Paisley Campus to have a Royal Visitor

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will officially open University of the West of Scotland’s new flexible learning space, the ‘Atrium’ during a visit to its Paisley Campus today (Friday 12 February 2016).

The new Atrium at the University’s Paisley Campus High Street entrance is a vibrant, technology-rich and flexible learning area.  It features new social learning areas, providing interactive smartscreen technology; meeting spaces; events areas; study and meeting spaces; display zones; and a café open to staff, students and members of the community.


UWS is committed to delivering a dynamic and exciting learning environment, ensuring that it provides a modern, exciting and high quality student experience. This development is part of the University’s ongoing campus re-development programme, encompassing all aspects of work across all four of its Scottish campuses.

The visit to UWS will also see Her Royal Highness, escorted by Professor Craig Mahoney, UWS Principal and Vice-Chancellor, undertaking a tour of the Paisley Campus, giving an insight into the significant investment UWS has recently made at the Campus to guarantee that students are given a first-class learning experience.

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of University of the West of Scotland, said: “We are absolutely delighted and hugely honoured that HRH The Princess Royal will officially open the new state-of-the-art Atrium at our Paisley Campus.

“UWS is strategically committed to providing sustainable, contemporary and inspirational learning environments.  We aim to be the most technologically enabled University in the UK, with the most modern, outstanding and varied pedagogic methods of delivery.  This will underpin our person-centred approach to learning that prepares graduates for future success.  The University’s continued investment in facilities and services place its students in a particularly strong position in the sector.

“We are extremely proud of our Paisley Campus and are particularly pleased that The Princess Royal will also get the opportunity to view new facilities across the Campus and meet a range of colleagues involved in these new developments and their use.”

Areas visited will include the University’s Library and Learning Resource Centre where an insight into the new Student Hub, which brings together frontline services for students alongside formal and informal learning spaces and café facilities, and the work being done to support students will be provided; the Interactive Learning Studio; the new open plan Research, Enterprise and Engagement Zone, which is accessed by students, academics and commercial partners; and new social spaces and touchdown points on Campus which have been installed as part of a £12 million IT development project. This investment in IT builds upon the University’s commitment to provide the highest standards of learning and teaching, enabling UWS to produce highly employable, IT-literate graduates who have bold aspirations for themselves and their communities and are able to enter the modern world of work fully equipped to excel in their chosen field.

The studio of Professor Alexander Stoddart, HM Sculptor in Ordinary in Scotland, which is based at Paisley Campus, will also be visited by Her Royal Highness during her time at the University.

UWS prides itself on its outstanding teaching and exceptional learning and was recently shortlisted in the ‘Most Improved Student Experience’ category of the prestigious, national Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2015. This award nomination is testament to UWS’ strong commitment to providing student-centred, personalised and distinctive learning and teaching experiences underpinned by professionally relevant research, knowledge exchange and enterprise.

It is a hugely exciting time to study at UWS as is highlighted by the fact that the University received a 4 star rating in the ‘WhatUni’ Student Choice Awards 2015. The results are based on averages taken from reviews submitted by students to the national university search website, over the past year. This rating emphasises quality of the student experience at UWS.