Universities and colleges

The Irvine Bay area enjoys easy access to some of Scotland's leading universities and colleges. 

Local universities and colleges provide outstanding opportunities for local young people, providing the skills that are vital for relocating businesses who choose to come to this area.


Nearby universities include:

  • Glasgow University
  • Strathclyde University
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • University of the West of Scotland

These institutions offer a wide range of internationally renowned research programmes, including life sciences and provide a range of high quality science and engineering programmes from HNC through to graduate and post graduate levels.

The Irvine area already has existing globally recognised life sciences manufacturing businesses, who successfully recruit the skilled people they need from local universities and colleges. Life sciences is a key focus for the Irvine Enterprise Area.

Further Education

In 2000, James Watt College opened a new campus in Kilwinning with state of the art facilities and space for  6,000 students. Glasgow College also provides a wide range of opportunities for students.