I am currently a student at University of Ulster at the Jordanstown campus, and I would have to say that the experience of this uni depends a lot on your campus. Magee and Coleraine seem to have much more of a community as they have more halls and are much more community centred. Jordanstown has accommodation for about 300 students out of their 19,000 student base which makes your experience there very withdrawn. Belfast is 5 miles away so all the clubs are there and this is also where most students live to get the real experience.
Teaching wise I would say again that it depends on the course. Many courses seem to be taught well but there are a few that lack in feedback, career guidance and work experience. The facilities are quite old fashioned, certainly most of the J'town campus looks as if it is straight from the 80s. The library has been updated, and also the sports centre has been refurbished but facilities for all students such as the Union have obviously taken a back seat as it consists of one small bar, 6 pool tables and a small cafe.
This university is also looked down upon as the "polytechnic" for those who do less well academically. Queen's university in Belfast have a superiority over UU and a degree from Queen's is often looked as "better" than a degree from UU, although again this depends on the degree. Queens would be better for economics, management, law and medicine whereas UU is best for engineering, sport, straight business and most health professions.
University of Ulster - Magee Campus - Londonderry
I am going to write a review on the University Of Ulster - I don't know why it's under United Kingdom hotels - AS ITS A UNIVERSITY but anyway here goes.
University Of Ulster, Magee Campus is situated in Derry, in Northern Ireland. It is well known for its Main Building - a history landmark which has been open since the 1800's.
At present the university has now a great mixture of old and new buildings.
The university is situated 5 minutes from the City Centre and the Famous Derry Walls.
Students from all over the world have come to study here - there is a wide range of ethnic origins.
The facilities they offer:
A Very Large Number of Courses Under 5 Faculties
Faculty of Arts = Over 100 Courses
Faculty of Business and Management - Over 30 Courses
Faculty of Engineering = Over 50 Courses
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences = over 30 Courses
Faculty of Social Sciences = Over 50 Courses
An Excellent catering service
Excellent security Staff
Excellent cleaning staff and portering services
Crèche for children
6 Computer Laboratories
3 Large Lecture Theatres
Gym and sports hall
Student Support Services
My opinion of the university - I think the university is very well organised, everything seems to run very smoothly in it, all the staff know exactly where they have to be and what they have to do.
The facilities are excellent, of anything I have used, I am using the computers as I write this, they are fantastic, they are set up in such a way that only university students can access and anyone who is not authorised to use them will be panelised. Their security within the it labs are great, there is a specific login number assigned to every student, and they can only log on to each computer once, and their password will expire after one month so every month students passwords have to be changed. This is an excellent feature as someone could find out your password and access your work. Could cause a lot of problems. So that's working well.
The Security with the university
- I honestly feel like it's the safest place to be during the day and especially at night as its open 24 hours. During the day they have numerous security staff patrolling and making sure they there is no trouble as well as having every entrance to each building covered with security cameras. I am a busy student and I like to come in at night to work as its quiet, and people say to me to be to be careful but I know I am safe, because at night they doors are set so you can get out but no one can get n with a member of security staff, which is very impressive. I thought anyway.
- I have used the gym facilities numerous times, and they are good, quite expensive looking equipment, I made use of most of the stuff, I liked the t readmils and running machines, they are quite good as they monitor everything, your heart rate, calories lost, they your normal gymnastic treadmill, nothing special. As the same with the rest, its just the same as any other gym, but students get a great deal on membership,£10 per year, as others would be £30-£40. So that attracted me anyway.
The teaching staff
- All staff are really nice, I know about 50% of the staff as I just met them over the time ive been here and they so nice, they would go out of their way to help you. I know mainly staff under the engineering faculty and I have noticed that they are all trained up the same; they all know the information you need, whether they are doing programming or film editing. They all can help you. I have not met a member of staff I didn't like so far. So I liked that about the uni.
The Student Union
- The student union contains a bar and a café, the bar is open all week.
