Glasgow leads Russell Group with 14.3% rise in applications

Undergraduate applications to the University of Glasgow have risen by 14.3 percent on last year – the biggest increase of any Russell Group institution.

Figures published by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) show that home, EU and international applications to Glasgow, received by the deadline of January 15 and including those applying in 2009 for entry in 2010, rose from 21,147 in 2008 to 24,171 for 2009.

Fiona Andrews, Director of the Recruitment, Admissions and Participation Service, said: “We are delighted to see an increase in applications to Glasgow which speaks volumes for the reputation of the University and the high esteem in which our teaching and research activities are held, both at home and abroad.”

The Russell Group comprises the top 20 research-intensive universities in the United Kingdom, all of which saw applications rise except for the universities of Manchester, Leeds, and Bristol.

The University of Southampton showed the next biggest increase at 13.5 percent, followed by Oxford (12.6 percent) and University College London (12 percent).

A total of 1,890,236 applications were made to Russell Group institutions, an increase of seven percent on last year.

For more information, contact Stuart Forsyth in the University of Glasgow Media Relations Office on 0141 330 4831 or email

First published: 16 February 2009