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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 18,000 full-time students and staff from 100 countries.


The University of Strathclyde’s campus sits at the centre of one of the UK’s largest and most dynamic cities. Glasgow’s music scene, bars and restaurants are renowned and the city offers the best retail experience in the UK outside of London. So it’s no surprise the New York Times named Glasgow as one of the world’s top 12 places to see in 2012.

As well as its thriving arts and cultural attractions and year-round programme of events, Glasgow is gearing up to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014. The city is also home to more than 20 museums and galleries as well as Scottish Opera, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Ballet.

Vibrant city life is balanced by opportunities to relax and wind down. Glasgow, which means ‘dear green place’, has 90 parks and formal gardens. The oldest of them is Glasgow Green, which is a 10 minute walk from the campus.

With Glasgow as a base, Strathclyde students are perfectly positioned to explore everything Scotland has to offer. For fans of the outdoors, the stunning Trossachs and Highlands are just a short drive or bus journey away. You can enjoy a wide variety of activities including hill walking, sailing and skiing.

In addition, Strathclyde’s campus is within easy walking distance of the city’s two major train stations, Central and Queen Street, making it easy to visit the country’s other towns and cities, including Edinburgh, which is just 40 miles east of Glasgow. The city is a one-hour flight away from London.

More information and maps are available of key campus locations.

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The University of Strathclyde has everything you need, where and when you need it.

The Centre for Sport & Recreation is a great place to enjoy sports and leisure activities such as volleyball, indoor cricket, trampolining, table tennis, resistance training, swimming and much more. Facilities include a large twin-court sports hall for all major indoor games, space for up to six badminton courts, an activities room, a weight training area and a cardiovascular fitness suite. The University’s training facilities were used by football teams during the 2012 Olympics. Find out more about physical activities at:

The Andersonian Library has around one million print volumes, more than 144,000 electronic books and over 25,000 e-journals. It covers all subjects taught at Strathclyde, focusing on science, engineering, business, law and social sciences. It offers 200 networked computers with access to the internet, email, a wide range of software and databases and a wireless area for laptops. The Andersonian Library is also responsible for the University's historical archives, including special collections of rare books.

The Students' Union is the centre of social life for Strathclyde students - it's where everyone goes to meet and relax with friends and enjoy some great nights out. The Union has bars and clubs to cater to all tastes, and you'll find their prices keep student budgets in mind. 

With more than 50 active clubs and societies at Strathclyde, it's easy to find other people who share your interests - whether that's music, drama, sports or voluntary work.

Strathclyde’s Careers Service offers dedicated advice on applying for jobs and organises Scotland’s largest graduate recruitment fair.

Students have access to more than 30 computer labs (most open 24 hours), and 400 wi-fi hot spots in teaching rooms, cafes, libraries and gardens. You will also enjoy free email and personalised academic information through your University User Account.

The Chaplaincy caters for all denominations and has full and part-time Chaplains. You will always be welcome - whether you want to worship, seek advice, study in peace, have coffee, or just relax.

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Strathclyde’s residences are welcoming and sociable places to live and study. There are almost 2000 rooms on offer, all of them just minutes from the main university buildings, Students' Union, libraries and sports facilities – as well as the city centre, with all its shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, cinemas and other entertainment.

Many Strathclyde students choose to live on campus in their first year because it's a great way to settle into life away from home and get to know other new students. It's also convenient for studying, comfortable, safe, affordable and fun.

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Student life

The University of Strathclyde is a great place to study and meet new people. With students and staff from 100 countries, we have a diverse and vibrant University community.

Student support and wellbeing plays an important role at Strathclyde and a wide range of services are available to help you get the most out of your studies.

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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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