Strathclyde's double success at Times Higher Education Awards


Strathclyde University has become the first university to win the coveted University of the Year title twice!

We picked up the top prize at the Times Higher Education Awards 2019, beating off stiff competition from universities around the country.

Judges praised our commitment to our founding vision of being the place of useful learning, adding that the university "set itself the task of reviving Scotland's traditional industrial base with a scale of ambition that has multiplied rapidly over the past decade".

The award honours our success in creating a series of collaborative research centres that share expertise and equipment with industry and developing Scotland's first innovation district.

Our influence on policy was also praised, with special mention to our pollster Sir John Curtice. 

Strathclyde Business School also won the Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year award for our Breaking Barriers initiative, a pioneering programme which gives young people with learning disabilities access to education and work experience opportunities. 

Since we first won the University of the Year title in 2012, we have continued to be a bold and innovative institution.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal of the University of Strathclyde, said:

“We are delighted to be awarded this honour which reflects the educational, social and economic contribution of our staff and students over the last year.

Our vision as a leading international technological university is being realised and we are proud to be delivering technological and socially progressive solutions to global challenges, alongside our partners."

At the time, the university was described as having an “extraordinary understanding of where it was, where it wanted to be and how it wanted to get there.”

This drive continues today and has seen us launch Scotland’s first innovation district, expand on our Learning and Teaching building (opened in 2015) and open the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre.

On top of that, we continued our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our university community through the creation of the state-of-the-art Strathclyde Sport facility and, in partnership with students, development of a £60-million  – our biggest investment in a building to date.

We started the year by winning our largest single research contract, aimed at transforming the world’s response to urgent challenges facing our oceans including plastic pollution, rising sea levels, acidification and over-fishing.

Since then, we've continued to take bold steps in transforming our approach to working with business, industry and government to make a positive impact on the local - and global - community we serve.

Published: 29 November 2019

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