University of Glasgow

About the University

Choosing your university is a big life decision and you are likely to be considering your options carefully. Excellent standards of teaching, a first-class quality of student life, superb facilities, an extensive choice of subjects, high graduate employment rates, a great location and an international reputation will all be important factors.

At Glasgow, you will study to gain an internationally respected degree, but we can guarantee you will benefit from much more besides. Today, our graduates work all over the world in careers which span the arts, science, commerce, business and medicine. GU World, the online alumni community, allows the university to keep in touch, just as it allows our graduates to maintain old friendships, find new ones, and seek advice on everything from career moves to a change in location.

Key facts

One of the top 100 universities in the world (Times Higher World University Rankings 2006).

T eaching quality has been independently rated as among the top ten in the UK and our medical and veterinary schools are consistently rated amongst the best in the UK.

A major research powerhouse, with our annual research contract income in the top ten of UK universities.

Our library is one of the best academic libraries in Europe with over two million books on 12 floors.

In the last five years, we have invested £152M in facilities and have appointed over 400 new academic staff, including 68 professors, in our leading academic areas. We plan to invest £300M in the next three years.

Established in 1451, the fourth oldest university in the UK. Our alumni include Lord Kelvin and Adam Smith as well as, more recently, authors Christopher Brookmyre and William Boyd, actor Gerard Butler and round-the-world yachtswoman Emma Richards.

In the most recent independent survey of research quality, 23 subject areas received the highest quality rating of 5.

A member of the prestigious Russell Group of major research-led universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.

L ocated in one of the world’s most exciting cities, named as one of the world’s top ten ‘must-see’ destinations by Frommer’s Guides 2006.

And, according to, the best student social life in Scotland.