University image library

External Relations has a password-protected image library covering a wide range of subjects, from buildings to student life. If you have marketing responsibilities, please contact for access to the library.

Please read our guide to using the image library.

Background images for video conferencing

We have a selection of stunning images of the University suitable for use as a background in video conferencing software such as Zoom: Images for video conferencing.

Stock image library

We have a licence agreement with stock photo library Shutterstock ( which means we can download a limited daily allocation of images for use in University materials.

Note: our licence does not extend to passing images to third parties such as funding partners. Images need to follow our photographic style, so natural-looking images should be used, without any unrealistic effects or situations, and avoid images that look too set-up or posed. You should also avoid selecting clip-art, cut-outs or word-clouds and if people are in the photo they should look like they could be based at University of Glasgow.

  1. Go to and search through their database
  2. When you see the image you want to use, note the stock photo ID number
  3. Contact with the ID number (please note that you may have to wait up to two working days before the image is emailed to you and you cannot request more than six downloads each day as we are limited to the number of downloads we can make each day.)

Arrange photography

If available photography isn't suitable for your needs, the University Photographic Unit provide a wide range of photography services for University staff. With modern digital facilities and equipment coupled with experienced staff, they can undertake most photographic/digital and print related work. 

A successful photoshoot is dependent on many factors. Here’s a helpful guide to steer you through the process of briefing and running an effective photoshoot