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University of Glasgow

2015 League Table Ranking 30
2015 Overall Score 771
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Entry Standards 485 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 15.2 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.59 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,500 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.09 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 571 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 74.4 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 87.3 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 74.5 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 33.5 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow has dedicated more than 560 years to inspiring great minds, from economist Adam Smith and pioneer of television John Logie Baird, to the writer and producer of Doctor Who and Sherlock, Steven Moffat. 
  • The University has inspired the talents of seven Nobel laureates, one Prime Minister, Scotland's inaugural First Minister and the country's first female medical graduates.
  • Glasgow’s beautiful, historical campus features more than 100 listed buildings.

Location and Transport

  • Scotland's biggest city, Glasgow hosts the largest student population in Scotland.
  • It is the UK’s first UNESCO City of Music.
  • In 2014, it will host the Commonwealth Games.
  • The University’s location means that students can enjoy the combination of living in a compact campus-style environment while being part of a major city. There are two campuses in Glasgow: Gilmorehill in the cosmopolitan and friendly West End; and Garscube, 6.5 km (4 miles) from the city. A third campus in Dumfries some 145 km (90 miles) to the south of Glasgow, is home to the University’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Both city campuses have excellent transport into Glasgow’s centre via frequent buses and subway. Glasgow International Airport, Glasgow Prestwick International Airport and two city centre rail terminals offer easy connections with the rest of the UK and the world.

Entry Standards

  • Entry requirements for each subject are listed in the University’s online degree programme A-Z at www.glasgow.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/.
  • The university attracts talented students from diverse backgrounds and welcomes applications from all with appropriate qualifications. For more information, see www.glasgow.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/entryrequirements/.

Student Mix

The 27,390 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Undergraduate students can choose from more than 700 degree combinations.
  • The university's flexible degree system means that students don't have to restrict their choice of subjects when they begin studying. As long as students are not studying for a professional degree, it is possible to wait until the end of second year before choosing honours subject(s), allowing time to try out up to four subjects at university level.

Teaching Standards

  • Teaching excellence at Glasgow is founded in the University’s world-leading research, which inspires respect from employers and satisfaction from students.
  • Many students have opportunities to study abroad, improve employability and take part in work placements as part of their degrees.
  • Glasgow is a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.
  • Glasgow students report high levels of satisfaction with their degree programmes and undergraduate experience. Results from the International Student Barometer Summer Wave 2013 rank international students at Glasgow the fourth-happiest in the UK among participating institutions.

Research Standards

  • The University has a long-established reputation as a major research-led institution, not only in the UK, but internationally and has an ongoing focus on research excellence.
  • A member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities, Glasgow is one of the UK’s top 10 earners for research, with more than 2,000 active researchers and total earnings for research of more than £177m per year.
  • The University is made up of four Colleges, each with its own Graduate School, which provides a focus for enhancing the postgraduate student experience and driving further development of a supportive and stimulating environment for research students.

Academic Strengths

  • Key areas include: synthetic biology, geography, quantum technologies, virus research and the UK’s only academic unit dedicated to the teaching and research of Scottish literature.
  • New developments in 2013 included: the Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health being awarded a Queen’s Anniversary prize in recognition of their work to address issues arising from the spread of infectious diseases of national and international importance; the announcement of more than £15M from the Scottish Funding Council to support the creation of two world-leading innovation centres at the University (one for stratified medicine and one for sensors and imaging); A £5M Frontier Engineering grant to develop synthetic biology solutions to help tackle growing problems with the world’s water supply; a three-year strategic immunology research collaboration with AstraZeneca; and the opening of the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change (an educational policy centre which focuses on breaking the link between low educational achievement and poverty). 
  • February 2013 saw the re-naming of the Business School, in honour of Adam Smith. The Adam Smith Business School continues to build upon its reputation for excellence in both research and teaching.

Student Facilities

  • The library provides access to 2.5 million books on 12 floors, access to c. 30,000 e-journal titles, excellent opening hours (18 hours daily), more than 600 computer workstations available for drop in use by all students and wireless enabled public areas.
  • Extensive computer clusters across campus are available for use outside classes. There are also more than 500 wireless hotspots.
  • The University’s programme of investment in equipment and academic support services has seen £7.5m spent on lecture theatres/seminar rooms since 2007, with plans to invest a further £3.5m by 2017.A new Welcome Point was opened in 2012 to help students and visitors with queries. The redevelopment saw the creation of a new waiting and information area equipped with information screens, iPad stations and an easily accessible reception desk manned by students.

Disability Services

  • For Information on disability services at the University of Glasgow telephone 0141 330 5497, email disability@gla.ac.uk or visit the website.

Students' Union

  • The university has a choice of two unions, both with distinctive characteristics: Glasgow University Union (GUU) and Queen Margaret Union (QMU).
  • The QMU has an impressive reputation as a live music gig venue.
  • The GUU has held the world debating title and the Observer Mace more often than any other institution in the world. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 it has claimed the title of Student Union of the Year at the Club Mirror Awards.
  • The Student Representative Council represents students on all the main university committees and provides a range of student services.
  • The Glasgow University Sports Association (GUSA) represents the views or all students who are involved in health and fitness, recreational and competitive sport.


  • First-class sport facilities include two sports centres at convenient sites on university campuses with facilities including: 25m heated swimming pool; sauna and steam rooms; a range of fitness, cardiovascular and strength suites; large multi-purpose games hall; 2 all-weather synthetic pitches; 6 grass pitches, 3 tennis courts; a cricket oval.
  • In 2012, the University announced a £13.4-m plan that will see an extension of the current sport facilities on its main campus alongside a redevelopment of one of the University’s two student unions.
  • Additional services include chiropractic, physiotherapy and sports massage clinics and alternative therapies.
  • Sport & Recreation has more than 11,500 members, one of the highest participation rates within British Universities.
  • Student athletes can apply for sports bursary or golf scholarships, which can help them achieve academic and sporting success.
  • Glasgow is the host city for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Since 2001, around £300m has been invested into facilities across the university. Plans are in place to invest £160m more by 2015.
  • The University is planning large scale redevelopment in the coming years as a result of acquiring ownership of the site of the current Western Infirmary, which is due to close in 2015, when most services will be transferred to the new Glasgow South Hospitals campus. Get details of current projects, competed work and future investment in Glasgow University's estate at www.glasgow.ac.uk/about/campusdevelopment.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The University's Careers Service offers all students access to a wide range of jobs: part-time, temporary and graduate. All students have free access to advice and guidance one to one with a careers adviser, on-line and in person workshops on career planning, CV development, interview skills and job hunting.
  • The Careers Service hosts hundreds of presentations from local and global recruiters, enabling students to connect with potential employers. Students are registered with an online career management system that alerts them to events, jobs and information relevant to their career interests, and a wide range of events, including recruitment fairs, job hunting workshops and sector-specific networking events.
  • The Careers Service’s Club 21 Internship Programme offers undergraduate students high-quality work experience opportunities with a diverse range of businesses and charities, in the UK and internationally.
  • The Glasgow Careers Alumni Network puts students in touch with alumni from all over the world, who can offer them advice to support their career planning.

For further information

  • www.glasgow.ac.uk
  • student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)141 330 2000
  • University of Glasgow
    University Avenue
    G12 8QQ
UCAS Code G28

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