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Your Union

Everything you need to know about UWS Students' Union.

Welcome to the beating heart of the UWS students’ experience, the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) Students' Union.

We are not just an organisation; we are a dynamic, student-led Union, independent from the University, dedicated to championing your interests, supporting you when things get tough, giving voice to the issues that matter to you and offering a vibrant community that feels like a home away from home.

With a membership spanning five campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Lanarkshire, Paisley, and London, we unite more than 20,000 members in a common vision – 'Creating a better future for UWS students and the world around us'.

As well as representing you at a local level, we are also members of the National Union of Students (NUS) – Scotland and NUS UK. We utilise our collective force on a national level to lobby for changes and improvements for students across Scotland and the UK.

We are lots of things, but at heart, we have a few important values. We are...

Welcoming – A Place that Feels Like Home

We understand that university life can be a whirlwind of new experiences. That's why we're here to provide a warm, welcoming, and inclusive community that becomes your home away from home. Whether you need support, camaraderie, or simply a friendly face, you'll find it here.

Innovation Fuels Our Spirit

We are not content with the status quo. We embrace innovation, foster creativity, and continuously seek fresh, exciting ways to enhance your student experience. Our commitment to innovation keeps us at the forefront of student-led initiatives.

Student-Led, Student-Centred

As a student-led Students’ Union, your interests are our top priority. We listen, we support, we represent, we advocate, and we take action, individually and collectively, to create a supportive and enriching environment that ensures you have an excellent student experience.

Equality: Celebrating Diversity, Fostering Inclusion

In our mission to create a vibrant and supportive community, we place a special emphasis on equality. We celebrate diversity and champion the cause of inclusion with unwavering dedication. We believe that every student, regardless of background or identity, deserves an equal opportunity to thrive.

Get involved

This is more than an introduction; it's an open invitation to get involved in Your Union. Students' Unions are powerful organisations but only have the ability to make changes if you engage with us. Whether that's joining a society, becoming a Student Representative or network, attending an event, completing a survey, or voting in the elections.

Together students can achieve more!