The University of Glasgow is the fourth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland's four ancient universities. The university was founded in 1451 and is often ranked in the world's top 100 universities in tables compiled by various bodies. In 2013, Glasgow moved to its highest ever position, placing 51st in the world and 9th in the UK in the QS World University Rankings. The University celebrated its 550th anniversary in 2001. With almost 16,000 undergraduate and 4,000 postgraduate students, it is one of the country's largest universities.
The University's teaching quality was assessed in 2009 to be among the top 10 in the United Kingdom, along with its reputation as a "research powerhouse", whose income from annual research contracts also placing among the top 10 the UK. The University is a member of the Russell Group of research-led British universities and was a founding member of the organisation, Universities 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education. The university currently has fifteen Regius Professorships, nearly twice the number held by the next nearest, Oxford.
Glasgow is currently the only Scottish university to rank among the top 20 in the UK in every major domestic and international league table.
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