University of the West of Scotland
The University of the West of Scotland is a public university with four campuses in south-western Scotland, in the towns of Paisley, Hamilton, Dumfries and Ayr, as well as a new campus in London. The present institution dates from August 2007, following the merger of the University of Paisley with Bell College, Hamilton. It can trace its roots to the late 19th century, and has undergone numerous name changes and mergers over the last century, reflecting its gradual expansion throughout the region.
Holding a regional reputation for vocational undergraduate and post-graduate courses the University currently has 15,555 students, with approximately 1300 staff, spread across six schools of learning.
The Crichton Campus in Dumfries is maintained in partnership with a number of other institutions, including the University of Glasgow.
The university’s highest ever ranking for UK Institutions came in 2009 when the Complete Universities Guide placed UWS 62 out of 113 universities. In 2016, UWS was ranked 110th out of 127 universities in the same league table.
University of the West of Scotland is one of the country’s largest modern universities, and aims to have a transformational influence on the economic, social and cultural development of the West of Scotland, and beyond.
The university provides relevant, high quality, inclusive higher education and innovative and useful research.
We aim to make the communities we serve more successful, and to create opportunities for all to participate.
UWS has a distinctive and important regional role, with four campuses across the west and south-west of Scotland.
*UWS was rated as top in the UK for a number of undergraduate degree courses in terms of Overall Student Satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016. The following undergraduate courses were rated at 100% for Overall Student Satisfaction:
- Aircraft Engineering
- Community Education
- Forensic Science
- Sport & Exercise Science
Currently the university’s School of Education is the sixth best in the UK according to the 2016 Complete University Guide