Technology & Innovation CentreWhat is the Technology & Innovation Centre?

Inspiring research & innovation, with industry, for industry

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

We've been working with business & industry for over 200 years

Taking partnerships to new levels

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

New opportunities

Our new Technology & Innovation Centre 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'll work on solutions to challenges in enabling technologies and the low carbon economy, including:

  • low cost, greener power and energy
  • renewable technologies
  • photonics and sensors
  • advanced engineering
  • pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • nanoscience

Working together

Our 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, who will work side-by-side on projects including advanced manufacturing & materials, health & wellbeing, innovation & entrepreneurship, measurement science & enabling technologies and ocean, air & space. 

Developed with industry, for industry, the Technology & Innovation Centre has already attracted Scottish and Southern Energy, the Weir Group, Scottish-Power and several other major cross-sectorial industrial companies. By working together both will benefit from participation by large corporations and a large group of innovative SMEs.

Find out more about who's working in the Technology & Innovation Centre.

Creating jobs and attracting investment

700 new jobs will be created by the Technology & Innovation Centre and Glasgow City Innovation District

The Technology & Innovation Centre and the surrounding Glasgow City Innovation District, are expected to generate 700 new jobs and attract millions of pounds of inward investment to Glasgow.

At £89 million, the project is Strathclyde’s single-biggest investment in our research and technology collaboration capacity. Our innovative approach has attracted financial backing from Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council and the European Regional Development Fund who recognise the Technology & Innovation Centre's potential to redefine the way Scottish Higher Education works with industry.

Glasgow City Innovation District

Glasgow City Innovation District is a hub for entrepreneurship, innovation, and collaboration. It builds on Scotland’s rich tradition of scientific excellence and industrial collaboration.

Bringing together ambitious, forward-thinking people, the District is tackling societal and global challenges and driving inclusive economic growth.

Located in the heart of Glasgow City Centre, the District is home to many innovative companies and organisations who've located here to nurture and accelerate growth, improve productivity, and access world-class research and technology from the University.

With its world-class skills and talent base, excellent transport links, and reputation as a desirable city to ‘live, work and play’, Glasgow is the ideal place to create a thriving community of companies, researchers and innovation support organisations. These are the key principles of a successful innovation district.

Benefits of locating in Scotland

  • Scotland has 25% of Europe’s offshore wind & tidal resources and 10% of its waves
  • more than £200m in public financial support is available to help achieve Scotland’s target of 100% electricity consumption generated from renewable energy by 2020
  • major turbine manufacturers, supply chain companies and utilities are investing here and wave & tidal devices are being built, deployed and tested here, using world class R&D facilities