Having attended the Uni from 2004-07 it would be fair to say the Uni was still in something of its formative years. That, however, doesn't take away from the disappointing experience I had overall.
Whilst many buildings were nice and new, the designers had made some fatal errors. Notably the decision to build an all white building right next to a train line, doh! For all the nice and new shininess of the campus, the actual learning facilities were poor. Not enough lecutre theatres, main areas of gathering too small, seminar rooms badly lit and either freezing or boiling and as for the library...
Built in an old railway warehouse the library simply didn't have enough computers and unless you're studying law or media nowhere near enough books. Core texts were rarely stocked and on the rare occasion you could get hold of one it would be out of date or the only one so hopes of not having to shell out £40 for another book were dashed.
The lecturers usually just promoted their own books, which I guess is common practice at all Uni's but sadly I have to say most were uninterested in helping and prefered instead to tick the boxes to ensure they reached the bare minimum to ensure further funding.
Some lecturers were excellent and I don't want this to be a total slur on the staff in total. I found some of the support staff brilliant and a great help. Generally though my experience was not a happy one at Lincoln and wish I had gone elsewhere to gain my degree.
It is not worth going to lincoln Uni. They dont care about there students all they want is your money. It may seem fine to start but just under the surface its not, out of date software, bad or even no teaching, no help if your having problems! Its not worth ruining your future by going to Lincoln uni!
Having been on the animation course (lincoln university) campus situated in Hull, for one year now I question bothering to carry on the further two years. I feel I have wasted a year of my life. There are so many negative aspects to the course and campus. Having worked hard academically, to achieve my Alevels and a foundation art course at college to get into university, I was expecting a somewhat challenging and exciting prospect from university. When I arrived at the hull campus, the initial freshers week was dire. We were shown a few pubs and that was it. No events were organised.
The following week, lectures were to begin. It didn't take long to see how poor the standard of teaching was. We had one lecturer and he struggled to recall what year anyone was in. There was one, hour long lecture every five or so weeks and the odd tutorial was thrown in by the technicians. I would maybe understand if the amount of self directed work was high quantity, but this amount of free time was set to draw 20 mini pictures in rough on a storyboard. That's it. 6 weeks to do a day's work!!! Standards are very, very low, you'd be amazed at the rubbish you can produce and get away with. One person on the course did all three projects for the whole year in a week and still passed!
The teaching scenario is so bad that the university has to draft workers in (animators) who have no work for the time being, and just as soon as an academic bond is built with them, they leave to pursue their jobs. I am aware that the first year of uni is fairly easy but the projects we were set were laughable. No pun intended when I say this really is a "micky mouse" degree. Other students on the course found the same problems as me and even filed complaints about the course. I can count 15 people who left the course, five being within the first 5 weeks!
Organisation was abysmal. No students, irrespective of their course were informed where to go for lectures. Last minute changes are made frequently and lectures cancelled.
When older years were asked, they tell us that the course is in this mess because of the previous lecturers introducing the past freshers with a 10 minute briefing of the term project, followed by "if you need any help, f**k off, we'll be in the pub!" which led to the sacking of two lecturers and a third left rfom a nervous breakdown. Unbelievable as this may seem, numerous students asked the current lecturer both in and out of seminars whether the rumour was true, and reluctantly he admitted the rumour to be true.
All I can say is that I hope to god this information helps reduce the number of students from wasting their time at a terrible university campus- do, honestly try everywhere but here.
Finally, I just want to add that the campus is apparently trying to strike up relationships with companies to make student life a little better here. The current social activity clubs at the hull campus are down to about three I believe these are football, netball and the Christian society. It has been said that the campus is planning on closing down in the next few years. I would be very interested to hear from other students who have been at this Hull campus or are currently there to hear their point of view.
I studied TV and Film Design at the Hull campus of the University of Lincoln. The art and design courses provided here are absolutely diabolical. I strongly advise against applying for a course at this campus. The Hull campus has very limited connections with the Lincoln campus which for all I know may provide a good service (they should considering the money put into the place).
