Undergraduate Prospectus - Dreaming, Believing, Achieving A 21st century university - UWS

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Undergraduate Prospectus - Dreaming, Believing, Achieving A 21st century university - UWS
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Undergraduate Prospectus - Dreaming, Believing, Achieving A 21st century university - UWS
UWS 2019/20                                                                                           Contents

              Cont ents
              Making our mark

              At a glance

                                                                       Open days                32

              Our campuses                                         8   Courses 2019             34
              Includes info on accommodation and travel
                                                                       Business                 36
              Study in the                                             Creative Industries      46
              west of Scotland                                 12      Education                54
              Study in Scotland                                        Engineering              60
              with UWS                                         13      Health                   66
                                                                       Life Sciences            74
              UWS London                                       13      Physical &
                                                                       Chemical Sciences         82
              Advanced entry                                   14      Social Sciences           90
                                                                       Sport                     96
                                                                       Technology & Computing   102
              A modern university                              16
              Includes info on our facilities and global outlook

              A supportive university                          20      Application &
              Includes info on how you will become a                   entry requirements       110
              world-ready graduate and learn from the best
              A vibrant community                              24      applications             112
              Includes info on the support available to you,
              sport at UWS and our Students’ Association
              (SAUWS)                                                  Money, fees & funding    114

              Real-world experience                            30      Further information      116

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UWS 2019/20                                                                                                                                                 Making our mark

                                                   Officially recognised by
                                                   Times Higher Education in
                                                                                                                                   Top in the UK
                                                   2018 as being in the top 3%
                                                   of universities worldwide

our mark
                                                   and in the top 150 universities
                                                   under 50 years of age
                                                                                                                           Overall Student Satisfaction
                                                                                                                           in Civil Engineering; Engineering
                                                                                                                           Management; Physics;
                                                   Internationally                                                         and Physics with Nuclear
                                                   excellent & world-                                                      Technology in 2017
                                                   leading research                                                                      2016 Athena Swan Institutional
                                                   Research Excellence Framework 2014
                                                                                                                                         Bronze Award Winner

                                                   2013 & 2016                          Recognised in the
                                                                                        top 100 UK universities
                                                                                                                           Support Team
                                                                                                                           of the Year

                                                                                                                           & Research
              of UWS graduates are in work         NUS Scotland’s                       and ranked in the                  Project of
              or further study 6 months            Higher Education                     top 3 Scottish                     the Year
                                                                                        universities for
              after graduating                     Students’ Assoc.                     teaching excellence                The Herald Higher
              HESA performance indicator 2016/17   of the Year                          Times Good University Guide 2018   Education Awards 2017

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UWS 2019/20                                                                                                                                                     At a glance

At a glance
                                                       Inverness                                             Study

                                                          Dundee                                             abroad            Origins
                            PAISLEY          Glasgow

                                                                   Edinburgh           LANARKSHIRE
                                                                                                             opportunities dating
                                                                                                                Professionally back to
                                                                                  Newcastle upon Tyne

5 Campuses                                               Liverpool
                                                                                                                                            Excellent travel links
1 University                                                   Birmingham
                                                                                                                                            from across the UK
                                                                                                             Over                           and further afield
                                                                                                             15,000 60+
Campuses across the west of Scotland
in Paisley, Lanarkshire, Ayr and Dumfries;
plus a campus in central London.                                                                    LONDON
                                                                        Bristol                                                                       undergraduate
                                                                                                             students across all campuses

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UWS 2019/20                                                                                                                                                                                                               Our campuses


Our Scottish campuses are
based in four central locations
                                  Our London Campus is located
                                  in a vibrant part of the city      Paisley
in the heart of the west of
Scotland – Ayr, Dumfries,
                                  centre and allows our students
                                  the chance to experience one of    Campus                                                                      Lanarkshire
Lanarkshire and Paisley –         the world’s most famous cities.                                           Accommodation
offering a gateway to the best
of what Scotland has to offer.
                                                                    Paisley combines heritage
                                                                    and history with all the facilities
                                                                                                            Our on-campus accommodation
                                                                                                            in Paisley includes a purpose-       Campus
                                                                    you’d expect from Scotland’s            built £13.2m student residence                                           Accommodation
From the hustle and bustle of
                                                                    largest town, and our campus            and traditional flats. In 2018/19   Our new campus, located              Our student residences are
Scotland’s energetic cities to
                                                                    is just 10 minutes by train from        the cost of our en-suite rooms      at Hamilton International            located in Hamilton town
enchanting mountain tops,
                                                                    Glasgow, one of Europe’s most           in the residence was £104 per       Technology Park, opened              centre, with a frequent bus
serene glens, mysterious lochs,
                                                                    exciting and dynamic cities.            week; and a room in our flats       in 2018 and our interactive          service operating to the
idyllic white sandy beaches,
                                                                                                            ranged from £89 per week for        and technology-rich learning         campus. The purpose-built flats
turquoise seas and even the                                         More information                        a single, non en-suite room in      spaces are up there with the         accommodate 156 residents,
odd palm tree, we guarantee                                         For more on studying, staying in        a two-bedroom flat to £149 per      most innovative in the UK.           in single study bedrooms (with
you, studying in the west of                                        our accommodation or travelling         week for a single occupancy                                              a wash area in each bedroom),
Scotland will leave you with                                        to Paisley Campus visit                                                     More information
                                                                                                            one-bedroom flat. Prices are                                             shared open-plan kitchen and
lasting memories.                                                   uws.ac.uk/paisley                                                           For more on studying, staying in
                                                                                                            inclusive of utility bills and                                           lounge areas, bathroom/shower
                                                                                                                                                our accommodation or travelling      facilities and laundry facilities.
                                                                    Travel                                  contents insurance cover.           to Lanarkshire Campus visit
                                                                    •	Paisley Gilmour Street train         A bedding pack with duvet,                                               In 2018/19 accommodation was
                                                                                                                                                uws.ac.uk/lanarkshire                £85 per week. Price is inclusive
                                                                       station is only a few minutes’       pillow and covers is included in
                                                                       walk from campus. Trains run         the cost of your accommodation,     Travel                               of utility bills and contents
                                                                       to Glasgow Central Station           as is an individual crockery pack   •	two miles from Hamilton           insurance cover. A bedding pack
                                                                       on a regular basis with the          - with plates, cutlery, mug            town centre                       with duvet, pillow and covers
                                                                       journey taking only 10 minutes.      and tumbler. Each flat comes                                             is included in the cost of your
                                                                                                                                                •	regular public bus and rail       accommodation, as is an
                                                                       Student rail cards are available     equipped with a kitchen pack
                                                                                                                                                   services operate from Glasgow     individual crockery pack - with
                                                                       and offer significant savings        containing the key cooking
                                                                                                                                                   and the south-west as well        plates, cutlery, mug and tumbler.
                                                                       on train travel.                     utensils. Free wifi is available
                                                                                                                                                   as further afield, to Hamilton    Each flat comes equipped with
                                                                                                            in our accommodation. These
                                                                    •	the M8 motorway provides             prices may be subject to change     •	UWS-Link bus services, with       a kitchen pack containing the
                                                                       a fast, direct route to the centre   for 2019/20 – check our website        free wifi and charging points,    key cooking utensils. Free wifi is
                                                                       of Glasgow and offers easy           for further information.               run on a regular basis from       available in our accommodation.
                                                                       access to Paisley from the                                                  Hamilton West train station       These prices may be subject to
                                                                       rest of Scotland and the south.                                             and from East Kilbride bus        change for 2019/20 – check our
                                                                       The M8 links with the M74, A77/                                             station to the campus             website for further information.
                                                                       M77 and M80.
                                                                                                                                                •	20 miles from Glasgow
                                                                    •	regular bus services operate                                                International Airport               Our new
                                                                       from Glasgow and the
                                                                       south-west as well as further        Well-connected                      •	30 minutes by train/bus             campus
                                                                       afield, to Paisley town centre       across the west                        from Glasgow city centre
                                                                                                                                                                                       Find out more about this
                                                                    •	the campus is less than
                                                                       three miles from Glasgow
                                                                                                            of Scotland                         •	centrally located and providing
                                                                                                                                                   excellent access to Scotland’s
                                                                                                                                                                                       next generation learning
                                                                                                                                                                                       environment on page 19.
                                                                       International Airport                                                       transport network

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UWS 2019/20                                                                                                                                                                                                   Our campuses

                                                                            Combining historic buildings          Through a partnership between
                                                                            with modern facilities, Dumfries      local landlords and UWS, private
                                                                            is a shared campus (UWS,              accommodation is available
                                                                            University of Glasgow and             close to Dumfries town centre
                                                                            Dumfries & Galloway College)          with easy access to the campus.
                                                                            and is situated in a historic         Prices in 2018/19 ranged from
                                                                            85-acre parkland estate with          £75 per week per person to £130
                                                                            views of the Galloway Hills.          per week per person. Prices are
                                                                                                                  inclusive of contents insurance
                                                                            More information                      cover. A bedding pack with
                                                                            For more on studying, staying in      duvet, pillow and covers is
                                                                            our accommodation or travelling       included in the cost of your
                                                                            to Dumfries Campus visit              accommodation, as is an
                                                                            uws.ac.uk/dumfries                    individual crockery pack - with
                                                                            Travel                                plates, cutlery, mug and tumbler.
                                                                            •	regular bus and rail services      Each flat comes equipped with
                                                                               operate to Dumfries from the       a kitchen pack containing the
                                                                               nearby city of Carlisle and from   key cooking utensils. These
 Ayr                                                                           both Edinburgh to the north-
                                                                               east and Glasgow to the
                                                                                                                  prices may be subject to change
                                                                                                                  for 2019/20 – check our website
 Campus                                                                        north-west                         for further information.

Our state-of-the-art £81 million
                                    Accommodation at our Ayr
campus by the River Ayr opened
in 2011 and is a 10-minute walk
                                    Campus is just three minutes’
                                    walk from the main campus
from the town centre. Inspired      building, in a stunning woodland                                                                                  Our campus is situated in the         •	London’s fantastic transport
by the area’s woodland              location, which houses 200                                                                                        heart of London, one of the              system, with its underground,
surroundings, the campus is         residents. In 2018/19 costs                                                                                       world’s most exciting cities and         red buses and black taxis,
an exceptional space for study.     ranged from £104 per week for                                                                                     offers attractive modern facilities      will enable you to get around
                                    an en-suite room to £149 per                                                                                      in close proximity to major              the city quickly and easily
More information                    week for a one-bed studio flat.                                                                                   attractions in Central London.
For more on studying, staying       Prices are inclusive of utility bills                                                                                                                   •	close proximity to five
in our accommodation or             and contents insurance cover.                                                                                     More information                         international airports
travelling to Ayr Campus visit      A bedding pack with duvet,                                                                                        For more on studying, staying
uws.ac.uk/ayr                                                                                                                                                                               •	easy rail links from London to
                                    pillow and covers is included in                                                                                  in local accommodation
                                                                                                                                                                                               France via the Channel Tunnel
                                    the cost of your accommodation,                                                                                   or travelling to London
                                    as is an individual crockery                                                                                      Campus visit
•	Glasgow is just under one hour
                                    pack - with plates, cutlery, mug                                                                                  uws.ac.uk/london
   away by train or car
                                    and tumbler. Each flat comes
•	cycle paths from Ayr town        equipped with a kitchen pack
   centre direct to campus          containing the key cooking
•	excellent road and rail          utensils. Free wifi is available
   links to Ayr                     in our accommodation.
                                    These prices may be subject to
•	frequent bus and rail services   change for 2019/20 – check our
   operate from Glasgow and         website for further information.
   the south-west and further
   afield to Ayr
•	Glasgow Prestwick
   International Airport is
   roughly five miles from
   campus with a direct train
   link to Ayr town centre
   and Glasgow International
   Airport is an hour’s rail or
   car travel from the campus

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UWS 2019/20                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Study

Study                                                                                                 Study                                                                                                      UWS
in the                                                                                                in Scotland
                                                                                                      with UWS
west of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 London is a capital full of
                                                                        Ayr beach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 culture and opportunities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The city is diverse in nature,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 with over 230 languages
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 spoken and you’ll find a

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 wealth of different cultures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and communities. The city
                                                                                                                                                                              The Shard                          is steeped in history and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 boasts four World Heritage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sites: the Palace of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Westminster and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Westminster Abbey, the
Each of our campus locations       Lanarkshire                                                        Scotland is an exciting place     Edinburgh                           You’ll enjoy excellent facilities    Tower of London, Maritime
within the west of Scotland        Lanarkshire offers lots to see                                     to be, with more world-class      On the east coast, you’ll find      for sport with some of the world’s   Greenwich and the Royal
has its own individual             and do – including a number                                        universities per head of          Scotland’s capital city, the seat   finest golf-courses as well as       Botanic Gardens, Kew.
character, architecture            of country parks and nature                                        population than anywhere else     of the Scottish Parliament and      Olympic-sized swimming pools,
and social-scene.                  reserves such as Strathclyde                                       in the world; the highest rates   government. The ancient city,       outdoor ski slopes and a national    There are an almost
                                   Park. The area has first-class                                     of student satisfaction in        known as the ‘Athens of the         network of cycling routes.           endless number of other
Ayr                                sporting and leisure activities,                                                                                                                                              visitor attractions in London
                                                                                                      quality of teaching in all of     North’, is watched over by          Shopping is an exciting mix
Ayr is a popular seaside resort    including football, rugby, golf,                                                                                                                                              including Tate Modern, the
                                                                        Dumfries                      Britain; and Scotland’s           the iconic 12th century castle.     of exclusive brands, modern
located 37 miles south-west        tennis, ten-pin bowling,                                                                                                                                                      National Gallery and the
                                                                                                      graduates have the highest        It’s a lively, cosmopolitan         malls and historic shopping
of Glasgow. The town is set        swimming and horse riding.                                                                                                                                                    Victoria and Albert
                                                                                                      rate of employment or further     and cultured city, with superb      streets with smaller independent
among some of Scotland’s           Lanarkshire offers plenty                                                                                                                                                     Museum, while according
                                                                                                      study in the whole of the UK.1    museums, art galleries, pubs,       retailers. Famed for the
most impressive scenery and        of shopping options as well                                                                                                                                                   to the Globe Shopper City
                                                                                                                                        clubs, restaurants and plentiful    excellence of our local produce,
looks out on the Firth of Clyde,   as a theatre, cinema and                                           Glasgow                                                                                                    Index, London is also
                                                                                                                                        shopping opportunities.             eating out in Scotland is a
with the peaks of Arran in         a range of bars, nightclubs                                        Glasgow, one of Europe’s most                                                                              Europe’s best shopping
                                                                                                                                                                            pleasure from traditional tea
the foreground and the Mull        and restaurants.                                                   vibrant, dynamic and stylish      Leisure and shopping                                                     destination. The city is well
                                                                                                                                                                            rooms to busy bistros.
of Kintyre in the background.                                                                         cities, is just 10 minutes from   Scotland’s arts and cultural                                             connected to the rest of the
Packed with historical sites,      Find out more about Lanarkshire                                    Paisley Campus, 30 minutes        scene excels in world-class         For information on life and          world, with five international
Ayrshire’s visitor attractions     at visitlanarkshire.com                                            from Lanarkshire Campus and       music, visual art, architecture     events in Scotland see               airports and the high speed
include unspoiled beaches                                                                             40 minutes from Ayr Campus        and literature. And many            visitscotland.com                    Eurostar rail link.
and rolling hills, castles,                                                                           by train. Steeped in history,     galleries and museums are
                                   Once a quiet market town,
a racecourse and numerous                                                                             yet undeniably modern and         free to visit.
                                   Paisley was transformed into
golf courses.                                                                                         cutting-edge, it’s known for
                                   an international hub for textile
                                                                                                      being one of Scotland’s
Find out more about Ayr at         design and production during
                                                                                                      friendliest, most welcoming
south-ayrshire.gov.uk/tourism      the Industrial Revolution. In the
                                                                                                      places. Its music scene and
                                   present day, Paisley is a vibrant
Dumfries                                                                                              pubs, clubs and restaurants
                                   town with a lively music and
With a population of 38,000,                                            Falls of Clyde, Lanarkshire   could keep you busy every
                                   entertainment scene alongside
Dumfries provides all the                                                                             night of the week and Glasgow
                                   a great selection of shops,
amenities of a city, but on                                                                           – with its famous Style Mile –
                                   museums and attractions
a smaller scale. Restaurants,                                                                         is the UK’s most successful
                                   combined with excellent travel
pubs and clubs are plentiful,                                                                         shopping location outside
                                   connections across Scotland
entertainment options include                                                                         of London’s West End.
                                   and its own international airport.
sports and health clubs and
cinemas, as well as high           Find out more about Paisley at
street and independent shops.      paisley.is
The cost of living is also
relatively low in Dumfries.
Find out more about Dumfries at
dumfries-and-galloway.co.uk                                                                                                               River Clyde                         Scottish Parliament

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UWS 2019/20                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Advanced entry

entry                                                                                                                                             Student profile

                                                                                                                                                  Course                                    Lynn Greenlees
                                                                                                                                                  turned my                                 BA (Hons) Sports Coaching
For students entering direct                                                                                                                      life around
                                                                                                                                                                                            & Development

into 2nd, 3rd or 4th year
                                                                                                                                                  When homecare worker Lynn                 “My classes cater for everyone,
                                                                                                                                                  Greenlees decided to start going          from older ladies to teenage girls.
                                                                                                                                                  to her local gym, she never               Getting fit is really empowering.
                                                                                                                                                  imagined it would reignite her            So many women, especially young
                                                                                                                                                  passion for exercise, and help            girls, see unattainable body images
We’re proud to welcome over
a thousand students from
                                   College to university
                                   If you already have a college
                                                                        To help you get ready for
                                                                        university while you’re at college,
                                                                                                              Our college partners include:       kickstart a new career.                   on social media. A well-structured
                                                                                                                                                                                            programme of diet and exercise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Part-time study
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You can study many of our
colleges in Scotland each year     qualification, or are working        you can join our Associate
                                                                                                                                                  After completing an HNC,
                                                                                                                                                  then an HND in Sports Coaching,
                                                                                                                                                                                            can help anyone achieve their
                                                                                                                                                                                            personal goals.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  programmes on a part-time            student
to our programmes and have
excellent support facilities for
                                   towards one, most of our
                                   programmes offer the
                                                                        Student Scheme which gives
                                                                        access to some of the
                                                                                                                                                  mum-of-two Lynn was able to
                                                                                                                                                  enter the third year of our Sports        “I also love taking the fitness
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  basis during the day, while some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  are available to study in the        body
those joining us from college.     opportunity to progress (also        University’s facilities (such as                                          Coaching & Development course.            message into local schools,           evening, giving you the
                                   known as articulate) with an         the library, the union and sports                                                                                   giving girls the confidence to        opportunity to combine your
                                                                                                                                                  Lynn, who is dyslexic, faced up to        take up and enjoy exercise.
                                   HNC directly into Year 2 and         facilities). You can also access                                          the challenges of studying with                                                 studies with work or other
                                   with an HND directly into Year 3     our dedicated Moodle site for                                             the same determination that she           “Running classes and visiting         commitments. We can also                17%
                                   of a UWS degree programme.           college students. At UWS we                                               puts into her own training routines       schools also helps with my own        provide advice on the most              part-
                                   For specific grades and subjects     hold subject specific Taster                                              at the gym.                               studies, allowing me to re-examine    appropriate level of study to suit      time
                                   required see uws.ac.uk/ug            Sessions in October and                                                                                             and re-evaluate what I have           your qualifications and
                                                                                                                                                  She says: “It was daunting enough         learned in class.”
                                                                        November. This gives you                                                                                                                                  experiences. We’ll also consider
                                   UWS has close links with             the opportunity to visit your
                                                                                                                                                  returning to education as a mature
                                                                                                                                                  student, but I thought my dyslexia                                              any prior credit and experience           83%
                                   colleges and has formal                                                                                                                                                                                                                full-time
                                   learner pathway agreements
                                                                        chosen campus, meet with                                                  would hold me back. It hasn’t.            “The course has                      you have when discussing your
                                   with eight partner colleges:
                                                                        current students, take part                                               The UWS course, and my tutors               changed my life                     options, and funding could be
                                                                        in a lecture or workshop and                                              and lecturers have been brilliantly                                             available through initiatives such
                                   Ayrshire; Dumfries & Galloway;       familiarise yourself with where                                           supportive, and now I love studying.
                                                                                                                                                                                              for the better.”                    as the SAAS Part-time Fee
                                   City of Glasgow; Glasgow Clyde;      you will be studying. When you                                            “My dyslexia hasn’t held me back;         My end goal                           Grant. For more details visit
                                   Glasgow Kelvin; New College          start your studies with us,                                               if I need it, I’m allowed extra time to   Lynn also practices what she          uws.ac.uk/pt
                                   Lanarkshire; South Lanarkshire;      our induction programme will                                              complete assessments or exams.            preaches at home, where, thanks
                                   and West College Scotland.           introduce you to university life                                                                                    to training together, her fiancé
                                                                        while our personal tutor scheme                                           “The course offers a unique mix           has managed to shed four and
                                   We also articulate students                                                                                    of practice and theory – looking at
                                   from other institutions such as      and Buddy system provide                                                                                            a half stone.
                                                                                                                                                  everything from sports psychology,
                                   Forth Valley College, Edinburgh      additional support.                                                       to sociology, nutrition and fitness       She says: “Before I started at UWS,
                                   College and Fife College.            To find out more detailed                                                 - and all that helps inform and           I was training for myself. Now I’m
                                                                                                                                                  shape my own training regime.”            training to help others, and that
                                   To accelerate your move from         information about pathways
                                                                                                                                                                                            is really satisfying. I love seeing
                                   college to university, our College   and entry requirements                                                    Placement led to employment               my students’ ‘before and after’
                                                                        for specific courses visit            Further details on entrance         Lynn is also passing on her love of
                                   Engagement Partners work with                                                                                                                            pictures, seeing how I have
                                                                        the course pages on our               requirements and the suitability    fitness and exercise to others, after
                                   colleges in the west of Scotland                                                                                                                         helped them become fitter,
                                                                        website at uws.ac.uk/ug               of your planned programme of        a part-time university placement
                                   to support your move to UWS.                                                                                                                             healthier and happier.
                                                                                                              study are available from our        at a local gym led to the offer
                                                                                                              Applicant Enquiry Team on           of a full-time position.                  “The course has changed
                                                                                                              0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101                                                my life for the better.
                                                                                                                                                  She said: “I love encouraging
                                                                                                              outwith UK) or by email at          women, of all ages and shapes,            “Once I complete my Masters,
                                                                                                              ask@uws.ac.uk                       to get into the gym. I run regular        I want to go into sports education,
                                                                                                                                                  fitness and circuit classes, as           either as a teacher or lecturer,
                                                                                                              Entry requirements are intended     well as advising on training              and help others enjoy the health
                                                                                                              only as a guide and other factors   and nutrition. I love seeing the          benefits that I’ve enjoyed.”
                                                                                                              may also be taken into account      difference I can make to people’s
                                                                                                              when your application is            lives, and their self-confidence.

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UWS 2019/20                                                                                                                                                                                           A modern university

                              modern                                                                                                     Always looking forward
                                                                                                                                         Our courses and facilities are
                                                                                                                                         constantly adapted and fine-tuned,
                                                                                                                                         making you ready for an ever-
                                                                                                                                         changing, internationalised world.

