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      04.03.2003 18:57
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      I am currently in my second year studying maths and management sciences at UMIST. The reasons I chose UMIST were as follows: * The open day was extremely well organised. * UMIST's excellent employability and average graduate sallaries were hammered into us. * The first year course looked interesting. * Entry standards were high (AAB). * Manchester is a "brilliant place to live if you are a student". * Their management school is "one of the best in Europe". However, after only a few weeks it became apparant that maybe I had not chosen my university wisely. For a start, when you tell people that you are studying at UMIST you generally have to follow up with the words "in Manchester". Noone has a clue where UMIST is. This inevitably leads to confusion with people thinking that you are studying at the University of Manchester. UMIST is not part of the NUS for some completely irrational reason. This results in one losing one's student discount at many major stores. The library is woefully understocked. One of my modules was based on a book which went out of print many years ago, meaning that if the course was to be completed successfully, then a copy of the book needed to be loaned from the library. Suprisingly enough by the time I reached the library all 16 copies which were meant to service the 50+ students on the course had already been loaned out. The high average salary was rather tenuously worked out the year I joined by a few students landing jobs which paid well in excess of the mean. Take the anomolies out of the figures and I'm sure that the average would be somewhere approaching that of other universities. As for Manchester as a city, I have never encountered a more unfriendly society. Even during the time I spent in London I felt more welcome than I have done here. In my first year I was mugged twice, and have had six mobile phones stol
      en. It has now reached the point where I am uninsurable. Manchester is also an extremely expensive city to live in. Housing in the city centre is well-overpriced and my loan last year did not even cover my rent in Halls of Residence, let alone pay my fees. Nights out can cost in excess of £100 unless one likes vodka-Red Bull. Many bars do student nights where vodka-Red Bull is on sale at £1 for a double. After a few weeks, however, one does tire of this god-awful drink. UMIST's student population is 80% male. It is also based mainly around stereotypical geeks. I gave up trying to coax anyone on my course out during Fresher's Week (which, by the way, should be avoided at all costs - if you do decide on UMIST then try and get into MMU or Manchester's Fresher's Week activities) after several attempts as they all had "studying" to do, or the didn't want to be late for lectures. The student union bar echoes this lack of socialising - it is mainly populated by staff, and drinks are more expensive than in many city centre bars. On a more positive note, the careers service at UMIST is second-to-none, and the quality of teaching is superb. More work does need to be done, though, in embracing e-learning. In summation, if you have endless supplies of money or you are at University solely to put your head into your books and get a good degree, then UMIST is probably the place for you. Elsewise, avoid it like the plague. These are my personal views. Every other review here is positive, so maybe UMIST just isn't right for me. I wrote this review so that you could see a perspective other than those of people who could not fault the university.

