St Andrews climbs the Top 100

Monday 9 September 2013

The University of St Andrews is one of the top 100 in the world, according to a new international league table published today (Tuesday 10 September 2013)

Scotland’s oldest university is placed 83rd in the QS World University Rankings 2013/2014, its highest ever placing in the table published online at

St Andrews has shown one of the greatest improvements amongst UK universities in its standing in the annual global league table, moving up ten places from last year.  The university was rated particularly highly for the reputation of its Arts & Humanities faculty and 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 rankings examined the performance of over 800 universities worldwide – 100 more than last year. The largest and most extensive listings 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 new table rates the University of St Andrews’ research output as ‘Very High’, with over 50,000 pieces of research being cited 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 best students from overseas, while the international breadth of its staff is placed at 58th.

“As we approach the culmination of our 600th anniversary celebrations, it is very encouraging to witness the University’s rise in international rankings.  As a research intensive institution, it is especially gratifying that our research is so highly ranked and widely cited,” said Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson.

“We are delighted to see our belief in the dynamism created by a cosmopolitan community of students and scholars endorsed by this result. Alongside our fellow universities, St Andrews is playing a central role in promoting Scotland as a world class centre for research, teaching and the education of global graduates.

“That is a testament to the talents and efforts of all who work and study here.”

Earlier this year, an 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.


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