Studying at Stirling

The first couple of weeks can be a very busy and confusing time for new students. Here's the info you need to get started on your academic life and also where to find help and support for your studies.

Stirling essentials

Get off to a good start by completing Stirling Essentials, our on-line module which will help you prepare for study at University. We recommend you work through this module and online workshops before you arrive. Stirling Essentials will be available throughout your studies as it is the gateway to a wide range of advice and study skills resources.

IT equipment and skills

You need to have access to a laptop or computer to be able to study effectively on all our courses. We have a laptop loan service available for short and longer term loans. You also need basic digital skills in using software such as Office 365. We offer workshops to if you need to improve your skills.

Improve your academic and digital skills

We have lots of free study skills workshops, drop-in sessions and other services to help you prepare for successful study at the University of Stirling.



Through our University App you’ll have access to your personalised timetable. Find out how to access your personalised timetable.


Canvas is the online learning space where you will find your learning materials, information on your modules and be able to sign up for classes and submit assessments. You will have access to your module spaces from a week before semester begins.


With hundreds of thousands of books and plenty of room for research and study, our spacious library offers all the tools and resources you need to succeed.

Feedback and advice

You’ll receive feedback on your work to help you improve and build your confidence. All modules also have feedback and guidance sessions so you can meet your tutors outside class to get advice and help.

Adviser of Studies Scheme

If you need advice on your course, modules choices and study options your adviser of studies will be able to help. Their details are on your student portal.

Accessibility and Inclusion Services

Our Accessibility and Inclusion team are here to make sure there are no barriers to you achieving your full potential during your time at university.

How we communicate

Your lecturers and tutors will keep you advised in classes on things you need to know. In addition, the University will primarily use e-mail and Canvas to communicate with you. Check your e-mails and Canvas every day so you don't miss important messages. We expect you to be professional, polite and respectful in all your communications to University staff and other students.

Attending classes and engaging with your studies

To be successful in your studies you must attend classes, engage with your studies and complete work and assignments set. If you have difficulties with attending or engaging with your studies, it is important to speak to your tutor.