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Been very good so far highly enjoyable . Met good friends. College staff are excellent and very clear and helpful. Course itseld is well laid out and easy to follow. Loving it
Compulsory placements over summer for opportunities
Very relaxed atmosphere
Yes very good
Football on a monday night Plenty of time to play golf
Very good always helpful
It has been great, the modules link and expand with what you have already learned and they work together. Sustainability, as a concept and what we can do for the future is carefully examined. There is a very wide remit and the module choices offer a focus that is wide enough to understand and develop the practical application. I've enjoyed the course and the interaction.
UHI has a really good Careers department, which is clearly highlighted on the Student pages. It connects to all the usual options for how to get work, starting at the beginning with developing commercial awareness and gaining useful experiences while studying, all the way to support for CV/Cover letters, interview techniques etc. They have very nice staff, friendly and helpful.
The course has options, and covers a wide range of communication and feedback techniques. You get to practice Asymmetrical student blackboard, and use lots of online services both individually and in teams. I like the wide variety of resources used for accessing materials, although these sometimes take a while to work out how to get to. On the other hand, this means you get very good at research skills in finding information, and is great for accurate referencing. The course is taught across all the different parts of the university, so other Students and your tutor can be in a different parts of Scotland. This works well for getting diverse inputs. The Lectures by Video Conferencing are an interesting format, and excellent for communicating between the Scottish Cities, and it is great to get practice at this prior to use for workplace activities. This is sustainable practice in operation and shows a way forward for global solutions, in terms of how to do business without travelling.
They are great. Always friendly and helpful, and they know what they are talking about, or know someone who knows. Active in the college, and connected across the university so have a louder voice than just one campus. There are activities appropriate to the college.
There are things to do, and people to meet, pubs and clubs, to suit most. Music and sport is available regularly with new folks welcomed. There are also Arts Venues, cafes, community events, all the usual things. The Surroundings are very beautiful, with places to surf, hill walk, loads of beaches that are good for barbecues, and you can chill out at Calanais Stones, and find old Celtic places.
They are responsive, and help if you ask. there is a counselling service.
Overall, my personal experience was so far (I am in 3rd year now) excellent. The only downside, for which the university is definitely not responsible, is the attitude of some individual students who are not willing to engage which sometimes can make group work a tricky task. But this is just a feature of life, common evyerwhere including workplaces. Due to the positive experience I am considering to continue with a postgrad course once graduated.
Uni offers many options from career advice to internships and exchange opportunities.
I personally like the flexibility of studying an online course. It is up to the student to make best use of all what is on offer, learning materials, video conferences and tutorials. Most lecturers are very approachable and advice is always available if needed. I went into my course with the expectation to conduct a lot of self-directed study which provided me with the freedom to give my education a 'personal touch' and focus on the areas I am most interested in. This was definitely the right choice for me, but might be difficult for students who do not take a proactive approach and expect knowledge to be served on a silver plate. The online delivery of the course has very practical benefits too: no costly accommodation at campus is required and I can fit my coursework between work and other activities. For someone based on a remote small island, studying wouldn't be possible at all if it were not for the opportunity to study online.
Not involved in Union due to time constraints (work and volunteering in charity).
Happy with the facilities I am having (online) access to. The library could be a little bit more comprehensive, I sometimes find that there is no institutional subscription to some publications I'd be interested in. It took me a while to find alternative platforms where students can subscribe at no cost to widen the access to publications.
No city life on a remote island. Luckily!
So far I had only very positive experiences. My PAT is always supportive, whether it was dealing with administrative issues or providing other assistance. Tutors are approachable and always willing to provide advice.
This has been a fantastic degree to study. The content is interesting and highly relevant, and the support from staff has been excellent. I'm proud to say that I'm a student at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
There are frequently opportunities for students to apply for work placements, and the field trips with the Student Society have been a great opportunity to meet with people who are currently working in the field
Because this is an online degree course I am able to study from home, with the flexibility to fit it around work and other responsibilities. The option to study part-time makes this even easier. It does take self-discipline, but the clear and engaging content helps to keep you on track. There are also regular tutorials (either via collaborative chat sessions or video conference) and I've found my tutors to be very helpful when I've had questions, either about the content or about the course itself.
My main involvement with the Students' Union has been through the Sustainable Development Student Society. The opportunity this gives online students to meet one another face-to-face is great, and the extra insight into the subject through field trips has been invaluable.
As an online-only course, my engagement with the UHI facilities is through their IT systems. I'm now in my third year of the degree and the systems are more than fit for purpose, delivering course content and access to library resources painlessly. They're also always evolving with new features, versions and products being introduced when they're available, always as an improvement to what was available before.
The Sustainable Development Student Society has been great throughout my studies. Field trips have taken me throughout Scotland, including Orkney and Skye, as well as to an industry conference in London.
