The University of the West of Scotland is a university operating from four campuses in south-western Scotland, in the towns of Paisley, Hamilton, Dumfries and Ayr. The present institution dates from August 2007, following the merger of the University of Paisley with Bell College, Hamilton. It can trace its roots to the late 19th century, and has undergone numerous name changes and mergers over the last century, reflecting its gradual expansion throughout the region.
Holding a regional reputation for vocational undergraduate and post-graduate courses the University currently has students, with approximately 1300 staff, spread across six schools of learning.
The Crichton Campus in Dumfries is maintained in partnership with a number of other institutions, including the University of Glasgow.
The university's highest ever ranking for UK Institutions came in 2009 when the Complete Universities Guide placed UWS 62 out of 113 universities.
〔(【引用サイトリンク】University league table 2009 )〕 In 2015, UWS was ranked 118th out of 126 universities in the same league table.
Although classified as a new university, the University of the West of Scotland has a rich, diverse history inherited from the various institutions that preceded it, including the University of Paisley, Bell College of Technology and Craigie College of Education.
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