UWS is an inclusive and accessible modern university. We are committed to ensuring that every student gets the most out of their university experience, regardless of their personal circumstances.
We have a diverse student population so always endeavour to provide our services on a case-by-case basis, considering each student's unique circumstances and how to best meet their individual needs.
You can also find out more about the services we have available to support your studies and wellbeing here.
If you are a parent planning to study at UWS, childcare is going to be a major consideration. It is important that you find the right childcare provider for you and have access to any funding that you may be entitled to in order to help you meet the cost of this.
At UWS, we do not have childcare facilities but we are in the unique position of being able to offer childcare funding to many students who demonstrate a need for this additional financial support.
Visit the Money, Fees and Funding section of the website to find out more about the support that might be available through your statutory student support package. You will then also be able to see details of the discretionary and childcare funds available for UWS students, along with application guidelines.
It is important that you thoroughly research the funding options that are available to you before you commit to any childcare contracts. In order to help you do this, we recommend applying as early as possible for your statutory student support. We also start accepting applications to the discretionary and childcare funds as early as 1st July, so you can receive a decision about the funding you are eligible for before terms starts.
As a university student, you will be expected to undertake some independent study as well as attending classes and lectures. Our childcare fund procedures take this into account, so we don’t need you to wait until you have a timetable before you can apply. The funding is flexible. If you need help sourcing appropriate childcare, the following organisations may be able to assist:
- The Scottish Family Information Service
Providing free, impartial information for families, including childcare availability in your area and what to look for when choosing a service
- Scottish Childminding Association
Providing advice on how to choose a childminder to suit your needs
- National Day Nurseries Association
Providing advice and helpful resources for parents looking for appropriate childcare
- Childcare and Recreation Information Service (CARIS)
Providing free information and advice covering on childcare available in North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire and East Ayrshire
The Buddy Programme is open to all students over all our campuses. This initiative matches up newly arrived students with established student mentors called Buddies, to help them settle into university life; discuss any questions they may have or worries they may have.
This friendly contact for new students provides them with support, usually for the first trimester, when they are ‘finding their feet’. A Buddy will contact their student initially through email before they arrive on campus and can also arrange to meet up with them.
This friendly and supportive approach helps our new students to engage with student life whether they are from home or abroad.
To apply for a UWS Buddy complete the form below and return it to Buddies@uws.ac.uk
For further information please email: Buddies@uws.ac.ukBuddy Project application form
Silvercloud is an interactive and engaging Cognitive Behavioural Therapy tool that gives students access to online modules, including:
- Understanding feelings
- Facing your fears
- Spotting and challenging thoughts
- Managing worry
It is easy to use; accessible on computers, tablets and mobile phones; and available to all UWS students.