The support from the university has been superb. During my studies I've experienced a few personal setbacks, including treatment for cancer. Nobody from the university has ever been anything but fully supportive and they have gone out of their way to accommodate changes that have allowed me to stay on the course.
If you would like to study geography you must do it at UHI, which is situated in the geographic and geologic wonderland that is the Highlands. Field trips to the Cairngorms and NW Highlands, as well as further afield to the Swiss Alps all serve to reinforce the classroom learning, while the friendly and professional staff demonstrate all the modern technological methods you can use to present what you have learned.
The course was designed with a large focus on group work. Every module has some aspect of marked groupwork encouraging collaboration, teamwork and effective communication. The course designers also ensured there was variety in their assessment types. To ensure personal development we were marked on essay and report writing, field skills, personal and online presentations and GIS projects. Graduating from this course, I felt that the development of my theoretical geographic knowledge was surpassed by the employability skills that were enhance throughout the course. Part of the course had modules devoted to developing enployability skills for geographers including field skills, employability and work pacement modules which prepared us for the transition to professional life.
As a member of the student representative I was involved in course development meetings with the programme leaders and lecturers. Throughout these meetings there was a strong ethos on the student experience and the leaders successfully worked to ensure that course delivery was varied, made use of all current technologies and prepared students for work in many different sectors. Coursework was delivered using a range of methods including online lectures, discussions, tutorials, and practical sessions with lecturers either in attendance or available through digital technology or video conferencing.
UHI had just moved into a new complex just outside the city and there was no student union building. However the student union, as a body, were very active and resourceful and created a wonderful environment for students. They have many groups, teams and societies and are very keen to develop links with city enterprises to the student's benefit.
The university facilities which I used were ideal for modern tertiary education. Clearly a lot of thought had gone in to the building's design and the classrooms, lecture theatre, library and catering facilities were all great.
Inverness has everything a small city requires and is a great place to study. It's situation is ideal in that within a couple of hours you can be exploring the spleandour of the Highlands, travel to the central belt by road or rail, or London or Manchester by air.
Although I was involved with the student union as a rep, I was bot a member of any clubs or societies. However, I am aware that there is a tremendous amount and variety available for all.
As a mature student, I feel I received all the support I required returning to academia, and was inpressed by the personal support extended to everyone. The university has a number of support groups out-with the support offered by the academic staff and they take their responsibilties to students very seriously.
I graduated nearly 6 years ago and although it wasn't a typical student experience and could be lonely at times I am so glad I did it. I love my job! I do and will continue to recommend UHI to anyone thinking of a career in Dental Therapy.
The placement in South Uist was a very valuable experience for me as it showed me how a normal dental practice works. We were also encouraged to apply for Vocational Training and given help with our CVs. I was fortunate to gain a VT place after qualifying which made the process of going into the real working world much easier.
To be honest, I have a short attention span so sometimes would zone out during lectures delivered over video conference but I can zone out even with someone in the room talking to me. It's a full on course with full time hours but it needs to be so there's no getting around that.
It was such a small college in Stornoway that we didn't go to much and didn't feel like we'd have much in common with other students being older and not from the island.
The facilities in the dental centre are undoubtedly the best in Scotland. Having visited other campuses or postgraduate course days since qualifying I feel grateful that we always had the best equipment and that it was all new. The 3D imaging suite in Stornoway was one of only 3 in Scotland at the time, the only one to be used for Dental Therapy students. We also had no issue getting patients in the door which I am aware is a massive issue at other universities.
I am so glad I did my degree in Stornoway as it gave me so much more experience than anywhere else but let's not pretend, it's not a typical student place. Plenty of pubs but no regular student nights to blow your student loan. Probably a plus as flights off the island are very expensive. The gym and pool in town were very good though and it was great visiting big deserted sandy beaches on nice days.
We were made aware that there was money available from the uni to set up clubs or societies but we were too busy to give it much thought.
Very good. We had 1 tutor to every 2 students, no where else in the UK or probably the world can say that. We didn't need any proper counselling but there was a UHI tutor from outwith our course who was out designated counselor. The course is tough but we were always encouraged that hard work would pay off.
Absolutely hate it!!! Cannot day enough negative things regarding my experience, the people who run UHI should seriously take a look at themselves because I get the impression they are not concerned with the responsibilities of the role they have committed to and do as little as possible to make things more convenient for themselves.
None whatsoever! They made the student experience so woeful that they have deterred me from my original goal. There is not an honest voice amongst them. They expect students to inform their “course directors” regarding what is required for their course despite the course director advising completely differently. Despite being open and honest with them, they used my personal situation to excuse their lack of knowledge and competence! Thanks to putting my faith in the disgusting “human beings” that run this establishment I have lost every of any materialistic value!! Do not attend here!!! And yes I have physical proof of not only their negligence but their audacity to put the blame on me.