The university had just been given its current title when I joined. It is quite an appropriate title as the Hull campus seems to have been largely forgotten by those in charge. Many courses have been moved down to Lincoln. Buildings have been sold off and funding is very lacking. The once revered Hull school of art and design is also, I believe to be sold off!
Firstly in terms of a social environment the Hull campus is dire. There are no union facilities as such. A pub which is supposedly our union bar is rarely frequented by students. There is very little in the way of societies and no sport facilities. If you want to meet other students it is not easy. The only positive thing I can say in respect to socialising is that there is a fairly good nightlife in Hull and drink is cheap.
Hull itself is rather a melancholy place. There are many problems in the city, unemployment is rife and the destitute are a permanent feature of the city centre. People in the north are in my experience very friendly and genial, unfortunately Hull seems to be an exception. It can be quite an intimidating experience merely walking through town. Hull recently appeared at the top of the list in a book detailing Britain worst towns and cities. I remember a quote from the article which read "The silent threat of violence and the smell of the chocolate factory hang in the air." This is a very accurate description of the place. I could go on but I have barely touched on the course yet.
You will have no trouble getting a place on the TV and Film course. I was accepted on the spot and the interviewer scarcely seemed interested in my portfolio. I am aware of many students who are uncomfortable around the tutors but I fear I cannot elucidate further.
Do not expect to receive much in the way of tuition relating to technical aspects or even theory. Even at the end of the second year many people were clueless as to basic aspects of working with DV. The tutors continually protest that the course is not designed to produce technicians, that it is based around intellectual concepts and the skills of art and design. But I found that scarce teaching was given on these topics either. As a result of the course I feel many students have become deluded about their own abilities. The majority of people on the course almost certainly will not get jobs in the industry based on this degree; in fact I would bet that many show reels from students on the TV and Film course will be the subject of laughter and derision from industry practitioners. I could go on, there is so much wrong with the course it is unforgivable. Recently many students across all years have filed a complaint about the course; I fear that nothing will improve until the Hull campus is closed down entirely and the courses relocated to Lincoln.
In addition to my course there are problems with the entire art and design faculty at Hull. Animation students recently submitted a complaint that was even more shocking than the one regarding the TV and Film course. Graphic design at the university is a joke; it seems very difficult to fail a piece of work on the course. The resulting degree will produce students with a very small knowledge base concerning the field of employment they are entering. I'm sure many of the graphics students would learn more in the space of a month long work placement rather than a whole year on the graphics course. Again, basics are not covered. Even those soon to graduate have no knowledge of preparing print work or even such key subject such as the CMYK colour process. I don't have much knowledge as to the quality of the Illustration course, but the non-specific course problems concerning the campus itself are still relevant.
It really is a sorry state of affairs. I am deeply angry and upset that many students have wasted thousands of pounds and years of their lives at this joke of an institution, let this be a warning to all.
