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University of the West of Scotland

2015 League Table Ranking 119
2015 Overall Score 426
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Entry Standards 293 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 22.0 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 1.84 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 981 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 3.95 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 269 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 56.2 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 67.7 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 58.5 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 27.5 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Founded in 1897 to offer vocational courses, the university began offering degree studies in the early 1900s and matured to university status in 1992.
  • On 1 August 2007 the university merged with Bell College.
  • Name change to University of the West of Scotland 2007.

Location and Transport

  • There are four campuses at Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley.
  • Paisley campus is 1.5 km (1 mile) from Glasgow Airport and 10 minutes by train from the centre of Glasgow. Hamilton is also a 10-minute train journey from Glasgow.
  • Ayr campus is 40 minutes from Glasgow by car or train. Dumfries campus is reached by bus from Dumfries centre.

Entry Standards

  • Business-, social science-, and arts-based courses require a minimum of four Highers (including English) or three A Levels, or equivalent.
  • Science- and engineering-based courses generally require a minimum of four Highers (including at least two sciences) or three A Levels, or equivalent.
  • Computing and Engineering courses generally require a minimum of three Highers or two A levels, or equivalent.
  • Primary Education requires highest grades with ABBB at Higher or BBC at A Level.
  • Visit the website for more information on entry standards and courses.

Student Mix

The 15,280 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Strong career focus. Courses designed with industry input.
  • As part of their degree, students can spend up to a year on paid placements with companies such as Volkswagen and the BBC.
  • Field work and project work with companies is incorporated into a number of degrees.

Teaching Standards

  • The QAA's recent ELIR report states 'Broad Confidence' in the university's management of the quality of its provision and the academic standards of its awards.
  • 'Broad Confidence' is the highest of three possible ratings used by the QAA.

Research Standards

  • In 2001 the university became Scotland's first new university to achieve a 5 rating (Economics and Accounting) denoting international and national excellence.
  • It is playing a key role in the Scottish Funding Council's Research Pooling Initiative.

Academic Strengths

  • First UK university to gain accreditation with Cisco, Microsoft and Macromedia and first CIW-approved authorised training partner outside the US.
  • Computer Games Technology degree accredited by Skillset, the industry standards body.
  • Recent degrees include Broadcast Production, Computer Animation, Health Science, Forensic Science, Event Management, Exercise and Health, Sports Development.
  • Professional programmes includng nursing and midwifery, initial teacher education, and social work.

Student Facilities

  • Well-equipped library services at all four campuses. Wifi access spots in residences and on campuses.
  • Microsoft Campus Agreement allows students access to the latest Microsoft products for use on personal computers, on or off campus.
  • Computing students have access, on Paisley campus, to Playstation games development lab sponsored by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

Students' Union

  • Ayr campus union holds a range of comedy, music and quiz events. Paisley union has a cyber-cafe, bars, a 450-capacity venue and games areas.
  • Hamilton campus Union has a licensed bar and hosts a varied entertainment programme.
  • Students in Dumfries have access to campus cafe-bar and are close to wide range of local sports and recreational facilities.


  • Hamilton campus Leisure Centre was recently upgraded and includes games hall, sauna and fitness studio with cardiovascular and strength resistance machines.
  • Robertson Trust Sports Centre in Paisley includes a fully equipped gym, fitness suite, and football and rugby pitches.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • New £81-million campus and student accommodation at Ayr opened in 2011. The Ayr new campus is one of the UK’s most modern, environmentally friendly and sustainable Higher Education learning environments.
  • £13-million development of new student accommodation in Paisley town centre opened in September 2012.
  • £5-million Students' Union in the heart of Paisley town centre.
  • £1-million Employment Centre offering advice on part-time, summer, graduate work and placement at Paisley Campus.
  • Centre for Engineering Excellence opened at Hamilton Campus, 2008.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The university's Careers and Employability Services offers advice not just on graduate work but also on summer and part-time jobs, and provides an outline system for course related vacancies.
  • The university's Careers Service offers an online system for course related vacancies.
  • There are opportunities for part-time work throughout the year in the university, in a variety of administrative, guide and presentation roles.

For further information

  • www.uws.ac.uk
  • info@uws.ac.uk
  • +44 (0) 141 848 3000
  • University of the West of Scotland,
    PA1 2BE
UCAS Code U40

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