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I started at UCLan in 2009, and graduated in 2012. Overall, I enjoyed my time there, but I did have some issues with the way in which my course was ran.
UCLan itself is a former poly in the heart of Preston. However, it really has expanded to be a huge University in recent years, with a huge variety of courses to choose from. Courses are divided into "Schools" these days (it was faculties but in my first year a slight re-jig turning everything into Schools), and you will find that certain types of courses will be placed together - I.E - The School of Health, The School of Art, Design and Performance etc.
The location of the UCLan campus is about 10 minutes out of the city centre, and so is a great place to be studying. Preston itself is an interesting city, and there is usually lots going on, with good rail networks elsewhere if you fancy venturing further afield. I loved Preston itself, and we still visit there occasionally to see Uni friends that have stayed in the area. Also - look out for the Preston Guild - once every 20 years, we took part in it in 2012 and it was a great experience! Only another 18 years to go! Preston City Centre has lots of shops on offer, but also a good nightlife, that should suit eveyrone's taste. I hated clubbing, so I would tend to go for meals or to the Cinema instead. But there are lots of clubs with different music genres if that is your scene. My friends seemed to enjoy them anyway!
Back to UCLan. There has been quite a lot of investment over recent years in buildings like the Media Factory, the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre and goodness knows what else. I think this was needed though as the previous facilities weren't quite up to scratch. These buildings now really were great when I was there, and I found that I never had much trouble finding the space that I needed to help with my study. The Library is also pretty good, with 3 floors for different uses. Again, as a student, this was really useful. The only trouble here was finding a PC around deadline time!
For me, I did enjoy my course, but it could have been better organised. My course was probably the only thing that I found to be a problem at UCLan. There were some issues in matters like not giving feedback and that there was definitely some favouritism in the classes. However, this was not every staff member, and most of them were fantastic, approachable and really helpful. Particularly in my 3rd year, my dissertation supervisor was excellent! And, most importantly, after graduating, I got a job straight away, so the course can't have been that bad as I have not been out of employment since leaving Uni!
Other services at the University are also really helpful. I used the Careers service (Futures) quite a lot whilst I studied there, which was really great as staff could look over my CV, help me in applying for jobs and give me some advice on good work experience. As a mentor within the M and M Mentoring scheme, I was also lucky enough to get a Futures mentor, an industry professional who met with me regularly to give me advice and help - absolutely fantastic opportunity! Other services include "The I", which was an information point for anything Uni related. I didn't really need to go here much, but I did get my Council Tax exemption form from there! There is also an accommodation service, a programme called Flying Start which I went on before actually starting at UCLan, and other more personal support services.
I generally found that UCLan was a really friendly place, with lots of support on offer and lots of opportunities, should you choose to take them. Overall, I enjoyed my experience, and I would recommend it, however, I would say that every student going to any University should seriously do their research thoroughly, with the Tuition Fee hike especially. If you get it right, it's great, but if you get it wrong, it can be a very expensive mistake!
Admittedly UCLAN wasn't my first choice of university, but I got accepted through Clearing onto the combined honours course of Film Production, American Studies and Journalism.
I found the lecturer to be too intimidating for my liking and it felt like I was back in high school (I was 21 when I started), but I quickly found that Journalism wasn't for me anyway so dropped the subject but I've heard good things from other students who have continued with it so my experience might have been a one off.
What can I say? This course rocks! The tutors are very good at delivering lectures (one sings and plays the guitar!). There's humour and debate and the lessons are never dull. Plus when Obama won the elections we got a huge tin of Celebrations to enjoy!
This course is great for anyone wanting to know how to make movies/documentaries/short films/experimental flms. Granted the teaching wasn't up to scratch in first semester and a lot of the stuff I ended up teaching myself. You've got to know how to use a Mac before you start otherwise little help is given to us PC-ers but the facilities are excellent and there's always enough equipment for everyone.
The campus is close the city and train station and offers lots to do, there's numerous societies to join and sports clubs. There's loads of great venues for nights out and you're spoiled for choice on things to do.
So come to an open day at UCLAN and you mgiht be pleasently surprised!
