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Load of crap! Guidance tutors egnor you, egnor emails, phonecalls and messages. Needed a reference for a job i applied for in which my tutor said she would do it straight away, 3 months later and still no reference, my job offer was almost withdrawn, in the end had to get a reference else where! Parking is a joke, prices in the cateen are so expensive...then you are not aloud to eat your own food in the cateen, ending up sitting outside even in the winter. Lessons are repeated, basically taught the exact same lessons for three years. People that never attend uni get all the support, whilst the ones that make an effort get nothing! Also email system a joke! Send emails about lesson changes that only get sent to certain people. Then at many lessons the lecturer doesnt even show up! My advice..go elsewhere!
I gave into insecurity and could have applied to Durham but instead decided to stay at home and place safe with a Business degree. This review is based on personal experience when I studied there in the late nineties.
Business students are not academic material; they are rough, bullying types who will lie and cheat - some felt they had to knock others down instead of working on their own progress.
No personal tutor was available so there was no-one to turn to for personal problems. They brush bullying under the carpet, although they did suggest counselling.
My biggest predicament was that a harassing sixth form head from a Cramlington school had tarnished my name; I was even told by teachers she 'had plans for me'. There was definitely some suggestion she had contacts in the university especially one little, short man who hung around corridors and randomly asked to see my result paper on one occasion, spewing some rubbish about how a high grade was out of place with my other results. The truth is they do not mark work fairly; some judge based on previous work which means some people may never improve on their final mark. They allow people to bad-mouth other students resulting in their victim being sabotaged. It is obvious some tutors give their favourite students higher marks.
I was told by a member of staff that the business school would attack me as a female if I complained. The fact is I am respectable non-drinking woman so it is scary what they think they can get away with.
I suffered for many years after leaving this hell-hole with only a 'sorry' in a pre-written letter.
This is only a snap shot of what happened to me.
All-in-all, the business school is nothing but a halfway house for thick yobs who drink their way through the three or four years they are there.
Although one must always be critical about the way universities are ranked in this country, but when you look at Northumbria Univesity in the 4 main guides (The Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Complete University Guide), it is ranked in the mid-50's (out of 132). So whilst it does appear in the upper half of the table, it is only just there. All universities place a huge emphasis in 'Independent Learning'. You should be wary of that. In the age of the Internet and I Tunes U, one does not need to go to university to gain learning from lectures, instead, if you're interested in a subject, take a free course there. Of course, that does not gain you a qualification. Northumbria is about to charge £8,500 a year for this privilege so bear in mind this: do you really want to gain a qualification from an institution that is ranked half-way down the university league tables at an over inflated price? Or do you want to gain a qualification a) at a higher 'rated' institution charging only £500 more -or- b) a cheaper institution all together. These are the types of questions I would consider before going to Northumbria University. The party life's is alright, Newcastle is a lively city, but there are other options and I don't think anyone should make a decision based upon partying, especially considering the debt you'll be left with.
I studied initially at Oxbridge and came to Northumbria as a postgraduate. I can honestly say I have found my year at Northumbria more inspiring, enjoyable and interesting than my university experience first time round. The tutors always have time for you, and the course is made interesting and relevant. Better still, it isn't full of the home county rah lookalikes who are only at uni because they've finished their gap yah and have nothing better to do (and anyway daddy's paying). The town itself is brilliant with plenty of cool haunts. I certainly haven't experienced the lager louts and vomit fests described below. I guess you just need to know where to go. The work is very challenging, far more so than my undergrad at a top tier university, and has set me up for my future career.
I agree with many of the posters here. This place is ideal if you want to party for four years, but if you want to learn something and obtain a respectable degree, go somewhere else.After a year in Northumbria I transferred to another university and was shocked by the difference in academic standards.
Having worked at Northumbria University for a number of years, i have witnessed a big improvement lately regarding the facilities on campus.
I would like to stress, although i am employed by the university, i am writing an unbiased review - i don't get paid enough to be biased lol!!
The biggest improvement to date , is the development of a brand new sports centre on campus. Currently, the university sports centre is housed in a rather dingy, dirty, old building which has a lot of problems. One such problem is a lack of decent air conditioning, which in the summer can leave the gym stifingly hot and smelly!
The new sports centre is currently being built, and is due to be opened in april 2010.The university have a 26 million pound budget for it , so as you can imagine , it is very impressive.
It will house a 6 lane, 25 feet swimming pool, 3 sports halls with thousands of spectator seats - which will be used for netball, basketball matches etc. It will also have a 4 lane , 40 meter sprint track, a climbing wall and a fitness suite with 150 machines.
