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University of the West of Scotland (UWS) Reviews

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3.17 / 5
3.17 / 5
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This university is modern and the premises are clean. Unfortunately, I was not able to access it often because my courses were online due to the virus.

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By member757258
On 2nd May 21

Applying to University of the West of Scotland (UWS)

Entry Requirements

176-191 UCAS Points

Average range for University of the West of Scotland (UWS) entry requirements. Varies depending on the course.


Offer and Acceptance Rates
Offers:
10,515
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Applications:
19,865
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Offer rate:
52.9%
Acceptances:
3,720
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Applicants:
14,875
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Acceptance rate:
25.01%

This is the latest available data, published by UCAS - 30th January 2020. All data is based on UCAS standard definitions.


Covid-19 Response

TEACHING MODE:
On-campus.
OPEN DAYS:
Unknown.
TEACHING NOTES:
The University is committed to optimising students on-campus learning and teaching experiences in the new term. The focus will be on face-to-face and on-campus learning and teaching, adopting a ‘best of both worlds’ approach, using a social learning model to supplement your purposeful on-campus engagement with your academics and fellow students.
This is the latest available data taken from the uws.ac.uk website on 20th June 2022. Read all universities responses in our Covid-19 university response article.

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Hii! Can somebody tell me about the MBA Banking and finance program at UWS( london Campus)
By member968065 On 12th April 22
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When will the next face-to-face program start?
By member466166 On 9th February 22
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Hi, Can somebody tell me about the MBA program at UWS (Lanarkshire Campus)?
By member564766 On 9th December 21
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Hi who is the Dean or other person responsible for postgraduates studies? My friend is doing a postgrad degree at UWS and hasn't received basic information about referencing etc. Also, the research studies module, bizarrely, comes layer on in the course, so most of the students don't know what they're being asked to do, or how they're supposed to do it
By member759747 On 8th June 21
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I'm Moving from India to study a Masters in Biomedical Sciences. How's the accommodation and teaching experience and life as a whole in Scotland.
By member458187 On 18th May 21
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Student Review: 2.4 /5
By member867900 On 7th April 22

Very good university, thank you for this year

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Student Review: 3.8 /5
By member767722 On 31st March 22

Review of Lanarkshire campus There are a few campuses but only a student union vibe at paisley which is a bit of a letdown for other campuses. You don't really get a university lifestyle at uws because it's so far away from everything, but the library is really good both online and on campus. I have really enjoyed my course and couldn't fault it I just think the university itself could try to encourage a more student lifestyle with more societies and clubs to join for students that aren't JUST in paisley.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member962643 On 5th October 21

I'm new to this university and I'm finding it very confusing how to navigate through teams and Aula. I'm constantly jumping between the two, with a lecturer who clearly have issues with me from day 1, I'm unable to to communicate or seek help. such attitude should not be taking place, why my email is getting ignored? I think I'm new to this university and my face doesn't fit so they are treating me this way.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member861538 On 3rd August 21

Worst university ever. We were treated like guinea pigs in London Campus for two years.

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Student Review: 3.6 /5
By EmilH On 19th May 21

Haven't been able to visit campus yet, due to the current covid situation, but service and help offered has been amazing.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member757258 On 2nd May 21

This university is modern and the premises are clean. Unfortunately, I was not able to access it often because my courses were online due to the virus.

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Student Review: 4.2 /5
By member456976 On 27th April 21

there isnt much to do from a social point of view and some of the teachng material needs to be more engaging

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member856777 On 23rd April 21

Very good for innovative studies, library, Study environment.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member456745 On 22nd April 21

Speaking from personal experience, extremely helpful and supportive staff looking after and requirements of students however they can.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member556712 On 22nd April 21

I cannot really evaluate as I have always been working remotely.

