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Two out of three for Strathclyde in laser competition

8 January 2009

Strathclyde researchers have taken first and third prizes in a prestigious Scotland-wide competition for innovation in laser technology and applications.  

Strathclyde academics named in Honours list

31 December 2008

Two academics at Strathclyde have been named in the Queen's 2009 New Year Honours List.

Research Assessment Exercise confirms Strathclyde's research power

17 December 2008

The University's research power and its continuing growth in its areas of strategic importance - Engineering, Science and Business - have been confirmed by the Research Assessment Exerecise (2008).

Licence agreement and collaboration to develop novel anti-infective treatment

12 December 2008

A technology transfer initiative based at the University of Strathclyde and a drug development firm have signed a licence agreement to develop new treatments for infective diseases.

Three awards for dentistry technology

12 December 2008

Strathclyde scientists have won three prestigious prizes for new technology that could one day replace dental X-rays.

Strathclyde in major computer science venture

5 December 2008

Strathclyde is taking a role in a major £29 million initiative to create a world-leading informatics and computer science research collaboration in Scotland.

Strathclyde Business School is top of the league

28 November 2008

The University of Strathclyde's Business School is number one in Scotland, and among the top five in the UK, according to the Financial Times.

The sky's the limit for Richard

11 November 2008

A student from Glasgow has graduated with a first class honours degree from the University - and the highest set of marks in finance for a decade.

Who's teaching the teachers?

25 November 2008

Official professional standards in Scotland and England, which aim to nurture the development of new teachers, pay too little attention to what becoming a teacher is really like, according to new research by a Strathclyde academic.   

University team dress to thrill - and raise funds for Malawi

25 November 2008

Staff, students and graduates of the University took to the catwalk this week to raise funds for the Malawi Millennium Project.

Lessons about China

25 November 2008

The first national survey of the way Scottish school pupils learn about China will be the focus of a conference at Strathclyde this week.

Scientist's forward thinking brings award

18 November 2008

A Strathclyde scientist has collected a coveted award in recognition of her forward-thinking work, which has forged a link between physics and life sciences.   

Fraser of Allander Institute's Economic Commentary - November 2008

12 November 2008

In the latest Economic Commentary, supported by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the University's Fraser of Allander Institute argues that there is a high probability that the Scottish economy will go into recession in 2009.

Early years degree signals more skills for nursery workers

11 November 2008

The first university degree for nursery and childcare workers based on professional standards was launched at Strathclyde last night.

Scottish historians 'favour unionism'

10 November 2008

A Strathclyde-based historian has argued in a major debate that Scottish history has largely been written from a nationalist perspective- but has tended to favour UK membership over independence.  

Honorary degrees for distinguished three

3 November 2008

Three prominent figures have been awarded Honorary Doctorates this month at Strathclyde.

Major conference on the Declaration of Human Rights

30 October 2008

The new Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) and the University united this month to host a conference celebrating the 60th anniversary of one of the cornerstones of the post-war world.

Two Strathclyde grants for partnership projects in Malawi

28 October 2008

Two projects run by Strathclyde in partnership with the University of Malawi are to go ahead through the Scottish Government's International Development Fund.

Strathclyde Executive MBA among world's best

27 October 2008

Strathclyde Business School's MBA programme has been listed on the Financial Times' league table of best executive MBA programmes in the world.

Rises in energy prices could claim lives, research suggests

23 October 2008

Rises in energy bills could lead to an extra 20,000 deaths among pensioners this winter, according to research by a Strathclyde academic.

School-based counselling for pupils opens up

23 October 2008

A programme of school-based counselling for pupils, run from Strathclyde, is sharing its expertise across Scotland. 

Clients, not practitioners, make therapy work

21 October 2008

The perception that therapists and their techniques play the most significant role in influencing the outcome of treatment is challenged in a new research review written by a Strathclyde academic.

Honorary degree for Strathclyde risk analysis expert

14 October 2008

A Strathclyde management scientist has been awarded an honorary degree in Belgium for his outstanding work in the field of risk analysis.

