University of the West of Scotland

The University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland's largest modern universities, with four campuses in Paisley, Ayr, Lanarkshire, Dumfries as well as a campus in London. The Dumfries Campus is run in partnership with the University of Glasgow. 

The university has close links with industry and commerce which is reflected in course design and the employability of its students.

Courses and students

It teaches a wide range of courses through four academic schools:

You may be able to complete part of your undergraduate course abroad through the Turing Scheme or exchange schemes with universities in the USA.

The university has over 22,000 students of whom over 3,000 are international students from more than 70 countries across the world.

Facilities and Services

The award-winning Lanarkshire Campus offers modern and innovative learning and social spaces. It is also one of the UK’s greenest education environments, powered by 100% renewable energy, plus a rainwater harvesting system.

Facilities across the campuses include engineering workshops; nursing simulation wards; specialist technology labs for computing, animation and music technology; interdisciplinary science labs; and performance studios.

Each of the four campuses has a well equipped library and computer labs with free email and internet access.

The Students’ Association has unions at all four campuses, with Paisley being the largest, offering a variety of entertainment and leisure opportunities. There are a range of sports facilities including gyms, sports halls, football and rugby pitches and jogging routes.


The university was named Higher Educational Institute of the Year in the Herald Higher Education Awards 2022.

UWS Students’ Union won the University Students’ Association of the Year in the National Union of Students (NUS) Scotland Awards 2022.

Career Sectors

College or University Lecturing

Education Support

Primary School Teaching

Secondary School Teaching

Teaching - Other

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Contact Details


Ayr Campus

University Avenue
01292 886000

Dumfries Campus

Dudgeon House
01387 345845

Lanarkshire Campus

Hamilton International Technology Park
G72 0LH
01698 283 100

Off campus


Paisley Campus

0141 8483000