Why construct a guide of Lincoln eateries on a need to know basis? Simple – when you’ve got eating machines in your entourage (big up Chev if he's reading this!), eating out doesn’t become an occasional luxury, it’s a way of survival. Forget the preconceptions of students’ supposed fascination with baked beans, THESE are the places where many a student loan became a ticket to gorge-Ville… THE PLACES Burger King; Deep Pan Pizza; Domino’s; Fatty Arbuckles; Kentucky Fried Chicken; King Neptune’s Fish Bar; Lincoln Kebab House; Macdonald’s; Mama Mia’s; One Stop/Dillon’s; Papa John’s; Po-Boys; Regal Fish Bar; Sizzlers; Submarine Sarnie Shack; Suzy Q’s; Swan Cottage; The Avenue; The Canteen; The Galley; The Ritz; The Roundhouse THE LINCOLN FOOD INSPECTORATE: Sugar Matty O and Chev of dooyoo; Westby & Biko (Smith Street Boys), Fatman, Foggy, E White & Schlong (Ripon St Boys), and guests PLACE: MAMA MIA’S LOCATION: AFTER SMITH STREET SPECIALITY: Pizza Discovered very late in the uni careers of Lincoln’s established eaters, MM’s is a proper takeaway offering reasonably priced pizzas and burgers given a good old grilling. Instantly became a high precedence takeaway consideration given the sheer laziness of Smith Street’s residents when it came to walking more than five feet to satisfy a hunger. Good banter with the guys behind the counter also guaranteed. MUST TRY: Any pizza, but make sure they give it the once over with their canister of add-on grease. PLACE: KING NEPTUNE’S FISH BAR LOCATION: OPPOSITE SMITH STREET SPECIALITY: Fish n Chips Very sweaty and extremely greasy, Neptune’s would probably have long gone undiscovered had it not been for the Smith Street boys moving in. That said, decent chip butties, sausages and fish cakes, although some of their staff were scandalously unde
rage when it comes to handling a haddock. MUST TRY: The battered burger – possibly the greasiest thing known to man. Just looking at it results in five stone weight gain. PLACE: PAPA JOHN’S LOCATION: BEFORE SMITH STREET SPECIALITY: Pizza A real contentious opinion splitter here – for some, the ideal choice for Champions League food accompaniment, for others, too oily and a poor Domino’s impersonation. Upon re-arrival in the third year, John’s supplied Sugar and Chev with an obscene amount of free nosh that unfortunately didn’t set the tone for regular participation. MUST TRY: Foggy would probably recommend the Mighty Meaty on a 2-for-1 basis. PLACE: KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN LOCATION: BEFORE SMITH STREET SPECIALITY: Fried chicken The same as any other KFC found in the UK – sometimes great, other times unfulfilling. The scene of Westby completing the only officially recorded takeaway run, Sugar making regular dashes in the first year and always a fave with Eric White, rain or shine. Given the greed of its participants, mega buckets were something of a missed opportunity. They should still bottle that KFC smell though. MUST TRY: Well, chicken, most probably. Fatman never recommended the popcorn stuff though. PLACE: REGAL FISH BAR (commonly referred to as Reg and Al’s) LOCATION: OPPOSITE ONE STOP/DILLON’S SPECIALITY: Fish n Chips Old boy Omar (so called because of his resemblance to Omar Sharif), was always a welcome sight at 3 in the morning, even if his green, sweat-stained overalls were definitely the opposite. Bonus points for the garlic mayonnaise dressing to chuck all over your fries and dirt-cheap pie and chips – a solid if unspectacular chippy. MUST TRY: The above. PLACE: LINCOLN KEBAB HOUSE (commonly referred to as LKH) LOCATION: BETWEEN REGAL AND SUBMARINE SPECIALITY: Kebabs and burgers The professionals choice – just ask Fatman and Chev – and while slightly on the wallet-bruising side, LKH was the perfect beer soaker for those willing to wait beyond Swan Cottage. Everything a piss-head could ask for, sure to give you satisfying indigestion come the morning. MUST TRY: Chips in pitta, quarter pounders, large doners. PLACE: SUBMARINE SARNIE SHACK LOCATION: NEXT TO THE RITZ PUB SPECIALITY: Late night sandwiches and rolls The scene of a near death experience involving Chev, who after consuming a hot cheese and mayonnaise roll, found out that eating warmed up mayo is the equivalent of swallowing cyanide. Always open until the small hours, with a right old hag looking enticing behind the counter, this is pretty much a poor man’s version of the Subway chain. MUST TRY: Not swallowing any warm mayonnaise, if Chev’s experience has anything to do with it. PLACE: THE ROUNDHOUSE LOCATION: NEXT TO LINCOLN COURT ROOM SPECIALITY: Burgers Admittedly details of this one are sketchy owing to a solitary first year visit involving a chip buttie pit stop. Sort of like a mobile takeaway hut housed in a very ornate shed. Help us out here folks, what say you? MUST TRY: From what I remember, the buttie was bloody good. Give it a go. PLACE: THE RITZ LOCATION: OPPOSITE ONE STOP/DILLON’S SPECIALITY: Proper Meals, Desserts For a long period in the uni career of many, The Ritz was an integral part of the food eating ritual. Every Monday without fail at 5.30pm, it became a Fantasy Football league convention for those chomping down obscenely cheap Beer and Burger combinations (allegedly discovered by Sugar and Biko). But as burger sizes dwindled and the price took a hike upwards, the ritual dissolved and was never recovered. Oddly enough, The Ritz also became a food-related warm up to big nights out at The Ave. Where most clubbers start the evening by drink
