A promising university ruined by disgraceful tactics by higher staff who will drag you through the dirt before their own reputation is tarnished. Their primary concern is securing your money. The rest is secondary.
Absolutely S**** 1 lecture at the end of the 4th year about how to find a job and that was half baked. Its basically up to you to find your own job or suck up to tutors who are looking to employ the brightest students.
Absolute joke. The number of staff which left during the course, incomplete modules and lectures. Marking takes months on end. Poor feedback. Dated lecture material. Half baked modules. A lot of pseudoscience. ‘Fake intellectuals’ in the faculty who pretend to be qualified doctors and its dangerous. Seriously please please go to a better university its not worth the debt. The head office staff and course leaders are so painfully incompetent and they are always playing catch up or cover up. They are also lack any diversity. You wont find any people of colour in positions of importance.
Only a student union by name. Absolutely zero funding or attention by the dean and higher faculty. They are grossly under trained compared to larger universities and essentially do everything themselves without support from the university.
There are no facilities to talk of expect the student union and library. They changed the layout of the library to this progressive open plan situation and have allowed students to talk which defeats the point of study. The librarians are absolutely incredible (some of the best staff at the university).
The location is as good as it gets. You are in the very heart of London with plenty of eateries and public transport.
There weren’t any societies when i started but before leaving there were a handful. Some of the lads would play football once a week and a few other people made a climbing society. Generally due to the size of the university people do things with their friendship groups.
Shocking counsellor who’s head is in the clouds half the time. The university doesn’t nt care about you at all please don’t be in disillusion. They have never gone out of their way to protect vulnerable students. They have on multiple times protected bully tutors from a range of student complaints. They threaten to remove you and warp their ‘policies’ to suit their needs at the time and its absolutely appalling. A lot of clinic tutors sit on their asses and do absolutely nothing. My team had 3 tutorials in the entirety of my 4th year. YOU WILL NOT LEAVE THE UCO AS A COMPETENT HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONER. This is not the university to go to if you want to be a clinician. Their lectures are absolutely crap and dated.
I loved it. The people make it what it is, a community of dedicated learners. Its not the sort of Uni you're going to do a few hours of work every week and then spend the rest of the time playing on an xbox and drinking beer (not much anyway!) Instead you'll fall in love with the subject, make life long friends and perhaps most importantly qualify and join a profession that really helps people.
This university has one vocational purpose to make you the best osteopath you can be. With internationally acclaimed lecturers, the strongest osteopathic research department in the Uk and access to a busy clinic you have everything you need to prepare for life as an osteopath. There are loads of transferable skills you learn as an osteopath such as communication professionalism etc. But having said that there would be little point coming to such a vocationally specific university if you didnt want to be an osteopath.
Its all geared up to helping you be the best osteopath you can. Theres no denying the course is more intense than a typical uni course but theres a strong community that creates a collective feel of wanting to learn and explore topics making it interesting.
Th SU is small by comparison to other unis, but then so are the student numbers. Having been a student at Loughborough university with the top students union in the country, the BSO SU is different but better in many ways. So yes, youre not going to get the latest bands coming to play, instead the band of a friend of one of the students rocks up, or several if the students DJ. Small can be beautiful and at this uni it creates a community thats hard to beat.
We lived in a nice house in Bermondsey. There were 4 osteopathic students leaving here and we are now life long friends (I was best man to one of my house mates!) Needless to say we had an amzing time together. It was 15min walk to the BSO which worked out well. Costs when split betweem us were ok but London prices.
Educationally the facilities are pretty good with plenty of clinic couches to practice on and an excellent library. The online learning environment and email system mean you can get access to your lecturers whenever you want. There are no sports facilities to speak of, but its easy to get involved with Guys and St Thomas' SU which i did (actually was great to meet the medics and chat stuff over) and Southbank are also just round the corner with gym and football pitches etc. After all its london so there are facilities they're just not solely yours.
London is great but I found you need money to really enjoy it. Perhaps as I was a recent graduate of another Uni I had friends enjoying London life when I had budgetry restrictions I was less keen on living in London, but I know plenty of my BSO friends who loved it.
Its always going to be limited in a small Uni like the BSO but there are several Manus Sinistra which is a student led group interested in exploring the bredth of the profession, and certain sports clubs where numbers can be arranged. We always had fun on RAG day (a day where we take to the streets to raise money for the BSO charity clinics) but Im not sure if they still run.
In many ways this is the advantage of a small institution the people are the resource. The sense of community is great and theres lots of peer support. On top of that theres a fantastic team of student welfare officers and the faculty try as hard as possible to support you. As you might expect from an institution that teaches its students to be compassionate and sympathetic these concepts are also embodied in the school.
I hated this uni, I wish I never came here, my parents could have bought me a flat with all the money they wasted on me coming to this university, I wish I had gone to a proper uni.
this uni doesnt provide any help with getting a job, they dont have career fairs or anything. If you discover osteopathy isnt for you then tough. I wish i never studied osteopathy, its a complete waste of time, you are technically on a zero hours contract, thats if you get a contract. the money is poor as is the recognition for osteopaths.
the course is very demanding, and you are expected to do clinical hours outside of term time. the hours are long and tiring.
The student union is one small room in the building, they dont host many events and do not get together with other unis.
this university does not provide any help with finding accommodation, they dont have any halls or anything. London is a very expensive place to live, you will pay at least double to what your friends outside of london pay.
This uni doesnt have many facilities, after all it isnt swansea, or leeds met.
very expensive, very overcrowded, very hectic. your parents will need a second mortgage to be able to fund you through london, dont go if you are poor.
there arent many clubs except for manus sinistra, a cult that brainwashes you into the old ways of osteopathy, this sort of thing is encouraged at this uni.
there is little to no help or support especially with life in london. most of the tutors only do the job for the ego boost it gives them.