New Halcrow lecture series for civil engineering students

13 October 2008

Strathclyde civil engineering students are set to benefit from a series of lectures from top engineering firm, Halcrow.

Gateway to new careers at Graduate Fair

13 October 2008

Thousands of opportunities for entering the job market will be on offer at Scotland's biggest graduate recruitment event this week. 

University innovation fund receives investments of £4.5 million

8 October 2008

Up to £4.5 million has been committed to the Strathclyde Innovation Fund for investment in new technologies from the University, it has been announced.

Polish migrant children need more support to feel at home in Scotland

7 October 2008

The children of Scotland's Polish migrants must be given more English language support in and out of school, researchers at Strathclyde have found.  

University spin-out secures substantial investment

30 September 2008

Smarter Grid Solutions, the University's latest spin-out company, has attracted £500,000 investment from Scottish & Southern Energy and Scottish Enterprise's Scottish Co-investment fund.

Strathclyde shortlisted twice in Times Higher Education Awards

25 September 2008

The University of Strathclyde has been shortlisted for two prestigious accolades at the forthcoming Times Higher Education Awards 2008.

Forensic science expert makes recommendations on DNA and fingerprint law

23 September 2008

A prominent forensic scientist based at Strathclyde has made a series of recommendations on the law governing the retention of DNA and fingerprint evidence, after conducting a review commissioned by the Scottish Government.

Investment in research to boost chemicals industry

22 September 2008

Strathclyde is playing a part in a groundbreaking initiative which will see 31 PhD studentships created in Chemistry, to work on challenges and opportunities identified by Scotland's £3.5 billion chemical industry.

Communication failures found in sentencing reports

19 September 2008

New Strathclyde research has found serious communication failures in the production and use of reports which are given to judges to assist in the sentencing decision process.

Help to write the Angina Monologues

19 September 2008

A play by a Strathclyde scientist, exploring the science behind heart disease, is preparing to go into production -- with a little help from its audience.

First Minister delivers Faculty lecture

18 September 2008

First Minister Alex Salmond was at Strathclyde tonight to deliver the Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences Annual Lecture.

Worms could help treat arthritis

17 September 2008

A Strathclyde scientist is part of a team aiming to harness a substance secreted by parasitic tropical worms, to help them find a more effective treatment for inflammatory types of arthritis.

Better outcomes for looked after children

17 September 2008

Stability and normality are an essential basis for vulnerable children to improve their educational achievement, a study by academics at Strathclyde has found.  

Talking about autism

17 September 2008

Personal and professional accounts of autism were offered in a one-day conference at Strathclyde today.  

Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care to lead national initiative

15 September 2008

Children and young people living in residential child care in Scotland are to help ensure their needs are central to services in the future.

What do drugs do? We can work it out

11 September 2008

The effect of drugs on perception of the world has been explored by a Strathclyde scientist- with the music of the Beatles as a starting point.

Graduates gather to Succeed in Business

10 September 2008

Graduates and final year university students from across the west of Scotland are attending a two-day course on essential business skills in Glasgow this week.

Strathclyde unveils a new season of concerts

4 September 2008

Rush hour jazz, requiems by candlelight and recitals at lunchtime are among the highlights of a new season of music at the University.

European physical activity conference comes to Strathclyde

8 September 2008

A Europe- wide conference focusing on the health benefits of physical activity is being held at Strathclyde this week. 


Getting the public voice heard around the world

22 August 2008

A bigger role for the general public in shaping and informing policy will be the focus of an international conference to be hosted at Strathclyde next week.

First winner of Edwin Morgan poetry award announced

18 August 2008

The prizewinners in the inaugural Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition have been announced at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.  

How the spirit of the Italian resistance lives on

15 August 2008

The lasting influence of Italy's anti-fascist movement is under examination in a book being written by an academic at Strathclyde.

Physicists in million-euro molecular movie

14 August 2008

A 'molecular movie' revealing the behaviour of proteins and enzymes is to form part of research by a team of University of Strathclyde scientists- funded by a grant worth 1 million euros from the European Research Council.

