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UWS Student Receiving Student Support & Wellbeing | University of the West of Scotland

Supporting you

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:

Carers, Care Experienced & Estranged Students

We understand that being a carer, a care experienced student or an estranged student can have a big impact on your life and studies. To help you make the transition to university and get the most out of your time during your studies we provide a wide range of support and these include:

  • 1-1 tailored support
  • Assistance with UCAS application
  • Assistance with SAAS application
  • Advice about student funding and managing your money during your studies
  • Funding advice and priority access to discretionary and childcare funds
  • Access to Silver Cloud, an interactive online tool to help you manage worry, understand your feelings and better deal with any challenging thoughts
  • Access to Counselling to support emotional wellbeing and development
  • Help developing study skills to prepare for degree level study
  • 365 days accommodation
  • Access to the Careers Service during and after your studies


The Stand Alone Pledge helps institutions to support estranged students by providing a public commitment to improving policies and increasing support for students studying without a family network. 

For further information please contact:

UWS Corporate Parenting Plan 2018

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UWS is an inclusive university committed to ensuring that every student gets the most out of their university experience, regardless of their personal circumstances or background. To meet this commitment, we have developed a wide range of support services to ensure that all students fulfil their potential, achieve their goals and enjoy their time at UWS. We have a strong tradition of working with care experienced applicants and students and this commitment is embedded in all of our provision. This is a strategic priority for UWS and we will continue to work in partnership both internally and externally with other Corporate Parents to provide information, advice and guidance so that our care experienced students will have a positive experience at UWS from pre-entry to after graduation.

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Students Considering MSc Equality & Diversity Course at UWS | University of the West of Scotland

Buddy Programme

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

For further information please email:

Buddy 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.

You can access SilverCloud using your student email address as soon as you are enrolled as a student at UWS. There are links via MyDay and the Disability Service and Counselling webpages. 

Last updated: 07/09/2017