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 and have been named Scottish University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

The University of Glasgow

  • is ranked joint 69th in the world and was the first UK university to be rated as 5 Stars Plus overall (QS World University Rankings 2019)
  • is ranked joint 80th in the world by the Times Higher World University Rankings 2018
  • welcomes students from more than 140 countries worldwide
  • has around 28,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • has a global community of over 219,000 alumni
  • is a major employer in the city of Glasgow with more than 8,000 staff, including more than 3,400 research and teaching staff
  • has annual research income of more than £179m
  • is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities
  • is ranked 1st in the Russell Group for teaching (NSS 2018)
  • 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, McGill and Sydney
  • has unique partnerships with the Singapore Institute of Technology, Nankai University and the University of Electronic Science & Technology of 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.