 A global                         Study or work abroad
                                  The EU Erasmus+ programme
                                                                       Language options
                                                                       You can choose to study French,

 outlook                          offers you the opportunity to        German or Spanish as an option                                                                                         Around 2,000
                                  study or work with institutional
                                  partners in 32 countries across
                                                                       on most of our programmes,
                                                                       elevating your career prospects                                                                                        international
From Paisley to Pakistan,
Lanarkshire to Laos, and
                                  Europe as part of your UWS
                                  degree. These funded 2-12 month
                                                                       by adding language skills to your
                                                                       CV. Learning a language gives
beyond. We’re an international
university with links around
                                  opportunities are a great way to
                                  broaden your horizons, live and
                                                                       you a valuable cultural insight
                                                                       and an international perspective.
                                                                                                                                                                                              (EU & Non-EU)
the globe. We’re committed        study in another country, and        You’ll be encouraged to embrace
to diversity, collaboration,      improve your career prospects.       all the international experiences
and a curriculum that helps
students stand out in the
                                  Don’t worry if you can’t speak
                                  another language – many of
                                                                       available, positioning you well to
                                                                       compete with your European                                                                             130 European
global job market.
Engage in module options
                                  our European partners teach
                                  in English and there are also
                                                                       Our language classes focus
and extra-curricular activities   opportunities for language
                                                                       on practical language skills
designed to help you develop      training as part of your mobility.
                                                                       that you’ll use in social,
as a global citizen; study        Within the Erasmus+ programme,
                                                                       academic and business
a language as part of your        there are also great funded
                                                                       contexts, and many classes
course; and take advantage        opportunities to work elsewhere
of our study abroad options.      in Europe for a period of 2-12
                                                                       are taught by native speakers.                                                                                         Global study and
                                                                       For total language immersion,
                                                                                                                                                                                              exchange options
                                                                       classes are conducted in the
                                  We also offer you the opportunity    instructed language as much                                                                                            through the
                                  to study with partners elsewhere
                                  in the world, such as the USA, as
                                                                       as possible and are interactive.
                                                                                                            China                                                                             Association of
                                  part of your student experience.                                                                                                                            Commonwealth
                                                                                                            UWS has become the first                                          Our student     Universities
                                                                                                            official Scottish training
                                                                                                            partner for China after                                           body is drawn
                                                                                                            receiving accreditation
                                                                                                            from China’s State
                                                                                                                                                                              from a third    32 study abroad
                                                                                                            Administration for Foreign
                                                                                                            Expert Affairs (SAFEA).
                                                                                                                                                                              of the globe    countries within
                                                                                                            This means we will provide                                                        the EU Erasmus+
                                                                                                            expertise and technical
                                  Student groups have                                                       and managerial training
                                                                                                            to organisations in China,
                                  recently spent time in                                                    as well as providing
                                  South Korea, the US,                                                      overseas training to
                                  China and France.                                                         Chinese professionals.

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UWS 2019/20                                                                                                                                                A modern university

Get your hands on state-of-
the-art equipment across
our campuses and put your
knowledge into practice in
a real-world environment,
preparing you for your
future career.
Facilities include industry-
standard engineering
workshops; innovative teaching
spaces; nursing simulation
wards; specialist computer
games, animation and music
technology labs; and
interdisciplinary science labs;
as well as suites and studios
for performance education
and much more – giving you
the chance to put what you          Artist’s impression
learn in the lecture theatre
into practice.
Across all of our campuses,         New Lanarkshire
there are well-equipped libraries
suitable for individual or group
study (and you can have a coffee
while you’re hard at work);
over half a million items on
the shelves; a wealth of online
resources; wifi; and hundreds       Students at UWS’s new            Green thinking is at the heart   Delivering the dream                 A learning experience
of PCs with free e-mail and web     £110million Lanarkshire          of the campus; not only does     It was the job of UWS Senior         “It was a huge challenge,”
access. Our online learning         Campus will enjoy the next       the site run on 100% renewable   Social Sciences lecturer             admits Gordon, “trying to
environment, Moodle, also gives     generation of learning           power, generated by a nearby     Gordon Heggie and his team           balance the needs and wants
you access to course material       environments.                    windfarm, the main building      to help deliver on the campus        of staff and students, and
and keeps you up-to-date with                                        also has its own rainwater       dream of a new approach to           future-proof the building for
                                    The campus, which has            harvesting system.               learning, and UWS students           technological changes we
your fellow students – from
                                    capacity for 4,000 students,                                      and staff had their say on the       can’t even see.
                                    is set on the 38-acre Hamilton   On-site opportunities            building’s layout design.
                                    International Technology Park    The campus’s technology park                                          Centred around a unique,
                                    and was three-years in the       location provides a host of                                           street-like atrium, the
                                    planning.                        collaborative and student
                                                                                                      “My role was to help                campus’s well-designed
                                                                     placement opportunities            deliver a campus fit               social spaces provide the
                                    Welcome to the future            with neighbouring companies,       for the future.”                   ideal environment for students,
                                    UWS staff looked at new          meaning UWS students will                                             staff and the wider public to
                                    ideas and new thinking around    be able to study, work and       Gordon says: “Before we even         study, relax, meet friends, grab
                                    the world in the delivery of     carry out research projects      started to design the interiors      a coffee or simply ‘hang out’.
                                    teaching, to create flexible     on the wider campus.             we staged workshops and
                                    and adaptable learning                                            focus groups with staff and          “Make no mistake,” says
                                    spaces, ones that can change     The park - considered one        students to hear how they            Gordon. “What we have
                                    and adapt to the needs of        of the UK’s most successful      would like the building to           delivered is game-changing,
                                    students and staff.              Enterprise Zones - is already    work for them.                       both in terms of teaching
                                                                     home to more than 80 local,                                           and learning.”
                                    By embedding the latest          national and international       “Lectures, tutorials and
                                    technology, we have tried        companies - including            personal learning don’t have
                                    to future-proof the building     Scottish Power, Babcock,         to be done in a traditional
                                    for the next generation          HSBC, John Lewis and             classroom or lecture theatre-
                                    of students. In doing so,        Centrica.                        setting. The technologies we’ve
                                    we haven’t forgotten                                              embedded in the new campus,
                                    the environment.                                                  the flexible and adaptable
                                                                                                      spaces we’ve created, should
                                                                                                      help set students and staff free.”

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UWS 2019/20                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A supportive university

                    supportive                                                                                                                                                                                                              Programmes designed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            with industry input
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Supporting your career
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We ask leaders from business,      Support is available from our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            industry and the professions       qualified Careers Advisers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to help design our programmes      throughout your time at UWS,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to ensure you have the right       making sure you’re in great
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            skills and knowledge to make       shape for your first steps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            an immediate impact in the         after university.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            workplace. We listen to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               We are members of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            employers when they tell us
 With you                      World-ready graduates
                               We make it the focus of all
                                                                     The report also discussed the
                                                                     need for increased interaction
                                                                                                                Our degrees across a wide
                                                                                                                range of subjects include
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            what type of graduates they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            want and shape our programmes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Association of Graduate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Careers Advisory Services

