Research & facilities

Scotland as a nation is home to top-flight academic and research institutions that create both a diverse, well-prepared workforce and set up the foundations for cooperation between the academic and R&D sectors across a variety of industries.

Contributing to the strength of Scotland’s academics, research and institutions is the well-educated Scottish workforce. Within the financial sector, staff is generally better qualified in Scotland than in the rest of the UK, with a higher percentage acquiring post-secondary education. More than half of Glaswegians have qualifications at or above the NVQ Level 3 with 46.3% of adults in Glasgow qualified to degree level (above the UK average).

A number of institutions and centres of excellence exist in Glasgow that ensure that this knowledge base is put to good use both in research and applied in the workplace.


University of Glasgow

Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow is home to more than 1,500 postgraduate students in 36 master programmes and 6 PhD programmes and is triple accredited. Research and teaching include focus areas include accounting, economics, economic development, entrepreneurship, environment, finance, financial economics, international business, marketing and strategic management. It is the second-largest business school in the UK and among the less than ten percent of business schools in the world that holds accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Its accounting and finance departments are recognised globally as top departments for quality. The business school is also home to the Centre for Economic and Financial Studies (CEFS), which focuses on economics and finance. The University also has a research and enterprise department that works on economic research and administers university knowledge-exchange programmes. It also handles the Innovation Network, which aims to connect business and industry with universities.

University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde Business School has a reputation for research excellence, topping other Scottish institutions and being well-regarded among UK institutions. Strathclyde’s business school has eight departments, including accounting and finance, economics, human resource management, entrepreneurship, management, strategy, change and leadership and management science and marketing. Financial Times’ 2016 rankings of the top 90 graduate business schools in Europe placed Strathclyde at 34th in Europe, 9th in the UK, and 1st in Scotland. The University of Strathclyde was also named Times Higher Education Business School of the Year 2016, rated in the top 10 business schools in the UK for its research – and first in Scotland – in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and is a triple accredited business school.

The University engages directly and actively with industry formally via the Centre for Corporate Connections. The Centre has relationships with major consulting firms, such as Deloitte and Ernst & Young, which sponsor the Strathclyde Management Development Programme. The Centre also administers the Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme.

Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University is home to the Glasgow School for Business and Society, which offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in business, management, law and social sciences as well as more speciality fields, such as banking, investment and risk. Knowledge transfer, research and consultancy are also offered by the University’s commercial centres and research institutes with the aim of marrying its academics to real-world applications in industry. The Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) has designated Glasgow Caledonian University as a centre of excellence.

Other institutions

The Insurance and Actuarial Society of Glasgow has a new Study & Reference Centre at The Mitchell Library in Glasgow.

The Aviva UK General Insurance Operational Centres of Excellence offers expertise, innovation and service and is within a few miles of Glasgow city centre.

JP Morgan’s European Technology Centre is one of the largest IT employers in Scotland and develops complex financial software to support JP Morgan’s financial services operations around the world.

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