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Dr Sandra Appleby-Arnold

Head of Engagement with Research View website

University of St Andrews

The University of St Andrews, Scotland’s oldest university, was founded in 1413.

The University occupies historic and modern buildings located throughout the town. Seven centuries of history link the students with the town, leading to the ancient and yet modern institution apparent today. The University is comprised of 21 Academic Schools and Departments, which are organised into the Faculties or Arts, Divinity, Medicine and Science. The University of St Andrews is committed to promoting a culture of inclusivity and to equality of opportunity for all its staff and students. Equality, diversity, and inclusion is a core pillar in the University Strategy. The student body is notably diverse: over 145 nationalities are represented with 45% of its intake from countries outside the UK. The University of St Andrews ranked number one in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022. It is the first time in the history of the Guide that any university placed above Oxford and Cambridge.

Our 2018-2023 University Strategy expresses our ambitions for teaching and research across four themes: World-leading, Diverse, Global, and Entrepreneurial while placing all the University’s work within the context of Social Responsibility. We value curiosity-led research and scholarship, and our size and structure promote working across traditional disciplines. We make significant contributions to national and global priorities including the blue economy, advanced materials, health, the digital economy, sustainable development and (inter)governmental policy. As a world-leading university with a responsibility that spans generations and geographies, St Andrews is also committed to shaping a sustainable future and we will continue to demonstrate visible leadership in environmental sustainability by achieving ‘net zero’ by 2035.’The University of St Andrews ranked top in Scotland and 14th in the UK for the quality of its research across Science, the Arts, Divinity and Medicine. According to the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework: Classics, Physics, History of Art, Geography & Geosciences, Philosophy, and English ranked among the top 10. Impact assessment in REF 2014 was the first research analysis to attempt to measure the impact of universities’ research as an element of overall research strength. St Andrews outperformed the UK sector with five schools in the top five in the UK: Geography and Geosciences (1st), Biological Sciences (2nd) Management (4th), Classics (4th) and English (5th).

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