 every step                    that we do to ensure that our
                               graduates are ready to meet
                                                                     between universities and
                                                                     employers about the skills
                                                                                                                opportunities for practical,
                                                                                                                hands-on experience, paid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            around their needs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and offer information, guidance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               appointments, workshops
 of the way                    the demands of their chosen
                               profession. We invest in people’s
                                                                     graduates need.                            in many cases; we bring in
                                                                                                                experts from industry for
                                                                                                                                                                  Practical experience
                                                                                                                                                                  It’s no surprise that over one
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Practical experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Guest lectures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We regularly invite experts from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and events on a range of career
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               development activities such
                                                                     At UWS this has long been                                                                                                                                                                                 as job searching, CV preparation
                               potential to shape their future.                                                 insight sessions and workshops;                   third of jobs for new graduates      •	boosts confidence                 industry and the professions to
We take a nurturing and                                              a key part of our activities.                                                                                                                                                                             and interview techniques.
                                                                                                                and we provide opportunities                      are snapped up by those                                                   talk to our students about their
personal approach to produce   The big picture                       We take a unique approach                                                                                                         •	advances commercial
                                                                                                                for our students to enhance                       who have already had work                                                 experiences – giving you a
‘world-ready graduates’.       Research by Universities UK1          to ensuring our graduates are                                                                                                        awareness and business                                               We maintain a vast range of
                                                                                                                their entrepreneurial, language                   experience with that employer.                                            unique insight into your chosen
Learn from world-leading       highlights a projected                ready to meet the demands                                                                                                            acumen                                                               online resources, including
                                                                                                                and communication skills                                                                                                    profession, through lectures,
researchers. Gain industry     undersupply of graduates              of their chosen professions.                                                                 We work with a range of                                                                                      a CV builder, interview simulator,
                                                                                                                as part of their studies.                                                              •	shapes people skills such as      workshops and project work.
insight from leaders in your   across the UK by 2022 and                                                                                                          placement employers across                                                                                   employer videos and much
field and undertake work       noted that employers felt that                                                                                                                                             communication, problem-           Professional recognition           more, which students can
                                                                                                                                                                  all sectors at home and abroad.
experience with well-known     many graduates required a                                                                                                                                                  solving, team work and            Many of our programmes are         access at their convenience.
                                                                                                                                                                  Placements give you the chance
employers.                     greater mix of job-specific skills,                                                                                                                                        self-management                   recognised by professional
                                                                                                                                                                  to get invaluable experience                                                                                 We also run a variety of career
                               general employability related                                                                                                      for your CV, a taste of the career   •	improves knowledge about          bodies – giving you a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               development workshops,
                               skills and real work experience.                                                                                                   you’ve chosen and essential             your skills, strengths and        competitive advantage which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               events and awards including
                                                                                                                                                                  feedback from your placement            abilities                         helps enhance your job
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               an Employer Mentoring
                                                                                                                                                                  employer.                                                                 prospects. See our course
                                                                                                                                                                                                       •	offers opportunities to network                                      Programme and Volunteer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            entries online for details of
                                                                                                                                                                                                          and build industry contacts                                          Recognition Award.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            individual programme
 Employability                                                                                                                     Outstanding                                                                                              accreditations.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Our initiatives are designed
    focus                                                                                                                            support                                                           •	turns your theoretical                                               to motivate, inspire and give
                                                                                                                                                                                                          knowledge into practical                                             you an invaluable insight into
                                                                                                                                                                                                          experience                                                           your chosen career path.

                                               A UWS
                                                                                                                                                                  Some examples of companies our students have
                                                                                                                                                                  undertaken placements with, are shown below.

     study and
                                               degree                                                                                Practical

     Study abroad                                                                                                         Professional
     opportunities                                                                                                        recognition

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UWS 2019/20                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A supportive university

                                                                                                                                          Our public sector
                                                                                                                                          links include        Facing up
 Learn from                                                                                                                               partnerships with    to the challenge
 the best                                                                                                                                 Oxfam Scotland and
                                                                                                                                          Alzheimer Scotland
With teaching delivered by
staff who are highly ranked
researchers in their field; input                                                                                                                              Dr Margaret Brown, Senior         Margaret says: “Dementia is          Nurses must have the
from industry experts; and                                                                                                                                     Lecturer in the Alzheimer         something that will touch            knowledge and skills to
placement opportunities with                                                                                                                                   Scotland Centre for Policy        almost all of us in our lives,       create care that responds
national and international                                                                                                                                     and Practice at UWS is a          whether it be an older parent,       to the person’s needs.”
organisations, your learning                                                                                                                                   woman with a mission; to          a partner, or another relative.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Design and care
experience will be shaped                                                                                                                                      improve the understanding         It’s very important that our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “At UWS, we work with people
by those working at the                                                                                                                                        and nursing care of people        nurses have the skills, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      with dementia, their carers
forefront of their profession.                                                                                                                                 living with dementia.             knowledge and compassion to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and families to help plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                 care for people with dementia.
UWS researchers are making              We’re currently working with                                                                                           Woman with a mission                                                   and design our research,
                                                                                                                                                                                                 That understanding needs to
a real difference, developing           companies and organisations                                                                                            A qualified mental health                                              teaching and practice.”
innovative technologies and
shaping society. We work
                                        such as Mars, Celestica, the
                                        Scottish Government, Honeywell,
                                                                            UWS joins                                                                          nurse, Margaret has devoted
                                                                                                                                                               her career to dementia care;
                                                                                                                                                                                                 be at the centre of any care.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Changing perceptions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “Working in partnership with
with industry, government
and partner organisations to
                                        Diagio, Philips Lighting, DuPont,
                                        Network Rail, and the BBC on
                                                                            the space race                                                                     from inspiring further
                                                                                                                                                               generations through her
                                                                                                                                                                                                 “Dementia care has changed
                                                                                                                                                                                                 dramatically over the years,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Alzheimer Scotland and health
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and social care organisations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      we research and support
tackle a wide range of exciting         a number of exciting projects.                                                                                         work with student nurses,         says Margaret, “and UWS has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      evidence-based practice.”
and diverse issues critical                                                                                                                                    right through to improving        been one of the drivers of that
                                        UWS applied research                                                                                                   best practice with her            change. We want to influence         Dementia Champions
to developing technology,
                                        •	Business & Enterprise                                                                                               research, publications            policy about people living with      UWS is at the forefront of
improving lives and creating                                                A unique collaboration       Out of this world
a more equal society in our             • Computing                         between University of the    UWS academics have applied                            and delivery of learning          dementia but also make sure          developing new ideas and
regions and beyond. Our                                                     West of Scotland and the     their knowledge from areas,                           and education courses.            that policy is reflected in          approaches to improve quality
research activity also informs          • Creative Industries               International Space School   including gas sensing                                                                   everyday practice.”                  of care and quality of life for
                                                                                                                                                               That dedication was
our teaching and learning to            • Education                         Educational Trust (ISSET)    technologies, to grow healthy                                                                                                people with dementia and
                                                                                                                                                               recognised, in 2016, when         Part of that change is the
enrich our students’ experience.                                            is already opening new       plants on the International                                                                                                  those who care for them.
                                                                                                                                                               Margaret was awarded              way in which UWS embeds
                                        • Engineering                       frontiers in science.        Space Station. They will also
In the 2014 REF (Research                                                                                                                                      a special Lifetime                dementia knowledge and               Key to that is the education
                                        • Health, Nursing & Midwifery                                    study the effects of growth                           Achievement Award at              skills in all its nursing courses.   of Scotland’s Dementia
Excellence Framework) all                                                   The partnership, launched
                                                                                                         hormone on muscle mass                                Scotland’s Dementia Awards.                                            Champions, working to
of our submissions – double             • Physics                           in January 2018, has seen                                                                                            Margaret says: “It’s very
                                                                                                         and cognitive function in                                                                                                    improve the quality of care
the number from the 2008                                                    UWS staff and PhD students                                                         Growing problem                   important that our nurses
                                                                                                         space, as well as carry                                                                                                      provided for people with
exercise – were ranked as having        • Biotechnology & Environment       link-up with the North                                                             Dementia is the biggest health    are at the forefront of
                                                                                                         out experiments in the                                                                                                       dementia in hospitals.
international or world-leading                                              American Space Agency                                                              and social care challenge         dementia care. We must
                                        • Social Sciences                                                applicability of 5G technology
status in terms of their originality,                                       (NASA) and American                                                                faced by society today.           listen to people with dementia,
                                                                                                         in a non-earth atmosphere.                                                                                                   Margaret says: “So far,
significance and rigour.                • Sport                             academic institutions                                                              There are around 90,000           and their families and carers.       UWS has trained over 800
                                                                            to carry out experiments     With Scotland now building                            people living with dementia       It’s about enabling the person       Dementia Champions.
REF 2014 highlights                                                         on the International         more space satellites than                            in Scotland and around            with dementia to live well.          They will be change agents,
                                                                            Space Station.               any other country in Europe,                          3,200 are under the age of 65.    Listening to the person              helping us all to better
                                                                                                         employing 7,200 people,

