The University of St Andrews has come out as the top university in Scotland and second only to Oxbridge in the rest of the UK.
The Guardian University Guide 2015 published on Tuesday placed St Andrews third in the UK, assessed on categories including the strength of teaching, student satisfaction, expenditure per student, student/staff ratio, career prospects and academic feedback.
St Andrews was judged the best in the UK for student satisfaction with the quality of teaching.
The university’s academic schools performed very strongly in individual rankings, with Physics and Astronomy, International Relations, Computer Science and Mathematics all top in the UK, while Earth and Marine Sciences, Art History and Management secured second places. Philosophy, History, Chemistry, Biosciences, Geography, Divinity, English, Anthropology, Psychology and Modern Languages were all ranked in the UK top five.
The result comes just weeks after St Andrews was endorsed as the leading UK multi-faculty university after Oxford and Cambridge by The Complete University Guide 2015.
St Andrews Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson said it was, by any measure, a considerable achievement to be ranked first in the UK for student satisfaction with the quality of our teaching.
“I am absolutely delighted that so many of our Schools have been judged to be the best, or among the best, in the country,” she said, praising the team effort involved in attaining the achievement.
“Given the wealth and size of so many of our top ten UK competitors, this is a notable result for St Andrews, a vindication of our small-scale high-quality approach, an indication of where we are going as a university, and an endorsement of the quality of Scottish higher education.”