Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. Today we are in the top 1% of the world's universities.
Over the last five centuries and more, we’ve constantly worked to push the boundaries of what’s possible. We’ve fostered the talents of seven Nobel laureates, one Prime Minister and Scotland’s inaugural First Minister. We’ve welcomed Albert Einstein to give a lecture on the origins of the general theory of relativity. Scotland’s first female medical graduates completed their degrees here in 1894 and the world’s first ultrasound images of a foetus were published by Glasgow Professor Ian Donald in 1958. In 1840 we became the first university in the UK to appoint a Professor of Engineering, and in 1957, the first in Scotland to have an electronic computer.
All of this means that if you choose to work or study here, you’ll be walking in the footsteps of some of the world’s most renowned innovators, from scientist Lord Kelvin and economist Adam Smith, to the pioneer of television John Logie Baird.
The University is expanding and evolving. Following the site of the Western Infirmary site in 2015, we plan to invest £1billion, transforming the university to achieve our vision of a world changing campus.
This short film tells the story of the University of Glasgow's development from its original, medieval and Renaissance location on Glasgow's High Street to the visionary relocation in the 1870s to Gilmorehill in the West End. And we look forward to the further development of the Gilmorehill campus following our acquistion of the 14-acre site of the Western Infirmary.
Facts and figures
- is ranked 62nd in the world and is the first and only UK university to be rated as 5 Stars Plus overall. (QS World University Rankings 2015)
- is rated third in the UK for international student satisfaction (among universities participating in the International Student Barometer Summer 2013)
- welcomes students from more than 140 countries worldwide
- has more than 25,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students
- is a major employer in the city of Glasgow with more than 6,000 staff, including 2,000 active researchers
- has annual research income of more than £181m
- is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities
- is ranked top in Scotland and third in the Russell Group in the National Student Survey 2015
- is a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education
- includes among its alumni, the father of economics Adam Smith, Scotland’s architect of devolution Donald Dewar and renowned physicist and engineer Lord Kelvin.