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refreshers 2022

refreshers 2022 starts 24th Jan

Whether you are a new undergraduate or new postgraduate student, or returning for another year - we have a program of activity to welcome you to, and back to, Your Students' Union! From how to join a Club, Society or Sports team, how to get involved with our Environmental work, run in our Elections or have your student voice heard - we're here to #MakeStudentsLivesBetter.

We're currently planning various events. We'll announce these here and on our social channels ongoing. COVID restrictions are still in place in Scotland and can still affect what activity we can put on. The safety of students and our staff is at the forefront of what we do and you can read more about what the University are doing to keep us all safe during the COVID 19 pandemic: University Coronavirus Pages.

All Union events are subject to change or cancellation and we continue to work closely with the University of Stirling and Scottish Government advice to ensure everything we do is safe for our students. Some events are also weather-dependent and may be cancelled or changed last minute. We will communicate any changes on this website and our social media channels.

If you have any questions in the meantime about the 2022 semester, you can email or join the Facebook Group.

what's on - ug & pg

COVID restrictions are still in place in Scotland and can still affect what activity we can put on. Every event is subject to change and we will communicate these changes on our website if required. Evening events in Venue are currently too restricted to be viable, we will look to move these further into semester.

Mon 24th January

ReFreshers 2022: Freebie Fayre
Meet local & national businesses and find out more about Your Students' Union
ReFreshers 2022: Virtual Fayre
Ayda Online
Grab exclusive deals for Stirling students!

Tue 25th January

ReFreshers 2022: Discover Clubs & Societies
Find out how to join and about Give it a Go sessions
ReFreshers 2022: Vintage Fayre
Venue (Students' Union)
Brought to you by Yellow Jelly Vintage

Wed 26th January

ReFreshers 2022: Sports Union Fayre
Sports Centre
Slot booking required to attend.
ReFreshers 2022: Yoga Session
With the Isha Foundation

Thu 27th January

ReFreshers 2022: STEER Coffee & Chat
Venue (Students' Union)
Come along to meet STEER captains and get info on peer support at Stirling

Fri 28th January

ReFreshers 2022: Meet the Officer Team
MS Teams
Have a chat & ask any questions you have about life at Stirling
give it a go

Give It A Go lets you try before you buy with our huge range of Clubs & Societies and Sports teams. Below you'll find listings of Give It A Go events, these will update regularly so check back. If you want to contact a club directly to ask about an event, find their profile in the A-Z lists of Clubs & Socs and Sports Teams. If you are having issues contacting a club, please email

Tue 25th January

Archery Archery GIAG
25th January 3pm - 4:30pm
Sports Hall 1
Brig Newspaper Big Brig Talk
25th January 7pm - 9pm
Brig Newspaper welcomes back former members who are now working in the industry to give us their wisdom and best stories from their time in Brig and working as journalists.

Wed 26th January

American Football American Football GIAG
26th January 4:45pm - 6:45pm
3G pitches
Triathlon Triathlon GIAG- Track session
26th January 5pm - 6pm
Outdoor Track
Environmental Enterprises Environmental Enterprises: Refreshers Food Huddle
26th January 6:30pm - 9pm
Welcome back! For our Refreshers, we will make and paint sustainable saltdough decorations while talking about feedback about last semester and asking you about what you want to see this semester, plus introducing SUSEE and our current projects!

Thu 27th January

Baseball Club Baseball GIAG
27th January 2pm - 4pm
Baseball Field
Futsal Futsal GIAG
27th January 6pm - 7:30pm
Sports Hall 1
Stirling Sexual Health & Education Society (SSHES) Sexual Health Society Game Night GIAG
27th January 7:30pm - 9pm
Games Night GIAG & EGM!

Fri 28th January

Football- Women's Women’s Football GIAG
28th January 8am - 9:30am
3G pitches
Handball Handball GIAG
28th January 11am - 12:30pm
Sports Hall 1
Waterpolo Waterpolo GIAG
28th January 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Swimming Centre
Lacrosse- Women's Women’s Lacrosse GIAG
28th January 3pm - 5pm
Hockey Pitches
Lacrosse- Men's Men's Lacrosse GIAG
28th January 6:30pm - 8pm
Hockey Pitches

Sat 29th January

Mountaineering Mountaineering GIAG- Dumyat Hillwalk
29th January 11:30am - 1:30pm
Power Lifting Power Lifting GIAG
29th January 3pm - 5pm
Sports Centre- High Performance Suite
Re-Enactment Society Re-Enactment Society Pub Quiz GIAG
29th January 7pm - 10pm
Join us for our pub quiz social and meet the group! There will be an informal chat/catchup before the quiz starts.

Sun 30th January

Cycling Cycling GIAG- MTB Ride
30th January 10:30am - 1pm
Re-Enactment Society Re-Enactment Society Combat GIAG
30th January 1pm - 4pm
Field beside Airthrey Castle
Join us for our Combat GIAG! Try your hand at medieval combat with swords, axes, knives, and clubs!

