The University of Glasgow, founded in 1451, builds on over 550 years of academic excellence to form a world-class centre of research and teaching excellence. The University played its distinguished part in the Enlightenment and in fostering the research and inquiry which prepared the ground for the Industrial Revolution in which the city of Glasgow was to play a world role. Adam Smith, James Watt, Lord Kelvin... the contribution of University of Glasgow people to building the modern world has been immense, including 6 Nobel prizes in the course of the 20th century.
Today, the University of Glasgow is one of the UK's leading universities with an international reputation for its research and teaching and an important role in the cultural and commercial life of the country. The University of Glasgow is a thoroughly international institution, attracting students from over 80 countries and sending large numbers of students on study periods abroad. Today's research projects are typically international, with academics from every continent working in Glasgow while the University's own staff make valued contributions to collaborative work with some 200 institutions around the world.
The University's Universitas 21 membership plays an increasing role in its international profile. The University of Glasgow has one of the largest research bases in the UK, with an annual income from research recently passing the £100m mark. It has around 3,400 researchers and around 96% of its academic staff are based in departments undertaking international quality research. Areas of world-class research excellence include the biological sciences including infection and immunity, the physical sciences including fundamental research on the origins of the universe, engineering, social sciences, and the humanities (including the unique Scottish Literature department).
The University is also an emerging leader in inter-disciplinary research, for instance in bringing researchers from medicine, psychology and the humanities together to understand the workings of the human mind. The University has strong links with business and industry at a national and international level and gives a high priority to collaborative research, based firmly on the belief that research and enterprise activities have to be integrated, proactive and world class. Cutting edge discoveries in biomedicine, engineering and other areas are being commercialised successfully. Through the Scottish Institute for Enterprise students have the opportunity to develop entrepreneurship as they study. The University provides challenging and supportive teaching in a research-led environment, with special support for international students (who have the opportunity for a two year visa extension on graduation to continue living and working in Scotland). Students, on a comprehensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree programmes enjoy living and working in a world class institution.