The building itself will be really modern and up to date.
The sports centre memberships will be available to everyone - including members of the public - and i would expect it to be rather busy, as when it is ready it will be the biggest and most up to date sports facility in Newcastle. It will also be used as a venue for many sports matches.
In summary, for students studying sport related subjects, or anyone with an interest in fitness etc - i would reccomend northumbria - dont be put off by the state of the current sports facilities!
An ok uni, but a good City!
The city itself is great for students, there are lots in the city so you will find that nightlife on most weeknights is lively and there are good deals. There are also lots of places, which offer students part time work and are flexible as they are aware of term times and study requirements!
The quality of teaching at the university is inconsistent. Not just in the various academic schools but amongst lecturers. My experience was those that had came from industry were very good offered practical experience tied in with theory. However those that had been at the university all of their life were not at all helpful and you got more from skipping their lectures... reading the pre lecture notes and going to the library to do your own study!!!
My observation was that the university doesn't seem to integrate international and UK students very well. I think for international students they can feel slightly separate and as a UK student in working groups international students often got grouped with other international students who spoke a completely different language. Therefore were slightly disadvantaged that they found it difficult to mix with UK students and often studied alone.
Lots of sports clubs and lots of sports facilties. However because this is a city centre campus and most buildings were in the city centre, the uni sports facilties you have to travel to however only about 2 miles out of the city centre.
Good students union too... and cheap drinks. There is the notourious "Survivor days" at the end of each term £10 for entry, drinks tokens a t shirt and drinks for £1 for all day and night drinking event!
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If you feel this university isn't the one right one for you, then go with your instincts and get out before red tape keeps you there. There is probably a good reason that you didn't gel with the place. ..Especially true when it comes to Northumbria 'University'. After two years, it may prove difficult to get on a different course, especially if it's one completely unrelated to what you are currently doing. Other universities will most likely accept you, however, if you're doing well, but with my experience of Northumbria, they won't be pleased about it - other universities being the competition and all and tutors may be a bit 'crafty' about making you stay.
In my opinion, quiet, refined, hard working people won't like this place and may be pushed to the bottom of the pile as (in my experience,) lecturers seem to favour the loud mouthed, binge drinking louts to the extent they turn a blind eye to cheating and sabotage. The Business School will claim this is what happens in the 'real world'. Us 'fair' types know that no respectable business would allow such behaviour to go on without legal risk. This department along with the Computing/Science schools are known to be sexist, even by staff.
All-in-all, your scumbag and/or vocational students will benefit most from attending Northumbria, while the more academic may possibly suffer. As mentioned previously, your average drunken lout will be king/queen here, thanks to the 'poly' wanting to maintain their 'party image.' How do you think they get good feedback and win 'Best New University' titles?
Oh, and they are particularly poor in handling bullying.
Well I wasn't very impressed
I think I liked the idea of being at university in Newcastle more than being at this particular institution, which only became a university relatively recently! Owing to its being christened "the poly" by the University of Newcastle students. (the smarter ones in the city!) I'm going to get crucified for saying that but I dont really care because it is true!
I went to an open day to see if i was just being snobby, but no, I really just didn't like the look of the place at all. The law department had offered me a place so I had a look around there aswell but I just wasn't interested in being stuck here for 4 years!
It seems like more of a party-animal place to be, and not the kind of place where education and learning prospers!
If given a choice I would pick pretty much any other *proper* university in the country! But I ended up heading up a bit further north to bonny Scotland anyway!
Northumbria University's motto: Great Learning, Great Experience, Great Future
What a load of b0ll0cks!
I am currently a student at Northumbria University but thankfully I won't here for much longer. Northumbria University is only good for one thing if you live in the North East, and that is its location. The courses are very badly run, teaching standards are way below par and the expectations are too high. I you struggle with any module then good look getting the extra help you need from the staff. Once they have your money you may as well be invisible. I have been here for three years so its not just a case of me not settling into University and telling a load of porkies. When I first joined the University, I enrolled onto a course that was being run for the first time. We were promised this and that and nothing materialised. We were told the University had links in place for our placements and yet the truth was they had no links what so ever. The classes are too large for the staff to handle and its really hard to get any sort of one-to-one tuition with them. The lectures themselves are nice people but they teach in a rather lacklustre way. I won't be naming and shaming individual lecturers but I must warn anyone thinking of going there to think very carefully about choosing this University. You'd think with the prices they charge for tuition fee's that the money students pay would go towards helping their education and making their studies more enjoyable but instead the money is spent on a new £99999999999999999999999 building that most students wont even get to use.
