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Anti-English bias at Glasgow university

Compared to Edinburgh, Glasgow is a considerably more "Scottish" institution and consequently seem less keen on accepting English applicants than Edinburgh are.

That's not to say Glasgow don't ever accept English applicants, because they obviously do, but in general an English applicant will be expected to present higher grades than a Scottish student to even have a chance of being considered.

Basically, I have heard that by default first consideration is given to Scottish applicants, and English applicants are only considered if they're of considerably higher caliber than the Scottish applicants competing for the place.

To what extent is this true?
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Reply 1
To answer the question, total crap :tongue: There is probably less English people at Glasgow than Edinburgh for one reason and is due to popularity. Edinburgh and St Andrews have a much greater reputation in England than any other Scottish university therefore have more English people applying to them. As for getting harder offers, it's quite difficult to compare due to the different systems but you should also know that Scottish universities can take as many "rest of UK" students as they want while Scottish/EU students are capped by the Government. Also English students bring more money with them too so yea, that speaks for its self :tongue:
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Reply 2
I'm a Glasgow offer-holder for 2013 entry, so it's not like I have a huge amount of knowledge on this, but I was given my offer really quickly after sending off my application (about 24hours) and so in that respect it doesn't seem like I was considered after the Scottish students, and I'm not exactly a student of considerably higher calibre either.

Like someone else said, English students bring money, and they're even offering English students a £1000 bursary for their first year for coming to Glasgow. As suggested, I think it may be more of a reputation thing, everyone who I've told that I'm (hopefully) going to Glasgow has pulled a face and told me not to get stabbed. So I think people overestimate the violence/ roughness of Glasgow.
My lectures have always been packed with people from all over England, including the lecturers. You have no idea what you're talking about.

By the way, it's calibre.*
Original post by pajeee
everyone who I've told that I'm (hopefully) going to Glasgow has pulled a face and told me not to get stabbed.


People tell me that whenever I say I'm going to London.
My god, get out and live more. No, you will not experience any stabbings in Glasgow based on you being English (especially in the West End!). No, Glasgow don't refuse English applicants or turn their nose up and them. Yes, you have been massively misinformed.
Reply 6
Original post by TobaccoSmoke
Compared to Edinburgh, Glasgow is a considerably more "Scottish" institution and consequently seem less keen on accepting English applicants than Edinburgh are.

That's not to say Glasgow don't ever accept English applicants, because they obviously do, but in general an English applicant will be expected to present higher grades than a Scottish student to even have a chance of being considered.

Basically, I have heard that by default first consideration is given to Scottish applicants, and English applicants are only considered if they're of considerably higher caliber than the Scottish applicants competing for the place.

To what extent is this true?


I think whoever told you this has an anti-Scottish bias. :P

There's no anti-English bias but there are fewer English people than at St. Andrews and Edinburgh: I can count the number I know on my fingers. There are tons of English lecturers though, so who knows what's happened there.

Oh and you mostly need ABB at A-Level to get into Glasgow but AAAB at Highers, the latter of which I believe is harder to get, though difficult to compare.
Reply 7
There is not an "anti-English bias". First consideration will be given to the applicant who meets the entry requirements and has a strong personal statement.
Reply 8
I honestly doubt it. In any case, I'm Scottish student and I was rejected from Glasgow but accepted by Edinburgh. I wonder what that tells you... :tongue:
Well, Glasgow University is the propaganda unit of the SNP so it is only to be expected, I suppose…..

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