ing barrels of lager or taking Ecstasy, it wasn’t uncommon to see The Schlong preparing for ‘avin’ it large with a chocolate fudge cake. A dessert so rich, teeth used to fall out by the mouthful. MUST TRY: The ice cream sundaes that also fell victim to inflation, the 2 for a fiver menu (probably also inflated by now) or the Curry Club specialities on a Thursday night. PLACE: BURGER KING LOCATION: INSIDE THE WATERSTONE CENTRE; OPPOSITE DEBENHAMS SPECIALITY: Burgers Foggy was probably the only regular BK advocate in the face of his compatriots leaning towards Ronald Macdonald and his smiley burger kingdom. Both were pretty lame location-wise, one inside a mall that shut by 7, the other tucked in a corner out of sight, and Burger King has never been that cheap to justify regular visitation. MUST TRY: Double bacon burgers with cheese when they were on the cheap. Either that or ask Foggy for a recommendation. PLACE: MACDONALD’S LOCATION: OFF THE HIGH ST, OPPOSITE W H SMITH; BOTTOM OF UNI HILL SPECIALITY: What do you think? Bog standard, scally-occupied restaurants with the occasional weirdo in the corner they may be, but most probably the recipient of student cash by the thousands. Before an expectant audience, human dustbin Westby completed the infamous Quarter Pounder challenge by munching on six in 28 minutes (including 4 in the opening 8 minutes). The High Street-situated Maccies has also housed a Westby cheeseburger challenge and a bet between Sugar and Chev that had the hatted one doubting whether Bails could fast from his fave fast food chain. Suffice to say, Chev won easily. So he claims. Plus it also gave Westby the chance to construct the largest collection of potato wedge pots known to man. MUST TRY: Not going to Maccies with someone who will order a Filet O Fish – they take bloody ages. PLACE: PO-BOYS LOCATION: OFF THE HIGH ST, NEXT TO LADBROKES SP
ECIALITY: Sandwiches and rolls Expensive sangers but just about worth the money with its variety of breads and fillings, and most importantly, freshness. Worth a visit for the Westby Po-Boys advert alone, involving a gormless face and a piss-yer-pants funny dance to go with it. Usually the pre-broadcast choice of the Lincs FM crew. MUST TRY: Hot sausage hoagie with onion (Sugar), cheese and mayo on Ciabatta (Chev). PLACE: ONE STOP/DILLON’S LOCATION: OPPOSITE THE RITZ PUB SPECIALITY: General snacks, pornography A pointless name change doesn’t hide the all round general usefulness of this famous corner shop. With its array of ‘stunning’ shop assistants, the ability to cater for all tastes is comprehensive (e.g., pretzel flips for Westby, mint matchmakers and Evian for Chev, Skittles for Biko). One moment of brilliance from a drunken Coop also has Dillon’s as top drawer customer service people, having provided our man Richard with the cheapest porn mag that he could afford having scraped together just over a quid for his classy woman needs. MUST TRY: Getting served before 11 or face getting the hatch treatment. PLACE: SIZZLERS LOCATION: OPPOSITE DEBENHAMS SPECIALITY: Junk of the greasy variety Cannot remember if this is the same Sizzlers that used to be at the back of Pulse/Ritzy (which served chips n beans together in a rare instance of post-clubbing ingenuity) or if both are two of a kind. Anyhow, Sizzlers was where Sugar headed straight after his graduation after promising to experience the greasiest of spoons at least once before departing. A proper truckers hideaway that for sheer cholesterol boosting and murderous looks from locals cannot be beaten. MUST TRY: Drinking a skinful beforehand, then letting the grease take away the pain. PLACE: SWAN COTTAGE LOCATION: OFF THE HIGH STREET, DOWN THE ALLEY NEXT TO MARKS & SPENCER SPECIALITY: Kebabs
