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A uni a student can be proud of!
University of Manchester in general
Member Name: Larrabee
University of Manchester in general
Advantages: Great city, well regarded academically, lots going on all the time.
Disadvantages: Very big university, lacks the 'personal' touch, could be a bit overwhelming
I've only been a student at the University of Manchester for about 6 months, I'm halfway through my first year, but already it is obvious that this is a top quality university that nearly any student would be happy to attend.
I won't go into too much detail about the academic side, as that will vary course by course and department by department. Suffice it to say that the university employs lecturers and researchers right at the top of their game and expects high standards from the students too!
Manchester University is one of the biggest in Europe, with nearly 40,000 students. It dominates the Oxford Road area of the city centre and extends down to Fallowfield where many of the students live in its halls. The campus consists of a variety of buildings, from the grand imposing Whitworth Hall to the sleek modern University Place, just across the road. While some of the buildings are old and therefore prone to being a bit crumbly, the facilities are well maintained on the whole, clean and safe and fit for purpose.
As a mature student, I don't really get involved in the social aspects of life at this uni, but the student union is very active, with the Academy music venues hosting some of the biggest bands in the country and social events happening most nights throughout the year. There are a number of societies for a wide range of interests from various sports, to politics, to religion, to LGBTQ groups. There's a club to join here whatever your interests, which is a great way to meet other students and make social connections.
A lot of groundbreaking research is carried out at Manchester and there are lots of opportunities for students to get involved, both via the lecturers for their courses and as participants in the many research studies that are always going on at any one time.
The location close to the city of Manchester is ideal for young adults moving out of home for the first time, with its brilliant shopping, its world renowned nightlife and its great transport links for getting about the city and for visiting home at the weekends. Its also good for mature students too though, as you can commute in quite easily from most of the Northwest and parts of Yorkshire and Derbyshire too.
The library facilities at the John Rylands University Library are excellent, the main library building is enormous and well laid out and there are also several specialised libraries dotted about the campus. If an academic book or paper exists, you can find it somewhere at Manchester Uni! The IT side of things is excellent too, with students having access to a huge range of e-resources, from journal catalogues to databases to e-books. The new 'Learning Commons' will be opening in the summer of 2012 too with over 400 new computer workstations in addition to the existing ones to make accessing electronic resources easier.
One area where the university has acknowledged that improvements are required is accommodation. It is in very high demand and while some of the halls are modern and vert comfortable, some are less than luxurious! They are all safe and functional, with free wifi and easy transport links to the university and the city, nobody has to share a bedroom as happens at some UK universities, but some are getting outdated now and need a little work. Of course, all you really is a bed, a desk, and somewhere to cook your tea so don't ket that stop you, just make sure you have a look at the accommodation and know what to expect when you arrive.
To sum up, the University of Manchester is a well run, academically challenging and exciting university to attend, whichever course you choose to study. I would recommend that all students considering starting a degree in 2012 or 2013 come to visit, have a look around and seriously consider joining us!
Summary: I love it here, I recommend at least looking round!