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University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)

25 University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) reviews

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(3.8)
  • University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)
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Ivana
15 Feb 19

University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)

Oral Health Science BSc

OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING
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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.

Job Prospects
How does your uni make efforts to increase your employability (careers department, work placements, transferable skills)?

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.

Course and Lecturers
What do you like most and least about the way your course(s) are taught?

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.

How many contact hours per week do you have?

24

Students' Union
What do you think of your Students' Union in terms of student representation and facilities?

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.

Uni Facilities
How good are your university's facilities?

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.

Local life
Is your university in a good location in terms of distance to accommodation and local amenities?

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.

Societies and Sports N/A
This user did not feel that they could enter a score for this category
How would you rate the variety of societies/sports?

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.

Student Support
How good is the support offered by the uni? Think both academic (tutors/feedback) and personal (counselling, etc).

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.

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T
24 May 21

University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)

History BA (Hons)

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I studied at the centre for history with uhi and if you have any other choice in university take it. I would consider taking an access course in a more reputable college before accepting a place at uhi. The classes on history modules are glorified Skype calls (even before the pandemic) where the "lecturer" will spend 20 minutes lecturing before asking open questions for the students to fumble their way through to fill time. If you are expecting a traditional university experience uhi is not where you want to go. It doesn't help that the assigned readings range from the overly simplistic to incomprehensible babble which leave you understanding less about the modules themes than if you just skip them. The staff are difficult to get hold of and often do the bare minimum amount of feedback which is a slight problem when you write a dissertation. During my last year at uhi, I was only able to have 3 half an hour meetings with my dissertation "supervisor" and the feedback was so unhelpful that I might as well have asked a bowl of spaghetti as it would have been just as useful. My experience with this programme was not good and I would implore anyone wanting to study History to avoid UHI. The programme is very good at promoting itself as a forward thinking academic department in touch with modern issues. It is nothing more than meaningless virtue signalling. The lecturers don't care about its students unless they share the same academic interests and approaches of the lecturing staff. This means that if you have academic interests outside of a narrow field of historiography you will recieve no support from the department and will be treated as nothing more than a vessel for them to plant their backwards ideas into. The modules themselves although interesting at times were not well taught and it was very hard to gauge what the lecturers wanted in terms of assessments which basically meant you went in blind to every assignment hoping you wrote the magic combination of words to get a good grade. It also doesn't help that the marking scheme was so vague that a lot of the grades I got felt subjective and more determined by a lecturers personal preferences rather than a standardised criteria. Complaints or concerns are treated as personal attacks on the department which makes change impossible. It also means that toxic students are allowed to get away with nasty behaviour as the department will protect their favourites from any sort of discipline.

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Jasmine
20 Mar 21

University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)

Applied Sciences HNC

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I have enjoyed my time at university so far even if nearly all of it has been online, we are give lots of notes to help us understand all the different subjects.

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Oliver
21 Jan 20

University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)

Professional Golf BA (Hons)

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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

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Hazel
25 Sep 19

University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)

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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.

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Susanne
19 Sep 19

University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)

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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.

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Joe
19 Sep 19

University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)

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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.

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Murray
17 Sep 19

University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)

Geography BSc (Hons)

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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.

SR
Student Reviewer
21 Sep 18

University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)

Fitness, Health and Exercise HNC

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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.

SR
Student Reviewer
31 Jul 18

University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)

Marine Science BSc (Hons)

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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!

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