Outstanding student experience

Strathclyde’s educational ethos and approach is innovative, collaborative and inclusive, designed to provide an intellectually stimulating environment, informed by and interlinked with our strengths in research and knowledge exchange.

Strathclyde’s educational ethos and approach is innovative, collaborative and inclusive, designed to provide an intellectually stimulating environment, informed by and interlinked with our strengths in research and knowledge exchange.

Our strategic aim is to develop students who are engaged, enterprising, enquiring, and ethically, globally and culturally aware; work-ready graduates with impact who engage with societal and global challenges. Our entrepreneurial education nurtures business talent in our students at every stage in their University life.

Our commitment to delivering an outstanding student experience is characterised by our founding mission of being ‘the place of useful learning’, delivering a distinctive curriculum that is innovative, forward-looking and practical, and fostering academic excellence and achievement. We will support this commitment by drawing on our long-established and successful partnerships with industry, business and the voluntary and public sectors, both locally and around the world.

We ensure a positive learner journey for all by focusing on successful transitions across all levels of education; we are committed to providing access to people from the widest possible range of backgrounds, to improving student retention and ensuring onward success.

We are committed to providing access to people from the widest possible range of backgrounds, to improving student retention and ensuring onward success.

Our strategic ambitions focus on growing our postgraduate cohorts, diversifying our student population and creating flexible pathways, so that individuals from a variety of backgrounds can benefit from the distinctive student experience at Strathclyde.

We will ensure an outstanding student experience at Strathclyde by maintaining and enhancing the high quality of our learning and teaching and through the delivery of an effective learning environment, comprising intelligent support, infrastructure and technologies, seamlessly blending physical and digital environments for all students.

Objectives Strategies
What do we want to achieve? How will we do it?
  • A diverse and vibrant student population
  • An outstanding and distinctive student experience with high-quality student support throughout the learner journey
  • High-quality learning and teaching
  • Engaged and internationally-aware students
  • Knowledgeable, skilled and successful graduates
  • Improve our widening participation profile, while maintaining entry standards
  • Enhance our postgraduate/CPD offering and increase uptake
  • Tailor student support to individual transitions
  • Develop our learning and teaching infrastructure, technology systems and processes
  • Maintain or improve current levels of student retention, progression and satisfaction
  • Enable greater student participation in internships, placements and employment opportunities with industry, public and third sector partners, including international experiences
  • Develop graduates who are engaged, enterprising, enquiring and ethically, globally and culturally aware, with the skills, knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit to progress their careers and engage with societal challenge
Key Performance IndicatorsCurrent PerformanceTargets
How will we measure progress? What is our baseline? What are our ambitions?
1. Total Scottish-domiciled undergraduate entrants from SIMD 0- 40 areas 875 Achieve annual intake of 1,000
undergraduates by 2020
2. Undergraduate retention from Year 1 to Year 2 93% Maintain current range of 92 - 95% annually
3. Student satisfaction (overall) as measured by the National Student Survey 89% Achieve 90% or higher annually
4. Proportion of graduates in work or further study relative to our benchmark 93.8% (HESA
benchmark 94%)
Meet or exceed HESA benchmark annually
5. Total postgraduate taught (PGT) population 2,340 FTE Increase to 3,100 FTE by 2020

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