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Strategic Plan 2015 - 2020

Principal's introduction

The University of Strathclyde’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020 signals the next stage in the realisation of our vision as a leading international technological university.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald Over the past five years, the collective talent, effort and commitment of our staff and students have provided the basis for our step change in academic and business performance and achievements. These factors will remain as the cornerstone of the exciting acceleration of our institution’s journey.

Our highly successful Performance Measurement Framework, launched in 2013, provided the foundation to build upon our successes and sustain our strong reputational enhancement. The Plan presented here demonstrates how we will maintain and accelerate our progress over the next five years through a refreshed yet familiar approach.

Our collective vision for Strathclyde is of a leading international technological university inspired by its founding mission as ‘the place of useful learning’, that makes a positive difference to the lives of its students, to society and to the world. Our reputation and influence is global, yet we are an institution firmly grounded in the heart of Glasgow, contributing to the social, cultural and economic life of Scotland through the presence of a vibrant, international student community, as a major employer and by proactive engagement with the city leadership to drive Glasgow’s growth. Through the successful delivery of this Strategic Plan and the realisation of our vision we will continue to be of significant benefit to society – locally, nationally and globally.

We start from a position of significant strength. Our students benefit from an innovative and practical educational experience that is enhanced by its integration with our research capabilities, high-quality academic resources and an unparalleled industry engagement programme. The excellence of our research is evidenced by our position amongst the UK’s top 20 research-intensive universities and by the growth in range and scale of our unique research collaborations. We have also redefined how we collaborate and work with industry, government and the third sector to ensure that innovation and knowledge exchange are fundamental activities that deliver tangible impact. Our current success has been underpinned by an international outlook which permeates everything we do, with an accompanying focus on achieving operational excellence.

I am delighted to introduce this Plan which presents the core of our future ambitions and how these will be achieved. Our aspiration is demonstrated by the range of objectives, strategies, key performance indicators and targets that will be used to measure success. The Plan sets out how we will continue to push boundaries and embrace opportunities – behaviours which have been fundamental in reaching our current level of success. In order to continue this success, we will also need to be responsive to changes in the external environment and increasingly agile in our approach to delivery. The level of engagement and enthusiasm which has been evident from staff and student contributions to the development of this Plan will ensure that all members of the Strathclyde community continue to work together and in accordance with the University’s values to realise its successful delivery.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald
Principal and Vice-Chancellor


Since the publication of the 2015-20 Strategic Plan a small number of adjustments have been made to the University’s KPIs and associated data, to better enable the University to determine progress against the Strategy. Further details of these changes are available on request from Strategy and Policy.

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