The University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, and consistently ranked in the UK Top 30. It is renowned globally for the quality of its teaching and research, in particular relating to the medical professions, although is featured in the Times and Sunday Times Top 10 subject rankings for over 20 different subjects in 2019. Whilst it is the fourth oldest university in the UK and boasts over 100 listed buildings within its campus, it offers a very modern learning environment within one of the world’s most vibrant, and affordable, student cities.

Key Facts


  • #16 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • #14 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2020
  • #18 in the Complete University Guide 2020
  •  #99 in the Times Higher Education World University rankings 2020

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • over 18,000

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • over 8,000

Year founded

  • 1451

  • Alumni or former staff of the university include James Wilson (a founding father of the United States), engineer James Watt (invented the Watt steam engine), physicist Lord Kelvin and surgeon Joseph Lister (a pioneer of antiseptic surgery).
  • Alumni also include seven Nobel Prize winners, a Prime Minister and Scotland’s First Minister. 
  • Honorary Graduate Albert Einstein gave a lecture at the university on the theory of relativity in 1933.
  • The University’s Campus Development Programme will see an investment of £1 billion to ensure that it remains a centre for world-renowned research.
Areas of recognition

The Times Higher Education World subject rankings place Glasgow in the Top 100 for Life Sciences, Arts/Humanities and Clinical/Pre-clinical and Health globally.

Glasgow is ranked 1st in the UK (according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020) for Animal Science and Dentistry. It has further Top 10 rankings for, Veterinary Medicine (#2), Nursing (#2), Civil Engineering (#2), Education (#3), General Engineering (#3), Accounting/Finance (#4), Law (#4), Medicine (#5), Aeronautical/Manufacturing Engineering and Electrical (#6), Sport Science (#6), Anatomy/Physiology (#6), Archaeology/Forensic Science & Art/Design (#7), Electrical and Electronic Engineering (#8) and Geography /Environmental Science (#9).

Kings alumni at University of Glasgow

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