University of Strathclyde

2014 League Table Ranking 41
2014 Overall Score 711
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Entry Standards 462 Help
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Student-Staff Ratio 18.3 Help
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Research Assessment 2.45 Help
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Academic Services Spend 1,289 Help
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Student Satisfaction 4.02 Help
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Facilities Spend 323 Help
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Graduate Prospects 72.3 Help
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Degree Completion 83.5 Help
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Good Honours 75.1 Help
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Green Score 27.5 Help
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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.

Student mix

  • Although 70% of students come from the west of Scotland, Strathclyde welcomes students from over 120 countries.
  • 49% male to 51% female.
  • Around 92% of students are from state schools. Strathclyde is committed to diversity and encourages applications from people from all walks of life.

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.

Teaching standards

  • According to the most recent National Student Survey, our student satisfaction levels stand at 89%, up 2% from the previous year, four points above the UK average and three points higher than the Scottish average. 
  • Subject areas with particularly strong showings included: Management Studies (98%); Mathematics and Statistics (98%); Accounting (96%); Economics (96%); Human Resource Management (96%).

Research standards

  • Challenging conventional wisdom is part of the University of Strathclyde’s genetic fingerprint. Today, Strathclyde is recognised as one of the UK’s leading international technological universities, and prides itself on partnership with the public and private sectors.
  • This vision is being realised through the University’s plans for an £89-million Technology and Innovation Centre, to transform the way academics, industry and the business community work together to solve global challenges from climate change to disease, and bring major employers to the University’s doorstep.
  • The University of Strathclyde’s research power and its continuing growth in its areas of strategic importance were confirmed by the latest Research Assessment Exercise (2008).
  • Strathclyde Business School has been rated top in Scotland by a wide margin, and rated in the top 10 UK-wide, with 65% of staff classed as world class (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).
  • Other areas that performed impressively were Chemistry (joint submission with Glasgow University under the WestChem research pooling), Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Law, Mechanical Engineering (incorporating staff from Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management), Pharmacy (Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences).
  • Overall, around 50% of Strathclyde staff were rated as world leading or internationally excellent in the RAE 2008.
  • In 2011 the University’s Advanced Forming Research Centre was announced as a leading partner in the first UK-wide Technology Strategy Board Catapult Centre. The high value manufacturing centre will allow business and industry to commercialise the results of world-class research, and provide routes to new, high-tech markets.
  • The Government also announced that the University is to lead the UK-wide EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation. The collaborative initiative involving leading academics and industrialists is seeking quicker, more effective and more sustainable methods of manufacturing products such as medicines, foodstuffs, dyes, pigments and nanomaterials.
  • The University has become the base for the first Fraunhofer Centre to be established in the UK. Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Europe’s largest organisation for contract research, is creating the new Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics in collaboration with Strathclyde, for research in sectors including healthcare, security, energy and transport. It will also base its UK headquarters at the University.
  • Strathclyde was chosen in 2012 as the exclusive European partner university for South Korea’s global research and commercialisation programme – the Global Industry-Academia Cooperation Programme, funded by South Korea’s Ministry of Knowledge and Economics.
  • This year (2012) the University became a key partner in its second UK Catapult Centre. Plans for the Catapult Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy were announced at Strathclyde by Business Secretary Vince Cable. The University has also become a partner in the Industrial Doctorate Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy, which is one of 11 doctoral centres at Strathclyde.
  • Engineers at the University are leading the €4 million, Europe-wide Stardust project, a research-based training network investigating the removal of space debris and the deflection of asteroids, and the first programme of its kind in the world.
  • Strathclyde has become part of the new ESRC Enterprise Research Centre, a £2.9 million venture generating world-class research to help stimulate growth for small and medium sized enterprises.

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, including library and computing

  • The University library is being refurbished as part of a series of campus investments to ensure the best possible student experience. New space for books and collections has been created to accommodate stock being moved from the Jordanhill campus, which runs to more than 180,000 items. Other enhanced features include over 1,700 seats for studying, whether at tables, drop-in group study pods, discussion rooms or the PC areas.
  • The library has around a million print volumes as well as 24-hour access from a suitably enabled computer to over 404,000 electronic books and over 26,000 e-journals. The library has 440 networked computers with access to the internet and email.
  • The Curran Building library is home to the collection of the Royal Scottish Geographical society, which contains more than 15,000 books and editions of nearly 200 serial titles.
  • The University also has over 1,500 PCs around campus and more than 30 computer labs, many open around the clock.
  • A dedicated IT Helpdesk and 24-hour out-of-hours IT support.
  • A personal student email account with free email, web access and 50GB of disk space.
  • A selection of software for students to download free of charge.
  • Access to an Online Resource Centre providing online tutorials and 24-hour support.
  • The mPEGASUS student web portal and iPhone app giving students access to their information on the go.
  • Access to MyPlace, a virtual e-learning environment, where students can learn online and access course materials.
  • An expert IT Training team offering free training in a number of key software packages.

Disability services

  • The Disability Service offers information, advice and assistance for 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; 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 ASK, 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, fitness suite, 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 £86 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.

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 so part-time work is plentiful.
  • The Student Employment Service posts a huge range of part-time jobs, internships and voluntary work opportunities.

Notable alumni

  • John Logie Baird – Invented the world's first working television.
  • Thomas Graham – Formulated the Law of Diffusion of Gases.
  • David Livingstone – Explorer and medical missionary.
  • James 'Paraffin' Young – The driving force behind the creation of today’s oil refinery industry.
  • James Blyth – Wind energy pioneer.
  • Henry Faulds – Originator of fingerprint identification.
  • James Croll – Early investigator of climate change.
  • Robert Thom – Inventor of water filtration systems.
  • Sir Tom Hunter – Entrepreneur and Philanthropist.
  • Sanjay Jha – Chairman and CEO, Motorola Mobility.
  • Professor Maurice Taylor – hotelier and entrepreneur.
  • Professor Ivor Tiefenbrun – Managing Director, Linn Products.
  • Jim McColl, OBE – Chairman and CEO, Clyde Blowers.
  • Afzal Khushi – Managing Director, Trespass.
  • Sir Brian Souter – CEO, Stagecoach.
  • Dame Elish Angionlini – Former Lord Advocate (now Visiting Professor at Strathclyde).

For further information

  • +44 (0)141 548 2814
  • University of Strathclyde
    16 Richmond Street
    G1 1XQ
UCAS Code S78

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