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Making a Difference

University of the West of Scotland aims to have a transformational influence on the economic, social and cultural development of the west of Scotland and beyond.

UWS is placed by Times Higher Education in the top 500 universities in their 2019 World University Rankings and in the top 150 in THE’s Young University Rankings 2018. We’re proud to say these positions show our second consecutive rise in THE’s rankings.

The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 ranks us as a top 100 UK university and as the highest ranked post-1992 university in Scotland. We rate highly for teaching quality and student experience in the following areas:


of UWS undergraduates in work or further study within 6 months of graduation (DLHE 2016/17)

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our ranking in Times Higher Education's Young University Rankings 2018


of UWS postgraduates in work of further study within 6 months of graduation (DLHE 2016/17)

University Life

Across our four campuses in the West of Scotland - in Paisley, Lanarkshire, Dumfries and Ayr - and our campus in London enjoy access to a wide range of social, leisure and academic facilities to make the most of your time at UWS.

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UWS research work has a tangible, early and positive effect. The innovative technologies we are developing are helping to shape society in Scotland and throughout the world.

In the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework) each of our submissions were ranked as international or as world-leading. 

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UWS offers a wide range of commercialisation, consultancy and development opportunities. From specialist expertise and talent, to access to high-quality equipment and facilities, we can benefit commercial businesses, public services and third sector organisations.

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Latest News & Events


Wednesday 29 May 2019



This Careers Fair is an excellent way for UWS students from our School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery to meet prospective employers and gather information for the next steps in their career.

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Wednesday 05 June 2019

Inspiring Women: Celebration Event


UWS's Inspiring Women 2012-20 season concludes with a day-long Celebration Event. With amazing, inpsiring, keynote speakers and networking opportunties, this is a celebration not to be missed!

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Tuesday 25 June 2019

Lanarkshire Campus Graduation Ceremony 25/06/2019


Welcoming our graduands for this summer’s 2019 ceremonies from UWS Lanarkshire campus – we look forward to seeing students and guests at Hamilton Town House on Tuesday 25th June.

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Wednesday 26 June 2019

Learning, Teaching & Research Conference 2019


University of the West of Scotland’s annual Learning, Teaching & Research Conference is taking place on 26th and 27th June 2019 at the University’s new Lanarkshire Campus.

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Friday 28 June 2019

Ayr Campus Graduation Ceremony 28/06/2019


Welcoming our graduates and guests to the 2019 graduation ceremonies from UWS Ayr campus, held at Troon Concert Hall, a perfect summer venue to celebrate by the sea front.

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Tuesday 02 July 2019

Paisley Campus Graduation Ceremony 02/07/2019


We look forward to welcoming everyone to the first day of 2019 summer graduations from UWS Paisley campus, held in historic Paisley Abbey.

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