Newcastle in general is a nice place, and if you enjoy a good nightlife then this University may be for you. However, if you want to graduate with a respectable degree from a respectable University that teaches well then I suggest you look elsewhere.
Northumbria University is a great place to study. I've actually been hanging out there since I was fourteen - I used to be a member of a club that met there on weekends in the Union Bar, and because of that I've seen the place evolve.
They have some new buildings and facilities now, and the students union has had a lot of make overs over the years.
The important thing, though, is the quality of the courses. I first tried to study there three years ago, but had to drop out because of financial problems. I then tried the open university, and found their material to be glossy, and good looking, but lacking in content, and their courses far too simplistic to be of any value to anyone who can already read and write, let alone use a computer.
I plodded on with the OU, assuming it was just a problem with their level 1 courses, but found their level 2 courses to have similar problems. I would have been ashamed to get a degree if I learned next to nothing along the way.
So, in the end I decided that I really, really wanted a degree, and went hunting for a real university to study at. Newcastle didn't offer anything remotely like the courses I wanted, and the only places that appeared any better were Sheffield Hallam and Hull, which were too far away. In desperation I tried Sunderland, who tried to push me into taking a course completely unrelated to the subject I was interested in.
So I took another look at Northumbria, then went to their open day.
The course that I wanted to do was a full time one, but I could only afford to study part time. I spoke with the course leader who arranged an interview for me, and my husband, who was also interested in the course. We didn't quite meet the traditional entry requirements but they agreed to let us try anyway, and anyway, and concocted a timetable just for us.
This was something Sunderland weren't willing to do - if a degree is only accredited to run full time, then offering it part time is a huge administrative hassle, but Northumbria seem to put the needs and desires of their students above their own desire to avoid a bit of paper work.
We've had endless problems outside of university since starting, but our tutors and lecturers have, with the exception of one of them, been nothing but supportive.
In terms of facilities, at the start of this term there were some problems, because the old labs were closed but the new labs weren't open yet, but now that this has been sorted out things are great. Finding a printer is nearly impossible, but getting internet access, books from the library, or access to the new special games labs - with Game Cube Development kits included, is not a problem.
The course material is interesting and challenging, and the assignments actually require some thought to complete. The lecturers have been making an effort to keep the course up to date and interesting, and have contacted local related industries to request guest speakers / case studies, etc.
The atmosphere is good, with the lecturers actually taking an interest in what students do, and treating us like peers rather than students. Group work is encouraged, but the lifestyles of the students taken into account.
The students union is active and includes some interesting societies, and the bar is large, inexpensive, and has pool tables and a decent jukebox.
The student services department isn't that great, but that could just be because my own situation is unusual and beyond their expertise.
The shop includes stationary and cards / gifts / sweets, and the choices for food on campus are fairly varied, even if you are a vegetarian like me.
In terms of night life, I'd say Newcastle is a good area for a wide variety of tastes and the locals are very friendly of course I would say that, having lived here for seven years! The university itself does have a huge number of foreign students and they all seem pretty comfortable here now.
If you want a university that offers credible course, that tries to keep them up to date, and that accomodates your lifestyle then I highly recommend Northumbria. If you are a mature student then I recommend Northumbria even more.
I only have experience with the IT department personally, but I have friends who have studied in other departments, and know one person who went on to PhD level. They all speak as highly of the university as I do.
No matter where you go, remember you may be studying there for more than three years - make sure you choose somewhere that will be fun, and that will also give you something worth having at the end of your degree.
It was on the 13th of September 2002 when I started Northumbria University in Newcastle, aged 20, 2 years older than the average student. I loved it in every way, but I just couldnt handle the financial side of it, hence my hectic social life! Northumbria University has around 25,000 students spread over 4 campuses, 2 of them being in Newcastle and the other 2, to the north and west of Newcastle (Carlisle & Morpeth). I was living and studying on the largest campus, city campus, right in the heart of vibrant Newcastle! The accomodation that I was staying in was one of the older buildings, and was not that nice, but to say that, there are very nice halls of residencies. Just a short walk from the halls was a shop, and the students union building, followed by all the other lecture rooms etc. I was studying accounting, which was a pretty popular subject (although it did not sound it). In my lectures there were around 100 people, and in seminars, a quarter of this! I would recommend this university as it was nice and the city of Newcastle has everything, but I would also recommend that you listen to your elders and get stuck in, as I am at home now... still looking for work!
