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University of Strathclyde
English Name: University of Strathclyde
Region: Northern Europe
Country: UK
Found Year: 1796
Address: 16 Richmond Street
Website: http://www.strath.ac.uk/

About the University of Strathclyde

For more than 200 years, the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow has been meeting the needs of students, employers, industry and wider society through research, teaching, business and enterprise.

 

Situated in the heart of Glasgow – one of the UK’s largest cities - the University has a vibrant, international academic community and is home to more than 21,000  students and staff from over 100 countries. Our researchers challenge traditional academic boundaries to help solve global problems, and have an enviable track record of making technologies and innovation applicable for the benefit of society.

 

Each of the University’s four faculties - Strathclyde Business School, Humanities & Social Sciences, Engineering, and Science – works closely with business, industry, government and policy makers. Together, we are finding solutions to major challenges including climate change, sustainability and healthcare. Our research informs public policy in the UK and overseas.

 

 

Creating tomorrow’s professionals

Every year, thousands of students choose Strathclyde because of our reputation for first-class teaching and excellent facilities.

 

Students are at the core of all our activities, and teaching is informed by internationally-renowned researchers and employers. Students have access to a wide range of services, including mentoring for early career researchers, company scholarships, careers assistance, and access to specialised enterprise training at Strathclyde’s Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship.

 

We lead the UK’s Centres for Doctoral Training in medical devices, wind energy, advanced manufacturing and next generation particle accelerators, providing the gold standard of PhD training for industry and the professions. Our postgraduate portfolio includes partnership in a further eight centres in areas including offshore renewable energy, nuclear engineering, optics & photonics, and social sciences.

 

Our foundation and purpose

Since our foundation in 1796, we have led the way in connecting new ideas to problems facing society and producing high quality graduates ready for leadership and the professions.

 

Challenging conventional wisdom is part of our core business. The University’s founder, Professor John Anderson, one of the leading figures of the Scottish Enlightenment, established a university whose primary purpose was the pursuit of ‘useful learning.’

 

Today, we are committed to excellence in research and teaching that is of benefit to society.  Our bold vision is to transform research, education and knowledge exchange to deliver useful learning for the technological age.

 

Strathclyde around the world

We are proud of our roots in Glasgow, while enjoying excellent links with outstanding partners overseas. We have more than 200 collaborative agreements in 50 countries, and 2000 informal links around the world. As a leading international technological university, Strathclyde engages in a wide range of activity overseas.

 

The University recognises the need for graduates to have a global outlook and supports students through overseas exchange programmes and internships. We offer many of our courses through overseas partners, including the renowned Strathclyde MBA, which is available through nine international centres.

 

‘Useful learning’ in action

The University of Strathclyde has always had close links with business and industry, and our Technology and Innovation Centre is taking partnership to a new level. The centre, officially opened in 2015 by HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, brings together world-class academics with partners from industry and business to find solutions to global challenges.

 

Our approach is transforming the way researchers in academia and industry collaborate – accelerating the development of new technologies and helping companies compete on the world stage.

 

The Technology and Innovation Centre works alongside our global research centres in other areas, including the development of smart grid technologies; advanced manufacturing; and the development of more effective methods of manufacturing pharmaceuticals.

 

Research Excellence Framework

The Research Excellence Framework (REF), conducted every six years, measures the quality of research in higher education institutions. The latest results, from 2014, showed that Strathclyde has major strengths in science, engineering, business and the humanities.

Strathclyde leapt 14 places nationally, coming in at 37th in the UK, a result which saw the University move to fifth in Scotland. This increased to fourth in Scotland and 31st in the UK when measured in terms of ‘research power’.

Highlights for Strathclyde include:

  • ·         The overall increase of 14 places is in the top five biggest moves in the UK.
  • ·         The Department of Physics has been rated the number one department in the UK – beating Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College.
  • ·         Strathclyde Business School is in the top 10 in UK and number one in Scotland.
  • ·         The Electronic and Electrical Engineering subject area was third in the UK and first in Scotland.
  • ·         The Pharmacy, Biomedical Engineering and Speech and Language Therapy research was fourth in the UK and first in Scotland.
  • ·         The joint research from Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management; Chemical and Process Engineering; and Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering was rated fourth in the UK.
  • ·         The joint University of Strathclyde and University of Glasgow Chemistry research was fourth in UK.
  • ·         Civil & Environmental Engineering's research was placed at eight in the UK and first in Scotland.
  • ·         Seven of the University’s eight Engineering departments are ranked in the top 10 in UK;
  • ·         Government and Public Policy was ranked 11th in the UK and second in Scotland.
  • ·         Strathclyde made significant progress in Social Work, jumping 18 places in the national table.
  • ·         History research has delivered significant progress, moving up 21 places.

