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I have been at Strathclyde now for five years and I am about to graduate with a MEng in Computer Science. In that time the university has changed a great deal. Now we have a new principal with a new idea of what he wants from the place. The first thing you note is that there is a lot of building work going on. This has always been the case for as long as I have been there. The amount of investment going on is quite something. However, this has a price and that price is a reduction in the range of courses. The university excels in engineering, science and business with an outside mention to education which will soon be leaving JordenHill for a new building in the city campus. Anything else I would recommend you go elsewhere because even if the courses are good just now in the future the determined lack of investment and reduction in staff with have a bad affect on your degree. The uni has a number of great bars and good clean halls of residence. My time here has been good and I have made a lot of new friends who I hope will stay in contact with me throughout my career. I entered as a shy schoolboy but I leave as a confident professional and that is because of the ethos and atmosphere which has rubbed off on me
Univeristy of Strathclyde is a great uni to study at, and with a wide range of courses ranging from Accounting to Psychology. It is situated in the city centre of Glasgow and is perfectly located for transport ranges. Strathclyde has a freat reputation especially is Engineering school and Business school. The halls are located right beside the University giving students a small walk into uni, giving them the sleep students seem to need in abundance.Any student who lives over 25 miles from the university can be guaranteed a place in the halls and these halls have a range of prices and different rooms. Strathclyde uni has the biggest union in Scotland and has a variety of special nights where drinks range from £1.This is also where sports clubs and union groups meet to discuss things. Strathclyde has many many sports clubs and this allows you to take part in any activity you enjoy such as football, trampoling and table tennis. Many of these sports teams are very competitive. Strathclydes engineering school is where i study, Civil Engineering, which is great course, and is constantly challenging on new fronts. The first two years are very basic engineering, and then after this you can specialise a bit more. Strathclyde in general is a brilliant University with friendly people and its easy to get any help you ask for.
The University of Strathclyde has 2 campuses - John Anderson and Jordanhill (Formally Jordanhill Teacher Training College.) The John Anderson campus is situated in the city centre and incorporates Strathclyde Graduate Business School, whilst Jordanhill is the Education Faculty. The main student union is based in the city centre campus but there are also facilities at Jordanhill. There are a wide variety of clubs in the University as well. Strathclyde University likes to think of itself as a forward thinking institution and therefore it tries to promote education for all and lifelong learning. The University tries to provide an extensive part-time curriculum and evening classes in order to provide a flexible approach to learning. The University and disability. The University has a Special Needs Dept. which will try to help with any problems that you might encounter if you have any special learning needs. In terms of disabled access Strathclyde is trying but has a long way to go. The John Anderson campus has numerous buildings dispersed within an area of the city centre. (Most are on steep hills and have a lot of steps, wheelchair access is restrictive. Jordanhill is slightly better but still not great. Both libraries however do have stairlifts. A lot if the pubs and clubs have students discounts, as do many of the shops. I have not commented on the accommodation in this opinion due the fact that I actually commute to attend Uni. Travelling to both campuses is fairly good but John Anderson is obviously a lot easier due to the central location. Jordanhill is slightly more awkward but there is a regular train and bus service. The University also runs a free bus service every couple of hours between the two campuses, so if you can time it right travel is easy. Strathclyde has a lot to offer and in my opinion Glasgow is a great place to study.
Ah, life at Strathclyde Uni was bliss - right in the middle of Glasgow beside loads of pubs, loads of shops and a brilliant Student Union. Just a shame about the coursework and exams!! For those of you who don’t know, Strathclyde Uni is the "other" uni in Glasgow (despite there actually being three in the city). It is situated right in the city centre, near to the magnificant Buchanan Galleries shopping centre and is spread over two campus'. It is easy to reach by all forms of public transport - Buchanan St. Bus Station is a 5-10 minute walk away from the main campus as is Queen St. Station and the Underground. If you want to travel by car - good luck - as recently, Glasgow has become a nightmare to drive in with the introduction of bus and cycle lanes. However, it is still possible to reach Strathclyde Uni by car but you need to get there early both to find a parking space near to the uni and to miss rush hour traffic! The University itself is pretty well laid out in that most people will only be in one campus with little travelling between the two. The main campus is the John Anderson Campus and in my opinion is quite compact and you don’t have to walk miles to get from lecture to lecture. But beware of the VERY steep Rottenrow hill (next to the maternity hospital) - don’t even attempt to climb it if there is just a hint of snow or ice. I’ve become quite an expert in avoiding it over the years!! Entertainment wise, Strathclyde has a fantastic Student Union with eight floors and the bouncers on the door are actually quite human although why they need to be there at ten in the morning is beyond me. There are a variety of different bars in which to get cheap drink and the Barony Bar on the 2nd floor has a large screen TV which shows football and rugby matches - as if cheap drink isn’t enough to keep you all entertained!! As I am not a drinker myself (ahem!), I have been reliably informed that the lager isn’t watered down and the vodka gets you so drunk that playing large size Connect Four and Jenga seems like a good idea!! Food wise, meals in the refectory are actually edible as well as being really cheap and there are several places in the Union (Cavern, Dark Room) which also sell decent food too. The Dark Room in particular caters for most tastes with the usual canteen type fish and chips but they also sell pasta, pizza, salads and always have at least one or two vegetarian options and do a great curry. I’d miss out on the curry though if you have a hangover... I suppose the reason for going to uni, apart from having fun, is to get a good degree and Strathclyde does have a good reputation. For some people, however, Strathclyde Uni will always be second best to Glasgow Uni which has a countrywide reputation for its research and teaching but both universities have a high standard of teaching and Strathclyde is known for its contributions to the Pharmaceutical Industry (among other things). I don’t think that there is a lot of difference between both universities apart from the different courses that they offer. I can’t speak for other courses but the Pharmacy course that I did was very well laid out and the lecturers really knew their stuff. What I especially liked about it was that they gave you pre-printed course notes at the beginning of the year which had full details and content of each of the lectures. Although you have to pay for them (about £40, I think), they were well worth it as instead of scribbling down notes furiously during a lecture, you could listen more and write brief annotations to the pre-printed ones. And it made studying for exams soooo much easier!! I’m not sure if they do that for all courses but certainly many of the Science based ones use them. I personally found them to be very helpful and probably the only reason that I managed to get a degree. Well, I think I’ve touched upon most things about genreal life as a Strathclyde Student. I haven’t mentioned student accommodation because I lived at home and didn’t have first hand experience of it. I have heard mixed reactions about the Baird Hall of Residence but as far as I can make out, it would be best to try to get a student flat on the campus as the rates are reasonable, most of the flats are in good condition and you don’t have to eat the (sometimes unrecognisable) food prepared in the halls of residence. But, I suppose its all a matter of luck.... For those of you looking for more information on the academic side of things, the website address is: http://www.strath.ac.uk Now, doo yoo think I could get a job writing the Prospectus??????
Strathclyde uni is a cool place if you're into geting totally ratarsed frequently and meeting glaswegians. it is friendly if not a bit detached but my advice is to make friends quick and stay away from the union (it seems to breed galloots). Also if you are going and are going to stay in halls then be very afraid if your choice is baird hall. The place is a degenerated hole , although is interesting on the outside, but on the bright side is totally and utterly mad and you will not be able to avoid making alot of friends. If you want a true student experience then Baird is for you basically. It's situated in the drinking capital of glasgow Sauchiehall St and has allthe necessary ingredients for a truly unforgettable first year. All in all strathclyde uni is a haven of paradox - quite staid in a sort of former poly kind of way, whilst reknownd for academic excellence, full of arseholes who are unfriendly yet friendly. Bizarre but an experience non the less. Sorry if i put you off, make your own minds up.