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 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 26,500 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 4th in the Russell Group for teaching (NSS 2017)
  • 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.