The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is the largest modern University in Scotland, offering a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Business, Education, Engineering, Science, Health, Nursing, Midwifery, and more. The present institution dates from August 2007, following the merger of the University of Paisley with Bell College to create Scotland’s biggest modern university with campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley.

It is the largest provider of Health, Nursing & Midwifery programmes in Scotland. The BSc Midwifery programme was the first in the UK to receive a UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) certificate of commitment and, in 2008, was joint first to achieve full accreditation for ensuring the midwifery students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to advise and support breastfeeding mothers.

University of the West of Scotland was the first, and is the largest, provider of the Diploma in Public Service Leadership nationally, delivering it in partnership with experienced public sector managers/trainers from Learning & Development Associates.


- University of the West of Scotland is ranked 112th in the Complete University League Table 2012.

- Ranked 72nd out of 133 in the People and Planet’s Green League (2010), which is a ranking of UK universities based on their environmental performance. Factors taken into account include environmental policies, staffing and auditing, energy use, carbon management, ethical investment, and student and staff engagement, among others.

- The UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme Office lists UWS as the second most active knowledge transfer higher education institution in Scotland. This ranking is a great achievement for the University, which is committed to increasing its research and consultancy with industry and using its expertise to positively affect local economies.

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