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      28.09.2012 15:30
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      A fine place to learn and pick up one of those degree things.

      For my 250th Dooyoo review I thought I'd put together a detailed account of how I felt/feel about NTU (Nottingham Trent University) and its overall impact upon me as an undergraduate student. I have been studying a design course, Architectural Technology, at NTU for two and a bit years now and over that time I have built up an in-depth opinion of the place, the people, and the attitude. Though currently on a placement for 9-months, I still have up to date knowledge of the university and its operations from previous years, and the contact I still have today. In this review I'll attempt to give the reader an insight into the universities location, transport links, accommodation, learning spaces, lecturing, organised events, societies, and 'general feel'.

      A UNIVERSITY WITHIN A CITY - Location / Transport / Accommodation

      The city of Nottingham is the bustling centre of a major county, it is made up of several deprived areas and several areas of high quality housing and communal facility. One thing is shared across the entire field however, and that is an undeniable sense of community spirit - rare for such an area. Contrary to what you may have heard, Nottingham is a place of art, business, music, leisure and drinking. It is therefore the perfect destination for student culture to thrive, and student culture is as a result thriving, and is something that remains central and defining to the city as a whole. In areas such as Forest Fields, Sneinton and Carrington, and all the way into the city centre, competitive student accommodation can be found - houses and flats. The university is central, with all buildings positioned within close proximity of each other, and links between them plentiful. Convenience is the word; the immediate location within the city gives students the best chance of making it into lectures, seminars and workshops on time and in high spirits. This is all because of the trains, trams, buses, taxis, bike lanes, and walking distances; all of which are efficient and congestion free. Every NTU related building (not on the Clifton campus) is within 10 minutes walk of the city centre (Victoria shopping centre) and has multiple transport links around it - those at Clifton are only a short bus ride away, and the buses are reliable.

      The city's landscape, at least parts of it, are heavily defined by the wide variety of housing available. As previously mentioned, less wealthy areas are littered with student housing which is rented at between £55 - 95 a week per person dependant on room sizes, type of area, distance from university buildings, distance from shops and communal facilities. In the city centre you're looking at more in the region of £90 - 140 per week. Most of the areas (Arboretum area, Forest Fields, Carrington, etc.) are located next to the Arboretum Park and famous Goose Fare Ground which in summertime (both) attract thousands of students, providing a natural habitat for experimental learning and the general use of free, open space. Tram links into Nottingham - directly to and past Newton building (central NTU hub) - are frequent and reliable. The wide footpaths and occasional bike lanes help walkers and riders to reach their destinations quickly. I feel that the complex link of individual services work is harmony the majority of the time to perform the task they are set. You can always rely on the services of Nottingham; it's only when something dramatic happens, like the building fire (across from Newton) that happened last year (2011) that you can expect disruption to your day - a very rare occurrence.

      A PLACE OF LEARNING - Spaces / Lectures & Seminars

      Newton Arkwright is the hub, without doubt. Situated directly on the tram line, this adjoined couple of structures acts not only as one of the main places for social gathering, but it also houses the largest collection of seminar rooms, lecture halls, and useable open spaces available anywhere within the university. 'Old meets new' - After a recent £100 million redevelopment of the university, both Arkwright and Newton were hit by hefty improvements to their structures and their interior finishes. Newton had a ground level expansion of its foyer area, into a massive open plan space of different levels and assigned areas: a food hall that seats over 100, two cafes, many laptop docking areas, free-standing computers, table space, comfortable lounge seating and purposefully clear areas for events (open days and final degree shows). All the external walls (not connected to Arkwright) are made from full-length glass panels, as are the ceilings, which give the place a contemporary, clean feel. Newton isn't just about its transparent ground floor however; sitting above is a ten storey tower with over 100 rooms for private sessions and seminars. The theme of glass and white clear walls is maintained as you climb the stairs or make use of the strange lift system - to operate, you type into a panel outside the lift what floor you want, and you are then pointed to one of six lifts on route to that floor! - Peculiar I know. I LOVE THIS BUILDING, its styling, its volume, its function-ability and its relaxed social feel. You can really knuckle down into your work in a place like this. The well-ventilated areas stay at perfect temperature, and there's no feeling of drowsy boredom, the struggle for concentration, as everywhere you look there's a gaping cosmos of airy, refreshing space. The staff are friendly and the food is reasonably priced, I really have anything negative to say about the building at all.
      Arkwright is the adjoining structure, and it is completely different, and at the same time quite similar. It is a 200 year old grade listed building that, after being partially destroyed in WWII by first a bomb and then fire, was in dire need of repair for a long while before (at the end of the 20th century) the wish was finally granted. But it wasn't until 2007 that it was returned to its former glory, with whole sections of walling and roof being rebuilt to the same style and finish as the original elements in the pre-war era. I also love this place, the 'quadrangle' court yard is a wonderful sight, situated between new and old elements of both buildings, the contrast is captured beautifully when sat on one of the many benches in summertime. As a design student I spend most of my time is Arkwright, in one of the large workshop rooms at either end of the courtyard (upstairs and down). The same clear, white, airy feel as Newton is continued and it works really well when you walk between one building and the next.

