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Head of Strathclyde Institute of Education

About the University of Strathclyde

We are a leading international technological university that is socially progressive, inspired by our founder’s vision of a ‘place of useful learning’, and we are making a positive difference to the lives of our students, the society we are part of, and the world we share.

As we enter a new age of discovery and technological progress, the University of Strathclyde is focusing its internationally-leading teaching, research and translational expertise on solving key global challenges, supporting the development of innovative and productive economies and societies and working in close partnership with like-minded organisations.

As a socially-progressive institution, we pioneer technologies not just for their own sake, but because they help improve society economically, in its health, quality of life and its creativity, enriching us in every sense.

Our approach is ambitious, collaborative, and international, recognising that modern challenges are complex, and that approaches to tackling these challenges typically require technical, societal, policy and business insights, working in close participation with the communities involved.

This ‘people-oriented’ approach to education, research and innovation, together with an unbroken 200-year commitment to ‘useful learning’, makes Strathclyde a distinctive voice in Higher Education.

We are home to world-class researchers in each of our four faculties –Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences, Science and the Strathclyde Business School. Based on the results of REF 2021, the Times Higher Education ranked Strathclyde as one of the UK’s top research-intensive universities.

We make significant investments in fundamental research, recognising that it will pave the way for the disruptive discoveries of tomorrow. At the same time, we are renowned for unequalled links with business, industry and the public sector, enabling us to tackle local, national and global problems, respond to challenges, and bring products and services to market more quickly.

The quality of our research and our reputation for challenging conventional thinking make us the partner of choice for growing numbers of organisations and other universities around the world.

We make significant investments in fundamental research, recognising that it will pave the way for the disruptive discoveries of tomorrow.

Together with our partners, we are at the forefront of international research in our strategic theme areas including:

  • Energy
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Society & Policy
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Advanced Manufacturing & Materials
  • Ocean, Air & Space
  • Measurement Science & Enabling Technologies

Strathclyde is proud of its long history of meeting the needs of students, employers, industry, the public sector and wider society through education, research, innovation and enterprise. This historic tradition is at the heart of our sector-leading approach to innovation today: creating an ecosystem where shared ideas and collaboration can thrive.

Strathclyde’s ambitions – laid out in our Strategic Plan, Vision 2025 – and our contribution to excellence in research, innovation and education have been recognised through a series of national awards. We have been named Times Higher Education UK University of the Year in 2019 and 2012 – the only university to have won the award twice – and Sunday Times Scottish University of the Year 2020. We are also a three-times winner of the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, the most recent in recognition of our strength in Advanced Manufacturing.

Our People Strategy places staff at the heart of our plans, recognising that their collective talents, efforts and commitment will deliver our vision for the future. This ‘people-first’ outlook is at the heart of all our decision making and is reflected in the focus we have placed on the health and wellbeing of our University community, particularly throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Strathclyde is investing heavily in the development of its campus, with capital spend reaching more than £1 billion to 2025.  The University also plays a key role in Glasgow City Innovation District – Scotland’s first innovation district – which we launched with our partners in 2019.

Glasgow City Innovation District is a hub for entrepreneurship and collaboration and is supporting companies who locate here to accelerate growth, improve productivity, and access Strathclyde’s world-class talent and research in areas including 5G communications, health tech, quantum, industrial informatics, FinTech and Space.

The University of Strathclyde also operates the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) which took ownership of its new flagship facility at the heart of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) in Renfrewshire in February 2023.

Our approach to collaboration is accelerating the development of new technologies, helping companies compete internationally, and informing public policy. Our partners benefit from the support of our global innovation network, while informing our educational programmes for tomorrow’s graduates.

We are at the heart of an international innovation network with leading universities around the world. We are advancing an international research and innovation ecosystem, working with some of the world’s top universities to harness shared research outcomes, education collaborations and innovation.

More information on the University can also be accessed via the University site.

Launch of Strathclyde 2030 Strategy


Strathclyde 2030 Strategy Document