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Funding support

Explore potential funding options available to support your CPD journey.

University of the West of Scotland (UWS) prides itself on providing flexible short courses to support upskilling and reskilling.

The workplace continues to change significantly and at pace, leaving many organisations and people with a very real need for lifelong learning – to gain new knowledge and skills, and seek opportunities to innovate and grow.

UWS is the local university for over 40% of Scotland’s population, so we are uniquely placed to understand the specific challenges facing our communities – both urban and remote rural – and their key industry sectors in the years ahead.

We work closely with public, private and third sector partners to understand the needs of the workforce and we are committed to supporting economic recovery in the UK and beyond in a rapidly evolving world.

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

The Upskilling Fund is only available across a small selection of our CPD courses. Of these, some 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.

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

  • resident in Scotland for at least the last 3 years;
  • 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 following will be taken into consideration when reviewing applications:

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

Should you require any further information on funding options, please contact us using the enquiry form or by emailing

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