TIC Vision/Mission

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‘Inspiring research and innovation, with industry, for industry.'

For over 200 years, the University has developed a strong tradition of working closely with business and industry. Strathclyde has grown its reputation for research excellence and high-quality teaching and learning. However its partnerships with industry are what sets this institution apart from others, both in the UK and globally.

Today these partnerships are being taken to a new level - challenging conventional thinking about collaboration, and helping support businesses become more innovative on the global stage. Winning back-to-back prestigious awards, such as the Time Higher Education University of the Year and Entrepreneurial University of the Year, were a reflection of Strathclyde’s impact on business and industry and were a high profile endorsement of the strategy. 

The new Technology and Innovation Centre at the University of Strathclyde opens doors to new areas of research, innovation and technology development, all aimed towards creating new possibilities, new levels of dynamic collaborations and productive outcomes. Together, we will work on solutions to challenges in the low carbon economy, including low cost and greener power and energy, renewable technologies, photonics and sensors, advanced engineering, pharmaceutical manufacturing and nanoscience.

The new centre will accelerate the way in which researchers in academia and industry collaborate and innovate together – within a new specifically designed state-of the art building in the heart of Glasgow. Our teams will include researchers, engineers and project managers from academia and industry will work side-by-side on projects spanning:


Developed with industry, for industry, the Technology and Innovation Centre has already attracted major partners including Scottish and Southern Energy, the Weir Group, Scottish-Power, Technip and several other major cross-sectorial industrial partners. The partnership will benefit from participation by large corporations and a large grouping of innovative SMEs.

The Technology and Innovation Centre and the surrounding International Technology and Renewable Energy Zone (ITREZ) are expected to generate 700 new jobs and attract millions of pounds of inward investment to Glasgow.

At £90 million, the project is Strathclyde’s single-biggest investment in its research and technology collaboration capacity. The University’s innovative approach has attracted financial backing from Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council who recognise TIC’s potential to redefine the way Scottish Higher Education works with industry.

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Prof Jim McDonald, Principal - University of Strathclyde

"Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre will help transform Glasgow and Scotland. Based on our reputation for high quality research with industrial impact and relevance, it will attract millions of pounds of inward investment to the city, drive global businesses and create jobs – helping develop highly qualified graduates and postgraduates."

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal & Vice-Chancellor