About The University of Glasgow

Our strategic plan Inspiring People – Changing the World (2015-2020) sets out our ambition to be a world-class, world-changing university building on our current strong academic and financial position, and further growing our excellent international reputation.

Over 25,000 students attend the University and we have 7,000 members of staff, an annual research income of more than £181 million, and have an excellent international reputation.

We are a member of the UK’s Russell Group of Universities, which represents 24 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. We are also a founding member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.

With a strong financial and organisational platform for development, we are committed to enhancing our position as one of the world’s great, broad-based, research intensive universities, and to that end we have set ambitious targets for research, postgraduate programmes and internationalisation.

Our alumni and former staff members include the engineers James Watt, John Logie Baird and William Rankine; scientist Lord Kelvin; philosophers Adam Smith, Francis Hutcheson and Thomas Reid; the jurist Sir James Dalrymple; the politicians Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, Donald Dewar, John Smith and Nicola Sturgeon; writers such as Janice Galloway, William McIlvaney, and Edwin Morgan; and the pioneering chemist Joseph Black.

All of this means that if you choose to work here, you’ll be walking in the footsteps of some of the world’s most renowned innovators as part of one of the world’s top universities. 


A working culture that rewards and empowers

Research, teaching and engagement give our University community purpose, but it is people who drive our success. We won’t achieve our ambitions without talented, passionate and motivated staff; and so it’s vital that Glasgow provides a world-class working environment.


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Attracting Talent

We want to be an employer of choice for exceptional people. We will:

  • Recruit staff who will reflect and uphold our values.
  • Develop innovative contracts, support packages and other incentives to remain competitive across the sector and bring the best to Glasgow.

Supporting Development

We want our people to invest in Glasgow for the long term. We will:

  • Develop staff in line with our values and reward them for their commitment and contribution to our success.
  • Take a longer-term view of staff performance and assess individuals’ contributions with reference to the strategic needs of their teams and units.
  • Ensure that all roles have a credible long-term career path within the University, identifying progression routes and addressing succession planning.

Leading transformation

A culture of excellence requires inspirational leadership at all levels. We will:

  • Reward achievement, reject mediocrity and celebrate success.
  • Provide comprehensive leadership development opportunities for current and future leaders.
  • Pursue greater equality and diversity in appointments, particularly at the senior level.