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An Awesome Experience.
Staffordshire University in general
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Staffordshire University in general
Date: 19/04/12, updated on 23/05/12 (169 review reads)
The University is split into two main campuses at Stoke and Stafford. Most of the teaching buildings are ugly grey concrete high rise which kind of remind me of a high school, however inside they aren't so bad with some nice and not nice lecture theatres. Being at the Stoke campus i can't say much for Stafford having only been there on a couple of occasions. The liabry at Stoke has recently undergone a bit of a referb and now has some great facilities such as large screen apple macs and electronic book cases. Work has almost been complete on the new science building, the building looks modern however is spoilt some what by its "t**d brown" colour.
Course and Lecturers
Lectures on my course (BSC Geography) are relatively engaging and there is a wide choice of human and physical option modules. Some of the lectures are a bit hit and miss but are all generally knowledgeable on their subject and approachable. Personally I have found the second year far more interesting than the first, (which at times felt a bit tedious). In the first year we went to the peak district very early in the year. This proved to be an excellent way to make great friends, with the whole class heading into the village pubs to socialise after a day in the field. This year we are going to Exeter to carry out our own group studies and the final year involves a trip to Barcelona.
I live at home and travel in, a word of warning to those planning to do the same, as the only university in the country to not charge for parking the car parks become stupidly full with staff and students literally parking anywhere! All my friends stayed in halls in their first year, they seemed relatively nice although the walls are pretty much painted breeze blocks on the inside. Also frisky fresher tend to set the fire alarms off regularly at all times of the day.
Stoke-on-Trent is a city made up of seven towns, the centre being Hanley which is home to the Potteries Shopping Centre. There are quite a few clubs in Hanley such as a Liquid, Walkabout, Reflex etc. For Pubs the best place to be is around the University with a number a number of them geared towards students with a good choice of drinks such as The Terrace and The Graduate.
At Stoke their is the Stanley Mathews Sports Centre which is home to a decent sized gym although a little expensive it is often very busy. The union has the Ember Lounge and Verve where you can grab some food and a pint. As far as i know disabled access is good with ramps etc. All the buildings i have been in have computer labs and there are plenty of PCs and Macs in the libary.
Clubs and Societies
There are plenty of clubs and societies from Extreme Gardening to American Football. I am part of both the cricket and badminton and i cant speak highly enough of clubs and societies at the university. I have made loads of great friends from these clubs which train 3 times a week and often run very entertaining socials. The union organises the annual Varsity between our much hated rivals Keele, with the competition growing to 17 sports this year. Varsity takes place on one day at alternating universities and is often a close contest with extremely large and vocal amounts of support turning up to support each university. If you are into your drink, sport and loud mob chanting varsity is for you! It is without doubt the best thing about Staffs Uni.
The union venues at Stoke are the LRV, Ember Lounge and Verve. LRV has club nights on Wednesday (Gobble) ans Friday (Super Friday). Gobble is popular with the sports teams after their Wednesday fixtures and often has a fancy dress theme. The union also organise events through out the year with relatively famous artists such as Example, Wheatus etc playing there
If you are going to Stafford....Unlucky its a sausage fest, girls tend not to do the mechanics, compute programming and IT courses which are all mainly based there.