Success for Glasgow in QS Stars University Ratings

The University of Glasgow has picked up nine top awards in the QS Stars University Ratings.‌

The QS Stars system allows students to get a wider picture of the qualities of universities around the world, looking at everything from the employability of graduates, to sports facilities and community engagement.

The QS Stars audit evaluates an institution against more than 50 different indicators, and awards universities between one and five-plus stars over eight wider fields, as well as an overall rating.

The University has been rated as 5 Stars Plus overall, becoming the first and only UK university to hold this rare distinction. In addition, 5 Star ratings were also achieved across all eight other categories:

  • QS StarsTeaching
  • Employability
  • Research
  • Internationalisation
  • Facilities
  • Innovation
  • Inclusiveness
  • Specialist Criteria: Life Sciences and Medicine

Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, said: “We’re delighted to have received 5 Star ratings in each of the eight categories under consideration, and even more thrilled to have received the 5 Stars Plus Rating overall, the highest rank possible.

“We take great pride in the University’s world-class teaching and research, and it’s fantastic to see our success recognised in this way.   It is also immensely gratifying that some of our other key priorities, including our commitment to internationalise our campus and provide the highest-quality facilities for students, researchers and visitors alike, have also been awarded 5 star ratings.”

Rachel Sandison, director of the University’s Marketing, Recruitment and International Office, said: “These awards are an exciting reflection of our excellent performance on the world stage, and will act as an invaluable independent endorsement for prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students around the world.

“We’re pleased and proud to have done so well, and we’re committed to making the University of Glasgow an even better place to study, work and thrive in the future.”

So far this year, the University has attained its best ever National Student Survey placing, joint top in Scotland, and has been nominated for the second year running as Times Higher UK University of the Year. This weekend, the Times/Sunday Times University Guide showed the University of Glasgow retaining its positions as 3rd in Scotland and 26th in the UK.


First published: 22 September 2015