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University of Strathclyde

It's easy to get to Glasgow by air, rail or road. When you arrive, you'll find plenty of taxis in the city, plus one of the best public transport systems in the country.

Air Travel

There are several daily scheduled flights into and out of Glasgow International Airport from major British and European cities, as well as from other airports in Asia, Africa, Australia and the US. Edinburgh Airport is just an hour's drive away and also offers a wide choice of flights.

Which airline?

Fly into Glasgow International Airport with a wide range of airlines, including British Airways and Scotland's own no-frills airline, Flyglobespan, which has many flights between Glasgow International Airport and Europe. The low-cost airline Ryanair operates flights from Prestwick International Airport, which is around 30 miles from the city centre. Many airlines fly into Edinburgh Airport.

Getting into Glasgow from the airports

From Glasgow International Airport, it's 15-20 minutes drive into the city - and there are regular airport buses.

Prestwick International Airport is around 30 miles from the city centre and has its own train station with trains running to Glasgow Central Station every half hour and taking approximately 45 minutes. The airport's location also means that travel by road is generally hassle-free.

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For Trains

There are direct GNER rail links from Edinburgh Waverly and London King's Cross to Glasgow Central Station. On some trains from London, you may need to change in Edinburgh. From London Euston station, Virgin trains and the First Scotrail Caledonian Sleeper travel direct to Glasgow.

The direct journey from London to Glasgow takes around 4 to 5 hours. The journey from Edinburgh to Glasgow takes 50 minutes, with trains running every 15 minutes.

Note: Queen Street station serves the east and north of Scotland (Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Stirling and notably a service to Edinburgh every fifteen minutes.) But some trains to/from Edinburgh arrive at Central Station which serves the east and south.

The cost of travelling by train can be reduced by booking in advance - and by making the most of the savings offered by a Student Railcard.

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For coaches

National Express coaches travel between London and Glasgow's Buchanan Street Bus Station seven times a day. The average journey time is between 8.5 and 10 hours, depending on traffic conditions and the time of day. The budget coach service Megabus also makes the journey between Glasgow and London twice a day and once at night.

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City travel

Glasgow's underground railway is fast and efficient. The nearest stop to the John Anderson Campus is Buchanan Street. There are also regular bus and train services in and around the city. A train runs from the High Street train station next to the John Anderson Campus to the Jordanhill Campus.

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Key facts & figures

  • Strathclyde has a community, drawn from more than 100 countries, of 22,000 students and more than 3,000 staff.
  • Home to Scotland’s largest Faculty of Engineering.
  • Scotland’s largest provider of teacher education.
  • Home to the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland.
  • Strathclyde Business School is among the few in the world - less 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.
  • 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 three consecutive years: Entrepreneurial University of the Year (2013); UK University of the Year (2012); Research Project of the Year (2011).
  • 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 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 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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Glasgow G1 1XP

Tel: +44 (0)141 548 2913

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