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      16.12.2012 23:31

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      Glasgow can be good if you know a lot of people from home or have good flat-mates.

      Glasgow was the worst experience of my life. I was eager to start university but was met with disappointment. Despite going out every night in freshers week, making an effort to get to know my flatmates and surrounding flats, talking to people in lectures and tutorials and having joined 4 societies, I made no friends.
      Teaching and Facilities
      The university does deserve a high rank in the league tables because the teaching was excellent, the staff were involved and encouraging and the library was excellent. The sport facilities were amazing too.
      The lectures and tutorials are very big so it is hard to meet people in your course.
      Societies and the Unions.
      Glasgow has two unions which splits the community up more. I hated the Hive because it was dirty, over-crowded and the majority of people there were looking for one-night stands. The societies had too many members and I found it hard to see the same people twice and the organisers didn't engage with you. The majority of socials took place in Sauchiehall street which is about a 15 minute taxi away from the main campus which is awkward to get to. I went alone to the socials in an attempt to meet new people
      but everyone seemed to bring someone with them and didn't intergrate.
      The Halls
      I would not recommend staying in Queen Margaret Halls. My 4 flat-mates were terrible and there were no residential socials to try and meet more people that way. I found the people staying there to be snobby. I would try Murano.
      Campus Atmosphere
      There is no sense of community and I found the university to be too big. It is hard living in a big city and I felt a very sullen atmosphere about the place.

      I was unlucky in every circumstance, and I acknowledge that but if you are going to Glasgow, it is best to have someone you know from home. If I had good flat-mates my experience would have been better.

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      10.11.2012 03:05
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      Absolutely amazing experience, cannot recommend more!

      I have been a student here since September 2010. I chose it primarily because of it's high entrance grades and position on league tables - I did want an impressive university for my degree. But I think the University offers a lot more than that!

      Glasgow has a very flexible system for courses i.e. in your first and second year (unless you're doing something very vocational like Medicine, Dentistry or Vet Science) you can do a combination of 3 subjects. This means that you do not have to choose your major/honours subject until the end of 2nd year/beginning of 3rd which allows you to really decide which subjects you prefer! This flexibility was particularly useful for me as I have changed the degree from what I originally applied for based on my first and second year, I know a lot of people who are the same.

      Also, the facilities are second to none. The gym is very up to date and if you avoid peak times it is usually possible to get a machine quite easily (it is also being extended in the near future). The library has a good stock of books and a very good reservation/recall system so you have access to all the books you may need for your course! Computers on campus are hard to get especially around exam/deadline times so I would advise bringing a laptop in if it's desperate you use a computer. The lecture and teaching rooms are a good size and have all the extras (TV's, projectors etc) that would ever be needed.

      Also,there are 2 unions GUU and QMU, you can join both or just one, they have different events throughout the year and throw a very decent freshers week each year! The Students Representative Council (SRC) are very good at getting across student opinion and fighting your corner when you need it. There are a huge umber of societies pretty much catering for any student interest from sportsto gaming to subject based societies and even a Cheese Society! All of the student bodies have excellent student representation - i.e. run for students by students!

      Also, just look at the building, it's beautiful - granted you'll spend most of your time in Boyd Orr which isn't so impressive, but graduation does take place in Hogwarts so your photos will be nice at least...

      However, uni is what you make it. If you don't try and get involved (with societies or volunteering) I can guarantee you won't have as good a time as others. You have to put yourself forward for things and it will be absolutely amazing! I can't give that as advice enough! I have only just started doing this fully and though it is hard to balance my workload and my social responsibilities it had been the best year of my life so far - so just go for it!

      Also, the centre of the city and the first year halls are quite far away from the uni itself which can get annoying in terms of transport but once you get the hang of it it's not much of a problem - or I never found it to be. SRC even runs free buses to halls.

      I have loved my time here - first year was a bit more lonely, but then I joined societies (which I urge everyone to do) and I gt more friends and felt more at home! I would recommend this uni to anyone wanting a good quality of education and a good student experience.

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        19.03.2012 20:09
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        A wonderful place to spend four years studying!

