Monday 06 03 2023
New Dumfries campus opens door to students
University of the West of Scotland’s multi-million pound new Dumfries campus has today (Monday 6 March) opened its doors to students.
Co-located with Dumfries and Galloway College, the state-of-the-art development is designed with local skills gaps in mind, with a particular focus on the health and social care sector.
Facilities include an ultra-realistic simulated hospital, containing various healthcare settings such as wards, assisted living and treatment rooms; along with flexible, modern teaching areas and learning zones; open study space and an IT Studio.
A new Immersive Suite uses 360-degree video to simulate a range of complex indoor and outdoor settings – allowing students to respond to real-life situations in a safe and controlled setting. The technology also allows the University to create its own simulations, based around local settings and scenarios.
The campus almost trebles the number of specialist lab facilities, compared to the University’s previous home in the town.
Students will benefit from a range of new catering and social facilities, and will enjoy a free breakfast from Monday to Friday during term-time through the UWS Breakfast Club.
Marcus Ross, Vice-Principal (Planning & Recruitment) said: “This is a real milestone for UWS in Dumfries, and represents the culmination of years of careful planning to ensure our students here have access to world class facilities, that will allow them to develop into work-ready professionals.
“The feedback from staff and students has been tremendous, and I know everyone has been excited for this exciting new era of learning at UWS Dumfries to begin.”
An official opening event will take place at a later date.