How this place doesn’t receive visits from the local health authority proves the grease factor of this hidden fry-up sweatshop. Thing is, customers were usually so pissed on Avenue Diamond White that they thought nothing of ordering takeaway from a place with condensation running down the walls. The Cottage was an acquired taste, usually preferred by students who’d just drunk their own bodyweight, and a place that achieved cult (with an L) status as a result. MUST TRY: Chips with mayonnaise, where your fried spuds would soon be swimming in the contents of an industrial sized jar of Hellman’s. PLACE: SUZY Q’s LOCATION: OFF THE HIGH STREET, NEXT TO ZUCCHINI’S SPECIALITY: The Suzy Q Burger For a place that made no bones about the fact that it served food all day, Suzy Q’s was an absolute bitch to get something to eat without the staff throwing a strop. If you did manage to twist their arm and get them to turn the grill on, the results were usually top-notch burger action, although the wet hot dog is definitely one on the menu to avoid. Burgers so good they result in frantic races to the bar to order and collect them. MUST TRY: Any of the burgers are perfect before Soccer Saturday begins. PLACE: THE AVENUE LOCATION: OPPOSITE MARTHA’S SPECIALITY: Pizza This legend is a part of Lincoln University folklore. You could visit the Avenue week in, week out for your entire uni career and there, sweating under the bar lights would be two pizzas, presumably first put on display during first year Fresher’s week and left there until you graduated. No one in their right mind would touch this for fear of convulsions and permanent brain damage, even though there were always slices missing to give the illusion someone had actually ordered a piece and haemorrhaged accordingly. The Ave is now a condemned building, and the pizzas are most probably still inside, waiting to be fin
ished. MUST TRY: Kidding yourself into buying a piece – Sugar and Fatman attempted to try the ‘piss and pizza’ combination before they graduated. Thankfully sanity kicked in. PLACE: DOMINO’S PIZZA LOCATION: OUT OF TOWN – PHONE ORDERS ESSENTIAL SPECIALITY: The obvious Dom’s is the daddy of takeaway, and makes you forget its lack of cheapness and stomach-rumbling delivery times. Half-n-half topping options, 2 for 1’s, the dips, hanky panky pie for dessert – all top banana. How Chev and Sugar once polished off a large pizza each by themselves while wearing floppy hats is anyone’s guess. MUST TRY: Stick to the actual pizzas rather than the ropey side orders of potato wedges, chicken dippers, etc. PLACE: THE GALLEY LOCATION: CAMPUS, OPPOSITE LEARNING SUPPORT CENTRE SPECIALITY: Breakfasts, burgers Though it hasn’t been without its negatives (spiralling prices, the subject of a furious debate on the University notice boards, an ill fated pizza delivery scheme), The Galley is legendary for many more reasons. Namely, proprietor Clive and a smile that never leaves his face. His persistence in trying new dishes resulted in students becoming taste test guinea pigs for sausages and chilli con carne. The Galley breakfast is unbeatable, and for listening to its customers is also pretty faultless – such was Chev’s constant ordering of chip butties in the first year that it quickly became a permanent fixture on the menu. MUST TRY: The whole Galley experience. PLACE: UNIVERSITY CANTEEN LOCATION: LECTURE THEATRE BUILDING SPECIALITY: Breakfasts, ‘school’ dinners Rumour has it that in the third year, having decapitated a swan the night before, an unknown assailant stuck the bird’s head on a stick and displayed it in the canteen as some sort of sick dish of the day. For its ‘5 items for a quid’ de
al on breakfasts the canteen was always a winner before early morning lectures – those wanting further meals should do so in the shadow of that chef who weighs around 50 stone and looks like he eats swans for fun. MUST TRY: The 5 items breakfast. Enough to make you eat 3 platefuls (ask Biko). PLACE: DEEP PAN PIZZA LOCATION: OFF THE HIGH ST, NEXT TO SUZY Q’s SPECIALITY: All you can eat deals D-P-P gets a brief mention owing to Satchel eating the entire buffet cart – including the cart itself – when participating in an all you can eat extravaganza. Well, near enough. Not a frequently visited spot but nice enough to warrant a look. MUST TRY: Keeping Satchel away from the pizza trays. PLACE: FATTY ARBUCKLES LOCATION: OTHER SIDE OF UNI, NEXT TO ODEON CINEMA SPECIALITY: Multi- storey burgers Satchel again, famous for ordering what looked like an entire cow squashed into a sesame seed bun alongside a million baked beans. Crap value for money, and has since shut down, presumably because they insisted on charging extortionate amounts for lame, over-hyped platters. MUST TRY: Doesn’t matter now. PLACE: BLANDINGS LOCATION: NEXT TO ICELAND SPECIALITY: Sunday Roast Definitely a luxury, but if you crave a good old-fashioned ‘proper’ roast, this was the place to be. E White was likely the place’s best customer, even sneaking in midweek dinners to prove it wasn’t just made for leisurely weekend gluttony. Whether that was for the food or the waitresses, we can only speculate… MUST TRY: A roast, with a soft drink, followed by pudding and a copy of Sport First - heaven.