      Other buildings which make up sections of the university are not such joyous places to spend time contemplating projects and meeting people to discuss work related queries. Maudslay building (connected, incidentally, via a walk-bridge from Arkwright) is a dilapidated dark pit of a place with dreary corridors and several small seminar rooms. The lecture theatre is OK, but nothing special. The sad thing is, this theme runs through to other structures too: Chaucer (perhaps the worst of them all) is full of tight corridors and odd-shaped rooms - it's cramped, it's dark, and it smells. The library is a breath of fresh air (when you first walk in), with its four stacked floors all over-looking the foyer via huge balcony walls which run the inner perimeter in a circular pattern. Though initially a nice place, you soon realise the computer rooms often become heavily over-crowded with people making use of the 24/7 open-hours. If you delve deep, there is a lot hidden behind the scenes of these seemingly impressive looking buildings, but as a whole I'd say the standard is at least above average for the country.

      Learning in the rooms/halls/areas/spaces I've described is both a fun and challenging experience. Lecturers attempt, convincingly, to use microphone and projector equipment, but always seem to fail - calling out technicians left, right and centre. I feel that co-operation between lecturer and room is rather one-sided. I think the main issue though, is lecturers not understanding what the hell they're doing - some (some!) of the staff are incompetent, they know their stuff with regard to the subject they're teaching, but they DON'T know technology. Metal panels with buttons that control lights, blinds, projectors, DVD players, etc. are items of mystery and misery to the 50 year old + lecturer at NTU, it's sad to say. Training is needed and quickly!

      Besides the disappointing ('boots') library facility, I feel NTU have a good space-to-student ratio in which there's always somewhere to go and study with a good internet connection and availability of computers. Receptionists and assistants, as well as wandering lecturers, offer help and assistance to passers by, and the whole system of room rotation between courses is well maintained.

      - Reconstruction of Student Union -
      This space has been demolished and is currently under reconstruction. The home of SU social nights has been moved to OCEAN, a club on the other side of town, and the gathering spot for students and persons involved in university admin has been moved to Spanky Van Dikes bar opposite Newton.

      A SOCIAL UNIVERSITY - Societies / Organised Events

      NTU makes use of Nottingham's varied night life excellently. The student union is a body run by students for students, and the events they organise during fresher's week (beginning of the year), and throughout the rest of the three terms are sufficient in creating fun and enjoyment before/whilst the formalities of work endures. There are many societies which organise their own individual events for those after something less main-stream. Anything from paint-balling to fine art is covered (with everything else weird and mysterious in between). Organised events such as the weekly Saturday night trip to OCEAN club and the various fancy dress nights are there for the taking, giving students a chance to make use of any drink offers put forward. In general I think the social side to NTU is rather heavily focused on drinking, and should maybe branch out offering a little more variability in activity endeavoured. Whilst international trips are often organised by different courses, they are always expensive - in my mind over-priced - and lacking any real imagination. The lesson here is find a good group of friends and organise things yourself, skip university ran things (beyond the nights out) as they only limit what you can experience.

      FINAL POINTS

      I love the city of Nottingham, its transport, its buildings, its shops, its nights out, its community spirit. I feel that NTU fits into the setting excellently, and though there are some things that need improving, i.e. lecturer training in use of equipment, layout and use of certain buildings, and social occurrences organised by the SU, all in all I love it here. I will be sad to leave in June/July 2014, but I know I will always have the memories of the place and the people - and the friends I made along the way.
      Keep improving Trent, and you'll be up there with the best!

