University of the West of Scotland

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 Truths

  • We are here for our students
  • We are a global university
  • We are a knowledge-rich organisation
  • UWS graduates are world-ready
  • We value our people and UWS is a great place to work

UWS Recognition

UWS was named Higher Educational Institution of the Year in The Herald Higher Education Awards 2022 and is officially ranked by Times Higher Education in the top 600 universities worldwide (2022 World University Rankings) as well as in the top 150 universities worldwide under 50 years old (2022 Young University Rankings).

Our Schools

Helping us achieve this recognition, UWS is organised into four academic schools for learning, teaching and research:

A Global Outlook

UWS has a global outlook and enjoys successful partnerships with educational institutions and businesses around the world. We are mindful of the current global climate, as a result of COVID-19, and this is forming part of our strategic planning to ensure that UWS is able to continue to operate successfully in the global landscape.

  • 15 Transnational Education partners including India, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka
  • Over 100 European partners (including universities in Ireland, Germany, France, Finland, Spain and Italy)
  • 11 North American partners
  • 20 partners in China
  • Scotland’s first official training partner for China following accreditation from China’s State Administration for Foreign Expert Affairs (SAFEA)

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Higher Educational Instituation of the Year THE World University Rankings THE World University Rankings Young

About Us

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Four Schools

  • Business & Creative Industries
  • Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences
  • Education & Social Sciences
  • Health & Life Sciences

Five Campuses

Ayr, Dumfries, Lanarkshire, London, Paisley