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Student Review: 3.6 /5
By member1355756 On 30th March 21

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Student Review: 2.4 /5
By member553107 On 12th December 20

There are about 5 different Clubs/Societies at Paisley in a students Union which offers limited experience and is more expensive than other social areas. Wellbeing Officers don't offer support and instead tell you to not bother in my case, which led me to paying for an actual therapist for feeling neglected by those meant to care.

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Student Review: 1.6 /5
By member552684 On 30th November 20

Dont have half a clue whats going on including the lecturers and their peers. No such thing as a disability at UWS. Utterly abysmal.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By SugaryGhost777 On 23rd November 20

I beg of you not to enter into the computer animation arts course here. It absolutely awful. They teach you next to no actual animation, its all about modelling and lighting, amongst other useless classes. Most of the tutors are really lazy and incompetent. On one memorable occasion, we were given an annonymous review form, and when i brought up my concerns they were read out at the front of class, and there was a witch hunt to find out who wrote it. The class were encouraged to make fun of the comments left. The tutors leave halfway through class for coffee and don't come back until the end so if you're stuck you'll remain that way. I asked for help with my computer not working and was shamed embarrassingly in front of the class and told to fix it myself. I'm staying until I get my honours then I'm off. This has tainted animation and the whole industry for life. I cant wait to see the back of it.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member551336 On 29th September 20

Most of these reviews are from the old paisley campus . This is an amazing university (I study in Lanarkshire ) . I’m studying biomedical science and I would highly reccomend it to anybody interested in biology .

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member751318 On 27th September 20

Good experience , nice lecturers and I love the campus facilities and the staff. Definitely recommend

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member1350024 On 24th July 20

This is the worst university in the entire UK. I deeply regret my decision as an international student to come to UWS. Please don t waste your time here. There are plenty of excellent and good universities. Please don t end up at UWS.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member647547 On 27th April 20

Currently doing an MBA Distance learning, i have to say this is the worst educational experience...teachers dont reach out or even bother to make time to respond to emails. Horrible online system which looks like it was made by a primary school kid...I've wasted a lot of money and nothing to show for...

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Student Review: 4.6 /5
By Ethan92 On 6th February 20

I first came to UWS as an international student via Erasmus exchange and then decided to stay for a full honors degree program. Looking into some other reviews on this website, I may have been lucky but I had excellent lectures who were not only knowledgable in the relevant theories of their fields, but also able to share practical insights from projects with companies. Student support was great and I found several good friends at the University. So, based on my personal experience, I can highly recommend the business school of UWS.

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Student Review: 2.2 /5
By member1145150 On 1st February 20

went to see about short courses entry requirements found what little help there was poor well worse than a few years ago

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member943794 On 19th November 19

Informations are not very well communicated

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Student Review: 1.6 /5
By member742635 On 9th October 19

Not a very good uni for CompSci BSc. Hopefully I can transfer

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Student Review: 4.6 /5
By member640019 On 29th June 19

I see a lot of people leaving bad reviews. It's funny because they all seem to be complaining about the work, which you do need to complete as the answers aren't handed to you on a silver platter. If you have issues with authority, then a University probably isn't for you if you expect some sort of an easy pass. Their school of engineering and computing is excellent. Is the work tough? Sure, you need to put the effort in. I get the feeling that a lot of "ex" students who quit before finishing their degree have come here to leave bad reviews. I have experience with the Paisley campus, which was great. They also just built a brand new campus in Lanarkshire. I found the university to be very welcoming and understanding of each student and their needs. You won't have a bitter taste in your mouth, because if you put hard work into it, it will pay off in the end, hence the resentment won't be there to leave bad reviews. Good uni, lots of help given when needed.

