History, Affiliations and Rankings
Established in 2007, the University of the West of Scotland was formed by the collaboration of the University of Paisley with Bell College, Hamilton. The University of West of Scotland holds the legacies of great universities, colleges, and schools such as Paisley School of Art, University of Paisley, Bell College of Technology, and Craigie College of Education.
The University has affiliations with Million+, Scottish Universities, Physics Alliance, Universities UK, and European University Association (EUA). According to Times Higher Education's official rankings, UWS is among the top 600 institutions in the world (2022 World University Rankings) and among the top 150 universities under 50 years old (2022 Young University Rankings). The University ranks #501–600th in World University Rankings 2022 and #101–200th in Impact Rankings 2021 by Times Higher Education.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The University of The West of Scotland has five campuses spread out West Scotland - Paisley, Lanark shire, Central London, Dumfries, and Ayr. Every campus of the institute has something unique to offer. Paisley Campus houses about 10,000 students and 4 academic schools - Business, Computing, Social Sciences, Engineering and Science, Health, Nursing, and Midwifery.
Ayr Campus is among the UK's most environment-friendly yet modern learning services. The campus’s award-winning library is the best in Scotland. Lanarkshire Campus is situated in Hamilton and is Scotland’s new ultramodern university campus. Dumfries Campus is the smallest campus of the University but is a unique multi-institution facility situated within the beautiful Crichton estate. London Campus, situated in the historic London Docklands, is the next-generation campus that features a stunning entrance, with light and airy teaching and learning rooms and great scenes across London.
Accomplishments and Alumni
The University of West of Scotland is a leading university for broadening access to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The University of West of Scotland is also sector-leading in the articulation program and is dedicated to articulating more than 1,200 students with advanced standing every year. The University has long-standing networks with business and sector, and the institute's researchers are making a real difference, working with partner organizations on innovative technologies to tackle issues critical to inventing technology, improving lives, and developing a more equal society in their areas and beyond. The notable alumni of the institute are Vicki Adams, Team GB Curler, Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Gilbert Ronald Bainbridge, nuclear physicist, engineer, and farmer and Morgan McMichaels, drag queen and contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
The University of West of Scotland values diversity in all its dimensions. The University has more than 16,100 student enrolments, out of which 13,400 are undergraduates, more than 2,600 are postgraduates. They have more than 3,500 students coming from all over the globe on campus. The male to female ratio is 40:60 at the University of West of Scotland making it a fairly gender-balanced university. Some of the leading recruiters at this institute are Capgemini Invent, Pearsons, Barclays, PwC UK, and others.