University of the West of Scotland
Paisley | West of Scotland
Ucas code: U40
What students say about this university654 comments (192 students)
I usually have to go to work after lectures so I haven't investigated the building as much as I would have liked but there are...
I usually have to go to work after lectures so I haven't investigated the building as much as I would have liked but there are a fair few places on campus where you can go to unwind that I know of. Between classes I spend most of my time with my friends in the canteen which is large, bright and spacious. It offers a good variety of food at both breakfast and lunchtime. There is also a separate cafe behind the canteen where you can go for refreshments throughout the day and there is a small shop at the entrance to the building where you can get snacks, juice and stationary if you need it. There is a gym on campus which I haven't had the time to use yet but my friend uses it often and she absolutely loves it. I've had a peak into the gym before and it has loads of different equipment available to use. The student union, I think, is one of the best social sites on campus. When I first walked into the union I though "wow" this seems like a great place to come and unwind in with your friends, grab a drink, have a game of pool etc. I felt like I was in a pub rather than a place on campus which is good if you want to get away from the stress of your studies sometimes. The campus library is excellent. Not once have I walked in there and been unable to find the book I am looking for. I can always get access to a computer if I need it and there is loads of space where you can sit in peace and study. There are also other rooms on campus where you can get access to a computer or a quiet place to study which is very handy.×
It's a chosen course and career and it's creativity based, so you need to input to classes, forget the classroom experience of...
It's a chosen course and career and it's creativity based, so you need to input to classes, forget the classroom experience of coming in, not speaking and "getting on". The course has a flexible element to allow for your creativity to be challenged and enhanced. Don't leave everything to the last minute and set up a Facebook page for your class! Rooms are, on the whole, spacious and accommodating, the technology is a little fidgety but that is true of all organisations and the coffee from the machine is exactly what you'd expect from coffee from a machine, get over it!×
All of the staff I have dealt with throughout my time at uni have been fantastic. The teaching staff are all enthusiastic,...
All of the staff I have dealt with throughout my time at uni have been fantastic. The teaching staff are all enthusiastic, helpful, and very knowledgeable in their field. The support staff (such as lab technicians) are also a huge help and easy to get on with, while helping out however they can. The content we covered was also very well taught and enjoyable. I particularly liked the lab work we did, where we got to use a variety of equipment and also got hands on experience on the things we covered in lectures.×
lecturers express own opinions with passion while still making clear that there are alternatives. A generally friendly campus...
lecturers express own opinions with passion while still making clear that there are alternatives. A generally friendly campus that's less divisive than schools or college. Short work time in general. Not because work is easy but because there is a lot of freedom with regards t study time so the lack of uni time should be compensated for through personal study.×
The learning atmosphere. When you're getting taught in a class, the lecturers always know you by name, and you can talk to them...
The learning atmosphere. When you're getting taught in a class, the lecturers always know you by name, and you can talk to them personally about the material you're taught. This is a better learning experience and more personalised than a bigger University where you ask questions to a tutor who answers to another tutor who answers to the lecturer. You get to discuss the course with the person who teaches it.×
The staff there are really amazing which really plays a big part in helping getting through the course. Also although paisley...
The staff there are really amazing which really plays a big part in helping getting through the course. Also although paisley itself has a pretty bad reputation and the University is not really well known, it definitely caters well to what i want from my course and uni.×
How students describe this university
Overall student satisfaction83%
of students are very or quite satisfied with this university
Number of students15,555
students attended last year
Undergraduate / Postgraduate86%
of students are undergrads
Full-time / Part-time23%
of students are part-time
Male / Female63%
of students are female
Young / Mature30%
of students aged over 21
UK / Non-UK9%
of students here are from outside the UK
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