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  Ancient universities of Scotland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Each of the Ancient Universities is governed by a tripartite system of General Council, University Court, and Academic Senate, as defined by the Universities (Scotland) Acts.
The academic degrees awarded by the ancient are different from those of other Scottish universities, and share common features with the ancient universities in England.
Uniquely, the four ancient universities award a degree bearing the title of Master of Arts for undergraduate courses in Arts, Humanities, Fine Art, Divinity and sometimes Social Sciences; this is roughly equivalent to a bachelor's degree from the rest of the United Kingdom.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ancient_universities_of_Scotland   (519 words)

 British degree abbreviations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Note that usage in some Scottish universities, particularly the ancient universities, differs from that in England and Wales in that MAs are given out in place of BAs as first degrees, where the course of study is four years rather than the three years typical in England.
However, in the Open University and some of the newer universities with a strong commitment to broadening access to higher education, the Pass degree remains a valuable qualification though of a lower standard (or indicating a shorter period of study) than an Honours degree.
At the Ancient universities of Scotland (St Andrews, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee), a BSc(Hons) indicates a four year course, being the equivalent of the Scottish MA for science degrees.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/British_degree_abbreviations   (998 words)

 SCOTLAND - LoveToKnow Article on SCOTLAND   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
On the east side of Scotland, where so many fragments of the Secondary rocks occur as boulders in the glacial deposits, a large mass of strata was formerly exposed at Linksfield to the north of Elgin, containing fossils which appear to show it to belong to the Rhaetic beds at the top of the Trias.
The Roads and Bridges (Scotland) Act of 1878 entrusted the control of the roads to royal and police burghs and in the counties to road trustees, from whom it was transferred by the Local Government Act of 1889 to county councils, the management, however, being in the hands of district committees.
The earliest records concerning coalpits appear to be the charters granted, towards the end of the 12th century, to William Oldbridge of Carriden in Linlithgowshire, and in -1291 to the abbot and convent of Dunfermline conferring the privilege of digging coal in the lands of Pittencrieff.
6.1911encyclopedia.org /S/SC/SCOTLAND.htm   (19126 words)

 The Scotsman - Scotland - Executive keeps its hands off rectorship   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
WHEN the Roman Catholic Church established the four ancient universities in Scotland, a papal bull decreed that rectors should be a central part of the constitutions of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, St Andrews and Glasgow.
Some university principals have privately come to view the poll every three years as a form of Russian roulette, often asking: "Who the hell are the students going to lumber us with this time?" Concern reached a peak when students at Dundee (originally part of St Andrews University) put forward a hamster.
He or (far less often) she is responsible for managing university affairs, and has the automatic right to chair the court at the four oldest institutions.
thescotsman.scotsman.com /scotland.cfm?id=64772004   (1093 words)

 1583 Definition / 1583 Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Scotland has a land boundary with England in the island of Great Britain and is otherwise bounded by seas and oceans.
It is one of the ancient universities of Scotland and is amongst the largest in the United Kingdom.
The University of Edinburgh is a member of the Russell Group of large, research-led British universities.
www.elresearch.com /1583   (556 words)

 British universities: Encyclopedia topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Ancient universities (Ancient universities: among british universities, an ancient university is one founded before the 19th century...
The Open University (Open University: A British university that is open to people without formal academic qualifications and where teaching is by correspondence or broadcasting or summer school), founded in 1968 is Britain's sole distance-learning only University.
The University of London (University of London: the university of london, founded in 1836, is a federation of colleges which together...
www.absoluteastronomy.com /reference/british_universities   (1247 words)

 Untitled Document   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The University Rector is elected by matriculated students of the University to act as their spokesperson.
Principal of the University, Sir Muir Russell, said: “The election of Mr Vanunu demonstrates the diverse and international concerns of Glasgow students.
The Rector of the University of Glasgow holds a special position, and the office - that of a person elected by the students whose task is to represent them - is found only in the four so-called 'ancient' universities of Scotland.
www.nonviolence.org /vanunu/archive91/20041215glasgow.html   (265 words)

 University of Edinburgh: Encyclopedia topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
It is one of the ancient universities of Scotland (ancient universities of Scotland: more facts about this subject) and is amongst the largest and most prestigious in the United Kingdom (United Kingdom: A monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland).
The University was established by a Royal Charter (Royal Charter: A charter granted by the sovereign (especially in Great Britain)) granted by James VI (James VI: more facts about this subject) in 1582.
Ian Rankin (Ian Rankin: ian rankin (born 1960 in fife, scotland) is one of the best-selling crime writers...
www.absoluteastronomy.com /reference/university_of_edinburgh   (2901 words)

