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This is a really friendly feeling University. Whatever building you walk into, it seems warm and welcoming.
The computers are of quite a high standard in the new Saltire Centre (Library and Information centre), and it is open and easy to find the books you are looking for. However in peak times it is difficult to find a computer here, and computer labs are often a better bet for finding a free PC. The computers in the labs aren't quite so fast, but they do the job. Also most of the student services are in the Saltire centre, information wise. Staff tend to be helpful, though at times perhaps could be more friendly! Also inside the centre is a Costa Coffee, selling lots of snacks, hot drinks, etc. Queues can be quite long, but there are plenty of comfy seats all around the ground floor.
The lecture accomadation can be a hit or a miss. There are a lot of good lecture theatres, especially in the newer buildings, but some of them are flawed by outside noise, over/under heating and uncomfortable seats.
The gym and sports facilities are, in my opinion, good value for money. The gym is lacking a swimming pool, but as the underground is below it, it would be perhaps difficult to put one in! Plenty of sports clubs and classes exist.
The recent development of a new student union "The Venue" is proving very popular. On the entry level, there is a student shop, selling stationary, food, the usual things. It is sometimes a bit pricy compared to some shops but probably comparable to WHSmith or the like. On the basement level there are the bars, two of them, although they are connected. They are a lot more spread out than the old ones, and brighter, airier, and friendlier. Good prices, plenty seating and standing space. Bar staff friendly and cheery. The events they have are well run and usually well attended and enjoyed.
Teaching, on my course, is another hit or miss area. It is a biological science course, and the actual lecturing is usually good, but as with anything, depends on the lecturer. The lab and seminars are also usually enjoyable and informative, but again, depend on who is in charge. There is an EXCELLENT open door policy, meaning you are able to visit them if you need any help, and they are greatly helpful, accomodating and accepting of needs and problems you may have. Overall, i cannot emphisise enough how genuine and friendly most are.
I love this uni. Ok i havent been to any others, apart from to visit on open days, but i can honestly say that i made the right choice to come here. I am in my third year, and have had a few problems requiring the uni's acceptance and a bit of leeway and they have been great in providing this.
Written by xlauracx on 5th Jan 2008