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Lanarkshire Campus Open Day & Info Session | UWS | University of the West of Scotland

Welcome Event for New Students

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of University of the West of Scotland, warmly invites new students to attend the Principal's Welcome Event on 6 September 2018 at 5pm at the new UWS Lanarkshire Campus. Transport from other campuses will be provided.

This occasion will mark the start of the new academic year and will include a traditional academic procession and an official welcome to the University.

The event will be followed with a hot buffet and drinks and will finish at 7pm.

We would be delighted if you are able to join us for this special occasion, but places are limited so please register your interest.


Enrolment for New Students

Make sure you are enrolled before the start of the new session and know when your classes start.

Class timetables can be found on the Student Timetable Website.

Enrolment for all new students will be a two stage process:

  • The first stage involves you completing the enrolment process online, using Self Service Banner at Please check the opening times for online enrolment below. 
  • The second stage of enrolment is the confirmation of your identity with photographic ID, after which you can collect your student ID card. Details on when and where you undertake this are outlined here. Once your enrolment has been verified, confirmation, if appropriate, will be sent to SAAS/SLC. All new students must undertake stage Two of enrolment except Distance Learning students and Pre-Reg Nursing & Midwifery students.

Please note that new students must have accepted an offer of a place by UWS Admissions.  If you have not accepted your offer, contact, or accept the offer on UCAS Track as soon as possible.

New Non-EU students must present their passport and current visa in person for verification and checking. Details of when and where you undertake this are available here. If you hold a Tier 4 (General) Student visa, you will also be asked to sign the Conditions of Enrolment for Holders of Tier 4 (General) Student Visas. Following this you will be able to complete online enrolment as detailed above.

Opening times for Online Enrolment

From Thursday 9 August 2018:

  • Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)
  • MEd Artist Teacher
  • MEd Enhanced Educational Practice
  • PgCert Coaching and Mentoring
  • MEd Leadership for Learning
  • MEd Inclusive Education
  • MEd Early Years
  • MSc Education with pathways
  • MEd Higher Educational Practice
  • MSc Mental Health and Education
  • PgCert Academic Practice
  • PgCert Primary Physical Education

From Wednesday 15 August 2018:

  • All new students from the School of Business & Enterprise

From Monday 20 August 2018:

  • All new students from the School of Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences - except BSc (Hons) Information Technology (see below)

From Tuesday 21 August 2018:

  • All new students from the School of Health & Life Sciences

From Wednesday 22 August 2018:

  • All new students from the School of Education

From Thursday 23 August 2018:

  • All new students from the School of Media, Culture & Society

From Monday 3 September 2018:

  • BSc (Hons) Information Technology

From MONDAY 10 September 2018:

  • All new research students


Please note that your personalised timetable will be available approximately 24 hours after you have enrolled, at

Generic programme timetables can be viewed at here.

Information for new students

Accepting your offer to study at UWS

If you have a conditional offer, please make sure that you respond to all the UCAS deadlines promptly. Keep checking on UCAS Track to make sure you’re up to date and remember that, although the University will get many results automatically such as Highers and A levels, there are some that we do not get automatically such as HNC and HND results. So, if you have been asked to provide evidence of successful completion of an HNC or HND as part of your offer, make sure you get this sent to us as soon as possible.

Student card

As a new student enrolling with UWS for the first time, you should upload a photograph for your student card during online enrolment.

Photographs should be:

  • Passport size (3.5 x 4.5 cm)
  • Full colour
  • Head & shoulders, or full face only
  • No sunglasses
  • Plain (not white) background
  • Free of headwear, unless normally worn for religious reasons
  • JPG, JPEG or GIF file type
  • No larger than 1MB

If your photo is not suitable you will be asked to provide another one.

If you are not able to upload a photograph, you will still be able to enrol but you should then email your photo to from your student email account quoting your Banner ID.

New full- and part-time students (except Distance Learning) must collect their student ID card in person from the Hub or Student Link on their campus, providing photographic identity such as passport or driving licence. Student ID cards will be posted out to Distance Learning students.

Your student ID card is important as it is swiped to register your attendance in lecture theatres, classrooms and labs, and gives you access to the Library and other University facilities. It is required as proof of identity and valid student status for entry to examination halls, etc.

Student email account

Throughout your time at UWS we need to let you know about important issues, and we will do this via your student email account. If you prefer, you can forward student emails to your personal email but it is your responsibility to ensure you are checking your student emails regularly.

Help with your study skills

You’ve worked hard to get where you are and now find out how to work smarter. We have a lot of resources at UWS to help make study that bit more manageable so check out the Effective Learning Support section for further information. 

Funding and money advice

You don’t have to wait for your results before applying for funding so, if you haven’t got that organised yet, apply now to avoid delays at the start of the session.

Further information about SAAS funding is available on the SAAS website.

Advice about funding is also available from our Student Services team – contact them via the Hub or Student Link.

Requesting a student buddy

The Buddy Project is open to all students - UK and international - over all UWS campuses.

The Project matches up newly arrived students with established students to help the new arrivals settle into university. We currently have international students from 59 different countries - for many it may be the first time outside their home country. Our 'home' students may also have come from a different part of Scotland or the UK. To assist new students settle in to University life, the university runs a Buddy Project which aims to offer informal and friendly support to all new students.

New students who would like to be matched with a Buddy, should complete and return the Buddy Project Mentee Application Form.

Meningitis ACWY immunisation for new students

  • Are you under the age of 25?
  • Is this your first time entering higher education?

If you answered yes to both questions, you can now be immunised with the new Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine to protect yourself against meningitis and septicaemia. This is available whether you are a Home, EU or International Student. Ideally you should be vaccinated two weeks before you arrive at University, or as soon as possible.

Contact your doctor, and find out more at: Be vigilant, and download the free Meningitis Now's 'signs and symptoms' phone app by visiting

The social stuff

Check out the Students’ Association plans for the new session, where to eat and drink on campus and recommendations from current UWS students on where to eat, shop, dance and explore around each of our campuses.

Last updated: 03/08/2018