We're delighted to be shortlisted for the ‘Oscars’ of the higher education sector - University of the Year at the Times Higher Education University Awards - for the second time.
It comes following a great year for the University of Strathclyde, which saw us build on our roots as 'the place of useful learning' and continue to change the lives of our staff and students through socially-progressive policies.
We've won eight of the Times Higher Education Awards and Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards awards in seven years, including the coveted University of the Year and Business School of the Year.
We started the year by winning our largest single research contract, aimed at transforming the world’s response to urgent challenges facing our oceans including plastic pollution, rising sea levels, acidification and over-fishing.
Since then, we've continued to take bold steps in transforming our approach to working with business, industry and government to make a positive impact on the local - and global - community we serve.
As well as the University of the Year, we're also in the running for Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development, Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative and Outstanding Library Team.
Thank you to all our staff and students who have made this possible.
Our year in achievements
Glasgow City Innovation District
In February, we launched Scotland’s first innovation district - a hub for entrepreneurship and collaboration. Glasgow City Innovation District is home to growing numbers of companies locating here to accelerate growth, improve productivity, and access Strathclyde’s world-class talent and research.
Technology & Innovation Centre
Throughout the year we have built on the success of our flagship Technology & Innovation Centre (TIC), by purchasing a new building and advancing plans for two more to meet industry demand. We're transforming the way academics, business, industry and the public sector work in partnership.
We've developed shared clusters of research capability in high-growth areas, including health technology, FinTech, Space, 5G, Quantum and Industrial Informatics. We are also leading an ambitious £20 million One Ocean Hub, bringing together the competing interests and agendas of the individuals, communities and organisations that rely on our oceans.
National Manufacturing Institute Scotland
Strathclyde was named as the anchor university for the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, a centre of expertise to help position the UK as a global leader in advanced manufacturing. The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) is an industry-led international centre of manufacturing expertise. We're working to make Scotland and the UK a global leader in advanced manufacturing.
Wellbeing at Strathclyde
We continued to invest in students through the transformation of wellbeing services, the launch of a state-of-the-art Strathclyde Sport facility and, in partnership with students, development of a £60m Learning and Teaching building – our biggest investment in a building to date. Dame Katherine Grainger DBE officially opened Strathclyde Sport in March. Since the centre was completed it has already driven up levels of sports participation on the campus dramatically, as well as attracting strong interest from professional sports bodies.
Lightweight Manufacturing Centre
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon officially opened the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre, operated by Strathclyde, in June this year. The Lightweight Manufacturing Centre will develop lighter, more efficient, components for high-value industries, including automotive and aerospace. We also co-developed a Medicines Manufacturing Institute – a world-class hub to transform the way medicines are made.
Our socially-progressive ethos
Breaking Barriers and Project Search
Our Breaking Barriers initiative with ENABLE Scotland – a UK first - is helping people with learning disabilities to gain valuable university and work experience. Through Project Search, we are also helping people with autism secure jobs.