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If you're looking to beat the system and get a degree for doing very little work then Staffords where you want to go!
You go to university to learn, and you will learn.... how to download PowerPoints from lectures that haven't changed for about 5 years. I'm currently on a computer degree at Stafford about to go into my third year and I can't wait to leave. I went there because of all the computer degrees they had, the supposed great facilities and general crap they sent through my door to get me there. Most of the staff there have been working there for a 100 years and couldn't be less enthusiastic about what they are teaching and just want to get you out the lectures with enough to get by.
I opted to do a sandwich course which involved getting a placement (big mistake) and received next to no help in finding one but am still expected to pay the uni £600 in fees if I get one - which I didn't and now am going straight into my third year. When I went to the open day I remember them constantly telling us facts and statistics about pass rate and employment rates after graduating. Now I realise that is all they care about: getting their numbers up and looking good so more money is pumped into the dump.
As for the social life, anyone who's been to Stafford even for one day will tell the guy to girl ratio is something like 20:1 (a statistic you probably won't find in the prospectus!) It sounds harsh but its full of geeks and finding a group of down-to-earth people there is hard to come by. There are two night clubs there, one of which I worked at, and believe me, they ain't pretty. The union itself is quite nice but a lack of sociable people make the place a like a haunted house.
I gave this review two stars instead of one because I did meet some awesome people there and the place has done me a favour because I now know that no ones going to help you in life and you have to get everything yourself. Not only that but that small towns that no ones heard of aren't peaceful and quaint they're mind numbingly boring!
I could talk about how bad this place is for days but its making me sad so I'm going to stop. As a previous review said uni is all about what you make of it, just make it somewhere else!
Written by marty_mcfly on 7th Aug 2009