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Research Excellence

Our research ambitions

Our goal is for UWS to be recognised worldwide as a high-quality research provider, with staff and students who make a global contribution to knowledge.

At the same time, we’re working to become the first port of call for business research needs. This has the added benefit of improving student employment links, as well as growing revenue.

Our yardsticks for success

Among our key milestones are to:

  • deliver research income of £11m per year by 2020
  • set up 50 new industrial partnerships, start-ups and spin-off businesses by 2020
  • grow the number of research students by 10% every year.

How we’re achieving it

We are:

  • supporting staff and students to engage with industry, policy makers and others to maximise research impact
  • improving support for grant applications, to boost success rates
  • building research collaborations with businesses and other higher education providers.

 Our Research Enabling Plan outlines our ambitions and actions in detail.

Research Enabling Plan

Information for Graduands PDF Ayr Campus | UWS | University of the West of Scotland

UWS is an institution where our international research presence and our partnership working with businesses, informs and propels our learning provision. We aim to foster a culture of research and enterprise that supports economic growth locally and globally and drives a substantial expansion of the University through a revitalised focus on income generation derived from our core activities of research, enterprise and teaching.

Download our Research Enabling Plan 2018 (pdf)
Last updated: 28/07/2017