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UWS in Summary

High ranking

  • UWS has been ranked by Times Higher Education as being in the top 3% of the world’s universities (source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2018)
  • UWS has also been ranked by Times Higher Education as being in the top 200 universities under 50 years old worldwide (source: Times Higher Education Young University Rankings, 2017)
  • No. 4 in the UK for our education courses (source: Complete University Guide, 2018)
  • No. 1 university in Scotland for student experience and teaching quality (source: Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2017)

Times Higher Education Rankings

World-leading Research

Recognised for our improvements

Top 10 for Education

The Herald Awards 2017

NUS Scotland - Winners

Athena Swan Bronze Award

Work-ready Graduates


5 UK Campuses

Campus locations

UK Travel Links

Student Population

Professionally Recognised Courses


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.

Download our Annual Review 2016 (pdf)

UWS in numbers

Success story

  • 94% of UWS graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating (source: Higher Education Statistics Agency 2015/16)
  • £7m awarded to UWS research projects in 2016/17

A diverse demographic

  • almost 17,000 students
  • From Ireland to India, from the Seychelles to Singapore – our students are drawn from 1/3 of the globe

Satisfied students

  • 83% average student satisfaction rate (source: National Student Survey 2017)
  • 91.4% students agreed "I have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of my course" - highest rating in Scotland (source: National Student Survey 2017)
  • 85% students agreed "my course has challenged me to achieve my best work" - 2nd highest rating in Scotland (source: National Student Survey 2017)
  • 100% student satisfaction in civil engineering, engineering management, law & business, physics  (source: National Student Survey 2017)
  • Over 90% student satisfaction in childhood studies, chemical engineering, business technology, professional health studies, business, biomedical science, social work, sport coaching, aircraft engineering, sport & exercise science, primary education, accounting, mechanical engineering, sports journalism (source: National Student Survey 2017)

Cool campuses

  • 93% of postgraduate students would recommend UWS (source: PTES 2017)
  • 90% of students are satisfied with their accommodation
  • £100m+ investment in our new Lanarkshire Campus, including 250,000 sq ft of carbon-neutral buildings

Strengthening Scotland

  • £537.8m – value of UWS to the Scottish economy (Source: Biggar Economics, Socio-economic Impact of UWS 2014)
  • 5,197 Scottish jobs supported by UWS
  • £443million – estimated value of the new Lanarkshire Campus to the local economy over 25 years

Promoting participation

  • 25% of our students come from Scotland's most deprived communities (note: figures for 2015-16 of all Scottish-domiciled entrants)
  • 25% of all students articulating from College to University in Scotland come to UWS (note: 1079 out of 3999 students in 2014-15)
  • 300 participants from 14 schools in the UWS/Developing the Young Workforce (Ayrshire) course
Last updated: 01/08/2017