Interior of the Technology & Innovation Centre

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 ITREZ

The Technology & Innovation Centre and the surrounding International Technology & Renewable Energy Zone (ITREZ), 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.


The Technology & Innovation Centre is the cornerstone of Scotland’s International Technology and Renewable Energy Zone.

ITREZ is a global research & development hub, bringing business and academia together to work together on the development of the offshore renewables sector.

An alliance of the public and private sectors with academia, ITREZ will establish Glasgow as an internationally recognised location for research, development, design and engineering of renewables and a range of associated enabling technologies.

Scottish Enterprise’s 'inovo' Industry Engagement Building opened for business in Autumn 2013 to provide a range of office suites for companies wanting to be based in ITREZ Glasgow, and or looking to be next to the University of Strathclyde’s Technology & Innovation Centre, to collaborate on key areas of renewable energy research.

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