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Student Review: 3.6 /5
By member1038321 On 22nd May 19

Would only recommend this University to college students looking for advanced entry into a degree with an HNC OR HND. If you are applying to go into first year and are passionate about your subject GO ELSEWHERE. Currently studying Social Sciences and am fairly enjoying the programme. The lecturers are friendly and competent and are knowledgeable of their subjects. One downside of this University sadly are the students. Because of the lower entry standards many students truthfully aren't up to par. This is an enormous disadvantage when you have to work with disinterested immature people in group assignments. This has made me doubt the decision I made to come to the University, when I get sneered at by other students for contributing in seminars, while the others sit in silence ! The clubs and societies are a joke. The students union is an incompetent joke, To much selfie taking and PR stunts and little communication with students.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member538092 On 17th May 19

Avoid at any costs for any subject area and program. Lecturers are in general incompetent, lazy and never to be found in their offices. According to THEs for years in a row now the worst Uni in Scotland. Some lecturers even do not speak English well enough nor hold a PhD in their subject area! Uni is little know for its research, but claims to be teaching focused. No evidence of that though. Says it all. All the time UWS is in the headlines for the wrong reasons: nepotism, redundancies, student graduation fees. Town a shambles as well with big church across the street now being left to rot away. Easy to pass with a first class honours however, yet, worthless degrees.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1037858 On 13th May 19

good campus with good facilities

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Student Review: 1.6 /5
By member735517 On 21st January 19

Applied to a digital art and design course, which looked great on paper but in reality was completely different from what I paid for, feel cheated and lied to in order to fill spaces and take my money avoid if possible.

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Student Review: 2.8 /5
By member635516 On 21st January 19

I applied to University West of Scotland Ayr Campus 3rd year for BA(Hons) Digital Art and Design Course late 2017. The course curriculum, myself and 50+ other students applied for, changed in June 2018 without student notification. The course was to be a two year top-up course that promised many things that are no longer available. The course changed to a four year program which left third year's with coding art using free software called Processing (not industry standard) and projection art, which also will not get you a job in the digital art and design industry, and scientific research requiring learning paradigms and methodologies. If you, like me, practice by drawing in a computer environment and expect imaginative briefs at this level. Think again. We stayed because we were told that there would be groups to flesh out what we weren't getting on the course. But, the tutors gave us assignments to create adverts that only served to further UWS Agenda. So we left the groups. Beware.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member835362 On 24th December 18

One of the best University in the UK. I studied at this University for 5 years. I completed my BA (Human Resource Management) and MSc (International Management) I have a great experience as a student at the University of the west of Scotland. All the staff especially my lecturers and supervisors are very helpful. The University environment is outstanding. All facilities are available which acquired for students to study. I can't forget my golden time at UWS.

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Student Review: 1.2 /5
By member1135316 On 15th December 18

Look at another university. Seriously. This University is awful. Grading is all over the place. My tutor told me I should drop because of my disability.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member633437 On 16th August 18

I am so dissapointed with the services of this university.I advice my sister from Cameroon to apply to this university.She is suppose to start school on the 3rd of September and up till date she has not received her CAS letter.All attempts to get to them on this matter was futile.I regret helping her make a poor decision.I am in the UK and I schooled here.I have never seen such poor services and communication.Terrible

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1333435 On 16th August 18

I am studying doctorate in business administration from London campus. Although, London campus Is smaller in size compared to other campuses of UWS but has all the facilities. The university ranking keeps on increasing every year and the degrees are recognised everywhere. The new Lanarkshire campus is one of the best buildings.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member433394 On 10th August 18

This university is a joke, staff is most unhelpful and unfriendly I ever experienced. Organisation of the course basically not exist, sweeping problems under the carpet is everyday routine. Academic support exists only in theory.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1133315 On 3rd August 18

Excellent student life Lecturers/readers well established in their respective fields Massive improvements made to the PAISLEY campus AYR campus airy; spacious. WiFi is easily reached all over campus (s) Fantastic library Interdisciplinary learning encouraged in some faculties Great support for Honours/postgrad research UWS inspires you to learn Offers subjects like: PSYCHOLOGY, COMPUTER SCIENCE, EDUCATION (PGDE), NURSING; and more

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Student Review: 1.4 /5
By TheUsualSuspect69 On 14th May 18

