Hello,I am studying for the MSc in Intelligent Systems and Robotics.I don't know DeMontfort uni for undergraduate, but for graduate programs they are great. Some of the professors are well known also at world level, all of them hold a good PhD. I like to get high marks and I am quite succeeding at it, and I must say that when I talk about the subjects I studied, also with people on linkedin coming from other universities, they tell me that it's clear that I understood all the concepts deeply.Of course, at the end of the day, it's up to you to get the best out of your experience!
Now obviously this is my opinion, but as it goes a lot of people seem to think that De Montfort University is an absolute waste of time.
I studied Media Studies and passed with a 2.2 Not the worst but really not the best either. This course was so unstimulating sometimes filled with subjects that had no relation to the field you wanted to work in. Every year there was only one practical module out of 4 which is rubbish, we need as much practical experience as we can. Now that I look back it just seems a bit Mickey Mouse to me. However I did try and save myself and ended up working for a local channel in Leicester called MATV where I learnt to be a reporter, off-line editor, voice over artist.
So I managed to do one better by using my initiative. If you don't have all the resources you need to gain new skills then use your initiative! I just hope I can move up in my career without DMU tainting my CV!
I give this uni 6/10
What can I say?
I considered writing this review at first as I only had about 4 weeks of ACTUAL experience on the campus but of course my opinion of the place has been firmly formed almost a year after that...
I live in Leicester and had often heard about the good reputation of DMU and last September I began an Access course there to help me get into the proper Social Work degree. However after attending just two sessions I dropped out due to the death of my best friend. I correctly filed all the required paperwork and made sure that the university knew of my withdrawal as well as checking that my date of leaving was still within the boundaries of their policies so I didn't have to pay the rest of the fees.
For my brief time at DMU I did find the tutors and other students to be extremely friendly and helpful, the campus has a great layout with very modernised and nice looking buildings.The library in particular blew me away - four floors and just loads and loads of computers, it looked like some hi-tech call centre. The whole place had a really good feel and the level of support and assistance we did receive whilst I was there from our tutor and from Student Services was very overwhelming and brilliant.
My hatred therefore isn't directed at the campus itself but some of the people behind the scenes that obviously have no idea how to run a system as complex as this.
After dropping out my life carried on and I thought nothing more about DMU at all until by chance I happened to check my old e-mail account at the end of June to find an e-mail from their head of finance.
This e-mail demanded I pay the rest of the fees for my course before a specified date or they would send a debt collector and bar me from the university. Now first and foremost I was disgusted that they had told me this in such an inpolite and informal way. What if I had not read the e-mail at all?
At the very least I would expect them to communicate through post or telephone. I firstly replied to that e-mail and then the very next day I rang them up and was passed around to about 7 different people none of which had any clue at all on what to do or how to help me. Finally I was told that their system was down and I would be called back later that day or the following day.
So I waited for four days and had heard nothing so I rang them again. This time the excuse was that my tutor was unavailable and I should contact him. Basically to cut a long and stressful story short, this saga went on for a number of weeks with me constantly ringing them only to be passed around and fed a load of crap whilst all the time becoming extremely stressed and upset.
Finally after about 7 weeks of this I was informed that they had forgotten all those months ago to take the total off my account when they received my withdrawal form and I should fill in the slip they would send me in the post and return it to their payment section to excuse me from the cost.
This I did and rang the university to check they would be open and was told yes. It's a long trek for me into town with my other commitments and the bus fare is atrocious due to the fuel prices but I went to the uni and attempted to hand in the slip but oh my guess what?
Their system was down again and I was told to come back the next day which meant wasting more money and time to do so!
Basically I am now looking into launching a complaint against the horrendous service of the staff there and the manner which I have been treated. If I had actually done something wrong then it wouldn't be such a big problem but any good opinion I had of DMU has now been completly tarnished regardless of what great facilites and stuff they have.
I'm not alone also as other people I have spoken to have told me of similar problems. It seems to me as if a bag of headless chickens could run the place better and I certainly will not be studying there again.
Of course this is just my personal opinion and I'm sure the majority of people have a great time at DMU but hey.
I have been at DeMontfort since Sept 05, and so far have been very pleased with my course (BA History). All except one of the lecturers have been excellent - very enthusiastic, knowledgable and friendly. Students are treated with respect and help is always at hand.
If anything, I would say that standards expected do seem a little low - the grades seem rather generous in my opinion. But who knows? and I think students would benefit from being set more essays, as too much relaxation leads (for me anyway) to complacency and lethargy!
If you like getting pissed every night, this is also the place to be (although for the likes of me who does not, the ensuing noise is rather disruptive).
