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Postgraduate Open Days 2019

Our Masters and Post-experience courses can accelerate your current career path or give you the chance to embark on a new one. Join us at a Postgraduate Open Day to find out more.

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I am deeply saddened and shocked by events that took place overnight in New Zealand and I am sure you will all join with me in expressing sympathy and solidarity with those that are affected.

It is important in times like these that all communities stand together. Diversity makes us a stronger society and today, whilst offering condolences to those affected by the terrible events in New Zealand, I stand in solidarity with our Muslim community in particular.

Professor Craig Mahoney
Principal and Vice-Chancellor

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)

Top 150

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



Funding boost to Holocaust education for teachers

Teachers across Scotland will have the opportunity to learn more about the Holocaust thanks to new funding for Vision Schools Scotland, set up by UWS in partnership with Holocaust Educational Trust

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6 days ago

UWS welcomes Education minister to Lanarkshire

UWS welcomed the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education & Science to Lanarkshire campus, to learn more about the University’s successes in widening access, research and knowledge transfer

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Monday 11-03-2019

Innovation success for UWS and G-Hold partnership

A partnership between University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and G-Hold has been awarded Innovation of the Year at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards.

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Thursday 07-03-2019

UWS London campus students celebrate graduation

UWS' London Campus held its 2019 graduation ceremony at St Marylebone Parish Church, with around 156 students graduating across three schools at the ceremony.

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Monday 04-03-2019

UWS Graduate Apprenticeship opportunities boost

UWS is to provide 95 Graduate Apprenticeships, the university’s biggest ever offering, as part of its partnership with Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

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Thursday 28-02-2019

UWS | Google training sharpens digital skills

Students and staff from UWS were given the opportunity to sharpen their digital skills alongside experts from Google as part of an exciting new training initiative rolled out by the University.

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Wednesday 27 March 2019

2019 Offer Holder Session - Paisley Campus (27/03)


Come along on 27 March 2019 for our second Paisley Campus offer holder session and explore our bustling and dynamic Paisley campus, where you will be starting your programme in September 2019.

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Thursday 28 March 2019

Postgraduate Open Day 2019 | Paisley Campus | UWS


Get yourself down to our Paisley campus to experience a taste of what being a student with ourselves is like and how we could help get you on your dream career path.

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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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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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