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      14.05.2011 23:01
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      Better than expected

      I have just finished my first year doing and law degree at Wolverhampton uni, and despite what people say about it not being a very good place to study, in some cases I agree but in others I do not.

      A good point about the main campus, for me the location is good. I live at home and only have to leave the house half an hour before a class. It is also a modern campus with good facilities and lots of computers for IT based subject; however I don't thing they are very good but don't have much experience using them. For me I have to use lots of books and have preferred to buy my own books, which may be more expensive, but saves having to use books which in some cases are quite battered.

      The library is quite large, but there are not many tables on there own unless someone wants to sit in a room only about 3 feet wide for private study.

      The teaching on my subject is in most modules, quite informative. However, there was one teacher who hold had around 60 a week turn up for a lecture (out of about 250). The numbers speak for the quality of this teaching. However, my other subjects have barristers teaching and are the best teachers because they were informative, but not serious about the subject which took the pressure of the students.

      The one major disadvantage is that there are a lot of students who are only there to save getting a job and don't do any work. This would be bad in a subject for teamwork. However, if you work best on your own, this won't make a difference.

      Overall, I have enjoyed my first year at Wolverhampton University and are glad I decided to go there; even if I was disappointed when I first found out I happened got into my first choice.

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        17.11.2010 04:19

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        I only pray he is not lecturing still.

        I attended Wolverhampton Uni, in 1995. Studied Illustration there, was faced with racial comments from the course leader. My work was always slated and in one instance the course leader said my paintings were reminded him of coloured people. Apparently although in the first year he stated that if I worked hard I would be leaving the course with a third degree 'if I was lucky.' I worked very very hard, harder than most others, but still my work was never recognized or valued. In critiques the lecturers would ridicule me, often trying to instigate an argument. I never rose to the occasion, but worked even more harder. Then one blessed lesson, the course leader played a video to the group, I remember fragrantly the fact he voiced to the students....'One of our great British Heritages I feel is the GOLLIWOG. He looked over at me and smiled. Others either laughed or sat in shock, afraid to look at me. I sat in silence. On my way home the walk up to the station was one of the longest walks of my life, I realised exactly why I would never attain a first degree.

        I transferred to London, graduated with BA hons 2.1.

        There ended my lesson of Wolverhampton University.

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        19.07.2010 11:05
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        It's been a pleasant experience so far with improvements being made for next year

        I must admit when my college senior tutor mentioned Wolverhampton University I dismissed it without a second look, it was only with another years experience under my belt and a newly opened mind that I decided to check it out. And aren't I glad that I did, I study Psychology and I must say that the facilities available for both independent research projects and in terms of IT it stands tall among the rest of the more prestigious Universities in the area.

        In General -

        The University is based across four campuses: City, Walsall, Compton and Telford, with buses to and from each campus at regular intervals. I have good experiences of both the City and Walsall campuses, the libraries are always stocked and if not, a inter-library transfer isn't out of the question! The staff are always friendly and are always happy to help, as are the majority of the students.

        WOLF is also a massive credit to the University, WOLF is an online area where all lecture information is stored and students can gain access to their email and multiple research tools. You should never underestimate the power of WOLF!

        Psychology Department -

        There is not a bad word I could say about the Psychology Department, there are ample computers in a designated computer suite purely for Psychology students along with plenty of resources for research. Within the department there is a team of technicians who I believe might actually be angels! They're on hand during the day to help with a multitude of issues, whether it be helping with an unresponsive printer, booking a room for research or study, or helping with vital resources. There are also a team of Demonstrators who help staff and students alike with assignments and lecture material, they too are unsung heroes!

        The teaching staff could not be more helpful! They're friendly and approachable and interested in a vast array of subjects within the field, so everyone can have their personal favourite! They're always trying to make the course better and more interactive; a few have recently introduced us to TurningPoint or "The Zappers" which provide us with hours of fun, especially when something goes a little bit wrong!

        The quality of lectures is also a credit to staff, all of the teaching staff have different styles of lecturing however all are just as effective as each other. A new syllabus has just been introduced for the coming academic year 2010/11, and at first glance it looks as if it's going to be more organised and well constructed than in previous years which can only improve the reputation of the department. There is also a Psychology Society (UWPS) which has many members and is growing rapidly with support from staff members and students alike, they are looking to hold several events in the new year.

        Overall, it is my honest opinion that the University of Wolverhampton has been underestimated by many. In recent years a lot of money has been spent developing the University to bring it up to the highest possible standard. I kick myself every morning to think that I almost missed out through sheer ignorance! My advice? Try before you buy! In other words, don't dismiss it until you've seen it for yourself, you might be pleasantly surprised!

