Minister undertakes visit of new state-of-the-art Lanarkshire Campus site

16 May 2017

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Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, visited University of the West of Scotland’s new Lanarkshire Campus site on Tuesday 16 May 2016.

The Minister visited the new Campus, which is a partnership between the University, South Lanarkshire Council and developers HFD, to get an overview of the stunning new 38-acre ultra-modern facility and see the exciting development work currently in progress.

The first UWS students are expected to move in to the new Campus, which is just two miles from the existing UWS site in Hamilton, by 2018.

UWS places huge importance on delivering an outstanding student experience and it is this ethos that has guided the design of the new Campus, which will see the introduction of new learning landscapes that combine formal learning environments with new and exciting, interactive and technology rich learning zones.

The new Campus will also be one of the UK’s ‘greenest’ educational environments, with carbon neutral buildings incorporating sustainability features such as 100% renewable power, generated through the Campus’ own windfarm and rainwater harvesting.

The new £85m Campus development is estimated to be worth at least £443million to the local economy over the next 25 years according to an independent report prepared for South Lanarkshire Council by EKOS. In addition to the 254 staff employed by UWS on the existing Campus currently, at least 1180 full-time equivalent positions are supported out with the Campus itself.

Following a tour of the new site, which was led by Principal and Vice-Chancellor of UWS, Professor Craig Mahoney, Shirley-Anne Somerville met with staff and students from the University’s School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery at the University’s current Hamilton Campus. During this visit she got the opportunity to see some of the leading-edge dementia and midwifery facilities that students access as part of their studies.

Shirley-Anne Somerville was joined in her UWS visit by Christina McKelvie, MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse.

Minister for Higher Education, Shirley-Anne Somerville, said: “University of West Scotland is a shining example of a modern university delivering real benefits for the people of Scotland.  This institution alongside three others in Scotland, recently featured in the top 200 young university rankings for 2017 and has Scotland’s largest School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery with around 4,000 full and part-time students. The University also have tailor made courses designed to meet the demographic needs of Scotland with the first BA Honours qualification in Integrated Health and Social Care specifically designed for people who either work, or want to work in health and social care, but aren’t health professionals.  
 
“During my visit today, I was able to see first-hand the excellent progress being made on the new UWS Lanarkshire Campus and then meet staff and students of the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery. The School has some of the best clinical simulation and digital skills facilities in the country that gives students realistic experiences and confidence before going to placement.
 
“We have invested more than £5 billion in our universities since 2012/13, with a further £1 billion this year. Scotland has a world class Higher Education system and it is down to the innovative research, teaching and learning that takes place at many campuses and Universities like this one.”

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of UWS, said: “We were delighted to welcome Shirley-Anne Somerville to our new Lanarkshire Campus site and to give her an insight into the wonderful learning environment that the new facility will provide students.  

“It was great that she also met with staff and students based in our School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery and got an overview, not only of our first class work in this field, but of the excellent nursing and midwifery facilities accessed by our students.”