The University of Stirling became the first Scottish university to win a ‘Sports University of the Year’ award from the 2020 Times and Sunday Times University Guide this year, cementing its position as a UK leader in sports performance, research and education. World class facilities and constant innovation from the University have created a strong environment for training, playing and staying healthy.
Learn more about why Stirling was named ‘University of the Year’ for sport below and if you are an international student interested in applying and studying in Scotland, arrange a free consultation with SI-UK today.
Five Reasons why Stirling is the Sports University of the Year
1. Facilities are constantly improving and expanding
Work is currently underway and projected to be completed by summer 2020 on a £20 million redevelopment of sports facilities on campus, allowing international students, staff and the local community to benefit from a better environment to train, play and stay healthy. Facilities will include:
- Purpose-built studios
- Innovative fitness suite
- Strength and conditioning area
- High performance suite
- Additional three-court sports hall
- Indoor cycling studio
2. It is home to national centres of excellence
The Lawn Tennis Association has a National Academy on the Stirling campus, whilst the National Swimming Academy, Sportscotland, Commonwealth Games Scotland, Scottish Swimming, Triathlon Scotland and the Scottish Football Association Central Area are also located on campus.
3. Students are taught by world class coaches
Stirling athletes and students benefit from the internationally recognised coaches who are leaders in their field. These include high performance swim coach Steven Tigg and high performance football coach Shelley Kerr, who recently moved on to take charge of Scotland’s women’s team.
4. World changing research
The University are dedicated to developing excellence in sporting knowledge, practice and policy, and they do this through research which focuses on improving the governance of sport, enhancing support for athletes and delivering public health benefits.
5. It regularly produces elite level sports people
The University of Stirling has produced a range of world class athletes over the years who have gone on to win titles and championships at the very highest levels, including the Olympic and Commonwealth games! The likes of triathletes David McNamee, Grant Sheldon and Natalie Milne; Jonny O’Mara in tennis and Scotland hockey international Alison Bell have all come through Stirling programmes.