University of the West of Scotland

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The University has 3500 international students, and 140 nationalities are represented across their student population. UWS has 4 campuses in the heart of the west of Scotland in Paisley, Lanarkshire, Dumfries and Ayr and one campus in central London. These campuses house some of the UK higher education sector’s most modern and sustainable learning and teaching facilities.

UWS has long-standing connections with business and industry, and our researchers are making a real difference, working with partner organisations on innovative technologies to tackle issues critical to developing technology, improving lives and creating a more equal society in our regions and beyond.

University of the West of Scotland

The courses are designed with commercial, industrial and professional partners to ensure that learning meets the demands of the world of work. Many programmes are professionally recognised or accredited. A wide range of career-focused Bachelors, Masters and research degrees is offered across the UWS Schools.

Facts & Stats

  • Ranked in the top 3 universities in Scotland for teaching quality and in the top 5 for student experience and graduate prospects (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2019).
  • Ranked number one university in the UK for Teacher Education and number 3 for Civil Engineering (Guardian University Guide rankings, 2020).
  • 140 European partners (including universities in Ireland, Germany, France, Finland, Spain, Italy & Cyprus).
  • Scotland’s first official training partner for China following accreditation in 2018 from China’s State Administration for Foreign Expert Affairs (SAFEA).
  • 95% of undergraduate students and 96.6% of postgraduate students in work or further study within 6 months of graduating (HESA destination of leavers in higher education, 2016/17).
  • Winner of student support team of the year (Herald Higher Education Awards, 2017).
  • 90% overall student satisfaction with UWS (International Student Barometer / Student Barometer iGraduate survey, 2017).
  • Free UWS gym membership for all students.
  • Over 100 years' experience in educating engineers and science professionals.
  • Midwifery programme accredited by UNICEF as Baby Friendly recognising our commitment to ensuring students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to advise and support breastfeeding mothers.
  • UWS is academic partner of the 2021 European College of Sport Science Congress being held in Glasgow.

Applied Research Success at UWS

UWS research activity informs teaching and learning to enrich our students’ experience. The innovative technologies UWS develops help shape society in Scotland and throughout the world, including ground-breaking research in eye-care, drone technology, artificial intelligence, thin films and sensors, 5G networking, and arthritis and dementia care. In the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework) all of UWS's submissions were ranked as having international or world-leading status in terms of their originality, significance and rigour. 

Explore UWS

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Inspiring Students

Read about some of the success stories of UWS students and learn what they gained from their studies at UWS.

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