        I've attended Glasgow University since September 2010, and am coming up to the midway point of my degree. Before I came to Glasgow, I wasn't entirely sure that I'd made the right decision. Now, having been here for 18 months, I am completely confident that I chose the right university and would confidently recommend it to anyone.

        There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly, the sheer quality of the academic experience. I have had the fortune to be taught by a number of experts in their respective fields, and to have access to a large amount of resources, intellect, experience and knowledge that has benefited me greatly. In my experience, the academic staff have always been happy to help with queries related to the course and they are also willing to provide references and other help that isn't strictly related to my course of study. Of course, I have encountered some members of staff who have not been so helpful or competent, but generally my experience in this area has been positive.

        I'm also impressed by the facilities available; the gym, the library, the two student unions. While I don't use the gym often, and it is therefore a very expensive membership for me, for those who use it more regularly it is a valuable part of campus life. The library is wellstocked, though finding a computer in there is often fairly difficult, particularly around deadline/exam time.

        There are two student unions at Glasgow; the GUU and the QMU. I am technically a member of both, although very rarely venture into the GUU. It has the more impressive building, but the QMU is friendlier, cheaper and hosts a far greater range of comedy and music events that suit my interests, as opposed to the GUU's focus on debates and its 'Tory Boy' image. The QMU is also home to a number of societies who meet in its committee rooms. Glasgow has a wide range of societies available for all interests, from charity based ones to sporting opportunities, to a science fiction and gaming group!

        Academically, my favourite thing about Glasgow is the flexibility of the degree and how it allows students to change their mind; there is no expectation that you must decide the course of your life at 17! To me, this shows that, despite occasional difficulties with university management, it is a student centred university. Students have a high degree of autonomy in their studies and in the running of the unions and the SRC (Students' Representative Council).

        I have had the time of my life at Glasgow so far, and hope to continue this for the next two years. I would wholeheartedly recommend anyone to follow in my footsteps and come here!

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          06.06.2011 11:51

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          I attended MA in International Relations at University of Glasgow after I graduated my undergrad studies from King's College, which was not a good experience for me at all. Before I went to Glasgow, I've heard soooooo many good things about the university. When I arrived there, everything was up to my expectations! The campus is gorgeousssss, like i was in Harry Potter! The staff and professors are very friendly and well educated. The scottish are friendly and I happened to like their accent. My life and study in Glasgow were so much better than when I was at King's College. I'm not surprised that the University of Glasgow has a worldwide reputation! Most students there graduated from good universites with outstanding grades. In summary, University of Glasgow is the best university in the world for me!

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          22.09.2009 19:06
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          great place to spend your student years.

          The University of Glasgow is one of the UKs oldest universities that can trace its origins back to the 15th century and has had many distinguished graduates such as Adam Smith, the founder of modern Economic and Lord Kelvin.

          It is situated in Glasgow's stylish West End, considered the cities most prosperous region with many landmarks such as the Kelvingrove Art Museum and the Mueseum of Transport as well as a number of beautiful parks. Often coined as Edinburgh's cooler older cousin Glasgow is a brilliant city to be student with a huge number of pubs and clubs both in the West end the City Centre.

          The University itself is well thought of in academic circles with an especially acclaimed arts and law faculties. The main campus is of gothic architecture and one of the architectural landmarks of the city. For students there are two unions, the only University to have such a feature in the country. There is also good sporting facilities with several all weather pitches, squash courts and a fully fledged gym.

          In Conclusion choosing to study at the University of Glasgow is a no brainer and should be considered by anyone who does not have their sights not set on a place at Oxbridge.

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          21.08.2009 01:18
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          overall a great uni

          Glasgow University is regarded as a centre for educational excellence, ranking as a top 20 university in various tables (the one I most recently remember seeing this in is the Sunday times).

          Glasgow is the only tertiary education establishment in Scotland which offers a complete range of professional studies including law, medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, and engineering, along with a wide range of academic subjects including science, social science, ancient and modern languages, literature, theology and history.

