- University of Strathclyde
University of Strathclyde
Strathclyde is a great place to study and enjoy life at the same time. And this is where you can find out everything about us – from how we teach, to what’s on in Glasgow and how to get around.
The University was established in 1796 as ‘the place of useful learning’ and this remains our mission today: to combine academic excellence with social and economic relevance.
As ‘the place of useful learning’ the University is committed to the advancement of society through the pursuit of excellence in research, education and knowledge exchange, and through creative engagement with partner organisations at local, national and international levels.
To be a distinctive institution, characterised by leading research and technology of international standing and with a reputation for excellence across research, education and knowledge exchange.
To provide a high-quality, inspirational education experience to all our students and produce outstanding professional and enterprising graduates for industry, business and the professions.
To be modern in our outlook, generating new ideas, creating fresh opportunities and engaging in collaborative activities and strategic partnerships that benefit wider society.
To enable and encourage all staff to develop their full potential and contribute to the achievement of the University’s mission.
To contribute to the development and quality of life of our City, nation and the international community.
We are committed to providing a high-quality education and experience to all students, regardless of their background. Inspiring them to develop to their full potential, producing outstanding professional and enterprising people for industry, business and the professions.
We are investing in academic programmes that reflect a positive, creative and innovative approach and that position us at the forefront of teaching and learning within and across disciplines. The University is also encouraging its students to play an active role in the dialogue about our strategy and vision for the future.
Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties
- Accounting & finance
- Biomedical engineering
- Chemical & process engineering
- Civil & environmental engineering
- Computer & information sciences
- Design, manufacture & engineering management
- Electronic & electrical engineering
- Forensic science
- Hospitality & tourism
- Human resource management
- Management science
- Mathematics & statistics
- Mechanical & aerospace engineering
- Modern languages
- Naval architecture, ocean & marine engineering
- Pharmacy & biomedical sciences
- Physical activity for health
- Social work & Social policy
- Speech & language therapy
- Strategy & organisation
The university was founded in 1796 through the will of John Anderson, professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgowwho left instructions and the majority of his estate to create a second university in Glasgow which would focus on “Useful Learning” – specialising in practical subjects – “for the good of mankind and the improvement of science, a place of useful learning”. The University later named its city centre campus after him.
In 1828, the institution was renamed Anderson’s University, partially fulfilling Anderson’s vision of two universities in the city of Glasgow. The name was changed in 1887, to reflect the fact that there was no legal authority for the use of the title of ‘university’. As a result, the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College was formed, becoming the Royal Technical College in 1912, and the Royal College of Science and Technology in 1956 concentrating on science and engineering teaching and research. Undergraduate students could qualify for degrees of the University of Glasgow or the equivalent Associate of the Royal College of Science and Technology (ARCST).
Under Principal Samuel Curran, internationally respected nuclear physicist (and inventor of the scintillation counter), the Royal College gained University Status, receiving its Royal Charter to become The University of Strathclyde in 1964, merging with the Scottish College of Commerce at the same time. Contrary to popular belief, The University of Strathclyde was not created as a result of the Robbins Report – the decision to grant the Royal College university status had been made earlier in the 1960s but delayed as a result of Robbins Report. The University of Strathclyde was the UK’s first technological university reflecting its history, teaching and research excellence in technological education. In 1993, the University incorporated Jordanhill College of Education.
The university has developed its reputation and grown from approximately 4,000 full-time students in 1964 to over 20,000 students in 2003, when it celebrated the 100th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the original Royal College building.
In July 2015, Her Majesty The Queen has opened the Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC), at the University of Strathclyde.
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