The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is one of Scotland’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, by providing relevant, high quality, inclusive higher education and innovative and useful research.
With four campuses across the west and south-west of Scotland in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley, UWS has a distinctive and important regional role, particularly for vocational undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The university has recently opened a fifth campus in London as a dynamic delivery hub for international students wanting to study Bachelor, Masters or Doctorates in Business or Health disciplines in London, the capital city of the UK.
The university has a rich, diverse history and can trace its roots to 1897 when it was founded as Paisley Technical School with the support of prominent local industrialists who saw it as a useful adjunct to the manufacturing economy and an appropriate symbol for a thriving industrial town. The university began offering degree studies in the early 1900s and matured to university status in 1992. UWS was created in 2007 following the merger of Paisley University and Bell College in Hamilton.
The university occupies an integral position within Scotland’s proud tradition of excellence in education. Offering career-focused and vocationally relevant provision, UWS graduates are equipped with the relevant skills to make an immediate contribution to industry, business, and public and third sector organisations. 92% of UWS graduates in work or further study within 6 months of graduating.
As the higher education and wider environment changes, UWS is poised to move into the future with a new sense of purpose and identity as a truly 21st century university offering outstanding, distinctive and progressive higher education.