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University of Glasgow wins int’l award

Glasgow University won the Whatuni Student Choice award for the best International experience, as voted for by current students at UK universities.

The University of Glasgow team collect the award at the central London ceremony. Photo: Hotcourses Group

Aberystwyth University came second in the International category

The award, which was sponsored by IELTS and presented by Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan, was given to the HEI with the highest score for international experience.

“We only want to work with partners who have the same core values as we do at Glasgow”

Head of the International office at Glasgow, Ian Thompson, told The PIE News that receiving an award selected by students, and sponsored by such trusted agencies as IDP (which owns Hotcourses) was especially important.

“Us at Glasgow can think we’re doing it right… but unless the customer, the international student says we’re doing the right things, or we’re on that right course, then it doesn’t mean anything. Because they’re the one that are going to feedback and have  this world-changing experience… So it’s everything to get it from the students.”

“IDP are one of the most renowned agents in the sector, their staff are second to none in terms of their pastoral work, counselling, that’s why we work with them. We only want to work with partners who have the same core values as we do at Glasgow, with students at the centre, and that’s why it is special [from businesses] like IDP and Hotcourses,” he added.

Thompson went on to praise the Glasgow International College, which is run in partnership with Kaplan.

“We won’t have it perfect, but at least we’re going in the right direction. Glasgow International College plays a major part in that I think.”

This year, the Whatuni? Awards were extended to 15 categories, and despite what Hotcourses Group CEO Simon Emmett rightly referred to as “negative headlines” in the UK press, more than 36,000 student reviews were collected.

Aberystwyth University came second in the International category, with Northumbria rounding out the podium in third place.

You can watch our interview with vice-chancellor of the University of Glasgow, Sir Anton Musctelli, here.

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018 winners

University of the Year

Loughborough University


Bangor University

City Life

University of Liverpool

Clubs & Societies

Bangor University

Course & Lecturers

Harper Adams University

Giving Back

Loughborough University

Job Prospects

Harper Adams University

 Student Support

Harper Adams University 

Students’ Union

University of Sheffield

Uni Facilities

Loughborough University 


Aberystwyth University 


Point Blank Music School 

Further Education

Bridgend College

Best Prospective Student Engagement Award

St Mary’s, Twickenham

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