Student Policies

  • The University has policies for Sexual/Racial Harassment, Data Protection, No Smoking, Criminal Convictions, Equal Opportunities and Student Support & Guidance.
  • Student Engagement Policy

     In developing the Student Engagement policy, the University aims to support and encourage students to achieve their full potential in their studies and in developing graduate skills and competencies.

  • Criminal Convictions Policy

    There is a requirement for all applicants and students to declare relevant police investigations and criminal convictions to the University prior to and throughout the duration of their course.

    The UWS Criminal Convictions policy has been developed to ensure applicants and students declaring a criminal conviction are treated fairly and transparently with regard to their admission to UWS and continuing studies within UWS.

    Download the UWS Criminal Convictions Policy in pdf.

  • Smoke-free

    • Positive action to promote a healthy working environment

      UWS aims to promote and improve the health and wellbeing of our staff and students. As part of that commitment, we have developed a policy designed to provide a completely smoke free environment in Ayr, Hamilton and Paisley campuses for everyone including visitors and contractors. Whilst we recognise the potential inconvenience for those who smoke, we believe that the University has a responsibility both to ensure a smoke free environment for those who do not smoke and to do everything it can to help those who do smoke to minimise the risks to their own health.

      From Thursday 1 September 2011, UWS campuses in Paisley and Hamilton became smoke free zones, joining the new Ayr Campus which has been smoke free since the start of August. The Smoke Free Policy means that there will be no smoking allowed across the University’s academic estate and workplaces, indoors and outdoors. In Dumfries, because the campus does not belong to UWS, the policy cannot apply in the same way to external areas. However, the University strongly advocates maintaining a smoke free environment for colleagues at Dumfries Campus. 

      View maps of the smoke-free areas on UWS campuses, students' unions and residences and download the Smoke Free Policy (pdf) here.

    • Can I smoke in the campus grounds?
      No - all UWS premises – including all grounds, car parks etc –are smoke free. In Dumfries, due to the multi-institutional set-up, the campus does not come under the policy, however the University strongly advocates a smoke free environment for colleagues on the campus.  
    • Who will enforce the policy?
      All colleagues have a role to play in advising colleagues, students, contractors and visitors on the inappropriateness of smoking at entrances to buildings or in the grounds of our campuses. The approach should be to politely ask the individual to stop smoking and advise that it is also potentially a breach of the Smoking Policy for colleagues to let anyone smoke on Ayr, Hamilton or Paisley campuses.
    • What happens if someone breaches the policy?
      The University wishes to support colleagues and students in adhering to the policy and in the first instance will take every action to ensure that this is the case. Persistent and wilful breaches of the policy may result in the matter being dealt with through our normal disciplinary procedures.
    • Where can I get advice on stopping smoking?

      Stop Smoking services are available across Scotland.

      Your best chance of quitting comes from direct support, which is offered free by all health boards. You can find your local stop smoking service by:

      • speaking to your GP
      • phoning the Smokeline (a free national phone service) on 0800 84 84 84 (9am - 9pm, seven days a week)
      • visiting the Health Scotland listing of local stop smoking services on their site

    • Facts about smoking

      Facts and Figures 

      • There are an estimated 1.1 million smokers in Scotland
      • 70% of smokers in Scotland say they want to quit
      • 28% of men and 25% of women in Scotland smoke
      • 38% of men and 33% of women smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day
      • 42.1% of adults aged 16-64 in deprived communities in Scotland smoke
      • In Scotland, more than 13,000 people die every year from tobacco use
      • 23.8% of women in Scotland are smoking when they are three months pregnant
      • Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of your baby being wheezy or having breathing difficulties by 35% (Asthma UK)
      • Children whose parents smoke are 1.5 times more likely to develop asthma (Asthma UK)
      • Smokers are twice as likely as non-smokers to lose their sight in later life (RNIB)
      • Smoking is a major cause of cancer, heart disease and stroke
      • At today’s rates, the average smoker spends about £1,750 a year on cigarettes
      • Smokers are four times more likely to quit by using a combination of NRT and local stop smoking services than an unaided quit attempt (Facts and figures from NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde website)

      Q: How many people die each year in Scotland from smoking-related diseases?
      A: The harmful effects of smoking kill almost 13,500 Scots annually.

      Q: Is smoking Scotland's biggest killer?
      A: Yes. Smoking is the biggest single preventable cause of ill health and premature death in Scotland. Smoking is responsible for six times more deaths each year than suicides, homicides, and accidents combined.

      Q: How many adults in Scotland are smokers?
      A: Around one million adults in Scotland smoke - 25.2% of the total population in 2008 (26% of men and 25% of women).

      Q: How many young people in Scotland smoke?
      A: 15,000 young people (aged 13 - 24) start smoking each year in Scotland - an average of 41 a day. At 13 years old 4% are regular smokers (Boys: 3%, Girls: 4%). At 15 years old 15% are regular smokers (Boys: 14%, Girls: 16%).

      Q: Is there proof that the smoke-free legislation has had a positive effect on Scotland's health?
      A: Yes. Following the Smoking Health & Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 which prohibited smoking in public spaces, NHS Health Scotland coordinated a large and comprehensive evaluation of the policy called the Clean-air Legislation Evaluation (CLEAN) Collaboration.

      Q: Is there public support for smoke-free legislation and other tobacco control measures?
      A: Yes, you can read more about the public opinion on a range of tobacco control measures here.

      Q: How much money does NHS Scotland spend annually on treating those with smoking-related diseases?
      A: Smoking costs NHS Scotland £409 million annually - and the Scottish economy as a whole £837 million a year.
      (Information from Ash Scotland)

    • Useful links
      • NHS Smokefree - This website contains a range of information and advice on stopping smoking.
      • ASH Scotland - Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is a public health charity that has lots of information about tobacco including stopping smoking, current policy issues and campaigns. They also have fact sheets and essential information which you can download for free.
      • Health Scotland - This is Scotland's health improvement agency. The website provides a range of resources and information on various topics, including tobacco, to support health improvement practioners and organisations working to improve Scotland's health and reduce inequalities.
      • W-West (Why Waste Everything Smoking Tobacco?)  - This website is led by young people for young people and is Scotland's first pro choice information group. It is made up of both smokers and non-smokers and aims to provide young people with easy access to the real facts about smoking, so that they can decide what is best for them.
      • British Heart Foundation - The British Heart Foundation is the nation's heart charity. The website provides information, resources and advice for health professionals and the public.
      • No Smoking Day - No Smoking Day is the UK's leading health campaign for smokers who want to stop. The website contains information on stopping smoking, resources as well as details on how to organise your own event on No Smoking Day. 
      • Quit - Quit is an independant charity based in London. They aim to provide practical help, advice and support to all smokers who want to stop.
      • Healthy Working Lives - The vision of the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives is to give people living in Scotland the opportunity to work in ways that sustain and improve their health and well-being. 
      • Tobacco Information Scotland - This initiative was developed by ASH Scotland and aims to provide the best possible gateway to smoking and tobacco-related information in Scotland.
      • ATYC (Anti Tobacco Youth Campaign) - This is an intitative by the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.