There are plenty of good societies available - sports, religious, course-based, and the gym is excellent value for money.
Overall an excellent, fun and supportive place to learn.
According to BBC News Online, this 'institution' has a drop out rate of 11% for the academic year 2001-02. The justification for this shockingly low figure is the classic Paxman motto: "I've started so I'll finish". Well, what have the non-drop-outs started? A programme of study that, if it was anything like my first year, is intellectually unstimulating, psychologically draining (though not in any positive sense of the word) and about as useful as a toilet seat covered in anthrax spores. (That comparison may have been a little harsh - at least anthrax is mildly amusing to those versed in the darker side of humour).
My course of 'study' (Photography and Video) was to the Humboldtian ideal as Mohammed Atta was to the New York skyline. It consisted of producing consistently awful work (and I speak only for myself - my work was thoroughly appalling), getting marked over the top for it, all the while sitting through lectures which talked monotonously about the bleeding obvious to an audience of the bloody uninterested. The lecturers managed to talk down and over the heads of the students simultaneously.
It has often been joked that lectures are the period where the content of the lecturers notes are transferred verbally to the students notes without going through the minds of either. This was true in as much as there was such material to be transferred. At one point, and I did not think of this at the time, we set the world on fire, dunking Aristotle's ideas through the philosophical cold wash. Oh, no, wait, we were discussing David Beckham in a seminar class. The pity.
The library was the high point, and that is saying quite something. Once you step out of the library, you are guaranteed that everything will be worse. The lectures, the administration (I, or rather, my mother, received a hilarious - in the context - mass mailing from DMU's admin people about two weeks ago. Oh, how glossy pictures look silly once the Emporer's nudity has been revealed!), the 'atmosphere' (yes, I know, I'm supposed to be a logician...), the subject matter. Like many modern universities, the students didn't want to be there, the lecturers wanted to be somewhere else (I don't blame them) and the desire to set light to something was rather strong. (Alas, the laws on criminal damage, of which I am something of a homegrown expert, pre-emptively closed that route of exploration, but it was explored very thoroughly on a theoretical basis).
My first year of university, at the exquisite DeMontfort University (of which, the architectural feats are as follows: a really cool paternoster life in the art department and a student union building that has all the appeal of a railway station coffee shop - partly due to the fact that the businesses operating inside the student union building are the same as the ones you find on railway platforms), has left me with a deep sense of loathing at the world. The high point of my initial foray in to academia was rumpled up inside my own bedclothes reading, but not quite understanding, Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil at around 3am with nothing but the sight of police sirens to comfort me. Such, such were the joys and all that.
Of course, I am exaggerating. Such is my job. To step back in to the realm of the rational - it is not all as bad as I say. Of course, I have to grapple mentally for about five or ten minutes before I can find something good about it. The thought process goes something like this: "Hmm. I wonder. There must be something good. I don't know. I'll have to think about this. Hmm. Mmm. Come on mind. Think. Oooh, biscuits. No, no, focus. Ah, that was good. Oh, no, wait. The mild benefits offered to the world by orange flavoured chocolate has nothing to do with it. Okay, focus. There's something. I know there's something. Oh, bugger this. I'm off to watch Dale Winton's The Other Half on repeat." And I would. Or perhaps I didn't. But if I did, I could guarantee you, that there would be lots more to feast my mind upon than what was provided in my first year of buggering around in Leicester.
It is not too hard to put this verdict across, and I feel no moral qualms about doing so, and I will justify myself in a short while. This kind of university contains just about everything I dislike in academia, and has nothing of the good quality. I was shortchanged by a thousand odd quid on tuition, when totted up, generously, I got about fifty quids worth out of it. At most. If you are considering sending yourself off to this institution, I would strongly avoid doing so. It was a waste of time, a waste of money and a mind-sapping pox to boot.
Moral justifications, you say? Well, where do I start? First of all, it is morally justified to use these nuclear strength levels of hyperbole if by writing this I prevent just one person from excreting away a year in service of what is essentially a non-education, or even an anti-education - an experience where you come out with less knowledge than you had when you went in. There could be the next Einstein out there, just waiting for the spirit to be crushed by an ex-polytechnic. Second, it is justified, because it is, to the best of my knowledge, true. It is crap. My annus horribilus was a total waste of time. And, yes, if I did have a time machine I would warp back and tell myself to spend the year flipping burgers instead. Third, it is morally right to tell the truth, however nasty the short term effects. It may not be very nice to call bull on things, but it is better to get the short pain involved in realising the problem, rather than living under the delusion that an ex-polytechnic education is worth anything at all. It's not. It is far better to shatter the illusion, cut the problem off at it's source (the willingness of students and their parents to hand over big bucks to the universities for bad rubbish) and move on. When a degree becomes worthless, it is most definitely a worthy cause to warn those about to jump in to such folly.
