29 Sep 2017
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. It 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 was also top in three subject tables - for animal science, dentistry and education.
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, as we begin work on a £1bn 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.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “As an alumnus, I want to offer my congratulations to the University of Glasgow for being named Scottish University of the Year - a great achievement by the staff and students. It is very fitting that the University’s strengths in research, teaching and graduate employability have been recognised in this way as work gets underway on its expansion plans, ensuring that the education, experience and facilities offered by Glasgow continue to lead the way not only in Scotland, but on the world stage.”