I have just completed a course franchised from Linconlshire and Humberside University to my home town college which I prefer not to name as the tutors there did thier upmost to get us all through each unit. This task was not easy as we were always last to know changes made at the Uni until we were often well into a unit this then invloved an about turn and alot of catchup. We as a group worked well and got high grades which did'nt sit well at the other end we were maked down on serveral occastions in fact we were one of the higest pass college that were franchiesed to the University. Things did not improve in the second year and these problems were influential in my descion not to do the degree top up year at the at the Humberside site as added to all the argibargy of late information would be a 40 mile journey. The university needs to look at its administration with regard to lecture notes unit details etc to the needs of the students themselves particularly those studying at a distance. Time and again books listed on reading lists were readily available at the Lincoln or Humberside sites but not readily available to us at our site granted we had access to the Humberside site library not very conveinent if you don't have transport. I enjoyed the experience yes but that would have been enhance ten fold if things had been a little smoother. And yes I realise things can go pear shaped but not as often as things did for us.
I recently graduated from the Lincoln campus of the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, having spent three years there reading for a journalism degree. Just to avoid confusion, the university will very soon become simply the University of Lincolnshire, and will be based just on the one campus, rather than share with Hull as it has done previously. Found at Brayford Pool, Lincoln, the campus I attended is relatively new, and has so far cost upwards of £60 million pounds to build - a figure that will rise as the site continues to expand. The university offers a range of courses - Criminology, Law, Marketing, Media Production, Psychology and Tourism to name but a few. However, I can only comment on the course I took, leading me nicely onto: The Course - Journalism BA (Hons) --------------------------------- I can think of only one word. Shocking. Shockingly bad, that is. The course I took was an absolute shambles, without a word of a lie. Many modules were irrelevant, and those that were relevant in the first year were duly duplicated in the second and third years. This was due to a stunning turnover in lecturers, meaning we didn't have the same staff from one year to the next - resulting in us students being taught the same thing three times over. The worst instance here was my main lecturer from the first year, who didn't return in the second year? Why? He was arrested for allegedly drugging and raping a girl from my seminar group. The case went to court, and he was subsequently plastered across the daily newspapers. The man in question was found not guilty of said charges, although the jury audibly gasped in horror as his previous convictions were read out after the verdict had been given. He has since served time behind bars for other charges. It turns out he gained the job at the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside by deception, and had no relevant qualifications. I paid thousands of pounds towards tuition
fees for my stay at university, and this is what I recieve in return. As I say, criminal lecturers aside, the course was something of a shambles - although thankfully the course has evolved now, as the new first years will be working on a course unrecognisable from the one I did. My year was the first to take journalism you see, so we were the "guinea pigs" I guess. However, this still doesn't excuse blatantly lazy course planning. I literally could have handed in the same piece of work three years running for certain modules. Just not good enough. My main criticism of the university has to be the communication. I recieved a letter telling me I had failed an exam and I would have to take a resit during the summer, and that I would have to pass in order to qualify for my next year. Fair enough. So I took the resit, felt I had done well, and waitied nervously for my results. Sure enough, the letter came through - I had failed again. By this time I was somewhat worried - surely this meant I would have to repeat a year? I tentatively phoned the university to see what I could do to resolve the situation, if anything. The woman who picked up the phone asked for my details so she could check what my next steps were to be, and the next thing I knew, she was saying to me: "Oh, there's been a mistake. You actually passed - your mark was 78%." Now I'm sorry, but how on earth do you mistake that for a fail? And if all letters are automatically sent by computer, for goodness sake make sure you have a program that sends out the right letters! I mean, who's to say I didn't pass the exam at the first time of asking? As you can no doubt tell, I became somewhat disillusioned with my course very quickly - so much so that many essays ended up being done later and later as my loathing of the course became stronger. Incidentally, I strongly advise against starting a 10,000 word dissertation five days bef
