Learning and Teaching

  • Innovation and Excellence

    UWS works in close cooperation with colleagues and partners in industry and commerce, so our courses reflect the latest thinking and trends in the marketplace and complement the demands of these sectors.

    At UWS we aim to ensure that many of our courses carry professional recognition, making them relevant and useful to both modern students and employers.

    With a mix of lectures, tutorials, field work, practical labs, and guest lectures, our students gain experience in a real-world setting. This vocational approach to learning means our students get off to a flying start in the employment market upon graduation.

    The University is committed to continually enhancing the quality of the teaching and learning process to ensure that all awards and activities conform to the academic standards expected across the UK university sector. The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education recently awarded UWS the highest possible rating in their Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR). The QAA also noted that it is has complete confidence in the effectiveness of UWS’s management of academic standards, and of the assurance and enhancement of the student learning experience, both currently and in the future. Very positive comments were given for our student welfare processes, quality assurance and the overall development of UWS.

    • Extensive Industrial Links
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      UWS works continually to maintain and develop links with business, industry, public and third sector origanisation in research, teaching and course design and development, allowing us to offer career-focused, relevant, and professionally recognised courses. Our courses focus on creating graduates with sought-after skills who can make an immediate contribution to an organisation and therefore, society.
    • Experienced Staff
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      UWS have a wealth of professional and industrial experience and contacts and use these experiences to influence their teaching and research activities ensuring that our students gain through their practical knowledge of real-world practices.
    • Course Design and Development
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      UWS courses have been designed and developed to be practically relevant to business, industry, public and third sector organisations. Many carry professional recognition or partial exemption from academic requirements of professional bodies or sector bodies.

      These include:

      • Institute of Physics
      • Institution of Mechanical Engineers
      • Royal Society of Chemistry
      • Skillset
      • British Computer Society
      • Chartered Institute of Marketing
      • Nursing & Midwifery Council
      • Scottish Social Services Council
      • British Psychological Society
      • Institution of Occupational Health & Safety
      • Royal Society of Chemistry
      • Royal Environmental Health Institute for Scotland
      • Institute of Biomedical Science
      • Health Professions Council
      • Society of Biology; Institution of Civil Engineers
      • Institution of Structural Engineers
      • Institution of Chemical Engineers
      • General Teaching Council for Scotland; Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development
      • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
      • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
    • Work Placements
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      UWS has designed many of its courses to allow students to gain work experience during their studies. These periods of work placement take on different formats depending upon the discipline area and professional requirements. However, they are designed to provide students with the real-world experience.

      UWS students have worked with some leading companies at home and abroad including:

      • IBM
      • Rolls-Royce
      • Volkswagen
      • BBC
      • GlaxoSmithKline
      • Marks & Spencer
      • British Aerospace
    • Student Support
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      All UWS students have access to personal tutors with whom they will be able to talk to about any aspect of their studies and will be able to help with any academic questions. In addition, through staff-student representative systems, students’ views and feeling can be aired directly with academic staff. Finally, UWS has a raft of non-academic support structures in place relating to issues such as immigration, careers advice, accommodation advice, finance, visa extensions, and spiritual care.
    • On or Off Campus
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      Our online learning system, Moodle, is used to support flexible teaching and learning. Moodle, replacing Blackboard as UWS’s VLE, will be available to all students across our campuses for academic session 2012/13 and as well as being central for full-time students will also be used for students studying off-campus, undertaking one of the University’s distance or open learning programmes.
    • Investment Programme - Our commitment to you
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      Our ongoing investment enables students to gain access to equipment and facilities, as found in industry, to help them gain the practical skills and experience to further widen their prospects in the employment market. We are currently investing in excess of £200 million in our campuses and facilities to enhance the learning, teaching and UWS experience for all of our students and staff. This has currently resulted in a new Ayr Campus development along with new student residence developments in both Ayr and Paisley. Many additional developments will follow.
    • Flexible Study Options - Learn at a time that suits you
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      As well as full-time taught courses, the University offers many other modes and types of study. You can study part-time in the day, evening or at weekends, by attending classes or studying purely online.