At UWS, we believe financial restrictions should never be a barrier to education. We are committed to removing the financial barriers that stop talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds choosing a university education and progressing throughout their degree to graduation.
We are proud to launch the WEST (Widening Education and Supporting Talent) Scholarship Fund and we are calling upon the support of our alumni and friends to help us realise ambitious plans to increase the number of students we can support.
Committed to Widening Participation
UWS is proud to have the largest intake of students from SIMD20 backgrounds in Scotland (Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation worst affected 20%) welcoming over 3,600 students from these backgrounds per year.
Many of our students join UWS from non-traditional backgrounds including mature students, single parents and those who are under-represented in their subject areas.
The last few years have been challenging for us all and with the ongoing uncertainty around the rising cost of living, students need our support now more than ever.
Supporting students who need it most
Our scholarship selection process is targeted towards supporting students who need it the most. Many of our students are the first in their families to attend university and struggle to maintain study around their family or work commitments.
We place focus on supporting students from the lowest family income brackets, those who come from a care experienced background or may be estranged from their families.
We know not every student follows the same path from high school and actively encourage applications from students progressing to UWS from college. We currently welcome over a thousand students articulating from colleges in Scotland each year – the most of any Scottish University.
Be part of our journey by making a gift to the WEST Scholarships Fund today. Your gift – no matter how big or small – will support scholarships for students who truly need it most.