The culmination of a two-year project and a £110 million investment, the campus, which stretches over 85,000m² is situated in one of Scotland’s most successful business parks.
UWS Lanarkshire represents a step-change in the way learning and teaching is delivered in Scotland, and its various spaces have been designed to be open, multifunctional and collaborative, in a move to revolutionise traditional higher education pedagogy.
The campus is home to some of Scotland’s newest and most cutting-edge research facilities, including Scotland’s highest-specification environmental chamber – one of only two in the country – and Scotland’s newest simulated nursing and midwifery teaching environment.
Based within Hamilton International Business Park, UWS Lanarkshire is co-located alongside over 80 local, national and international businesses, including HSBC, Babcock and John Lewis. Its location provides a wealth of opportunities for collaboration with students, graduates and academics, and the campus is open for companies to use its first-class facilities, which include a 236-capacity auditorium and a conference space for up to 128 people.
A priority has been placed on sustainability, making UWS Lanarkshire one of the UK’s greenest university campuses, powered exclusively by renewable energy from the nearby Blantyre Muir wind farm.
Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of UWS, said: “The opening of the UWS Lanarkshire campus is a momentous occasion in our University’s history, and has been delivered on time and on budget – an extremely proud moment for everyone involved in the highly-ambitious project.
“The new campus will give students and staff access to some of the most advanced teaching and research facilities in the UK. It will also have a tremendous impact on the local community, with estimates suggesting the campus will result in a £443 million boost over the next 25 years.
“The way students learn is changing. With direct access to knowledge at their fingertips in the form of smart devices, students need a campus which is flexible and responsive to learning in all its forms – UWS Lanarkshire is equipped with first-class facilities to support the changing nature of learning and teaching higher education.
“Every element of the campus has been carefully considered to ensure it is modern, connected, collaborative, sustainable and that it provides significant opportunities for research and enterprise activity.
“As we welcome students to the UWS Lanarkshire campus, we hope they will relish the opportunities it presents and be proud of their new university facility. We want all our students to use the new space, shape it, and make it their own.