100%                                    88%
                                                                                                                                                               By the year 2020 there will be    allows us to recognise what          understand and care for
                                                                                                         mainly in the Glasgow area,                           more than one million people      works for one person, might          those living with dementia,
                                                                                                         the sector is already worth                           living with dementia in the UK.   not work for another.                their family and friends.”
                                                                                                         over £130million annually
of the Impact Case                      of the Allied Health
                                                                                                         to the Scottish economy.
Studies in Communication,               Professions, Dentistry,
Cultural and Media                      Nursing and Pharmacy
Studies, Library and                    research environment
Information Management                  judged as World-Class/
in our submission were                  Internationally Excellent
judged to be World-Class/
Internationally Excellent

2nd in Scotland
for Electrical and Electronic Engineering,
Metallurgy and Materials

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UWS 2019/20                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 A vibrant community

Ask our students and staff
                                   Student                             The Hub                            Careers & Skills

about what makes us unique?                                            The Hub is a social and learning   Our Careers & Skills Team
And they’ll tell you about the
friendly and welcoming feel        support                             student space on Paisley
                                                                       Campus and in our new
                                                                                                          provides support for the
                                                                                                          development of academic,
of the campuses; and the                                               Lanarkshire Campus that            professional and career skills.
approach from our academic
and professional services
                                  Our student services include:
                                  • Funding & Advice
                                                                       offers a route to the student-
                                                                       focused services offered by the
                                                                                                          The support provided by                                                                                       Student Support
staff who do all they can to
make our students feel
                                  • International Student Support      University. Students can come
                                                                       in to speak with The Hub team,
                                                                                                          our qualified Careers Advisers
                                                                                                          includes advice and guidance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Team of the Year
                                                                                                          on career planning, graduate                                                                                  The Herald Higher Education
encouraged and supported.         • Counselling                        who include student assistants,
                                                                                                          recruitment, further study,                                                                                   Awards 2017
                                  • Multifaith Chaplaincy              or use the self-help points in
The character building                                                                                    placement, part-time work
                                                                       The Hub area. The Virtual Hub
environment that you will         • Disability Support                                                    and volunteering.
                                                                       provides access to The Hub
encounter will prepare you for
wherever your career takes you.   Supporting your ambitions
                                                                       services online (hub.uws.ac.uk)    Our Academic Skills Advisers         The Library                           Other sources of support           “Student Services have been a fantastic help to
                                                                       and by telephone (+44 141 848      provide advice, guidance and         UWS Library plays a vital role        Students’ Association (SAUWS)
                                  We want you to get the most out
                                                                       3800) to all UWS students                                               in supporting your academic           SAUWS aims to represent your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          me during my time at UWS. They always give the
                                                                                                          resources to help develop and
“The campus feels                of your time at university, and to
                                                                       across the campuses.               enhance your academic skills,        success. There is a library at        needs and provide support,           best advice – from financial guidance to putting
                                  help you do this we have a range                                                                                                                                                        in place extra time for exams. As a student with
  very relaxed.                   of services that you can access      The Hub aims to put the student
                                                                                                          including referencing, exam          each campus, and you’ll               well-being and social services
  It’s a very dynamic             if you need support or advice.       experience at the core of all
                                                                                                          preparation, essay/report            find that our vibrant learning        for all UWS students.               a disability, Student Services have always been
 and engaged                                                           that we do.
                                                                                                          writing and critical thinking.       spaces will be at the heart
                                                                                                                                                                                     See page 28 to find out more.        there to help whenever I need it. I don’t think
                                  Our specialist student support                                                                               of your experience at UWS.
  environment.”                                                                                           Students can access a                                                                                           I would currently be working on my Masters
                                  teams, based on each campus,                                                                                                                       Enterprise & Employer
 Toby Forster                     can offer advice on a range                                             comprehensive range of               Library staff are dedicated
                                                                                                                                                                                     Engagement Team
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          degree if it wasn’t for their help.”
 Accounting student                                                                                       Careers & Skills resources online,   to providing you with access                                              Stuart McCabe
                                  of matters. We can help with                                                                                                                       We support new business
                                                                                                          and can also attend the many         to the information you’ll need                                            Current UWS Masters student
                                  enquiries about funding,                                                                                                                           ideas and celebrate the growing
                                                                                                          clinics and workshops delivered      to develop your knowledge of
                                  childcare provision, exams                                                                                                                         pipeline of enterprise talent
                                                                                                          on campus, as well as book           your chosen subject. Visit our
                                  and assessment, wellbeing                                                                                                                          emerging from the University’s
                                                                                                          one-to-one appointments.             ‘Ask a librarian’ sessions and
                                  and health, academic skills,                                                                                                                       student community. You can
                                                                                                                                               book appointments with the
                                  career development and                                                  For more information visit                                                 discuss your business ideas
                                                                                                                                               team. They will also advise you
                                  much more. We also offer                                                uws.ac.uk/careersandskills                                                 with us and we can provide
                                                                                                                                               about the most reliable sources
                                  counselling, a multi-faith                                                                                                                         help and support for enterprise
                                                                                                                                               of information for academic
                                  chaplaincy, disability support                                                                                                                     skills development, funding
                                                                                                                                               assignments, reading lists,
                                  and a dedicated international                                                                                                                      applications, incubation,
                                                                                                                                               search techniques, referencing,
                                  student services team.                                                                                                                             mentoring opportunities,
                                                                                                                                               avoiding plagiarism, and
                                                                                                                                                                                     and much more.
                                  These student-facing teams                                                                                   accessing resources from
                                  are based in The Hub at Paisley                                                                              other libraries.                      We work in partnership with the
                                  and Lanarkshire campuses                                                                                                                           start-up ecosystem including
                                                                                                                                               For your convenience, many
                                  and in the Student Link spaces                                                                                                                     organisations such as Converge
                                                                                                                                               library services and resources –
                                  at Ayr and Dumfries. Students                                                                                                                      Challenge, Scottish Institute
                                                                                                                                               such as electronic books and
                                  at London Campus can access                                                                                                                        for Enterprise, Scottish Edge,
                                                                                                                                               journal articles – are available
                                  the services offered by The Hub                                                                                                                    Enterprise Campus and
                                                                                                                                               online 24 hours a day. Use the
                                  online. You can also arrange                                                                                                                       Business Gateway to provide
                                                                                                                                               One Search discovery tool to
                                  an appointment with an Adviser                                                                                                                     funding and support on start-up
                                                                                                                                               find all you need for your studies.
                                  through London Campus                                                                                                                              toolkits, business model
                                  reception (+44 141 848 3047)                                                                                 For more information about            planning, marketing and finance.
                                  or email london@uws.ac.uk                                                                                    UWS Library visit
                                  for more details.                                                                                            uws.ac.uk/library

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UWS 2019/20                                                                                                                                                                                                                           A vibrant community

                                                                                                                                                   Team UWS                                                             Our UWS Sirens
                                                                                                                                                   With over 20 competitive and                                         UWS are the named sponsors of
                                                                                                                                                   recreational sports, there has                                       Scotland’s Netball Superleague
                                                                                                                                                   never been a better time to                                          Team, the UWS Sirens. UWS
                                                                                                                                                   become part of Team UWS.                                             Sirens are the first semi-
                                                                                                                                                   It’s never been easier for                                           professional women’s netball
                                                                                                                                                   students to participate and                                          team in Scotland and play in the
                                                                                                                                                   compete for Team UWS as                                              Vitality Netball Superleague, the
                                                                                                                                                   every Wednesday afternoon                                            UK’s elite netball competition.
                                                                                                                                                   has now been allocated as free                                       They are an outstanding group
                                                                                                                                                   from classes for the majority                                        of high performance athletes
                                                                                                                                                   of courses. Whatever your                                            from across the world and have
                                                                                                                                                   sporting interest we’ve got                                          made, and continue to make,
                                                                                                                                                   something for you.                                                   a significant and positive
 Sport at                                                                                                                                          For more information about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        impact on women’s sport in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Scotland, acting as exemplary
 UWS                                                                                                                                               Sport at UWS email
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        role models for all.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        To find out more about the UWS
We are passionate about                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sirens visit sirensnetball.com
supporting student
engagement with sport,
whether you are a national
or international performer,
a club level competitor or
a recreational participant.

