Welcome to the College of Science and Engineering

Professor Muffy Calder, Vice-Principal and Head of College of Science and Engineering

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It is my pleasure to welcome you to the College of Science and Engineering.

Our world leading research and the impact it makes to the global economy make the College an exciting and stimulating environment to work in. Our research spans seven academic disciplines and ranges from fundamental discovery to tackling grand societal challenges and developing new technologies. Our teaching is informed by our world leading research and designed to develop graduates with knowledge and skills to become leaders of the future. We are committed to the principles of Athena Swan and to developing staff at all levels.

Once again I welcome you to the College and hope you enjoy working, studying, collaborating or just learning more about us. 

Professor Muffy Calder
Vice-Principal and Head of College of Science and Engineering

Our mission

We aim to be an ambitious, sustainable College that:

  • is internationally recognised for leading fundamental and innovative science and engineering research, and its application
  • initiates and develops collaborative research, innovation, and teaching with strategic partners in industry, government and end-user organisations
  • contributes, and often leads, research and teaching agendas for UK and Scottish governments, research and teaching funders
  • continually refreshes curricula and reviews effectiveness of teaching methods and efficiencies of courses
  • leads the university, and internationally, in transnational education with our flagship partnerships in China and Singapore
  • has a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative culture embedded throughout all that we do
  • develops staff to be autonomous and have a sense of belonging
  • is housed in fit for purpose estate and makes efficient use of those spaces
  • responds quickly and positively to changes in the external environment.

About our college

The College is made up of six academic schools: Chemistry, Computing Science, Engineering, Geographical and Earth Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Astronomy, and the research facility SUERC. The College has approximately 280 research and teaching staff; 252 post-doctoral researchers and 619 PhD students. Approximately 65 of the research and teaching staff are Early Career Researchers. Our undergraduate student population is ~5,100 and our annual intake of undergraduate students is ~1,700.

Our annual research income of in the region of £31 million is focused on addressing fundamental science and engineering, global needs and creating the emerging technologies of the 21st century.

The College delivers internationally recognised research-led undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes (taught and research), whose development is informed by the need to develop graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge to become leaders of the future in their chosen career paths. Over the past five years, we have helped over 500 students to complete their doctoral studies and our students have gone on to take up prestigious posts in industries and across the globe.

Research Excellence

REF is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. In the 2014 REF exercise the College was judged to have 90% world-leading and internationally excellent research, rising to 95% for its impact.

Athena SWAN

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The Athena SWAN Charter is a scheme which recognises excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education. The College is committed to the six principles of Athena Swan designed to address gender inequalities and tackle unequal representation of women in science.

Updates on Athena Swan activity for our Schools can be found via the links below: