This college has many faults which stem from a weak chain of command. In my case I have mixed feelings about my course organiser for Social Sciences - who let me by first point out to be a good decent person - lacks any influence in the complaints raised by myself and other class mates. She has deemed it acceptable to allow a Psychology and History lecturer who has been off long term due to illness (which apparently according to students who did the access social sciences course has done this last year two) to 'lecture' us. She has been too lax with my poltics lectuer who deems it ok to send the class away 2 hours early! I honestly dont believe that i've had the full 15 hours a week more than 10 times this year and it's a miracle that I passed my graded unit this year (and I would like to point out that quite a significant number did not/dropped out of the course earlier on/scrapped a past). The lecturers have no idea how useless Moodle is as the SOLE teaching resource especially when it is either not working over weekends or magically takes things off that the lecturer uploads earlier (which I doubt very much). I did think it was funny when my politics/history lectuer got really annoyed at the class for not knowing that the history b assessments had changed when he hadnt bothered to tell us or put it up in moodle. My course organiser also thought it was useful to make a guy (who was less than helpful) prepare us in our exam support and graded unit class. I have tried not name my course organiser or the lecturers however I will say this (to my course organiser):
- do NOT make Kenny the exam support/graded unit class lecture for any HND Social Science Student.
- do NOT make Tom the history/psychology lectuer if his health will fail him for most of the year AGAIN (do NOT make Kenny the Psychology or History lecturer either!!!).
- ensure that lecturers (especially politics lecturers) do NOT constanly allow the class to leave 1 hour in.
My course organiser is a good person, she is a good psychology and exam support lectuer and I'm really sorry but I've been left with no choice and while i wont be there for year 2 of the HND i do believe my class mates deserve a chance.
I studied for my biology degree at The University of Abertay Dundee, and it is an excellent university. The laboratory facilities are brilliant, with many labs for different disciplines. I can only speak for my course, but the lecturers were in the main all friendly, approachable and helpful.
The university itself is in a great location, with some very much improved facilities since I attended, namely the new student association building. I have not been inside this, as the plans and fighting were still all over the place when I was a student. But from the outside it looks impressive! The library is also excellent, very well stocked and comfortable, with a lot of IT suites in addition to the many IT suites in the main university building. The location is nice and central with plenty of pubs and the main shopping centres close by, as well as being within easy walking distance from the rail station, car parks and bus stops. There are also a lot of student accommodation within minutes walk.
(Stow college is a college in Glasgow, Scotland.)
With regards to a Stow music course:
In terms of lecturers I got, a few were very good but the majority unhelpful with poor teaching standards.
They were fantastic, informative tutors who knew their stuff.
The rest of the music course staff should pull their finger out and make an effort.
Stow college may be good for other subjects but for music its is one major headache...
I would actively encourage potential students to consider other options.
I would also encourage the better lecturers to work for a different institution as their talents are wasted in this place! (certainly in terms of music courses!!!)
As a previous review happened to mention, one member of staff was appaulling in terms of actually showing up for classes. (I'm probably being too polite in not mentioning this member of staff!!!) Either that or he was late.... (in fact when wasn't he late!).
However I would like to highly commend Mr Gunn who is one of the best tutors I have ever had the pleasure of being taught by.
Stow college music course is a joke.Learn it yourself on the net cos thats what you'll be doing in a stow college music course.Waste of bloody money.one of their lecturers often doesn't show up for classes as well.Buy pro tools and work it for yourself and buy a book on making it in the music industry and save yourself roughly 900 quid.Absolute waste of time.
I thought this review was needed to counter balance the other review from the staff member from Stow.
Sorry but everything i've heard about Stow has been bad.
I know one guy thats done a Computing course there, knows as much as when he started, in fact he thinks he knows what to do and doesnt, meaning he can/does make things worse often.
It's also well known its basically impossible to fail at Stow.
May be a good point or a bad point depending what your perspective is.
However one of the reasons its impossible to fail Stow is that the lecturers often and with the full knowledge of most anyone help students pass.
ie ....letting students take tests home to complete or resit.
Voiding the reason for a test.
This upset a few people i know that actually did work, as people they knew shouldnt have passed and got extra time or even test answers, passed with the same qualification as them.
This isnt limited to one or two occasions, i know of multiple instances from just the people i know.
Its not that great as its made out.
Also be noted.....with a qualification you WONT get into some Universities.
Glasgow Caledonian, i know, basically just refuses to accept people from Stow on multiple courses.
Edit for comments.
Not sure how the product thing works, seen other college reviews in this section so put it here.
And people shoudlnt go to Stow, so why would i give advice for people to go there.
Its proved their qualifications are worthless by numerous friends who have done it and the fact Universities refuse to enter someone with a qualification from there.
Further Edit..... have 2 items in the Product Proposal queue, that seem not to be moving. Also waiting on an entire new section in the games area.
This review is here because theres no product it can go in and tbh it will take a while anyway it seems.
Decided to re-write this, because the old one sucked. Reid Kerr College's Music Performance & Promotion courses are available at three consecutive levels; NC, HNC and HND, and are based at the Creative Arts Department in Reid Kerr's Mile End Campus in Seedhill in Paisley. The course is lectured by experienced professional musicians/ music industry personnel (top 40 singles, Albert Hall performances, 10+years with London Records amongst their collective CVs), offering a wealth of experience to the students there, meaning they learn from more than just dry theoretical text in books. It's always cool to hear a funny or interesting story to tie in with a class (one of my favourites being a story where Oasis opened for one of my lecturer's bands and was barely on the bill. Of course, that was before they really made it). the facilities have improved leaps and bounds over the past year since the move to the Mile End campus; dedicated recording booths (which the students actually get to use on a regular basis), digital recording equipment (including the almighty Pro Tools), and there's a few electric and accoustic guitars about in case one is needed for a recording. Yeah, they're not Paul Reed Smiths or '54 Strats, but they do the job adequately. Truth be told, the wee cheap Washburn accoustics they have record *really* well. Of course, the course being titled what it is, there is also a performance aspect to the course, so being able to play an instrument or sing is a definite advantage. In the past, the college has arranged nights at King Tut's, Strawberry Fields, the 13th Note Café, and Nice 'n' Sleazy's, and have backline and PA on hand if required. Of course, if a student says 'can I use my 100W Marshall stack?', they're not going to say no. :-) Another thing worth mentioning about the MP&P courses is Glass Cheque Records, the college's in-house record lab
el. It released its debut single last year, 'Ellen' by Haywire (now known as Mina King - www.minaking.com), and is giving another band a crack at stardom this year, Blue Movie, whose EP is being released in April. The label has contacts throught the business and has recieved television coverage, radio airplay and a centrefold newspaper spread. On the whole, I'd say RKC is running some of the better music courses around these days, certainly north of the border. If you're in Scotland, and you want to dip your toes into the music business, but want an educational lifejacket, Reid Kerr's definitely worth a look.
Stow college in Glasgow is a very underrated college once it was well known for engineering but now it have a large variety of courses on offer including music technology, social science to name but a few. It has a great special needs course ran by a really nice guy called Tom Slimming who works wonders with the groups of all ages and varying disabilities. The music technology courses are second to none there is a well equiped recording studio on the second floor where Belle and Sebastian started out. On the third floor there is a Flexible learing studio which the students and staff alike can gain acess to computers if they don't have them at home. The library has an etensive range of titles on all subjects which is on the fourth floor. The refectory is on the fifth floor which does great low priced meals which has something for everyone. I don't study at the college I'm a staff member but they encourage you to take courses if you wish i'm signing up for one in the autum. on the whole the students and staff are great and it makes it a great place to work as well as study.