The bar can be a it expensive but they can do that as they know students want handiness when they want a drink, the nearest bar would be way down the bottom of the hill called cafe rock, the staff in the student bars know students are too lazy to out in the cold to get a drink, so they can use that advantage to get their money. I personally wouldn't go to that bar, because of that very reason, because if they wanted to attract more students they should be not as expensive.
The café - well I don't like the café at all, the staff are not friendly and the place is absolutely freezen. The food is very over priced for the same reason as the bar - a lot of people have told me about this cafe and no one likes it.
The restaurant - Thyme Out
- This restaurant is excellent compared to the other café. This restaurant provides catering facilitys to staff members and the public. Their staff are excellent, really friendly and would do anything to help you, they have trained chefs. Their food is nice most of the time, there is the odd day when the chips would be off or meat. But its rare. I would recommend the restaurant to any student
But anyway I would highly recommend the University of Ulster Magee to anyone wanting to study in Northern Ireland; it's a great university with a great reputation all over the world. It has excellent facilities which all benefit the students.
p.s I am so sorry this is so long  I could go on for another half hour but I think I have given you almost everything you need to know.
Having attended UU in both Jordanstown and Magee College, i feel i am in a good position to give my opinion on the University. I attended Magee for 3 years while doing my degree, and although the facilities were often criticised, i never personally found that this held me back in any way. Magee college is set in Derry City, (or L'Derry) , in a friendly area with ample private student housing (although some landlords have been known to take students for a ride) It has two canteens, a students union, shop, careers building, Science shop, student support rooms and of course computer labs and lecture theatres. In comparison to other Uni's, Magee is very small, but its compactness adds to the charm of the place, and whatever you may not find on campus will certainly be available after a short walk up town in Northern Ireland's second city. Art students, up until recently have been given a raw deal resource-wise at UU Magee, but now with the addition of a new building on-campus devoted entirely to the arts, students can avail of brand spanking new facilities. The almost new Learning Resource Centre is also an impressive sight... three floors of books and new computers. Any book can be borrowed from any university in the UK by contacting reception. Night life revolving the Uni consists of the Students Union Bar (can be expensive) or more popularly "Earth" nightclub, which does a great student night on a tuesday! Many of my friends who came to magee to Uni have never left the city, finding it friendly and cosmopolitan!
I am currently a third year student studying an informatics course and i must say that Jordanstown does offer some excellent computer services, although sometimes i have found it quite didficult to get access to a computer when assignments are due. Overall i have quite a high opinion of the campus and the courses the offer. However i do find that if you have a problem or require help it can ometimes be hard to find, which i found evident recently when a lecuturer lost one of my assignments. If you are a student ust starting Jordanstown, be aware of all people that you can approach should a problem arise and always be aware that you are paying to be there and most importantly be aware of your rights as a student
It was a cold and wet October morning and I was about to embark upon the final stage of my education. I was nervous, as I?m sure everyone else in the hall that morning was. It was exciting too ? at one point I thought I?d never see the entrance of a University let alone be enrolling for a course in one. Needless to say the whole occasion was very formal, various people from the University welcomed us ? the Provost, the Dean of the Faculty and various people from the Student Support and Chaplaincy services. The whole process of enrolment was boring but still I felt that this was an important point in my life and beyond the formalities of form filling I knew that this would be my home for the next three years. ?Welcome to the University of Ulster? the Provost declared in his opening speech and something about those four words just made me feel good about myself. They pride themselves on being ?an outstanding regional University with a reputation for quality? and it?s exactly that which the University of Ulster has come to deliver. The University is relatively new, being formed in 1984 with the merger of the old Polytechnic at Jordanstown, near Belfast, and the New University of Ulster (as it was called) at Coleraine. There are two additional campuses at Magee in Londonderry and at the old art college in Belfast. The University itself has acquired an excellent reputation for research and specialising in the fields of Science, Music, Engineering, Informatics and History. These however are not the only areas of excellence ? each faculty specialises in its research and none of the courses offered by the University have achieved less than a satisfactory rating in their Quality Assessment. Each campus specialises in certain disciplines, Magee in history and conflict studies, Jordanstown in Engineering and Informatics, Coleraine in Science and Humanities and Belfast in Art and Design. There are six faculties in total; Arts, Business and Management, Enginee
