I am currently in my final year at university after studying three years for a Psychology degree. Having spent three years here I feel qualified enough to give a comprehensive review of Leeds Met.
One of the positive things that Leeds Met offer is lower course fees than most other universities. I have paid £2000 per year and I figure I've saved at least £3000 by coming here. However, the big question is, was it worth it? The short answer would be - no.
Overall, the course was okay. There was quite a range of topics to learn about and I have learned a lot in my three years here. We were allowed to choose most of our modules in third year, which has been great, as it's more of what you want to do rather than being forced to do things you don't particularly want to learn about.
However, saying that, the course has seemed very repetitive. The amount of times lecturers have explained the ins and outs of Bandura & Walter's Bobo doll study/Little Albert/Eye Witness Testimony/Psychoanalysis, is ridiculous. It appears that different lecturers do not communicate what material has already been done, so I feel that a lot of the Semester is wasted on repeating the same topics. It not only gets old very fast, but I feel as if I am missing out on learning new things.
The lecturers, I would say, are average overall. A minority are really friendly, helpful and seem to enjoy what they do. However, many seem to not care about the lecture/seminar they're giving, helping anyone and just want to get out of there ASAP.
Some lecturers are very difficult to get hold of too. It can take weeks to get an appointment, then they're usually late, forgotten what they're supposed to be doing with you or just don't show up at all. This becomes a pain when they are your dissertation tutor and the deadline is looming!
When work is handed in and marked, it usually takes quite a while to be returned. There is supposed to be a three week rule, but most lecturers do not adhere to this. If/when you get your work back, the marking level is pretty shabby. Marks/errors etc are inconsistent between markers - one tells you to reference work one way, whilst another marks you down for it. The ambiguity of the marking is one of the worst things about Leeds Met. Sometimes I think it's more of a lucky dip as to what mark you get, which is certainly disheartening when you work hard on something.
There are two main campuses at Leeds Met; one in Headingley and one in the city centre. The Headingley campus really is nice. It is surrounded by greenery, it's peaceful, the buildings are beautiful - it's really a nice place to study. The city campus is a bit shoddier, more all over the place and disorganised.
Both have a library though, which is handy.
This leads me to probably the best point about Leeds Met - the library. The library is 24/7, which means it is open 7 days a week, all year round, as well as 24 hours a day. This really is a godsend, as the library atmosphere is usually great. Whatever time of day you want to work, you can, which I think is fantastic and has been a real positive during my time studying.
There are also quite a lot of resources in the library, such as journals, audio-visual, magazines etc. Books can be quite difficult to get hold of when demand is high, as they only keep around 5 copies of each text, though. However, they have a reference section where one copy has to stay, so if you desperately need it there's always that option.
There are two canteens, one on each campus. Again the Headingley one is far better. It offers a very wide range of food (Chinese, pizza, traditional British etc) and drinks, as well as a pleasant area to eat.
The city canteen is very cramped and has only very limited types of food. The price overall is quite expensive for meals, but the portions are quite good.
Leeds Met seems a nice place to study at on paper. The fees are significantly less than most other universities in the UK, it offers a 24/7 library, "state of the art" sports equipment...But, looking back on my experience I would happily sacrifice these things to go to a better organised, more reputable and a higher quality teaching university.
If you are looking for a sports type degree, then I assume Leeds Met is a good place to study (it's known for its sports focus). However, if you are looking to be taught by enthusiastic, friendly lecturers, learn a lot, for more objective marking and a generally nice environment, I do not recommend Leeds Metropolitan University.
right so i started uni in september, and so far... well im not sure what to think. being a music performance student on the first year the course has been run is deffinatly interesting if not anything else.
I am currently at beckett park, which i must say is a beautiful campus, and does have rather good facilities, the studios are amazing (although were not allowed in them till next term :( ) I dont really know much about civic quarter but from what ive seen its a decent campus.
being the first year of our course however things seem rather disorganised, theres been a lot of work in a short space of time, and te need to be able to learn very quickly seems to be upmost. I fyou dont like being thrown in the deep end i wouldnt suggest the music course.
The tutors do try very hard to help you as much as possible, and as far as reshaping the course, a lot of effort has been put in. I think if you want to do music performance at leeds met you might be better off waiting a couple of years for things to settle down. We've lost a fair few students already and it will be interesting to see how many are left by the end of the year.
Generally leeds metropoliten is a lovely university and so much work does go into the courses but i think when it comes down to experimenting with students futures youre playing with matches.
Of course as far as the night life goes and leeds as a city in general, are amazing experiances for any student. theres fantastic shopping oppertunities in the city centre, and a brilliant night life, plus the social atmosphere in halls is amazing.
Being a first year at leeds metropolitan university everything is still shiny and new for me so i will give you my point of view on LMU. The years starts around 19th September with the freshers fairs which give you a chance to look around if you miss the open days that have been organised. The student hall gives businesses all around leeds the chance to come and show their goods to old and new students although i'm still wondering why wilkinsons was handing out free spatulas to new students, i wonder who thought that one up! it must have been kinda like this....
'mmmm what can we give new students that they will absolutely need?'
*thinks a bit*
' i know!, a spatula!'
other than that mind boggling occurrence so far i've had no problems with anybody coming into the university. The course I am studying is English and History and it is run by the school of cultural studies. The lecturers are really good at what they do, showing passion and enthusiam at all times for the subjects that they teach. If you have any problems whatsoever you can take it to your personal tutor who will jump through hoops to help you out.