This university (again, watch the terminology - personally I prefer "trumped up ex-polytechnic" myself) is also one of the few universities in Britain not to reveal their recent drop out rates. For good reason, methinks.
De Montfort University seems to have aquired a rather unfair reupation, probably because of it?s ?ex-poly? status. However, with regard to student accommodation, this university really does excel. I have been at De Montfort for a year, living in Gosling Court halls of residence, a stone?s throw from the new union building. These are some of the cheapest, and supposedly the most basic halls. The term ?basic?, however, means bright, airy and clean surroundings, double glazed windows, modern matching furniture, well-sized bedrooms, 24 hour security, contract cleaners, caretakers and more ? in general, an extremely pleasant place to live. This year we have seen half a dozen more halls spring up in the wake of some older ones being demolished, and these new buildings really are nothing short of luxury living. They are all situated within 5 minutes of the campus centre, and offer Sky TV, Broadband internet, en-suite rooms, entertainment areas with pool tables, landscaped courtyard areas, and security. Moreover, none seem to have the gloomy seventies feel about them that many other university halls are infamous for. Some will complain that halls of residence here are expensive, but considering Leicester?s position as one of the top-ten largest cities in the country, the prices are minimal compared to what one would pay even on the outskirts of London, where on top of rent you have to pay underground/bus fares every day. The reason De Montfort offers such a high standard of accommodation is because very few of the halls are university owned, or managed. Individual property companies (some nationwide, some local) have really invested in the areas to the west of the city where the decline in the hosiery and similar trades had left empty buildings and prime development space, and certainly me and many of my friends are not doing the traditional thing and moving out of ?halls? next year - simply because the ones we?re in are of such a high standard.
Moreover, the word ?halls? doesn?t really do the buildings here justice ? we are flats with a few sharing a large kitchen and two big bathrooms - these are more like self catered flats than halls. Whatever reason you have chosen De Montfort University for, where you be living will not be something you have to worry about. Recommended halls are Newarke Point (expensive but extremely comfortable, en-suite, brand new and with views over the canal) Liberty Park (common room with Sky & Plasma TVs, large decked courtyard area, en-suite) and Kingfisher Court (right next to the union, en-suite, inexpensive and secure) and Victoria Halls (Perfect for those concerned about security ? totally self-contained halls with electronic keyfob locks, en-suite rooms and broadband access).
About De Montfort University (DMU) DMU is a new/modern university with multiple campuses, spread through the Midlands. Its a large university with subjects across most major areas. My views I graduated from DMU with an MSc some years ago and have to say it was a very good place to be, in my view its 'bad' reputation was totally unfair. Now you may say, what do I know? Well I've been to an older univeristy and another new one, in total I've got three degress so figure I've been around a little. Facilities/Teaching Well I was in computing, they were excellent, we had good equipment, excellent lecturers and a good course. I can't comment on the undergraduate experience as I was post-grad but the course was intellectually demanding, but the lecturers were very supportive. Although I do think their teaching load was probably too high, and at times this may have effected things. The course was excellent and I understand the government inspectors thought the same thing. Student Facilities I've been told that DMU now have a more flash union, which isn't quite as good (in terms of facilities) as the old one. Comparison with other places There is no reason to see why DMU should be considered any worse than any other unversity, and that includes some of the older ones! In fact having seen what other places (which were considered to be better) taught at a similar level our course was much, much harder! Overall I think the modern institutions have gone through their transition phase and are now well placed to provide a more relevant set of courses than their more established counter parts. DMU in particular has done very well in research, and this was very evident in the teaching we received. However before you sign on the dotted line its worth doing your homework, so have a look at www.hefce.ac.uk it ha s full breakdowns of the quality o
f the teaching at all UK HE institutions.
