• A proud tradition of excellence

    With origins dating back to 1897, UWS is one of Scotland's most innovative modern universities. The four UWS campuses cover the west and south-west of Scotland in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley, as well as a new campus in London.

    The University occupies an integral position within Scotland's proud tradition of excellence in education.  Offering career-focused and vocationally-relevant provision, UWS graduates are equipped with relevant skills to make an immediate contribution to industry, business, public and third-sector organisations.

    UWS offers Bachelors, Masters and Research degree options, as well as B2B opportunities are available.

    You can see our full range of courses here.

    And you can see our full UWS Corporate Strategy here.  

  • Industry links

    Our links with industry, business, public and third-sector organisations allied with an extensive range of part-time and continuing professional development (CPD) options makes UWS an attractive choice for a diverse range of scholars.

    Responsive to change and evolving in line with market conditions, UWS offers a bright future for students and forward-thinking organisations seeking a competitive edge.

  • Background to University of the West of Scotland

    • December 2002 - University of Paisley and Bell College open formal discussions with view to merger
    • October 2006 - University of Paisley and Bell College formally submit business plan for merger to the Scottish Funding Council
    • Tuesday 27 February 2007 - Scottish Funding Council agrees to the merger
    • 1 August 2007 - University of Paisley and Bell College merge creating Scotland’s biggest modern university with campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley
    • Friday 30 November 2007 - University officially changed its name to ‘University of the West of Scotland’

  • Research Excellence Framework 2014

    The 2008 RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) awarded their highest rating possible of World Leading to six UWS research areas and 'International Excellent to a further seven. RAE has since been replaced by a new national research assessment framework (REF) and the results of this were published in 2014.

    The results, published at www.ref.ac.uk, highlight the quality of our research activities, and ranks us in the top 100 research institutions in the UK for the first time and 12th in the Million+ group of UK universities. Check our REF2014 webpage for more information.

  • UWS Annual Review 2015
    Download the latest copy of our annual review (pdf)

  •  QAA Quality Mark thumbnail

    Click here to read our latest Enhancement-led Institutional Review.