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          27.11.2008 22:30
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          Deserves more credit

          University of Wolverhampton is a British university, located on four campuses across the West Midlands and Shropshire. The university currently offers over 340 undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

          I am currently in my third year at the University of Wolverhampton studying early childhood studies and education studies. I am aware that Wolverhampton univeristy is at the very low end of all league tables provided by the guardian and the times on a yearly basis. However I don't think it is as bad as it is made out to be.

          I applied for this university due to my A levels not being the best. Since attending this university my grades have been alot better than they have throughout my education life which says something about the teaching quality at the university.

          I attend lectures and seminars for only 12 hours a week, however this amount of time is also expected to be spent studying outside of university. The lectures are always well planned out and everybody participates and its a very active learning process. Powerpoint is used in all of my lectures and often readings are handed out. All lectures are very much related to the assignment.

          One aspect of Wolverhampton University that I have found extremely beneficial since my time here has been WOLF (Wolverhampton Online Learning Framework). WOLF is a virtual learning environment system used by students and staff that supports learning in most subject areas. It provides online space for tutors to make available lecure powerpoint notes, videos and other documents related to a subject. It also has forums where you can chat to peers when needing help with work. WOLF can be accessed both on campus and off campus.

          I am studying at Walsall campus so I can only really comment on this campus. The library is very good and has long opening hours until midnight most days. Photocopiers are jotted around the library and there are a large amount of computers for students who are without a computer/laptop. You can also loan a laptop to do your work at home :) The staff are extremely helpful and all books relevant to my course can be found in the library. Self service machines are avaible to avoid the queues.


          The students union at Walsall is not really used anymore as the campus is so quiet. However plenty of clubs and societies are rup and running. The sports centre at Walsall campus is excellent, benefitting from a swimming pool and a 12 court sports hall, with activities such as basketball, five-a-side football, tennis, cricket, volleyball etc.

          Walsall centre is quiet and not a large town. However it has a tesco for students to shop at and plenty high street shops such as river island, boots and more. There are plenty of bars to choose from which have excellent student night deals. If you prefer the busier town then head into Wolverhampton or even better Birmingham.

          Overall I think the teaching is to a high standard and all the resources you need are available. If you are coming to university for a brilliant social life then I wouldn't recommend walsall campus as such.

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          03.03.2008 15:16
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          Underrated uni - one to consider

          I am attending the University of Wolverhampton and am studying a BA Honours Music Degree. I am in my first year at the university

          Overview

          When you look at the Times or Guardian league tables, the University of Wolverhampton always seems to be around the bottom. That must put people off going there surely! Well the University of Wolverhampton is my local university so i decided i would go to the open day at Walsall Campus. I was actually pleasantly suprised staff were helpful and i was given valuable information to take away. As my course is practical i had to sit an exam and had to audition. I went to the audition and exam and thankfully got in.

          Freshers Week

          Freshers week is the introductory week that allows first years to get to know their peers before they start lectures. In my first week i was given a tour of the campus, i was also given lots of information about my course and the modules available to me.

          Modules

          At Wolverhampton University, you have both core and optional modules. Core modules have to be taken by all students on the course. Optional modules can be from any course and are worth less credits. Year long modules are worth 30 credits whilst semester modules are worth 15.

          The Library

          I can only comment on the library on Walsall Campus. The Walsall Campus library uses an OPAC system. This allows a student to search for particular books. Information is given on which books are in stock. Books are limited and loans vary from a month long loan. Short loans of a few hours are given on popular books.... this doesn't really give you enough time to read the books. When taking out books, self service library computers are available. Instead of queueing you can scan and take the books out yourself.

          Wolf and Evision

          Wolf and Evision is the computer system that students use to access work, their results and the module guides. Wolf is a good system however maintenance often prevents students getting onto the system. The system also is slower when a student accesses wolf at the weekends or at home.

          Computers

          Computers were at the start of the year few and far between. However a new building on campus has doubled the amount of computers available.

          Eating and SU Bar

          At the Walsall Campus a refectory known as go eat provides a large eating area and a cafe that serves cold and hot food. At the other side of the campus is the Student Union Shop. This sells drinks, stationary, food and even the university hoodie. Along with the Bar upstairs this is a students heaven

          Other Facilities

          Walsall Campus is also home to a running track and a state of the art sports hall equipped with a gym, weight rooms and judo floors. With excellent sporting facilities, it is being used as the judo training centre in the 2012 olympics.

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            10.02.2008 09:30

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            I am a final year, p/t mature Engineering student and have to say that I find the Uni here pretty good. Not only has their been significant investment in ICT, including a whole new block on City campus, but you can see the effort being spent to improve the University's staus; if you are prepared to see.The philosophy here is very much 'help those who help themselves' and fools aren't suffered gladly. The Uni is very popular, and there's no room for lighting a fire under those individuals who can't be bothered, that works for me. My dissertation supervisor, despite being a very senior member of staff, organises meetings for me whenever needed. I have found most staff to be approachable, although as in any walk of life there are some who may not be 100%.Overall, well worth attending if you're prepared to motivate yourself.

