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We have been at the forefront in inspiring people in Scotland and the world and delivering world-leading teaching and learning, research, discovery and knowledge exchange in the arts and humanities since 1451.

The College of Arts, which is unusual in remaining a standalone Arts operation, is one of the largest of its kind in the UK Higher Education sector, with over 500 staff members and over 6,000 students and a growing international student population of almost 1,000 students from across the globe. The greatest asset of the College is our inspiring people, who are highly dedicated to their work. Collaborating across disciplines within the University and with other world-class universities as well as government, industry, schools and cultural and heritage agencies, we aim for excellence in all that we do. We are committed to providing excellent teaching, learning and research, to disseminating knowledge, developing critical evaluative skills and creating new, socially relevant understanding with a view to preparing our students for the competitive workplace and global challenges of today and tomorrow.
The National Student Survey (NSS) for 2015 showed overall satisfaction at over 91%, leaving us joint eighth in the UK for student satisfaction.
The College’s research income and PG funding are in the UK top 10 and most subjects are consistently in the top 10 or 20 in various university guides.

In the recent research assessment exercise (REF 2014), we had top 10 results for Celtic & Gaelic (overall and for outputs), English Language and Literature (environment), History (impact and environment), History of Art (impact and environment) and Theatre, Film and Television Studies and the Centre for Cultural Policy Research (environment, joint first place); and top 20 results for Celtic & Gaelic (environment), Classics (overall, outputs, impact and environment), History (overall), Theatre, Film and Television Studies and the Centre for Cultural Policy Research (overall and outputs), Theology and Religious Studies (impact).

Globally, Glasgow’s Arts and Humanities is ranked among the world’s top 100, ranked 58th in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 rankings.