UWS welcomed the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education & Science to its new Lanarkshire campus, to learn more about the University’s successes in widening access and the significant impact it is having on research and knowledge transfer in the UK and across the globe.
Richard Lochhead MSP was greeted by Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of UWS, and met with a range of students and staff at the University’s new state-of-the-art Lanarkshire campus.
As well as receiving an overview from Professor Craig Mahoney on some of the University’s key recent developments and continued impact, the Minister toured the £110 million Lanarkshire facility, which opened its doors in September 2018.
The Minister was shown the campus’ innovative nursing and midwifery teaching facilities, which are the most modern in Scotland, as well as its environmental chamber - one of only two in the country and the only one in the West of Scotland - which replicates environmental extremes, such as temperature and altitude, enabling students to study and research the effects these elements have on the human body.
Professional athletes can also use the chamber to train ahead of intense sporting events and UWS recently had the honour of working with quadruple amputee, Corinne Hutton, as she trained for her Mount Kilimanjaro climb using the chamber to prepare.
Importantly, the visit also provided the opportunity for the Minister to find out more about the sector-leading approach UWS takes to widening participation ensuring that more people from disadvantaged backgrounds go to University and the positive outcomes they experience as a result.