St Andrews among the world’s best

Tuesday 16 September 2014

The University of St Andrews has again been ranked one of the top 100 in the world in a new international league table published today. (Tuesday 16th September 2014)

Scotland’s oldest university is placed 88th in the QS World University Rankings 2014/2015, published online at It is the 8th year in succession that St Andrews has made the world’s top 100.

The university was rated highly for the reputation of its Arts faculty and its Natural Sciences departments, plus its ability to attract the best international staff and students.

This year, St Andrews was also ranked within the top 200 in the world for its quality of students, its academic reputation, number of academic citations and its reputation amongst employers.

The largest and most extensive listing of its kind, the QS league table considers a range of factors including academic reputation, research strengths, citations, reputation amongst graduate employers and international influence. The rankings examined the performance of over 3000 universities worldwide and collected over 90,000 survey responses.

The new table rates the University of St Andrews’ research output as ‘Very High’ – its research was cited over 59,000 times by other universities around the world over a five year period.

St Andrews is ranked particularly highly – 16th in the world – for its ability to attract the brightest students from overseas, while for the international breadth of its staff it is ranked 70th in the world.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson said:
“St Andrews is smaller in size and endowment, and more focused on ensuring that a focus on research does not distract from the highest quality teaching, than the typical top 100 institution.

“To have been able to maintain a place at the top for 8 years in succession is a testament to the talents of all who work and study here, particularly at a time of significant growth in overseas competition and uncertainty about the future of higher education in Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

“It is gratifying that our core strengths in research and teaching as well as our appeal to international students have been recognised by this important ranking.”

A recent independent economic impact assessment found that St Andrews’ international reputation helps generate over £484 million per year for the Scottish economy and supports over 9,000 Scottish jobs.
St Andrews is currently The Times and Sunday Times Scottish University of the Year 2014 and joint top of the UK National Student Survey 2014.
It is currently ranked the 3rd top university in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2015.

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