University of the West of Scotland

  • Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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  • Student Satisfaction
    Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.15 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.36 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the University.

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    0.22 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects
    Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    69.6 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio
    Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend
    Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend
    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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  • Good Honours
    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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    70.2 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion
    Degree Completion

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

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    80.1 / 100.0

UWS believes in student’s futures: it has a proud record in delivering work-ready graduates and developing effective partnerships with business, industry and the public and voluntary sectors. With cutting-edge courses, practical knowledge, and intelligent teaching, the university helps its students get ahead. The university creates innovative partnerships uniting students, professionals, industry and academic communities, stretching from the West of Scotland around the world.

Entry Requirements

  • The university’s priority for admissions is to match prospective students with the programme of study that best meets their academic needs, vocational needs and individual circumstances. Please refer to the university website for details.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary. Find out more about TEF.

Teaching Methods

  • Project work, sandwich placement and field experience is available on many degrees, with students having worked with organisations such as Rolls Royce, IBM and the BBC among others.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • Work-based or work-related learning forms an integral part of many courses, including compulsory placements on courses such as nursing, social work and education.
  • Overseas study options through Erasmus and other opportunities are available..
  • Most courses offer Further Education students the opportunity to progress from HNC or HND qualifications directly into the 2nd or 3rd year of a related degree.

Student Services and Facilities

There are 5 campuses, based in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton, London and Paisley; the Hamilton campus is due to be relocated to Hamilton International Technology Park.
  • The following specialist facilities are available on campuses relevant to the course delivered. These include industry standard recording facilities, studios and laboratories for performance, music and broadcasting; computer games and animation laboratories; industry-standard design and engineering facilities as well as a Centre for Engineering Excellence; laboratories for science, simulation wards and laboratories for healthcare, nursing and midwifery training; along with sports and exercise laboratories. At the Ayr site, there is also a student-run digital radio station.
Across all campuses, core facilities provide:
  • Library with over half a million items in print and electronic resources, with special collections based at the Paisley campus. Social and learning space has been enhanced on the Paisley campus with the opening of The Hub, a new central information point for students, which also allows virtual access to support.
  • IT facilities include computer laboratories (including clusters within the libraries) with free e-mail and Wi-Fi access on campus; students are able to use Microsoft Office 365 for the duration of their studies.
  • Support services for students include financial and welfare advice; careers service including the job shop; counselling service and disability support.

Disability Services

  • The Disability Service at UWS provides information, advice and guidance to students with a disability, long-standing medical condition or specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia.
  • The service can assist with study-related support, including assistive technology and human support as well as alternative exam arrangements and applying for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) funding.
  • Approximately 1,100 students are registered with the Disability Service as of 2016.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Students' Union

  • The union is run by the Students’ Association (SAUWS) for students, by students. It provides a wide range of services and is the collective voice for the student population and the recognised channel of communication between students and the university.
  • The union bars stream major sporting events and host regular stand‐up comedy gigs as well as quiz nights.
  • SAUWS won NUS Scotland’s HE Students’ Association of the Year award in 2016.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • UWS Careers and Employability Service can offer advice on summer and part-time jobs.
  • There are opportunities for part-time work throughout the year in a variety of roles within the university.
  • Part-time, summer, voluntary and graduate vacancies and placement opportunities can be found on the online vacancies service.

Careers Guidance

  • The university's Careers and Employability Service provides advice, guidance and information to students and recent graduates on all careers and employability related matters.
  • The service offer 1-to-1 guidance, careers education within courses, workshops, seminars and an online student portal which includes a CV builder, careers e-learning modules, and an interview simulator.
  • The service advertises graduate, placement and part-time opportunities through its vacancy portal.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 86%
  • Postgraduate 14%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 77%
  • Part Time 23%

Where students come from

  • UK 91%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 5%

Student gender

  • Male 37%
  • Female 63%


  • Founded in 1897 to offer vocational courses, the university began offering degree studies in the early 1900s and matured to university status in 1992.
  • In 2007 the university merged with Bell College.
  • The name was changed to the University of the West of Scotland in 2007.

Notable Alumni

  • Darryl Broadfoot – Head of Communications at Scottish Football Association.
  • Willie Rennie – Leader of Scottish Liberal Democrats.
  • Shamshad Akhtar – Assistant Secretary General, Department of Economic and Social Affairs and Senior Advisor to SG, United Nations.
  • Gavin Hastings OBE – former Scotland rugby union player.
  • Ali Hunter – assistant editor, political programmes, BBC Scotland.
  • Irene Barkby MBE – Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals, NHS Lanarkshire.
  • Lesley Dalzie – Group Finance Director, Axle Group Holdings.
  • Angela Boyle – Vice President at Scottish Development International.
  • Heather Smith – Marketing Director, direct insurance Aviva UK.
  • Kevin Clancy – Senior Director, Strategic Sourcing, Microsoft Corporation. 

Further Details

Address University of the West of Scotland Paisley Scotland PA1 2BE
UCAS Code U40