History top in two UK league tables

21 December 2023

In a remarkable achievement, the School of History has been named as the top history department in the country in both The Guardian University Guide 2024 and The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and students throughout the last few years. Topping two major subject rankings reflects our unwavering commitment to providing a world-class environment for research and education. Our historians will continue to consistently push the boundaries of historical inquiry, producing pioneering research that contributes to our understanding of the past. At the same time, they will nurture the historians of tomorrow. 

Both rankings also place the University of St Andrews first in their respective university league tables. This marks the first time that any university outside of Oxford and Cambridge has topped two of the major higher education league tables in the same year. It is also the fourth time in the last three years that St Andrews has topped one of these major rankings.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Sally Mapstone commented, “To make history by coming top in both the Times and Guardian University Guides in the same season is a special way to start a new academic year in St Andrews. This achievement belongs completely to our fantastic staff and hard-working students. It reflects a deep institutional commitment to a critical balance of world-leading research and teaching, and the ways in which St Andrews students respond to that.”

Read more at the St Andrews School of History Blog