          The University is currently spread over a number of different campuses. The main one is the Gilmorehill campus, in Hillhead. As well as this there is the Garscube Estate in Bearsden, housing the Veterinary School and much of the University's sports facilities, the Dental School in the city centre, and the Crichton campus in Dumfries, operated jointly by the University of Glasgow, the University of the West of Scotland and the Open University. The University has also established joint departments with the Glasgow School of Art and in naval architecture with the University of Strathclyde (cited Wikipedia).

          Other buildings are near the Gilmorehill campus, but a short bus ride/longer walk away e.g St. Andrew's Building (11 Eldon Street - about a 5 minute bus ride). This can be confusing as often, exams for smaller classes will be held in buildings that you may never have heard of, so further exacerbating exam panic!

          The library is fantastic - 12 floors, and most books that you would expect for your course are there. On the bottom floor is a small room with some vending machines for food and drinks, and some tables. I feel that this area is too small to serve the entire library, and there should be another one on maybe the 6th floor or something?!

          The university has two student unions, the Queen Margaret Union and the Glasgow University Union. I can't comment on these much except to say that the QM shop is quite good and had the best fitting and cheapest lab coat I could afford, plus some cool stationery.

          There is also a gym, which I never used but apparently has lots of classes and only costs about £50 a year

          On campus, there are places to sit and eat in the main building and the recently renovated Hub. These are okay, but can be pricey.

          There are loads of restaurants and shops on Byres Road and all sort of food take away places like Subway, Little Italy etc.

          Some of the buildings are really nice and modern (e.g the wolfson medical building), some are lovely and old, and you can feel the history (e.g the Bute hall is amazing), but some are just scary (e.g the West medical building, which feels like a dungeon, is creepy, and has a lot of staircases and windiness - it feels like a maze that you could permanently get lost in) or not nice (e.g the Boyd Orr - a horrible ugly 60s building - it's actually windy on the ground floor, cold most of the way through, and all the rooms and labs feel dingy)

          The course that I did (microbiology) consisted of modules all the way through (except 3rd year), which was great as I got to pick subjects I was interested in. I also got to do a 15 week project in my honours year, which was great experience. The quality of teaching was mostly very good and most lecturers were very approachable, and quite relaxed. Some of the coursework, though, especially the labs, were a bit disjointed, and very difficult.

          My course was not suitable for accreditation, so was mostly useful for students who wanted to do further research. This made employment tricky for me as if I went for a lower grade job, I'd be sked why I was applying as I was overqualified and had been to a good university, but if I applied for graduate jobs, didn't have enough experience, or couldn't apply because my course wasn't accredited.

          For anyone considering going to Glasgow University, I'd recommend it. It's served well by public transport (the no 44 bus stops at the main campus, Hillhead underground is a 5 minute walk, there is a train station a few minutes walk away, and several buses go to Dumbarton Road, which is only a few minutes walk to the main campus), there are some great courses, the surroundings are beautiful, the University is highly regarded and the atmosphere is great too. However, I'd advise looking into your job area to see if you can do a sandwich course, or a course that includes a placement, or making sure you get some experience while at university (even if that means taking a year out) as this will make things a lot easier for when you graduate. If you are studying for the pleasure of it though, I would recommend it even more highly!

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            13.07.2009 23:00

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            A great university in the heart of a great city!

            Glasgow Uni is set amongst a set of old buildings in Glasgow's West end including the Huntarian Museum and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the latter is seperate from the university however.

            The university itself is full of students from all over the world but as expected the majority of students are Scottish.

            The university has two student unions, the Queen Margaret Union and the Glasgow University Union. Both offer loads of social nights throughout the week with fantastic drink prices and entertainment. There are often comedy shows throughout the term with guest comedians performing, the highlight is obvious fresher's week but you only go through this once, well unless you are a bit more cunning than the average student...

            Just outwith the university campus is Ashton Lane, a small lane with a multitude of pubs and bars and also a small cinema, the cinema isn't cheap but it is rather fancy! If you fancy a bite to eat there are loads of restaurants on Byres Road and all sort of food take away places like Subway.

            Glasgow uni has a great atmosphere and if you decided to come here I have no doubt you'll enjoy it!