I have been in Leicester for 3 years and I thought it was the most interesting time I have ever had! There is so much to get through I’m going through it in point form! Courses Personally I was in the humanities department, doing a course in international relations, American studies and history. The staff there in all 3 departments are all very approachable and will bend over backwards to help you with any (and I mean any) problems that you have. I could not fault them at all. I have heard that the staff in the other departments are just as nice, but I can’t vouch for that! There are the totally insane lecturers but they all know their stuff! All I can say is that the courses are generally good, but most courses are the same within most universities! Although DMU is one of the top 8 in the politics department! The running of the university well that is another matter! The staff are great, but for some reason the Uni. doesn’t seem to run properly. Generally its ok but I know of a few things going wrong such as, Cheques being late, forms not sent to the right people, people being registered on the wrong courses, and various things!. Student union!!! I like it I like it a lot! It has the longest bar in Leicester, it has one of the largest dancefloors in Leics., it has many big named bands such as Travis, +coldplay, it’s had many tribute bands such as Brittany, + s club 7, famous blasts form the past such as Timmy mallet! It has a regular Wednesday night KINKY AFRO! All the sounds from the 70’s and 80’s , and a regular Saturday at the CHEESE! The name says it all, cheesy music ALL NIGHT! Very good!!!! The SU has regular alcoholic promotions, (very good, esp. the 3shots 3pints 4a fiver!)The food is great, (good veggie selection) cheese beans and chips are a MUST!: ) The shop sells basically everything that u probably will need as long as you’re there! (some things are cheaper
elsewhere!)it’s very good, u can also get the special student price for newspapers! In the summer everyone is outside the place with a pint and an ice cream (great fun!) (there is meant to be a new student union, it’s taking many many years to build, it was meant to be up when I was still there! But I’ve heard that it’s actually going to be smaller than toxic is now!) Housing I personally was in new wharf halls of residence! It was excellent met so many new people! There was a party most nights in different flats! If your going to Uni., u should defiantly go into halls, everyone I know now is due to meeting people in halls! New wharf is a really nice place to go, soar point pub, within a 3min walk(get a yellow card!!!!)However, I have heard about it falling into the wharf!, also it sometimes gets a bit flooded if it rains a lot. The best place to go is bede hall! My friends where there and it is gorgeous! Housing, go by the housing list that the Uni. Puts out, if u have not been around Leicester, they check out all the ones on the list, but if u have been around, you can find a place near Uni. and for a reasonable rate! But there are a LOT OF DIVES !!! Shop around and do not sign for anything until you have checked it out!! Kimberlin library It is a very good library if u get in there fast enough, they have many many books, articles, journals, CD ROM’s etc. it was only redone about 3 years ago so it’s all very modern and well furnished! And their interlibrary loan service is second to none! john stanford gym very good value for money! pay onec and get all the things for free! except fo rth classes which are usually about a pound!(very cheap!) Overall I wouldn’t swap the last 3 years for any amount of money!
De Montfort University Leicester - My first and only uni After 2 full years at de montfort university leicester, i can say that i am satisfied that it was a good choice for me. It may not be the best university on paper, or even physically, but i find it very good. General I am studying for a BSc Business Information Systems and am really enjoying the course. The IT department is very good, with access to PC and Unix labs very readily available. At times of need (coursework deadlines etc.) though the labs can become full quite quickly. This can cause problems occasionally but there are plenty of places to go. The main problem with this (and a few other in Computer Science and Engineering faculty) course is the management. The faculty is quite poorly organised and coursework marking, results etc. take a long time coming through. Unlike most other faculties we do not get individual timetables, instead having to print off a communal one and then crossing out the erroneous modules. Living in the city. Student life in leicester in good, though - the city is lively and well organised for the extra 10% of residents it has for the academic year. Many pubs have a student focus and feel to them and the centre is 5-10 minutes walk from uni. The student union is not the best I have visited but it offers cheap drinks at the bar, regular events and nights and cheap edible food from the canteen. The union shop also sells many discounted items. Most students spend the first year in halls - i would recommend it. This gives you a chance to meet people and socialise while living in secure housing. Most of them are not marvellously nice so it also means you will appreciate a student house afterwards. There is a lot of student housing near to the uni, mostly focused around the narborough road to the east of campus, within a few minutes walk. You have
to check out the houses and the landlords, as with anywhere but I haven't heard any major housing scares. There is a sports centre close to the uni where you can join cheaply and not pay for the rest of the year, which allows access to tennis, badminton, table tennis and football courts and also (after an induction) to the gym. (Ive never been to the library but im guessing its good cos it has a cool tent looking sculpture thing on the front!!) Whichever uni you decide to go to, enjoy it.
DMU is one of the large Universitys, with something like 18,000 students in Leicester. This is both good and bad. It means they can provide some really good facilities, such as the libaray (a new students union... if it ever gets built) some good and up to date IT facilities and other such wonders. However from my experience the, management is pants. The Computing Science faculty may have its share of excellent and not so excellent lectures and tutors, but it would help if they practiced what they preached a little more often. We are told how business are organised and run and how computer systems should be built and run, how networks can provide all the information we need... This kind of information is available from some but not from others, there is no coherant policy for the faculty. Trying to get hold of information as a student and be a nightmare and hours of wasted time trying to find out something simple all because of poor communication between the faculty and students. I'm not saying it is like this all the time, because there are some people who work really hard to help you, but all to often you find yourself hitting a brick wall. Once these problems have been addressed I'm sure the quailty of teaching and work will improve along with the reputation of the university. Other things... cheap place to live, loads of housing - some really nice palces if you look for long enough. Friendly lot - (well most people there) Narabough road - you want it... its got it.