I want my opinion to be as practable as possible so I have divided it up into sections I think are important to you as a University Student. Academic The University has great staff. Both Academic and Student Support Staff are excellent. Tutors understand the pressures of student life and are very approachable with any problems you have. I found my teachers to be extremely intelligent and down to earth, who were easy to understand and presented information clearly. The first thing I noticed was how the Tutors treated me as an equal and respected my views and knowledge. Some of them were even quite sociable and would have a drink with the enemy - us students! Social Life I found many new friends as a Student. Preston has approximatley 23000 students and I think I must have had a conversation with most of them in one pub or another! "Hi, what you studying?" Springs to mind. Cheesy! The Student Union is the best place to go. With drink promos going on most nights. The union has special nights also were famous name guests appear on stage. The last one I recall they hosted was "The Longest Day" which starred No1 Chart Topping Atomic Kitten. Preston hosts the "North West's Most Listened to Radio Station - 97.4 RockFM" and the National Football Museum based at Preston North End Football Club. World Championship Snooker is also frequently held in Preson. The Town as many bars and clubs and caters for all tastes from Death Metal, Jazz and Salsa to Trance and Classical. The Student Union also organises the different clubs and societies of the Univeristy. I recall there being hundreds to choose from when I choose mine at Fresher's Week. I always wanted to be in the debation society as American films always potrayed intelligent people doing this at college. Sad aren't I! I also joined the badmington club. How I found the
time? The University is big on sports. It has a newly opened Sports Arena - Preston Sports Arena, which was part funded by the Lottery Award £7.9m. The site almost extends to half a mile and hosts many diffent sporting activities. Other The University has excellent Information Technology ammenities, with thousands of computers for students to use. All computers also have internet access. The library is massive, with a large collection of speacialist publications and relevant literature collections. Blackwell's Bookshop also has a bookshop on site, who have the reading list to all courses, which makes life really easy. More drinking time! The University has excellent links with Research organisations and Commercial Sectors. The University has a forensic science centre using the latest methods and technology, and a Postgraduate School of Medicine. Services The University has a full range of services including : Medical Centre - staff are very informal and approachable. It is situated on campus, so it is easy to go inbetween lectures. Dedicated Help Line - The University operates a useful helpline for students where they can discuss problems or just to have a chat. Accomodation - The Accomadation Service of The University Of Central Lancashire is fantastic. It has loads of University owned accomodation (which is the best for laugths and all night parties). It guarantees accomodation to all 1st Year Students. The Halls of residences were very cool with great ammenities and services. There are both smoking and non smoking residences, and all have wardens attached to them. In conclusion I would recommend this Univeristy to anyone who wants to really enjoy there student life and come out with a good degree and employment prospects.
Most opinions here deal with the night-life and social opportunities in Preston, but I'd like to concentrate more on the university itself. I was at UCLAN between 1997-2000 doing a BA in Film and Media Studies. I chose UCLAN for no other reason than it was close to home, and I didn't feel like moving away somewhere else. This isn't the best way to choose a university, folks... choose a university that's right for YOU, no matter how far away it is. I suppose it was lucky that UCLAN turned out to be pretty good. What people say about Preston is mostly true -- it is a friendly small city where the booze is cheap. Students come from all over the country and from abroad too, so you are likely to become friends with lots of different kinds of people. Accommodation is pretty reasonable, with very tiny halls of residence for first-year students, then it isn't hard to find a house to share with other students in the following years. Now on to the university itself. UCLAN was a polytechnic that expanded and became a university in the 1990's. It is an "easy" university -- not much is expected of you, and their advertising suggests that just about anybody can get in. This is quite true. An UCLAN degree is a fairly easy degree with a fairly light work-load, compared to more respected and better-known institutions. Some of the facilities are very old, some are very new. The library is one of the newer buildings, and has pretty good facilities. I sometimes found it hard to find books -- a lot of the "required reading" that my lecturers assigned to me were not even in the library catalog. Computers were awful. I don't know how well they have upgraded in the last year, but during my time there, the computer network was made up of old Pentiums using Windows 3.1 (and this was in the year 2000...). Internet access was pitiful, using Netscape Navigator 2, and during the daytime each user had a connectio
n speed of about 0.4k per second. Despite the ancient technology, the system of printing out your work was cheap and efficient. The quality of teaching was anything between marvellous and incompetent. I had some wonderful lecturers, but also some truly awful ones who didn't know what the hell they were doing. UCLAN isn't too good at handling paperwork -- on several occasions, they "misplaced" my coursework, lost my personal details, and failed to enrol me onto courses correctly. Other students experienced similar problems. Administration is friendly, but sometimes less than competent. If you have great A-level results and you know of a university that is personally suited to you, GO THERE INSTEAD. However, if you didn't get into better universities, or you live near Preston and don't want to move away, you may have a good time at the University of Central Lancashire. Expect to have a pretty good social life there, not as many money troubles as somewhere more expensive, and some good experiences on your course.
