Member reviews of University of the West of Scotland

  • rym0198's avatar by rym0198 on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    Overall, my experience so far has been very good.
    University:
    Overall, I believe the uni life is very good, with various services both on campus and off campus being available.
    Course:
    Course consists of a lot of practical work in the form of labs which are then usually followed by a lecture on the underpinning theory the next day. This then means the focus isn’t solely just on theory or practical mix and instead has a good combination.
    Location:
    The university campus is situated in the middle of the paisley high street, with a 5-10 minute walk from Paisley Gilmour Street street making it easily accessible.
    Accommodation:
    I live at home, but from what I know the accommodation is in very close proximity to the university campus while also having parking. The rooms themselves also look very nice with en-suite being the standard
    Settling in:
    I came in straight from college after doing a HND, so was quite apprehensive going straight into third year at a university that I don’t know, with people I don’t know.
  • jamestkirks's avatar by jamestkirks on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    I enjoyed being here, am said to be leaving this year, and would recommend the uni to anyone considering applying.
    University:
    I think the uni is mostly made up of commuting students and students who are older, however this is changing, but it means a lot of events etc aren't overly well attended. However everyone is friendly and there are a lot of resources.
    Course:
    Most lecturers are very good at what they do, have passion for what they're teaching, and a lot of industry experience to back it up.
    Location:
    I personally go to Ayr campus which is nice but about an hour away from Glasgow, which is inconvenient as Ayr itself isn't the biggest town in the world.
    Accommodation:
    I didn't personally stay in the accommodation but my friends did and it was clean, safe, and close to campus. However it was a bit expensive.
    Settling in:
    The uni is easy to settle into and become acquainted with, they have a lot of events and societies to explore.
  • Catkrysta's avatar by Catkrysta on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    I love it. Everyone is beyond nice and the courses are very detailed. The best uni to study at.
    University:
    I love everything about it
    Course:
    It's a brilliant uni. Very inclusive in everything it does. The lecturers are so nice and always willing to help, they are genuinely interested in teaching and helping.
    Location:
    Can be a pain with public transport or parking. Have to get there early to get a space.
    Accommodation:
    I haven't been inside the accomodation but have heard it is really good.
    Settling in:
    Settled in immediately. Everyone was so nice
  • 3005hac's avatar by 3005hac on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    4/5 been made to feel very welcome and been given the correct guidelines as how to cope with the new timetable and individual learning etc
    University:
    It's great, there's lots to do.
    Course:
    I'm enjoying learning all the criteria of the course, including Criminal Behaviour and Scottish Criminal Justice
    Location:
    It's an ideal location, good public transportation links and lots of places to eat round about.
    Accommodation:
    I don't live in the accommodation butt I heard from one of my classmates it's okay nothing to fancy.
    Settling in:
    I have fit in well, just haven't gotten to meet everyone in my classes just yet.
  • Danielle27297's avatar by Danielle27297 on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    This university is really given a bad review, but honestly I don't think it could get much better. The university themselves are very accommodating and ensure that you are given as much help as possible with the university, the supplies for the course are always available. Just overall it really is a fantastic university.
    University:
    I love university
    Course:
    There is so much support etc given from our university. The lecturers are so dedicated to the students and are so quick to help and make our lives easier at university.
    Location:
    My university is so close to home and that is one of the reasons I chose to go here.
    Accommodation:
    The location is perfect as it is right beside the lecture hall that is used for the percentage of my lectures, but the rooms are very small (which is expected) and the price is very high per month which is why a lot of students rent and share flats near the university as it is much cheaper.
    Settling in:
    Everyone was very welcoming and there is always guides around to help out new students. Lecturers as well have students some time before the lecture properly began to allow students to speak amongst themselves and get to know each other, especially in my first week at uws.
  • B00285547's avatar by B00285547 on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    It has been good but could improve only slightly
    University:
    Could do more to advertise these facilities to get more involvement
    Course:
    I have given a 4 because I have just started and have enjoyed so far so good but it still could improve.
    Location:
    Ayr is a good location for myself it's not too busy like Glasgow and it's easy to drive to, and has great facilities around Ayr.
    Accommodation:
    Do not stay at accommodation
    Settling in:
    It has been welcoming and settled in but could have done a better induction with more paper work books of modules, what is expected, information instead of all being on moodle and having to print at home.
  • rocb123's avatar by rocb123 on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    4
    University:
    its great for post grad's
    Course:
    It's great
    Location:
    outside city
    Accommodation:
    i dont live in it but it seems excellent
    Settling in:
    its hard!
  • Abbysusanne 's avatar by Abbysusanne on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    Completely different experience to my undergrad course at a different university. The building is clean and modern and staff go out of their way to help.
    University:
    Library services are great and there are gym facilities and an on campus Union
    Course:
    Compared to my undergrad course the organisation is so much better and lectures are more enjoyable.
    Location:
    Lectures looking out onto the river (Ayr campus) very picturesque. Easy location to get to.