Space research to pave way for revolutionary technologies

14 August 2008

Pioneering research that could revolutionise the future of space science, telecommunications and Earth observation is to be conducted at Strathclyde thanks to a €2 million award.

New evidence implicates humans in prehistoric animal extinctions

12 August 2008

Research led by UK and Australian scientists sheds new light on the role that our ancestors played in the extinction of Australia's prehistoric animals.

Physicists in million-euro molecular movie

7 August 2008

A "molecular movie" revealing the behaviour of proteins and enzymes is to form part of research by a team of Strathclyde scientists - funded by a grant worth 1 million euros from the European Research Council.

New low-powered display technology for screens of any shape

7 August 2008

A new display technology has been developed by researchers at Strathclyde which is suitable for advertising and display boards, as well as for low power mobile phones and laptops.

New Science Dean's formula for success

1 August 2008

The new Dean of Strathclyde's Faculty of Science has taken up his post, with a determination to strengthen links between faculties and with industry.

Strathclyde economics course comes highly recommended

30 July 2008

A Strathclyde postgraduate course that develops the professional economists of the future has become the first in the UK to be formally recommended by the Government Economic Service (GES).

Putting the 'business' into music business

25 July 2008

A Strathclyde course teaching students how to make a successful business in the arts has been highlighted as a European leader in an EU report.

Putting the 'business' into music business

25 July 2008

A Strathclyde course teaching students how to make a successful business in the arts has been highlighted as a European leader in an EU report.

Behind closed doors: the importance of 'invisible' businesses

24 July 2008

The home is the most important location for small businesses today - but the home-based business sector is not being recognized by policy makers, according to research from academics at Strathclyde Business School.

Researchers urge fresh look at psychotherapy

22 July 2008

Widely-held assumptions about the superior effectiveness of a common form of psychotherapy have been challenged by academics at Strathclyde.

Remains belong to Russian royals, says scientist

17 July 2008

"Overwhelming evidence" has been found by a leading forensic scientist at Strathclyde that remains found in a grave belong to members of Russia's last royal family.

Acclaimed writer receives honorary degree

15 July 2008

One of Scotland's most acclaimed contemporary writers has received an honorary doctorate from Strathclyde.

Honorary degree for cancer Institute head

11 July 2008

The director of one of Scotland's leading cancer research centres has received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Strathclyde.

Honorary degree for college principal

9 July 2008

The founding Principal of the International Christian College in Glasgow has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Strathclyde.

Chief Constable is named Strathclyde Alumnus of the Year

9 July 2008

The outgoing Chief Constable of Central Scotland Police has been named as Strathclyde Alumnus of the Year 2008.

Former politician gains honorary doctorate

4 July 2008

One of Scotland's most prominent politicians of recent years was today made an Honorary Doctor of Laws at Strathclyde.

Scots entrepreneur receives University honour

3 July 2008

Scots entrepreneur and philanthropist David Sibbald has been awarded an honorary degree from the University.

Centre for Sentencing Research welcomes prisons report

1 July 2008

A new report which investigates ways to tackle Scotland's overcrowded prisons has been welcomed by the University's Centre for Sentencing Research.

Honorary degree for leading drug discovery scientist

1 July 2008

A leading figure in the discovery of medicines has been recognised with an honorary degree from the University.

Distinguished seven to be honoured by Strathclyde

26 June 2008

Renowned Scots politician Dennis Canavan is among seven prominent figures who will be awarded honorary degrees at the University this summer.

'Bad dress sense' could keep unemployed out of work

26 June 2008

Poor appearance and 'bad dress sense' can prevent the long-term unemployed from getting back to work, according to researchers from Strathclyde.

Glasgow headteacher receives honorary degree

26 June 2008

A headteacher who turned around the fortunes of a school in one of the most disadvantaged areas of Glasgow was made an honorary doctor of the University today (Thursday 26 June 2008).