      Thanks for reading.

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        24.12.2009 15:35

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        Brilliant Uni Experience so far. Reccommend it to anyone

        I'm now over half through my course at Trent, and would reccommend it to anyone who likes an equal amount of social life and education.

        I study at Clifton Campus, on the Primary Education (BA Hons) course, which is very demanding. Clifton campus in itself is self contained, and has everything you may need; gym, book shop, food shop, doctors, bar, coffee shop, cafeteria, car park, etc. Most school's (education, science etc) have their own buildings where you'll attend lectures, and where you will find your lecturers offices. They act as your base in effect and make your time studying at uni a lot easier.

        Peverell is the accommodation most first years stay in. 6 to a flat, ensuite bedrooms, and handy for getting used to university life (especially with lectures only 5 mins away).

        The range of societies means there is something for everyone. That includes the sports goups you would also hope for, football, rugby, both mens and womens, cheerleading, dance, all of which have weekly socials to meet other members/other people from uni.

        Nightlife in Nottingham is good, there are a range of bars / clubs to meet anyone's favourite night life scene. Most bars you find will have a cheap night with drinks offers so going out isn't going to break the bank.

        I'd reccommend going to open days for the course you're interested in. You'll usually find students already studying that course there for you to speak to, and that can be invaluable when choosing the university you want to spend the next three/four years at.

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        23.07.2009 18:26
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        A good, mid-level university

        Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of a clutch of 'new' HE institutions that were accorded University status in 1992, as part of a government initiative to widen access to Higher Education.

        The University has two main campuses, the hub of the University being situated in the city centre (Burton Street and York House), and the self-contained Clifton campus that is about 4 miles out of the city proper.

        NTU is very much concerned with its traditional strengths in teaching, and is also building a research profile that reflects its 21st century ethos of research-informed teaching and income generation through various enterprises.

        In the early 2000s, NTU has its share of problems with academic jobs haemorrhaging along with many other similarly-disposed HE institutions. Funding shortfalls mitigated against progress and expansion for a while, but nonetheless NTU is well-placed to take advantage of the spread of HE courses as the recession bites and people are using this period to improve their prospects. In that sense, NTU's broad range of pure academic and vocational courses should stand it in good stead.

        The city of Nottingham needs no introduction, despite the disproved urban myth of 3 women to every male. Its has a mixture of exciting nightlife, historical pedigree, and access to many national attractions that are within easy reach due to the city's central location. Worth a look.

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          11.09.2008 21:43
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          you won't regret it

          I'm just about to go into my second year here, and I can't wait. I chose Trent because it had the creative course that I wanted, and the city seemed nice, with trams reminding me of nearby Croydon. I hadn't heard about it's reputation for gun crime or anything else really until I'd confirmed my place, and even then I wasn't totally put off. Sure, my halls were near a gun shop but it wasn't really aimed at the general public, and there was Aldi and a masive shop called Dunelm Mill round the corner.

          I'd heard negative stories, but luckily nothing happened to me mainly by being sensible. I wouldn't talk to random people. I would be careful with ipods and things, maybe change the headphones over, but i'd say this anywhere really. Wouldn't advise walking around past 10 really but thats just a precaution. Taxis are quite cheap so I'd recommend using them on a night out, especially if there's more of you.

          Now enough about safety, the uni is the important part. Being a Fashion student, I've only seen a part of it, which is the airy and modern Bonnington building. There is a nice litle cafe, with a handy little shop to stock up on sketchbooks or pins. Most bits are cheaper than Smiths, but it is always good to shop around. The facilities are great, as the building has only been open a few years, and there is an atrium area where you can put on fashion shows, do some work or just catch up with friends.

          The only other parts I've really been to, are the library, Chaucer late corner shop and SU. The library is huge, with about four floors and they have a great selection of books, plus you can search for books and reserve them online from the comfort of your own bed. There is an area that's open 24 hours, so you can technically still do your essay the night before a deadline if your computer crashes. There's wireless access and plenty of study areas, even study rooms which can be booked if you need to work on a presentation with friends. It's got everything you need really, places where you can watch videos/DVDs (programmes related to relevant courses are often recorded) and access expensive trend prediction magazines and even past dissertations if you need help building up your bibliography.

