The University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland's largest modern universities, with four campuses in Paisley, Ayr, Lanarkshire and Dumfries. 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 Specialisms
It teaches a wide range of courses through six academic schools:
You may be able to complete part of your undergraduate course abroad, through the European Erasmus+ programme or exchange schemes with universities in the USA.
The university has around 17,000 students of whom around 1,700 are international students from 70 countries across the world. 79% of students are studying full time.
According to HESA, 93.6% of students from the 2015/16 academic year went into employment or further study within six months of graduating.
The university operates a Buddy Project on all four campuses; newly arrived students are matched with an established student to help them settle in.
Facilities and Services
Facilities 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 new £110m Lanarkshire Campus opens in September 2018. This is located on the outskirts of Hamilton in Hamilton International Technology Park.
UWS is ranked 2nd in the UK for education studies (Complete University Guide 2019).