If you have trouble understanding something you are being taught, don't be afraid to speak out! as long as the tutors know you are having a problem with it they will be only too happy to talk it through with you until you do understand fully and make sure that you can put that knowledge into effective use at the seminars.
The building itself is actually 6 buildings joined together and are labelled accordingley, i.e a building, b building etc and there are signposts throughout the university showing you how to get to where you need to be.
The catering facilities are fantastic especially in the refectory which is located near a helpzone not far from the main entrance. The food is not only affordable (a breakfast comprising ten items costs 3.40 and includes a free drink). There is also a student union bar which has a small catering facility attatched to it. the prices there are slightly higher but the advantage here is that you can smoke in this area whereas you can't in any other part of the university. This is also the place where they hold all their live gigs attracting names such as electric six and the bloodhound gang.
The university is very easy to reach being located behind the civic hall and there are buses that will drop you practically outside the main building itself. there are other university buildings located nearby, such as the brunswick building which is situated behind the merrion centre which makes for great shopping when you have finished a lecture!
as far as i know there are three seperate campuses with the university. the civic quarter campus which is where my course is located), beckett park campus (i haven't been here so i don't know about this one), and the headingley campus (again i haven't visited so i don't know). each of these campuses specialises in specific courses, such as mine being attatched to the (main) civic quarter campus with the school of cultural studies but all the campuses are easily reached and not too difficult to navigate through as everything you need is either signposted or has a map to it which can be found in the helpzones.
There are also regular jobshops which you can register for online and these people can help you find work that revolves around your timeable, not the other way round so you don't have to worry about missing your studies. payment here is weekly and you have to fill in the payment claim form but as far as i know, everybody who has registered has been paid on time and has had no problems in any of the places they work.
all in all these things alone (at least for me) make this a great place to study. There is a heaving nightlife in leeds so anybody wishing to get into lectures with a hangover the next day will be able to do so (although i think you would have to be slightly insane to try it!)and will be able to do so without spending too much money! always a bonus in my book.
So go on, take a look, take a risk, you never know, you might just like it!
As Leeds Met is the only uni I've ever been to it's obviously the best I've been to, but I can't imagine another being any better. Firstly, the university itself. Both the City Campus and the Becketts Park campus are great buildings. The City campus being very modern and Becketts more of a stately home type building. I am at the city campus studying English and am very happy with both the university and the course. The lectures are all very down to earth and approachable, which is not the impression you get about some of the older universities. The students are all very friendly and, again, seem a lot more laid back and easy going than those at older universities. Leeds itself is an absolute student heaven. The pubs and clubs are excellent whatever type of music you are in to and there's a range of quiet, cosy pubs and lively nightspots. There is also a wide range of cinemas, theatres, etc. The only thing Leeds lacks is a large concert arena. The universities do their best, with The Strokes and OPM playing recently, but there is nothing to attract the world-class stars that a city full of youth would wish to see. There is also Leeds United football team, recently hosting England vs Italy, the Leeds Rhinos and Leeds Tykes rugby teams and a cricket ground which is currently getting a new stand ready for the internationals in the summer. Oh yes, for all you lads out there thinking of going to Leeds Met, the place is absolutely swarming with fit birds. (my female house-mates assure me that the standard of males is also high, I wouldn't really know.)
I am a student at Leeds Metropolitan University but thankfully I won't be for much longer. Studying at Beckett Park is good for only one thing, the park itself. The area is beautiful but that's it - nothing else. What more can I say? I've been there 3 years so I would know wouldn't I? The student's are great, lots of fun and the lecturers are nice people with a lot to offer. Unfortunately they go about it in a very lacklustre way. I don't wish to slag off any lecturers or tutors by name but I warn any person thinking of applying for University - be very wary. Leeds is a fantastic place, the best place for nightlife and it has the best students in the world. This may sound like everything you've ever wanted but if you want a degree you're proud of and is well taught - look elsewhere. If all you want is the fun and the nightlife, then go for it - but be warned. Behind the exterior walls lies a most unusual interior. I know lots of people who feel the same way as I do.
As a student who has transferred from another University, I never realised how good University life was until I discovered LMU. The facilities here are amazing, you wont regret studying @ LMU. Computing facilities are excellent. Beautiful just beautiful. You will not regret coming to study @ LMU. The teaching here is top class, the environment is excellent, all people are very friendly. The university attracts loads of students from foreign countries, there must be something about this university that people cant resist coming here. Why not check it out before you come, I'm sure you wont be disappointed.
I recently visited LMU on the visitors trail as I am applying for University this year. The vistors trail shows you round the university as there are lectures going on and the Uni is in full swing. I must say that I was most impressed by this idea as I saw what the University life was all about. I found it more useful than an open day where I can get the same information as in the Prospectus. LMU's city campus has a whole new wing including a four floor learning centre with thousands of computers and books! Overall it was a very interesting and enjoyable day where I learnt about how a university functions
I'm a lecturer at LMU so I'm bound to say nice things but here goes anyway. LMU has 2 sites, one next to the University of Leeds and one at the North end of Headingley. The city site has just been done up from a horrible looking 60s set of tower blocks to some horrible looking blue glass tower blocks. Apart from that I don't know too much about it because my life is at the other campus. The Headingley Campus (Beckett Park), is set is the grounds of a former nunnery and would look more at home as an Oxbridge college than a former Poly. All the Buildings there are listed and it has a full set of sports facilities. Don't be put off that it is a few miles from the town center. Headingley is student'sville with plenty of accomodation and pubs. The courses at BP are mostly sports and computers. But if you want to be at beckett park don't just pick a computer course. Why? because you'll come up against me and I eat people who take courses for bad reasons.