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University of the West of Scotland

UWS is Scotland's largest modern university but has origins dating back to over 100 years ago. With campuses across the West of Scotland in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley, the University occupies an integral position within Scotland's proud tradition of excellence in education. 

The University’s four campuses offer students a gateway to the best of what the west of Scotland has to offer.

Travel to Ayr

  • Glasgow is just under an hour away by train or car
  • excellent road and rail links to Ayr
  • frequent bus and rail services operate from Glasgow and the south-west, as well as further afield to Ayr
  • Glasgow Prestwick International Airport is approx 5 miles from campus with a direct train link to Ayr town centre

Travel to Dumfries

  • Regular bus and rail services operate to Dumfries from the nearby English city of Carlisle (south of Dumfries) and from both Edinburgh to the northeast and Glasgow to the north-west.

Travel to Hamilton

  • excellent road and rail links to Hamilton from Glasgow and surrounding areas
  • located just eleven miles south of Glasgow
  • most trains on the main rail line from London and the Midlands to Glasgow stop at Motherwell which is ten minutes from Hamilton, and there is also a fast and frequent service from Hamilton to Glasgow
  • the campus is 5 minutes‘ walk from Hamilton West train station
  • the campus is within two hours of Cairnryan ferry terminal

Travel to Paisley

  • campus just under 3 miles from Glasgow International Airport
  • 10 minutes by train from Glasgow
  • the M8 motorway, which links the M74, A77/M77 and M80, offers easy access to Paisley from the rest of Scotland and the South, plus a fast, direct route to the centre of Glasgow
  • regular public bus and rail services operate from Glasgow and the southwest as well as further afield, to Paisley

For more information about getting to the University of the West of Scotland – visit the International travel page on our website.


Key facts & figures

  • The 2008 RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) awarded their highest rating possible of ‘world-leading’ to six UWS research areas and ‘International Excellence’ in a further seven: i. World-leading RAE research ratings in: Allied Health Professions and Studies; Accounting & Finance; Business & Management Studies; Social Work and Social Policy & Administration; Education; Communication, Cultural and Media Studies ii. Internationally excellent RAE research ratings in: European Studies; Health Research Services; Physics; Metallurgy and Materials; Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences; Computer Science & Informatics; Library & Information Management
  • Currently undertaking a £200 million + investment programme across all campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley which has included a new £81 million campus at Ayr and £13.2 million student accommodation at Paisley.
  • Currently have around 1400 international students.
  • The first UK university to be accredited by Microsoft, Adobe and Cisco
  • The first Scottish university to receive a UNICEF Baby Friendly award for a public health nursing programme

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

Tel: +44 (0) 141 848 7044

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Contact Info

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

Tel: +44 (0) 141 848 7044

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