Mon 31st January

Kayak Kayak GIAG- “Kayak Polo”
31st January 10:30am - 11:30am
Swimming Centre
Volleyball Volleyball GIAG
31st January 4pm - 6pm
Sports Hall 1
Athletics Athletics GIAG- Sprint
31st January 6pm - 7:30pm
Outdoor Track
Hockey- Women's Women's Hockey GIAG
31st January 6:30pm - 8pm
Hockey Pitch
Hockey- Men's Men’s Hockey GIAG
31st January 8:15pm - 10pm
Hockey Pitches
Tennis Tennis GIAG
31st January 8:30pm - 10pm
Tennis Centre

Tue 1st February

Athletics Athletics GIAG- Endurance
1st February 5pm - 6:30pm
Outdoor Track
Trampoline & Gymnastics Trampoline GIAG
1st February 5:40pm - 7:45pm
Sports Hall 1
Squash Squash GIAG
1st February 6pm - 8pm
Sports Centre
LGBTQ+ Spring Social | LGBTQ+
1st February 7pm - 9pm
Cottrell LTV1
Thinking about joining the society? Or a returning member? Get to know the society and meet some new people at our Spring social. Need help finding the room? Take a look at
Judo Judo GIAG- “Give It A Throw”
1st February 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Sports Centre

Wed 2nd February

Trampoline & Gymnastics Gymnastics GIAG
2nd February 10:30am - 12:30pm
Sports Hall 1
Basketball Men's Basketball GIAG
2nd February 1pm - 2:30pm
Sports Hall 2
Muay Thai Boxing Muay Thai GIAG
2nd February 3pm - 5pm
Studios 1 & 2
Marketing Society Marketing Soc GIAG
2nd February 6pm - 7pm
SUMS welcomes you to their GIAG! Come along for more info on the society and how to get involved. Join via the teams link below!
Latin Dance Society Salsa and Bachata GIAG
2nd February 6pm - 9pm
Venue (Underground)
Latin Dance Society GIAG
Gaelic Football - Ladies Ladies Gaelic Football GIAG
2nd February 8pm - 10pm
Hockey Pitches

Thu 3rd February

Cricket Cricket GIAG
3rd February 1pm - 2pm
Sports Hall 1
Rugby- Women's Women's Rugby GIAG
3rd February 4pm - 6pm
3G pitches
Book Club Give It A Go
3rd February 6:30pm - 8pm
Politics Mock European Parliament - PolSoc GIAG
3rd February 6:30pm - 8pm
Cottrell 2B84
Have you ever wondered what is it like to be a Member of the European Parliament? Are you passionate about politics and issues that affect our everyday lives? Have you been thinking about joining PolSoc but you are not sure how? This is your chance!
Vegan & Rights for Animals (VERA) Society Vegan & Rights for Animals Society Give it a Go
3rd February 6:30pm - 10pm
Cottrell 2A13
Join VERA for a movie screening, discussion, and vegan snacks. Vegans, animal-lovers, and the veg-curious are all welcome and encouraged. We are so excited to meet you all and discuss all that’s in store!
Dance Dance GIAG- Contemporary, Hip-hop, Commerical, Jazz
3rd February 7pm - 10pm
Studios 1 & 2
True Crime Society True Crime Society GIAG
3rd February 7pm - 9pm
Cottrell A6
Come along to our Refresher's GIAG to get a feel for the society, meet the committee and other members! We look forward to seeing some familiar and new faces :)
Netball Netball GIAG
3rd February 7:30pm - 9pm
Sports Hall 1

Fri 4th February

Touch Rugby Touch Rugby GIAG
4th February 4:30pm - 6:30pm
3G pitches
Boxing Boxing GIAG
4th February 5pm - 7pm
Cycling Studio
Taekwondo Taekwondo GIAG
4th February 6pm - 7:30pm
Sports Hall 1
Environmental Enterprises Hedgehog Friendly Campus Introduction
4th February 6:30pm - 8pm
Cottrell B84
Join us to learn more about hedgehogs, what they eat, how we survey them, and to do a little bit of DIY.
Basketball Women's Basketball GIAG
4th February 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Sports Hall 1
Dance Dance GIAG- Ballet, Lyrical
4th February 8:30pm - 10pm
Studios 1 & 2

Sun 6th February

Underwater Hockey Underwater Hockey GIAG
6th February 6:30pm - 8pm
Swimming Centre

Mon 7th February

Badminton Badminton GIAG
7th February 8pm - 10pm
Sports Hall 1

Fri 11th February

Kayak Kayak GIAG- “General Kayaking Pool Session”
11th February 8pm - 10pm
Swimming Centre


STEER peer mentors

STEER is a University-wide peer support scheme linking in returning student 'Captains' with new undergraduate or taught post-graduate 'Crew', during their first year at Stirling. Whether based overseas, here for a semester abroad, undergrad or postgrad, our Captains can help everyone with the transition of settling into life at the University of Stirling.


The scheme aims to help students make the most of their time at the University by helping new students - the Crew - settle in and find opportunities available to them. This year we are opening Crew up to First and Second year to ensure that all years get the best possible welcome and support, especially since out current second years' First Year was a bit different in 2020.


Students can sign up as Crew at any time during their first year or second year. There are also occasions where we accept Crew from higher years if students feel that they would greatly benefit from this level of support. If this is you, and you are in second year or above, please email and we can allocate a Captain to you in the same way.


All Captains are volunteers who are recruited, trained and supported by the Students' Union. In fact, many Captains were once Crew themselves.To find how how to be matched up with a STEER captain, visit STEER

join the facebook group

Connect digitally with your classmates via our closed Facebook group, you can find it here and it's for all students, whether you are brand new, PG or a current student - Official Stirling Freshers 2021/22

guide to your union
helpful links

Here are some helpful links to help you navigate your first few weeks at Stirling. If you have any other questions, you can always email us at:

University Welcome Information Pages

University Support & Wellbeing

University Coronavirus Information

Union Online Shop


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