St Andrews: ‘best in Scotland’

Monday 23 April 2012

The University of St Andrews is ranked top in Scotland and 6th in the UK, according to the latest independent university guide.

St Andrews is the only Scottish university in the top ten in the new guide published today (Tuesday 24 April).

The top placing in the Complete University Guide 2013 marks the beginning of league table season for universities across the UK.

The ranking sees St Andrews retain last year’s 6th position out of the UK’s 116 universities listed.

Welcoming the news, University Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson, commented, “Our ranking is a reflection of the quality of research and teaching at St Andrews, and is particularly gratifying given the highly competitive nature of higher education in the UK.

“We do not take our league table positions for granted however – as we celebrate the University’s 600th year, our £100m fundraising drive is intended to give us the resources needed to stay at the top as we enter our seventh century of learning.”

The University’s nearest competitors in Scotland are Edinburgh in 16th place and Glasgow, ranked one behind at 17th.

In separate listings covering 62 subjects, St Andrews is in the top ten for 19 of the 25 subjects it offers.

The University is ranked in the top 3 in five subjects:

  • French (2nd)
  • Mathematics (3rd)
  • Physics & Astronomy (3rd)
  • Iberian Languages (3rd)
  • Middle Eastern & African Studies (3rd)

A further eight subjects rank in the top 5:

  • Chemistry (4th )
  • Classics & Ancient History (4th )
  • German (4th )
  • Philosophy (4th )
  • Business Studies (5th)
  • History (5th)
  • Anthropology (5th)
  • Theology & Religious Studies (5th)

The Complete University Guide 2013 assesses university performance according to nine separate indicators : Student Satisfaction, Research Assessment, Entry Standards, Student: Staff Ratio; Spending on Academic Services; Spending on Student Facilities; Good Honours degrees achieved; Graduate Prospects and Completion.

The full guide can be accessed at


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Contact Gayle Cook on 01334 467227 or email [email protected]
Ref: GUG 2012
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