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My Experience of studying Computer Networks Bsc at Middlesex University, Hendon Campus
Middlesex University in general
Member Name: bongobrother
Middlesex University in general
Date: 18/06/06, updated on 19/06/06 (1028 review reads)
Advantages: Good computers/equipment, good programming staff, intimate campus, diverse student nationalities
Disadvantages: Ethnically imbalanced, low entry qualifications, most student events not at Hendon campus
My review is in three parts: Students, Campus and Halls
Most students taking Computer related subjects at Middlesex are originally from the London area. A lot of the school leavers seem to have already met each other before the start of the first semester. If they donít already know each other, then they are likely to live within 10 miles, at home with their parents.
This creates an insular community, making it difficult for Ďoutsidersí to really fit in. Having said that some of the people I met who came from outside London, and some open minded Londoners, became good friends as we immediately had common ground.
Also the London colloquial language used these days is quite impenetrable to someone originally from the West Country. And as a white mature student, it is daunting to be a minority. Iím not choosy about ethnicity when it comes to being friends (or anything else) with someone, but I would prefer a more mixed, cosmopolitan environment, like Londonís supposed to be.
The biggest disappointment for me is that approximately 95% of the students I spoke to came to Middlesex because they got poor grades. I was disappointed as I tried really hard at college and chose Middlesex because of its vocational courses, not its easy entry.
The general consensus between me and my friends is that we all dislike Middlesex, except most do not dislike it enough to do anything about it.
Middlesex is spread over various campuses (Cat Hill, Enfield, Hendon, Trent Park and New Southgate). When I studied at Hendon, virtually no student union events were held there (except an ríníb night called ĎThe Pressure Cookerí). The student union shut at 7:30pm and music came courtesy of a home stereo. Students could bring in CDís to be played but unless they are bhangra or hip hop then they are not going to be played for long, unless you wait until around 6pm when itís less crowded.
The thing about Hendon is that it doesnít feel like a university. Everyone goes home after 7pm.
The halls local to Hendon are: Usher (opposite the campus), Platt and Writtle (near by in Colindale) and Ivy Hall (3 miles away in Cricklewood). I can only speak for Ivy as thatís where I lived. The building isnít too bad except there is no common room. The running of it is, quite frankly terrible. There were mouse and cockroach infestations the whole time I was there, regardless of how many complaints were made. When a girl told the caretaker she saw a rat in her room he told her ďyou must be dreamingĒ. When I first arrived, the kitchen cupboard doors were either non existent or hanging off. The fridge doors never shut properly and as a result, the fridges always smelt.
My room was a total disgrace. The curtains were hanging off the rail, the carpets were sticky and stained, the walls were heavily marked and my heating was broken for at least half of winter 2005. Despite all this I did actually like the features of the room, it was a corner room and had 3 windows and was actually quite pleasant, once I got used to the slightly musty smell (couldnít get rid of it no matter what I tried).
Summary: To summarise; go to Middlesex if you didn't get great grades and want good programming experience
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