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University of Strathclyde

2015 League Table Ranking 41
2015 Overall Score 720
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Entry Standards 468 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 19.3 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
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Research Assessment 2.45 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,360 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 3.96 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 318 Help
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A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 73.6 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 85.7 Help
Degree Completion
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Good Honours 74.4 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 27.5 Help
Green Score
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  • Established in 1796 when Professor John Anderson, one of the leading figures of the Scottish Enlightenment, left instructions in his will for 'a place of useful learning'.
  • Received the Royal Charter in 1964.
  • Today Strathclyde’s ambition is to be among the leading technological universities in the world. It is committed to the highest standards of teaching, research and knowledge exchange, and has a track record of making technologies and innovation applicable for the benefit of society and the environment. It is proud of its strong links with business and industry. It challenges traditional academic boundaries to solve global problems, and at the same time takes pride in its place at the heart of the city of Glasgow. It is home to students from more than 100 countries.

Location and Transport

  • Located in the centre of Glasgow, one of Europe's most exciting cities, and close to Scotland's stunning scenery, including Loch Lomond.
  • The University’s community is now together on one site, following the arrival at the city centre campus of around 350 staff and 2,000 students previously based at the Jordanhill campus in the west end of Glasgow. Their move to the £38 million Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences quarter forms part of a wider £350-million campus investment plan.
  • City centre location close to central train and bus stations and only 20 minutes from Glasgow Airport.

Entry Standards

  • Entry requirements vary depending on the course you choose. Visit the online prospectus, available at: http://www.strath.ac.uk/prospectus/

Student Mix

The 19,960 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Strathclyde has a reputation for innovative, flexible learning which is relevant to students and employers.
  • BA in Arts and Social Sciences offers a range of subjects before one or two are studied in-depth at Honours level.
  • Students can take elective subjects outwith their discipline, including classes at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship designed to develop employable skills.

International Study Centre

  • The International Study Centre offers international students on campus degree preparation for undergraduate & postgraduate degrees. 
  • The pathway programmes provides students with the necessary academic skills and English language tutoring to undertake a degree at the University of Strathclyde.  Further information is available at: http://isc.strath.ac.uk/.

Teaching Standards

  • According to the most recent National Student Survey, our student satisfaction levels stand at 86%, and our students rate us more highly than average score for UK universities in terms of Learning Resources, Personal Development and Students’ Union.
  • Subject areas with particularly strong showings included: Medical Technology (Prosthetics & Orthotics) (100%), Molecular Biology (100%), Biophysics & Biochemistry (100%).  Chemistry, Economics, Human & Social Geography (Geography) and Human Resource Management all scored 97%.

Research Standards

  • Strathclyde has a proud history of communicating and developing the practical applications of research.  We believe in a multi-disciplinary approach to tackle global challenges using international partners from industry and academia.
  • Our commitment to cutting-edge research is demonstrated by significant investment in world-class infrastructure which is part of our wider £350M campus development project.
  • We are lead, or partner, in 17 Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) which offer access to prestigious studentships and quality training in both subject specific and transferable skills. 
  • The areas covered by these Centres reflect our commitment to integrate world-class research teams with pioneering external partnerships in an interdisciplinary environment in such topics as:  Medical Devices, Wind Energy, Future Power Networks & Smart Grids, Next Generation Accelerators, Continuous Manufacturing & Crystallisation and Optics & Photonics.
  • Strathclyde has one of the largest Centres for Doctoral Training portfolios in the UK with involvement in 9 and leadership in 5 such centres. 

Academic Strengths

  • High quality teaching is informed by research into teaching and learning as well as academic scholarship.
  • Strathclyde promotes excellence through continuous innovation in the curriculum and in approaches to teaching and learning.
  • Provides learning experiences that make students highly employable, capable of advanced study and confident in their own abilities. Our students have higher than average graduate employment rates.
  • The University’s academic strength is demonstrated by its collaboration with other Scottish universities through research pooling initiatives, as well its links with outstanding partners overseas. Strathclyde has more than 200 collaborative agreements in more than 50 countries, and an estimated 2,000 informal links around the world.
  • In 2012, the University became home to the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools, a Scotland-wide centre for the promotion of Chinese language and culture.
  • The University is supporting an international initiative for the establishment of Age-Friendly universities.  Launched in November 2012 by Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Dublin City University Brian MacCraith, it encourages the participation of older adults in all of universities’ core activities.  The move coincided with the 25thanniversary of the Learning in Later Life Programme, which offers older people opportunities to broaden their skills and interests – one of the first of its kind in the UK and one of the largest worldwide. 
  • Strathclyde, in partnership with the University of Dundee, has won a bid to host the first Fulbright Scotland Summer Institute for students from the USA. The bid was made to the UK-UK Fulbright Commission, one of the world’s most prestigious international exchange programmes.

