Plaudits for Scottish universities

Dundee University students are attending Scotland's best all-round university.
Dundee University students are attending Scotland's best all-round university.

Dundee University has been named top all-round Scottish university, and its neighbour across the Tay, St Andrews is the top ranked Scottish University in a new survey.

Published this weekend, The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 declares Dundee as its Scottish University of the Year following a sharp rise in its overall ranking in the Good University Guide’s league table to fourth in Scotland.

Outstanding results in the latest National Student Survey (NSS) and a strong performance in the latest research assessments are behind much of Dundee’s rise in the league table.

Judges also took into account the impact of the university on the city and surrounding region, not least the part it has played in bringing the V&A Museum of Design to the Dundee waterfront.

Alastair McCall, Guide editor, described the university as: “the epitome of what a good university should be”.

Professor Sir Pete Downes, university principal, commented: “As a university, our purpose is to transform lives. By ensuring our students experience the best learning environment in Scotland and are prepared for the world beyond university, we transform their lives.”

St Andrews University is once again the top-ranked Scottish university in the Guide league table and still Scotland’s only representative in the UK top 20, in fourth place.

Research was a winner for St Andrews, with classics and history of art scoring particularly well.

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 published on September 20 provides students and their parents with an invaluable first reference point on the path to finding a university place. It contains full profiles of all universities and the leading colleges of higher education. The league table is made up of nine indicators including student satisfaction with teaching quality and their wider university experience, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, service and facilities spend, and degree completion rates.