Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world, with Arts and Humanities being taught and researched since its inception. Today we are in the top 1% of the world's universities. Over the last five centuries and more, we’ve constantly worked to push the boundaries of what’s possible. We’ve fostered the talents of seven Nobel laureates, one Prime Minister and Scotland’s inaugural First Minister. We’ve welcomed Albert Einstein to give a lecture on the origins of the general theory of relativity. Scotland’s first female medical graduates completed their degrees here in 1894 and in 1957, the first in Scotland to have an electronic computer. All of this means that if you choose to study here, you will be following in the footsteps of innovators, Prime Ministers, philosophers, Emmy award-winning producers, authors and leaders in the creative and cultural sector.
The University is expanding and evolving. Following the site of the Western Infirmary site in 2015, we plan to invest £1billion, transforming the university to achieve our vision of a world-changing campus. Work is nearly completed on the first phase of the redevelopment of the Kelvin Hall. This iconic Glasgow building, for many years a sporting and leisure venue and home to the Transport Museum, is being given a new lease of life. A partnership has been formed involving Glasgow Museums, Glasgow Life, the Scottish Screen Archives from the National Library of Scotland and the University of Glasgow. The Hunterian, with over 1.3 million objects in its collections, is one of the world’s finest university museums. New state of the art facilities at the Kelvin Hall will allow the College of Arts at the University of Glasgow to build on its international reputation for collection-based research and teaching, allowing much greater access to collections while forging new academic and educational practice.
Facts and figures - University of Glasgow
- is ranked 62nd in the world and is the first and only UK university to be rated as 5 Stars Plus overall. (QS World University Rankings 2015)
- welcomes students from more than 140 countries worldwide
- has more than 25,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students
- has annual research income of more than £181m
- is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities
- is ranked top in Scotland and third in the Russell Group in the National Student Survey 2015
- is a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher 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.