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Scotland's first

St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world, founded in 1413.

Over six centuries it has established a reputation as one of Europe's leading and most distinctive centres for teaching and research.

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Small town, big history

Six centuries of teaching make us the third oldest university in the English-speaking world.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings

World class

One of the world's top universities THE 2012-2013 Rankings and QS World University Rankings


Internationally Scottish

A student community of 100 nationalities and Scottish University of the Year (The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2014).

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Research excellence

One of the world's leading research institutions.

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Teaching quality

Committed to excellence in teaching.

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Satisfaction guaranteed

Consistently ranked one of the best mainstream universities for Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey).

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The St Andrews Experience

An education for life.

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600 Years

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Most famous living philosopher visits St Andrews for inaugural Carnegie Lecture

‌Professor Michael Sandel’s latest book, What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, takes on one of the biggest ethical questions of our time: what should be the role of money and markets in our society? ‌
28 April, 5.30-6.60pm, Buchanan Lecture Theatre.

‘Eight people who are changing the world' descend on St Andrews

Eight former winners of the St Andrews Prize will gather to present their award-winning projects, and spark lively audience debate, including online via Twitter (#8changeworld).
Tuesday 29 April, 3.30 - 5.30pm, Medical and Biological Sciences Lecture Theatre.

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