OBE honour for former Vice Principal

23 June 2008

Emeritus Professor John Spence, a former Strathclyde Vice-Principal and Head of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Next generation of hybrid lasers

20 June 2008

Novel, compact and versatile lasers operating at visible wavelengths are the focus of a major £3.8 million collaboration between Strathclyde and three other institutions.

New qualification will benefit children and young people

19 June 2008

A new degree qualification to help meet the developing professional needs of managers and lead practitioners in the child care services is due to be launched in September by Strathclyde and UHI, the prospective University of the Highlands and Islands.

ScottishPower and Strathclyde form research partnership

17 June 2008

ScottishPower and Strathclyde have joined forces to provide an Advanced Research Centre (SPARC) at the University, which will put ScottishPower at the forefront of new developments and technologies.

First reports from £3 million higher education study

17 June 2008

The first results of the biggest study ever conducted of UK universities' social and economic impact were on display at a major conference today.

Agreement signed by colleges and University to deliver new degree

17 June 2008

The University has signed a unique agreement to deliver a BA degree in Education and Social Services in partnership with Motherwell, James Watt and Langside Colleges.

Competition heats up for Edwin Morgan poetry award

16 June 2008

The judging of the first ever Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition has begun after more than 1,000 entries from across the world were received.

Engineering excellence as Minister visits Strathclyde

13 June 2008

Scottish engineering came under the spotlight this week when Jim Mather, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, visited the University.

First chemistry bursary winner

11 June 2008

A second-year Chemistry student has been announced as the first recipient of the new Procter and Gamble (P&G) bursary at Strathclyde.

Iain snaps up top award

11 June 2008

An engineer and Strathclyde graduate has placed himself at the forefront of his profession in Scotland after scooping a prestigious award.

Environmental Entrepreneurship: Celebrating vision

11 June 2008

The business of making products and services more environmentally friendly will be investigated at the University tomorrow (Thursday 12 June).

The science of syrup and traffic jams

10 June 2008

Scientists at Strathclyde are among an international group which has discovered why syrup is so sticky- by comparing it with traffic jams.

Portal opens for drug discovery

9 June 2008

A wealth of international drug research resources is being brought together by an online facility based at Strathclyde.

Mamta in global top four for MBA

9 June 2008

A student at Strathclyde Business School has reached the final of an international competition.

A new generation of diamond devices

6 June 2008

A programme for developing diamond-based technology, involving Strathclyde's  Institute of Photonics, has been completed successfully.

Candidate pictures could put democracy out of focus

6 June 2008

Including pictures of election candidates on ballot papers may not be good for democracy, research at the University has concluded.

Fraser of Allander relaunches economic commentary

3 June 2008

Strathclyde's Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI) today relaunched its Economic Commentary with the support of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Fresh learning for summer

2 June 2008

Courses in interior design, genealogy, salsa and wine appreciation are part of a new menu of learning opportunities at Strathclyde this summer.

Students showcase designs of the future

30 May 2008

A redesign of a forgotten 19th Century musical instrument, a compact lawn mower and tiny interior lights to illuminate even the deepest of handbags are among the innovative designs going on display in Glasgow next week.

Electric cars fuel renewable energy research

23 May 2008

The electric cars of the future could help to power homes and businesses, according to researchers at the University.

University in electricity talks on rebuilding Iraq

16 May 2008

Iraq's Minister for Electricity visited Strathclyde engineers on Thursday (15 May) to hold talks on rebuilding the country's power supplies.

International tourism visits Glasgow

14 May 2008

Tourism and hospitality education will come into focus at an international conference co-hosted by Strathclyde this week.

A marketplace of ideas

13 May 2008

Students at Strathclyde Business School will be competing this week for the accolade of most innovative and imaginative marketing project.

Positive views of entrepreneurs- but few people aim to start business

13 May 2008

Few British people expect to start their own business in the near future, despite a relatively favourable climate for start-ups, a general belief that there are many opportunities to start a business and people's relatively high confidence in their own abilities.

Fellowship goes to leading businessman

13 May 2008

A prominent businessman has been honoured with the award of Fellowship of Strathclyde.

