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Welcome to Glasgow


Glasgow has been founded on trade and shipbuilding since the 16th century, with 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 the European Championships i 2018, cementing the city's reputation as friendly and hospitable which is captured in the ubiquitous slogan “People Make Glasgow.”

The newly launched Glasgow City Innovation District draws in innovative companies and researchers in key technological areas to support the wider Glasgow and Scottish economy. Over £100 million has been invested into Strathclyde University’s Technology and Innovation Centre, Innovo, and Tontine which together house 18 major research centres and innovation organisations and over 30 innovation companies and SMEs, including the UK’s only Fraunhofer site.

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 to stimulate the creation of jobs and help companies compete globally.

The University of Strathclyde


Situated in the heart of Glasgow, the University of Strathclyde offers a wide range of quality conference and meeting facilities in a compact location. The University 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 University of Strathcylde is a multi-award winning university. We are the only university to have won Times Higher Education University of the Year twice, first in 2012 and again in 2019. We were also awared 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.

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“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.

Professor Sir Jim MacDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde

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It is easy to get to Glasgow by air, rail or road. There are several daily scheduled flights from major British and European cities into and out of Glasgow International Airport. Edinburgh Airport with a wide choice of flights is an hour’s drive away. It is around 20 minute drive into the city from Glasgow International Airport by taxi or by regular bus. The city has two main rail stations. When you arrive you will find plenty of taxis, plus one of the best public transport systems in the country.