Glasgow has been founded on trade and shipbuilding since the 16th century, the river Clyde providing access for merchant shipping to the city and the rest of Scotland. Over the centuries Glasgow’s industrial fortunes waxed and waned and today Glasgow is a vibrant modern city with excellent national and international transport links and a business district attracting financial firms from around the globe. In 2014, Glasgow hosted the Commonwealth Games and its reputation as friendly and hospitable is captured in the ubiquitous slogan “People Make Glasgow.” The University of Strathclyde “a campus within a city” is only a ten minute walk from the lively city centre and at the heart of the newly designated Glasgow City Innovation District (GCID), which is transforming the way academia, business and industry collaborate. Professor Sir Jim MacDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde said “The city has the perfect elements to stimulate innovation – from partners with the ambition and drive to help businesses succeed; an entrepreneurial environment; and a rapidly-growing community of innovators.”
The University of Strathclyde
The University of Strathclyde has a strong tradition of working closely with business and industry and a reputation for research excellence and high-quality teaching. Our partnerships with industry sets Strathclyde above other learning institutions, both in the UK and globally. We are a leading international technological University and a multi-million pound campus renovation project is currently underway, providing state-of-the-art campus facilities. (The “jewel in the crown” is the Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC), where world-class research is transforming the way academia, business, industry and the public sector work together, pioneering theory and practitioner experience).
The newly launched GCID draws in innovative companies and researchers in key technological areas to support the wider Glasgow and Scottish economy. Phase 1 has seen over £100 million invested in the University’s Technology and Innovation Centre, Innovo, and Tontine. Together these house 18 major research centres and innovation organisations and over 30 innovation companies and SMEs, including the UK’s only Fraunhofer site. The GCID will help further improve the culture of Innovation we are so proud of here at Strathclyde (https://www.strath.ac.uk/workwithus/glasgowcityinnovationdistrict/)
Slightly further afield, 2019 should see construction commence at the Inchinnan home of the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland. This will mark the beginning of a new chapter for Scottish manufacturing, building on a great tradition of innovation. By capitalising on world-class, industry-relevant research and supporting skills-development, the new institute will attract inward investment to Scotland, stimulate the creation of jobs and help companies compete globally.
Strathclyde’s external recognition is manifest in awards including University of the Year 2012/2013 and Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2013/2014 and Business School of the Year, 2016. According to the Times Higher Education’s analysis of REF 2014, we are in the UK’s top 20 universities for research intensity.
Three University of Strathclyde faculties are jointly organising the 2020 R&D Management Conference; Department of Marketing Strathclyde Business School, Department of Design Manufacturing and Engineering Management (DMEM), Facility of Engineering and Pure and Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science. This approach is unique allowing Business, Engineering and Science scholars to demonstrate the interdisciplinary and diverse nature of innovation research.
The Department of Marketing is widely acknowledged as one of the earliest seats of excellence in the Marketing field within the UK and internationally. Marketing at Strathclyde is ranked No.1 in Scotland and No.2 in the UK in the 2019 Complete University Guide. Strathclyde Business School (SBS) is also triple accredited. Number 1 in Scotland and it ranked in the top 10 Business Schools in the UK following the 2014 Government-led benchmarking exercise, the Research Excellence Framework. SBS is 3rd among UK business schools for impact which measures how scientific investigations influence practice in business and 1st amongst UK business schools for its research environment.
The Department of Design Manufacture and Engineering Management (DMEM) provides a unique offering of combining end-to end multidisciplinary expertise from creative design, engineering design, manufacture, operations management, remanufacture and management of the entire system. DMEM also houses the UK’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), part of the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult. AFRC is the University of Strathclyde’s largest innovation centre and we will be moving to a new stage in our development as a key part of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS).
The Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry is one of the largest research schools in the UK with interests and expertise across analytical, biological, physical and synthesis research areas. The department has extensive experience in delivering projects ranging from fundamental concepts in mechanistic chemistry to the application of new technology in projects of commercial and technological relevance, with a strong track-record of working with industry in areas such as: polymer science, biophysical chemistry, sensors, food and drink and drug development.