Holyrood Acknowledges University of Glasgow Success

A member’s debate at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 15 December celebrated the success of the University of Glasgow in being ranked number one in the United Kingdom and third across the world in a major student survey.

 The motion, on the initiative of Glasgow SNP MSP Sandra White, debated

That the Parliament warmly congratulates the University of Glasgow on ranking first in the United Kingdom for international student satisfaction in a recent survey of international students in which it considers there are a number of stand-out points for the university, which, once again, has performed very well against other UK institutions; notes that this survey is the largest of its kind, with over 65 international universities, 44 UK institutions and six Scottish institutions, canvassing international students’ views on the teaching, services and overall experience of their chosen university; welcomes the fact that Glasgow has ranked first in the whole survey for social activities, as well as having both the best online library and the best sports facilities in the UK; notes that international students also report an impressive 94% satisfaction with the university’s expert lecturers and 91% of final year students are satisfied with their learning experience, and considers that international students have a vital and beneficial role in Scottish educational institutions and society.

Holyrood debates University of Glasgow


Sandra White praised the University of Glasgow for its performance in the survey and drew attention to its involvement with Universitas 21 and the Russell Group. She also spoke about the tradition the University of Glasgow has in extending education. 

The Scottish Government’s Learning & Skills Minister Alasdair Allan MSP added his congratulations. He said it was a chance to celebrate the achievement of "one of the oldest seats of learning" and now it seems "one of the most popular". Scottish Conservative leader and Glasgow MSP Ruth Davidson highlighted the contribution of international students to the city and the impact of the university nationally and internationally, whilst Labour MSP Bill Kid spoke about the vibrant atmosphereat the University of Glasgow.

First published: 19 December 2011