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Thursday 4th October 2018

Immerse yourself in our open day experience and find out about all that UWS has to offer, including course choices and future career paths. You’ll have the chance to speak with our academics and current students to find out more about life and study at UWS.

You can also drop into a programme of expert talks by our inspirational academics; subject presentations and interactive demos; discover the practical placement and study abroad opportunities we have to offer; as well as the range of funding and support options available. Tour the campus facilities, including our stunning student accommodation (and make sure you make full use of our Instagram booths!).

Parents, guardians and family are welcome too, and we will have refreshments throughout the day with an opportunity to meet some of our senior academic teams.

What your Open Day will look like

Welcome! We will register everyone upon arrival. Please remember to bring your Eventbrite ticket for quick registration.

Subject area and school introduction. You can visit each subject and school in one zone- where you can get advice on how to plan your experience and get the most out of your UWS Open Day.

Subject and programme immersion. Talk to programme leaders and academics from the subjects you are interested in exploring. They will answer any questions you may have. Plus, many courses have engaging and interactive activities planned. Interested in computing? Why not take part in a mock Cyber Attack!? Mechanical Engineering? You can participate in an interactive demonstration about the design of wind turbines. Subject will be brought to life and you will have ample opportunity to ask questions and explore all your study options.

UWS showcase. Inspired by TED talks, this festive-style tent will host a series of thought-provoking presentations showcasing the academic and research excellence happening across the whole University. Talks will be subject-based, but are accessible to all audiences who are interested in the forward-thinking and innovative ideas that make up this 21st century university.

And because we are proud to encourage and promote Scotland’s amazing creative industries you can round off your visit with a live performance by one of Scotland’s most exciting new bands.

Student life and information. Here you can discover the range of activities and opportunities to help round out your UWS student experience including a broad range of support for students, student finance, SAAS funding, admissions, widening participation, opportunities to study abroad, sport demonstrations from student teams, wellbeing support, accommodation tours, Student Association (SAUWS)  and campus tours.

Live music from Randolph's Leap

We’re also proud to encourage and promote the development of Scotland’s amazing creative industries and to round off your evening there will be a 30-min set by one of Scotland’s most exciting bands, Randolph's Leap, who met and formed while studying on our Commercial Music degree!

Randolph's Leap is an eight piece indie-pop band whose band members, past and present, have included five University of the West of Scotland graduates, having met and bonded while studying Commercial Music in Ayr between 2006 and 2010.

The course allowed singer Adam Ross to develop his songwriting and sound production skills as well as introducing him to like-minded musicians who would later join his band: Gareth Perrie (keyboards), Vicki Cole (bass), Iain Taylor (drums) and Andy MacLellan (guitar). Although Gareth and Iain have moved on to new adventures, the band maintain a strong link to the university through Adam, Vicki and Andy.

The band’s official debut album Clumsy Knot was released in 2014. The band tours frequently in the UK.



How to register

You must pre-register to attend this event, places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. We cannot guarantee entry on the day if you haven’t pre-registered.

UWS Voices

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Ayr Campus Open Day


4 October

16:00 - 19:00


Ayr Campus, University of the West of Scotland (UWS)
University Avenue