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Key Facts


University established 1413 Third University established in the British Isles


Student Experience Quality


• St Andrews has been judged to be the UK’s top multi-faculty university in the National Student Surveys of 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. It continues to perform strongly in national and international HE league tables.


• Guardian University Guide 2012: 1st in Scotland / 3rd in UK


• Times Good University Guide 2012: 1st in Scotland / 6th in UK





Independent Complete University Guide 2011: 1st in Scotland / 6th in UK


• Sunday Times University Guide 2010: 1st in Scotland / 7th in UK


• QS World Rankings – 95th


• Times Higher Education World Rankings: 20th Arts and Humanities


• National Student Survey 2010 – 1st in Scotland, joint top multi-faculty UK


Taught Postgraduate Programmes Completion Rate


• At 97.4%, one of the highest in the UK and the highest in Scotland.


Teaching Quality


• The only university in Scotland to have achieved the top rating of Excellent or Highly Satisfactory for every unit in the Teaching Quality Assessments.


• We also had the highest accumulating average TQA rating in Scotland.


Research Quality The latest Research Assessment Exercise information can be found on page 25.


Academic Year 2012 - 2013


Orientation week starts: 10 September 2012 Winter vacation: Spring vacation: Examinations:


Dissertation / Thesis Research:


21 December - 28 January 2013 18 March - 29 March 13 - 25 May


end May - end August Glossary of Commonly Used Terms


Credits The number of “points” a specific module counts towards a recognised degree programme. Must be used alongside the “level” of academic content in the module. A student’s degree studies will be structured in terms of modules, each of which is assigned a credit value.


Dean of Arts/Science/Medicine/Divinity The University is organised academically into four Faculties, each of which is led by a Dean. Two Faculties (Divinity and Medicine) are composed of a single School, whereas Arts and Science are composed of multiple Schools. The Dean oversees, amongst other things, the structure of all degree programmes and students’ progress through their programmes. Deans also have responsibilities with regard to the quality of the academic provision across Schools, and for academic discipline in their Faculty.


Orientation Week The week before the autumn “Martinmas” semester begins, especially designed to ease the transition to University life for new students.


Module Degree programmes are modular in structure. Each module is a self-contained unit of teaching, learning and assessment. For the majority of modules the teaching takes place in a 12-week teaching block, usually broken by a reading week or vacation, and in most cases willbe followed by an examination.


Principal of the University The Principal is appointed by the University Court to serve as the Chief Executive Officer for the University, and plays the same role as might be known in other


universities as the Vice-Chancellor, or in other countries as the President of the University. The Principal has a senior management team of Vice-Principals and others with responsibility for the various activities of the University (teaching, research, administration, etc.).


Proctor The Proctor deals with student experience and has responsibility for the Library, Student Services, Chaplaincy, Sports Centre, Music, Student Sabbaticals and the Athletic Union.


Professors This term is used in the UK to refer only to the most senior academic staff. Other staff are variously known as Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, Readers, Teaching Fellows or Demonstrators depending on their role and level of seniority/experience.


Provost The Provost is the Dean of Graduate studies and deals with all Postgraduate issues. They are a direct link between the postgraduate community and the Office of the Principal and they also work with Admissions to discuss recruitment and University policy.


Rector The Rector of the University is elected by the students every three years, and chairs the University Court. The Rector may have no previous connection to the University prior to election, but once in post their major role is to understand and champion student concerns.


University Court The governing body of the University.


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