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No where near enough practicals and I have not been able to get a job in Biology due to my lack of lab experience. The University has not prepared me for the real world and my First class degree does not seem to mean anything to employers because I dont have enough lab experience.
Be careful when you pick your supervisor for your third year project - some supervisors are willing to give you all the help you need but my supervisor was never available when I needed to talk about my project and I had to struggle my way through the year.
First year lectures were a waste of time- in the basic maths and chemistry unit we were taught how to add; subtract; multiply and divide! Hardly worth the tuition fees.
In second year your compulsory units include animal science and plant science. For "Animal Science" you will have to find your own way to the IMS centre for lectures (this is a 3 mile walk- or a very expensive taxis fair- from the main university campus). So you get to learn about animals right? Wrong! we mainly learnt about nematodes (worms); fish; and crabs. For Plant science you will be given a booklet to read- this makes the unit easy but incredibly tedious! the exam is multiple choice and to pass all you need to do is read the booklet and learn it like a parrot because all the answers are in it. Hardly university level learning and barely worth the tuition fees. My friends on the Biochemistry course seem to have enjoyed their course a lot more- so perhaps it is worth considering Biochemistry if you really want to come to this University.
Another problem is accommodation- the Uni can only accommodate about a 3rd of their first year students in University accommodation. Those that do not get a place are invited to a housing event over the summer where you are expected to meet people and find a house with them which can be overwhelming as everyone is rushing around like crazy looking for housemates and a place to live. If you live in Langstone then there is a bus service that will connect you to the main campus (Langstone is about 3 miles away). This bus service stops at midnight so if you want to come back later than that you must fork out £9 for a taxis. There is a limited service at weekends.
Written by sara123 on 21st Feb 2015