2017-2018: A Year to Celebrate

celebrate UWS

The next academic year, Session 2017-2018 marks a significant point in the Univerity’s history and a period of major celebration.

We look forward to sharing details of an exciting programme of events for colleagues, students, alumni and external partners over the coming months.

So, what are we celebrating?

  • 120 years: 2017 marks 120 years since the foundation of the original Paisley Technical School that has evolved and developed through merger and growth to form a university now home to over 15,000 students across 5 campuses and with an expanding network of partners worldwide.
  • 25 years: 2017 also marks 25 years since we gained University status; and 2018 celebrates 25 years since the installation of our first Chancellor and the award of our first Honorary degrees.
  • 10 years: It is 10 years since we became University of the West of Scotland following the successful merger of University of Paisley and Bell College.

Over this time, UWS has developed significantly gaining recognition as a leader in a range of fields and as an institution that provides an excellent student experience. Our year of celebration recognises our successes and the rich legacies on which we are built.

The full events schedule for 2017-18 is being developed but currently includes: the launch of a new UWS Coat of Arms; an Anniversary Year staff barbecue; a 4-day international celebration of UWS for external guests, staff and students; an Anniversary Year Burns Supper; and a Charity Ball to mark the finale of the anniversary period. We also plan to hold special celebration events on each campus.

An anniversary graphic has been created for use on the formal event materials, and look out for details of a competition, coming soon, for students and staff to submit your designs for an informal celebration graphic for digital media, banners, merchandise and T-shirts. Plus, we’ll launch a competition to rename the University lion, one of the Pride of Paisley artworks created as part of a project to promote the town of Paisley to locals and visitors. Don’t miss the opportunity to take part.

We hope you will join us in celebrating our achievements and our rich heritage over the coming year.

Professor Craig Mahoney
Principal and Vice-Chancellor