From sweeping problems under the table and threatening students with expulsion to out of date facilities and resources, UWS continues to exceed my expectations in how bad it is. It took me longer than most to graduate and there are a few absolute gems of staff members but be careful who you trust, Always keep records of meetings, if you have issues most of the time they will be dismissed, make the union aware of there are hints of this, it saved me from expulsion. I've eavesdropped on the staff and the rumours I heard are true they gossip terribly about everything. The UWS rumour mill keep a churning. Careful what you post online the lecturers found me and somehow gained access to my profile. They took things out of context to put me in a bad light. This university is not worth the money or the stress, and a degree from here isn't worth the paper the certificate is printed on. That being said I have made some friends for life, forged strong bonds through the troubles.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member731241 On 2nd April 18

I am from China and studying MBA in UWS London Campus. The tuition fee is £6450 for the one-year full-time program. As living and studying in Central London, I really enjoy the life here and thank to UWS open this new campus in London.

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Student Review: 3.2 /5
By member829249 On 1st December 17

simply put, its an old building, its been standing for longer than ive been alive and is prone to having structural problems (theres a few leaks) but, this is the last year Hamilton Campus will be used, so, new building should be far superior. I'm Currently studying social sciences, which is a blast, modules are fairly well coordinated, and the lectures are informative, only thing i find a little damning is how little we are in, since, were on a two day a week rota right now. overall, weve had a fair amount of help with career stuff, and, they have made themselves known to us. So, the only problem i actually have is the wifi, its Nigh on impossible to log into, despite resetting my password on the site numerous times (probably my own fault to be fair). Best bit about the university by far is probably the staff. freindly, informative, and never tire no matter how many questions are asked of them, and are always punctual, i would recommend the university to others

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member1329182 On 25th November 17

Now none of the above was required before, and we students knew nothing of this sudden change in approach. I brought my concerns via a complaint, as I was not satisfied with the answer I got and the inconsistencies from before (no "moderation" or "going through" was needed before, on this digitally and automatically marked system). I was brought to a fitness to practice meeting where the above was discussed (even though, my complaint was "Live" - they said they wouldn't discuss it - but they contradicted themselves by then covering this issue of the "mysterious hidden week delay" when the lecturer "goes through" & "moderates". I was asked if I wanted to still use a paper exam copy, I replied "yes, due to my concerns" with the anomaly (the week's delay). Then I was told, "forget it, we will mark you as unfit to practice". I then said I did want to work with the Uni. They said in that case, they would pass me (they assumed I had agreed to use Safemedicate).

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member1329182 On 25th November 17

Don't go near the nursing course. They have a drug calculation software programme, for students which is supposed to be for learning (home practice) and then exams (2 x formative, where you have to get over 80%0 and then a summative exam where you have to get 100%. Normally the system "Safemedicate", gives instant results (as it automatically marks). However, this is when things go murky. My colleagues and I where given the SAME password (yes - we all knew the same password) and the Lecturer knew this, and he also knew our username (banner ID) and names. Then, again, rather strangely, on the day of the summative exam (when a student has to get 100%) - we logged in, and to much surprise, after we had submitted our answers, instead of receiving our instant results (like always happened with this same system) - the results were hidden for a week! I emailed the lecturer about this after (as my colleagues were also surprised, and had no info on this)

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member1127795 On 26th August 17

it's very confusing for new students. this uni have different web pages and every page have its own user name and password. and what makes it worse is that they suggest them for u so you are not choosing your own. once you enrol yourself you can't change the modules you chose, you must contact the course organiser which might take a week before it resolved. not started yet and already dreading it.