          There are also numerous places to eat around uni, I've mentioned the Bonington cafe, but there is also the legendary Bocca sandwich shop. A sausage sarnie is only £1.50, and you can get various baguettes for little more. At the bottom of the SU, you can get a fry up or burger and chips for £1.99 and at the Glo Bar there are also decent lunch deals and drinks offers. There is also another Cafe inside the Chaucer building and loads of nearby pubs such as Varsity, Horn in Hand and a Wagamamas (which is never tired of taking out many 2for1 vouchers). So basically, you won'y go hungry in this town.

          Nottingham is also great for shopping. Many places do a student discount, such as Topshop, French Connection and Peacocks and there are other high street names destined to take a huge chunk out of your student loans. The shops are also quite a decent size, the New Look is bigger than my nearby Bromley one and nicely set out, and H&M has plenty of the ranges you'll have seen in flagship stores. There are also lots of independent boutiques and vintage shops such as Ark, Cow, Pink and Lilly situated in the Lace Market. Plus it's easy to get around since the tram will take you from the Uni, then to the shops and on to the train station.

          Nightlife is also great here, with student nights at Oceana, Ocean, The Market bar and Stealth. The drinks are cheap and everyone has a great time. Trent students also love to dress up, so it's good to bring anything remotely suitable for fancy dress, as you'll save money later on. Carnage is a great night to go on, a pub crawl which starts at Revolution and ends in Ocean. Everyone buys a t-shirt, which is your entry to the club and customises it to the max to suit the theme. Anything from pimps and tarts to schoolgirls to beach babes, it's up to you to interpret it as much as you want. I've had some great nights out here, and there is always somewhere a new bar or night out to discover, which I shall do all in the name of research.

          Nottingham is also near lots of other great places such as Alton Towers, and there is also a forest, which I haven't yet been to but i hear it's a great day out if your family come to visit. It's home to the oldest pub ever, Ye Olde Jerusalem which is full of history (a great reason to visit) and caves to explore. It's also not far from Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham so handy if you have friends at these unis or if you want to visit a mate's hometown. The is also a massive fair called the 'Goose Fair' with loads of stalls and rides and excellent fireworks displays in November.

          Well I hope you've enjoyed my review of Trent and it's surroundings. If I go to anywhere else decent, I'll pop it in here or if anyone who reads this has any ideas or suggestions, I'd love to read them.

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            11.08.2008 11:52
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            Not for everyone

            Well i have just finished my first year at Notts Trent uni and i have mixed feelings about the whole university life.

            with me living at home i know im not experiencing the uni life in the halls and the night life but i only live about 45 mins away from the uni so i didn't see any point in getting myself in more debt living out there!

            The things i have enjoyed about being at uni is that i have made friends from around the country and world! Which is great. I have also learnt bits of software i didnt know before such as 3D studio Max and Premiere.

            On to the down side i really dont think its worth £3,175 of my money! per year!!!!! This is because i am only there 2 days a week which included 2 lectures and 1 seminar. Some days i dont see the point in going to lectures because i feel like i havent learnt anything and they are posted on the uni's website anyway!!!

            I know that you go to uni to study the subjects you want to study but i think its too independent meaning the lecturers hardly teach you anything new and give you rough guide lines on what they want you too achieve which left many people in my first year confused as on what we should be doing. I feel like i learnt and achieved more at college than i did in my first year at uni.

            I have also noticed that half of the people who were on my course have left due to the fact its nothing what they expected to be doing and that it is crap... basically.

            I hope this next year will be better as i will be studying one particular pathway which i have chosen. But i still don't think it is worth the money.

            Some people might think differently depending on what course they are doing and how often they are there.

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              27.07.2008 16:46
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              Some of the best years of my life. If you're thinking about going, do it!

              So, having just finished at Nottingham Trent University it made perfect sense to make this brief review on the place...trust me if I reviewed every aspect of life here that I've experienced it would equate to the length of War & Peace!

              Trent is officially the leading "new" university in the country and is predominantly a city-based campus, with two other campuses located at Clifton (about 5 miles south of the city) and Brackenhurst (a very rural campus based to the north-east). I spend three years there and had an awesome time.

