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Transformative & Ethical Research which impacts society

UWS's research vision is to deliver transformational change through outputs that have a tangible, early and positive impact on society across the globe.

While our work covers an enormous breadth of interests, our activities fall into three key strategic themes:

Across these themes, the majority of our activities fall into multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborations across a number of research areas.

We fully support and are committed to our researchers' ongoing development and of delivering doctoral research opportunities across all disciplines all under the umbrella of applied, transformative, and ethical research.

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UWS research

Explore more about UWS research activities, impact, strategic themes, multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas, and environment.

Research Areas


We have developed core activity in business-related research, which underpins curriculum development, teaching and learning, and staff development.

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UWS's applied computing research is making a difference; from 5G to health-realted app developments UWS's computing research is changing society.

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UWS's education researchers have a world-leading and internationally excellent reputation for leading-edge research and curriculum development.

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Internationally recognised research in energy technologies; advanced concrete technology; experimental nuclear physics, thin films, and sensors.

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UWS is recognised as producing health-related research outputs that are world-leading and internationally excellent.

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Media & Culture

100% of our impact case studies in communication, cultural and media studies were judged to be world class and internationally excellent.

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Our biomedical and environmental health research has been recognised as producing world-leading and internationally excellent research.

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Social Sciences

Our social science research is published internationally, shapes official reports and influences policy makers across the globe.

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Our clinical exercise and health science research is recognised and rated as producing world-leading and internationally excellent research.

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Search Research System

PURE is the University's research information management system and provides a single source of research information for UWS. It is used to record and manage research activity with details of research outputs, funding applications, conference contributions, external impact and staff profiles.

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UWS Graduate School
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RT @aminabdessalam: living the PhD research experience while studying abroad with an open mind and an open heart. Representing Algeria duri…

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Prof Milan Radosavljevic and Prof Thomas Netzel sign another 5 year collaboration agreement between UWS and HAW Ham…

UWS Graduate School
Feb 9, 2018

RT @UniWestScotland: Date for your diary! The 2018 UWS Learning, Teaching and Research Conference will be on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28…