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Funding Support

UWS prides itself on providing courses for upskilling, reskilling and retraining in today’s economic climate.

The workplace has changed significantly in recent months, leaving many employees and employers requiring support – whether in gaining new skills, or looking for new opportunities. UWS is the local university for over 40% of Scotland’s population and the largest provider of education in many sectors, so we are uniquely placed to understand the specific challenges facing our communities and industry sectors in the years ahead. We work closely with public, private and third sector partners to understand the needs of their employees and we are committed to supporting economic recovery in the UK in a post-Covid world.


The Upskilling Fund is delivered by the Scottish Funding Council and was introduced to help tackle skills gaps across Scotland.

To be eligible for the Upskilling Fund, you will need to be:

  • resident in Scotland for at least the last 3 years or employed by an organisation with a business address in Scotland;
  • a UK citizen or have the legal right to live and work in the UK;
  • and 18+ years of age.

As we have a limited number of fully funded or part-funded places available, the criteria used to determine how to award these will take into consideration the following factors:

  • strength of personal statement;
  • balance across protected characteristics;
  • and geographical representation across Scotland.

Some course fees are fully funded whilst others are subsidised. Fees and funding information is clearly stated on each course page.

Please note that the Upskilling Fund cannot be transferred to Full Time undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes to reduce the overall course fee. The Upskilling Fund is only available to students who are studying standalone CPD modules.

Please contact us using the enquiry form or at cpd@uws.ac.uk if there are any courses you would like us to offer or for additional information on any courses displayed.

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