              In my first year I was based at the Simpsons Halls of Residence, which are in the Lenton area of Nottingham. Although not the nicest area of the city, the halls were certainly some of the best. Having had coursemates and friends who were located at other halls such as Hampden and Sandby which are much closer to all Uni buildings, I can confirm they pale in significance to the standard of the Simpsons. Great facilities, en-suite rooms and secure parking to name but a few advantages that Simpsons had. And with it being just a two minute walk to a bus-stop that took you into the city every 5 to 10 minutes during the day you were hardly isolated.

              Within your first week obviously Freshers Week plays a major part in getting you to know the city, new people and enjoy a drink or 12! Trent boasts being the university with the most events taking place across the country. From the obvious nights out to hundreds of events during the days such as city tours and language tasters. My course performed regular 'introductory' lectures during this week which I attended a few due to my ongoing hangover! Although some were helpful, very few other courses require students to go in during this week as many would expect this to be the time to enjoy things before anyone even comes close to mention the word "studying".

              Both City and Clifton campuses have a well-structured library with staff on-board to help with any queries and a 24-hour computer facilities room during term-time. Something that everyone can vouch for at some point during their time at uni...specifically around the dreaded dissertation period.

              Course leaders and lecturers I found to be always helpful, with all of them checking their emails regularly if you have any questions that need answering if you're at home, or are easily approachable during the day if you ever went in to ask them face-to-face. Failing that, or if you have difficulties with aspects such as living away from home or financial problems, the Student Support Services is available in the Dryden Centre on the City Campus, or the Union Central building in the Student's Union of all 3 campuses will be willing to help and advise you with any troubles you may have.

              Exam periods are often a time of stress for students, but again I found my lecturers to be helpful in keeping us informed of when and where exams would be held and what the procedure for them would be. As with coursework, they would willing help you with problems and the online submission system they use (JISC) is a state-of-the-art programme that filters through thousands of types of literature to ensure that plagiarism isn't an issue (which thankfully never was with me!)

              Within the Student Unions side of life, there are plenty of sports clubs and societies to get involved with. From obvious ones such as Football, Rugby Union and Netball to somewhat more obscure or interesting ones like Korfball or Ultimate Frisbee. Societies range from different religions to Pirates! Elsewhere there are elements such as the Raising & Giving department (RAG) that is found at the majority of universities and Trent Media that includes Trent's student magazine, Platform; television station, Trent TV; and radio station, Fly FM. The latter two were something I had a major part in during my final two years, and certainly didn't effect my studies so would thoroughly recommend getting involved.

              And of course, the nightlife is great. The Union's at Byron House in the City and the Point in Clifton hold weekly events, and nightclubs such as Oceana, Ocean, Gatecrasher, Snug and Stealth currently host weekly events that are endorsed by the Student's Union. Along with that there are more bars than you could ever wish to think of that compliment all tastes, and many with student offers due to such a large student population in Nottingham. And despite what the press say with all the crime in Nottingham...I've never known anyone to be mugged or beaten up by strangers on a night out. In all fairness with it being a city campus and with the majority of things being based within the main city postcode, you'd never have to step foot in some of the "dodgier" areas of the city that have a bit of a reputation. If you do, just go in a group...its common sense really.

              For more information on the Union side of things the website is www.trentstudents.org and on there all this information can be found along with more academic advice and what to do on aspects such as finding a house in your second and third year, which Trent actively does to ensure students don't get ripped off.

              For more on course information the University's website is simply www.ntu.ac.uk

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                10.05.2006 02:27
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                responsive to another review, the defense to nottingham trent university

                In response to Edward's review I would just like to defend Nottingham Trent, I finish my degree in two weeks and feel that this opinion is definately one to be ignored by any prospective students.

                I have had the time of my life at this university, every minute has been an experience to remember and I have definately had the best 3 years of my life despite losing my best friend and housemate in the second year.

                University is what you make it, it is somewhere you can gain your independence, and is many people's first time away from home. Some kids that go to university expect too much, they expect friends to find them, they expect to be spoon fed like they were in school, they expect to rely on somebody like they have always been used to.

                Correct me if I am wrong here but Edward seems to be a boy who has come to university after hearing nothing but good things about it and been let down. It is true that Nottingham is a fantasic city, but what is a fantastic city without fantastic friends. These we must make ourselves.