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            22.06.2009 20:44

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            Lovely Uni to attend

            I attended Glasgow university to study music, and although O wouldn't recommend the course to anyone, i owuld recommend the uni to everyone. Not only is it a lovely main building the facitilties here a seconde to none. There is a gym, although not very big (the main gym that is) there are classes daily and a swimming pool and weight and cardivascular training room. The UNiversity is very large and has many building some as far as 5 miles apart. The uni offers many different socail groups and clubs. Their halls of residence are lovely, compared to some that I have ssen. there are two unions, the QMU and then glasgow union which has a ngith lcub above cllaed the hive. Overall the university is great to attend and there are lots of different support available to those that need any. The only thing that I wouldn't recommend to people is their music department!

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            18.03.2009 11:50
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            Graduating from Glasgow Uni in the lovely Bute Hall is well worth the effort to get there!

            When I was applying for Uni originally I went on all the usual campus tours to help me pick the university I wanted to go to. I know I wanted to go to Glasgow instantly! With it's beautiful gothic architecture and Kelvingrove park on it's door step it's hard not to be enchanted by this place, especially when so many modern universities just look like shoe boxes! However, Glasgow does have it's fair share of ugly buildings too, and it's more than likely you will get stuck in one of these in 1st and 2nd year like I did.

            On a whole the teaching was superb and the facilities available to students are second to none. The west end of Glasgow makes you feel like you are living in a town more than a city so it's great for getting to know people. After graduating from Glasgow I did a Masters in Nottingham University, however I never warmed to it like I did Glasgow. It just didn't have the same community spirit like Glasgow did!

            Graduating from Glasgow Uni in the lovely Bute Hall is well worth the effort to get there!

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              20.12.2008 01:56

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              try open day and experience

              I am from Liverpool originally and relocated to Scotland some years back although I now live in Hampshire lol! Anyway I worked at Liverpool John Moores University for 8 year's and wanted to stay working in a University environment and so applied for a job at Glasgow University.

              I didn't have a clue what it would look like until I turned up there on the interview day. I was a bit concerned at first as the University is located in a run down area of the city. As soon as I turned the corner and clapped eyes on the building that didn't seem to matter to me anymore and I was totally knocked out by how absolutely beautiful the building was it was truly magnificent and took my breath away.

              Anyway I got the job and started working there and quickly realised what a special place it was. All the staff are very committed to their students and there is a fantastic atmosphere about the place. So if you are thinking of studying at Glasgow University I am sure you will have a memorable time there. I also write on ciao and helphound.

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              17.10.2004 20:01
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              I wasn't particularly keen on going to University. I wanted a degree, but I was downright terrified of leaving school and entering into something new and, to be quite honest, a wee bit scary.

              Many of my friends were contemplating whether to go to an English Uni, or a Scottish one, and were up and down the length and breadth of the country checking out different places and seeing what suited them best. However, I already knew I didn't want to move away from home, so my choice was a bit limited. I also wanted to go to a traditional University with a bit of history behind it and not a newer place, so it was Glasgow I settled on.

              My big sister had graduated from Glasgow University with a philosophy degree the summer before I'd started, and I'd done quite a few music theory exams there, so I wasn't altogether unfamiliar with the place. It was also fairly easy for me to get to as there are regular buses into Glasgow from my home town. It takes me about 45 minutes to get into Buchanan Street on the bus, and then a further 10 minutes on the Underground from there to get into Hillhead which is where Glasgow University is situated.

              The first experience most students will get at Glasgow University is their meeting with their Advisor of Studies shortly before they start their first semester. I'd originally applied to study Archaeology and Music, and my Advisor was an Archaeology lecturer. Once you are accepted into a particular faculty, you are granted a fair amount of freedom in choosing what you study within that faculty, and are often given the opportunity to study a subject outside the faculty, although you will probably only be able to take this for one or two years. I was a bit of a wee lost lamb and wasn't particularly sure of what I wanted to do with myself, but my Advisor was extremely patient and helped me decide on what I wanted. I decided I didn't really want to study Music, so decided to focus on Archaeology and Classics. I needed to take three subjects, so decided to dip into the Divinity faculty for my third. However, your first year subjects aren't entirely binding. This year I decided I didn't enjoy the Divinity route a great deal, although really enjoyed Classics, so continued with Archaeology, Classics and took up Latin as my third subject.

