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Career-focused teaching. Pioneering research. An international outlook. And a far-sighted approach to technology and innovation. UWS offers the ultimate student experience.

UWS is one of the country’s largest modern universities and was recognised as being in the top 600 of universities worldwide by Times Higher Education (THE) in their World University Rankings 2020.

UWS is also ranked in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years of age in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019.

With over 120 years experience in higher education, we have nearly 20,000 students across our four campuses in the west of Scotland (Paisley, Lanarkshire, Dumfries & Ayr) and our London Campus.


Our research-active teaching staff are dedicated to making a real difference and shaping our society. Some of our most recent ground-breaking work includes the world’s first preventative treatment for Acanthamoeba Keratitis – a serious eye condition which affects millions of people across the globe each year. We’re also playing a key role in the production of thin film-based chips that will be embedded in non-contact thermometers, allowing frontline health workers to take accurate body temperature measurements without the need for contact. It’s hoped that this will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in healthcare and social settings

Don't just take our word for it

  • UWS was ranked 1st in the UK for Education (The Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and in the Guardian University Rankings 2020)*

  • UWS was ranked 3rd in the UK for Civil Engineering (Guardian University Rankings 2020)

  • UWS is rated as top ranking in Scotland for Overall Satisfaction in the following areas: Chemical, Process & Energy Engineering / Chemistry / Information Systems / Marketing / Mental Health Nursing / Physics / Initial Teacher Training. (source: National Student Survey 2019)


  • We also rank in the top 5 Scottish providers for Adult Nursing / Biosciences / Law / Mechanical Engineering / Media Studies (source: National Student Survey 2019)

  • UWS Lanarkshire Campus voted the UK’s most sustainable and inspiring HE building (Guardian University Awards 2019)

  • In the most recent analysis, 95% of UWS undergraduates are in work or further study six months after graduating (source: Higher Education Statistics Agency, 2016/17)

* this ranking was achieved for our undergraduate course in initial teacher training.

Wednesday Webinars

Every Wednesday throughout June, UWS is hosting a webinar on different topics relating to university topics including:

  • Study in Scotland
  • Personal Statements
  • Student Finance and Budgeting
  • Enhancing Employability

Previous and upcoming webinars are listed below.

Study in Scotland - Wed 3 June 2020

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

You can request the web link of the video recording by e-mailing

This presentation will show the differences of studying Scotland compared to England and other reasons to choose to study in Scotland.

Personal Statements - Wed 10 June 2020

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

You can request the web link of the video recording by e-mailing

This presentation will provide a solid foundation of starting a personal statement, including tips to help students with their preparation.

Student Finance and Budgeting - Wed 17 June 2020

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

You can request the web link of the video recording by e-mailing

This presentation will focus on the Student Finance England process and how to budget effectively at university.

Enhancing Employability - Wed 24 June 2020

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

You can request the web link of the video recording by e-mailing

This presentation will show the advantages of getting involved at university to help with your employability after graduating.

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Funding Your Studies

As a student from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, you do not normally have to pay tuition fees upfront as the fees can be paid by a non-means tested loan which you will only repay once you have left your university and stopped your studies.

You should apply to your relevant funding body to have your entire tuition fees, or a portion of your tuition fees as well as some maintenance allowance, paid by a loan/bursary depending on your eligibility. For more funding information, please visit:

Student Finance Northern Ireland

Tel: Undergraduate 0300 100 0077 / Postgraduate 0300 100 0493


Student Finance England

If you live in England

Tel: 0300 100 0607 (textphone 0300 100 0622) between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday, and between 9am and 4pm on Saturday.

If you're an EU student

You should call Student Finance Services on 0141 243 3570.


You can also write to SFE at:

Student Finance Services
PO Box 89
County Durham
United Kingdom


Student Finance Wales

SFW welcome Welsh correspondence and calls.

When you call, please have your customer reference number and secret answer at hand, so they can deal with your call as quickly and effectively as possible.

Undergraduate students

Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm

Postgraduate students

Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm


Student Finance Wales
PO Box 211
Llandudno Junction
LL30 9FU

Please note SFW don’t offer face to face meetings to discuss your account, if you have any queries about your account please use the contact numbers above.


Channel Island (Guernsey & Alderney)

Information about student awards offered by the States of Guernsey Education Services to students from Guernsey and Alderney attending full-time courses outside Guernsey:


Student Finance
Route DesCoutanchez
St. Peter Port

Tel: 706560


Channel Island (Jersey)

The Government of Jersey provides financial help for Jersey students who want to go to university or college to study for their first undergraduate degree or other recognised higher education course:


Student Finance
Skills Jersey
Bermuda House
Green Street
St Helier

Tel: 01534 449450


Student Finance Team: Book an Appointment (online)


Isle of Man

The Student Awards Team (Isle of Man) publish the latest news relating to student awards on their Student Awards Message Bulletin and detailed information regarding all aspects of Student Awards can be found in their Downloadable documents on their webpage (link below):


The Student Awards Team
Department for Education
Sport and Culture
Hamilton House
Peel Road



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