Facts and figures

Facts and figures

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. We are one of the top 100 of the world's universities.

The University of Glasgow

  • is ranked 65th in the world and was the first UK university to be rated as 5 Stars Plus overall (QS World University Rankings 2018)
  • is ranked 80th in the world by the Times Higher World University Rankings 2017/18
  • welcomes students from more than 140 countries worldwide
  • has more than 26,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • has a global community of over 156,000 contactable alumni
  • is a major employer in the city of Glasgow with more than 7,600 staff, including 2,370 active researchers 
  • has annual research income of more than £175m
  • is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities
  • is ranked in the top 10 of Russell Group universities for teaching (NSS 2016)
  • is a founding member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education
  • is a founding member of The Guild of European Research Intensive Universities
  • has strategic partnerships with the Universities of Columbia, Hong Kong and McGill
  • has unique partnerships with the Singapore Institute of Technology, Nankai University and the University of Engineering, Science & Technology in China meaning that we continue to extend our global footprint through innovative transnational education
  • includes among its alumni, the father of economics Adam Smith, Scotland’s architect of devolution Donald Dewar and renowned physicist and engineer Lord Kelvin.

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