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Glamorgan university may not rate highly in the Times. It may not rate highly in its reputation BUT....
I have enjoyed my time here more than I ever thought possible! I felt swamped at Cardiff and lost in a whirl where thousands of students are coming and going. There was no personalisation and I nearly gave up but just in time I decided to switch to Glamorgan. I was surprised as it was nothing like Cardiff. The lecturers knew your name, are interested in you, and also make regular check ups on you to ensure you don't fall through the gaps in University. It's very supportive and the staff and students are all incredibly friendly.
Cardiff is good for those with perfect academic interest and focus but for anyone with any insecurity or who would like to feel welcome when they study I recommend Glamorgan. There is always someone available to help and I do not regret the switch or look back. This was the best choice I made. The facilities are great, there are plenty of computer suites and each campus has its own library. The sports facilities are good with a climbing wall and a large new sports complex.
The only downside to this University is that it is fairly new. It doesn't have some of the more engrained facilities of other Universities like bars, shops, etc. It has just the bare minimum. It is also sited up in the Welsh mountains where there is not a lot of accommodation. Therefore in you first year you live in a very small impersonal halls block. This can be difficult with just a tiny room and it can also be very noisy as many students play loud music with their doors open.
The other option is to commute and there is a great connection between Cardiff and Glamorgan University but obviously that does add to the cost of living. If you move into the local area in your second year then there are limited properties available and you have to settle around locals who are either very friendly or a little annoyed you have cut into their home town.
In bad weather the University has to close as it can be very cold up there and get quite isolated. There are always lots of exciting things on campus to keep you amused though. For example last week there was an ice skating rink installed for the week (free to use) and this week you can take part in a gladiator style challenge (free again!) In conclusion, its a great University.
Written by missmalone on 4th Feb 2010