University Of Glasgow Information

University Of Glasgow Information

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The University of Glasgow (Scottish Gaelic: Oilthigh Ghlaschu, Latin: Universitas Glasguensis) (abbreviated as Glas. in post-nominals) is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland’s four ancient universities. It was founded in 1451. Along with the University of Edinburgh, the University was part of the Scottish Enlightenment during the 18th century. It is currently a member of Universitas 21, the international network of research universities, and the Russell Group.

In common with universities of the pre-modern era, Glasgow originally educated students primarily from wealthy backgrounds, however it became a pioneer[citation needed] in British higher education in the 19th century by also providing for the needs of students from the growing urban and commercial middle class. Glasgow University served all of these students by preparing them for professions: the law, medicine, civil service, teaching, and the church. It also trained smaller but growing numbers for careers in science and engineering.

Originally located in the city’s High Street, since 1870 the main University campus has been located at Gilmorehill in the West End of the city. Additionally, a number of university buildings are located elsewhere, such as the Veterinary School in Bearsden, and the Crichton Campus in Dumfries.[6]

Alumni or former staff of the University include philosopher Francis Hutcheson, engineer James Watt, philosopher and economist Adam Smith, physicist Lord Kelvin, surgeon Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister, seven Nobel laureates, and two British Prime Ministers.

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Studying at Glasgow

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Undergraduate enquiries

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Postgraduate enquiries

Short course enquiries

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International students

We have a diverse University community with students and staff from over 120 different countries. Find out more at:

Mature students

UCAS provides useful tailored information about university study:

The Centre for Open Studies runs a range of day time and evening part-time courses including Access to university programmes:


  •   +44(0)141 330 2000

Media enquiries

Assistance for journalists is available:

Filming enquiries

  • News and current affairs programme makers should contact Media Relations on +44 (0) 141 330 3535
  • Drama, entertainment and others should contact Conference and Visitor Services on +44 (0) 141 330 3110

Jobs at Glasgow

Employee partnerships and student placements

Our careers service helps to make the links between students, graduates and employers easy and rewarding. Looking to recruit some of Glasgow’s freshest talents? Want some advice on what career path you should follow? Please visit:

Business enquiries for collaborative and contract research

Our research expertise can help you build a better business. Find out how:

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Alumni and giving

Our development and alumni office is here to help you stay in touch with the University and your fellow graduates. We can also keep you informed about ways you can help us to build on our success for future generations of Glasgow students. Contact:

Organising an event at Glasgow

From conferences to weddings, small seminar rooms through to the Bute Hall, the Conference & Visitor Services Office can help you to find the right venue for your event. Find out more:


The University is committed to providing an excellent educational experience for our students and high quality services to all other service users of the University. See:

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