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Social life at UWS

Life as a UWS student offers the opportunity to follow your passions, develop new interests and meet fascinating people!

SAUWS, our award-winning Students’ Association, is run for students by students. SAUWS organise and deliver a wide range of social and sporting events all year round and campaign with you and on your behalf on the issues that really matter to you.

Sign up to an exciting range of clubs and societies. And check out your Students’ Unions, featuring bars, club nights, regular events and games areas.

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Clubs & Societies

Clubs and societies are a great way for you to make friends and meet new people. At UWS, we support all sorts of clubs and societies, from course related groups such as Chemical Engineering and Midwifery, to interest societies such as the Debating Society and the Table-top Gaming Society. There's also the LGBT+ liberation group; the Nigerian Forum; and the Anime and Manga, Games Development. There are also a wide variety of sports clubs available. A full list of clubs and societies available at UWS can be found on the SAUWS website.

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Volunteer with SAUWS

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, pursue your passions and make your time at UWS a lot of fun. Whatever you’re interested in, you’ll be supported by SAUWS staff along the way. Volunteering is an excellent way of enhancing your CV and career prospects. The University offers official acknowledgment of the importance of volunteering both for students and the wider community through the Volunteer Recognition Scheme, presented at the SAUWS Big Awards.

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Freshers' Week

Freshers' Week offers an unmissable programme of events and is an essential initiation to university social life in your first year. From the official welcome party to the pub quiz, there is something for everyone. The yearly SAUWS Freshers’ Fair will give you need-to-know information along with the chance to get the best deals and opportunities from local businesses and organisations. Freshers' Week events are advertised through the SAUWS Facebook page.

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Sustainability at SAUWS

The SAUWS sustainability project has been supporting students, staff and the wider community to reduce their impact on the environment since 2011. You can get involved by joining in with a project, volunteering for SAUWS or starting up your own project. In 2015, the Sustainability Hub opened at the Paisley Campus, offering a free swap shop for students, bike maintenance workshops, sustainable travel and energy advice and gardening workshops.

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Representation, advice and campaigns

SAUWS aims to represent your needs and provide support, well-being and social services for all UWS students. As well as campaigning activities, SAUWS provides advice on matters such as money, study skills and academic appeals. 

More information about the advice, advocacy and representation available through SAUWS can be found on the SAUWS website.

Sports at UWS

At UWS we’re creating a strong culture of sport.Whether you’re keen to play competitively or just stay active, there are countless opportunities on and around campus.

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Club sports

UWS works in partnership with the Students’ Association and external partners to ensure that programmes are available across a range of team and individual sports, providing opportunities to compete, to train and to socialise.

There are active clubs in 20 different sports through Team UWS and we are looking to add new sports clubs and activities every year and are developing links with local clubs to support this process.

SEE FULL LIST OF CLUBS

Competition 

UWS students engage in a range of sports competitions at all levels, from British championships to local leagues and competitions and Varsity events. This gives a wide range of students the opportunity to represent UWS at a sports event. Many students also access external competitions through local clubs and performance programmes. 

Facilities

Our sports pitches, conditioning gyms, sports halls and exercise classes are available to all. They cater for many fitness interests and all abilities. 

In September 2018, free gym memberships for all students to use UWS operated fitness facilities was rolled out. This provides our students with free access to on campus gym facilities in Ayr, Lanarkshire and Paisley. The move aims to remove barriers to entry ensuring all students can get active and pursue a healthy lifestyle.

Ayr Campus Facilities

The Fitness Suite at Ayr Campus is in Room 2.090, just off the atrium.

Overlooking the river, it offers state-of-the-art equipment.

EQUIPMENT

  • cardio-vascular machines including treadmills, cross-trainers, arc trainers, bicycles and rowers 
  • strength resistance machines for upper and lower body
  • accessories including gym balls, kettlebells, medicine balls and sandbags
  • professional instruction and supervision, with fitness programmes tailored to your needs
  • changing and shower facilities
  • a small sports hall is available to hire for activities including badminton, basketball and volleyball

 

OPENING HOURS

  • Monday, 09.00 - 20.00
  • Tuesday, 09.00 - 14.00 and 16.00 - 20.00
  • Wednesday & Thursday, 09.00 - 14.00 and 15.00 - 20.00
  • Friday, 10.00 - 18.00
  • Closed Saturday & Sunday

 

CONTACT US

01292 886281

ayrsportsservices@uws.ac.uk

Lanarkshire Campus Facilities

Unique Fitness at Lanarkshire Campus is located in Building One on the ground floor next to SAUWS and the Restaurant.

This brand new facility is kitted out with the latest Origin Fitness machines, free weights, cardiovascular equipment and accessories including gym balls, kettlebells, medicine balls and sandbags.

EQUIPMENT

  • a wide range of cardiovascular machines, including a Speedfit Curved Treadmill, Climbers, Wattbikes and Elliptical Trainers
  • strength resistance machines for upper and lower body
  • free weights including barbells, dumbbells, Olympic bars (male and female) and plates
  • a variety of lifting platforms
  • accessories including gym balls, kettlebells, medicine balls and sandbags
  • functional rig for bodyweight training, including TRX cables and resistance bands
  • sprint track and prowler sled
  • daily classes morning, afternoon and evening guaranteed to get you fit and having fun!
  • professional instruction and supervision with fitness programmes tailored to your needs
  • wall-mounted plasma screens
  • modern changing and shower facilities and lockers 

OPENING HOURS

  • Monday to Friday, 07.45 - 20.30
  • Saturday and Sunday, 09.30 - 14.30

 

CONTACT US

01698 894420

 

Paisley Campus Facilities

On-Campus Gym

The new on-campus gym is located on the third floor of the Students' Union on Storey Street. Cardiovascular and resistance equipment, free weights and functional equipment as well as classes to get involved with. Open Monday to Friday 12:00 - 16:00.

Robertson Trust Sports Centre

UWS’s Robertson Trust Sports Centre is beside Thornly Park student residences, about two miles from Paisley Campus. There are regular public transport buses between Thornly Park and Paisley town centre.

EQUIPMENT

  • large sports hall catering for badminton, netball, basketball, table tennis and martial arts
  • three floodlit all-weather pitches for five-a-side football, hockey and other team sports
  • full-size turf pitches and a training area for rugby, football, Gaelic football, American football
  • two-floor gym with state-of-the-art CV machines, including treadmills, body trainers, bicycles and rowing machines, all with TV monitors
  • strength resistance machines for upper and lower body
  • free weights including barbells, dumbbells, Olympic bars and plates
  • accessories including gym balls, kettlebells, medicine balls and sandbags
  • professional instruction and supervision, with fitness programmes tailored to your needs
  • changing and shower facilities for both indoor and outdoor pursuits

OPENING HOURS

  • Monday - Friday - 09.15 - 21.45

  • Saturday & Sunday - 10.15 - 15.45

CONTACT US

0141 884 7785

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Please note We collect information about you when you provide us with your personal details (such as your name, contact details, email address, etc.) when you make a request to join one of the University sports teams, facilities such as our gym, activities such as fitness or recreational classes or apply to programmes such as our Sport Scholarship scheme.

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Last updated: 24/05/2018