Why Strathclyde?Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher & Further Education

Strathclyde recognised for the third time

Part of the UK Honours system, the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education is the highest national honour conferred on the sector.

Awarded every two years in recognition of world-class excellence and achievement at academic institutions, Strathclyde is honoured to have been recognised three times - and in both of the most recent rounds (2019 and 2021).

Find out more about our most recent awards and why we won.

The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education 2019 and 2021.

Excellence in advanced manufacturing

In 2021, we were honoured for our work in the field of advanced manufacturing.

Recognised for driving one of the broadest and most distinctive programmes in the UK, Strathclyde was awarded for enhancing manufacturing productivity while also producing a new generation of manufacturing talent.

The accolade was also received in recognition of the role the University has played in transforming international competitiveness and for its contribution to communities through the establishment of two Innovation Districts - Glasgow City Innovation District and Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland.

Glasgow City Innovation District was the first innovation district in Scotland and both districts are attracting a significant number of companies and organisations looking to nurture and accelerate growth, improve productivity, and access world-class research, technology, graduates and postgraduates from the University.

Strathclyde contributes across a wide range of manufacturing sectors including aerospace, automotive, maritime, energy and pharmaceuticals - work which is delivering long-term benefits in transport, the environment and healthcare.

We as a University are great believers in our students learning from industry and industry learning from our students.

Lord Smith of Kelvin

Professor Sir Jim McDonald.
This award is very much a reflection of the quality of our research and innovation capabilities, the positive impact of our inspiring and entrepreneurial people, and those of our forward-thinking partner organisations.
Professor Sir Jim McDonald
Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Strathclyde

Research excellence in energy

In 2019, Strathclyde was selected as the winner for its excellence in energy innovation

The University is a long-standing leader in energy research. We have more than 250 researchers working at any given time on energy systems innovations and over 300 PhD graduates over the past decade with expertise in the field.

The University also has a roster of spinout companies making valuable contributions to the enhancement of energy provision and we play a prominent role in informing energy policy in Scotland, the UK and beyond.

It's a wonderful recognition of the contributions from our excellent academic staff and our students.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald
Principal and Vice-Chancellor