“ Aberdeen. „
OK before I start I would like to clarify that as I am a student on the garthdee campus and in woolmanhill halls this opinion does not relate to the kepplestone/schoolhill/ect campuses as I know nothing of them. Right, here we go! My first impression off the Garthdee campus as I got off the shuttle bus from schoolhill (a very economical and useful feature of RGU) was that it looked more like an office than a Uni with all the glass and the contemporary design (apparently it's so it can't be seen above the tree line and therefore does not spoil the view). Once inside it begins to look more university like with the students meandering everywhere, from the libary to the untidy canteen and occasionally to lectures. Not that getting in was exactly unfraught as we had to wait while a janitor checked everyones student ID's before they could enter. However inside on the right is the uni canteen, contract out to sodexho they produce all manner of over-priced inedible substances you can imagine, the only exception (in that they are edible, not cheap) being the bacon butty's served from 9:30ish til sometime before 11. I would be more exact about times but unfortunatly they never are. On the left you find the libary, which has books (not supriseingly), a good selection of journals and computers with internet access. Also in the libary they have the opac system which although often tells you a book is on the shelf when it blatently isn't is very useful for restamping books when you don't have them with you and also for ordering books which are on other campuses or currently out on loan. Straight ahead is the wee shop, also run by sodexho, the sandwhiches are vile, however they stock a healthy supply of chocolates and crisps which will keep you going through lectures if you don't have time to get to The Caledon. The Caledon aka Frydays is situated opposite grays and serves some very tasty, competively priced meals, (I recomm end the beef lasagne)it also has a pool table and giant connect four. The staff in here unlike the sodexho staff are friendly and helpful. As for the lecture theatres the standard is pretty good, they are rarely too cold/hot, and being well ventilated, "freshers Flu" is not as prevalent as at other uni's. On the whole the lecturers are pretty helpful, being very approachable, even if a few can be somewhat sarcastic. However the opinion of the lecturers would appear that you should only aim for a pass mark (a 3 on a 1-6 scale with 6 as the highest) which I felt somewhat pessamistic. Overall, I feel, RGU is definatly a university I would reccommend sixth years to consider when making there choices
I started RGU when I was 16 years old. I left school abruptly after two weeks of sixth year, as I'd had a dramatic bust up with my friends (ironically they made up with me when they found out I was leaving, and begged me to stay!) I was unsure of what it was I really wanted to do, I had a vague idea about wanting to become a journalist, but I didn't know how to get into it. The publishing course at RGU seemed my best option. I called up one day and asked if they had any places, and bravo, I was in! I was so scared when I first started! There was one person in my class who I actually knew! That was surprising, although he was really just a friend of a friend of a friend, if you get my drift! Anyway, the lecturers seemed friendly enough. My course leader though, didn't impress me, her attitude was that you needed a 3 (ratings go from 1-6 - six being highest) to pass your essays/exams, so if I aimed for that, I'd be fine! That seems to be the attitude of most lecturers here. I think it has something to do with not wanting us to feel under pressure, but sometimes it feels as though they don't expect us to achieve! The lecturers are really friendly and approachable though, they are located on the top floor and you are encouraged to visit them whenever you like. Some other services available at the Garthdee Campus: The library here is very extensive. They hold books on most subjects, as well as journals, magazines, newspaper clippings, monographs etc. It you needed a specific book which was being held at another RGU library, they'd order it in for you. It is a very quiet area, perfect for studying, with private study areas, and computers. You must keep to their rules about quietness though, or you could have your library card taken away. The canteen is a joke! Outside caterers are taken in, and basically they charge us a fortune to poison ourselves! I wouldn't eat here to be h onest, although in the mornings it's not too bad for a bacon roll. It's just the prices that are hugely unjustified. It is a self-clear facility which means it can be difficult to find a clean table. The same goes for the shop, overpriced with nasty workers! There is a little pub straight across from the art school which is really good. It's not overpriced and the bar staff are really friendly. The food's good too. Overall the School of Information and Media (one of a few faculties at Garthdee) isn't too bad. Everyone's really friendly and the building is bright and funky. It could be better, but it does for me!