Dear Strathclyde colleagues and students,
You will be aware that the Prime Minister has this week invoked Article 50 to begin the process of negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union.
When I wrote to you last year on these matters, I outlined the work our University is doing, in partnership with Universities UK and Universities Scotland, to influence key decisions and future policy developments in the best interests of Strathclyde, our students and our staff.
This work continues – and let me stress once again that Strathclyde is, and always will be, an international university. We are extremely proud of our international partnerships, and our global vision. The members of our staff and student communities are drawn from more than 100 nations, and they all play a vital role in making this vision a reality. They also make essential contributions to the creation and maintenance of Strathclyde’s vibrant, welcoming and respectful atmosphere.
We will continue to support our students and staff in the months and years ahead. For future students, I am pleased to note the recent Scottish Government announcement that EU students starting courses in 2018 will continue to have their tuition fees paid for the duration of their courses.
We remain committed to our vision as a leading international technological university and we must now accelerate our work in pursuing first-class research, providing excellent education and driving innovation.
Our founder’s vision of ‘useful learning’ for all continues to inspire our work today, and underpins our collaboration with other leading organisations – including more than 900 across Europe alone. We are in the top 10% of European universities for securing Horizon 2020 research project awards, and our alumni carry with them Strathclyde’s global outlook throughout their careers in business, health, academia, industry, politics and media around the world.
Our focus now is ensuring that Strathclyde is global in its outlook, remains internationally networked and is an attractive destination for talented people from across Europe and throughout the world.
Professor Sir Jim McDonald
Principal and Vice-Chancellor