University of Aberdeen

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Group.png University of Aberdeen  
University of Aberdeen arms.png
MottoInitium sapientiae timor domini
HeadquartersAberdeen, Scotland
Type• Public
• Ancient university
The university has produced leading figures in the UK, Scottish, and foreign governments.

The University of Aberdeen is a public research university in Aberdeen, Scotland. It is an ancient university founded in 1495, making it Scotland's third-oldest university and the fifth-oldest in the English-speaking world.


The modern university was created in 1860 by the merger of two "ancient universities": King's College, located in Old Aberdeen and Marischal College, founded in 1593 and located in the new town of Aberdeen. The university is deeply interwoven with the city, not least thanks to the many iconic King's College buildings that dominate Old Aberdeen. Aberdeen University has a large community of international students from 120 different countries. With over 650 undergraduate degrees, the university enjoys an excellent academic reputation and its research laboratories are recognized worldwide for their quality.

Over its centuries-old history, the University of Aberdeen has hosted many iconic intellectual figures of the Scottish Enlightenment and of the modern era, such as physicist James Clerk Maxwell, Thomas Reid, the founder of the Scottish School of Common Sense, the philosophers Robert Adamson and Alexander Bain, or the theologian William Robinson Clark. Five Nobel Prize winners are associated with the university.

The university has produced leading figures in the UK, Scottish, and foreign governments.


Alumni on Wikispooks

Dorothy Bain1964Lawyer
Ian Boyd9 February 1957UKAcademic
Stephen Carter12 February 1964Politician
Katy Clark3 July 1967UKPolitician
Alistair Darling28 November 1953PoliticianUK politician, governance of Chatham House
Lady Leeona Dorrian16 June 1957Lawyer
Stephen House1957Resigned from Police Scotland after claims police were illegally intercepting communications and spying on journalists.
Tessa Jowell17 September 1947Politician
Daniel LafayeedneyUKSpook
Deep state operative
UK Deep state operative. Director of both the II and its parent group the Institute For Statecraft. Two children also in the IfS.
Iain Livingstone6 October 1966Lawyer
Police officer
Marcello Mega1966Journalist
Rosie Mitchell1987Politician
Union organizer
Frank Mulholland18 April 1959Scottish lawyer and Lord Advocate
Angus Robertson28 September 1969Journalist
Former Deputy Leader of the Scottish National Party
John Sewel15 January 1946UKPolitician
Deep state functionary
Bill TaylorLawyerCounsel for Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, Lockerbie bombing convict
John Thomson27 April 19273 June 2018Diplomat
Andy Wightman29 May 1963UKAuthor
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