The University of Glasgow

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The University of Glasgow is the 4th oldest university in the English speaking world and one of the four oldest in Scotland. It was founded 1451 with a papal Bull from Pope Nicholas V and with the University of Edinburgh, was a major part of the Scottish Enlightenment of the 18th century. It is currently a member of the Universitas 21 group, the Russell Group and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

International students

Students travel from around the world to study at the university and its website has country-specific information available. The International Student Support Team is a dedicated advisory service to help students on a range of subjects including immigration, finding employment and dealing with financial matters. For those to whom English isn’t a first language there is also English language courses available through the University Language Centre who also provide language support during the length of study. Student life is organised differently at Glasgow than many universities meaning there isn’t a single student association but rather a number covering different areas. There are two separate student’s unions, dating from the times when one was for male students and the other for female, called the Glasgow University Union (GUU) and the Queen Margaret Union (QMU). There is also a Students Representative Council that is the legal body representing students’ interests in the university and in wider terms. The two unions organise a number of social and cultural groups and events including providing facilities for debating, dining, socialising and meeting rooms. Sports are handled by the Glasgow University Sports Association (GUSA) that operates both sports clubs as well as fitness classes and drop in sessions.

Campus life

There is no single campus for the university but rather a number of different areas with different parts of the university. One of the largest is the Gilmorehill Campus in the Hillhead part of the city. The Garscube Estate in Bearsden is the home of the Veterinary School and much of the sports facilities. The Dental School is in the city centre while the Gartnavel Royal Hospital is on Great Western Road and has the mental health and medical campus. There is also a campus in Dumfries operated jointly with the University of the West of Scotland and the Open University. The oldest areas of the university at was originally part of the religious buildings around Glasgow Cathedral. It was granted land in 1460 by James Lord Hamilton to the east of High Street while a new building was added in the mid-17th century called the Hamilton building. The Gilmorehill campus was created in the 1870s on a greenfield site three miles from the original buildings, beside the River Kelvin. There are some 3,500 student accommodation places around the north-west of the city. These are based around Murano Street in Maryhill, Wolfson Halls on the Garscube Estate as well as other sites around the city. The Stevenson Building on Gilmorehill opened in the 1960s and includes a fitness suite, squash courts and swimming pool for resident students. The accommodation options include those that are self-catered and catered options and there are also accommodation options on the Dumfries campus. Students aren’t guaranteed their first accommodation selection due to the large number of applicants involved.

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