              Each course, of course, has its own specifications, and some students wont be granted as much freedom as I was. The science faculty courses in particular are often tailored quite neatly and you get very little choice over what you want to take, but each individual student will be advised by their specified Advisor, so it is really nothing to worry about.

              In addition to this function, your Advisor also explains about matriculation and gives you some necessary forms/sheets and information. Your Advisor is meant to be your first port of call for any problems you experience, so this initial meeting also lets you get familiar with them so you feel more able to approach them should you need to in future.

              First year students are required to matriculate in person, and it is a little bit overwhelming to be ushered into Bute Hall, pointed in the direction of tables, sat in front of cameras and asked lots of questions, but at least it's an ordeal you only have to live through once as subsequent matriculations are done via post.

              Glasgow University covers a fairly large area. A few of my friends go to Caledonian University and I've wandered around that campus with them and that really made me realise how large Glasgow University actually is. The main campus area (to my mind, at least) spreads from the Gregory building at one end to the St. Andrews building at the other, and it would take maybe 15 minutes or so to walk from the Gregory to the St. Andrews. Of course, there are lots of little side-streets with buildings on them, and offices tucked away in strange locations, and I'd be lying if I said it wasn't just the tiniest bit intimidating when you first start.

              However, you can't help but feel that Glasgow University has a lot of history. Of course, there are plenty of more modern buildings such as the Boyd-Orr and the Gregory, but there is quite a few older ones, too. The main building itself is breath-taking, and I'm lucky enough to have lectures in rooms in the West Quadrangle of it twice a day (most days) this year. The University was founded in 1451 and the memorial gates at the main building have this date etched on them, and the gates themselves have the names of noteable Glasgow University graduates decorating them. The University moved to its present location on 1870, so you can't help but feel a small part of something bigger when you're trying to make your way to classes in the main building, but the settings are inspiring to say the least.

              Of course, if you happen to be going straight from school to Uni, it is quite a shock to the system. After all, you are no longer molly-coddled and you are now responsible for your own education. I feel that Glasgow University gets the balance right here. They definately don't hand you too much on a plate, which is good as things don't often get handed to you on a plate in the big wide world, either and you have to learn to be self-reliant before you leave Uni. However, you don't ever feel there is no one you can go to, either. It is made clear that your Advisor is avaible should you have any problems and most lecturers and department secretaries are approachable and friendly.

              Since it has such a history, it is a visitor attraction as well as a university, and Sight-Seeing tour buses pass by it quite frequently. There are plenty of cafes for the students as well as the visitors, and there is a small visitor centre at the main building for interested locals or tourists. The University also has a museum, an anatomy museum, a zoology museum, an art gallery and Mackintosh House all available to visit on campus. My friends and I have often taken a little trip to the anatomy museum to be disgusted by body parts in jars, and first year Archaeology of Scotland students are required to take a little visit to the Hunterian museum for part of their course.

              The University library is worth a mention. It is 12 floors high and even has a Special Collections section on the top floor. There are plenty of desks and chairs for you to study at, many of them with excellent views out across to the main building of the Uni.

              The University is well-equipped with computing equipment, and every student is required to have a degree of proficiency with computers.

              The University also has its own sports centre which students can join for a small fee (I do believe it was £5 when my big sis was a student, but is now £25, or so I've heard). Still, considering you can use the swimming pool, gym, join any of the University sports clubs or classes etc. for this fee, it is very reasonable.

              The University also boasts two student unions (the Queen Margaret Union and the Glasgow University Union), and students are represented by, and given the chance to join the Student Representative Council.

              I'm glad that I made Glasgow my choice of University, and I'm enjoying every minute of my time there. I'm only in second year but I'm already dreading the day I'll have to leave...I like it there that much! I would definately recommend any potential student considering Glasgow University. It has a good reputation, excellent facilities and is steeped in history...and just where else can you go look at body parts in jars between classes?