It’s ran and organised by people who cannot stand by their own word. They are compulsive liars who do the bare minimum required to earn their pay check and are quick to have their excuses in place. Horrendous experience and stuck up expletives whom place absolutely no value on themselves as individuals so not too sure what they’re expecting their students to learn other than their bad habits.
Never given any information about it.
Exceedingly poor! The building is in disrepair and it’s still more visually appealing than the staff.
Depends what you make of it?! UHI done absolutely nothing to get involved with the community, that would mean effort on their part.
There weren’t any.
They claim one thing and act in complete contradiction. Numerous times waiting for months, despite chasing up feedback. Countless times member of staff would say “we’ll just cut corners” and as previously said lack the ability to accept responsibility for their actions, their values and standards are completely false and misguided. Honestly attending UHI ruined my life and cannot emphasise strongly enough how much I would not advise people to enroll with them. I actually have correspondence from the deputy head admitting their would be more benefit to enrolling with open university.
Loved it! Im going in to 4th year and gutted its coming to an end. Going to miss it and everybody so much!! Will be hanging around long afterwards for a natter!
SAMS makes so much effort to make sure the work you do is relevent to the real science world. You work with researchers using actual equipment and they are on hand to suggest any oppurtunities to improve skills
Its a very small centre so your lecturers (who are all researchers too, working in the building next door) know you by name, know your interests/history/struggles. Its personal unlike most other unis
We have a dive room, the cafe and library are great. Obviously its smaller than most unis but... it has a beach so what more can you ask for!?
This is not the uni to choose if you want to go clubbing every night, however theres so much else to do. Also there are good pubs with live music most weekends, and if youre happy to just go out with your mates to some disco lights and cheesy music
Lots going on and still improving. Sailing club, climbing, kayaking and more
As mentioned its a tiny uni, so any support is really personal and theres so many different people you can turn to and get genuine advice. Theres official support staff who are great but if youre close enough to lectuters that if theres anyone you feel more comfortable talking to theres plenty.
I am really glad this is the university I chose. The staff are so welcoming and friendly and it doesn't take long to find your niche with the students. The scenery is fantastic and some of the nearby lochs are case studies for universities round the UK doing marine studies. With boat trips and labs no week is ever the same.
In the beginning of first year we had a skills workshop once a week to get the whole year up to the same standards. Students regularly have the opportunity to work with or speak to scientists in the main lab which can provide you with advice or information that can be very useful in your future. Everyone is always willing to chat about what they are up to in the labs and this can make strong connections for students once the degree has been completed.
The classes are very small which can sometimes be the best and worst thing about the teaching! Small classes mean it is a very interactive course and lecturers and students form close working relationships. The downfall of smaller classes is that if your attention is somewhere else one day, it is very obvious.
I am personally not involved as I do a lot of working and travelling outside of university time, but SAMS offers loads of different student clubs. Many are water related (Sailing, diving, Octopush - hocky in a swimming pool), but there are also nights for basketball or football every week as well. At the end of term there is a gathering at uni organised by the students that is always enjoyed
Fantastic. The boats and equipment are used with the main lab (I think) and are less than a five minute walk away, with a fantastic surrounding coast for learning about Marine Science. With practical work being quite big, there are several state of the art labs and a beach on the front porch!
There are lots of pubs with a couple of places good for a dance. Drink prices are reasonable and I always have a good time out. The town is full of little cafes which are great if your parents come for a visit!
There is a club for everyone! Ran by students. If you want to start a club that's not already there its quite straightforward (apparently, I havent) and staff will give you a push in the right direction if you need help
Personal support is fantastic, staff are always happy to help and really care about making sure their students are okay. With around 100 students on campus everyone gets to know eachother really well and care for one another. Some times it can be hard to get feedback after a report/essay has been handed in, but support before the hand in is always adequate.
Lews Castle College is a brilliant place to learn Jewellery / Silversmithing skills. You are supported to develop your creative skills as well as technical skills. The NC is a well rounded course. Some of the modules we studied were: - Silversmithing - Non precious materials - CAD for jewellers - Business for jewellers - Working with Wire - Stone Setting - Decorative Finishes - Gemology - Competition Entry
I have just completed the NC in Jewellery at UHI Lews Castle College Campus, and it was absolutely brilliant I only intended to do this year long course but have enjoyed it so much that I have enrolled for the HNC next year. The teaching is absolutely superb. The workshop is very well equipped, and the college (set among the trees in Stornoway's castle grounds) is a wonderful environment to do this creative course. I have learned skills and achieved more than I could have imagined to be possible this year. I highly recommend Lews Castle College's Jewellery courses to anyone who is considering a career as a Jeweller / Silversmith.
The university has a good canteen, library and resource centre. Plenty of parking, and set in beautiful castle grounds with views over Stornoway harbour.
Stornoway is a lovely little town with plenty of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and a great arts centre with cinema. There are scores of beautiful beaches and amazing places to visit all around the island.
This is a very supportive university in all respects, in my experience.