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University of Strathclyde


Established more than 200 years ago ‘for the good of mankind’, the University of Strathclyde has always had a global outlook. Situated in the heart of Glasgow – one of the UK’s largest cities – the University has a vibrant, international community and is home to more than 22,000 full- and part-time students and 3,600 staff from more than 100 countries.

Every year, thousands of students choose the University because of its reputation for first-class teaching and excellent facilities. Strathclyde is continuing this tradition through an investment of £650 million in its dynamic, digital campus over the current decade.

The University is dedicated to ‘useful learning’, and its students are at the heart of everything it does. It is recognised internationally for its close working relationship with global businesses and its partnerships with industry, government and policy makers.

Strathclyde academics are tackling the global research challenges facing society in areas including health, low carbon technologies and the economy, while developing the highly-skilled graduates needed by industry and the professions.

The University’s four faculties, Strathclyde Business School, Humanities & Social SciencesEngineering and Science, work across disciplines to give Strathclyde a distinctive and enviable track record of taking technologies and making them of benefit for society.

Its high-profile alumni include:

  • John Logie Baird, inventor of the world’s first television
  • James Blyth, the wind energy pioneer
  • David Livingstone, the medical missionary and explorer
  • Henry Faulds, originator of fingerprint identification
  • Dame Elish Angiolini QC, former Lord Advocate of Scotland
  • Sir Tom Hunter, entrepreneur and philanthropist
  • Aileen McGlynn, Paralympic cycling gold medallist
  • Robbie Renwick, Commonwealth swimming gold medallist
  • Alex Kapranos. Franz Ferdinand singer

Key facts & figures

  • Strathclyde has a community, drawn from more than 100 countries, of more than 22,000 students and more than 3,000 staff
  • Home to Scotland’s largest Faculty of Engineering
  • Scotland’s largest provider of teacher education
  • A leading university for graduate employment. Of Strathclyde’s 2015 graduates, 96.2% had either secured a job or gone into further study six months after graduation
  • Strathclyde is investing £650 million in its campus over the current decade. Major projects include: a £31 million sport, health and wellbeing centre; a £60 million teaching and learning hub; a £23.2 million refurbishment of the award-winning Strathclyde Business School; a £20 million combined heat and power system which will cut the University’s carbon emissions by half
  • Strathclyde is committed to widening access, with a range of programmes to ensure that there are no economic or social barriers to higher education. Initiatives include: the Engineering Academy, a collaboration between Strathclyde, partner colleges and industry, giving college students an alternative route to higher education; the Strathclyde Literacy Clinic, a volunteering project through which Education students deliver literacy support to pupils in primary schools in areas of economic deprivation; support for students who are estranged from their families – students who are more vulnerable than most to homelessness and withdrawal from education; the Young Strathclyders programme, which provides specifically tailored, one-to-one support for talented pupils at schools with low participation rates in higher education
  • Home to the newly-established Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures, a partnership between the University’s Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland and Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice
  • Strathclyde Business School is among the few in the world – fewer than 1% of the total – to be endorsed by all three international accrediting bodies
  • Strathclyde hosts the £89 million Technology and Innovation Centre, opened by HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 2015. The Centre is a hub for world-leading research that is transforming the way academics, business, industry and the public sector collaborate
  • Strathclyde rose 14 places overall in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) the UK Government benchmarking of university research, and was placed in the top 20 for research intensity
  • Strathclyde is an entrepreneurial university which actively supports staff, students and alumni in business ventures. This is co-ordinated through Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network (SEN), which brings together the University’s company creation infrastructure, global alumni community and industry contacts to provide a central hub of support for students, staff and alumni who are looking to form new businesses
  • A partner in the Glasgow Children’s University, which enables children aged seven to 14 to widen their skills and interests, while providing a new and innovative route towards further and higher education
  • Host of the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools, which offers support to schools around Scotland in their teaching of Chinese language and culture, and which was named global Confucius Institute of the Year in 2014
  • Winner of Times Higher Education awards in four years out of six: Business School of the Year (2016); Entrepreneurial University of the Year (2013); UK University of the Year (2012); Research Project of the Year (2011)
  • Winner of three Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs) in four years: Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative of the Year in 2014, and Workplace of the Year and Outstanding Strategic Planning Team, both in 2017
  • Founder of more than 50 spin-out companies, of which around 40 are still trading, making sales of approx. £80m per annum and employing around 800 people
  • Winner in the Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change category of the 2014 Green Gown Awards, made for sustainability in UK educational institutions
  • Scotland’s top university for research partnerships with business, according to an Interface report covering the period 2005-2013
  • An independent study by BiGGAR Economics found that Strathclyde’s partnerships with business and industry will offer a £1.4bn boost to the Scottish and global economies
  • Home of the UK’s first Fraunhofer Institute – Europe’s largest contract research organisation - and Fraunhofer’s UK headquarters
  • A partner in the international collaboration that discovered gravitational waves, confirming a major prediction of Einstein’s general theory of relativity
  • A strategic partner in the operation of the National Physical Laboratory, a global centre of excellence in measurement and materials science
  • The only UK higher education institution involved in all four of the UK’s Quantum Technology Hubs, which explore the properties of quantum mechanics and how they can be harnessed for use in technology
  • A partner in four of the UK Government’s seven Catapult research centres: Offshore Renewable Energy; High Value Manufacturing; Satellite Applications and Future Cities
  • Alumni include: John Logie Baird, inventor of the world’s first television; James Blyth, the wind energy pioneer; David Livingstone, the medical missionary and explorer; Henry Faulds, originator of fingerprint identification, Dame Elish Angiolini QC, former Lord Advocate of Scotland; Sir Tom Hunter, entrepreneur and philanthropist; Paralympic cycling gold medallist Aileen McGlynn OBE and Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Sir Brian Souter

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