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            26.02.2006 13:26
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            Not a good learning experience

            I attended Year 2000 commencement law course as a (very) mature undergraduate. Started off bad and just got worse. Straight 'A's student first semester, became a student rep, took some criticisms of the course in confidence to the Associate Dean (now the Dean) and found my criticisms published to staff. Suddenly became a very average student with borderline marks.

            Left after I was threatened with disciplinary action over my complaints. Eventually I sued for misrpresentation and breach of contract. Court case was settled out of court in July 2002 amid huge media publicity. Uni paid £30,000 of my claim for £48,000.

            Started again at one of top ten law schools in the country. Again, was a top student (top 10 percent of marks). Had not a single complaint there. First class experience. The Uni?: University of Bristol. Go there - if you can get in. Fantastic experience.

            Then found I was being accused of fraud by government agencies who had approached Wolves Uni and been told, amongst other things, that I am a "sociopath" and "mentally ill". Started a second action against Wolves Uni in the High Court. Wolves hired 5 solicitors/paralegals and a top barrister to get my case struck out before trial. They succeeded, but not before they had spent another £140,000 of taxpayers money in paying for their lawyers.

            So, they paid me £30,000 plus paid £40,000 to their lawyers in the first action and forked out another £140,000 in the second. Grand total: £210,000. They could have settled with me without spending a penny in the early stages. In the High Court case I asked for an apology, retraction, and UP TO £10,000 but even this generous offer was refused. Makes one think, doesn't it?

            To be fair, some of the staff at Wolves' law school were superb lecturers and fine people. But a handful were not (didn't turn up to lectures, favoured some students by giving detailed coaching on how to approach module assessments, etcetera). I understand that, as a result to some extent of my court action, things have now improved considerably. They needed to, of course.

            I would certainly not recommend Wolverhampton University to anyone and my former student colleagues from there tell me that holding even a first in law from Wolves does NOT necessarily even get one an initial interview for work in the legal profession.

            If you want to learn more about my experiences, take a look at my new website at: http://www.educationissues.net If you would like to comment, why not join me on my free bulletin board at: http://www.education-issues.org

            I intend to place a link on my sites to this fantastic website, which I did not know about until today.

            Great site, guys. Proud to participate. Thank you.

