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Article Date: December 14, 2009 | Publication: The Independent | Author: Staff
Source: The Independent

Posted by: DaisyMay

History: Founded in 1451 by Papal Bull, the university was situated in the High Street for 400 years before moving to its present site, on Gilmorehill, in 1870.

Address: Compact campus in the trendy west end of Scotland's biggest city. Main building is designed in fake gothic style by Sir George Gilbert Scott. The campus has more than 100 listed buildings, higher than any other university in the UK.

Ambience: This part of Glasgow is bustling and stylish, with the university at its centre. The cosmopolitan and ever-fashionable Byres Road is almost an extension of the campus itself.

Vital statistics: Big: around 15,900 full-time undergrads, 4,500 part-timers, 3,800 postgraduates and 4,500 students on non-degree courses. The fourth oldest university in the UK, with a global reputation for research and one of the four UK universities in Universitas 21 ? an international association of research-based institutions. Glasgow is also famous for medicine and veterinary medicine.

Added value: Good sports facilities, with 92 acres of sports fields, a 25m heated swimming pool and over 60 exercise classes a week. Glasgow has a thriving student newspaper, radio and TV stations, as well as one of the best academic libraries in Europe, with over two million books on 12 floors. Glasgow is also famed for having some of the best shopping in the UK outside London.

Easy to get into? Competitive. Courses ask for between 180 and 340 UCAS entry points.

Glittering alumni: Ex-Liberal Democrat leaders Charles Kennedy and Sir Menzies Campbell; the late John Smith, former leader of the Labour Party. Writers John Buchan, William McIlvanney, William Boyd, AJ Cronin, Alistair MacLean, Louise Welsh; John Logie-Baird, the man who invented TV; physicist Prof Jocelyn Bell Burnell; actor Gerard Butler; round the world yachtswoman Emma Richards and Mark Beaumont, who holds the world record for cycling around the globe.

Transport links: Good bus and underground service, two railway stations and Glasgow International Airport is just seven miles away.

Who's the boss? Sir Muir Russell, former Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Executive and Glasgow graduate. From 1 October 2009, it will be Prof Anton Muscatelli, Economist and Glasgow graduate.

Teaching: 35th out of 113 for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2008.

Research: 31st out of 113 in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

Overall ranking: Came 26th out of 113 in the Independent's Complete University Guide 2010.

Nightlife: Two student unions compete furiously, to good effect. Outside campus, 700 pubs, bars and nightclubs beckon, along with a legendary live music scene, almost all the major rock bands include the city in their touring schedule.

How green is it? Not bad ? came joint 21st out of 120 universities graded by People & Planet for their 'Green League 2009'.

Any accommodation? Lots. There are 3,500 places in university-owned accommodation up for grabs each year. It costs a maximum of £109 per week for an en-suite, catered room, but the £80 per week self-catering accommodation is more plentiful.

Cheap to live there? Not too bad for such a big city. A self-catered, shared flat in Glasgow will set you back around £66 per week.


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