    Accommodation:
    I have never been in so can't give a fair response
    Settling in:
    The staff are very friendly and approachable and the university itself has a very open welcoming vibe
  • ArionXenos    (?)'s avatar by ArionXenos (?) on 30th August 2015
    Overall:
    An ok university. If I had better qualifications when applying I would definitely have chosen somewhere else. My course has interesting aspects but I feel very disconnected, uninspired and generally quite jaded by the whole thing.
    University:
    Library is good, gym is cosy and well sized. Halls are ok. Union is being closed, so now the students have to travel to Ayr town for any sort of enjoyment. This is going to make an ok uni experience completely insufferable. Even though I didn't use the union much, it'll take away from the spirit.
    Course:
    Subject of the course is good, interesting. However, the teaching could be better, information could be clearer and I feel a strong disconnection to the course as a whole.
    Location:
    I don't like Ayr, it takes about an hour and a half to get to uni. It should be in Glasgow, as about 80% of the people at this uni are from there originally. Very weird choice for the Ayr campus.
    Accommodation:
    The halls are nice, I haven't stayed there though I have stayed overnight. They are very clear and clinical looking though, I prefer the halls at Dundee.
    Settling in:
    I get on quite well with most of the people in my course but I don't feel 'part' of anything; I have avoided staying in the uni, not been part of a 'uni lifestyle' and find about 70% of the students annoying, aside form my friends.
  • by Anonymous on 5th October 2015
    Overall:
    4/5
    University:
    Could be better
    Course:
    It is a brilliant course and has a very good quality of information
    Location:
    It's in a good location however not many food places
    Accommodation:
    Not sure
    Settling in:
    It was very easy to settle into uni
  • by Anonymous on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    It's a great university, You are provided with a lot of support and friendly staff
    University:
    Facilities could be a lot people. The sports centre in more than a 10 minute drive from campus!
    Course:
    The timetable suits most people, for example no 9am starts and always finishing at 4 at the lastest
    Location:
    Parking is difficult for many people, however train station is very close
    Accommodation:
    Location is great
    Settling in:
    I was a 2nd year direct student therefore settling in was a little more harder
  • by Anonymous on 13th September 2015
    Overall:
    The courses are poorly organised and often at annoying times if you have to commute. There's almost no "student" experience in the uni as there's nothing to do.
    University:
    There are a grand total of 6 societies consisting of a Christian club, dungeons and dragons club, anime club and a few religious clubs. Nothing to do with anything musical or anything that involves group events and proper socialising. The student union is basically a cupboard with no room to socialise properly, it's usually overly noisy and the prices for drinks and food are overpriced.
    Course:
    The course covers the areas that I deem fun and rewarding towards my career. Some of the modules don't cover areas in enough detail and some modules seem to be very similar to others.
    Location:
    Close to almost no amenities. Beside a shopping centre 20 minutes away from campus. Unless you live in the location of the campus it's over an hour long commute which can become tedious.
    Accommodation:
    Accomodation is rather expensive, it's a 2 minute walk to the university campus but due to the location of the university there's almost nothing to do in the area.
    Settling in:
    The lecturers and lay out of moodle and the campus are very easy to settle into
  • by Anonymous on 6th September 2015
    Overall:
    good
    University:
    good
    Course:
    It;s ok
    Location:
    good
    Accommodation:
    Same
    Settling in:
    same
  • by Anonymous on 30th August 2015
    Overall:
    5
    University:
    Union is out dated
    Course:
    It's good, but sometimes classes cancelled at last minute
    Location:
    Easy to drive to
    Accommodation:
    Not applicable to me
    Settling in:
    It was fine
  • by Anonymous on 23rd August 2015
    Overall:
    The university doesn't have the same kind of reputation as the bigger universities, but I'd say that it's just as good as them. The whole university experience at UWS is really good, new students are made to feel welcome and the whole experience is boosted by the fact that any problems that do arise are easily sorted as most of the staff are approachable and friendly.
    University:
    Lots of events and activities take place inside the university and also in the student union, usually quite frequently. The university offers a massive library, with different types of study areas to cater for different needs. The university is only a few minute walk away from the Paisley Centre and the Piazza, also a short distance from Glasgow.
    Course:
    The only issue I have ever came across was having to deal with language barriers with international students.
    Location:
    The university is in the centre of Paisley, only a few minute walk away from Gilmour Street. Also, has bus stops right outside the front of the university.
    Accommodation:
    I do not stay at student accommodation but I do believe that they are to a high standard, in great locations and are affordable for those who need the accommodation.
    Settling in:
    It only took a short length of time to settle in, one reason being that I already knew a few people on my course, but also because there are quite a few approachable students.
  • by Anonymous on 23rd August 2015
    Overall:
    Fantastic
    University:
    Loving the social aspect, especially the hockey social wednesdays
    Course:
    Lectures are very helpful and I love the course
    Location:
    Easily accessible just off M8
    Accommodation:
    Very affordable and modern
    Settling in:
    Very friendly lecturers and students

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