UWS Strategy 2025

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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

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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

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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 2019

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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

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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

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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

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

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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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Our corporate strategy includes firm targets to track our progress and these are grouped in three priority areas:

Student experience and academic quality

UWS is here to change lives.

Our goal is to equip every student to succeed in their chosen field, anywhere in the world. That demands outstanding and inspiring education.

Read more about our commitment to education excellence.

Research and enterprise

We’re building a vibrant research community at UWS. Our researchers and partners work to tackle some of the most critical issues facing society.

We will go on forging research partnerships. These drive our academic provision, create an enterprise culture and support economic growth. Our research excellence will earn increasing international recognition.

Read more about our commitment to research excellence.

Global engagement

We’re an international university. We have deep roots in our local campus communities – but we are outward-looking too, in line with a long Scottish tradition of global travel and influence.

We aim to equip all our learners to play their part anywhere in the world. With that in mind, we offer students international experiences and language skills.

Over the next few years, we plan to expand our reach. We’re opening up our students, staff and curriculum to further global opportunities. By 2020 our campus culture will be truly international.

Read more about our work to extend our global reach.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to change lives, transform communities and encourage enterprise through outstanding, distinctive and progressive higher education.

Our focus is on personalised learning experiences supported by internationally recognised research.

UWS graduates will be work-ready and contribute locally and globally.

We will do this by:

  • providing student-centred, personalised and distinctive learning and teaching experiences underpinned by professionally relevant research, knowledge exchange and enterprise
  • fostering the resilience and learning skills of our students by providing a supportive, encouraging and inspirational learning environment
  • developing a culture where our people are supported to be highly motivated, creative and collaborative
  • making a difference to the communities we serve - in Scotland and across the globe
  • taking managed intelligent risks to benefit our student experience and organisational performance
  • being a proudly different university, where ambition and success are at the heart of what we do.

Our truths

At UWS we live and work by a set of truths:

      • We are here for our students
      • Our teaching is our passion, and it reaches to the future
      • We understand that a graduate career is important to our students
      • We are a knowledge-rich organisation
      • We believe in partnership with business (private, public and global)
      • We are an international university
      • We are an inclusive organisation that welcomes and values diversity
      • UWS is a great place to work and study
      • UWS is a university that dares to be different
Last updated: 20/03/2020