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                I made the decision to go to Glasgow university basically because it meant i didn't have to leave home. It was within travelling distance so not as expensive as having to move away from home. I was accepted and got the grades for St Andrew's but my uncertainty about leaving home at that point made Glasgow the sensible choice. And i think it turned out to be a good one. The lecturers are mostly good. I'm studying theology and i liked most of my lecturers. The classes may not have turned out to be what i had expected but i manage too find something in it that interests me, and the lecturers do a good job in teaching the classes. As with everything, there are one or two that i thought could have been better. But you make the most of it. The main campus and main buildings are very nice. The main building is beautiful and it is a nice place to come and have a look, wander around and enjoy the scenery. You can tell by looking at the building that there is history and that is always nice to see. Then there are the basics, the university library is huge. I still feel like i could get lost there even after a year There is row after row, shelf afer shelf of bnooks that are incredibly. If you are looking for something the library has it. The only problem though is that there aren't always enough copies. And sometimes you haven't had a chance to read a book before it's being recalled for someone, making it hard to get your work done. But in general, it's cool. Entertainment wise, i joined the GU and i regretted every moment of it. I was never there. All of my friends joined QM and i was always in there during the day. The GU just didn't have any real atmosphere, it was dull and i found it to be like sitting in a morgue. I really disliked it. But the QM was bright, vibrant and funfilled. People always in and out. It was a place where you felt you could go and sit with your friends and really rela
                x. Travelling is also good, the undergroud is very nearby and takes you all over Glasgow so no worries there. In whole, i think Glasgow University is a great place to be. There are great classes, lecturers and entertaiment. But my fabourit thing is the people i met. I made some great friends. The people are nice and friendly. Being Glasgow University and meeting those people have really taught me about life. It has taught me to work hard and have fun too.

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                  just a quick reply to the girl who thought before she came to glasgow that the people she had met were all junkies and neds approximately 80%, well i think the girl should maybe conisdered changing who she mixes with if she goes around 80% junkies. cause i live in glasgow and i havent even met 1% ned or junkie, then again maybe this girl is just bringing these people with her! Any way hope that she enjoys her stay in glasgow because it is a really nice city with great people 1 million times nicer than edinburgh.

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                    I came to Glasgow uni a bit, well, miffed. You would be too if you had dropped 40% in an exam and you weren't going to St Andrew's (nothing to do with Wills, more with my dad promising a car if i got in- just a banger.. still). Also, about 80% of all the Glaswegians I'd met were junkies or stab people regularly. BUT since I've been here its been great. It was disappointing to find two people- apparently my roommates- in my room on arrival. But since then we're really good friends-ok, one of them has moved to a new room, but we still get on fine, and the other is the nicest coolest Voddie Queen ever. I'm in Dalrymple Halls, about 10-15 minutes from the uni; one of the closer halls, two blocks up from the Hilton- Byre's rd, and two down from Gordon Ramsay's restaurant, ie not a skanky area, across from Churchill's, selling muffins and lots of alcohol. They're catered and expensive though, but hall parties are the best blur ever. Byre's road is meant to be quite respectable, but there are school kids in brown uniforms going round, with the most huge 2in gold letters hanging off their necks saying "Lisa", "Sharon" or "Tracey". As for the university, I think its the best a uni could be. Teaching is good although there is one lecturer who could lose his voice and make more sense (English Lit, Dr Jessop).There are of course problems, such as them closing the faculty computer lab just before the exam when you wanted to use their software to cram, but c'est la vie. There will be people you don't like for not much reason, but you will have fun group activities describing her and thinking of the name that suits her best, which will stick, even when you find she's alrightish actually and her real name is...well, Virginia suits her better. The unions- I am a member of the QM, the alternative moshy one, but have only been there one night- at the 12 hr Chee
                    sy Pop- it was ok...not great. Revolution on Tuesday nights are meant to be great, alternative music, rock, metal indie etc. I go to karate then. They do 90p sandwiches and is generally the place for a between lectures quick coffee at daytime. The GU is apparently the classier place, which it is in appearance, but isn't it only commoners that call other people common? But its 50p voddie on Fridays!! And Thursdays are great in the Hive, and in general. Avoid the union wars that u will be sucked into, join the QM. There is no bias for this- just logic. The GU is not strict at all about who goes in those doors, but the QM is. Plus if you're 17 the QM won't let u into some things, and they give discounts and priveliges when buying tickets to members. eg, advanced ticket sales for QM members. City Centre is a £3-5 taxi, but its £1.60 for day ticket on tube- Byre's rd. When in the centre the shopping's probably the best in Scotland-at least, but you're 90% guaranteed to encounter junkies, wierdos and neds, all of whom are fond of violence- physical and verbal. Most often found in taxi queues and McDonalds, but are also likely to be on a one way trip to my town. (# OUTSIDER GLASGOW JARGON: "weegies" = Glaswegians# often used with 'screamin' not in the fondest matter, eg when some charming fellow jumps on his dropped big mac and smashes a window during his tantrum#) But yeah, go to Glasgow, you'll get used to the 'screamin weegies' and be sorted for life, and you'll love everone else and everything. SINCE I HAVE BEEN HERE, THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT (MY FACULTY) HAS BEEN AWARDED 5* (THE HIGHEST RATING) IN A NATIONAL TEACHING ASSESSMENT! (Clever too)