ring and Built Environment, Informatics, Life and Health Sciences and the Social Sciences. Each faculty is represented in every campus with certain, more popular, courses being offered at different locations. It?s best to refer to the prospectus rather than having me list every single course on offer. What you will generally find about each course is that the lecturers and staff involved in teaching have a wealth of knowledge and generally come to know you on a one-to-one basis. Each lecturer has his or her individual area of knowledge and you will find that, provided you show a reasonable level of interest in the subject, they will do their best to help you. No two campuses are the same and depending on where you choose to study, your experience of the University of Ulster is likely to be different to that of a fellow student at a different campus. The Jordanstown campus is located just outside Belfast and is within relative travelling distance to the city centre. For that reason it?s a popular choice for those wishing to experience city life. Coleraine on the other hand is located in a provincial town a few miles from the north coast of Northern Ireland. If you have always wanted to live by the sea them this is the perfect location to do it. The campus itself is within a five-mile radius of Northern Ireland?s most popular holiday destinations of Portrush and Portstewart. The Magee campus is located in the province?s second largest city of Londonderry (or Derry) on the border with the Irish Republic. Whilst it is located in a city, the student experience is certain to be something different to that of the Jordanstown campus. The Belfast campus is the smallest of all four campuses but is well served by its city centre location. The facilities available vary at each campus and where you choose to study will ultimately affect your enjoyment of the University. Each campus does have its own library (Coleraine has two), some of which boast special coll
ections. There are umpteen computer facilities and these are largely open 24 hours a day. They are relatively state of the art and hardware is updated fairly frequently. I tend not to use them so much as they frequently break down and there is the potential for your prized essays to be deleted by accident. Catering facilities are in the form of coffee shops and cafeteria each run by the University and the Students Union. Personally I find them overpriced and of poor quality and tend to avoid them wherever possible. Facilities vary depending on the campus and these range from a Post Office to travel agents, stationers to insurance and grocery stores. Each campus does have an obligatory bookstore and the Coleraine campus has its own branch of Waterstones. There is a wide range of sporting facilities either on campus or close by and the Jordanstown campus does boast a swimming pool. Both Coleraine and Jordanstown have a Sports Centre comprising a gym, sun beds, steam room and squash courts. All of the buildings at each campus date back to around the 1970?s although a considerable amount of money does appear to be invested in improving them. More recently facilities have been updated to make them more disabled friendly. At Coleraine there have been new accommodation facilities developed and a modern science park has become a centre for excellence at the University. In Jordanstown the library has been completely renovated and facilities are somewhat state of the art. My course in particular allows me to make use of a fully equipped Television Studio, Radio Studio, Dark Room and Web Imaging Lab. If you should choose to study Theatre and Drama you will have full use of a studio. The Riverside Theatre at the Coleraine campus also plays host to student productions. Sporting activity is reflected in the various clubs and societies on campus ? all of which are managed by the Students Union and maintained by the students themselves. I find these to be pretty p
oor and there aren?t as many clubs and societies that you might find in other universities. There are the traditional sports of Rugby, Hockey and Soccer as well as the traditional Irish sports of Gaelic Football, Hurling and Camogie. Fencing, Karate and Rowing are also represented, as are Swimming and Mountaineering. If like me you aren?t inclined towards sport you may find yourself at a loss socially as there are few non-sporting clubs to participate in. Christian Union, Amnesty International and the Gaelic Society are active and again these vary between campuses. The Students Union itself is somewhat poor and this is a feeling that appears evident in the apathy most students have for it. There?s little in the way of active campaigns bar the occasional anti-fees protests and the elections aren?t the fun times they ought to be. Facilities are also poor ? the Student?s Union bars don?t offer the best in entertainment and most students tend to congregate in the bars and clubs in neighbouring towns and cities. These