University of the West of Scotland

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The University of the West of Scotland is spread across four campuses in the south west of Scotland – Ayr, Paisley, Hamilton and Dumfries. It became a full university in 2007 after the merger of the Bell College and the University of Paisley. But it has its roots back in the late 19th century with the School of Arts in Paisley founded in 1836.

International students

There are an average of over 1100 international students at the university each year from some 70 different countries. Country specific information can be found on the website. As well as all the information on the website to help them apply and settle in, these students can also make use of the International Student Support service, available to help with a range of academic and non-academic issues such as visas, immigration and financial matters as well as accessing health care. There are also English language programs to help those wanting to learn or improve their English skills. The Student Union is the heart of activities outside the classroom for the students and offers them support, advice and representation. It also operates a number of bars across the campuses screening major sports events as well as holding regular themed nights such as comedy and poker. There is a student run radio station also broadcasting 24 hours a day available online. There are a wide range of sports available through the union across the different sites. These make use of the Trust Sports Centre in Paisley and the Hamilton Leisure Centre in Hamilton as well as other facilities. They range from traditional sports such as football and rugby to newer sports such as basketball and snow sports into fitness and self-defence activities such as tae kwon do classes and volleyball.

Campus life

The university operates across a number of sites including those in Ayr, Hamilton, Paisley and Dumfries. The Ayr site is one of the newest, opening in 2011 and is a state of the art facility that was also created alongside Scottish Natural Heritage and the Wildlife Trust. The result is an environmentally friendly and sustainable campus with green and woodland spaces for students. There is also 194 en-suite rooms on the campus with first year students getting priority. The Hamilton campus is an urban campus near the centre of the town and close to its cafes, bars and shops. It has state of the art nursing and midwifery training facilities along with library space and the Student Link. There are some 156 purpose built flats on the campus for student accommodation each with shared kitchen and lounge areas. Paisley is the largest of the campuses and is in the town centre as well as a few minutes’ walk from the train station. It covers some 20 acres with lecture rooms, workshops and labs as well as the Student Union facilities. There are around 10,000 students studying on the campus. Accordingly, the accommodation is also the largest, with around 330 en-suite rooms available around the campus. Dumfries is the smallest campus and is set in the Crichton estate offering a range of different full and part time courses. There are a combination of historic and modern buildings on the site as well as small class sizes. There are only two flats for students at this site but connections with local landlords can be made through the university.

    There are courses available from this university with the following field of studies:
  • - Accounting
  • Business and management studies
  • Chemical engineering
  • Chemistry
  • - Computer forensics and cyber security
  • - Aerospace engineering
  • - Mechanical engineering
  • Health sciences
  • - Health Care Management
  • Law and legal studies
  • Mathematics
  • Media studies and publishing
  • Medicine and surgery
  • Nursing and midwifery
  • Social sciences

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