Overall I have been pleased with the effort my university put in to make the best of a bad year. I feel as though my learning has most definitely been compromised through online learning but this is not the fault of the university or lecturers as they did as much as they could. I think the amount we paid for this education (£9250) is extortionate and the fact the students have not been reimbursed for at least a portion of this, is an absolute joke but once again this may not be the fault of the university. I think this like many other things boils down to our “government”.
My experience overall has been good, although being in the midst of a pandemic, the lecturers and staff seem very helpful and eager to give the same level of classes whether it be from home or in a lecture theatre. All students need to give the lectures a great amount of recognition for the work they have done this year.
There are lots of opportunities given to support your chosen career
Most of support from lectures is very good with lots of ways to contact them for help, however on the odd occasion it can seem like they won’t give full feedback on projects and reports
Almost all facilities are fully accessible, however some do need a clean
Support is okay but mental health waiting times are very long
In my second year at university. The online learning has made life easier. This is because the pre recorded lectures mean that you can watch the lectures multiple times which are useful for exam preparations. However the online tutorials aren’t the same as face to face learning which I prefer
We have multiple lectures every week that are pre recorded along with mandatory online tutorials that we must attend.
I was full of doubt when I began my course but good guidance from my personal tutor built my confidence. In my first year of the course, the lecturers were very helpful but their performances declined as the academic semesters went by. I began to utilise the other resources like online library, lecture notes, software and others. I have been very confident and I have learnt great skills on how to independently study and only ask relevant questions on the online platform provided. In a nutshell, I am satisfied with the academic support provided by the university
I’ve utilised the career service and they are very helpful. There are step by step guidance on building a prospective career. There are regularly updates internships and graduate programs.
Due to covid 19 safety precautions all subjects are taught online. There are adequate resources provided to help students study. Lecturers don’t seem to be much help since online lessons began.
Although the university’s campus quite is small. The accessibility of services and facilities are superb. Lecture rooms are tidy and well kept.
I haven’t personally utilised of any support services but I have participated in some wellbeing groups. The university is a very diverse community in which various cultures are recognised and celebrated. It has high standard of inclusiveness and it’s a safe place to be oneself.
It’s been okay, definitely some bumps in the road especially in semester one with lectures being stubborn about releasing material and how they taught the class even if it wasn’t effective and things like class tests causing problems about collusion but on the whole it’s been fine. I’ve gotten through it but it could’ve been better for sure
It’s been okay I feel like we should have more support for courses that require an internship like we don’t get much help or advice on that
Depends on the lecturer some lecturers especially during covid were quite resistant to feedback from the student on providing powerpoints and recordings and some didn’t even present the course they only gave us YouTube links but for the majority of my course it has been good
The creation of the grid has provided an additional learning space though there are only windows machines would appreciate more linux machines especially with first year classes getting bigger. The student equipment fund is a good asset to our uni were we can apply for equipment for projects
It’s alright I haven’t reached out to many services like this apart from talking to my personal tutor but I know there are various services accessible
Overall my uni experience has been really good however I did prefer semester 1 to semester 2 as in the first semester we got more face to face classes but I do understand with the current situation they're doing their best.
Well so far we've only done a CV template because we're only in 1st year but I think in third year we will do many more things as our uni has many good connections with many big companies.
Most of our modules are online and only practical courses like robotics are in person as we need to use the labs.
All our facilities are modern, they're cleaned regularly especially shared spaces like the library.
We have the student union that organisis various groups that help us with our mental health like one time there was a zoom meeting on mindfulness which was really helpful.
Heriot watt university is the best university. the professors are very kind, patient and clarity your doubts without hesitating. almost every professor who works here has great research output. the facilities are also amazing, with great infrastructure especially the Edinburgh campus almost all academic buildings are interconnected which will be very helpful if you are coming from a tropical country, as you can get rid of cold and rain. the connecting facilities like transport are also very good. last but not least the placements division here is very helpful, I got a work placement opportunity with the help of my placements coordinator.
I dont feel like its been a good year, i have barely learned anything with it being online, and i am barely passing my courses because theyre not as engaging. I would like some compensation due to the circumstances but i cannot see that happening
I would like to be shown more opportunities to do work experience
I feel like its not really teaching, more so lecturers reading off a PowerPoint
Would be higher if we could use them
Not really good at offering support
the social life has been only good part, the teaching is not good, the support is non existent, the campus is miles away from everything- Heriot Watt is a terrible university
they do nothing
The university does not care about students in the chinese department, useless teaching
No, the university is around 40mins from town
all expensive to join
Awful. Worst thing that ever happened to me. I hate it more than absolutely anything. The lecturers don't care about you and just want a pay check. Killed any passion I had for it. I wanted to like it but I just can't pretend anymore.
Well, they teach you nothing. You learn nothing. No one explains anything and if you ask for help you get told that you're doing it wrong. It's the worst experience of my entire life. There are careers fairs on campus and a career's advisors section but it won't matter. They told me at the start of second year you need work experience to get a job in Comp Sci but never made any openings for actually helping you do that. Basically just said "This is all going to be pointless". Don't do it.
It's not taught. It's read out slides to you. The slides give you nothing you couldn't just google but you won't because you went to that lecture where you didn't pay attention. It's awful. They even went on strike and are blaming it on that but it's not, it's everything. Coming to university, all I have learnt is that I chose the wrong one. Sometimes you get a maths course and they actually explain things to you and teach you and you think "Why can't everything be like this" but then you realise you study Comp Sci and nothing is worth it. It's not worth it. Also I've been getting bullied since 1st semester of 1st year and now I'm going into 3rd. Nothing is being done about that. They only care about their pay checks and it shows.
The student union has great intentions and everyone is aware of it, if you're not then you probably don't even go to the University. However they have no actual power, the lecturers are the most stubborn and uncooperative people I have ever come across.
Gender neutral toilets are great, lots of computers and different areas which are nice. We've got gluten free and vegan options now which is nice. The wellbeing centre is a hit or miss usually, I've had some great counselling but then when I went to talk about my abusive ex, the counsellor did not listen and made it out that I just wasn't over him so I stopped going. Nothing gets done about bullying or anything though.
Yeah, the halls are okay. I lived in Robert Bryson during my first year and it was a lot of fun. Not too far from Princes Street, the 25 will take you right there and there is a lot on campus as well. You get fined if you don't clean your kitchen well enough for the cleaners to then clean your kitchen though.
There is a lot of different societies and sports and most are really friendly but some feel the need to compete with others and doesn't really feel like you're in a group. For me that was Watt Gamers the board games society, it felt like I was sitting with my sibling's friends or something. But the drama society is very fun and friendly
Personal tutors are good, at least mine is good. Feedback is awful, lecturers wait ages and reply with just repeating it back to you. I was a class rep, I was in charge of getting them to do better and cooperate and they wouldn't so I know what they're on about and it's awful. Counselling I mentioned under my facilities section but great counselling the first time