St Andrews retains top position in Scotland

Monday 29 April 2013

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The University of St Andrews has been named best in Scotland and 6th in the UK in the latest league table.

It is the only Scottish university to be named among the top ten institutions in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2014 published today (Monday April 29).

The news follows the University being named top in Scotland for scientific performance in the prestigious Leiden Ranking 2013.

Principal and Vice Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson said:

“This result is clear evidence of the dedication, engagement and academic rigour of everyone who works and studies at St Andrews and a signal of our determination to ensure St Andrews and Scotland continue to compete globally at the highest level.

“We do not, however, take our league table positions for granted.  As we celebrate the University’s 600th anniversary, our £100m fundraising campaign is driven by the urgent need to match our resources to our potential, and to retain for Scotland – and her oldest university – a place at the top of the tables.”

According to the guide’s authors: “What is beyond dispute is that the Top Ten includes some of the world’s finest higher education institutions.”

The guide is based on nine measures: 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 league table, full methodology and other information are available at

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