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Not Oxbridge, but a good uni
Middlesex University in general
Member Name: Larrabee
Middlesex University in general
Advantages: Inclusive, friendly, helpful, good location
Disadvantages: Not a great reputation
The existing reviews for Middlesex seem very negative so I'm writing this to redress the balance a little bit.
I studied at Middlesex from 2004 to 2007 and I had as very positive experience.
I studied at the Cat Hill campus. It was very easy to get to, with two tube stations nearby and several bus routes going in all directions. The locality was very nice, quiet and peaceful but with shops, food outlets etc. so convenient. The building wasn't terribly modern but was perfectly functional, there was plenty of studio space and good facilities (better than at some of the more prestigious universities I toured) such as wood workshops, print rooms, dark rooms and a brand new really nice digital editing suite. As well as a reasonably well stocked art supplies shop there was an old fashioned refectory and a little coffee shop which were both reasonable priced. My favourite thing about Cat Hill was the little pond on site where you could sit and watch the terrapins and herons on a sunny day!
I lived i halls at the Enfield campus which I believe has since closed so I won't go into too much detail, but the rooms were clean, well organised and had an ensuite bathroom which was a big bonus. There was adequate parking, good security, a gym and a student union bar.
While at Middlesex I met a variety of people from all walks of life and from all over both the UK and the world. I had friends from London, Liverpool, Cumbria, Devon, Birmingham, Scotland, The USA, Japan, Greece, Cyprus, Australia and Egypt.
I found the quality of teaching to be excellent, I had a personal tutor who I stayed with throughout my course who was very helpful and inspiring and always made time to help out or discuss work. The other tutors I came into contact with were all knowledgeable, approachable and helpful. As I was on a course which was largely self directed there was an element of getting out what you put in involved and there are always students who aren't willing to put much in, this is not the fault of the teaching staff!
As part of my degree I had the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad which was a wonderful experience and again I met many more interesting people and learnt a lot from this.
One thing I really liked about Middlesex was its inclusiveness. I think its great that people fro the local comprehensives were able to go to uni and were encouraged and supported. Middlesex does a lot of outreach work to schools and colleges in North London to promote higher education amongst people who might not have thought it was a possibility for them, even though they had the ability. This can only be a good thing surely?
Summary: Don't dismiss it out of hand, it will vary from course to course and from individual to individual