University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde is situated in the heart of Glasgow – one of the UK's largest cities – and has a vibrant, international community including more than 20,000 students from over 135 nations, with overseas students accounting for over 21% of the total.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


In or close to the centre of a town

UCAS Code: S78

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 68%
  • Postgraduate 32%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 77%
  • Part Time 23%

Where students come from

  • UK 82%
  • EU 7%
  • Other 11%

Student gender

  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities


  • The library provides access to a collection of more than one million print volumes and hundreds of thousands of e-books and journals, accessible 24/7. There is also an Archives and Special Collections facility.
  • A mix of study spaces suit both group work and silent study, with rooms bookable online up to two weeks in advance, and 24-hour opening during exams.
  • Expert, friendly staff are on hand in the library seven days a week during semesters.

Student jobs

  • Strathclyde is in Glasgow city centre, with access to a wide range of part-time work particularly in shops, bars, restaurants, conference, concert and exhibition venues, and call centres.
  • Paid work experience opportunities including summer work, on campus opportunities, part-time roles, internships and research internships are advertised by the Careers Service.

Careers advice

  • All students are entitled to use the Careers Service at Strathclyde for the duration of their degree course and up to five years after graduation.
  • The Careers Service provides advice and information to help students choose and manage their career, develop skills for job seeking and apply for jobs or further study.
  • Careers seminars are available centrally and are also integrated into many of the academic programmes. The service also provides one-to-one guidance appointments with career consultants, a programme of careers and recruitment events and a CV checking service.
  • The Resource Centre combines the latest technology with traditional hard copy books and leaflets, to give students access to up-to-date careers information.
  • The Careers Service vacancy system advertises a wide range of graduate and part-time jobs, internships, work experience and volunteering opportunities both for the UK and worldwide.

Health services

  • The Well-being and Inclusion Service comprises a disability service, a general health advice service and a mental health and well-being service.
  • The Service can help students identify effective strategies, facilities and services which can support them during their time at Strathclyde. This may include the provision of well-being  and mental health advice and support such as mentoring or counselling, attending a peer support group or well-being  workshop. It may also include, where applicable, teaching and exam adjustments, assistive technology training or accessing support with communication or notetaking in lectures.
  • The Service encourages students with emotional or well-being , mental health, physical health or disability related needs to get in touch to discuss how they can be supported to get the most out of their experience at Strathclyde.

Counselling services

  • Counselling Services are integrated within the university's Well-being and Inclusion Service; please refer to Health Services information above and also the university website.

Disability support

  • Disability Services are integrated within the university's Well-being  and Inclusion Services ; please refer to Health Services information above and also the university website.

Other services and facilities

  • More than 1,500 computers are available in over 30 computer laboratories, with a combined IT and library help desk and out-of-hours support available 24/7 by phone and email. There is a selection of free software from leading brands including Microsoft and McAfee, and students get a personal student e-mail account with 25GB of storage.
  • Wi-Fi is available across campus and in communal areas of student residences, and a Virtual Learning Environment allows students to access course materials and learn online. The university app lets students access their information on the go.

Students' Union

  • Strathclyde Students' Union (Strath Union) is one of the largest in the country comprising two bars along with food and coffee outlets, which provide flexible social and entertainment spaces.
  • The union puts forward the views of students to the university via the Student Rep system and an elected full- time Student Executive. The Advice Hub offers free and independent advice, while Nightline provides confidential listening, text, and online messaging support service.
  • There are over 170 clubs and societies covering a wide range of activity, from political to cultural, and from course-related to hobbies and community interest. Over 21,000 volunteer hours are clocked up annually, helping graduates develop employability and other key skills while at university. Over the past two academic years, Strath Union has achieved five-star Healthy Body Health Mind accreditation, which is a joint NUS and Scottish Student Sport award scheme.


  • Established more than 200 years ago 'for the good of mankind', the University of Strathclyde is renowned for excellent teaching, research and strong links with industry, government and business.
  • Its roots can be traced back to 1796, when Professor John Anderson's legacy established a 'place of useful learning' – the only higher education institution to be created in Scotland during the Enlightenment.
  • John Anderson was ahead of his time as an advocate, in the 18th century, of the education of men and women of all classes.

Fascinating Fact

  • Television pioneer John Logie Baird studied at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College, a forerunner of Strathclyde.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • The Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini DBE PC QC FRSA FRSE – the first female Solicitor General for Scotland and the first female Lord Advocate.
  • Dr Rabindar Buttar FRSE – CEO and President of global clinical research organisation ClinTec International.
  • Debbie Crosbie – Group Chief Operating Officer, Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank Group. The first female executive to sign Scottish banknotes.
  • Sir Tom Hunter – serial entrepreneur and philanthropist. A trustee of The Hunter Foundation, winner of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, and founding partner of West Coast Capital.
  • Amar Latif – entrepreneur, world traveller and tv presenter. Founded Traveleyes, revolutionising international travel experiences for the blind and visually impaired.
  • John Logie Baird FRSE – engineer and innovator. One of the inventors of mechanical television; the first person in the world to demonstrate a working television system.
  • Lauren Mayberry – writer, activist, and singer-songwriter with Scottish band Chvrches. A founder of the women-run creative collective TYCI and vocal champion of social respect online.
  • Aileen McGlynn OBE – Paralympian. A tandem cyclist: world record-breaker and winner of Paralympic Gold.
  • Iain Stewart MBE FGS FRSE – geologist and TV presenter. President of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and Professor of Geoscience Communication at the University of Plymouth.
  • James 'Paraffin' Young – chemist. The driving force behind the creation of today's oil refinery industry.


University of Strathclyde, 16 Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XQ