Malawi health worker is named Strathclyder of the Year

12 May 2008

A Scots woman who has improved the health and lives of hundreds of women and children in Malawi has been honoured by the University.

A voyage to new health treatment

9 May 2008

A leading Strathclyde scientist will be taking his audience on a journey around the  body, passing through the immune system and guided by research, at the University's annual Faculty of Science lecture this week.

Malawi-Scots partnership for women in science

9 May 2008

Academics at the Universities of Malawi and Strathclyde have joined forces in a project to encourage more women to study science and engineering.

Honorary degrees for distinguished four

7 May 2008

Acclaimed Scottish playwright and artist John Byrne was one of four prominent figures to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Strathclyde during University Day celebrations.

Maths connects to neuroscience

24 April 2008

A Strathclyde mathematician is investigating what goes wrong in the brain when it is struck by neurological diseases.

Strathclyde leaps 10 places in the Complete University Guide

28 April 2008

Strathclyde has leaped 10 places in the Complete University Guide league tables published in the Independent.

New research highlights hotel industry's 'invisible' workers

28 April 2008

The National Minimum Wage must rise by more than the rate of inflation if thousands of 'invisible' hotel workers in Britain are to break out of the vicious cycle of low levels of education and pay, according to new research.

Strathclyde sets standards for Scotland's PLCs

25 April 2008

Strathclyde Business School ensured the success of Scottish PLC Awards 2008, Scotland's leading corporate annual awards event, by setting the standards for participating companies.

A novel way to preserve books

14 April 2008

Books dating back centuries could be protected from the ravages of time through a system being developed by scientists at Strathclyde.

Architexture conference to reveal 'alternative' Glasgow

14 April 2008

Architects, writers, urban planners and artists from across the world will take an alternative tour of Glasgow this week as part of an innovative conference on architecture and literature.

Should you be an emotional driver?

9 April 2008

Experienced car drivers respond emotionally to potential road hazards in addition to their cognitive assessment of the risk involved - but novice drivers are far less likely to, according to a study by Scots psychologists.

New Dean gets down to Business

3 April 2008

Strengthening the international reputation of success is the key aim of the newly-appointed Dean at Strathclyde Business School.

Strathclyde software spin-out secures investment

2 April 2008

Braveheart, the technology commercialisation and investment management company, has announced it has made its eighth investment from its Alpha EIS Fund into AppShare, a recent spin-out from Strathclyde. The funding of around £180,000 also included investment from the University.

Jazz legends swing out at Glasgow's oldest bar

28 March 2008

The sounds of jazz legends Count Basie and Duke Ellington are to be featured in a series of concerts at Glasgow's oldest bar and restaurant.

Enterprising pupils scoop top award at Strathclyde

27 March 2008

Young entrepreneurs at All Saints Secondary School in Barmulloch have beaten tough competition from across Glasgow to scoop a top business award.

Melodies in Moscow for Strathclyde choir

25 March 2008

Glasgow singers will bring a taste of Scotland to Russia next week when they perform in a series of concerts in Moscow.

Strathclyde unveils plans for £60m Education building

25 March 2008

The first plans for the University's new £60 million Faculty of Education building in Glasgow's city centre have been unveiled.

Award for innovation in animal health care research

18 March 2008

An award made by an international animal health care company has been given to a Professor in Strathclyde's Department of Statistics and Modelling Science (STAMS).  

Scots technology goes under the hammer in US

17 March 2008

A patent for leading-edge software that enables the prediction of future trends is to be auctioned in San Francisco next month.

Lecture in honour of top businessman

13 March 2008

A leading academic is to give a prestigious public lecture at Strathclyde next week- at the invitation of one of Scotland's leading businessmen.

Fellow professors join Royal Society of Edinburgh

12 March 2008

Three Strathclyde professors have been elected as the University's newest recruits to the prestigious Royal Society of Edinburgh.

New psychiatric research institute open for business

10 March 2008

A Glasgow-based drug research institute, specialising in psychiatric drug development, is expanding its work to offer comprehensive services to companies and scientific partners.

