See below for some quick facts and figures, and also for links to the Facts and Figures documents that we publish annually.  From this page, you can also access our Statement of Accounts, Strategic Plan and Outcome Agreement with the SFC.

Key student statistics (20/21 academic year)

8619 students (including 3055 studying via our partners overseas)

43.7% are from Scotland;

7.7% are from the UK outside of Scotland;

36 % are from Europe;

12.6% are from outside Europe.

Student satisfaction

  • In the National Student Survey 2021, our score for overall satisfaction is 79%. 

  • The results confirm that students were particularly pleased with the support they received from academics with QMU’s ‘Academic Support’ ranking 4th in Scotland.

  • Students clearly valued feeling part of QMU’s community of learners with QMU’s ‘Learning Community’ ranking 3rd in Scotland.
  • QMU ranked in the top 15% of universities in the UK for student satisfaction relating to teaching on their courses (NSS 2021)
  • Students value being part of a supportive learning community - QMU ranked 7th university in the UK for student satisfaction with our ‘learning community’.
  • Students value having their voices heard. QMU ranked in the top 25% of universities in the UK for satisfaction with the ‘Student Voice’ (NSS 2021)

Rankings

We are ranked within the top 50% of universities in the UK in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

In the same league table, we rank in the top 20 in the UK for:

  • Pharmacy and Pharmacology
  • Nursing
  • Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism
  • Subjects Allied to Medicine
  • Communication and Media

We are also ranked in the top 57% of universities in the world in the QS World Rankings 2023.

Graduate employability

At 3%, QMU has the lowest level of unemployment in Scotland for its graduates 15 months after they have graduated. The average figure for Scotland is 5%. (Graduate Outcome Statistics 2018/19, published by HESA in 2021).

Research excellence

REF 2021 (the system of assessing, through peer review, the quality of research in UK higher education institutions) showed that :

  • QMU has world-leading or internationally excellent research in every one of the seven REF 2021 ‘units of assessment’ to which we submitted research. 
  • 100% of our research impact in Communications, Cultural and Media Studies was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent
  • 100% of our research impact in Nursing and the Allied Health Professions was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. 
  • 75% of our research impact in Speech and Language Science was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • 75% of our research impact in Global Health and Development was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • 50% of our research impact in Business and Management Studies was as rated internationally excellent.
  • 50% of our research impact in Psychology was rated as world-leading. 

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.
  • Through collaborative agreements, students are studying for our degrees in India, Nepal, Greece, Egypt 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 Net Zero, Energy and Transport in the Scottish Government
  • Shirley-Anne Somerville, MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills 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’)

Economic impact

  • According to research by the University of Strathclyde, QMU is worth £77 million to the economy (2009)
  • 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 £11 of economic output each year

Our Strategic Plan 2020-2025 demonstrates how we will contribute to society’s recovery and recalibration following COVID-19. It sets out how we will help create a better society through teaching, learning and innovation. It shows how we will nurture our distinctive person-centred approach to learning, and how we will build on our unique academic portfolio. Promoting creativity, agility, resilience and collaboration, the strategy holds true to the ethos of social justice on which this institution was founded.

Find out more about our strategy in our Strategic Plan

 

Facts and Figures 2022 publication

View our Facts and Figures 2022 Poster

Items listed in our Facts and Figures 2022 poster:

We are ranked within the top 50% of universities in the UK in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

National Student Survey 2021

  • In the National Student Survey 2021, our score for overall satisfaction is 79%. 
  • The results confirm that students were particularly pleased with the support they received from academics with QMU’s ‘Academic Support’ ranking 4th in Scotland.
  • Students clearly valued feeling part of QMU’s community of learners with QMU’s ‘Learning Community’ ranking 3rd in Scotland.
  • QMU ranked in the top 15% of universities in the UK for student satisfaction relating to teaching on their courses (NSS 2021)
  • Students value being part of a supportive learning community - QMU ranked 7th university in the UK for student satisfaction with our ‘learning community’.
  • Students value having their voices heard. QMU ranked in the top 25% of universities in the UK for satisfaction with the ‘Student Voice’ (NSS 2021)

Employability

At 3%, QMU has the lowest level of unemployment in Scotland for its graduates 15 months after they have graduated. The average figure for Scotland is 5%. (Graduate Outcome Statistics 2018/19, published by HESA in 2021).

Student numbers

(2020-2021: including overseas collaborations)

8619 total students

3055 QMU students are studying for a QMU degree through our overseas collaborations

77.4% Undergraduate

22.6% Postgraduate

Health Sciences students: 4721 (54.8%)

Arts, Social Sciences and Management students: 3938 (45.2%)

Age of students (2020-2021)

36.5% are below 21 years

23.3% are 30 years and over

Student distribution by origin (2020-2021)

43.7% Scotland

7.7% Other UK

36% Europe

12.6% Outside Europe

QMU Staff (as of February 2022)

297 Academic

238 Professional Services

67.3% Female

32.7% Male

Income (2020-21)

Total income: £44m

Sources of income (2020-21)

Scottish Funding Council: £20.7m (47%)

Student tuition fees: £15.1m (34.2%)

Research grants and contracts: £3m (6.8%)

Other income: £5.3m (12%)

Research excellence (REF 2014)

92% of our research in Speech and Language is classed as internationally excellent or world leading

50%+ of our research profile in Global Health and Development is classed as internationally excellent or world leading

77%+ of our research publications in Media and Communications are classed as internationally excellent or world leading

40%+ of our research publications in Allied Health are classed as internationally excellent or world leading

QMU has 6 research centres and 3 knowledge exchange centres

Supporting Entrepreneurship

48 graduate start-ups created through our Business Innovation Zone

1st Scottish university to host a Business Gateway on campus

Archive Facts and Figures Publications

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 2022 (PDF version)

QMU Facts and Figures 2021 (PDF version)

QMU Facts and Figures 2020 (PDF version)

QMU Facts and Figures 2019 (PDF version)

QMU Facts and Figures 2018 (PDF version)

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)

Annual Accounts

You can find our Statement of Accounts in our Finance web section

 

Outcome Agreement

Our Outcome Agreement sets out a number of objectives across the range of SFC funded activity, namely, teaching,research and innovation. For more information see our Outcome Agreement 2017-2020: April 2019 Update

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