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                      Set in the posh expensive West End of Glasgow, beside Kelvingrove Park, the University of Glasgow offers a learning environment in a friendly environment. I’ve been studying at the uni since October 2000, so I should know my way about the place by now. So here are my thoughts on my place of learning. I could have applied and gained entry to Queens in Belfast very easily, as the entry requirements for English and Politics there were a four points lower. In the end I gained far more points than I needed to get here to my first choice and I haven’t regretted the decision one bit. As a first year from a small town in a different country (Ireland), I have settled in very quickly in a city with over 500,000 occupants. This has been helped by the general friendliness of the people and by the trouble the university and the SRC go to help everyone fit in. I’m living in a flat owned by the university at the moment and benefit from living with not only from living with other first years, but also foreign exchange students, which is a learning curve all in itself. The flexibility of courses at Glasgow is very impressive. When I applied I received a conditional offer for the Faculty of Arts, in which I could chop and change my subjects with relative ease. In the Scottish system, you can take a while before choosing what you will specialise in, in Belfast I would have been tied to the choice I made way back in December 1999 as an A-Level student. This year the University celebrates its 550-year and the proud history is set to be celebrated with vigour. Plenty of famous names have passed through the place such as the economist (and capitalist) Adam Smith and the chemist Joseph Black, who both have buildings named after them. The current teaching staff is of a generally very high quality in the arts subjects I study and while it may not be the top university for everything, the general standard is excellent. The fa
                      cilities match up to the teaching standards too. I have the privilege of living four doors down from the massive library building. It has two unions, the GU being far superior to the QMU, which is full of charlatans and gipsies in general. Most of the lecture theatres are up to scratch (except for the Joseph Black building) and there is a gym for pumping iron in too. The main building stands majestically when the sun pays the city the occasional visit (and I mean occasional), this area of the city can be very pleasant. All the halls of residence are situated relatively close by and Byres Road and Great Western Road are very close for shopping needs. The city is very friendly in general, it is the UK’s second best for shopping and of course there is the famed football clubs (i.e. Jaggy Thistle). Of course there are areas of social deprivation, but hopefully an effective Scottish Labour government can help improve the city’s poverty rate and high crime rate. But back to the positive we must go, because Glasgow uni is a wonderful place, far better than Strathclyde and Caledonian. The cost of living is quite cheap (especially compared to rip-off centre Edinburgh) and there is a great wealth of pubs and clubs. Of course, in the end it comes down to what course you want to and the expense. Glasgow is top dog for Medicine in the UK, but it isn’t bad for arty farty subjects like mine either. The decision…is yours. A little point of note on the title. Obviously it is put there just to draw attention to itself, but it is accurate in a way. There is a mix of cultures at Glasgow Uni and the ethnic diversity among females is great for the male of the species!

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