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St Andrews is a unique and captivating place, and the University is a key part of its charm. Seven centuries of history link the students with the town, leading to the ancient and yet modern institution apparent today.

History and heritage

Founded in the fifteenth century, St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world. Teaching began in the community of St Andrews in 1410 and the University was formally constituted by the issue of a papal bull in 1413.


The University of St Andrews embraces sustainable development across all of its operations, fully integrating it into all that we do. We have a mission to be recognised locally and internationally as a world-class institution that leads by example, actively implementing imaginative solutions and initiatives that achieve the aims of a more sustainable society.

Our vision

Our three-part strategy to become carbon neutral for energy production by 2016:

  • Behaviour change: encouraging reduction in energy consumption such as the inter-hall energy competition in halls of residence which last year achieved savings of 48 tonnes of CO2.
  • Energy efficiency and investment: ensuring highest energy efficiency in the built environment.
  • Micro and macro renewable energy: investing in solar thermal heating on our residential and science buildings, solar photovoltaics (PV) electrical generation and ground source heat pumps on site. Our macro renewables plan will lead to a carbon reduction of 27,000 tonnes per annum through development of the Guardbridge Energy Centre and Kenly wind farm.


The University is governed by a number of key officials and three main bodies: University Court, the Academic Senate, and the General Council.

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College Gate, St. Andrews
KY16 9AJ
United Kingdom (GB/UK)

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