The University of Glasgow has been changing the world with its research and teaching for over 560 years, inspiring great minds from the economist Adam Smith and television pioneer John Logie Baird, to Scotland's first national poet Edwin Morgan and Scotland's current First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. Welcoming students from more than 140 countries, it offers a modern learning environment across two campuses in the world's friendliest city (Rough Guide 2014). A third campus in Dumfries is home to the university's School of Interdisciplinary Studies.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

UCAS Code: G28

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 70%
  • Postgraduate 30%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 86%
  • Part Time 14%

Where students come from

  • UK 70%
  • EU 11%
  • Other 19%

Student gender

  • Male 41%
  • Female 59%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The university library offers 12 Wi-Fi enabled floors, 2.5 million books and journals, study spaces, PCs, a café and a social learning space. It opens from 7.15am to 2am.

Student jobs

  • The university Careers Service advertises part-time work for students and graduates via an online vacancy system.
  • There are a wide variety of jobs available, including on-campus work such as student brand ambassadors and social media officers, open day guides and library support staff.
  • Off-campus opportunities include city-based retail, hospitality, call centre and interpreting work.
  • In addition, the SRC Job Shop specialises in advertising part-time job opportunities that are suitable for employment alongside a degree level programme of study.

Careers advice

  • Glasgow works to incorporate the qualities and abilities that employers want into students' experiences at university, whether they are studying, volunteering, playing sport, or taking part in work placement programmes.
  • Some of the services that the dedicated Careers Service offers include: one-to-one careers guidance from advisers, training and coaching in job hunting techniques, help with CVs and completing job applications.
  • Careers, internships and specialist subject fairs enable students to meet employers on campus.
  • Exclusive access to the Network – an online networking site with advice and mentoring opportunities from alumni in 180 countries.
  • The Internship Hub offers more than 350 internship opportunities, paid and unpaid, both in term time and over summer, in a wide range of sectors.

Health services

  • The Barclay Medical Centre is located in the Fraser Building on the main campus.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The university's Counselling and Psychological Services offers assistance to students with a wide range of difficulties including homesickness, anxiety, depression, relationships and bereavement.
  • Please refer to the university website for full details or to register for counselling.

Disability support

  • There is a dedicated Disability Service, which empowers students and staff with disabilities, learning differences and medical conditions, to experience in full what the university has to offer.
  • Please refer to the university website for details or to book a consultation.

Students' Union

  • The University of Glasgow is unusual in that it 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. It has a particularly inclusive approach and is known for charity fundraising and campaigning on campus.
  • The GUU is the most successful debating institution in the world, with five World University Debating Championships to its name. It has been recently renovated to offer a stylish nightclub and coffee shop serving Starbucks coffee.
  • The Student Representative Council represents students on all the main university committees and provides a range of student services, while the Glasgow University Sports Association (GUSA) represents the views of all students who are involved in health and fitness, recreational and competitive sport.


  • Since its foundation in 1451, people from the University of Glasgow have been at the forefront of innovation: Ian Donald showed the world the first ultrasound of a foetus and Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered radio pulsars.
  • In 2016, Glasgow scientists played a leading role in one of the most exciting discoveries of the century – the historic first observation of gravitational waves and confirmation of Einstein's last unproven theory.
  • The university's beautiful, historic campus features more than 100 listed buildings. Major investment in its facilities includes the construction of a new Learning and Teaching Hub at the centre of its main campus in the West End of Glasgow.

Fascinating Fact

  • The University of Glasgow is the world's fourth oldest English-speaking university; past students include engineer James Watt, who gave power to the industrial revolution.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Nicola Sturgeon MSP – first minister of Scotland.
  • Emeli Sandé – singer songwriter and winner of Best Female Artist at the Brit Awards 2017.
  • Mhairi Black – current member of parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, the youngest MP for 350 years.
  • Katherine J Grainger – Olympic gold medallist, London 2012, and silver medallist, Rio 2016.
  • Steven Moffat – writer and producer of British television series Doctor Who and Sherlock.
  • Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman – UK prime minister 1905–1908.
  • Sir William Ramsay – received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1904 for the discovery of inert gases which established a new group in the periodic table.
  • Adam Smith – economist, philosopher and author of Theory of Moral Sentiments and The Wealth of Nations.
  • William Thomson, Lord Kelvin – arguably the pre-eminent scientist of the nineteenth century, he enjoyed an international reputation for theoretical and practical research across virtually the entire range of the physical sciences.
  • Edwin Morgan – recognised as one of Scotland's greatest poets, during his lifetime he was Poet Laureate for Glasgow and the first National Poet for Scotland.


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