Strathclyde "University of the Year"

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The University of Strathclyde -Scotland, institution member of CLADEA, has been named the UK’s University of the Year in the 2012 Times Higher Education Awards.

Judges described the University as a "bold, imaginative and innovative institution" and said the University’s dedication to working with industry took concrete form in the past year, giving a modern slant to its 18th Century founder’s vision of a 'place of useful learning'.

University Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Jim McDonald received the award at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, on Thursday night (29 November 2012).

Sir Jim said: "This has been a transformational year for the University of Strathclyde, and to be recognised by the Times Higher as University of the Year is a great honour. The award reflects the hard work of staff across the University and their commitment to making a difference to our students, to our community and to wider society.

John Gill, Editor of the Times Higher Education, commented: "The University of Strathclyde stood out as an institution that had an extraordinary understanding of where it was, where it wanted to be and how it was going to get there. Its focus on ‘useful learning’ had come together in an impressive way in the past 12 months and the judges were clear that it was a worthy winner of the University of the Year title."

The ceremony was attended by more than 1,000 members of the higher education community from around the United Kingdom.

The University was also shortlisted for three other categories, Entrepreneurial University of the Year, Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers and Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community.