The knowledge of achievement

10 March 2008

A joint venture between Strathclyde engineers and a company manufacturing windows and doors has earned recognition for its success in the form of a major national award.

Opportunities to invest in Strathclyde Innovation

7 March 2008

Strathclyde alumni are being offered a unique opportunity to invest in the new Strathclyde Innovation Fund.

Sustaining enterprise in education

5 March 2008

Leading academics, teachers and stakeholders from across Scotland joined forces to discuss how an enterprising culture can be sustained in schools.

Memorial fund opens doors to studying abroad

4 March 2008

Business students at the University of Strathclyde will have new opportunities to study abroad thanks to a fund established in memory of a prominent academic at the University.

Memories to aid Malawi

22 February 2008

Memories and personal experiences of Malawi will be found in a book to be launched at the University of Strathclyde tomorrow.


Leading the charge in knowledge exchange

18 February 2008

A laser-based system, replacing potentially harmful dental x-rays, will be among the innovative technology from Strathclyde on display at a knowledge exchange exhibition and conference later this month.

Fire-fuelled Greek tragedy inspires Scots play

18 February 2008

The legend of the Greek god of fire has been given a thoroughly modern twist by an award-winning Scots duo.

Sticking, sliding proteins open doors for medical implants

15 February 2008

Research involving a Strathclyde scientist will help to develop new materials for use in medical and dental implants.

New course to help realise your potential

15 February 2008

Older people in Glasgow are being given a chance to learn new skills with a course being launched at the University's Senior Studies Institute.

University expert to advise Scottish Government on science

13 February 2008

Strathclyde Deputy Principal Professor Jim McDonald has been appointed to the Scottish Science Advisory Committee (SSAC).

Catering for fresh ideas

13 February 2008

"Breaking the mould" was the theme of a showpiece lecture given at Strathclyde by one of the UK's foremost hoteliers.

Scotland provides emergency aid for Malawian flood victims

5 February 2008

The Malawi Millennium Project, Glasgow's Lord Provost and the Scottish Government have joined forces to provide £10,000 of emergency relief to people affected by severe flooding in Malawi.

Entrepreneurship Is Going Global

1 February 2008

Encouraging global entrepreneurship is vital to improving economic growth worldwide, according to an international report co-authored by an academic at Strathclyde.

New Does Not Mean Better In All Countries

31 January 2008

A new global survey of innovation acceptance, by a Strathclyde academic, reveals that consumers' confidence in the ability of more advanced products and services to improve their lives varies widely around the world and that up to half of consumers in some European continental countries are sceptical of the value of innovation.

New technology 'planted' for cleaner, greener Europe

30 January 2008

Technology that could protect Europe's rivers from excess farming nutrients could be widely available in just five years time, it was announced this week.

A new way to remember Tam O'Shanter's mare

25 January 2008

Two first-year business students at Strathclyde are helping to bring Scotland's national poet to a new generation in a venture which provides imaginative teaching materials for primary schools.

Probing pockets of prosperity and poverty

17 January 2008

Strathclyde has been given a role in an extensive UK-wide project aimed at exploring why some parts of the country enjoy economic prosperity while others miss out.

Seeing the back of pain with exercise monitor

16 January 2008

A PhD student at Strathclyde has invented an exercise device which could help put an end to low back pain.

Radio station makes the Celtic Connection

15 January 2008

Scotland's first dedicated Celtic music radio station is set to go live on Wednesday (16 January) broadcasting the cream of the Celtic Connections Festival.

Specialist physics facility first of its kind in UK

14 January 2008

Strathclyde's Estates Management has completed the £1.15 million refurbishment of a specialist research facility.

Vocal work-out kick starts new season of music

10 January 2008

Aspiring singers will have a chance to take part in a musical work-out on Sunday (13 January) at Strathclyde.

Molecular 'nose' to sniff out new medicines

4 January 2008

Researchers are developing a 'molecular nose' which will allow them to sniff out effective new medicines.