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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 600 universities in their 2020 World University Rankings and in the top 150 in THE’s Young University Rankings 2019. 

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 2019


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

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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


Thursday 09-01-2020

Cabinet Secretary to deliver UWS Brough Lecture

Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, will present the University of the West of Scotland’s annual Brough Lecture at Paisley Campus on Monday 27 January 2020.

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Wednesday 08-01-2020

Scottish Animation Awards School Competition 2020

Organised by UWS, the Scottish Animation Awards enable school pupils and college students to engage with animation, using their creative skills to produce a short animated film.

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Tuesday 17-12-2019

UWS spin-out Novosound receives £3.3m investment

UWS spin-out company Novosound Ltd is set to take its innovative work to the next level thanks to a recent round of investment.

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Thursday 12-12-2019

High flying UWS students develop air traffic games

Computer games designed to put players in the shoes of highly skilled air traffic controllers have been developed by students from UWS as part of a National Air Traffic Services (NATS) competition.

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Wednesday 11-12-2019

Dumfries exhibition celebrating engineer opens

An exhibition dedicated to engineer Dorothée Pullinger based on archive research at UWS has opened in Dumfries as part of the Women’s Engineering Society centenary celebrations.

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Friday 06-12-2019

BUCS Chair role for UWS Principal

UWS Principal Professor Craig Mahoney has been appointed as Chair elect of British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), the national governing body for Higher Education sport and physical activity

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