The University of the West of Scotland has transformed Ayr, writes Ken Mann

Few towns in Scotland can boast a fresh investment of £81 million in higher education facilities. In Ayr, University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is the institution responsible for just that.

Its large hub in the seaside town is a key part of a multi-town campus strategy - Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley are its other town hubs.

In this case, statistics do give an accurate snapshot of impact:

  • It covers 18,000 sq m and was developed by UWS in partnership with SRUC (Scotland's Rural College)
  • Situated on the Craigie Estate, next to the River Ayr, more than 2,400 students study there, taking advantage of the University's career-focused options in Education, Creative Industries, Health and Business
  • It is the base for over 425 university staff
  • The university feeds £42.7m into the overall Ayrshire economy - and growing. That's the spending power generated by staff and students and the university's corporate body as well as the employment sustained.

Professor Paul Martin, Depute Principal of UWS, who was born and bred in Ayrshire, comments: "UWS has a transformational influence on the economic, social and cultural development of Scotland and makes a hugely important contribution to continued development of Ayrshire.

Source: Sunday Herald

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