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Glasgow named Scottish university of the year

The University of Glasgow has been named Scottish University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

The university jumped nine places in the national league table to feature inside the UK’s top 20. Glasgow scored gains in six of the nine performance indicators used to rank universities in the annual undergraduate guide, and was also shortlisted for the overall University of the Year award for the whole of the UK.

The University of Glasgow saw improvements in its rankings for graduate prospects, completion rates, teaching quality and student experience. Entry standards also rose using the new UCAS tariff system and the proportion of students graduating with a first or 2:1 went above 83%. The University of Glasgow was also top in three subject tables – for animal science, dentistry and education.Scottish University of the Year logo

Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: “Glasgow has secured the rare double of being both Scottish University of the Year and securing a shortlisting for the UK University of the Year title. Both are well-deserved. Ranked second among Scottish institutions in our league table after a jump of nine places this year, the university is going places.

“It is in the midst of one of the biggest capital spends for a Scottish university – around £1 billion over the next decade – with the redevelopment of the former Western Infirmary site, which will reshape the city’s West End. It is a great example of the transformational role that can be played by universities, not just in individual lives but in communities more widely and in regional and national domains.

“It recruits internationally based on its outstanding reputation for research, and it has avoided the pitfalls of others in Scotland in being able to provide a student-centric undergraduate experience alongside that. Glasgow’s success in the annual National Student Survey is no accident – and neither is its recognition in our University of the Year awards for 2018.”

Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, said: “Being named Scottish University of the Year is a real tribute to the hard work and endeavour of our staff and students and underlines the commitment that we all have in providing the very best student experience.

“The award of Scottish University of the Year comes just a few weeks after Glasgow went up eight places in the Times Higher Education World rankings to 80th and as we begin work on a £1 billion redevelopment and expansion of our campus in the west end of the city. The new facilities will be truly world-leading and will further confirm Glasgow as a global centre for learning, teaching and research. At the same time, we are continuing to expand our widening access programmes to ensure that, whatever a student’s background, if they have ambition and talent they will be welcome at Glasgow.”

Read the full news release from the University of Glasgow 


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