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University of Strathclyde in general
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University of Strathclyde in general
Date: 30/07/00, updated on 03/03/01 (533 review reads)
Advantages: In heart of the city, great union, great people
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??????