University of St Andrews

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Recent News from University of St Andrews


Key facts about the University of St Andrews


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Discover member since 2015


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Chosen as UK University of the Year 2017 for teaching quality


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Students and staff from over 120 nationalities


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Ranked 14th in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014)


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About the University of St Andrews

The University of St Andrews was founded in the 15th century, and is Scotland’s first university, plus the third oldest in the English-speaking world. Teaching began in the community of St Andrews in 1410, and the University was formally constituted by the issue of a papal bull in 1413. The University is made of several institutions, including three constituent colleges and 18 academic schools organised into four faculties.

St Andrews boasts a campus-less identity - instead, its university buildings line the streets of the town and incorporate many other buildings and facilities that are regularly open to the local community. On top of its institutional buildings, the University is made of the Sports Centre, theatres, libraries, cafes, wedding venues, several museums, churches and shops.

International Partnerships

St Andrews has student exchange agreements with more than 50 institutions around the world. Most of our exchange agreements are subject specific, though we operate a small number of institutional agreements.

The University of St Andrews welcomes students from around the world. Approximately 30 per cent of our student population join us from overseas, with some 1,500 undergraduates representing more than 120 different nationalities. At St Andrews, there are students from almost every state in the USA and province in Canada, representing around 15 per cent of the student population. Other students arrive from Japan, China, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Africa, India, the West Indies and even further afield. Partner institutes include University of Toronto, University of Hong Kong, National University of Singapore and University of Zurich.

Notable Research Areas

With a focus on research excellence, the University of St Andrews is an enthusiastic supporter of the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) strategy of developing research pooling across Scottish HEIs. The University is part of many research alliances in the Scotland area, collaborating on research subjects such Condensed Matter Physics, Photonics and Chemical Biology. These alliances are with:

Scottish Universities Physics Alliance

EaStChem/ ScotChem, Scottish Alliance for Geoscience

Environment and Society (SAGES)

Scottish Institute for Research in Economies (SIRE)

Scottish Universities Life Science Alliance (SULSA)

Scottish Imaging Network: A Platform for Scientific Excellence (SINAPSE)

Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)

The Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR)

The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS)

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked the University of St Andrews top in Scotland and 14th in the UK for the quality of research publications across Science, the Arts, Divinity and Medicine.