 Bachelor of Arts -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Some Canadian universities outside of Quebec offer "general" three-year BA degrees, particularly in Ontario, but these degrees are seen by prospective employers and graduate schools as being less prestigious than "honours" degrees, which typically take four years to complete.
In the United States, colleges and universities often award Bachelor of Arts degrees even to those who pursue a majority of their coursework (i.e., major) in traditional, "hard" science fields such as biology and chemistry.
The ancient universities of Scotland award an Master of Arts to arts undergraduates but a BSc to science undergraduates.
psychcentral.com /psypsych/Bachelor_of_arts   (857 words)

 Dominicans in Scotland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
It was from England that the first band of Friars Preachers came to Scotland, led by a Scot, Clement, who had studied in Oxford, and who would eventually become bishop of Dunblane and one of the best known and influential Dominicans of his time.
This was very much the case in Scotland, which for a long time had lived in a state of tension, and often in a state of war, with England.
In the 15th Century three of Scotland’s four ancient universities were founded, St Andrew’s (1411), Glasgow (1451) and Aberdeen (1495), and very soon the friars were engaged and involved in university teaching, a task for which they were well fitted.
www.op-glasgow.demon.co.uk /pages/scotland.html   (533 words)

 Town Topics
He has served as president of the Aberdeen Association of University Teachers and was convenor of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland's Committee on Chaplains to the Forces (1998-2001).
Torrance received the master's degree in art from the University of Edinburgh, the Bachelor of Divinity degree from St. Andrew's University, and the Doctor of Philosophy from Oriel College, Oxford University.
A minister in the Church of Scotland, the mother church of the Presbyterian Church USA, the new seminary president served the parish of Northmavine in the Shetland Islands for three years prior to becoming lecturer at Queen's Theological College, Birmingham, in 1985.
www.towntopics.com /mar1605/other3.html   (539 words)

 Edinburgh University   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
At the University of Edinburgh, we are committed to providing you with the very best educational experience you could possibly have.
Scotland's capital has a vibrant social and cultural life, a busy sporting calendar, and a rich history.
Many areas of the University scored extremely highly in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, rating 5 or 5* which signifies research that is internationally recognised.
homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk /s9902178/work/bach/ed-uni-blurb.html   (424 words)

 Rector -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
In Scotland, the position of Rector exists in the four ancient universities, which are the St Andrews, the Glasgow, the Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
Whilst the chief executive of these universities is the Principal and Vice-Chancellor, the Rector chairs meetings of the University Court, the governing body of the university, and is elected at regular intervals by their matriculated student bodies.
Gordon Brown, the current Chancellor of the Exchequer, was Rector of Edinburgh University while a student there, but since then most universities have amended their procedures to forbid currently matriculated students from standing for election.
psychcentral.com /psypsych/Rector   (1151 words)

 Universities in Scotland
The University was recently ranked as the top institution in Europe and third highest in the world to work in as a scientist (Scientist Magazine).
Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is one of the UK's leading universities with an international reputation for its research and teaching and an important role in the cultural and commercial life of the country.
The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1583 and one of UK’s six ‘ancient’ universities, is an international center of excellence in research and teaching, where we have outstanding resources and facilities for international students across a whole range of academic disciplines.
www.scotedu.org   (539 words)

 Universitas 21 - Member Institutions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The University of Edinburgh is one of the oldest, biggest and most diverse universities in Britain, with some 17,000 students (including 2,700 drawn from 120 countries world-wide) and studies extending across eight Faculties.
The University's operations are spread throughout the city in an estate ranging from some of the oldest buildings in Edinburgh to modern, purpose built and highly specialised facilities.
The University's engagement with industry is significant and in addition to technology licensing, commercially-funded research and patent activities, Edinburgh spins out around 10 new companies each year.
www.universitas21.com /members/edinburgh.htm   (463 words)

 Vanunu Elected University Rector   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu was tonight elected rector of a Scottish university.
The 50-year-old was voted by students to become the rector of Glasgow University and follows in the footsteps of William Gladstone, Benjamin Disraeli and Winnie Mandela.
The Rector of the University of Glasgow holds a special position, and the office "that of a person elected by the students whose task is to represent them" is found only in the four so-called ’ ancient’ universities of Scotland.
www.nonviolence.org /vanunu/archive91/20041215scotsman.html   (422 words)

 HERO - Higher Education & Research Opportunities in the UK: Former University Dean is inaugurated as new President ...
He has served as president of the Aberdeen Association of University Teachers and was convenor of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland’s Committee on Chaplains to the Forces (1998–2002).
A minister in the Church of Scotland, the mother church of the Presbyterian Church USA, Rev. Torrance served the parish of Northmavine in the Shetland Islands for three years prior to becoming lecturer in New Testament and patristics at Queen’s Theological College, Birmingham, in 1985.
He then moved to the University of Aberdeen to his current position, and in 2001 was named Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Divinity.
www.hero.ac.uk /sites/hero/media_relations/9055.cfm   (876 words)