            The Skipper

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              09.06.2005 18:06
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              Reading other reviews I find I’m not alone with the awful time I had at University. I started my relationship with the University of Wolverhampton back in 1998 when I decided to take a History and Sociology degree. Like most people my course started and enjoyed every minute but by the time I was in my final year problems began to surface. I was based on the Dudley campus (which has now been knocked down and made into a housing estate), which was one of the biggest campuses, and experienced many common problems; fighting for limited text books in the library, lack of computers, ignorant lecturers and last minute timetable changes.
              My 1st main problem occurred when trying to complete my dissertation, which at that time were 20,000 words over two semesters (now it’s about 10,000). As a student you had to find your own mentor to guide and help you through the dissertation process. Unfortunately I decided on a History dissertation on the Suffragettes and only one lecturer was appropriate to help and she decided to take a sabbatical in the same year. This caused a huge problem and they say if you have a problem go and see your tutor. However I found that my tutor had been promoted and was no longer a tutor and I had been reassigned to a Sociology lecturer (even though I was a History major), so off I went to find my new tutor only to be told he was on sick leave and wasn’t due back for six months. In my desperation I decided to see the Head of Department who advised me to see a certain lecturer to help with my dissertation. At this point I thought all my problems had been solved as she agreed to help and everything was fine for the first few weeks until she began missing appointments and blaming me, not helping but criticising and then deciding to go on sabbatical for the rest of the year. As you can imagine I was literally pulling out my hair but decided to trudge on through and completed my dissertation on my own. The good thing about this is that I passed anyway without help and now have a degree. But this brings me onto my 2nd problem which was much worse.
              You would think after all this hassle I wouldn’t choose to return to the University of Wolverhampton, but I did. My career aim has always been to teach so I applied for a Post Graduate Certification in Education (Primary) and was based on the Walsall campus. There were about 50 of us on the course and we all became friends quickly and began enjoying our surroundings. The course consisted of lectures all day throughout the week with breaks to complete school placements, in which you go into schools for teaching practice. Most lecturers were fine and helped whenever they could, offering lecture support and school support. However every one on the course soon found out that most lecturers suffered from a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ personality once they set foot in schools. In order for you to pass the course, while on teaching practice you had to be observed teaching by staff in the school (usually your mentor) and your University tutor. Word soon got round that tutors were making students cry by their harsh remarks and lack of help they were giving after observations. I foolishly thought I had a good tutor and all was well until I went on my second and final school placement.
              This is when my 2nd problem with the University started. On my 1st placement I was achieving high grades and was loving every moment, but I had received all the support and help I needed. On my 2nd placement all this changed. From the start I was messed about by the school, by them changing the class I was supposed to be teaching and my mentor at the last minute. Every time I asked for help it was always ‘later, when I’ve got time’ but it never happened, my university tutor became unreachable and I felt lost. I became good friends with a supply teacher who was teaching the class next door and he gave me the help the school should have given. Then the observations began and my grades slipped, at the time I never could understand why, as I was doing nothing different to my other placement, but critique to my lessons were never given until days after by the school and was never told how I could make things better. Eventually my tutor came in to see one of my lessons, but by this time I had been beaten down just enough by the school. The school had told my tutor that I was in danger of failing so I asked him for help to put things right, his reply was ‘I can’t stay because I have a meeting’, however I made him and together we produced a lesson plan for my next observation. Unfortunately the school observed and failed the same lesson my tutor and I had put together. I thought things couldn’t get any worse but I was wrong. While all this was going on I was attending interviews in which I had to be observed teaching as part of the interview and was soon offered a job. My mistake was telling my placement school where I had gotten the job, as an hour later I was called into the Heads office to be told that they had rang the school up to tell them to retract the offer as I was unable to teach, didn’t listen to advice (well I couldn’t as they didn’t offer any) and was incompetent. I was disgusted by their behaviour and decided to complain to my tutor who then informed me had had told them to do it. It was at this point I cracked and had a breakdown, luckily for me I was living at home and my mother dragged me to see my tutor together. All seemed to be sorted as my tutor was nice and helped, until I returned to my placement (as fragile as I was). Weeks went by and I was still receiving no support and I awaited the day when my tutor came to see me. As I sat in the classroom waiting for my tutor to arrive I had already decided I was going to resit the placement as I had had enough, but was still debating whether or not it was the right decision. My tutor came and began criticising and told me that my mother was interfering with things, she knew nothing about the situation and I shouldn’t keep complaining about the school. Well this made my mind up and I told him I wanted to resit, in which he replied ‘good, but I better sort things out with the school’. Fine I thought as I didn’t care anymore, but in order for me to resit I had to finish out the term and I reluctantly agreed. In the last month I was used as cover for any teacher who was ill or on a course and thoroughly enjoyed walking out of the school for good on the last day. After all of this I decided I would officially complain about my tutor and the school concerned but was told there was no point because my tutor had left and the school had withdrawn from the programme. In the end I had to take a huge step and returned to complete my practice with a new school and new tutor. This time I had all the support I could ever need and passed the course with honours.
              All in all I had a really bad time of it and know I’m not alone in my views of the University (even though I no other students say the same about other Universities) but with the right combination of tutors and schools I was able to complete my course and ended up with a temporary job with my last school placement, who gave me immense support and have allowed me to move on with at least one good experience of teaching.



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                Due to family commitments, I was obliged to choose a university close to home. I applied for animation at Wolverhampton, having been told by one of my college tutors that the illustration course was hideously overcrowded into two mobile classrooms. I suppose alarm bells should have started ringing at my interview, when I was informed that the animation course was full, but that they'd like me to join the illustration course. I was assured that they had secured new premises for the illustration course, and that overcrowding wasn't a problem. When term started, we couldn't go into the illustration studios - they hadn't been finished. Still, we soldiered on, sorting out our modules, and this was where the fun began. There was a module based in the main school of art and design building, which would have taught us how to use certain software in an art and design context. My details on this are vague because, like the majority of my fellow first year illustration students, I wasn't allowed to do the module. Upon arrival, we were told by the bewildered tutor that there was no room for us illustration students, and that priority went to 'textiles and retakes'. We would have to go to our course leader, she said, and tell him there was no room. So we toddled back to the other building, dazed and confused, and explained our situation. Our course leader looked irritated, and told us that he'd sort some places out. Once he did, it was a case of first come, first served, and I, like many others, ended up a module short. On our records, next to this module, it said 'FDA' - which means 'failed, did not attend'. Which strikes me as being a bit unfair, to be honest. That was just the first week. Unfortunately, I am stubborn, and refused to let the university beat me. I was annoyed at losing that module, because as it turned out it was the only point in the three year course that tuto
                ring in the industry standard software packages would be given. I had many other bad experiences, which reflect the sloppy standards and disorganization that seemed rife in the illustration course; I would go to tutorials and the tutor would ask me to wait while they had a coffee (which took half an hour, longer than the tutorial), or sometimes wouldn't even show up. In my final semester I had to write an essay; I saw the tutor for this module twice in sixteen weeks, and the second time was only because a dyslexic student, who had been messed around with her note taker, had given me her slot - there was no point in her going to the tutorial because she couldn't take notes. At the second tutorial, the tutor told me that I seemed to be going in the right direction, and to get on with it. When I handed in my essay, I was confident that I had acheived a top grade, as I had done with every other essay. I instead I only just scraped a pass, and to this day I don't know why - they lost my assessment sheet, along with my essay. My fellow students all seemed to be frustrated at the utter disorganization; like me many had to commute some distance, and it was galling to spend so much money and time on travelling only to find the tutor hadn't shown up, or that the module had been moved. One of my friends was doing a combined course, with half of her modules at Wolverhampton campus, and the other half at Walsall. Unfortunately, some bright spark had decided to put the modules on at the same time, meaning that if she did one, she'd miss the other - there was literally no way she could complete the course. Apparently, this is a common complaint at Wolverhampton. I found some of the tutors to be enthusiastic and helpful, but others were apathetic, and some were just plain cruel, criticising student's work, but offering no suggestions on how it could be improved. The doors of the illustration studios were secured by a numeri
                cal lock, which had its number changed at random. It was not uncommon to find huddles of students at the door, hoping that the next person who came along would know how to get in. The course was also very expensive; in addition to tuition fees, you have to pay module fees. This is supposed to be for materials; you get fifteen 'credits' to spend in the storeroom. However, most the stuff is of such shoddy quality you end up going down to the nearest art shop anyway, and the storeroom only stocked paper and folders - no paint, no pencils, no inks. I don't know how many of the problems I encountered are representative of the university at large, or whether it's confined to the School of Art and Design, but if anyone asked me if I would recommend Wolverhampton, I would have to say no.

