Did you know that 25% of our students are from outside the UK, 63% are from Scotland and 12% are from the rest of the UK?

See below for some quick facts and figures, and also for links to our published Facts and Figures documents and to our Statement of Accounts.

Key student statistics (16/17 academic year)

4,500 studying in Scotland:

63% are from Scotland;

12% are from the UK outside of Scotland;

25% are from out of the UK;

2,500 studying with partners overseas.

98.2% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation (HESA statistics 2017).

Economic impact

  • According to research by the University of Strathclyde, QMU is worth £77 million to the economy
  • Employment attributable to the University represents 3% of all East Lothian employment.
  • Students from outside Scotland who come to study at QMU generate an estimated £11m of economic output each year.

Student satisfaction

  • In the National Student Survey (NSS) 2017, we are ranked top in the UK and top in Scotland for Publicity Studies (PR & Media and PR, Marketing & Events); joint top in the UK and top in Scotland for Marketing (PR, Marketing & Events); joint top in the UK and Scotland for Nursing; and top in Scotland for Sociology (Public Sociology and Psychology & Sociology).

Other interesting facts

  • We were established in 1875. Throughout our history, we have focused on serving the community and improving the quality of life through education and research which is relevant to society’s needs.
  • We offer the broadest range of allied health professional degrees in Scotland including nursing, dietetics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, audiology, art psychotherapy, music therapy, and speech and language therapy.
  • We have won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our work in speech science.
  • In the most recent nationwide audit of research in universities, Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), over 58% of QMU’s overall research was rated as world leading or internationally excellent.  Amongst the highlights was our success in Speech and Language Sciences, where we are now 2nd in the UK and 1st in Scotland for the proportion of research classed as internationally excellent or world leading (92%).  Times Higher Education singled us out as a ‘notable riser’ in terms of REF performance.
  • Through collaborative agreements, students are studying for our degrees in India, Nepal, Greece and Switzerland and other countries.
  • We have flagship areas of specialism in health and rehabilitation, creativity and culture and sustainable business.

Our alumni include:

  • Michael Matheson, MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Justice in the Scottish Government
  • Matt Baker, TV presenter (formerly ‘Blue Peter’, currently ‘The One Show’ and ‘Countryfile’)
  • Ashley Jensen, actor (US hit TV series ‘Ugly Betty’)
  • Edith Bowman, Scottish music critic, radio DJ and TV presenter (BBC Radio 1)
  • Kevin McKidd, actor (‘Trainspotting’, TV hit series ‘Rome’, Grey’s Anatomy’)

Our Strategic Plan is designed to enable us to fulfil our potential as a university of ideas and influence. The strategy covers the period of time leading up to 2025, the 150th anniversary of our foundation. It holds true to the principles and values on which this institution was founded. This is reflected in a focus on supporting students, serving the community, creating meaningful partnerships, promoting impactful knowledge exchange and enshrining social justice. Inspired by our strong record of achieving ambitious goals throughout our history, from addressing 19th century social problems to creating the first new Scottish university campus of the 21st century, our the Strategic Plan sets out how we will reach beyond our current horizons. Underpinning this is a new emphasis on institutional confidence.

Find out more about our strategy in our Strategic Plan

For more full information on our student numbers, annual turnover, and other statistical information, see below for our facts and figures publications and statement of accounts for recent years.

QMU Facts and Figures 2016 (PDF version)

QMU Facts and Figures 2015 (PDF version)

QMU Facts and Figures 2014 (PDF version)

QMU Facts and Figures 2013 (PDF version)

QMU Facts and Figures 2012 (PDF version)

QMU Facts and Figures 2011 (PDF version)

QMU Facts and Figures 2010 (PDF version)

QMU Facts and Figures 2008 (PDF version)

More information can be found via our statement of accounts.

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