                Something else that adds to our independence as university students is our ability to work on our own, our ability to be given the resources that allow us to use our initiative and succeed on our own, search for the help we need, find the books we need, pay our own bills etc. This is after all the reason that companies like degrees so much as it not only shows a knowledge in somebody but it also shows a maturity and ability to stand on your own two feet, a quality that a lot of kids at 21 do not possess.

                So Edward, I would like to conclude by saying that although it is a shame that you did not enjoy your degree, nor have the determination or perseverence to find a job at the end of it. I have been searching for work for nearly a year and it is possible, not easy but you have to look hard.

                But do not put people off this university, it is full of happy young people who are doing something with their lives, something good and positive. It is the best fun ever, but that fun does not land in your lap you have to work for it...and once you have succeeded in that you will succeed in life, in your learning abilities and your people skills, good luck.

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                  11.04.2006 11:16
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                  Visit the city, don't go to the uni

                  I finished my degree at Nottingham Trent two years ago and my degree hasn't helped me in the slightest.

                  I haven't experienced other universities so I don't know if this is the norm, but NTU seem obsessed with rinsing you out of your money and not with teaching you key skills to use in your future employment.

                  Firstly there's your tuition fees. It costs £1100 a year and most of the modules you have to teach yourself. There is usually a lecture and a seminar to every module, but the seminar doen't include any teaching, it is us, the students that have to research the topic and form a presentation for the rest of the group whilst the lecturer just sits there and gives you a half arsed feedback sheet at the end.

                  My second rant is on the subject of the student activities they organise. At the start of the uni year in September, you are encouraged to sign up for sports or other activities. I quite fancied joining the football team, but wasn't prepared to pay the ridiculous fee of £40 for the privilage. This was one of the cheaper sports as well, you were looking at much higher prices for something like snowboarding.

                  At the end of your course you might expect the uni to let up in badgering you for even more cash. Oh no. If you want to go to your end of course ball, it will cost you £50. This is just to get in, it doesn't include your drinks and the tuxedo that you HAVE to hire. Finally there's your graduation, where you have to pay for your tickets, gown and photographs, again mounting up to a hefty sum.

                  The one thing this uni does have going for it is that is is situated in a great city. There is excellent nightlife, great shopping, culture with Robin Hood and it is also a big sporting city with the two football clubs, criket ground and ice stadium. I think this is the main reason so many students do go to the two nottingham universities and NTU seem to take advantage of this and fleece you for all you're worth. It is no wonder why so many students are in so much debt!

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                    21.07.2001 00:14
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                    Having just completed a BA (Hons) Degree I look back at my time in Nottingham with many great memories but few of them involve the Uni or the students. I will admit now that I am a lazy person who was able to attend when I wanted and still achieve good grades, this did not go down too well with the staff or my fellow students. I was amazed at how strong some student's work ethic was and can understand why they were pissed off. The University was not for me, a lot of its assessments are centred on group work and presentations which I found utterly pointless, why should my hard work and intelligence pay off for some idiot who just happens to be in my group. I frequently pulled out of groups to work alone and while this upset some staff there was nothing they could do because I knew how to play the system and still achieved good marks. Nottingham itself is a great city with many great clubs and pubs, In the first year you tend to follow the student pack but if you find yourself in year 3 or 4 still going to the Union then I hate to inform you but you need to get out more. The student bars in Nottingham are fine if you are only concerned about getting a cheap pint. But if you have some money then have a look around, Hockley is great and the Casinos in the city are open till 6am and have nice bars and restaurants. I would advise that you also pick your housemates carefully, I got lumbered with some real assholes in my second year but in my third and fourth stayed away from people on my course and had a much better time. In all honesty Trent is only any good if you are doing a Business, Law or Engineering degree. Most of the other faculties are full of dropouts who got no points at A-Levels. This is what drops Trent to such a low overall position in the league tables, for its main subjects it ranks very highly. Your employment prospects upon leaving the Business School are very good (98% I think), I have got a job in no time. The only bad point abou
                    t Trent is the self-importance that those within the Union of Students have, I think there are 30,000 people eligible to vote in the Union elections and last time round only 800 voted. To those at the Uni I say 'don't vote at the Uni elections, try and humble these people who run the Union'. We had a failed boycott a couple of years ago but if someone could organise it so that nobody turns up at the Union on Student night it would be hilarious. Rant over, enjoy the Uni if you are the right type of student and if not just play the system right and you'll get through fine.

