Applications for undergraduate courses at Glasgow University this year are up 11% on the same period in 2011.
Figures from the admissions service (Ucas) show this was the largest rise among the 20-strong Russell Group of elite UK universities. Glasgow principal and vice chancellor, Prof Anton Muscatelli, described the rise as a “vindication of the fee structure” adopted at the university.
He also said it underlined the “high quality of teaching and research”. Prof Muscatelli said: “These figures yet again underline how successful the University of Glasgow is, and continues to be, in attracting the best students to apply.
“The excellence of the experience that we offer was shown in last year’s National Student Survey, when we attained a 90% satisfaction rating and in the International Student Barometer, which placed us first in the UK. “The 11% rise in application figures compared to this time last year is excellent news for everyone connected with the University of Glasgow.”
Last month, Ucas figures revealed that applications to Scottish universities from international students rose by more than a quarter. The total number of university applications from potential students in Scotland was down by 1.5% – the smallest drop across the UK. The number of Scottish students hoping to study in Scotland is down by just 1.1%.
But applications from people in Scotland to English universities were down by almost 800 – a drop of 16.4%. An increase in tuition fees is thought to be behind the slump in applications from Scots students to English institutions. Overall applicant numbers across the UK were 7.4% lower than at the same time in 2011.
Russell Group Top 10
* Glasgow University + 11.00%
* Queen’s University Belfast +4.20%
* Edinburgh University +3.90%
* Cambridge University +2.30%
* Nottingham University +0.30%
* Imperial College London -0.20%
* Oxford University -0.60%
* University College London -1.50%
* Cardiff University -4.20%
* Leeds University -5.90%