Three university colleges have risen in recent league tables that rank hundreds of top-level educational institutions across the country.
The University of Edinburgh regained its place in the top 20 after beating four places in 2018, while Edinburgh Napier and Queen Margaret
The positions – which rank more than 120 higher education centers – are based on ten measures, ranging from entry standards and student satisfaction for examining quality and graduating prospects.
Heriot Watt kept his place for 35 years from the year before, ranked over Queen's University in Belfast by 2020, while Edinburgh University climbed to 1[ads1]6th from 23rd after falling from 19 in previous rankings – its highest position since 2013.
However, Edinburgh Napier was the largest mover of the four main institutions and jumped 15 sites from 101 to 86.
Qu a Margaret University jumped nine places to 68, the highest position it has occupied in rankings since 2008.  A spokesman for Edinburgh Napier University said: "We are very pleased to note our improved standing, reflecting all the hard work of our staff to ensure Edinburgh Napier is a great place for students to build their future." 19659003] Nationally, the survey surveyed Scotland recorded the highest average admission standards, while also recording an annual increase in candidate prospects. 19659003] All league tables are made available online for free.
A spokesman for Edinburgh University said, "It is always pleasing to see that university achievements are strongly reflected in league tables. It is a tribute to the hard work of our staff and students."
A spokeswoman for QMU added: "We are excited to serve as a state-of-the-art university in Scotland in this league table and to move up seven places a year."
"This success reflects our efforts to provide an excellent student experience in a supportive environment and the quality of our Academic Research We look forward to continuing this work. "
St Andrews topped the Scottish ranking, which came third across the UK, with Edinburgh others.
Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee rounded off the top five Scottish representatives.
The Abertay University was the biggest fighter in Scotland, and dropped four places to 103, but Glasgow Caledonian rose from 85 to 77 in the position.
Universities are also ranked in more than 70 subject categories, as well as student staffing and facilities.
Dr Bernard Kingston, head of The Complete University Guide, commented: "The proof is clear; the increased weight, including funding, on labor and career planning in academic departments and student services, is bearing fruit."
"Many institutions now have this as a key element of their strategic plans with the introduction of innovative programs of subject-specific career events focused on embedding and signposting graduate destinations. "