in particular do offer a great deal of entertainment and promotions catered for students. Popular nightspots include Kellys in Portrush, Earth in Londonderry and the M Club in Belfast. There are others and you will certainly discover this in freshers week when most offer promotions to first time students. Freshers Fayre itself takes place at every campus and allows new and returning students the opportunity to join clubs and societies, get freebies from companies and enter competitions. The fair itself tends to represent something of a cattle market and tends to be overcrowded most of the time. In terms of accommodation I have no personal experience although most of my friends who live on campus report it as being very cramped and very noisy. So if you are after a quiet night?s sleep and actually want to study then its probably best you don?t choose to live in University accommodation. The Accommodation Service does appear strict and will
certainly punish you if you do wrong so don?t be tempted to wreck the place if you find you don?t like it. It does appear reasonably priced in comparison to privately let accommodation ? typical rates are around £30-48 per room. So what of my experiences of the University of Ulster? I am nearing the end of my time as a student at the University of Ulster. On the whole my course is excellent and the teaching staff are well versed in what they know. My course in particular is made up of lecturers who also work for organisations such as the BBC and are able to give practical advice in this context. It?s undoubtedly fair to say that you will encounter some problems in your time here and from my experience most of the teaching staff are very sympathetic. If problems are of a more serious nature the Student Support department of the University provides Counselling and there is also a Medical Centre on each campus. The Careers Service is also extremely helpful and should be your first port of call if you have any doubts as to your choice of course or University. I have had occasion to use all of these services and they are generally very helpful. I do have reservations about the Students Union and if you visit their website you will see that it?s not updated that often. This is something of an accurate reflection of the way the Union is run and I certainly believe that more could be done to improve it. Whether it is down to student apathy or poor management I?m not sure though I fear it may be down to the latter rather than the former. There is little in the way of activity in the context of campaigns or entertainment and to get involved in the workings of it appears more of a drudge rather than a source of enjoyment. Things do run smoothly at the University and like any educational establishment it is highly professional and bound by rules. If you do anything to ?bring the University in disrepute? you will be punished. Likewise if you don?t mee
t coursework deadlines your assignments may not be marked and you will have to provide evidence for this. In terms of fees the University has in the past refused to mark student?s exam papers because they have outstanding fees and this has been seen as a highly unfavourable decision. At the start of my time at this University in particular I happened to be told off for having changed modules late in the semester and at one point it was thought that the incident would be reported to the Dean of the Faculty. If you want to experience the University for yourself its best you visit on one of the open days and have a fair browse through the prospectus. Details of courses, contact information and open days can be found on the website which is particularly well organised. International Students will feel particularly at home at the University of Ulster as some 40 nations are represented in the University?s student population. In all the University of Ulster is a great university in terms of getting a degree but the social aspect, I feel is certainly lacking. Since that cold and wet October morning when I first enrolled, I have often felt like transferring to a different University and have even contemplated leaving altogether. I have stuck it out and whether I have liked it or not, it has been my home for the past two years and will be home for another year to come. University website: www.ulst.ac.uk Students Union website: www.uusu.org Main Contact Address: The University of Ulster, Cromore Road, Coleraine, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, BT52 1SA.
Ulster University Jordanstown is good apart from the fact that is costs me £5:20 every day to get in on the buses. The atmosphere is good, i.e. the people are mostly friendly. In comparasion to Queens university there is more of a sense of community. However this isnt helped by the location, meaning that it can be difficult for people living in belfast to experience the night life as the travel arrangements could pose problems. The Lecturers are helpfull on the whole and the campus is all connected under one roof so you dont have to get wet going to a lecture. The canteens are ok catering for people who want to eat healthy food as well as garbage. the union bar is ok, not very large but im told the other areas of the union are opened up at night when discos and the like are on. There are always good drinks promos to. Well thats just about it!