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 new Lanarkshire Campus opened in 2018, offering modern and innovative learning and social spaces. It is also one of the UK’s greenest education environments, with 100% windfarm-generated renewable energy and 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.
In the Complete University Guide 2022, UWS have 2 subjects in the UK top ten: it is 4th in the UK for Childhood and Youth Studies, and 8th for Education.
According to The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022, UWS is one of Scotland's largest modern universities and one of its most socially inclusive.