St Andrews University named best in Scotland, according to new rankings

Institution is also the only non-English one to feature in the UK top 10

Aftab Ali
Student Editor
Tuesday 26 April 2016 10:26
Comments

St Andrews University has been named the best in Scotland, according to the latest rankings from The Complete University Guide (CUG).

The top institution is also the only one to feature in the UK top ten - at number five - that is not based in England.

UK-wide, the University of Edinburgh rose by one place for the second year in a row, now sitting at 19th, while Glasgow ranked ten behind Edinburgh in 29th place.

CUG described how there have been a number of “big climbers” in Scotland this year, with the most significant being Abertay University in Dundee, which jumped from 95th to 86th place.

Two universities have risen by eight places - the University of West of Scotland and Stirling - while Dundee also joined Stirling as one of biggest climbers in the UK top 50.

Top 10 universities in Scotland (2017):

  1. St Andrews
  2. Edinburgh
  3. Glasgow
  4. Heriot-Watt
  5. Dundee
  6. Stirling    
  7. Aberdeen
  8. Strathclyde
  9. Robert Gordon
  10. Glasgow Caledonian

Acting principal and vice-chancellor, Professor Garry Taylor, described how the university’s position in both the Scottish and UK-wide league tables was testament to the commitment of all his colleagues “who work tirelessly” to ensure the unique student experience is maintained and enhanced each year.

He said: “Our ambitious strategic plan for the next ten years will provide new student housing, new teaching spaces, new sports and music facilities, expanded library and study spaces, and investment in world-leading research that will ensure we can continue to deliver research-led teaching.”

Oxbridge institutions have taken the top two spots to be named the best universities in the UK.

The 20 hardest universities to get into

Dr Bernard Kingston, principal author of CUG, described how there is “a considerable degree of stability” at the upper end of the UK-wide league table this year.

He said: “While dramatic changes may be newsworthy, this stability indicates that the rankings are robust and credible for young people seeking a university place - our primary purpose.”

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in