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University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde is situated in the heart of Glasgow – one of the UK's largest cities. It has a vibrant, international community including more than 23,000 students from over 100 countries, with overseas students accounting for over 21% of the total.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

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

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 67%
  • Postgraduate 33%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 82%
  • Part Time 18%

Where students come from

  • UK 81%
  • EU 7%
  • Other 11%

Student gender

  • Male 49%
  • Female 51%

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

Libraries and Information Services

  • The library provides more than one million print volumes, and many thousands of e-books and journals, accessible 24/7, along with an Archives and Special Collections facility. A mix of study spaces suit both group work and silent study. Rooms are bookable online up to two weeks in advance and there is 24-hour opening during exams. Expert, friendly staff are on hand in the library seven days a week during semesters.
  • IT provision includes more than 1,500 computers in over 30 computer laboratories. 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. There is a combined IT and library help desk and out-of-hours support is available 24/7 by phone and email.
  • 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 award-winning university app lets students access their information on the go.

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.
  • The Careers Service advertises paid work experience opportunities including summer work, on-campus opportunities, part-time roles, internships and research internships.

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 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 Disability & Well-being Service is a team of advisers with specialist expertise in mental health, counselling, health and disability. It delivers support across three key areas: mental health and well-being; disability; and general health.
  • General health support is provided on a range of issues including alcohol awareness, eating well, sexual and reproductive health, drugs, testicular changes and cervical screening.
  • Students are supported with GP registration.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Counselling is provided by the Disability & Well-being Service.
  • The Service offers one-to-one mental health and well-being assessment, counselling, mentoring, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), a number of group therapies, online mental health support programme (SilverCloud) and a mindfulness-based stress reduction programme.

Disability support

  • The Disability & Well-being Service supports students with a range of disabilities, including specific learning differences, sensory, physical or unseen disabilities, mental health, Asperger’s syndrome and other medical conditions.
  • Disability support includes assessing the needs of a student, and advising departments about reasonable adjustments to teaching, learning and assessment.
  • The university also supports the identification of appropriate assistive technology, communication support, personal support, mentoring or study support.

Students' Union

  • Strathclyde Students' Union (Strath Union) enhances the Strathclyde experience by promoting, representing and supporting students' interests and welfare. Diverse social, cultural and sporting opportunities offer all students the chance to thrive.
  • Venues offer a selection of food, drink and there are over 170 clubs and societies and 53 sports clubs to choose from. The union's dedication to student support and development includes opportunities for students to develop skills alongside their course work and help others through volunteering.
  • Strath 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 a confidential listening, text, and online messaging support service.

History

  • 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 in the 18th century, advocating 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 the University of Strathclyde.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC – the first female solicitor general for Scotland and the first female Lord Advocate.
  • Dr Rabindar Buttar – CEO and president of global clinical research organisation, ClinTec International.
  • Debbie Crosbie – CEO of TSB, formerly with Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank Group. The first female executive to sign Scottish banknotes.
  • Sir Tom Hunter – 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; founder of Traveleyes, revolutionising international travel experiences for the blind and visually impaired.
  • John Logie Baird – engineer and innovator, first person in the world to demonstrate a working television system.
  • Lauren Mayberry – writer, activist, and singer-songwriter with Chvrches, founder of creative collective TYCI and vocal champion of social respect online.
  • Aileen McGlynn OBE – tandem cyclist, world record-breaker and winner of Paralympic gold.
  • Iain Stewart MBE – 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.

Address

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