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                      19.06.2001 19:17
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                      I have been at Nottingham Trent University for 2 years, this being my third and I have throughly enjoyed the atmosphere, nightlife, activities, clubs, and most important of all the high teaching standards and the level of help that you get from any member of staff within the building. I first started Nottingham Trent through a franhise with New College Nottingham doing a Diploma in Recreation Management, and now I am doing a top-up degree course in Recreation and Hosiptality Management. Firstly I would not recommend them the college, but when I went to the main City Campus of Nottingham Trent, I was very please in the level and advancedness of the way lectures are put forward, the new types of technology, the large investment in new computers, and the friendliness of staff. This University has developed well since it change from a polytechnic, and has some of the best professors about. Even some of the lectures are very good, with about 85% of staff (teaching) that write books that actually do sell well in book shops. This partially due to the books going into some depth, and that you can understand the context. The timetable in which you also follow are very well put together, which allows you still to do part time work, as well as being able to attend lectures and do group work. A new thing in which the University is trying this year is putting Powerpoint slides up on the internet, so if you miss a lecture for any reason, then you can always catch up on the notes. If you need to do any further research, there is the Boots libary, which is not very old, and has hundreds of computers and four floors of books, journals, newspapers, and everything else you can think of. Vast new investment is also being made around the University in the way of communiting to and from the university. This is being done by a new tram network around the university. Wrok has already started and is looking promising. Those that drive, there is a park and ride
                      service near by and the bus passes through the campus, and you can also walk from the park and ride site as it is only 10 mins away. If you park on the campus, there is plenty of spaces, but these spaces do fill up very quick.

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                        25.08.2000 16:09
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                        I have completed my 1st year at TNTU on a European Business with Spanish course. The Nottingham Business School is extremely well organised and the quality of teaching is excellent. There is a huge range of information available in the Language Centre. The university as a whole has fantastic facilities, despite being in the middle of the city. There are now, new extensive sports facilities and the library is well stocked and comprehensive. There is also access to the Internet everywhere you go which is a lot more than other universities I have visited. In addition to all this, the accommodation is great. I spent my 1st year in halls and there was a huge difference between NTU?s and the other Universities in the country. All in all, Nottingham is the place to be, and Nottingham Trent is the place to go!

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                        11.07.2000 07:34

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                        Nottingham Trent University Clifton Campus for science is without a doubt an excellent place to study. Accomodation on campus is excellent along with the facilities. The town itself is very clean and friendly with lots of pubs,clubs and places to visit outside of study time. With two main shopping centres you will never be short of places to spend that meagre grant cheque! Nottingham is easily accessible both by public transport and via car. Definitely put Nottingham trent as your number one choice for a place to study.

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                        10.07.2000 18:22
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                        When I was at this college way back between 1978 - 1982 it was the old Trent Poly. It has now been 'upgraded' to Nottingham Trent University. I actually did a degree in Knitwear design but I had mates from a wide variety of courses so there is was quite a gamut of courses to chose from back then. The time I spent in the beautiful city of Nottinghan was THE best 4 years of my life. Being a student was a BALL! The college has a number of sites in the city centre and on the outskirts. Shopping and entertainment are literally on the doorstep. The night life is extensive and as Nottingham is right in the heart of the country it is easy to get to via the motorway network All in all, if the college does now cater to the type of course you are looking for, jump at the chance to go to Nottingham. The city is beautiful, the people are friendly and the student population is extensive.

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                          05.07.2000 18:12
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                          The Nottingham Trent University is located right in the heart of Nottingham City. It has a newly built library. Though the number of books remains the same, the facility has been greatly improved. It was previously a polytech college, upgraded to university status some years ago. As with all ex-polytech uni, research is not the main priority. They focus on teaching. The Computer Science dept is pretty tough. Students are given plenty of assignment with minimal guidance. Those who survive will be trained as an independent and self-sustaining person, which is good for their career. Since it is right in the city centre, shopping is very easy. Tesco is within walking distant.

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