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                  10.04.2002 22:45
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                  I went to Wolves uni as a mature student to train as a teacher. I only appled to Wolves as having a family moving away was out of the question. This was good as I didn't set my heart on going somewher fancy and not get in but bad in that I had nothing to compare the prospectus to. The course itself was OK but, as with everything, the people who ran it were a law unto themselves. The uni was certainly friendly enough and the people were all nice too. The learning centres are full of books and staff who will do their utmost to help you out. My main warning to anyone considering going to Wolves is to get yourself a computer before you go. The learning centres do have machines available but they are ona turn up and grab one basis and when you begin to near deadlines at the end of semesters you have to turn up really early in the morning to get one and, let's face it, you are gonna be a student and there is no chance of that happening!!! Inter-campus transport sucks. The buses frequently turned up late or were full to capacity leaving students stranded and the timings of lectures across the campuses mean that you have to make your own way between sites or you miss half your lectures. Bus services in the area are pretty good and the student bus passes from Travle West Midlands are good value as well. The uni offers a number of timings for lecturs in the Business faculty which would enable you to do what I did and that is work around lectures to keep the cash flowing. Whilst Wolverhampton city and the surrounding areas are not the best looking part of the country the people are friendly and the nightlife and shopping is good too. I'd recommend the Uni but only if you are willing to use buses or have a car and have you own computer to complete assignments on.

