will be no large group teaching sessions or on-campus lectures taking place this autumn.
  • Where teaching does take place on campus, our approach to safety will follow government regulations, as a minimum. The majority of this teaching will also be available online, so you are able to decide what works best for you. Your module co-ordinator will make it clear well in advance if you need to attend campus.
  • Lab-based learning that can continue within Government guidelines will go ahead as normal. Where that is not possible, programmes have been reorganised to move lab-based learning to later in the programme or use demonstrations and simulations. We’ll be back in the labs just as soon as we can.

Teaching arrangements and timetables

  • All teaching arrangements will be communicated to you for your own programme ahead of semester. Canvas is now open for undergraduates and details of timetables for your modules and how you will be taught are available there. Canvas will open for postgraduates starting their programmes in October, on 5 October and programme directors for postgraduate programmes will be in touch with their students to discuss timetable, structure of teaching and preparation for study in the coming weeks.

If you need to start your degree online

If you need to start you degree online, please let us know by filling in the form linked below. You should include your full name, date of birth, applicant number and course applied for. If possible, please also include an approximate late arrival date to campus. 

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 will be 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.

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. We are working with employers to expand access to virtual placements and internships locally and throughout the world.

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, 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.

Academic skills support

  • Support for academic skills offered by Student Learning Services will be available online and face-to-face, where possible.


  • We aim to conduct all assessments as coursework or online exams which are designed to be more accessible than traditional examinations. These give you the opportunity to show us what you have learned, not just what you can remember on the day.

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. These in-sessional classes include:

  • Presentation and seminar practice: Sessions to improve your ability and confidence in oral English.
  • Online conversation club: Every Wednesday from 15:00 to 16:30. Discussions are hosted by English language teachers and are open to all students. Check our Be Connected calendar during the semester to find out more.
  • Individual English language support: If you need extra help with English, we can refer you to INTO for an in-sessional English course.
  • Dissertation support (over four sessions): Sessions to help postgraduate students with the dissertation writing process.

Faculty Office contact details

Use the details listed to contact your faculty administrator:

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

+44 (0) 1786 467561

Faculty of Natural Sciences

+44 (0) 1786 467840

The Faculty of Social Sciences

+44 (0) 1786 467740

Stirling Management School

+44 (0) 1786 467370

Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

+44 (0) 1786 466340

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