St Andrews has been named the UK college of the yr.
The Fife establishment was praised for the high quality of its instructing and total pupil satisfaction by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.
The University of Dundee received the award for pupil expertise, whereas Stirling took the prize for the finest sporting college.
St Andrews ranks third amongst the finest universities in the UK, behind Oxford and Cambridge, in keeping with the information.
Founded in the 15th Century, St Andrews is Scotland’s oldest college and the third oldest in the English talking world, in keeping with its web site.
It counts the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, identified in Scotland as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn, amongst its most well-known alumni.
The awards had been determined utilizing completely different standards to league tables, together with the efficiency of the college that yr, progress made in the previous 12 months and the ranges of initiatives and investments made.
Alastair McCall, editor of the Sunday Times Good University Guide, mentioned: “St Andrews totally deserves to be talked about in the similar breath as Cambridge and Oxford after we discuss the absolute best that British greater schooling can supply.
“The league desk proves it however extra importantly so do its college students, who persistently fee St Andrews the finest college for instructing high quality.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon handed on her congratulations to the establishment, saying Scotland punched “properly above its weight” in phrases of worldwide recognition and that establishments corresponding to St Andrews performed a key position in the nation’s standing on the world stage.
She added: “With nearly half of its college students coming from Europe and the relaxation of the world it’s properly positioned to take the message that Scotland is an open and welcoming nation to each nook of the globe.”
On taking the prize for pupil satisfaction, Dundee University Students’ Association president Josh Connor, mentioned the award wouldn’t be shocking for anybody who studied in Dundee.
“We are a group, a household, and that’s the reason our pupil expertise is the finest in the UK, as a result of we glance out for one another,” he mentioned.
While St Andrews was named UK University of the Year, the University of Strathclyde received Scottish college of the yr.
Principal Prof Sir Jim McDonald mentioned: “Students are at the coronary heart of all the things we do.”