University of the Year

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 UK’s University of the Year in the 2012 Times Higher Education Awards.

The prestigious title reflects Strathclyde’s status as a leading international technological university and our founding mission to be a “place of useful learning”. Here are some examples of our major initiatives which are putting this into practice:

Technology and Innovation Centre

The Technology and Innovation Centre is revolutionising collaboration and innovation between researchers in academia and industry - up to 1200 researchers, engineers and project managers from academia and industry will work side-by-side in a state-of-the-art building in the heart of Glasgow.

In collaboration, we are seeking and finding solutions to challenges with national and global impact, including power and energy, renewable technologies, photonics and sensors, advanced engineering, pharmaceutical manufacturing and bio-nano systems.

The Centre, due to open in 2014, has attracted major partners including Scottish and Southern Energy, the Weir Group and ScottishPower. The project is Strathclyde’s single-biggest investment in its research capacity and has attracted financial backing from Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council- recognition of the Technology and Innovation Centre’s potential to redefine the way Scottish higher education works with industry.

Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics

Strathclyde is to be 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. Strathclyde will also be the base for the headquarters of Fraunhofer UK Research Ltd, which will be the umbrella organisation for any additional UK-based research centres in the future, and the Centre for Applied Photonics is expected to be the model for further Fraunhofer research centres around the UK.

Advanced Forming Research Centre

The Advanced Forming Research Centre world-class research centre pioneers forming and forging techniques to support manufacturing for the aerospace, energy, marine and automobile industries, and is 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 Centre is a major partner in the nationwide High Value Manufacturing Catapult centre, established by the UK Government to catalyse the progress of innovative research to beneficial technology.

Enterprise Research Centre

Strathclyde is set to play an integral role in the new £2.9 million Enterprise Research Centre, which will generate world-class research to help stimulate growth for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

The Centre, hosted by Warwick and Aston Universities, will help develop an understanding of the factors affecting business investment, performance and growth. It will become a national and international focal point for research, knowledge and expertise on SMEs.

Professor Sara Carter, Head of Strathclyde’s Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, has been appointed as an Associate Director of the new centre, which launched on 1 January 2013.

Confucius Institute

The Confucius Institute, a Scotland-wide centre for the promotion of Chinese language and culture, was established in June 2012 within 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. It forms part of a global network of more than 350 Confucius Institutes and 500 Confucius classrooms in 101 countries and regions.