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 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).

Our Schools

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

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

A Global Outlook

UWS has a global outlook and enjoys successful partnerships with educational institutions and businesses around the world.

  • A number of Transnational Education partners around the world
  • European partners including universities in Ireland, Germany, France, Finland, Spain and Italy
  • 10 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)

UWS Signature Research and Innovation

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.

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About Us




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of undergraduate students 21 years+


Staff (headcount)

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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