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Prof Craig Mahoney

OUR PLANS TO WELCOME NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/21

A WELCOME FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Welcome to our dedicated Academic Year 2020/21 resource, where you will find a variety of detailed information to help you navigate and get the most out of your UWS student experience.

We hope you’re looking forward to engaging with our rich, dynamic and accessible learning and teaching experience, which truly caters for today’s modern student.

Staff at UWS have been working tirelessly to create fantastic, engaging hybrid learning experiences, using new and pioneering technology. 

UWS has the wellbeing of our community uppermost in our minds at all times and you can have confidence in our comprehensive and detailed range of COVID-19 campus safety measures, covering all aspects of university life.

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.

University has the potential to be one of the most enlightening periods of your life, offering you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills, enhance your employability and engage in fantastic, memorable extra-curricular experiences –helping you to grow and develop as an individual.  

Whether you’re a returning student or have just joined UWS, you’re not only one step closer to achieving your goals, but also to making an impact on a global society that needs your abilities more than ever.

I hope this resource is helpful in providing you with a range of information to support your studies and that you have a stimulating, rewarding and successful year.

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. 

Campus opening times and access maps

Campus opening times and access maps

Weekday opening hours

From Monday 5th October, all Scottish campuses will be accessible Monday - Friday from 8am to 9pm, with the exception of Dumfries, which will close at 5pm Monday - Friday and will be closed at the weekend.

London Campus will be accessible Monday - Friday from 9am to 6pm and will be closed at the weekend. 

From Monday - Friday, 5pm - 9pm, there will be further limits to campus access, as shown below:

  • Ayr Campus – Atrium open / library open till 6pm Monday - Thursday and 5pm on Friday.
  • Lanarkshire Campus - The Street open / library open until 4.30pm Monday - Wednesday & Friday; 7pm Thursday
  • Paisley Campus - library / The Hub open 
  • Dumfries Campus - closed after 5pm
  • London Campus - closed after 6pm

Weekend opening hours 

Weekend access to campuses will be limited to the following:

  • Ayr Campus - 9am - 1pm for the library / atrium (Saturday only, closed on Sunday)
  • Lanarkshire Campus - 9am - 1pm for the library / The Street (Saturday only, closed on Sunday)
  • Paisley Campus - 9am - 5pm for The Hub / Library (Saturday only, closed Sunday)
  • Dumfries and London campuses - No weekend opening 

General student access

Students will have timetabled campus access, and will be able to book study spaces, gym access and also use coffee shops / catering facilities on campus, which will be offering a take-away service only. At the moment, students are being asked only to come on to campus for one of these pre-arranged events.

Campus access maps 

Updated 2 October 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 Academic Year 2020/21

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.