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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:

95%

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

Top 150

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

97%

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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Research

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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Business

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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3 days ago

Top marks for UWS in young universities ranking

UWS remains the top-ranked higher education institution in Scotland and within the 101-150 division of a prestigious league table outlining the world’s best young universities.

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3 days ago

Over 200 delegates attend flagship UWS conference

UWS hosted its flagship annual Learning, Teaching and Research Conference recently, with over 200 delegates from UWS, across the UK and Europe.

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Thursday 11-07-2019

Global Refugee Health Research Network launched

UWS and The University of Edinburgh are leading a new international project to tackle the threat of serious healthcare problems among refugee populations: Global Refugee Health Research Network.

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Friday 05-07-2019

Guardian University rankings boost for UWS

University of the West of Scotland (UWS) has jumped eight places in The Guardian University Guide rankings for 2020, one of the most-trusted and independent rankings for UK universities.

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Friday 05-07-2019

Student satisfaction up at UWS in survey results

New results from The National Student Survey for 2019 (NSS) show that student satisfaction at University of the West of Scotland (UWS) reached above 90 per cent in more than 14 academic programmes

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Thursday 04-07-2019

UWS Paisley honour for business leader Andy

Andy Campbell has received an Honorary Doctorate from University of the West of Scotland (UWS) at its Paisley graduation ceremony on Wednesday 3rd July at Paisley Abbey.

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