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Our research

*Photo courtesy of Dr Leon Gurevitch.

Research is of central importance in everything we do. It informs our teaching and helps us to make a difference to business, industry and society as a whole. 

Our Technology & Innovation Centre is transforming the way that we work with our partners. Strathclyde's advances in research output and quality have been significant.

We're now among the 20 top research intensive universities in the UK. Our research helps us to stand out from the crowd.

The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) shows that we have leapt 14 places nationally. Our Principal, Professor Sir Jim McDonald, said:

The REF results show we have both breadth and depth in our research and that we are playing an important role in the research landscape of the UK at the highest international quality levels.

To have the number one physics department in the UK is a stunning outcome and it shows that our strategic investment in key areas is paying dividends. We also have top 10 results in a number of major disciplines and our Business School is one of the best in the UK.

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Gravitational waves detected!

Gravitational waves have been detected 100 years after Einstein's prediction! The waves were observed at two separate LIGO sites in the United States. The discovery ushers in a new era of astronomy. Dr Nicholas Lockerbie tells us more:

Funding boost to help youths with diabetes

Researchers receive funding to develop and pilot a physical activity intervention for young people with type 1 diabetes.

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Technology & Innovation Centre

Technology & Innovation Centre

Our new Technology & Innovation Centre is transforming the way academia and industry work together.

What is a gravitational wave?

Gravitational waves carry information about their dramatic origins and about the nature of gravity that cannot otherwise be obtained.

Dr Nicholas Lockerbie, Reader in Department of Physics, tells us more: