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St Andrews rises to third in the UK in independent guide

We are delighted to hear that our Partner Institution, University of St Andrews, has become Scotland's top university according to a new league table published recently.

The Complete University Guide 2018 ranks St Andrews top in Scotland and third in the United Kingdom. Only Oxford and Cambridge outran St Andrews, which has secured its highest ever place in this league table.

In separate listings covering 70 subjects, St Andrews features in the top ten for 23 of the 25 subjects it teaches, occupying the top UK spot in two (Business & Management Studies and Middle Eastern & African Studies).

St Andrews’ rise from fifth to third place in the guide is believed to be due to its high scores for teaching quality and student satisfaction with the quality of its academic programmes. It is currently UK University of the Year for Teaching Quality.

Welcoming the news, Principal Professor Sally Mapstone said:

This all-time high is a great endorsement of what St Andrews stands for. Our values are those of a small, Scottish, and highly international university. We are outward looking, inclusive and focused on excellence.

We see teaching quality and research excellence as commensurate, and we provide them in an environment that is beautiful, friendly and enriching.

St Andrews became a Partner Institution of The Undergraduate Awards in 2013 and since then they have had an active and enthusiastic involvement with the Programme. In 2015, the University of St Andrews has four Global Winners and in 2016 had 29 Highly Commended Entrants in different categories.

From left to right: Conor MacDonald (Medical Sciences), Alekseje Sazonovs (Computer Sciences), Eilidh Johnston (Mathematics & Physics), and Vincent Forster (Politics & International Relations)

If you are interested in submitting to The Undergraduate Awards, the 2017 Programme is now open.