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                  I was browsing through the categories on DooYoo and came across the Universities one, so thought I would add my tuppence worth of opinion on the University of Wolverhampton, which I attended from 1992 until 1996. During my sixth form, I was completely undecided about what career I would like. The careers woman at my school suggested I should be a prison warden, though she seemed to suggest this to all of us who didn’t have other plans! Deciding against that I looked into a few avenues and decided Speech Therapy sounded good. I applied to the few Unis I found that did it and got offered a place at Cardiff for eighteen points (equivalent to three Cs). I took 3 A levels and got N’s in all of them – now that’s not easy, let me tell you! So I went back to school for another year and dragged my grades up to one B and two Ds, which only made sixteen points. Cardiff rejected me and there I was sat on the stairs at home by the phone not really knowing what to do – the only offer I had and they had rejected me. Hm. The option of getting a job scared me too much so I decided to flick through all the prospectuses I had at the time and go anywhere and do any course going! The Wolverhampton prospectus had a section on Joint Degree courses which sounded good, allowing me to keep my options open. There were about fifteen subjects listed which you could combine in either a Double Joint or Triple Joint degree. I chose Business, Computing and Photography in the Triple option and phoned them. I spoke to a lovely woman called Katy (who I met several times when I finally went to the Uni) who said of course they would love me to go there and what degree did I want to do?! I told them my choice and the first two were fine, however photography was full up. Ok, I looked at the list again and chose European Cultural Studies, which sounded very interesting at the time, and meant an extremely long degree title! And so about three weeks l
                  ater my parents dropped me off at the halls in Dudley (about 7 miles away from the main campus) where I found I was the last one to have been given a room and so was the only girl on the boy’s corridor (which sounds fantastic until you realise I also had to share the bathroom and kitchen with them!) The halls were fine. I had my own room with a sink in and the shared bathroom and kitchen at the end of the corridor. There was a Resident Assistant in each building. They are there to help you with any problems you might have with regard to anything, though in my experience they were final year students and always very busy with their work. Being in halls for my first year meant I met a lot of people quickly and there were always people to go out with. Being on campus also meant I was near enough to the Student Union and could go to a lot of the events put on there. I was in a self catering hall, which meant I was ill a lot in my first year, eating mainly omelettes and mince (I always thought it was cooked when it went brown, only years later did I find out you have to cook it for 15 minutes after that too!) There was also a canteen at the Dudley campus, but it wasn’t cheap and seemed to only be open at odd times when students should have been at their lectures. The University has five campuses – Wolverhampton, Dudley, Compton, Walsall and Telford. Dudley was my favourite – probably because it’s where I lived in my first year, but also because it seemed to have more character. And Dudley Zoo nearby along with the Black Country Museum helped too. One of the other things I liked about Dudley was my Friday morning lecture. It was a 9am lecture on Philosophy (part of the European Cultural bit) – most of the people in the lecture lived in the Dudley halls, so we would turn up in our slippers after a while. And then would move over to the Student Union bar at 11 o’clock for the tutorials. Fantastic! As the
                  philosophy lecture was the only one I had in Dudley I had to travel to other campuses for the rest (two at the main site, one at Compton). There was (and still is) a free minibus service running between the campuses, with the last one running at about 9:15 pm, as some lectures finished at 9:00pm. And they say Uni life is a doddle! There is a coach which runs from main site to Telford (about half an hour’s journey), which is fine unless you get travel sick. Both myself and a friend of mine got off the coach the first day and threw up! The following week we took travel sickness pills and were so dozy we couldn’t concentrate on the lecture. Eventually we found some homeopathic pills that worked and it was all just grand after that. Lecturers. Well, I guess the place wouldn’t run without them. And as with any group of people, some were fantastic while others were a nightmare. I remember one woman who failed a quarter of the class in the exam because that was the way she did it. The bottom 25% must fail every time, whatever they got in the exam. I do have fond memories of most of the lecturers I had, they were very approachable and helpful. And the one I was most scared of (can’t think of his name but he was about 5 foot 2) even let me off my final year viva because my dad had a heart attack and I needed to go home. While the Uni had it’s Student Union, with all manner of clubs and bars and activities happening, there was also a theatre in the Uni, where both students and professionals would put on plays. Students got good concessionary priced tickets (sometimes for as little as a pound or two) for a good evening’s entertainment. The theatre was also open to the public, which I liked as it meant they got to see you in a whole new light. With regard to my course I found the Uni to be very flexible. I changed around a bit and did modules I fancied here and there. In the end I ended up with a degree in Computi
                  ng and Information Management, of which I am very proud. Several of my friends also changed course half way through – it seemed to be that once you were there if there was space on a different course you could take it. I would recommend Uni to anybody. It’s a unique experience and if I could afford to then I would go back right now (though no doubt life as a mature student is miles away from when you’re eighteen). And Wolverhampton isn’t a bad place. There are some not-so-safe bits, like any town, but on the whole it’s a friendly place with plenty to do. Ok, so it’s a bit ugly in places, but if you see the church lit up during the night you’ll realise that it has beauty too. There’s also the Molineux football stadium where Wolverhampton Wanderer’s play their home matches. While writing this opinion it has made me realise how much I miss the student lifestyle and even Wolverhampton. I’ll have to make the effort to drag my husband there and show him all the places I used to go and tell him the things I got up to… well, some of them anyway!

