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UWS in Summary

High ranking

  • UWS has been ranked by Times Higher Education in their top 500 universities globally (source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019)
  • UWS has also been ranked by Times Higher Education in the top 150 universities under 50 years old worldwide (source: Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2018)
  • 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)
Internationally-Excellent & World-Leading Research 2014 | UWS | University of the West of Scotland

World-leading Research

4th Most Improved UK University | The Student Experience Survey | University of the West of Scotland

Recognised for our improvements

The Times Top 10 UK Education Programme Good University Guide | University of the West of Scotland

Top 10 for Education

The Herald Student Support Team & Research Project 2017 Winner | University of the West of Scotland

The Herald Awards 2017

NUS Scotland Higher Education Students Association of the Year Award Winner 2013 & 2016 | UWS

NUS Scotland - Winners

Athena Swan Institutional Bronze Award 2016 Icon | UWS | University of the West of Scotland

Athena Swan Bronze Award

94% of UWS Graduates In Work or Further Study after 6 Month of Graduating | UWS

Work-ready Graduates

UWS Origins Dating Back To 1897 Icon | UWS | University of the West of Scotland


UWS 5 Campuses Locations Map: 6 Academic Schools | University of the West of Scotland

5 UK Campuses

Campus Locations: Ayr, Dumfries, Lanarkshire & Paisley | UWS | University of the West of Scotland

Campus locations

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UK Travel Links

UWS has 16,991 Students Across All Campuses Icon | UWS | University of the West of Scotland

Student Population

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Professionally Recognised Courses

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Annual Review 2017

University of the West of Scotland PDF Download Icon | UWS

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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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