University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is a large, modern, multi-campus University with its origins dating back to 1897. We have four campuses across the west and southwest of Scotland and one in London.
At UWS we value our people and recognise that our staff are our most valuable resource. UWS is a great place to work – we are a university that genuinely cares for our employees.
UWS is officially ranked by Times Higher Education in the top 200 universities worldwide under 50 years old (2023 Young University Rankings).
In 2023, UWS was also officially recognised in the top 300 universities worldwide as assessed against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UWS was recognised as the 2nd most impactful university in Scotland, and joint 25th globally, for ‘reducing inequalities’ (UN SDG 10), and was ranked as the 6th most impactful university in Scotland for ‘partnership for the goals.’ (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023).
Helping us achieve this recognition, UWS is organised into four academic schools for learning, teaching and research:
UWS has a global outlook and enjoys successful partnerships with educational institutions and businesses around the world.
At UWS, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are translated into world-class research that underpins globally impactful innovations. We are proud about our signature research capabilities that are central to developing distinctive research and innovation.
Our research and innovation flourish through collaborations and our approach to forming effective teams is highly regarded by external partners. Leadership in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) forms a key part of this success, and we are thriving in large research consortia, tackling some of the world’s most pressing challenges. We help our industry partners finding solutions where nobody else could by simultaneously bringing together cutting-edge research expertise, knowledge exchange and an array of bespoke research facilities. The result is that our research and innovations have a tangible, early and remarkably positive impact on society and our planet.
This is UWS’s signature research, and it has been unrivalled. Right here, right now, we are making the world a better place.
UWS academics have discovered the world’s first treatment for Acanthamoeba keratitis – a serious eye condition affecting 3million people globally each year. The University plans to create a spin-out company to roll out the safe, new additive to the contact lens and eye care industry to help prevent the condition developing.
An eco-friendly technology, patented by UWS, and believed to be the first of its kind in the industry, has been developed to disrupt ‘fast fashion.’ The technology offers retailers and brands a way of effectively and safely sanitising used clothing and accessories to help dramatically reduce textile waste.
A new UWS spinout company is set to transform health diagnostic practices in the £245billion global aquaculture sector. WellFish Diagnostics, in conjunction with the salmon farming industry in Scotland, has developed a unique approach to enable fish farmers to continually monitor the health of their fish population via blood sampling.
Millions of litres of water lost from leaking underground pipes, globally, could be saved through an innovative solution developed by pioneering technology company FIDO Tech and UWS academics. The cloud-based solution has been designed to accurately detect the location of hidden leaks, 90% of which never show above ground.
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