Queen visits £89m Strathclyde Uni research centre

Queen Elizabeth II during a tour of Strathclyde University's Technology and Innovation Centre. Picture: PA

Queen Elizabeth II during a tour of Strathclyde University's Technology and Innovation Centre. Picture: PA

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The Queen has attended the official opening of a new £89 million research centre during a visit to Glasgow.

Along with the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen was given a tour of Strathclyde University’s flagship Technology and Innovation Centre.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh stand during a tour of Strathclyde University's Technology and Innovation Centre as Britain remembers the victims of the Tunisia terror attack with a minute's silence. Picture: PA

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh stand during a tour of Strathclyde University's Technology and Innovation Centre as Britain remembers the victims of the Tunisia terror attack with a minute's silence. Picture: PA

During the visit the couple joined people across the country in pausing at noon for a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of last week’s beach massacre in Tunisia.

The centre was constructed as a hub for world-leading research, promoting partnerships between academics, business and the public sector.

The university said it is already attracting millions of pounds of investment to Glasgow and equipping graduates and postgraduates with sought-after skills for a career in industry.

University principal Professor Sir Jim McDonald said the formal opening and royal visit was a “defining event” for everyone at Strathclyde.

He said: “This is undoubtedly a historic occasion for the institution and we look forward to showing our distinguished visitors how our new centre represents our commitment to undertaking world-class research and translating its outcomes for maximum benefit to society and the economy.

“The centre further establishes Strathclyde’s position as the partner of choice for business, industry and the public sector.

“Our collaborations are opening up exceptional opportunities for students too, with sponsorships, internships and vocational projects to equip them with essential and relevant skills to develop their careers.”

Later in the day, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will visit South Glasgow University Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

Upon their official openings today they will be renamed the The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow and The Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow.

The new campus is replacing the Royal Hospital for Sick Kids at Yorkhill, the Southern General Hospital, Western and Victoria infirmaries and Mansionhouse Unit.

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