UWS Strategy 2025

University of the West of Scotland is driving an ambitious strategy for high-quality learning and teaching, and research and innovation, with a global engagement agenda to reflect the needs of the 21st century workplace. UWS Strategy 2025, launched in February 2020, marks an exciting new chapter for the University. It focuses on the key areas in which the University seeks to flourish, giving a picture of what UWS will look like by 2025 and lays the foundation for the University towards 2050. Strategy 2025 was developed in consultation with colleagues across the University who shared their perspective on UWS’s strengths, the challenges we may face in the future and what we want to achieve by 2025. The new Strategy builds on the successes and achievements made during the last Corporate Strategy period, 2014-2019. During this timeframe, UWS transformed itself within the sector, and made a significant impact on the lives of its students and local communities, as well as growing in international stature.

UWS Strategy 2025 (pdf)

Corporate Strategy Refresh 2017-2020

Since the launch of our corporate strategy in 2014, the University has made significant strides towards many of the challenging aspirations and markers of performance we set ourselves. The strategy was therefore refreshed for the period 2017-20 in consultation with our staff, students and external stakeholders.

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Corporate Strategy 2014-2020

Our corporate strategy was launched in 2014 and set out our purpose - to change lives, transform communities and encourage enterprise through outstanding, distinctive and progressive higher education. It also identified our focus - personalised learning experiences supported by internationally recognised research. And emphasised that UWS graduates will be work-ready and contribute locally and globally. It also established a set of truths that guide everything we do at UWS.

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Annual Review 2020

Taking place within the same year as the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019-2020 session was an unprecedented period in the University’s history. But thanks to the commitment of UWS’s staff, students and wider community, it also proved to be a time of incredible achievements for UWS. From the introduction of our hybrid learning model and the launch of our corporate Strategy 2025, to UWS’s contribution to the national fight against coronavirus, there are plenty of accomplishments to be proud of. Click below to read more.

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Annual Review 2019

The 2018-19 session has been another period of tremendous achievement for UWS. The most notable event in 2019 was the official opening of our £110million Lanarkshire Campus by the First Minister of Scotland, the Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP. Our fantastic new campus took first prize in the Guardian University Awards 2019 in the “Sustainable Buildings that Inspire” category, testament to our commitment to creating a benchmark building for UK Higher Education. We also retained our ranking as one of the top 150 universities under fifty years of age in Times Higher Education’s Young University Rankings 2019, and were recognised by THE as being in their top 500 universities in their global university rankings 2019.

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Annual Review 2018

The 2017-18 session once again marked a truly remarkable period for UWS. We openned our fabulous new Lanarkshire Campus, had great success in overall student satisfaction levels in the National Student Survey 2018, saw our second inclusion in the Times Higher Education’s (THE) Young University Rankings rise into the top 150 universities under 50 in their global rating and in THE’s World University Rankings for this period were placed in the top 600. 2017-18 also saw us identified as Scotland's only and first official training provider for China from the Chinese State Administration for Foreign Expert Affairs.

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Annual Review 2017

2017 has been a truly historic year for UWS: we celebrated 120 years since the foundation of our original institution. Our 2017 annual review highlights our many successes on which we aim to build upon this year. Click on the content on Page 3 of the document to navigate.

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Annual Review 2016

We continue to work towards the goals outlined in our corporate strategy, and our focus will remain on strengthening our academic excellence, providing dynamic 21st century learning environments for our students, and ensuring that we empower our students and staff to be the best they can be.

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UWS Outcome Agreement 2019-20

This Outcome Agreement provides an update and sets out how the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) will build on significant recent progress to help deliver the national priority areas identified by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), despite challenging financial settlements from the Scottish government. Indicative ambitions will be revised annually and are dependent on SFC funding confirmation.

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Last updated: 20/03/2020