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Our decade in review

2010: First team moves into new AFRC building in Inchinnan

The decade got off to a flying start, following the official launch of the Advanced Forming Research Centre. The first 12-person team moved into the new building in Inchinnan which, a decade on, is now home to over 100 members of staff.

2011: Strathclyde wins Times Higher Education Research Project of the Year

We were awarded Times Higher Education Research Project of the Year in 2011. This was presented as a result of a pioneering technology developed by our team of experts which uses light to kill hospital superbugs. This year we were also awarded the Athena Swan bronze award for employment practices that further and support the careers of women.


Engineering employees AFRC


Times Higher Education Awards 2013


2012: Strathclyde named UK University of the Year

We were named UK University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards for the first time in 2012. Judges described Strathclyde as a "bold, imaginative and innovative institution" which had shown dedication to working with industry. The award was presented to Strathclyde University principal and vice-chancellor Professor Sir Jim McDonald.

2013: Strathclyde named Entrepreneurial University of the Year

It was a third year of success for us at the Times Higher Education awards when we were named Entrepreneurial University of the Year in 2013. The award was made in recognition of the outstanding culture of entrepreneurship fostered at the University through education, research, mentoring and partnership programmes.


2014: Strathclyde research recognised nationally

In 2014, we were found to be making significant progress in our research quality and leapt 14 places nationally on the Research Excellence Framework according to Times Higher Education’s analysis of REF2014. Our Business School was named number one in Scotland!

2015: The Queen opens Technology & Innovation Centre

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh formally opened our flagship Technology and Innovation Centre in 2015. They were greeted by excited members of the public who waited outside the building to celebrate the historic moment.

The Queen visits Strathclyde


Campus view from Cathedral Street 500x500


2016: Strathclyde wins Business School of the Year

Strathclyde Business School was named ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2016 for its outstanding overall performance and its innovative and entrepreneurial outlook. The Business School of the Year award was for the business school which demonstrated ‘the most outstanding overall performance during the 2014-15 academic year’. 

2017: Strathclyde named Workplace of the Year

The University of Strathclyde scored a double success in the UK-wide Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs). Strathclyde scooped the Workplace of the Year and Outstanding Strategic Planning Team trophies in the awards. 

From the introduction of the “living wage” in 2015, removing zero-hours contracts, to bespoke development programmes for academic, technical, administrative and leadership staff, Strathclyde’s “progressive strategy” showed how highly its 3,500 staff were valued and supported, according to the panel.

2018: Strathclyde Sport officially opens its doors

Our new £31million sports centre opened in 2018, bringing together state-of-the-art training, fitness and wellbeing facilities to the heart of the University’s campus. Strathclyde Sport has a long-term partnership agreement with the national netball governing body, Netball Scotland, and has become a regular training and event venue for the Scottish Thistles team.

2019: Awards hat-trick for Strathclyde

2019 was a mammoth year for Strathclyde which saw the University scoop three major industry awards. Over the course of the year we were named Scottish University of the Year, UK University of the Year and awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize - the highest national honour conferred on our sector. Our Breaking Barriers programme was also named Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards.

We can't wait to see what 2020 holds...

Strathclyde sport opening