Our offer to the scientific community

To work smarter, in partnership, to raise the profile of Glasgow and the West of Scotland as a world-class science destination and leverage science and technology to boost sustainable development and quality of life.

Glasgow is a great city, with great people, great companies and a great lifestyle. It also has a history of innovation from the famous names of the past like James Watt to those working in key science and technology sectors today.

It’s one of the fastest growing cities in the UK, which is why more and more global companies are choosing to relocate here. Nearly 17,000 firms operate in Glasgow, including a quarter of Scotland's largest businesses – employing over 415,000 people.

A key attraction for relocating companies is the high level of education and skills, with one of the UK’s largest knowledge bases of five higher education institutions, including four universities, and three further education colleges with nearly 130,000 students, providing a steady pipeline of well-qualified graduates. 

Over half of all Glaswegians in employment have qualifications at NVQ Level 3 or above, with over 40% qualified to degree level or with a professional qualification - well above the UK average.

Glasgow's scale and diversity makes it Scotland's liveliest city, renowned for its creative, cultural, sports and entertainment scene – with a growing festival programme throughout the year and a buzzing nightlife.

Cultural life ranges from Scottish Ballet to avant-garde dance, Scottish Opera to rock concerts at the new SSE Hydro arena, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to some of the finest collections of civic art in Europe at the Burrell Collection and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, as well as the new Riverside Museum of Transport. It also has the best retail scene outside London.

Glasgow’s award-winning convention Bureau, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, is unique in its city-wide approach of engaging key agencies within the city and at a national level to bid for and host major events It is now one of the world’s most exciting major events destination, attracting 2.3 million visitors every year and over 750,000 to conferences and events alone.

No wonder National Geographic Traveller magazine called it "the UK's Coolest City", the Rough Guide voted it the number one friendliest city in the world, and Lonely Planet ranked it “among the world's top ten must-see cities”.



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