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The University of St. Andrews: Scotland's First University

Written by Desmond, December 2017

Founded in 1413, The University of St Andrews is one of the seven ancient universities in the U.K.The University is. interspersed throughout the medieval town of St. Andrews, a seaside town northeast of Edinburgh, on Scotland’s east coast. The town is known for its many golf courses, including the Old Course where golf was invented, with the landmark Swilcan Bridge at the 18th hole. The British Golf Museum chronicles the history of U.K. golf. Additionally, the town boasts a castle and a cathedral from the 12th century, 2 stunning beaches and there are also a host of restaurants (including Michelin Star), hotels, boutique shops and bars. There are definitely plenty of things to do as a student in the city itself.

The University of St Andrews is also the third oldest university in the UK and are among the 25 oldest universities in the world. With over 600 years of strong heritage, the University has earned an international reputation for their high quality in research and student satisfaction. The notable Prince William, Duke of Cambrige, attended the University of St. Andrews and it was also his first choice. Over the years, the University of St Andrews has been expanding, growing and receiving awards for their determination and focus.

The University of St. Andrews have recently been awarded multiple awards:

  • The Gold Award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), a reputable system that assesses the quality of teaching in universities in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • They are ranked number one in the UK for Student Satisfaction (NSS), which they have achieved this recognition for nine of the last 11 years.
  • They have been awarded, ‘University of the Year for Student Experience’, on The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
  • Good University Guide 2018: Top university in Scotland, 3rd in the UK with particular strengths in good degrees, excellent retention, high-quality research and student satisfaction.
  • Ranked 1st in Scotland, 3rd in the UK in, The Guardian University Guide 2018, The Complete University Guide 2018 and The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2018.

The key to The University of St Andrews’ success has always revolved around their broad and flexible degree structure. The university offers a 4 years Scottish degree structure as compared to the more common 3 years English degree structure. Students have the flexibility of taking their time to take a broad curriculum of their choice in the initial 2 years, before deciding their field of focus on the remaining 2 years. This arrangement allows the students benefit from a wide range of subjects which they can cover on, which helps in attaining a more extensive base of knowledge, providing them with transferable skills. Ultimately, the main aim of The University of St Andrews is to provide the best for their students. In order for students to learn and absorb as much as they can, The University of St Andrew emphasizes on having a 1:12 student-lecturer ratio in the lecture room.

Besides focusing on enriching their students academically, the university also emphasizes on encompassing their traditional values through interesting activities such as Academic Family, Raisin Weekend, The May Dip and Red Gowns.

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