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St Andrews is Scottish University of the year

The University of St Andrews will be named Scottish University of the Year in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2014, to be published this Sunday, 22 September 2013.

The Guide will also reveal that St Andrews has been ranked 4th in the United Kingdom, equalling its highest ever ranking by either The Times or The Sunday Times in the past. In addition to being judged Scottish University of the Year, St Andrews was shortlisted for the title of UK University of the Year.

The Times and The Sunday Times have produced separate university league tables since 1993 and 1998 respectively. This year, the new, combined Good University Guide will provide a comprehensive guide to higher education in Britain in print and digital formats across The Times and The Sunday Times.

Both the UK and Scottish editions of the 56-page Guide will feature St Andrews on the cover.

“The timing of this announcement, as we reach the conclusion of our 600th Anniversary celebrations, is auspicious. Luck however has absolutely nothing to do with the achievement itself,” said St Andrews Principal, Professor Louise Richardson.

“It is due entirely to the talent and dedication of all who work and study here; our academic schools, our service units and our students, who are the ultimate ambassadors for the unique blend of research-led teaching which is at the heart of the St Andrews mission.”

The new Guide reveals that St Andrews has moved from 6th to 4th in the UK, that its student satisfaction rating of 85.9% is the highest in Scotland and one of the highest in the UK, its facilities spend per student is the highest in Scotland at £2298 and its graduate prospects are the second highest in Scotland.

Earlier this year, an independent economic impact assessment found that St Andrews generates over £484 million per year for the Scottish economy and supports over 9,000 Scottish jobs. For every £1 of public money invested in research and teaching at St Andrews, it returns £12.50 to the Scottish economy.

In a message to St Andrews staff and students, Prof Richardson said she hoped they would all “take considerable pride” in the part they had played in helping St Andrews secure the University of the Year title.

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