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Prof Craig Mahoney



Hello and welcome to our dedicated Academic Year 20/21 resource, where you will find a range of detailed information to help you prepare for the next academic session.

As you embark on, or return to your studies at UWS, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to you and l look forward to meeting you in the months ahead. We have taken a range of steps to ensure our campuses are safe and welcoming, and that we can provide you with a vibrant and dynamic student experience.

Our next academic year will formally begin on 28 September 2020, when induction will commence for new and returning students. We have developed a new flexible, hybrid model of learning that means you will be able to access a mix of blended online and on campus learning and teaching that allows us to keep in line with the Scottish Government’s four-phase plan for coming out of the COVID-19 lockdown.

You can expect high-quality, accessible and engaging teaching and learning at UWS – and you can look forward to a positive student experience, with a full range of support.

We know how difficult the past few months have been for you, however, when we face moments of adversity head-on, amazing things can happen.

Whether you are a returning UWS student or joining us for the first time in September, you are not only one step closer to achieving your goals, but also to making an impact on a society that needs you now, more than ever.

You will still have access to a wide range of learning, teaching and social experiences in the new term, and while we don’t have all the answers as to what the future holds, we are certain that – no matter what – you will achieve great things at UWS and we are committed to ensuring you still have the rich student experience you have been looking forward to.

We look forward to welcoming all of our students in September and I hope this resource is helpful in preparing you for the wonderful experience you can look forward to at UWS this autumn.


Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal & Vice-Chancellor

View our UWS Together: Our Covid Commitment

face coverings, clean hands, observe physical distancing, avoid crowded places, self-isolate, familiarise yourself with guidance

Please note: we are encouraging all students and colleagues to download the Protect Scotland app if you are at one of our Scottish campuses, to help with national Covid-19 tracing efforts. 

Updated 23rd September 2020

These pages will be regularly updated as we adapt to latest national guidance and add more information about UWS activities for the new term ahead.

What to expect in September

Our campuses will be open, running in line with government guidance regarding social distancing for as long as is necessary and we’re looking forward to welcoming our new and returning students.