De Montford University is set in the heart of Britain with four sites set in four counties. It is a university that is one of the biggest in Britain, with around 30,000 students based at four UK centres. It is known for its Consultancy, Research and Training programmes. De Montford has many programmes including Further Education courses, Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Professional programmes. These four centres and ten campuses retain their own distinctive characters and specialities. Modern telecommunications facilities, including IT networking and video conferencing, ensure that wherever you choose to work or study. There is a chance for flexible study within a wide range of subjects, as well as holding International conferences and symposia too. The University is proud of its new multi-million pound Science and Engineering Research Centre plus the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development. I have recently completed a modular degree at this University based at the Bedford Campus and would recommend it. Sport Studies, Education including Teacher Training or Dance and/or Drama are all high profile courses taught at Bedford. The university provides a multitude of courses (at other campus’) in areas including Agriculture, Business, Computing and Design, Engineering, as well as Health, Humanities, Law, the Arts and the Sciences. The campus at Bedford is split into two sites, which are about two miles apart. It also has a community theatre, swimming pool, dance plus movement studios, two libraries, gymnasium and what all students like to hear two, yes two Student Union bars. De Montfort Students’ Union provides good if at times a little noisy entertainment with food and drink at an affordable price. There is a wide range of entertainment and social activities on offer to meet student demands. Polhill Campus boasts an infamous Wednesday night Sports Disco and many huge events. (An event not to be missed!) Lansdowne Campus offers a mo
re intimate alternative. Entertainment includes hypnotists, comedy acts, and formal balls at both Christmas and Summer. The bars stock all the latest lines of alcohol and soft drinks. The two Union shops provide stationary, food and Official University Clothing at very reasonable prices. (Even the students can afford it!) Participation in the many sports clubs and societies in an active part of life on the Bedford camp. Every Wednesdays through the Christmas and Easter term, over 30 clubs, at the Bedford site. The Athletics Union helps to organise inter-mural sports with the famous rugby 7's, where courses compete against each other. Bedford Town offers many opportunities to participate in sports, such as Robinson Pool for the competitive swimming and Oasis Centre for the more sedate swim. The Athletics Stadium is of international quality and Priory Marina offers a wide range of water sports including wind surfing and water skiing. Cyclists benefit from the high number of cycle routes that dissect the county. Supporting Bedford Rugby Club – ‘the Blues’ is often a favourite pastime for the less energetic. The lectures are usually around two-three hour long and not over crowded except for core modules. Most of the tutors and lecturers are approachable and will assist with any problems. Extensions are granted for assignments and the special needs unit is available through the student support agency. De Montfort University offers exchange programmes to South Africa, Malaysia, Holland, Germany, France, Sweden and Hong Kong under strict academic quality control The Bedford Campus has its own on-site doctor's surgery, nurse and physiotherapist. During the first year of you course, you can live in the halls of residence, but then you must move out. The accommodation in Bedford is plentiful and reasonably prices. If you are looking for a University, this one is small but the natives are friendly! There are also
many societies and clubs to join. Making friends is very easy, even for the shiest of student. As a student at De Montfort University, Bedford you are never alone. Now what have you to loose, you may even learn something along the way! For general enquiries contact: Telephone 0645 454647 Bedford Campus (44) 1234 351966 Website: www.dmu.au.uk
I spent 3 years at DMU in Leicester, and I must say that it is some place. The course was excellent, but that is really secondary to the social life. The main bar in the Students Union is VERY long so crowds of you can all get served, and the union itself is excellent - more of a night club than a union, it plays host to many of the top music acts. The clubs and bars in Leicester all cater for students, with £1 a pint offers and free NUS entry to many, and as the city has two very large uni's both in town, the student population is huge and so all the bars and clubs are heaving. Leicester has a great shopping centre with all the major high street stores, and an excellent market (largest in Europe I think). Leicester is also one of the best places in the UK to get a curry, as it has a large Asian population and literally hundreds of Indian restaraunts and take aways. Speaking of Take-aways, Cyprus Kebab House on Narborough Road is tops for a burger after a night out - expect to queue though! Leicester is also very central - slap bang in the middle of the country and only an hour from London by train. Accomodation in Leicster varies from basic to wonderful, depending on how close to the uni you want to be So, DMU is the place to go if you really want to enjoy your time at Uni.