Venue and Location

Venue

The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) and The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) invite you to attend the 2017 International UWS HETL Conference, to be held in Paisley, Scotland. Paisley is just minutes from Glasgow Airport and Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland and one of the largest in the United Kingdom.

The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is one of the Scotland’s largest modern universities, and aims to have a transformational influence on the economic, social and cultural development of the West of Scotland, and beyond. We aim to make the communities we serve more successful, and to create opportunities for all to participate.

UWS has a distinctive and important regional role, with four campuses across the west and south-west of Scotland: Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley. In addition, we have recently opened our fifth campus in London.

UWS is an international university with over 2000 international students drawn from more than one third of the globe, and we work with over 130 international partners.

At UWS, we are here for our students and want them to achieve the best they possibly can, in terms of academic success, employability and personal development. And. Of course, we want our students to have fun while they learn and grow with us, taking advantage of all the extra-curricular activities available to them, such as sport, citizenship and volunteering.

We have a proud record of delivering work-ready graduates and developing effective partnerships with business, industry and the public and voluntary sectors.

We focus on practical courses (many of which are professionally recognised), informed and inspiring teaching, personalised learning experiences supported by internationally recognised and world-leading research; all designed to ensure that our graduates will be work-ready, resilient and able to contribute locally and globally. In fact, 96% of all UWS graduates are in work or further study 6 months after graduating (2014-15 HESA Performance Indicators). And, we are proud of the fact that year-on-year, many of our courses are ranked as top in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.

There is no doubt that we, here at UWS, believe in the transformational power of education, active learning and engagement. We treat our students as partners and potential leaders in their fields and professions, providing them with globally relevant knowledge, skills and confidence to think critically and to challenge perceived wisdom.

And what does all this mean? Well, UWS is recognised as being in the top 5% of universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17 and is in the top 50 in the UK for teaching quality in The Times/The Sunday Times 2017 Good University Guide. These are tremendous accolades that we are proud of and committed to improving.

 

Location

UWS, High Street, Paisley, PA1 2BE, Scotland.

UWS Paisley Campus is situated a short taxi drive from Glasgow International Airport.  The Campus is also conveniently located, and in walking distance from, Paisley Gilmour Street Train Station which is served regularly by trains from Glasgow Central.

 

 Ariel view of Paisley

 

Paisley is very fortunate to have had a rich and interesting history in our town, indeed the surrounding area has been at the heart of Scottish History for hundreds of years. Paisley is situated just 7 miles west of Glasgow, and 53 miles west of Edinburgh.

There are few towns in Britain with a greater industrial and social history than Paisley. Unlike the shipbuilding towns of Scotland, Paisley had what every economist prescribed for a healthy future: a diverse manufacturing base. Paisley made carpets, cornflour and potato crisps, as well as all kinds of machinery – ships, pumps, looms – and millions of spools of the sewing thread that came from its handsome six-floored Victorian mills. Famous for exporting the world-renowned Paisley Pattern, the intellectual curiosity and political radicalism of its handloom weavers endowed it with poets and self-improving societies – distinctive traditions that continued to mark it out from its big neighbour, Glasgow, long after the handlooms vanished.

Only Edinburgh has a denser grouping of listed historic buildings than the 100-odd near the centre of Paisley. Alongside our restored 12th century Abbey (Paisley Abbey), we are home to a grand Baptist church (big and ornamented enough to be talked of as Europe’s Baptist cathedral); a Roman Catholic Cathedral (St. Mirin’s Cathedral), the architecturally acclaimed and first building to be built with a skeleton fabric of reinforced concrete in the West of Scotland (Russell Institute), the Coats’ observatory; a museum and art gallery: a town hall and 100 other smaller contributions to civic life that the town’s industrial grandees bequeathed , such as parks, fountains, libraries, a technical college (now UWS), school prizes and outings.