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                    I will begin this opinion with a word or two of caution. It is about one specific aspect of the Wolverhampton University as opposed to a reasoned overview of their syllabus and courses. For this information you can log on to www.wlv.ac.uk which will give you all the information you need. Any ratings for the University are also based on the incident illustrated by this opinon. My opinion actually takes the form of a bit of a rant against the University in respect of their unforgivable behaviour towards my partner Dave, who is studying for a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems. He is studying on a part time basis whilst working for the University in their IT Department as a Project Leader, which in itself is quite a stressful job, involving working long hours at times. The story begins last January in the final year of his study. Dave was ill for two or three weeks, I can’t remember exactly how long, but he did have a medical note from his doctor. During the time that he was off sick he was due to take one of his final year examinations. He got in touch with his tutor at the University to ask advice and was told that he could take the exam in the first week of September, and still have the results in time to be able to attend congregation. This is the official presentation of the degrees to the students who all wear cap and gown for the occasion, and is obviously a proud day for all concerned, but I’m getting ahead of myself…… Dave chose not to take the exam after receiving this advice, as he wanted to get the highest mark that he could and clearly that would not be possible whilst he was ill. In the middle of the academic year all the students got a letter informing them that congregation would be held during the first week in September and so everyone who was hoping to attend must have their course finished by the end of JULY! Since Dave works for the University of Wolverh
                    ampton and as such knows a wide range of people who he thought may be able to help. He has written letters and e mails to his line manager and department manage both of who are very sympathetic. He has also contacted his tutor, the Director of Registry and even the Vice Chancellor none of whom will even offer him the courtesy of an explanation. He has now put forward an official complaint, but has not yet heard anything about that either. It makes me SO angry to have seen the effort that he has put into the studying over the years, sometimes under very difficult circumstances – pressure of work, my illness etc. Despite all this he has consistently got very high marks for all his work and is set for at least a 2.1 possibly a first, which he deserves after all his hard work. Not unnaturally he now wants to share this achievement with his mother and me at his congregation. We want to see him dressed in his cap and gown and receiving his degree. We want official photographs and he wants to attend the Ball to be held for all the successful students. Why should this opportunity be denied him through no fault of his own? He has since discovered that the change in timing of the congregation was already being discussed behind closed doors as early as last November so why on earth couldn’t someone have warned him that this might happen? At least then he would have had the chance to make his own decision as to whether he sat the exam whilst he was ill and got a lower mark than he otherwise would or whether to take the risk and wait until September. This is disgraceful behaviour from what is supposed to be one of the best Universities in the country, although they have recently dropped ten places in the league charts and with behaviour like this it isn’t difficult to see why is it? UPDATE Let joy be unconfined!!!!!! After many e mails and finally putting forward a formal complaint Dave hea
                    rd over the weekend that he was going to be allowed to sit his final exam before the end of July and thus go to the Congregation ceremony on 4th September. My own personal view is that they backed down because they know that he's on for a possible first and they want the prestige. Anyway who cares - my lovely man will be able to wear his cap and gown and collect his degree in front of his proud mom and partner. Thank you to all of you who offered words of support and encouragement. Susan

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                      I got much worse results than expected and wasn't exactly wild about the idea of coming to Wolverhampton, but I've been here 2 years now and I can't say that this is a bad institution. I can only speak for the Psychology department, but they have a good faculty, reasonably organised, good resources and pleasant staff on the whole. They are very helpful and depending on how hard you work you can learn a lot here. Despite academically, the town itself has something for everyone. It's a huge University and Wolverhampton is bustling with tastes for everyone. It's reasonably safe if you take care and there's plenty of accomodation nearby. Being in this area there's loads outside Wolverhampton for you to see, so you need never get bored here. They have a tolerant atmosphere, and they really try to create a good University life for their students.

