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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 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


Saturday 26 October 2019

Lanarkshire Campus Open Day

Lanarkshire and Off Campus

This is YOUR opportunity to discover more about UWS and its courses, and to see for yourself what it would be like to be a student here at the award-winning, UWS Lanarkshire Campus.

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Tuesday 05 November 2019

Ayr Campus Graduation Ceremony 05/11/2019


Celebrate the success of our UWS Ayr campus students with family, friends and guests at our winter 2019 graduation ceremonies held at Troon Concert Hall.

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Thursday 07 November 2019

Lanarkshire Campus Graduation Ceremony 07/11/2019


A very special celebration for our graduates at UWS Lanarkshire campus – students and guests are welcome to join us for our winter 2019 ceremonies at Hamilton Town House on Thursday 7th November.

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Wednesday 13 November 2019

Paisley Campus Graduation Ceremony 13/11/2019


A very special occasion as we welcome graduates, guests, family and friends to the first day of 2019 winter graduation ceremonies for UWS Paisley campus.

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Thursday 14 November 2019

Paisley Campus Graduation Ceremony 14/11/2019


Join us at historic Paisley Abbey for the second day of winter graduation ceremonies for UWS Paisley campus – welcome to our graduates and guests.

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Friday 15 November 2019

Paisley Campus Graduation Ceremony 15/11/2019


The final day of graduations at UWS Paisley campus for 2019, as we welcome graduands and guests for a special day with two ceremonies at Paisley Abbey.

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