Student Facilities

  • www.strath.ac.uk/isInformation Services is at the heart of all University activities. We are responsible for IT and Library Services and provide support to all University staff and students.  We are working towards the development of a ‘Digital Campus’ that underpins the University strategic aims in research, education and knowledge exchange.

Your Library: www.strath.ac.uk/library

  • The University Library has a wide variety of areas suitable for individual or group study work.  There are extensive Wi-Fi zones for laptop use and areas with fixed computers.  The Library has around one million print volumes as well as access to over 540,000 electronic books and over 38,000 e-journals that can be used 24/7 from any suitably enabled computer.
  • Your Library provides access to materials and information resources, assisting you with your studies in a supportive learning environment.  Our expert and friendly staff work closely with academic colleagues and are available to help you find information and demonstrate the wide variety of resources on offer.
  • Recent redevelopments have shaped the Library to meet your needs, including new high-tech facilities, provision of more group and individual working spaces and an increased focus on acquiring digital content, accessible from anywhere.  Improvements are continuing to ensure the Library is the heart of the University and an enjoyable place to study.

Technical Services: www.strath.ac.uk/it

  • Technology is at the heart of our lives today and we support your University experience with first- class IT facilities and services, including:
  • Over 1,500 campus PCs in more than 30 computer labs, with most open 24/7
  • Extensive campus-wide Wi-Fi network, including communal areas of student residences
  • A dedicated IT Helpdesk and 24/7 out-of-hours IT support to ensure your IT problems are resolved as quickly as possible
  • A personal student e-mail account with 25GB of storage, which can be access through your web browser or mobile device anywhere
  • A selection of free software you can download and negotiated agreements leading brands such as Microsoft, ensuring you get the software you need at the best possible value PEGASUS student web portal for a host of services including registration, finance, choosing classes and exam results
  • mPEGASUS phone app giving access to your information on the go
  • Access to MyPlace, a virtual e-learning environment, where you can learn online and access course materials
  • An IT training service enabling you to get the most out of the software you need to use, by providing access to online training, class training and 1:1 tuition.

Disability Services

  • The Disability Service offers information, advice and assistance to applicants and students with disabilities to help them access their studies and university life. It supports students with a range of disabilities including, but not limited to, dyslexia and specific learning difficulties, mental health issues, Asperger’s Syndrome, long-term illnesses, and mobility or sensory impairment.
  • The service can help students identify effective strategies, assistive equipment or software, facilities or services which can support them during their time at Strathclyde. This may include assistive technology training, mentoring, exam adjustments, attending a study skills session, or accessing support with communication or note-taking in lectures. It can also assist students in applying for Disabled Students’ Allowance for funds for equipment and other support they may need during their studies. 
  • Staff at the Disability Service welcome the opportunity to discuss with disabled applicants how to get the most out of their experience at Strathclyde.
  • Telephone +44 (0) 141 548 3402; email disabilityservice@strath.ac.uk; fax +44 (0) 141 548 2414.

Students' Union

  • Best known as the Union, Strathclyde has one of the largest students' unions in the country comprising of a number of bars, food and coffee outlets and flexible social spaces.
  • Over 100 clubs and societies cover a wide range of interest, course, political, media and representation groups. If there isn’t one to suit you, start your own!
  • With over 18,000 volunteer hours clocked up this year there are lots of volunteering and fundraising opportunities, designed to develop graduate employability and other key skills while at university.
  • Also home to student services such as the free, independent advice, support and knowledge service Advice Hub, Class Reps and the Executive who represent students' views at Strathclyde.


