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Paisley Technical School

120 years since the founding of Paisley Technical School.

University of Paisley

25 years since we gained university status as University of Paisley.

University of the West of Scotland

10 years since we merged to become University of the West of Scotland.

“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 16,000 students across 5 campuses and with an expanding network of partners worldwide. Our year of celebration recognises our successes and the rich legacies on which we are built.”


Professor Craig Mahoney, UWS Principal and Vice-Chancellor


Alumni worldwide





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If you studied at University of the West of Scotland, Paisley College of Technology, University of Paisley, Craigie College of Education, or Bell College please join our alumni online community!