Hi, I am in my first year at the university and I can honestly say that a good time is had by nearly all!!! This was my second choice uni, so I could not get into halls of residence, I had to get a house with 4 other people, which was very nerve racking at first. I did not know any of them, but we soon all became really good friends, and a few of us regularly go out together in the evenings. There are some great places here to go out, the big student night at Tokyo Joes is a great atmosphere, and the Union on a Thursday is a great night cos there are lots of drinks promotions. The number of pubs is endless, so there is no problem there then. Also the university boasts top professors and very good vocational and academic subject. I was a bit sceptical at first because of its former polytechnic status but that does not matter. The facilities are great and you will soon get to recognise people on your course. Overall I would recommend this university because Preston is such a friendly place, and although you may end up in a house in your first year, it will save the hassle of getting one in your second and third years. Go on, come to Preston!!!!
I am in my second year at UCLAN now, studying BSC Multimedia & Systems Design (Computing). The University life here is great! Preston is not all that big, but big enough to have a ball. Pints range from 10p a pint night at the famous Tokyo Joes Nightclub to about £1.50 at peak rate at the SU. Every Thursday night is 'Promo' night at the newly £100,000 refurbished Students' Union. There are offers that you just can’t refuse! There are other places to go, such as the new bar, Base, or Roper Hall, The Ship...loads of pubs / bars. Nearly every pub in Preston offers some sort of student discount, so drinks and meals are all very well priced. You can’t compare Preston to Manchester, or Leeds for the nightlife, but for prices it wins by a mile!!
If you are lucky enough to be comming to study at the University of Central Lancashire you have made an excellent choice! Not least because you will have the pleasure of living in Preston! Preston must be one of the best places to be a student. It has a vibrant student culture and stacks of great bars & disco's. It is a cheap place to live rents are low and the accomodation is central for the bars and even your lectures. Some sound advice is to get yourself a 'Yellow Card' in one of the local bars. This card is issued on production of your NUS identity card and meands that you get dirt cheap drinks - at any time of the day £1.10 a pint in some of the best bars in the town! A none stop happy hour! Check out Tokyo Joes Night Club and the Adelphi pub after that go with the flow - the locals are frioendly and there is never much trouble. See you out on the town soon!!!
I must admit that I ended up studying at the University of Central Lancashire because a couple of my friends were going there. I hadn't heard anything about the Univeristy and at that time, coming from East Anglia, I hadn't really even heard of Preston. What I did know was that it was in the North somewhere and I'd been told the old saying "it's grim up North". Well, that couldn't have been further from the truth! The whole experience at this university was a thrill from start to finish. The sheer number of students meant it was almost impossible not to make friends and the cost of living in Preston was such that anybody could survive on even a meagre budget. The clubs and pubs in Preston are numerous and, on the whole, pretty friendly. Prestonians are passionate about their football and for them, travelling to watch Preston North End on a Saturday is almost a religious pilgrimage to them. But, what about the University itself? Well, top class lecturers with one of the best business schools in the country. The facilities from the classrooms to the canteen are nothing short of excellent and the halls of residence are plentiful and well equipped. All of the buildings on campus are within a short walking distance of one another and the Student Union on a Thursday and Friday night is one of the best places to go clubbing. Anybody is who thinking of possibly going there should do so. I've got nothing but good things to say about the place. I don't know anybody who didn't enjoy it or didn't grow to love Preston as a town. Just be careful of the fast food restaurants, there are far too many to choose from and trying to visit every pub in town will take you a lifetime!