University of the West of Scotland2014 League Table Ranking 120
2014 Overall Score 418
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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, creating Scotland's largest modern university with almost 18,000 students.
- 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.
- Arts-based courses require a minimum of four Highers (including English) or three A Levels, or equivalent.
- Science-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 gthree Highers or two A levels, or equivalent.
- Primary Education requires highest grades with BBBB at Higher or CCD at A Level.
- Visit the website for more information on entry standards and courses.
- The merged institution has over 17,000 students, of which approximately 35% are part-time students.
- Over 1,300 international students.
- A significant number of students enter the university at advanced level with a range of appropriate college qualifications.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Student facilities, including library and computing
- 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.
- 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 due to open 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 Employment Centre will offer advice not just on graduate work but also on summer and part-time jobs.
- 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.
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