STEER peer support

image of STEER Captains after being trained and sporting STEER branded t-shirts

Your Students' Union is delighted to continue to provide STEER for 2021/22.

You can apply for STEER (Peer Support & Pandemic Pals) by completing this form here: STEER Form. Find out more info by watching the YouTube video below on what STEER can offer. 

STEER- Peer Support

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.

STEER- Pandemic Pals

Building on the success of STEER and as a result of student feedback in October 2020, we have identified that students may simply want to chat to other students while we all navigate these unusual times! Whether it's about Halls, what you're studying, where you're from - our Pandemic Pals scheme is here to help. It's open to all students (so not just returning students looking to help new) and we will aim to match you with someone who has similar interests.  

How do I apply? 

Sign up for all roles within STEER with this form: STEER Form. Select ALL of the options which apply to you!   

If you require any more information or assistance completing the form please don't hesitate to contact us at

Graduated STEER Captains (Always Stirling)

We understand that a lot of people who were once STEER Captains want to keep connected with their campus community and we very much encourage this and want to hear from you. For this reason, alongside the Advancement team we've set up a STEER Captains group on The Stirling Network. The Stirling Network is a fantastic resource which provides many opportunities to current Stirling students and graduates alike. 

If you have any questions, please email us at