University of Glasgow

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Founded in 1451, The University of Glasgow is the fourth-oldest education provider of its kind in the English-speaking world, and the second-oldest in Scotland. It was memorably established after a charter from the Pope at the behest of King James II, giving Bishop William Turnbull, a University of St Andrews graduate, the green light to add a university to Glasgow Cathedral.

Teaching at the university started in the cathedral’s chapterhouse, before switching to Rottenrow nearby. A 13-acre plot of land belonging to Dominicans was given to the university by Mary, Queen of Scots in 1563. By the end of the 17th century, the university complex revolved around two courtyards with a clock tower, walled gardens, and a chapel adapted from the church friary. Parts of the iconic building were sent to the Gilmorehill campus and renamed Pearce Lodge, in honour of ship-building heavyweight Sir William Pearce, who paid for its preservation.

Famously, while holding the post of Professor of Natural Philosophy at the university, John Anderson led on a plan for vocational education for working men and women during the Industrial Revolution. His legacy lived on after his death, as he founded Anderson’s College, which was linked to the university prior to merging with other education providers to become the University of Strathclyde in 1964. Seven years earlier, Glasgow became the first Scottish university to possess an electronic computer!

Another significant moment in the university’s history arrived in 1973, when Delphine Parrott was appointed as its first female professor. She was given an Immunology remit. And a huge breakthrough in 1995 saw Glasgow professor James Shepherd lead a study which demonstrated that statins reduced the risk of a heart attack. The life-saving drugs are now used across the globe.

In 2010, Glasgow became the UK’s first university to offer Intellectual Property to business for free, via its Easy Access IP scheme. Four years later, the university became Europe’s first academic institution to divest from the fossil fuel industry. The year-long campaign was led by the Glasgow University Climate Action Society, and included the involvement of more than 1,300 students.

Glasgow was named Scottish University of the Year in the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2018, it was awarded 10th position nationally and 80th internationally. It is a member of the Russell Group of leading UK research universities, and a founding member of Universitas 21, an international group of universities striving to set global higher education standards.

Glasgow, also a founding member of The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities, is ranked fourth in the Russell Group for teaching, according to the National Student Survey 2017.

A significant number of high-profile individuals have worked and studied at Glasgow over the years. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Liberal Democrats leader Vince Cable, and ex-Labour leader John Smith are among the famous politicians included in the alumni. They are joined by the likes of television writer Armando Iannucci, the brains behind Alan Partridge and The Thick of It, journalist Andrew Neil, and actor Gerard Butler.

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Glasgow was named Scottish University of the Year in the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2018, it was awarded 10th position nationally and 80th internationally. It is a member of the Russell Group of leading UK research universities, and a founding member of Universitas 21, an international group of universities striving to set global higher education standards.

Glasgow, also a founding member of The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities, is ranked fourth in the Russell Group for teaching, according to the National Student Survey 2017.

A significant number of high-profile individuals have worked and studied at Glasgow over the years. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Liberal Democrats leader Vince Cable, and ex-Labour leader John Smith are among the famous politicians included in the alumni. They are joined by the likes of television writer Armando Iannucci, the brains behind Alan Partridge and The Thick of It, journalist Andrew Neil, and actor Gerard Butler.