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        16.08.2001 15:29
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        Not mentioning any names, but certain people believed that I was running out of things to write about. Als ob. Ok, it may not be on travel or Judy Blume books, but here it is, the latest op from room 3212 at Gudrun Strasse 11..... Where to start? Student life? Courses? Bars? This is a tricky op to write as the topic is such a broad one. What I’ve done is simply to touch briefly on a few areas that should give an overview of UMIST as a whole. Reasons °°°°°°°°°° What were my reasons for choosing UMIST back in 6th form? A combination of factors to be truthful including:  I was looking for a computing based course that did not demand A Level maths. I also have an unhealthy interest in language in general, and wanted a course that allowed me to take a work placement in a foreign country for a year in the middle. UMIST offered all of these and it was the only UK uni that did, so that was important.  When I applied I was in my 6th year at an all girls school, so in all honesty the fact that 80% of students were male was hardly off putting (until I met them that is - then I realised why so few girls study there....)  On an open day I heard that the average starting salary from my degree was over 30k. Bingo! I thought  My mother had promised (promised? More like threatened) that if I went too far from home she would not be ferrying me back and forth all the time, or indeed every term. I don’t have a car, and travelling on a train with a computer, stereo, clothes, oh and some books probably since students seem to need these occasionally, was not what I wanted. Manchester is only about 80 mins from where we live so this helped. Background °°°°°°°°°°°°° UMIST is in the top 10 British unis and had the best careers service in the county. According to last year’s Sunday Times, “Graduates from UMIST earn the highest salaries in
        Britain.... six months after graduation, the top earner was paid £63,000 ". In a world in which students are graduating up to their eyeballs in debt, facts like this can make you feel better. UMIST is one of the smaller universities in the country because it only offers specialized courses – anything ending in “engineering” goes, but humanities are a big no no. This means there are fewer students around and you soon get to recognize faces. Class sizes can also be small – in CL last year there were only 3 of us – although some popular courses like Computation have a few hundred participants. The uni offers some very unusual courses – like paper science, computational linguistics (my course) and textiles. Admittedly the latter is not that unusual, but at such as technical establishment it’s hardly what you would expect. Many courses have an industrial year option, and lots can be taken with a foreign language meaning your placement year can be abroad too. Location and Accommodation °°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°° The campus is much more central than the University of Manchester one, with Piccadilly Station, Chorlton St Bus Station, and the city centre all within easy reach. The Trafford Centre is but a short bus ride away providing an annoying amount of temptation to broke students who should be studying anyway and not shopping. There are a number of halls of residence on campus (probably the only time in my life I’ll be able to afford an M1 residence..... or until I hit the 60 K mark that is ) and others are scattered throughout Rusholme, Fallowfield and Victoria Park. As with most unis, all 1st years who accept a place by a set date are guaranteed uni owned accommodation. There’s also a nice wide range to suit all pockets, from nice en suite catered to grotty little places, with lots in between. I was (and will be again) in Wright Rob which is self catered with shared bathro
        oms, but daily cleaners mean you have no problems in these areas. Facilities °°°°°°°°° Despite being a smallish uni, UMIST does well facilities wise. The library is well stocked with journals and books and they always seem to have what you need in so no waiting. Inside, there’s also a mini bookshop for when you have to have a set text. There are ample computers scattered around the place, and one cluster offers 24 hour access with your swipe card. All students get a set num of free prints each year, and if you use all yours up, make friends with a computation student since they have unlimited when printing from the department’s computers. For photocopying needs there are lots of machines, and even a copy shop for when you cannot do something yourself (or else cannot be bothered). Union °°°°°° There’s an active students association considering how few students there are compared to other establishments. USA as they are called have a shop (just the one!) and a bar and lounge (Harry’s and Paddy’s....) which provide pool tables and cheap drinks if nothing else. There’s a uni magazine – Grip - which has to be the worse thing ever published, but it’s free and so we read it (although it is not at all gripping as the name would suggest). One downside at first was that USA are not NUS members, but the president, another Zoe, and her staff assure us that our ID cards are accepted everywhere in the area. On a plus side, I’ve found that abroad they can be more accepted than NUS jobbies which is handy. Yesterday for example, we went pedalloing (is that a verb?) and had to give a form of ID as a deposit, so my UMIST card was handed over. Since it only costs 5 GBP for a replacement, we seriously contemplated stealing the boat and pedalling home in it, or at least over to Estonia where Jelena comes from, but we didn’t. If you’re card is stolen you can get a
        new one free (and a new picture on it if you want) is you get a crime ref number. Now I’m not suggesting that you pretend your card’s been nicked just to get a new one, but if you really hate your photo, hanging out at New Union in the gay village is probably a good way to have someone walk off with your wallet. It certainly worked for me..... I could go on forever about this but I know from experience how annoying some waffly long ops can be. If you have any particular questions, please leave me a note and I’ll do my best to answer them.

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          06.07.2000 18:41
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          well...UMISt is a very old and established university. It mainly establishes itself as an institute of tehcnology and sciences but its management course is also good. Not only does it have a good facility but also the university accomodation is best of its kind among the UK university. To name a few, Wright Robinson Hall, Lambert Hall, Grovercor Street Building...etc. They are cheap, convenient and clean. Further more, each of the room are equipped with ethernet connection. I personally think that its a place for a student to learn academically and also socially. situated in a cosmopoliton which has the highest number of international student is definitely an exciting place to know friends from all over the world

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          01.07.2000 08:29
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          Well, there is currently a promotional offer in China Town retailer outlets which are selling all the 20 pound phone cards for 16.50 pound. In fact, one of the those which appeals to me is the Swiftcall. The rate of the phone call is by far the cheapest (however this is not exhaustive) and the safest. I am sure there are quite alot of students who encountered a situation whereby the new phone card which was newly bought already had the passwords unscrupulously used before. Well, at leas the phone card company Swiftcall is a well establised telecommunication company and is owned by the sixth largest telecommunication company KDD in Japan. Henceforth, the chances of being "cheated " are considerably less. However, there have been complaints that your amount will start dwinkling as when there is a ringing tone occurs.

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            27.06.2000 07:34
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            Being a UMIST student , i will definitely give a thumb up to this university. It is definitely a well-established university for engineering subjects. Besides its well known research and teaching, convenience is another reason that you should choose this university. This university is situated right at the heart of Manchester. It is so near to the town centre that you can actually walk there during a short lunch break. Besides, it has a rather large China town that you can find all kinds of Asian food that won't make you miss your "mama's" home cooked food when studying abroad.

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              25.06.2000 17:42
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              If you are a student in science stream or management stream, then do consider studying to UMIST. 1. UMIST is rated 6th in research in UK 2. The rate of employment for UMIST graduates is the highest in UK 3. Its school of management is one of the top in UK 4. It is situated near city centre of Manchester. If you want to know why this is good, read my opinion on Manchester City centre.

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                24.06.2000 22:28
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                UMIST is in Manchester and specialises in science and technology as well as management. It is less well know than Manchester, and people generally don't know about it unless you tell them. They are however, in the top of the league when it comes to management. The management school rates equal top with LSE and other top univerisitis. It is located in the heart of Manchester and makes up part of the three university state in Manchester. It is smaller than the other universities but is often known as the 'top' one on the academic front, requiring the highiest of grades. Not bad if you want the city of Manchester and the academic reputation as well.

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