Student Life

With a £250 million investment programme underway to enhance our facilities further, you're joining us at the right time.

Welcome to the fun part of university life.

Run by UWS students for UWS students, the studentsí association (SAUWS) provides a wide range of services including the students unions across the campuses with bars, coffee bars and student shops on campus. SAUWS are also responsible for organising entertainment and events including the Freshers Fair at the start of the trimester, live music and coordinating a variety of clubs and societies.

On a more serious note, SAUWS also provides a collective voice for the UWS student population and is the recognised channel of communication between students and the University. Students can approach SAUWS for help in dealing with issues including accommodation, student finance and welfare.

At Dumfries Campus, CUSA is the joint campus studentsí association, catering for the needs of University of the West of Scotland and University of Glasgow students.

Student Representation within UWS
All degree programmes elect student representatives to ensure that issues that you feel strongly about during your studies are raised with the appropriate people. It allows the free flow of information from staff to students and back again and is a process whereby the university, academic staff and you, the students, all benefit.

For more information visit the SAUWS website.

UWS incorporates four distinctive campuses situated in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley; each town has its own individual character, architecture and social-scene. Whether you choose an urban or rural environment, our four campuses offer you a gateway to the best that the West of Scotland has to offer and an unparalleled educational experience.

Our new £81 million Ayr Campus, which opened in August 2011, creates a truly innovative learning environment for students.

The campus is home to some of Scottish higher educationís finest facilities with suites, studios and laboratories for performance, music, broadcasting, education and healthcare.

Located just two miles from the centre of Dumfries, this University of the West of Scotland campus has a beautiful setting in 80 acres of parkland and woods and overlooks the River Nith and the Galloway Hills.

Located within the heart of Lanarkshire, the Hamilton Campus is well-served with travel links and is centrally located just eleven miles south of Glasgow. With cafes and bars are located a stonesĎ throw from the University making the Hamilton Campus a sociable place to study.

The largest of the four UWS campuses, it is a dynamic and contemporary environment, with around 10,000 students.

Located in the centre of Scotlandís largest town, a few minutesí walk from Paisley Gilmour Street train station, with frequent services to nearby Glasgow and Ayrshire, the campus is lively and urban.

Letís be honest, part of the fun of starting university is leaving home and moving into your own space and mixing with other students from the UK and further afield.

Well, at UWS you can take advantage of our reasonably priced and comfy student accommodation at our Ayr, Hamilton and Paisley campuses, and in Dumfries we can offer advice on local private accommodation.

You can apply for accommodation when you have received an unconditional offer of a place to study with us. Priority is normally given to first year students who live more than 40 miles from the campus towns, or more than an hoursí travelling time away.

Generally the accommodation itself comprises self-catered flats with shared toilet/shower facilities and a shared kitchen and living area. Students have their own single room which contains a study area.

Ayr Campus accommodation Stunning accommodation just a few minutes walk from the main campus building. Ayr residence offers modern, stylish en-suite accommodation in a woodland setting. More details and prices...

Hamilton Campus accommodation Students choosing to study at Hamilton Campus can enjoy staying in purpose-built flats just next to the campus with room for 156 students. More details and prices...

Paisley Campus accommodation Our £13.2 million Paisley Campus student residence opened in September 2012, offering new accommodation on campus. We also offer newly refurbished flats on campus and accommodation 2 miles from Campus in Thornly park. More details and prices...

Dumfries Campus accommodation We donít currently offer university accommodation at our Dumfries Campus Ė but give us a call or email us at Dumfries Campus and weíll give you help finding accommodation - call 01387 702060 or e-mail:

Non-University accommodation If youíd like to do your own thing, then thatís fine. We can help you with the non-University accommodation too. Get in touch with us and we can give you listings and advice on private accommodation in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley.

Student email, campus wifi, open-access computing labs, online exam results... these are some of the things our ICT Services can offer that can make your life easier when you become a student at UWS.

Moodle is the University's virtual learning environment that allows you to access learning materials off or on-campus. By logging into Moodle you can access notes and handouts, view associated presentations and videos, communicate with your lecturer and fellow students, and undertake activities such as quizzes and assignments.

Personal (and Professional) Development Planning has been embedded into all programmes at UWS.

PDP is a structured and supported process undertaken by a learner to reflect upon their own learning, performance and/or achievement and to plan for their personal, educational and career development.

Effective PDP improves the capacity of individuals to review, plan and take responsibility for their own learning and to understand what and how they learn. PDP helps learners articulate their learning and the achievements and outcomes of HE more explicitly, and supports the concept that learning is a lifelong and life-wide activity.

Find out more about ICT Services student support.

Change your perspective of the traditional library environment Ė our new flexible learning zone on the Paisley Campus offers a vibrant and exciting area for individual study, group study, and relaxation.

Youíll find that if youíre not in lectures or tutorials then youíll most likely be in the library, so we have made it as comfortable as possible with areas for group work, individual quiet areas and wifi access for your laptop.

Itís also packed with the usual reference materials to support your study but also includes electronic books, electronic journal articles and searchable databases which can be viewed online. Youíll need your Athens personal account to access these however, which youíll get when you are enrolled as a student via your student email. You can also browse the library catalogue online and even have a look at the reading list for your course to give yourself a head start.

Itís not only the normal reference resources though, did you know for example that there is a free online education image gallery for use in your learning or research?

Find out more about our library.

If youíre the sporty type or just the occasional visitor to the gym, the University has all the facilities youíll need.

Students on the Dumfries Campus benefit from a brand new leisure and sports facility in the Dumfries & Galloway College building on the Campus, shared by university and college students.

Our Hamilton Campus has a games hall for five-a-side, badminton, netball and basketball, and a fitness studio with cardiovascular and strength resistance machines. Students can join the gym for a discounted rate and professional instruction and supervision are available with fitness programming tailored to studentsí needs.

The Robertson Trust Sports Centre in Paisley provides a range of sporting facilities. An indoor sports hall and gym provides sports and fitness equipment and machines, whilst outdoors, there are 3 floodlit third generation 5-a-side football pitches, full-size football and rugby pitches, all-purpose training area and jogging routes.

Find out more about our sports facilites.

The university's catering provision is known as "The Canteen" and operates at three of our four campuses.

These outlets offer a comprehensive range of speciality coffees; snacks; hot meals and refreshments. Look out for special promotions on-campus at the start of trimesters.

Student Unions

In addition to "The Canteen" the Students' Unions offer a coffee and snack service. At Paisley you can visit Java Cafe, situated on the 3rd floor of the student’s union building; at Ayr we have Food @ The Union and the SAUWS Coffee Shop on Hamilton Campus. Find out more on the SAUWS website.