Christmas has come early for staff and students at Paisley’s university after it was handed a £1.4million funding increase for next year’s academic session.
Education paymasters have revealed that the University of the West of Scotland will have its annual budget increased from around £39.8million to £41.2m for 2013/14 – a rise of 3.5 per cent.
Bosses at the uni, which caters for around 17,000 full-time and part-time students, said they are delighted with the agreement, which rewards lecturers and students for their hard work.
UWS has earned a glowing reputation for widening access to higher education for all sections of the community and has forged strong links with colleges and junior institutions to encourage enrollment on its courses.
Uni chiefs have said the extra cash will be put to good use in helping students get the best out of education to prepare them for the world of work.
A UWS spokesman told the Paisley Daily Express: “We welcome the funding announcement, which recognises the university’s strengths in learning and teaching, and in knowledge exchange and research.
“It also highlights our position as Scotland’s leading university in attracting students from the college sector.
“This funding will help the university continue to drive forward its teaching, research and international agenda and will further strengthen our position locally, nationally and internationally.”
Bosses at lecturing trades union the University College Union (UCU) have also welcomed the extra cash for UWS, which has its main campus in Paisley, as well as bases in Ayr, Hamilton and Dumfries.
Scottish UCO official Mary Senior said: “UWS has done well to get a substantial increase over last year.
“When you look at the detail of that funding, the university has done particularly well in the same essentials that the Scottish Funding Council has outlined in its aims.
“They have gained additional money for community education and they have done better with their funding for widening access to higher education from other colleges.
“UWS does well in its links with other college students who wish to study at the university.”
However, Ms Senior has also voiced concerns that job security for lecturers has been ignored by funding bosses.
She added: “The funding announcement recognises the importance of supporting access to education through all sectors of the community. However, greater job security should have been included.”