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University of the West of Scotland is one of the UK’s most innovative modern universities with a heritage dating back 120 years

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Stormy weather

Update - 19 January 2018

The Met Office continue to display 'yellow' and ‘amber‘ weather warnings for snow and ice across central and southern Scotland. There may be disruptions to travel in some areas.

  • All UWS Scottish campuses will close earlier today from 2:30pm in light of Met Office ‘amber’ weather warning and travel advice issued by Police Scotland and The Scottish Government (Fri 19)
  • Check your journey for any localised travel disruptions(see Useful Links in Disruption webpage) before travelling from our campuses this evening
  • Normal weekend access to campuses expected to apply
  • Campus libraries: normal weekend opening hours expected to apply
Visit our disruption & winter page
UWS Postgraduate Student

Courses Starting in January 2018

UWS offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses starting in January 2018 that are open to UK, EU and International students (non-EU). We offer:

  • Certificate, Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral studies in Business
  • Bachelor studies in English as a Second Language
  • Masters studies in Engineering & Computing
  • Bachelor and Masters studies in Health
  • Masters studies in Media & Culture
  • Masters studies in Science
  • Masters studies in Social Sciences
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Making a Difference

University of the West of Scotland aims to have a transformational influence on the economic, social and cultural development of the west of Scotland and beyond.

UWS is ranked by Times Higher Education in their 2018 World University Rankings as being in the top 3% of universities worldwide, and feature in the top 200 of their Young University World Rankings.

The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 ranks us as a top 100 UK university and as the highest in Scotland for both teaching quality and student experience in the following areas:

Physics & Astronomy is also ranked as highest in Scotland for teaching quality.


of UWS graduates are in work or further study research 6 months after graduating

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our ranking by Times Higher Education in their 2018 World University Rankings

UWS Undergraduate students studying at Ayr Campus

University Life

Across our four campuses in the West of Scotland - in Paisley, Lanarkshire, Dumfries and Ayr - and our campus in London enjoy access to a wide range of social, leisure and academic facilities to make the most of your time at UWS.

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UWS research work has a tangible, early and positive effect. The innovative technologies we are developing are helping to shape society in Scotland and throughout the world.

In the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework) each of our submissions were ranked as international or as world-leading. 

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UWS offers a wide range of commercialisation, consultancy and development opportunities. From specialist expertise and talent, to access to high-quality equipment and facilities, we can benefit commercial businesses, public services and third sector organisations.

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