Aberdeen: Quiet campus in North Sea oil capital. Older than all English universities except for Oxbridge. Strong on petroleum geology, land use and marine resource management, and cultural history.
Contact: 01224 272000
Abertay Dundee: Formerly Dundee Institute of Technology. Claims to be among the top three intermediate-sized cities in UK for quality of life. One of the smallest UK universities. Came up with a novel scheme to persuade local 12-year-olds to sign up for a degree.
Contact: 01382 308000
Queen's, Belfast: (above) In leafy south Belfast, five minutes' walk from the Loyalist area. 22,000 students, five faculties, research institutes and an industrial unit.
Contact: 028-9024 5133
Dundee: Compact city-centre campus in a lovely spot overlooking the River Tay. Dundee claims to be Scotland's UniverCity, with more students per head of population than elsewhere. Only university to offer English and Scottish law.
Contact: 01382 223181
Edinburgh: Scotland's leading university. Great place for students - be they regal or otherwise - and a powerhouse for research. Most famous for medicine, many students hail from south of the border.
Contact: 0131-650 1000
Glasgow: Compact campus in the trendy west end of Scotland's biggest city. One of the oldest universities in UK with an international reputation for research. One of four UK universities in Universitas 21, a new international association of research- based institutions. Famous for medicine and veterinary medicine.
Contact: 0141-339 8855
Glasgow Caledonian: A former poly, its strengths lie in business, health, science and technology. A huge building programme has meant a new financial services centre and lots more accommodation. Has flexible credit accumulation and transfers on the American model.
Contact: 0141-331 3000
Heriot-Watt: Strikingly modern campus in Edinburgh. Renowned as a technical institution. Courses are predominantly science and engineering. Unusual courses include actuarial mathematics, and brewing and distilling.
Contact: 0131-449 5111
Napier: (above) Former poly in Edinburgh. Particularly big in business management, bio-sciences, electronics, media studies, music, new materials, statistics and transport. And it has a centre for entrepreneurship.
Contact: 0131-444 2266
Paisley: Former technical college and school of art. Has three campuses, one in the centre of Paisley, the second on the coast at Ayr, home of Robbie Burns, and the third in Dumfries. Many of the 10,000 students are local; and courses are strongly vocational, with a technological edge and close links with industry. Scotland's leader in credit accumulation and transfer.
Contact: 0141-848 3000
Robert Gordon: Formerly an institute of technology. Named after a merchant trader in the Baltic. Teaching spread across four sites in Aberdeen. No ivory tower. Strong vocational emphasis. More than 150 degree and other courses in wide range of subjects, many involving work placements.
Contact: 01224 262000
St Andrews: The oldest university in Scotland and the third oldest in the UK after Oxford and Cambridge, it's steeped in ancient buildings and customs. …