 Degrees of Excellence   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Historically that education had been centred on the ancient Universities of Scotland, all of which were creations of the church.
The confessional, church-governed College of the Free Church is the nearest thing Scotland has today to the traditional theological training of the Reformed churches, and it is a training which primarily equips men for the ministry of the Gospel, but which is of great use and benefit in many other areas and walks of life.
We could have had no Reformation either in Geneva or in Scotland were it not for men whose minds were won for the truth, and in love with the truth.
www.backfreechurch.co.uk /Gazette/degrees_of_excellence.htm   (722 words)

 Dear Students,
Understanding the “Old” and the “New” Universities.   “Of the 100 or so [British] universities, all have an identical general mission.   Small, legal structural differences distinguish two categories:  the ‘old’ (pre-1992) and the ‘new’ (post 1992) universities.  The Old Universities are universally research universities ranging in age from 40 – 800 years old.
Universities because of their well-known, numerous strengths.  These are listed only to make the point that RAE ratings have significant resonance in presentations of
University, who graciously shared her notes with the group.  Her 29-page record (!) of week one is printed in full in the 2003 NAFA conference notebook, Beyond Winning: National Competitions and the Student Experience.
www3.baylor.edu /~Elizabeth_Vardaman/UK.htm   (3769 words)

One of the four oldest Universities in the United Kingdom, the University of Glasgow has been an important provider of quality higher education for over 550 years.
The University is a member of the Russell Group of major research-led Universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international group of universities dedicated to setting world-wide standards for higher education.
Our Business School draws heavily upon the research and scholarly traditions of one of the ancient universities of Scotland, providing significant benefits to participants in terms of the learning environment, available resources, support services, and of course, the quality of their contact with lecturers.
www.ceebd.co.uk /ceeed/un/uk/gubs.htm   (838 words)

 University of Aberdeen at Offshore Europe 2001
Founded in 1495 by Bishop William Elphinstone, it is the third oldest university in Scotland, fifth in the UK, and the first Chair of Medicine in the English-speaking world was established here in 1497.
Earlier this year, the University was awarded The Queen's Award for Higher and Further Education in recognition of our work in developing medical imaging techniques which started with the invention of MRI scanning technology at Aberdeen over 25 years ago.
With the backing of a top-flight group of patrons, including HRH The Prince of Wales, the University launched the Sixth Century Campaign in 1999 to attract investment of £150 million in the next ten years from private donors, companies, trust and foundations.
www.abdn.ac.uk /oilgas/old_site/abdnuni2.htm   (476 words)

 Press Releases - Templeton Foundation Press   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
These universities are the University of Aberdeen, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, and University of St. Andrews.
The Press is sponsoring a session at the Edinburgh Book Festival in the morning and an afternoon scholarly symposium with the University of Edinburgh to discuss the impact of the lectures, their historical significance, and direction for the future.
Timothy O’Shea is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh.
www.templetonpress.org /pressrelease_05June.asp   (694 words)

 Untitled Document   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
This is an absolute requirement in the ancient universities whose graduates are required by statute to be members of the General Council.
St Andrews was one of the first British Universities to allow women students to matriculate in 1892 – and the first group of women graduated from St Andrews in 1896.
The University’s mediaeval maces are probably the finest collection in the world and are used in all important ceremonial occasions as a symbol of the University’s jurisdiction.
www.st-andrews.ac.uk /pressoffice/gradfactsheet.html   (2253 words)

 BBC NEWS | Scotland | Vanunu elected university rector
The position of rector only exists at Scotland's four "ancient" universities.
The person in the post is elected by students to represent them in a number of ways, which can include chairing the University Court.
The principal of Glasgow University, Sir Muir Russell, said: "The election of Mr Vanunu demonstrates the diverse and international concerns of Glasgow students.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/low/scotland/4100119.stm   (385 words)

 Baylor University || Hume and His Critics: A Conference on the Scottish Enlightenment || Gordon Graham
Gordon Graham FRSE is Regius Professor of Moral Philosophy, Director of the Centre for the Study of Scottish Philosophy and founding Editor of the Journal of Scottish Philosophy.
A graduate of the Universities of St Andrews and Durham, he was formerly Reader in Moral Philosophy at the University of St Andrews where, from 1991-95, he also held the post of Director of the University Music Centre, an interest that he continues in his membership of the University of Aberdeen Music Research Group.
Its origins are to be found in the Middle Ages when Scotland's ancient universities were founded, and its central themes continued to be explored well into the twentieth century.
www.baylor.edu /Humeandcritics/index.php?id=27344   (599 words)

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