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University of Glasgow wins our global uni photo contest

The University of Glasgow come first in Hotcourses' international photo contest, pipping Oxford Brookes University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


The University of Glasgow has snatched first prize in our global university photo contest, beating out a shortlist of 29 entries with their gorgeous shot (above) of the Glaswegian skyline.

Hotcourses Abroad Facebook followers, as well as followers across our network of local language international sites, voted by “liking” their favourite photo entry throughout April. They chose Glasgow’s entry – capturing the city’s skyline and featuring the main university building, the Hydro arena and Kelvingrove Art Gallery – over the other 28 entries shortlisted. These other competitive entries included epic sunsets, geese accompanying students to class and sports rallies on the water.

Oxford Brookes University came in 2nd place with a shot of their "floating theatre" while the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) came 3rd with a photo of a young girl applying dressing to her doll, reflecting the kind of work their students specialise in.

A spokesman from the University of Glasgow said: 'We’d like to congratulate William on his success in the Hotcourses photo contest. We think his entry is absolutely stunning. We would also like to thank Hotcourses for supplying this bursary which will go towards supporting our efforts to facilitate the world-class teaching and research work taking place at the University of Glasgow.'

The top 3 universities have each received a bursary prize courtesy of Hotcourses to award to one of their enrolled international students, to go towards the costs involved with studying abroad. Glasgow have chosen to award their 1st place bursary prize of £500 to international student Maulana Ibrahim Rau. Meanwhile the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine chose Anna Kagstrom, the student who took their photo entry originally, to receive their 3rd place prize of £200. Oxford Brookes will award their 2nd place prize of £300 in the upcoming Autumn term.


University of Glasgow present one of their international students, Maulana Ibrahim Rau, with their 1st prize bursary from Hotcourses
University of Glasgow's staff present their chosen international students, Maulana Ibrahim Rau, with their 1st prize bursary courtesy of Hotcourses.


The shortlisted entries were taken from nearly 80 entries we received in total by the end of April. Despite British universities dominating, 5 countries overall saw institutions shortlisted. The highest-ranked institutions representing Malaysia, the US, Australia and New Zealand were Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Unity College, Victoria University and the University of Waikato, respectively.

Over 6500 votes were cast in total.


LSHTM student Anna Kagstrom with the 3rd place cheque from the Hotcourses photo contest
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine student Anna Kagstrom, who took the School's entry, poses with the 3rd place cheque which the School chose to award her.


William Newman, the student who took the winning photo for the University of Glasgow, had this to say to us:

'I’m delighted that my photo won the competition for the University, I wasn’t expecting it to at all! The photo shows off what the city holds with the array of museums and venues amongst the greenery, as well as the University’s own beautiful buildings (although it only really scrapes the surface for what it really holds). It’s a fantastic place to live and study, with an endless list of things to do; and it only takes a moment to get out amongst the beautiful scenery that Scotland has to offer. I hadn’t really considered Glasgow as somewhere I’d want to be before I came here to study, and now I don’t particularly want to leave.' 


View the full album of photos here


Who came where?

1. University of Glasgow (UK)

2. Oxford Brookes University (UK)

3. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK)

4. University of York (UK)

5. University of South Wales (UK)

6. Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Malaysia)

7. University of Aberdeen (UK)

8. Falmouth University (UK)

9. London Metropolitan University (UK)

10. Unity College (USA)

11. Brunel University (UK)

12. University of Texas at San Antonio (USA)

13. University of Sussex (UK)

14. Royal Agricultural University (UK)

15. Victoria University (Australia)

16. Language Skills English Center (UK)

17. University of Waikato (New Zealand)

18. Northern State University (USA)

19. University of Malaya (Malaysia)

20. Murdoch University (Australia)

21. Queen Mary University of London (UK)

22. Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (USA)

23. Le Cordon Bleu Australia (Australia)

24. Broward College (USA)

25. NZMA (New Zealand)

26. Southampton Solent University (UK)

27. University of Auckland (New Zealand)

28. University of Dayton (USA)

29. University of Miami (USA)


A big congratulations to all the institutions in the shortlist for coming so far! 


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Paul Ellett is the editor for Hotcourses Abroad. His role is to plan, produce and share editorial, videos, infographics, eBooks and any other content to inform prospective and current international students about their study abroad experience. When he's not thinking about student visas in Sweden and application deadlines, Paul is an avid fan of comedy podcasts and Nicolas Cage films.

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