The Guardian University Award recognised a capital project which had positively enhanced the student and staff experience and fostered a more sustainable living and working environment.
Sustainability is at the very heart of UWS Lanarkshire Campus, which is powered by 100% renewable energy from nearby Blantyre Muir windfarm and features rainwater harvesting technology, photovoltaic panels, a building management system, intelligent travel infrastructure and various environmental initiatives including compostable cutlery. The building is also smart, and harnesses technology throughout to maximise efficiency and minimise energy wastage, resulting in one of the UK’s greenest educational environments.
Based in Hamilton International Technology Park, UWS Lanarkshire Campus incorporates 26,000 square metres of flexible space, serving more than 4,100 students and 200 staff. It includes Scotland's newest simulated nursing and midwifery teaching environments and an extreme environments laboratory, one of only two in the country and the only one in the west of Scotland.
The campus also boasts hi-tech biomechanics and specialist sports labs, a 236-capacity auditorium, a conference space for up to 128 people, as well as areas for individual and collaborative working, and a state-of-the-art health and fitness centre, which offers free memberships for all students.
The campus embodies UWS’ vision to provide student-centred, personalised and distinctive learning and teaching experiences, abandoning traditional lecture hall layouts and enclosed classrooms, recognising that physical and digital spaces both shape learning. It provides an open, technology-rich, immersive and interactive environment which is responsive to students’ need for both online and face-to-face collaboration and is open 24/7.
By blending modern teaching methods and contemporary learning environments, underpinned by a commitment to sustainability, the resulting campus is fully-equipped to evolve in the future, facilitating work and study in a flexible environment fit for today, and for future generations.