University of the West of Scotland

Paisley | West of Scotland

Town Campus Rural

Ucas code: U40

UWS is among the fastest growing institutions, offering modern, job market relevant degree courses to a wide demographic of students through different learning platforms. The Students' Association is on campus to support, enable and represent all students. It also offers the ultimate recreational and safe spaces in our campuses in Ayr, Hamilton and Paisley.
Source:Students' Association of the University of the West of Scotland

What students say about this university

Dialog 498 comments (145 students)
    • Everyday expenses

      Its easy to manage your costs if you have a job and still stay at home during term time. I can't really comment on food costs/...

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      2012, 3rd year, Applied Biological Sciences

      Everyday expenses

      Its easy to manage your costs if you have a job and still stay at home during term time. I can't really comment on food costs/ living costs because I don't live on campus but I've heard it can be rather difficult given the usual activities that students like to partake in..

      2012, 3rd year, Applied Biological Sciences

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    • The downside

      Facilities.

      2013, 3rd year, Criminal Justice Policy

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    • Facilities

      Surrounding area is very nice. Plenty of outdoor spaces to sit in nice weather. Union has good, cheap food and nice staff.

      2012, 3rd year, Accounting

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    • Everyday expenses

      Transport links are ok with train station within easy walking distance.

      2012, 1st year, Nursing

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    • Student Union

      Range of events many of which does not involve Alchohol

      2014, 2nd year, Mental Health Nursing

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    • The downside

      The Hamilton campus isn't treated as fairly as the Paisley campus. We have smaller class sizes which is a plus, and everyone...

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      2012, 2nd year, Computer Games Design

      The downside

      The Hamilton campus isn't treated as fairly as the Paisley campus. We have smaller class sizes which is a plus, and everyone becomes friends easily, but when there's information about modules that you would like to find out, everything that gets passed on to you gets passed through Paisley first as they get the final say on how stuff happens and when, so your teachers won't know exam dates until after Paisley releases them.

      2012, 2nd year, Computer Games Design

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 12,500 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Diverse local nightlife

48%

LOW

Varied union activities

64%

MED

Sporty

52%

LOW

Political

46%

MED

Creative

60%

MED

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 93% LOW
Student score 79% MED
Average graduate salary £20k MED

Overall student satisfaction

84%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

15,280

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

89%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

28%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

62%

of students are female

Young / Mature

28%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

8%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

66%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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