The University of the West of Scotland (UWS), established in 2007 through the merger of the University of Paisley and Bell College, is Scotland's largest modern university. With around 16,000 students, it operates across four Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton, and Paisley campuses. UWS comprises six academic schools and received an impressive 84% student satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey, with certain programs like Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering, Chemistry, Cinematics & Photography, and Civil Engineering excelling in overall satisfaction.
UWS stands out as a vocational higher education institution, emphasizing strong industry ties. Students have opportunities for year-long paid work placements in many degree programs, and the institution has received recognition for its excellent teaching in Computing. Additionally, it boasts Scotland's largest school of health, nursing, midwifery, and world-class accounting and finance research.
In the 2023 university rankings, UWS is positioned at 122nd in the Times University Guide and 119th in the Guardian University Guide. Moreover, the university's research quality was highly regarded in REF 2021, with 90% of its research being rated as world-leading, internationally excellent, or recognized internationally. UWS continues to be a prominent player in Scotland's higher education landscape, offering a diverse range of programs and fostering strong industry connections.
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