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St Andrews climbs 20 places in world rankings

Tuesday 15 September 2015

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The University of St Andrews has risen 20 places in the top 100 of a prestigious international league table published today.

Scotland’s oldest university is ranked 68th in the QS World Rankings 2015/2016, its highest place ever in a global ranking. It is the ninth year in succession that St Andrews has made the world’s top 100 universities.

QS World University Ranking is the most extensive listing of its kind taking in a range of factors including academic reputation, research strengths, citations, reputation with graduate employers and international influence. The 2015/2016 rankings considered more than 3500 universities worldwide and evaluated 891, collecting more than 120,000 responses.

St Andrews was ranked particularly high – 19th in the world – for its ability to attract students from overseas and its international faculty was ranked 77th.

The University was rated highly for the reputation of its Arts faculty (67th in the world) and for its Natural Sciences departments (141).

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson said: "This is a terrific achievement, and is largely due to the increasing influence of our research and the extent to which the remarkable work that takes place here is cited around the world. This result speaks to our continuing commitment to academic excellence and to our enthusiastic adherence to the essential values of independent scholarly endeavour.”

The University of St Andrews was named best in Scotland and 3rd in the UK by both The Guardian University Guide 2016 and the joint Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.


Notes to news editors:

More information is available from The QS World University Rankings® 2015/2016.

A recent independent economic impact assessment found that St Andrews’ international reputation helps generate more than £480 million a year for the Scottish economy and supports over 9000 Scottish jobs.

Issued by the University of St Andrews Communications Office, contactable on 01334 467310 or proffice@st-andrews.ac.uk.