  • Forty-five acres of playing fields and a sports centre with badminton courts, squash courts, recently refurbished fitness suite and changing rooms, weights room and swimming pool.
  • Whether you compete at national level or just enjoy sport for fun with friends, with over 40 sports clubs ranging from aikido to volleyball there is something for everyone.
  • Membership of the Centre for Sport and Recreation is £91 for the full year with semester membership and pay-as-you-go available.
  • The quality of the University’s sports facilities at Stepps was underlined when they were chosen as the only training venue in Scotland for the London 2012 Olympics. They were used by football squads including the men’s team from Spain and the women’s team from the USA, and will again be utilised by teams attending the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

The University is investing £350 million in its campus over 10 years to enhance the student experience and further develop an attractive, dynamic and digital campus. Major developments include:

  • Unifying the two campuses into one, single city-centre site through a £38-million investment in the new Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences quarter.
  • A £35-million project for bringing five Faculty of Engineering departments together to facilitate greater collaboration, improve research capabilities and enhance the student experience.
  • Investment of £14 million in the John Anderson building to consolidate it as the base for the Department of Physics.
  • A new £36-million building for the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences – the University's centre for world-class research in drug discovery and development – which was officially opened in October 2011.
  • The £89-million Technology and Innovation centre at Strathclyde to further the University’s close links with industry will formally open in 2014.
  • The University also opened its Advanced Forming Research Centre in January 2011, a world-class research centre in partnership with Scottish Enterprise and global engineering firms to pioneer forming and forging techniques to support manufacturing for the aerospace, energy, marine and automobile industries.
  • The £12.5-million Power Network Demonstration Centre – a world class research centre that will accelerate the adoption of new, 'smart' technologies, from advanced power grids to electric cars and household appliances, will open in 2012.
  • In addition, the University opened its first overseas campus in Greater Noida, India, in 2011. The Strathclyde-SKIL Business School will deliver undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA level business courses.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Strathclyde is situated in Glasgow’s city centre, which offers the potential for a wide range of part-time work, particularly in shops, bars, restaurants (and other eating places) and call centres.  Glasgow is also a financial centre and a large number of major graduate recruiters have offices in the city.
  • Strathclyde University is one of the top 20 target universities in the UK for graduate employers, which has a knock on effect on the range of opportunities for summer internships and work experience placements available to students at Strathclyde.
  • The University Careers Service posts a huge range of graduate and part-time jobs, internships, work experience and voluntary work opportunities on their shared vacancy system.  All you need to do is register via the Careers Service website as soon as you arrive to start your course so you don’t miss out.
  • The Careers Service also runs an in-house Interns on Campus service, which advertises paid internships based at the University throughout the summer vacation (and sometimes into term-time).

Notable Alumni

  • Dame Elish Angionlini – Former Lord Advocate (now Visiting Professor at Strathclyde) and Principal St Hugh’s College Oxford.
  • Elaine Arden, Group Human Resources Director, Head of Sourcing: UK Retail, Wealth, UB, CBD & Group Functions RBS
  • James Blyth – Wind energy pioneer.
  • Ann Budge, Entrepreneur
  • Rabinder Buttar, ClinTec
  • John Clark, Group Franchise Manager, Arnold Clark Automobiles
  • James Croll – Early investigator of climate change.
  • Henry Faulds – Originator of fingerprint identification.
  • Laura Faulkner, RBS
  • Anita Frew, Victrex Plc
  • Thomas Graham – Formulated the Law of Diffusion of Gases.
  • Duncan Hawthorne, President and Chief Executive of Bruce Power
  • Professor Ivor Tiefenbrun – Managing Director, Linn Products.
  • Sanjay Jha – CEO of Global Foundries Inc Chairman and CEO, Motorola Mobility.
  • Afzal Khushi – Managing Director, Trespass.
  • David Livingstone – Explorer and medical missionary.
  • John Logie Baird – Invented the world's first working television.
  • Anne MacColl, CEO SDI
  • Professor Maurice Taylor – Hotelier and entrepreneur.
  • Jim McColl, OBE – Chairman and CEO, Clyde Blowers.
  • Mairi Mickel, Chair of Mickel Fund
  • Denise Mina, Author
  • Nosheena Mobarik, M Computer and Chair of CBI Scotland
  • James 'Paraffin' Young – The driving force behind the creation of today’s oil refinery industry.
  • Craig Pollock, Founder, CEO and Managing Partner, PURE Corporation SA and former co-owner and Managing Director, British American Racing
  • Shaf Rasul, Entrepreneur, broadcaster and columnist
  • Celia Sinclair, Entrepreneur
  • Sir Brian Souter – CEO, Stagecoach.
  • Robert Thom – Inventor of water filtration systems.
  • Sir Tom Hunter – Entrepreneur and Philanthropist.
  • Diane Wilde, Head of Charities at Barclays
  • Lena Wilson, CEO Scottish Enterprise

For further information

  • www.strath.ac.uk
  • ugenquiries@strath.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)141 548 2814
  • University of Strathclyde
    16 Richmond Street
    G1 1XQ
UCAS Code S78

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