 

 

Awards

The University of Strathclyde was a winner at the Times Higher Education Awards for three consecutive years, from 2011-13:

 

Entrepreneurial University of the Year  2013,  in recognition of the outstanding culture of entrepreneurship fostered at the University through education, research, mentoring and partnership programmes.

·         UK University of the Year 2012. Judges described Strathclyde as a “bold, imaginative and innovative institution” and said the University’s dedication to working with industry took concrete form in the past year, giving a modern slant to its 18th Century founder’s vision of a ‘place of useful learning’

·         Research Project of the Year 2011 for HINS light, a lighting system that can kill hospital superbugs – including MRSA, E.coli, TB bacteria and C.diff. The technology has been made commercially available in North America, under the name of Indigo-Clean

·         Strathclyde also won in the Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative category of the 2014 Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards for the Engage With Strathclyde programme, which offers academic staff at Strathclyde opportunities to establish new partnerships and enhance existing collaborations.

Strathclyde was the winner in the Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change category of the 2014 Green Gown Awards, made for sustainability in UK educational institutions.

The Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools (CISS), based at Strathclyde, was named global Confucius Institute of the Year 2014. The institute is part of an international network aimed at promoting Chinese language and learning.

Strathclyde has produced two of the past four winners of the Converge Challenge, a national competition which champions enterprise and entrepreneurial innovation in Scotland's academic community. 

       

 

Research with impact

The University of Strathclyde is engaged in a range of major initiatives which are putting its founding mission into practice. Examples include:

 

  •     The National Physical Laboratory, in which Strathclyde is a partner, with the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the University of Surrey, a global centre of excellence in measurement and materials science.
  •     The base for the first Fraunhofer Centre in the UK. The Centre for Applied Photonics is being created, in collaboration with the University, by Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Europe's largest organisation for contract research. The centre will be a hub for industry-driven laser research and technology for a variety of sectors including healthcare, security, energy and transport.
  •     Quantum Technology Hubs. Strathclyde is the only UK higher education institution involved in all four of these UK-wide hubs,, which explore the properties of quantum mechanics and how they can be harnessed for use in technology           
  • • The Advanced Forming Research Centre, a world-class research centre pioneering forming and forging techniques to support manufacturing for the aerospace, energy, marine and automobile industries. Setting new standards in manufacturing design, it is a collaborative venture between the University, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Government and internationally renowned engineering firms including Rolls-Royce, Boeing, Mettis Aeropace, TIMET, Aubert & Duval and Barnes Aerospace.
  •  • The Confucius Institute, a Scotland-wide centre for the promotion of Chinese language and culture, was established in June 2012 within the Strathclyde-based SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages.

 

The Institute offers support to schools around Scotland in their teaching of Chinese language and culture and builds on the University’s long-standing research and teaching collaborations with numerous Chinese universities.


Widening access


Strathclyde signed an agreement in 2015 with City of Glasgow, Glasgow Kelvin, and Glasgow Clyde Colleges which will provide a framework for students to move seamlessly from FE colleges to continue their studies at the University. Students who study on one of the partnership programmes will have a guaranteed place at Strathclyde, assuming they achieve certain standards, and will be associate students of the University during their college studies.

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  • ·         Strathclyde collaborates with colleges and industry in the Engineering Academy, a pioneering initiative that provides college students with a route into university and employment
  • ·         Strathclyde is 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
  • ·         Through its Centre for Lifelong Learning, Strathclyde has been one of the foremost providers of education to people in later life for nearly 30 years
  • ·         Strathclyde is a ‘pioneering partner’ in the MCR Pathways programme, which provides mentors to pupils who have experience of the care system.The University also developed the Strathclyde Literacy Clinic, a volunteering project through which education students deliver literacy support to pupils in primary schools in areas of economic deprivation.
  • ·         Strathclyde holds the Buttle UK Quality Mark, made to further and higher education (HE) providers who demonstrate their commitment to young people in and leaving care
  • ·         The Strathclyde Literacy Clinic, based in the School of Education, improves pupils’ literacy through face-to-face tuition. A large number of BEd students volunteer to take part.


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