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 67th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2020
  • is ranked joint 93rd in the world by the Times Higher World University Rankings 2019
  • welcomes students from more than 140 countries worldwide
  • has around 29,000 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.