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Our Impact: Strathclyde Voices

The University of Strathclyde is a place of useful learning where we're recognised as being:

  • People-orientated
  • Bold
  • Innovative
  • Collaborative
  • Ambitious

Our people are our greatest asset. Learn what they believe to be Strathclyde's strengths and how Strathclyde is making a difference in the wider world:

Katie Boyle

Professor of Human Rights and Social Justice, Strathclyde Law School

In my area of research around economic, social and cultural rights – which are rights relating to areas like housing, health, education, food, fuel – they directly relate to the ambitions of the UN

Sustainable Development Goals. They are internationally complex, mission-oriented research goals. The reach of this type of research goes beyond Glasgow, Scotland and the UK. Indeed, some of the research I've recently undertaken was translated into Spanish for the Chilean referendum process.

I was recently invited to give a talk hosted by the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights in Scotland about the country’s human rights ambitions, which ultimately will lead to legislative change in 2024. That will see all of those economic, social and cultural rights embedded into domestic law. So essentially, Strathclyde and Scotland is on the world stage right now, as an example of best practice in this area.

Katie Boyle

The research that's undertaken at Strathclyde has a world impact beyond our imagination. It inspires people internationally, it's collaborative, ambitious, it's people-oriented

Jennifer Ba

Senior Race Equality Officer, Equality & Diversity Office

The University of Strathclyde is widely recognised for its progressive commitment to social causes, and I was genuinely heartened when I discovered the Senior Race Equality Officer role. It is evident that the university is actively taking tangible steps to acknowledge and combat racial disparities by introducing this new position. Unfortunately, in many institutions and statutory bodies, race is still a taboo subject, often considered too sensitive a topic or avoided altogether, making it near impossible to bring about necessary change and improvements, to address structural discrimination and systemic racism. 

Dismantling systemic racism must begin from within institutions, and I found it deeply encouraging to witness the university embracing this challenge and embarking on this journey. 

 Jennifer Ba

Andy Kerr

Senior lecturer in Biomedical Engineering and Co-Director of the Sir Jules Thorn Centre for Co-Creation of Rehabilitation Technology

When you go abroad, you always meet people that are impressed with what Strathclyde does and we have a growing reputation for doing valuable, real, research. I've always had respect from my colleagues. They've always been interested in what I'm doing and in collaboration. It’s all facilitated for us to work together, there are really great networks at Strathclyde. As well as the visible change to the campus in the years I’ve been here, there's been a clearer strategic focus, and I think that's thanks to the development of things like clusters of research groups.

I always wanted to do research that really mattered. I’ve worked in two previous universities and lots of the research was never as applied. I think the special thing at Strathclyde is that there's always an application and an impact. I think that's what brought me here and has kept me here.

Andy Kerr

Elita Chamdimba

3rd year PhD student in Social Work in the School of Social Work and Social Policy in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) and CV Advisor, Careers Service

The research that we conduct is very innovative, and it's interdisciplinary. We don't really stay within one scope or one department and I think that's something that has really been impacting the wider world. I also like the fact that Strathclyde has managed to stay intentional in terms of what's relevant locally and globally – I'm thinking specifically around the Sustainable Development Goals. 

A lot of the work and research that Strathclyde has engaged in has been to make sure that the Sustainable Development Goals are being achieved and that's pretty great.

Elita Chamdimba


Christine Dufès

Reader in Nanomedicine at the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Our core values are actively put into practice, fostering an environment where innovation thrives. Our research is characterized by a dynamic synergy between motivated students and dedicated researchers.

Strathclyde is globally engaged, with a network of international partnerships across the world. This commitment to global collaboration enhances the impact of our research and enriches the educational experience for our diverse community.

At Strathclyde, the rich tradition of 'useful learning' is not just a motto; it is a lived commitment

Dr Christine Dufès