ore it has to be handed in... Library & Resources ------------------- Again, the library was far from impressive. Many books were too hard to get hold of - it seemed that any half-decent book wasn't available, students continuously being fobbed off with the excuse that the Hull campus had that particular title. The staff were generally unhelpfull and of a bad attitude - although thankfully there were a couple of lifesaving exceptions. The computers provided were of good quality, and there were certainly plenty - indeed at the time I joined, the university boasted the best computer to student ratio in the country. The problem with this, however, comes when at any one time a quarter of the machines aren't working for one reason or another. Grumbles aside, the facilities are of a pretty exceptional standard - the media facilities in particular are worthy of a mention. In fact, there are a number of industry standard radio studios, one of which was used to broadcast Siren FM, the university radio station - a project I was very heavily involved with and thoroughly enjoyed. Accomodation ------------ For the first time in this review, nothing but praise. The Halls of Residence were, in my experience, outstanding. The accomodation was split into different courts, which in turn were split into a number of appartment blocks. Appartments typically consisted of six rooms, which were mixed sex. Each room had a phone, which could recieve incoming calls, and could be used for outgoing calls by purchasing specialist phonecards from the student shop - the phones even had message service! Each room in my appartment has full en suite facilities, and the showers were of a superb standard. The kitchen/living room combination was just the right size, and was well kitted out with oven, fridge, freezer, microwave and the like. As I say the Halls of Residence were superb, but I would recommend
renting a house with friends in the second or third year (or both as I did), for a step up in responsibility and that full uni experience. Entertainment & The Local Area ------------------------------ Lincoln is not the nicest of places. No offence to anybody who comes from Lincoln, I'm not referring to the scenery or the locals in general, but the minority who seem intent to cause upset. It's a sad fact that we were made all too aware that Lincoln is notorious for it's BNP element. Not nice. Don't get me wrong, my experience wasn't so bad that I was afraid to walk the streets, but when a friend has to spend the night in hospital after an attack from student-bashers, you start to wonder what the point is. I'm not painting the nicest of pictures, am I? Ok, let's redress the balance. Isolated incidents aside, I had great fun socially during my time in Lincoln - indeed this is the reason I feel my three years weren't wasted. There are plenty of pubs dotted about, with a nice mix of chain pubs and individual ones too, offering a range for the discerning drinker. There are even a couple of pubs on campus, now added to by the brand spanking new Student Union Bar - something I wish had have been there from the start! Clubs in the area aren't the greatest, but venues such as The Avenue and Po Na Na's do lay on decent student nights - and surely it's who you're out with that matters? Nevertheless, for all the serious clubheads, the students union did organise fairly frequent trips to big clubs in the surrounding area. If you fancy a night off from drinking, there's a fair bit to do elsewhere - there's even a brand new multiscreen cinema being built right next to the campus. Also on site are new sports facilities such as a gymnasium, basketball court and astroturf football pitches - althoguh sadly there is no swimming pool on campus as yet.
Overall ------- Was Lincoln the right choice for me? Did the institution match my expectations? Well, no, it didn't exactly match my expectations in many respects - but then again it was the right choice in the end. The course may have been pretty dire, but in the end I came away with a degree - and the social side of things were pretty excellent. I made some unbelievably good friends who I will be in contact with for life. It's a fair argument to say that half the challenge and importance of attending university is improving your social skills, and in these terms, I feel I came away pretty well off. With time, I'm sure the grumbles and the bad recollections will fade, but the better memories will remain forever. (For more information visit the official website: www.ulh.ac.uk Don't be fooled by the pretty pictures!)