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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

Skills Scholarships

To access UWS modules via the CPD route, individuals must meet the following residence requirement:

  • be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for the three years immediately before the relevant date, and
  • have ‘settled status’ in the UK (as set out in the Immigration Act 1971) on the relevant date, and
  • be ordinarily resident in Scotland on the relevant date.

Ordinarily resident means that a person must have made their home in Scotland intending to stay and live here. If just in Scotland to study, but otherwise you would be living elsewhere, you are not ordinarily resident in Scotland.

A Skills Scholarship is available to those who meet the above residence requirement and are enrolling for the first time at UWS. A fee waiver will be applied for one module only.

Note that Skills Scholarships are available across a selection of CPD modules.

Please confirm that you wish to be considered for a Skills Scholarship and that you meet the eligibility criteria when applying. The CPD Centre will notify you of the outcome ahead of supporting enrolment.

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