Research Hub

Take a look at the new building!

Building info

Location: Western campus site

Expected Completion Date: 2021
Size: 16836m2 
Cost: £113m
Architects: HOK

The Research Hub will bring world leading researchers together, breaking down organisational silos and facilitating collaboration.

By housing diverse teams within the same building, the Research Hub will expose individuals and research areas to each other, increasing opportunities for working cross-disciplinary working.

The ground floor of the Research Hub will be open to staff students and the general public and offer a mix of spaces for events and conferences, as well as team building and networking activity, and public engagement. 

This building also provides a unique opportunity to build stakeholder networks and partnerships by creating space to support industry engagement and enterprise activities.

Research themes

Research in the Hub will be initially focused around five thematic areas:

Creative Economies and Cultural Transformation – bringing together academics from disciplines such as creative and cultural policy, law, digital humanities and immersive technologies to have a significant impact on the creative economy of Glasgow and beyond.

Digital Chemistry – enabling molecules, compounds and materials to be autonomously discovered, synthesised and manufactured from code.  Bringing together expertise from chemistry, computing science and engineering this has the potential to be huge for transforming the production of pharmaceuticals.

International Development – natural scientists, vets, medics, engineers, educators, social scientists all come together to engage in poverty reduction in the global south.

Quantum and Nanotechnology – bringing together researchers from engineering and science and collaborating with health, energy and security sectors, Glasgow will be the go-to-place for research in quantum imaging and sensors.

Technology Touching Life – bringing together medicine, engineering and chemistry to focus on health care innovations such as drug discovery, regenerative medicines and stem cell technologies.

Project delivery board


  • Convenor & Interim Director: Neil Bowering (College of Science and Engineering)
  • Mark Mortimer (College of Science and Engineering)
  • Clerk: Grainnie Filan (Estates and Commercial Services)
  • Martin Munro (Estates and Commercial Services)
  • Sharon De Sykes (Estates and Commercial Services)
  • Andrew Tobin (MVLS)
  • Chris Pearce (College of Science and Engineering)
  • Brenda Massie (Finance Office)
  • Michele Burman (School of Social and Political Sciences)
  • Scott Kirby/Emma Hardy (President, Students' Representative Council)
  • Frances Shepherd (Development and Alumni)
  • Claire Nelson Estates and Commerical Services)
  • Dan Haydon (MVLS)
  • Lee Cronin (College of Science and Engineering)
  • Elspeth Elliot (Research and Innovation Services)
  • Fiona Heatlie (College of Social Sciences)
  • Mary Ryan (Research and Innovation Services)
  • Laura Tyler (Research and Innovation Services)
  • Nick Wade (Communications and Public Affairs)


We are running a series of consultation events over summer 2019 to allow staff and students to learn more about the Research Hub.

If you are a member of staff, or a  student at the University, you will be able to view a video with more information about the Research Hub and the consultation.

There is also a questionnaire available to feedback your thoughts and opinions.