Performance                         Scholarship success                Club sport                            Facility provision                                                     Competition

The UWS Sport Scholarship           Callum Hawkins is one of the       UWS works with the Team               UWS Sport operates low-cost                                            UWS students engage in a
programme offers a range of         recipients of the UWS Sport        UWS Sports Union and                  sports facilities and services                                         range of competitions including
financial support, performance      Scholarship programme and          external partners to ensure           for students at our Ayr, Paisley                                       British Universities and Colleges
services and academic flexibility   he is continually doing the        that programmes are available         and Lanarkshire campuses.                                              Sport (BUCS) and Scottish
to our highest performing           University proud by competing      across a range of team and            Ayr boasts a gym and a sports                                          Student Sports (SSS) individual
students and aspiring senior
performers. We work closely
                                    at the top of his sport. Callum
                                    competed in the Mens’ Marathon
                                                                       individual sports, providing
                                                                       opportunities to compete, to
                                                                                                             hall as well as impressive
                                                                                                             riverside cycle ways and walks.
                                                                                                                                                                                    championships and leagues
                                                                                                                                                                                    and Varsity events which give       European
with organisations like Winning
Students, national governing
                                    at the 2016 Olympic Games
                                    in Rio finishing in an excellent
                                                                       train and to socialise. Current
                                                                       sports clubs include archery,
                                                                                                             There is also a range of exercise
                                                                                                             classes on offer. Lanarkshire
                                                                                                                                                                                    a wide range of students an
                                                                                                                                                                                    opportunity to represent the        College of
bodies and other sports partners
to ensure access to a range of
                                    ninth place and even more
                                    recently equalled the best
                                                                       American football, badminton,
                                                                       basketball, cricket, climbing,
                                                                                                             Campus houses a gym and spin
                                                                                                             studio and has a programme
                                                                                                                                                                                    University. Many students also
                                                                                                                                                                                    access external local clubs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sport Science
facilities, services and targeted
individual support.
                                    ever performance by a British
                                    male in the 2017 IAAF World
                                                                       cheerleading, football, futsal,
                                                                       golf, hockey, judo, netball, rugby,
                                                                                                             of day and evening exercise
                                                                                                             classes available. The Robertson
                                                                                                                                                                                    and performance programmes
                                                                                                                                                                                    and compete in local leagues
                                    Championship Marathon in           snow sports and swimming;             Trust Sports Centre, close to                                          and competitions.
For more info on the Sport                                             with individuals representing         our Paisley Campus, offers
                                    London, finishing in fourth
Scholarship programme contact                                          UWS in several further sports         a gym, all-weather floodlit                                            Our success in BUCS events
                                    place with a personal best time.
sports.scholarship@uws.ac.uk                                           such as athletics, karate, squash,    pitches, sports hall, full-size                                        has seen the University climb
                                    Callum also competed in the
                                                                       gymnastics and curling. We are        grass football and rugby pitches                                       41 places in the BUCS league
                                    Men’s marathon at the 2018
                                                                       looking to add new sports clubs       and grass training area. There is                                      over the last few seasons to
                                    Commonwealth Games in
                                                                       and activities every year and are     also a range of exercise classes                                       be in the top 100 in the UK.
                                    the Gold Coast, Australia.
                                                                       developing links with local clubs     on offer. Students on our                                              That’s quite an achievement.
                                    “Being part of the Sport          to support in this process.           Dumfries Campus have access
                                      Scholarship programme            Student membership
                                                                                                             to facilities through a partnership
                                     at UWS has helped me                                                    with Dumfries & Galloway
                                                                       Student gym memberships               College. Under a special
                                      incredibly, not only with        are subsidised and flexible,          arrangement UWS students
                                      the academic side of             with affordable annual, monthly       at London Campus can use                                                                                   A four day event examining the
                                      things and balancing             and pay-as-you-go packages            the nearby London Southbank                                                                                topics of health enhancement
                                                                       available at Ayr, Lanarkshire                                                                                                                    and sport is coming to Glasgow
                                      this with sport, but also        and Paisley.
                                                                                                             University Sports Academy at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        in 2021, with UWS as the lead
                                      with the financial                                                     a discounted rate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        academic institution.
                                      support provided.”                                                                                                                                                                Read more on page 100.
                                     Callum Hawkins

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UWS 2019/20                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A vibrant community

 Students’                        Student life at UWS
                                  UWS students come from all
 Association                      over the world and you’ll find
                                  a great community feel and
 (SAUWS)                          real energy on our campuses.
                                  There are lots of opportunities
                                  to get involved in extra-curricular
Going to University is about      activities and build friendships
much more than getting            for life. SAUWS, our award-
a qualification, it’s also the    winning Students’ Association,
chance to enjoy an exciting       is run for students by students.
new social life and make          SAUWS organise and deliver
the most of all the new           a wide range of social events all
opportunities available to you.   year round and campaign with
                                  you, and on your behalf, on the
                                  issues that really matter to you.
                                  The Association’s buildings
                                  and spaces are the best place
                                  to meet other students. All the
                                                                          Sustainability Hub
                                  services and events are run
                                  there, including our shops,
                                  bars and cafes.                       Clubs and societies                  Freshers’ Week
                                                                        We support all sorts of clubs        An unmissable programme
                                  You can now get all your              and societies from course            of events and the essential
                                  favourite Starbucks coffees           related groups such as Chemical      initiation to university social
                                  and frappuccinos at the Ayr,          Engineering and Midwifery to         life. From the official welcome
                                  Lanarkshire, and Paisley              interest societies such as the       party to the pub quiz, there is
                                  unions along with a great             Debating Society and Anime           something for everyone. The
                                  selection of meals and snacks.        & Manga Society. There’s also        yearly SAUWS Freshers’ Fair
                                                                        the LGBT+ liberation group;          will give you need-to-know
                                                                        the Nigerian Forum; and the          information along with the          Sustainability at UWS              Celebrating cultural diversity    SAUWS also welcome new
                                                                        Games Development, People            chance to get the best deals        The SAUWS Sustainability           The University is highly          members to the international
                                                                        and Planet, Sci-fi, Science,         and opportunities from local        project has been supporting        internationalised and has         societies. Regardless of where
                                                                        Music and Psychology societies.      businesses and organisations.       students, staff and the wider      a welcoming atmosphere for        you are from, the Association
                                                                        Details on the societies or how      Like the SAUWS Facebook page        community to reduce their          students from a diverse range     will have something for you.
                                                                        to start your own are available at   to keep up-to-date with what’s      impact on the environment          of backgrounds. To celebrate      Keep an eye on the SAUWS
                                                                        sauws.org.uk/societies               on at Freshers’ this year.          since 2011. You can get involved   this diversity, SAUWS hosts       website for more information.
                                                                                                             facebook.com/uwsstudents            by joining in with a project,      a number of integration and
                                                                        Representation, advice                                                   volunteering for SAUWS or          cultural celebration nights.
                                                                        and campaigns                        Volunteer with SAUWS                starting up your own project.      The Students’ Association
                                                                        SAUWS aims to represent your         There are a number of varied        In 2015, the Sustainability Hub    welcomes international

                                                                        needs by providing support           and exciting development            opened at the Paisley Campus,      students to the campuses
                                                                        and wellbeing campaigns for          opportunities both paid and         offering a free swap shop for      during the welcome week,
                                                                        all students. We have a              voluntary to become involved        students, bike maintenance         with various activities to help
                                                      2016              dedicated, independent and           in at SAUWS. Whatever you are       workshops, sustainable travel      new international students
                                                                        confidential advice team to          interested in you’ll be supported   and energy advice and              make friends.
NUS Scotland’s                           2013                           support you through your degree      by SAUWS staff along the way        gardening workshops. In 2017
Higher Education                                                        who provide advice on matters        to achieve your goals. Getting      SAUWS received a grant from
                                                                        such as money, study skills and      involved is an excellent way of     the Climate Challenge Fund to
Students’ Association                                                   academic appeals. We also run        enhancing your CV and career        expand the Sustainability Hub
of the Year                                                             a number of campaigns through        prospects and you can also          and opened a new free shop at
                                                                        the year to help students get the    receive formal recognition from     Ayr Campus.
                                                                        best out of their time at UWS.       the University and SAUWS for
                                                                                                             your activities.

