University of Glasgow

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University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. Over the last five centuries and more, we’ve constantly worked to push the boundaries of what’s possible. We’ve fostered the talents of seven Nobel laureates, one Prime Minister and Scotland’s inaugural First Minister. We’ve welcomed Albert Einstein to give a lecture on the origins of the general theory of relativity. Scotland’s first female medical graduates completed their degrees here in 1894 and the world’s first ultrasound images of a foetus were published by Glasgow Professor Ian Donald in 1958. In 1840 we became the first university in the UK to appoint a Professor of Engineering, and in 1957, the first in Scotland to have an electronic computer.

All of this means that if you choose to work or study here, you’ll be walking in the footsteps of some of the world’s most renowned innovators, from scientist Lord Kelvin and economist Adam Smith, to the pioneer of television John Logie Baird.

The University of Glasgow has a clear mission: to undertake world-leading research and to provide an intellectually stimulating learning environment, thus delivering benefits to culture, society and the economy.

Facts and figures

The University of Glasgow

  • was established in 1451
  • is ranked 51st in the world (QS World University Rankings 2013)
  • is rated fourth in the UK for international student satisfaction (among universities participating in the International Student Barometer Summer 2013)
  • welcomes students from more than 120 countries worldwide
  • has more than 25,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • is a major employer in the city of Glasgow with more than 6,000 staff, including 2,000 active researchers
  • has annual research income of more than £181m
  • is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities
  • is a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education
  • is a member of IRUN (International Research Universities Network) – an international network of broad-based research universities
  • includes among its alumni, the father of economics Adam Smith, Scotland’s architect of devolution Donald Dewar and renowned physicist and engineer Lord Kelvin.
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