University of Strathclyde

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University of Strathclyde
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Motto "Place of Useful Learning"
Established 1796
Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Hamnett
Location Glasgow, United Kingdom
Set-up Urban City-Centre
Students 22,000 total (8,500 post-graduates)
Campuses John Anderson Campus and Jordanhill Campus
Homepage http://www.strath.ac.uk

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland is a top research-led British University which originated as Anderson's Institution in 1796. Its establishment was based on the vision of John H. D. Anderson, professor of Natural Philosophy at Glasgow University who left instructions in his will for a university open to everyone regardless of gender or class, and would focus on "Useful Learning" - essentially meaning that the institution would specialise in practical, vocational subjects. The university's main campus is located in the heart of the city, near George Square and it has an education campus in the suburb of Jordanhill at the site of the previous Jordanhill Teacher Training College.

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Milestones

Significant dates and predecessor institutions in the evolution of the present university are:

  • Anderson's University - 1828
  • Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College - 1887
  • Royal Technical College - 1912
  • Royal College of Science and Technology - 1956
  • Merger with Scottish College of Commerce - 1964
  • University of Strathclyde - 1964
  • Merger with Jordanhill College of Education - 1993

Until 1964 the institution was primarily a technological institute 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). There are now five Faculties : Law Arts & Social Sciences, Education, Engineering, Science and Strathclyde Business School.

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. It is still a world-renowned centre of excellence in engineering teaching and research, and many well-known manufacturing companies sponsor the university and its scholars. Today, the University is a major educational centre for post-graduate studies and research and scholars from around 90 countries work and study at Strathclyde.

Campus Development

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Andersonian Library
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Andrew Ure Halls of Residence

The campus changed very little from its humble beginnings to the creation of the University of Strathclyde in 1964. The centrepiece building has long been the massive Royal College Building, begun in 1903, and building work took nine years to complete. The 1960s and 1970s saw a huge programme of new academic buildings being built, while the 1980s concentrated on developing the student residences. Below is a synopsis of the campus history, along with the current occupiers of each building in brackets:

  • 1912 Completion of Royal College Building
  • 1958 James Weir Building (Mechanical, Design, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering)
  • 1959 Students Union Building
  • 1959 Opening of Marland House by its owner, Post Office Telephones
  • 1962 Thomas Graham Building (Chemistry)
  • 1963 McCance Building (houses central administration, History, Registry)
  • 1965 Livingstone Tower (Maths, Statistics, Languages, Computer Science)
  • 1967 Colville Building (Civil Engineering, Metallurgy, Physics)
  • 1969 Architecture Building
  • 1971 John Anderson Building (Physics, Civil Engineering)
  • 1972 Wolfson Centre (Bioengineering), Birkbeck Court residences
  • 1973 Collins Building (Collins Gallery, Senate/Court suites)
  • 1975 University Centre (Refectory, Staff Club, Sports Centre)
  • 1976 Todd Centre (Pharmacology)
  • 1977 William Duncan Building (Strathclyde Business School)
  • 1981 Curran Building created from former Collins warehouse (houses Andersonian Library)
  • 1983 EAC Building (later Lord Hope Building)
  • 1984 Lord Todd restaurant, acquisition of the Barony Hall
  • 1987 Marland House acquired from British Telecom, is renamed Graham Hills Building
  • 1990 Opening of James Blyth and Thomas Campbell student residences
  • 1991 Opening of Chancellors' Hall student residences
  • 1992 Graduate Business School building opens
  • 1997 Opening of James Goold student residences
  • 1998 John Arbuthnott Building (Strathclyde Institute for Biomedical Sciences)
  • 2001 Acquisition of the Rottenrow maternity hopital site
  • 2002 Thomas Graham Building extension completed
  • 2004 Rottenrow Gardens Opened

Royal College Building

The Royal College Building is the oldest building on the John Anderson Campus. Started in 1903 and completed in 1912, it was partially opened in 1910. Originally built as the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College Building, it now houses Bioscience, Chemistry, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and Technology and Business Studies.

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