University of the West of Scotland

University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is a dynamic, modern university that ensures its graduates are ready to meet the demands of their chosen profession. The university's four West of Scotland campuses are within easy reach of some of Scotland's most amazing scenery, as well as close to the exciting cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh; and the UWS London campus is in the heart of one of the world's most bustling cities.


In or close to the centre of a town


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

UCAS Code: U40

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 84%
  • Postgraduate 16%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 79%
  • Part Time 21%

Where students come from

  • UK 90%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 7%

Student gender

  • Male 34%
  • Female 66%

Student Services and Facilities


  • UWS Library has an extensive collection of relevant hard-copy and online study resources that support learning, teaching and research.
  • Each of the university's five campuses has its own library, and students can access resources held throughout the UWS library network and online.

Student jobs

  • Teaching has a strong focus on employability, ensuring that students are equipped for the workplace. 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 advice

  • One-to-one careers guidance is available to UWS students up to two years after graduating.
  • Qualified careers advisers provide support on career planning, graduate recruitment, placement, part-time work, summer jobs and volunteering. The university is a member of AGCAS Scotland, the professional body for higher education careers advice.
  • Current students can also get academic advice, guidance and resources from academic skills advisers. This support is designed to help enhance students' academic and practical skills for success at university and beyond.

Health services

  • There are a wide range of support services available to ensure that all students fulfil their potential.

Counselling services

  • UWS is an inclusive and accessible university, committed to ensuring that every student gets the most out of their university experience, regardless of their personal circumstances. With a diverse student population, services are provided on a case-by-case basis, considering each student's unique circumstances and how to best meet their individual needs.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Disability support

  • 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. Approximately 1,100 students are registered with the Disability Service as of 2016.
  • 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.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Other services and facilities

  • The university also provides money advice, study support, and advice on getting and keeping active – 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.


  • 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.

Fascinating Fact

  • Research from the University of the West of Scotland will include projects tested on the International Space Station, thanks to a new partnership with the International Space School Education Trust.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Darryl Broadfoot – partner at creative agency, Frame.
  • 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 – Chief Financial Officer, Axle Group Holdings.
  • Angela Boyle – Vice President at Scottish Development International.
  • Heather Smith – Chief Customer Officer, LV.
  • Kevin Clancy – former Senior Director, Strategic Sourcing, Microsoft Corporation. 


University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, Scotland, PA1 2BE