University of Strathclyde (UK)
The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow is one of the UK’s leading universities and with approx.15500, undergraduate and postgraduate student from over 100 different countries is the third largest university in Scotland. The University’s roots date back to 1796, but like the other members of ECIU, the university considers itself a young innovative university having received its royal charter in 1964. The University has five faculties across two campuses. The University’s emphasis on flexible learning programmes, new technology and innovative facilities reflects its commitment to the provision of a 21st century education that is accessible to all. The University is one of Glasgow’s top 10 employers and has an annual income of nearly £166m. The University’s activities in 2002/03 generated over £305m of output in Scotland (around £210m of that in Glasgow alone) with huge knock-on benefits to other industries.
Research & Consultancy Services (RCS) is the technology transfer office of the University of Strathclyde. The department was founded in 1984 and was the first of its kind in the UK. In just 20 years, RCS has grown to more than 25 professionals. Support is provided for all aspects of the commercialisation process, from identifying suitable funding streams and assistance with research proposals, to patenting, marketing, legal advice in signing contracts and formation of spin-out companies. The Office also acts as a ‘shop window’ for companies interested in licensing or collaboration deals and actively fosters relationships with industry, venture capitalists and funding bodies. The Office manages an impressive portfolio of patents, has formed over 30 spin-out companies and has generated more than £28M in royalty income. Annual research income (including SHEFC core funding) is in the region of £40 million.
RCS is part of a Strathclyde community of entrepreneurial practice that comprises at least nine different groups assisting Strathclyde entrepreneurs through research-based education and training, commercialisation support and networking. The highly successful Strathclyde University Incubator, the new Kelvin Institute (specialising in a small number of niche high-tech areas) and the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship also contribute significantly to the push towards more effective technology transfer.
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