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Student Review: 3.6 /5
By STM2108 On 21st August 17

I think UWS gets a lot of bad press but it is quite unwarranted. I have been a student at Strathclyde and although it's history and academic merit far outweigh that of UWS... Coursewise (Mechanical Engineering) it is very similar. Sure, I have noticed the very slightest tendency to be unorganised at times but it is a university that is trying to progress and fix these issues. It is most definitely trying to build a reputation to be proud of. This won't happen overnight. Students and former students sticking the boot in doesn't help matters - I have found in my short tenure there that you get out what you put in. If you work hard you can get the same honours degree you would get at any other university in the land. The grass isn't always greener! Keep trying to build that reputation UWS - You are doing a good job.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By member927098 On 31st July 17

Please don't waist your money on this University. Lecturers have quite low knowledge about subjects, and their background on working experience as well as education cannot be checked, there are no guidelines or set rules how to do courseworks, prepare dissertation, at least when it comes to formatting, no information about deadlines..... I know the fee for studying seems low, but you will not get anything in return. And that is expensive.

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Student Review: 1.6 /5
By DisgruntledJourno On 15th June 17

Third year journalism student at Ayr campus and cannot wait to leave. Very unorganized uni, staff do not care about their student and it is a mission to get a response from them on email. No career help whatsoever and one lecturer deserted us halfway through the year with absolutely no explanation or form of communication even letting us know she would not be returning, Assessment and exam results take about three-four months to come back and lecturers do not keep you in the loop. Seems like Paisley campus is the only one UWS really invests in and cares about, would NOT recommend UWS Ayr at all. Will not be coming back to do fourth year Hons.

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Student Review: 2.4 /5
By member1026377 On 27th April 17

Worst experience. As an international student, you expect some support considering that you're new to the system and that you're paying nearly three times what others pay. However, the case for UWS is that you don't even get the same treatment as others. Even worse, there's a lack of responsiveness where lecturers, and even the program leader, don't reply to their emails, I had to make a complaint every now and then just to make sure my emails went through. It's so awful to be a student trying to focus on your studies without the support that should naturally come from your lecturers. Not worth the money or effort.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By member825516 On 30th December 16

Rubbish uni. When you try to find materials for your assignment, most of them are not available. Dissertation supervisor has been changed at the end of second semester. Every time at the beginning of the year problems with classes (waiting for ages for a class and nobody comes). Disorganised, low ranked uni with no career prospects at all.

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Student Review: 1.4 /5
By member1224839 On 29th November 16

Horrible place, a detriment to your CV. I am a student doing an Honours in Computer networking. I am forced to spend most of my day troubleshooting faulty software and VMs that the Uni demands that I use for coursework (VirtualBox: free and faulty). Lab work is so poorly written I'm forced to rely heavily on Google to just solve problems. We even have forums provided by the teacher to actually solve what he wants us to do in class work. Campus is a joke, my classroom has holes in the ceiling and computers run sluggishly. Only careers option available is teacher reposting posts made on job seeker websites. Clearly next to no assistance on getting a real job. Can't wait to leave. An embarrassment and detriment to my career and to anyone else who comes here.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member523340 On 30th July 16

the website used to access resources is a complete joke, spend more hours looking for materials than studying for my degree. UWS IS A JOKE!!!

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Student Review: 2.2 /5
By member922235 On 4th May 16

Awful experience so far, I'm really glad I'm graduating this year. The campus is really old, there's no student community at all, which is partly the students' fault, as the Union is trying. Career services improved a lot recently. Wifi keeps disconnecting all the time, all computers in the labs are awfully slow.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By member922235 On 4th May 16

Really unorganised, unprofessional university. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone, it was a huge disappointment and I'm glad I'm finishing this year. (Business school).

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Student Review: 2.6 /5
By member820474 On 16th December 15

BA Business and Enterprise - 3rd year Very bad, no standards, only focus on Paisley campus, no help, took nearly 4 months to be given a personal tutor and the material used it rubbish! would not recommend anyone to study business here!

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Student Review: 2.8 /5
By member118565 On 30th April 15

Union is due to shut soon. Average university.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member68548 On 30th April 15

Wifi can be temperamental, they're scrapping the Union and the only real redeeming feature is a dedicated staff and a well run Sports Union

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