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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.

Students using microscopes

Teaching quality

Committed to excellence in teaching.

Students celebrating the end of examinations

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.

Principal and Vice Chancellor's welcome

600 Years

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Julian Barnes - in conversation

Tuesday 23 September 2014, 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

An opportunity to hear the prize-winning author Julian Barnes talk about his novel "The Sense of an Ending", which this year was selected to be given to new entrant undergraduates as part of the University's on-going successful collaboration with the Booker Prize Foundation.

Curiosity's mission of exploration at Gale Crater, Mars - John Grotzinger

Monday 29 September 2014, 5:45pm to 6:45pm.

The second lecture in the Carnegie series will focus on the work of renowned geologist Professor John Grotzinger, current Project Scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory team and member of the Mars Exploration Rover Science Team.

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