We have already seen a few UK Universities in the top 10 oldest Universities in the world list, but this list is only UK Universities. While the age on some of these Universities is surprising it is their location that will surprise you more…
The Top 10 Oldest Universities in the UK (Based on Founded Year)
10 – Victoria University, UK (Founded Year: 1880)
Wiki Info: Victoria University was an English federal university established by Royal Charter on 20 April 1880 at Manchester: a university for the North of England open to affiliation by colleges such as Owens College, which immediately did so.
9 – University of London, UK (Founded Year: 1836)
Wiki Info: The University is the largest university by a number of full-time students in the United Kingdom, with 161,270 campus-based students and over 50,000 distance learning students in the University of London International Programmes.
8 – Durham University, UK (Founded Year: 1832)
Wiki Info: Durham University is a collegiate public research university in Durham, North East England, with a second campus in Stockton-on-Tees. It was founded by an Act of Parliament in 1832 and granted a Royal Charter in 1837. It was one of the first universities to commence tuition in England for more than 600 years and is one of a number of institutions that has been described as the third-oldest university in England.
7 – Marischal College, Scotland (Founded Year: 1593)
Wiki Info: Marischal College is a large granite building on Broad Street in the centre of Aberdeen in north-east Scotland, and since 2011 has acted as the headquarters of Aberdeen City Council. However, the building was constructed for and is on long-term lease from the University of Aberdeen, which still uses parts of the building to house a museum and for ceremonial events.
6 – University of Edinburgh, Scotland (Founded Year: 1583)
Wiki Info: The University of Edinburgh founded in 1582, is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland’s ancient universities. The university is deeply embedded in the fabric of the city of Edinburgh, with many of the buildings in the historic Old Town belonging to the university.
5 – University of Aberdeen, Scotland (Founded Year: 1495)
Wiki Info: The University of Aberdeen is a public research university in Aberdeen, Scotland. It is an ancient university founded in 1495 when William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen, petitioned Pope Alexander VI on behalf of James IV, King of Scots to establish King’s College, making it Scotland’s third-oldest university and the fifth-oldest in the English-speaking world.
4 – University of Glasgow, Scotland (Founded Year: 1451)
Wiki Info: The University of Glasgow is the fourth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland’s four ancient universities. It was founded in 1451. Along with the University of Edinburgh, the University was part of the Scottish Enlightenment during the 18th century.
3 – University of St Andrews, Scotland (Founded Year: 1410)
Wiki Info: The University of St Andrews is a British public research university in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. It is the oldest of the four ancient universities of Scotland and the third oldest university in the English-speaking world. St Andrews was founded between 1410 and 1413 when the Avignon Antipope Benedict XIII issued a papal bull to a small founding group of Augustinian clergy.
2 – University of Cambridge, UK (Founded Year: 1209)
Wiki Info: Cambridge is formed from a variety of institutions which include 31 constituent colleges and over 100 academic departments organised into six schools. Cambridge University Press, a department of the University, is the world’s oldest publishing house and the second-largest university press in the world.
1 – The University of Oxford, UK (Founded Year: 1167)
Wiki Info: The University is made up of a variety of institutions, including 38 constituent colleges and a full range of academic departments which are organised into four divisions. All the colleges are self-governing institutions within the University, each controlling its own membership and with its own internal structure and act