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                      I thought it was about time that I write an opinion on beloved university. I am in my second year studying marketing and drama. When I first looked around this university I liked it. It was near to the town centre and the halls looked great. Also it did the course I wanted to do as most universities didn’t. When I got here in September 99 my views didn’t change. For a few weeks I really liked the place. Soon though the novelty wore off and I began to hate it. I will try and explain to you as much as I can about the university. The University itself The University of Wolverhampton is one of the largest universities in the UK with over 22,000 students. Wolverhampton University is actually made up of several different campuses. Mainsite The Wolverhampton mainsite is in the middle of the town centre. It does subjects such as Computing, Languages, Drama, Psychology, Law, Art, Science, Film and many others. It is the biggest of all the campuses and this is where most of the action goes on. Telford The university also has a campus at Telford. It is also known as Wolverhampton Business School (WBS). This is the newest of all the campuses and is really nice and modern. The problem with this campus is it is in the middle of nowhere so having a car is really a necessity. Dudley Dudley caters for Media and English students. This campus is due to close in 2002 as the other campuses are been improved. Compton Compton is only a couple of miles from Wolverhampton town centre and also offers Business courses. It is a small campus and everyone seems to know each other. Walsall Walsall is mainly for sport and education courses. It has a gym and swimming pool although the outside sports facilities are not great. It is also very small and reminds me of a holiday camp. My degree is under Walsall but my lectures a
                      re at Mainsite and Compton. Shuttle services As the campuses are spread out they offer a free bus service that goes from one campus to another on a quite regular basis. These buses are often full and this can mean standing up on long journeys or even having to wait for the next bus. Buses often leave early or are very late. Accommodation Overall the Halls of Residence are of good quality. At all campuses they are either on site or within very short walking distance. At mainsite there are three different complexes. North Road offer very nice ensuite halls, which are only a few years old. They also have Lomas Street and Randall Lines. I personally would not like to stay in the Randall Lines Halls as they are unhygienic and also look horrible. For second and third year students a rented house is probably a better option. The university offer a list, which contains all the student-accredited landlords in the surrounding areas. The main student area in Wolverhampton is Whitmore Reans. I live in this area and to say it is rough is an understatement. I do not feel safe in my own home. The noises of police sirens are a regular occurrence. International Students The university has almost 3000 international students enrolled. The halls of residence are full of foreign students. They offer many facilities for foreign students and have an International Student Handbook available to look at on the university web page. Disabled Students There are not many disabled students at this university although they have the facilities required. They have special student housing for disabled students and special low buses. They also have ramps and lifts in the buildings although I think they could make vast improvements in this area. Deaf and hearing-impaired students The university has lots of deaf students. They cater for these by having sign language interpreters, note
                      taking and lip speakers. They also have many clubs for the deaf and they seem to enjoy their student lives as much as anyone else. Part-time students There are many part time students at the university. They seem to get a lot more support than the full time students. Mature Students There are lots of mature students at the university. When I first came it I was surprised how many mature students there were. I was one of the youngest there. E-learning The university offer an online degree for Business Administration and I think they are in the process of offering more. Staff Many staff at the university will do anything to help you but others are very unhelpful. I have had good and bad experiences with lecturers from the university. I think the university has a bad communication system and to find even simple things out you have to end up going on a mission. University financial unit The university have a support team to help you with financial problems. They will help you if you are having problems getting your loan and also if you have used up all of your loan. Location The Mainsite campus is very near to the train station, only five minutes walk. It is in the middle of the town centre so it is easy to go shopping between lectures. Learning resources The university have libraries on all campuses. They are well organised and books are easy to find. There are computer labs at every campus although you may have to be prepared to stand in a queue waiting for an available computer. Many are often not working which adds to the frustration. Courses The university offer a wide variety of different courses in hundreds of different subjects. I cannot think off the top of my head any subjects the university does not cover. Student Union The Wolverhampton Student un
                      ion is quite good offering quite big club nights. The also offer a free bus home after the club has closed giving females priority. There are many clubs that you can join free of charge. If you want to join a club that doesn’t exist you can set one up yourself. Athletic Union The university has a club for almost every sport. I have played for the girls football team and have discovered the union is not greatly organised. They arrange buses to away matches which are often late or don’t even turn up. Other sports available are fencing, volleyball, netball, hockey, swimming, parachuting, karate, rugby and many others. My experiences with my course So I have told you things I know about the university but I haven’t really told you a great deal about my own experiences. As I am doing a combined degree I feel I am not given enough advice and support. I always seem to find out things from fellow students studying for a single subject. I have had many problems with timetables and organisation. For example I went back to university in February to begin semester 2. I had arranged my timetable months before but confirmed it just two weeks before I was due to start. On my first day I checked the timetable to look for room numbers. One of my modules had changed to Telford from Compton, which caused major problems, as it would mean me missing some of the lecture. Another module had totally disappeared from the timetable. I don’t think this is suitable for such a big universities. I have also had problems with lecturers who have not replied to my emails that have been very important. I find that all my modules contain too many students. For one of the marketing modules there are too many people to fit into the lecture room so people end up sitting on the stairs. For drama group sizes cause many problems and I think the university should not accept as many people. I think the university are been greedy e
                      nrolling as many people as they can so they get more money. Friend’s experiences My friends too have had bad experiences with the university. One of my housemates is studying BA Languages and has had many problems. She is meant to be studying German Intermediate Level. In her first year she was told that there were not enough tudents to do this subject so she would have to do German beginners. This meant in her first year she was going over work she had already done at GCSE. When she got to her second yea she was then told there was not enough students to carry on with this so she would have to do German Advanced. This meant her going from something she found too easy to something she didn’t understand. She couldn’t drop this subject as she is aiming towards a languages degree that needs three languages. She has to go to all the lectures and gets no support from her lecturer. One of my foreign friends had trouble getting the degree she wanted. She thought she had studies everything she needed but when it got to her last year she was told she hadn’t done a module she was meant to have done. This meant her having to stay in England for another Semester to complete this module. If she was told this sooner she could have done something about it earlier. Conclusion I think the university could be a lot more organised than it is. It is okay me telling you as much as I can about the facilities and courses on offer but at the end of the day experience is usually more helpful. Personally if I could go back and make my decision again I would not have come to this University. I am not too keen on the area as it is rough and very dirty. At the minute part of the mainsite campus resembles a building site. They have recently knocked down one of the buildings to build a new state of the art block. I think the university should be more concerned with people missing lectures as so
                      many people get away worth it I don’t think it is fair. If you want to find out more about the university check out the following website. This tells you just about everything you need to know and gives you telephone numbers if you want to know more. www.wlv.ac.uk I am hoping this opinion helps people and you have enjoyed reading this. I am hoping this gets me my 1000th read. Thanks for reading. Grimsbygal

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                        I have been a student at wolverhampton university for almost a year. I have found it to be very organised and well managed. However I have found some of the academic staff to be rude and unwilling to listen. I guess if you are looking to get your head down and study it's the place for you. The facilities are also quite good and intersite buses are provided free for students at regular intervals, although you may not be exactly on time for lectures.

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