A Scottish university has knocked Oxford and Cambridge off the top spot in a national league table for the second time in 30 years.

The University of St Andrews has been named the top university in the UK and Scotland by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, with the University of Glasgow named as Scottish university of the year.

The Prince and Princess of Wales met while studying at the university in the early 2000s.

Published annually, The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide aims to provide the most comprehensive guide to higher education in the UK.

The guide evaluates everything from satisfaction with teaching quality and the student experience through to degree completion rates and graduate employment prospects.

First Minister Humza Yousaf attended the university, as did former first minister Nicola Sturgeon.

The University of Edinburgh came in third, dropping one place since last year.

Further north, the University of Aberdeen has jumped one place to fourth, after coming fifth in the rankings last year.

It leapfrogged Glasgow-based University of Strathclyde, which has dropped one place to fifth after coming fourth in last year’s rankings.

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