St Andrews tops Scots universities

StAndCitz 090109 Louise Richardson - principal and vice-chancellor of St Andrews University.
StAndCitz 090109 Louise Richardson - principal and vice-chancellor of St Andrews University.
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ST ANDREWS University is leading the way in Scotland.

The country’s oldest university - currently celebrating its 600th anniversary - is also named among the top in the UK in the Times Good University Guide 2012.

The new national league table published yesterday (Thursday) ranks St Andrews as the leading university in Scotland and joint sixth in the UK.

Oxford tops the league table for the 10th consecutive year.

St Andrews’ schools and subjects also performed strongly in the new guide.

Physics and Astronomy, French, Social Anthropology, Geology, Russian, Chemistry, Middle Eastern and African Studies, German, Iberian Languages, Divinity, Philosophy, Computer Science, Art History, History, Maths, Medicine, Classics, Geography, International Relations, English, Management and Economics were all placed among the top 10 in the UK.

Universities were rated on student satisfaction, quality of research, staff-student ratio, completion rates and spend per student on services and facilities.

The guide also looked at entry standards, the percentage of students gaining good honours and graduate prospects.

St Andrews has improved its overall score and ranks among the best in the UK for student satisfaction, research quality, completion rates and good honours results for students.

Principal and vice-chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, told the Citizen: “To have maintained our position as one of the best in Britain and the only Scottish institution in the top 10 at a time of such intense competition is a very gratifying reflection on the quality of teaching and research at St Andrews.”