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UWS 2019/20                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Real-world experience

Employers are looking for more
than just a degree. They need    Staff profile                                                                 Alumni                                                                       Alumni
you to be ready for the real
world. UWS is brimming with
hard-working, honest people
                                 Hands-on                               Annie McGuire
                                                                                                               Unique                                Kirsty McCallum
                                                                                                                                                                                            No bridge                              Katie Duff
                                                                        Lecturer in the School of Media,                                             Programme                                                                     Programme
with real stories, successes,
adversities and big ambitions
                                 training                               Culture & Society                      research                              Biomedical Science                     too far                                BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
                                                                                                                                                     Current position                                                              Current position
just like you.
                                                                                                                                                     PhD student at UWS                                                            Engineer at AECOM

                                 Journalist Annie McGuire brings
                                 a wealth of industry experience
                                                                        “There are so                         UWS Biomedical Science
                                                                                                               graduate Kirsty McCallum is
                                                                                                                                                     UWS research
                                                                                                                                                     “There are five UWS PhD students
                                                                                                                                                                                            If you find yourself passing an
                                                                                                                                                                                            old railway bridge, on a Sunday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “It also included a 5,000-word
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   report that was validated by my
                                 into the classroom. Not only is she      many more new                        carrying out PhD research to          working on the project. Our            morning before the sun comes up,       tutor. I believe this work experience
                                 a time-served print and broadcast       avenues into                          solve a mystery. Along with           research is focused on the             and spot someone with a hard hat       was essential in helping me find
                                 professional, she is also an expert
                                 in new media, handling the social
                                                                          broadcasting                         colleagues in Ireland, and
                                                                                                               Northern Ireland, she is trying to
                                                                                                                                                     musculoskeletal science of COPD.”      and high viz jacket taking some
                                                                                                                                                                                            measurements, it might just be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   a job so quickly.”

                                 media for BBC’s Question Time.           these days.”                         find out why chronic obstructive      As part of Kirsty’s research, she is   Katie Duff.                            Katie actually received two
                                                                                                               pulmonary disease (COPD) –            currently studying tissue samples                                             job offers before graduating.
                                 Opening the door                       UWS uses its close links with          the third biggest cause of death      from COPD sufferers, looking for       A 2014 Honours graduate on our         One came from Amey and
                                 Annie says: “I wanted to get into      Paisley’s St Mirren Football Club      in the world after heart disease      markers of accelerated ageing.         Civil Engineering course, Katie’s      the other from AECOM, a US
                                 journalism because I was a huge        to give students a real insight into   and cancer – is so prevalent in                                              nocturnal outings are essential        construction firm which had
                                 sports fan; I saw it as a way of       the world of broadcasting; from                                              COPD clusters                          to keep an eye on the condition        successfully pitched for the
                                                                                                               three, rural populations.             She adds: “The mystery at the
                                 meeting my heroes. And I did;          working on the club’s TV station,                                                                                   of the country’s railway bridges.      Network Rail infrastructure
                                 I worked in the BBC Sports             St Mirren TV, to reporting on          In 2011 the annual economic           heart of the research is that the      (Trying to measure them through        inspection and assessment
                                 Department for 12 years, on            matches and team press                 burden of COPD across the EU          three areas with the highest           the daytime when services are          project. She chose AECOM.
                                 everything from Match of the Day,      conferences, this goes a               was estimated at approximately        incidence of COPD are semi-rural       running is an unnecessary risk.)
                                 to the Wimbledon coverage.”            long way to preparing industry-        €141.4 billion.                       communities, in Ireland, Northern      Her work as an engineer stretches      Are the things she learned on
                                                                        ready graduates.                                                             Ireland, and south-west Scotland.”     back to her days as a student at       the course relevant to her role?
                                 She now shares that experience                                                Working as part of the BREATH                                                UWS when she spent her summer          Katie reckons they are, especially
                                 with her students.                     New voices                             (Border and Regions Airways           Ayrshire & Arran and Dumfries                                                 the practical modules on
                                                                                                                                                     & Galloway see the highest             placement with Amey, a UK and
                                                                        Thanks to Annie’s ongoing links        Training Hub) project – a €7.7                                               international consulting and           surveying, which is something
                                 “There are so many more new            with the industry, UWS students        million EU-funded initiative run      number of COPD-related                                                        she does every day. She said,
                                 avenues into broadcasting these                                                                                     hospital admissions in the UK.         infrastructure support business,
                                                                        also benefit from masterclasses        between UWS, Queen’s University                                              surveying railway bridges as part      “The course gave me a broad
                                 days,” says Annie, “and our duty       and networking events featuring        Belfast, and the Dundalk Institute                                                                                  base of knowledge which I can
                                 is to prepare UWS students for                                                                                      Kirsty adds: “You would expect         of a pilot project for Network Rail.
                                                                        some of the biggest names in           of Technology – multi-disciplinary    more COPD cases in polluted,                                                  apply in my job and which has
                                 that world.”                           Scottish broadcasting.                 researchers hope to find ways                                                “The sandwich degree course            allowed me to go on to study
                                                                                                                                                     urban areas. Yet the hot-spot
                                 Changing landscape                                                            to better understand and alleviate    areas are rural. The BREATH study      meant I had the opportunity            towards a Masters before I go
                                                                        Annie says: “Those industry links      the impact of lung disease.                                                  to undertake a 36-week                 for Chartership status with the
                                 “When I started in the industry,       pay-off when students go off                                                 hopes to understand why that is.”
                                 there were no computer games                                                                                                                               work placement.”                       Institution of Civil Engineers.”
                                                                        to placements, it means they           Preparing for PhD study               Community education
                                 journalists, there were no bloggers,   know a friendly face, and have         Kirsty says: “I cannot speak highly
                                 no online journalism. While the                                                                                     The UWS team is also conducting
                                                                        someone they can approach              enough of the quality of teaching     public engagement work in the
                                 traditional industry has contracted,   for help or advice.”                   at UWS. My lecturers motivated
                                 new media, and the opportunities                                                                                    affected communities, trying
                                                                                                               me to work hard and become            to give the public a better
                                 it presents to young journalists       Loud and clear                         more confident in my abilities.”
                                 and broadcasters has exploded.”        Currently busy with her own                                                  understanding of COPD and
                                                                        research, into how Twitter             “During my Biomedical Science         lung health.
                                                                        hashtags shape and drive political     degree I undertook a placement        “Together, we hope to develop
                                                                        debate, Annie is also working hard     as a laboratory technician which      new and improved treatments
                                                                        on setting up Paisley FM, a new        developed my independent              for this silent killer, as well as
                                                                        radio station that will give UWS       thinking skills and intuition,        helping to prevent COPD through
                                                                        students the chance to produce         both of which are incredibly          public awareness.”
                                                                        and present their own shows.           important to my current work.

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