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Firstly I would like to point out that the other courses may be good but I only know this one and it isn't! Also, this is for the Stafford campus on Beaconside, I do not know about the Stoke campus.
I have been on this course for 3 years and I feel I have not progressed in either my knowledge or ability. This course had some good offerings in the prospectus but it has turned out merely to all be talk, (they talk the talk very well here!)
Out of all the lecturers I have only found 2 to be any good in both their knowledge and their approachability, unfortunately they have not taught me in my final year.
In the third year you need a supervisor, they do not keep in contact, they cannot spare time for you and they are no use even when they do help you. I feel let down and wish I had gone elsewhere to study. This course has disillusioned me so much that I have had to rethink my career options.
In between the second and third year you are encouraged to go on a placement. The placement team do not help. They merely told me of all the contacts they will have next year - what about me?! My placement was not next year, it was the year before next year. They told me i could find my own place only to find out I would still be charged £600 for their admin when they had done no work.
At the interview stage (which was useless because everyone, even those who did not get the grades, were accepted) we were told no Macs here, we are proud to say we have just got rid of our last Mac it's PC all the way for editing. Three years later I return after my year out (which i took because I could not get a placement) and it's Mac that we learn on now. A few problems here:
There are not enough macs and EVERY year is using them.
The staff do NOT use them and cannot use them.
Third years were the priority year in our second year now third years don't get a look in basically you have to be best friends with the technicians and be on the same mac from 9 am til 5 pm!
Oh and the lecturers that can work them use them during our time!!
Then again if you go into the 'mac room' you will find that the people using the macs are actually running windows software on them so those of us who need a mac programme can't use them when there is another room of perfectly good PCs!!!
The thing to top off the course: the lectures (who are disorganised, unknowledgeable, lazy, unapproachable and do not reply to emails within 48 hours like they are meant to!) Their favourite excuse is that they will only tell us the basics as third years are meant to teach themselves so why am I paying so much for tutuion?! Basically this course is poor to begin with as not a lot happens and poor in the end because I think they realise they have not taught us well and so are cramming it all into the last year. The head of the course himself said that he was concerned about the amount of work we had to do but insisted we do another module!!
As for the uni in general:
Excellent food facilities although there is the gallery restaurant that appears to not be for students even if we do pay for it - sometimes it would be nice to eat on a table with fancy chairs and white table cloths!!
There is not a lot for girls - the societies are rubbish and we have to pay for them!!!
The uni is in a perfect location - everything is in walking distance (the town, the train station, the countryside, the student houses) if not there is a good bus service and also a cheap bus to stoke.
The student union is rubbish - even when you do contact them you get little reply and they don't seem to want to help much.
If you are a first year there is a great area to live called Stafford Court (not Yarlet), the ensuites are excellent value with great facilities and you could not ask for more (except perhaps a settee in some kind of living room on each corridor.) If you are renting from a landlord be careful who you rent from as some are con men and I have been ripped off!! Get opinions from the students that live there and DO NOT get a number off a board on the street, go through the uni provided links!!
Nightlife - not a lot going on in sleepy Stafford would not recommend the union as a friend of mine had her drink spiked and the beer seems to be watered down. The town is better but I suggest you stick to a pub and if you live near Asda in your second year there are loads nearby. Some are quiter than others so depending on your mood.
The town is ok for basic shopping and Birmingham is not far on the train which is a reasonable price.
Not tried out the sports facitiles but they look good.
Stafford is reasonably priced and I would recommend the area to anyone (as long as you are not wanting a good uni.) It is a lovely area and I would happily live here but the uni has left a bad taste in my mouth and i do not want any further association with it.
The library is a good resource and if Stafford hasn't got the book they will see if one of the other uni libraries has it.
There are a lot of computers in the library and the octagon of the uni so no problems there and I have found most of the IT help desk useful.
Now lets talk about the end of uni: your GRADUATION.
It's in a tent that is in a muddy field and you do not get you degree until at least 3 months after the date of the graduation and you have to pay £30 for it!!!
It's up to you where you go for uni but make sure you get lots of opinions and move for very good reasons - if it rubbish in your third year ask some older students to see if it gets better - if it doesnt consider moving uni!!!
Written by avidstudent on 8th Mar 2008