About University of St Andrews
St Andrews is one of the most highly rated universities in the UK being ranked best in Scotland for research. Today, its teaching and research place it easily among the top ten on the list of Britain's elite universities. It is a non-campus institution where students can study in a peaceful environment. University places are in high demand from students from all over the world and students are recruited for their depth of knowledge and breadth of achievement.
St Andrews is a small town with a long history. Founded in 1413, St Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland and the third oldest in the United Kingdom after Oxford and Cambridge. Situated on the east coast of Scotland, it faces the North Sea and is bordered by long sandy beaches. St Andrews was the centre of mediaeval Scottish political and religious life, and it still has many fine medieval buildings. It has a bustling student population with a friendly and intimate atmosphere where university life is fully integrated into the town.
Much of Scotland can be accessed conveniently from St Andrews. Edinburgh airport is located an hour away and provides a global getaway for students who wish to make the most of their travel opportunities at the University. Christmas, Spring and Summer vacations provide an opportunity for students to travel to London and Europe.
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The University Shield
The different elements of the University shield are representative of the insignia of the founders of the University.
The crescent moon represents Peter de Luna, the given name of Pope Benedict XIII who issued the bulls of foundation of the University in 1413.
The lion rampant is taken from the royal arms of Scotland and represents the royal authority of King James I (1406–1437) who was associated with the foundation.
The gold diamonds (mascles or) are taken from the personal arms of Henry Wardlaw, Bishop of St Andrews 1404–1440 who issued the original charter which incorporated the Studium Generale in 1411 or 1412.
The open book with the red page edges represents learning.
The blue and silver cross represents the saltire of Scotland.
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