About The Institution

The University of Glasgow has been a home for world-changing research and teaching for more than 560 years.

We are

  • the fourth oldest English-speaking university in the world
  • ranked in the world’s top 100
  • a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities
  • ranked joint 1st in the Russell Group for student satisfaction (NSS 2017)
  • a founding member of Universitas 21, a network of leading global institutions, and the Guild, a new European research network.

Since 1451, we’ve been tackling the world’s challenges with curiosity, innovation, and partnership: nurturing seven Nobel laureates, two prime ministers, and a diverse range of renowned thinkers as they’ve worked to push the boundaries of what’s possible. 

Among our inspiring people:

  • James Watt gave power to the industrial revolution
  • Adam Smith laid the foundations of modern economics
  • Joseph Lister gave us antiseptic in surgery
  • Ian Donald showed the world the first ultrasound of a fetus
  • Edwin Morgan became the first Scottish national poet
  • Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered radio pulsars.

Today, our global community allows us to pursue the discoveries and connections that can improve our future, while our past achievements inspire our current world changers – Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger are both graduates.

We welcome 26,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students from more than 140 countries, offering a modern learning environment across two campuses in a city world-renowned for its friendliness and inclusiveness. A third campus in Dumfries is home to our School of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Changing the future

Currently, we are engaged in a £1bn programme of investment in our facilities, beginning with the construction of a new Learning and Teaching Hub at the center of our home in the west end.

Our ambitious investment plan will:

  • enable even more of the best minds of today and tomorrow to come together within world-class facilities
  • create large interdisciplinary research spaces that stimulate collaboration
  • establish modern student spaces that combine study and social learning space with technology-enabled teaching.

We will create a campus to inspire the next generation of world changers.


University of Glasgow

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  • Location: East Quadrangle, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G12 8QQ, United Kingdom
  • World Ranking: 24

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