I must have been one of the few people who didn't enjoy my time at The University of Northumbria at Newcastle. Just the name alone should be a warning - you try writing that out in capitals every time you fill out a form! I think the reason I had such a bad experience, was that I chose Newcastle purely on the relevance of the course to my skills and ambitions rather than what the town and social scene had to offer. Think very carefully before sending your children there or choosing it for yourself - it could be the make or break of your education and student life. This is what you can expect from the town: A massive choice of clubs and bars. Friendly and chatty locals. Gateshead's famous Metro Centre (enormous shopping mall), just over the water. Whitley Bay for seaside entertainment. Really cheap drink. A raging football supporter scene. Plenty of accommodation (allbeit scummy student digs) Breakfast stotties - (fry-up in a bun the size of your head.) Efficient underground service and bus and rail stations. Sounds great doesn't it. And it is for most young free and single folk. The reasons I did not see it as so are the following: Fights, broken glass, pools of blood, and peeing in the street are commonplace (especially after the football). I often cycled into college dodging the glass and wondering about the history behind the blood. Sometimes while out in town we were advised not to leave until police had dealt with the street fight going on outside. Glassing each other with broken bottles was favourite. A southern accent is like a red rag to a bull after 10.00pm - and occassionally in the day too. I'm sorry, but it really isn't the place for someone with a stable boyfriend elsewhere. Sleeping around is the norm and the locals (and some students) don't waste any time in getting to the point. I was frequently asked fo
r sex within minutes of stepping foot in a bar - and occasionally threatened if I took offence. ( and before you say anything - I'm a trousers and t-shirt girl) Having a couple of drinks is never an option - as the general concensus is - 'it's not a good night till you throw up'. Theft and break ins are more inevitable than a rarity. My place was done over within a week of moving in. Despite blood smeared all over the walls and in a pool under the window - the police said the thieves would not be tracked as several underage gangs were operating the burglaries in that area and could not be prosecuted (at the time). Similarly gangs could often follow and sometimes mug students. One friend had to have a steel pin through his jaw after being beaten, simply for being a student - he was a very quiet and sweet-natured boy. Many others were simply intimidated. Sadly, on top of all this my specialised subject (photography) was discontinued at the uni - leaving me to face the decision to leave after a year and a half or continue on the course but be self-taught using facilities from an HND course. I elected to stay and ended up with a bizarre portfolio of amazing pictures but no technical knowledge. With hindsight, I should have cut my losses and run. I left with a rather sour feeling to the whole three years and can't say I gained much from it, except perhaps an ability to change my accent depending on my situation and a few good friends.
I am a first year student in NBS, widely regarded as the best faculty in UNN. However after 6 months I've decided to enroll at Newcastle Upon Tyne beginning 2001 doing the same course. The problem is the place. I can say this. If you are a mature student returning, this uni is excellent, ideally suited. If you are local and know what you are getting, excellent as well. If you are a `traditional` student away from home then avoid this place like the plague. It suffers from the problem all `new` unis have. Basically the lack of student community, lack of `universityness` that no prospectus can tell you about. I've written in the sub-areas about the details of the place. But to generalise, think long and hard about this decision. I rushed mine, as I decided only to go on the 24th August before term started. I regret my decision already, just glad I'm going. But for certain people, it is an excellent choice. Just please, please don't put it as a insurance choice not knowing anything about it (although I didn't) I've put in the sub-areas which courses to do and which to avoid, which accomodation etc. Please though if your 18-21 and want the uni experience, don't go here Jonathan
I had the good fortune to be in the last year of students eligible for free tuition - before the government abolished it! As such I won't be too mean about my time at UNN, but I will be honest about the way the university was run, in particular the much vaunted Newcastle Business School. Sure - I was offered over 100 business courses, and after choosing the general BA Business Studies route I thought i'd enjoy it. However - whilst the quality of lecturing is very high, the organisation of the courses is the exact opposite. It wasn't until the fourth lecture week of my first year that we had a fixed complete timetable for the semester, previously we'd endured countless room changes, lecture cancellations and such like. During the second and fourth years (my third year was spent on placement) we were to be allocated a tutor for each of our lecture groups (about 20 in each group). The first tutor we got in each year gave up after a week, claiming they didn't have to be tutors. Replacements were found a month later, although it didn't matter as they never offered themselves up for more than 10 minutes a week for us. I won't blame my failings (I only got a pass) entirely on the business school - but I do feel the complete lack of organisation can't have helped any of us feel confident in the school's ability to make us highly qualified and knowledgeable in all things business.