University of St Andrews ranked best in Scotland
The Complete University Guide 2021 ranks St Andrews as the top university in the country, a few points behind rivals Oxford and Cambridge who take second and first place respectively, in the annual assessment of universities’ teaching and research strengths.
Success in The Complete University Guide 2021 also includes an impressive rise of 17 places in subject rankings for medicine, which sees St Andrews enter the top ten, ranked at eight, for the first time in five years.
Welcoming the news, St Andrews’ principal, Professor Sally Mapstone, said: “These are encouraging and very cheering results for St Andrews and a testament to the hard work and commitment of our staff and students across the University. For a small Scottish university to be competing amongst the very best says much for the strengths of research-led teaching and student experience on offer at St Andrews
“It’s an honour to be top in Scotland in such a competitive and high-quality field north of the border. The global strengths of our universities in Fife and Tayside are something of which we should be proud.
“It is, however, vital, at a time of global change and unrest, that St Andrews and other Scottish universities are able to continue to compete on a world stage and use our collective expertise for a better world.
“The future of universities has never been so fragile in light of the current coronavirus pandemic, but this is also a time when universities can demonstrate their true value to society.”
Jamie Rodney, president of the St Andrews Students’ Association, added: “This has been a tough year for universities everywhere, but I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved.
“These results are not just statistics, but testament to the incredible dedication shown by our students, academic and professional services staff towards the high standards and unique sense of community we have in St Andrews.
“Obviously, we still have huge challenges ahead of us, but these results, and the huge human potential they show, prove that we’re really well suited to meet them.”