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It is intense and not exactly how I envisioned it but it is not all bad. I've learned a lot about house share and better reading methods, and utilising library resources.
In terms of accommodation, most private houses are about 15-30 minutes walk from school. And since the buses are not very regular, most people just walk which is alright. The town itself doesn't really have a lot to offer but it is very close to London and Canterbury where there are more attractions. Some amenities can be found on the high streets though.
There is a range of societies and sports and you can create what works for you if there are others that want to join.
The campus is small which means everything is close by and there is a family/ homely feel to the area. As there are only two courses with Medway school of pharmacy for undergraduate students it is very easy to meet lecturers and ask for additional help if required. There are many workshops, labs, lectures and seminars in our course so a lot of contact with lecturers and patients.
I simply love it and I hope I will progress over the years of my course. Life at Uni is totally full of emotions, opportunities of meeting new people, having new friends but especially further knowledge.
I believe it is an excellent point of reference, as there are many opportunities when a good degree is achieved.
After a good graduation, doors towards future jobs are more open. This is an important approach for the students, making them keep going and never give up.
Student Unions are very reliable for supporting various issues to students. I am not involved as I have got a family and I do not have as much time, but I would like to.
Good enough for not getting in trouble
I do not know. I live in a different area.
I do not frequent them. Perhaps in the future, once I will familiarise with them.
It is excellent on my point of view. Last week I had a personal counselling with my Biology professor and I found it very relevant and worthy. Also, at the begging of my studies, I met my Academic advisor who was very professional, determined but especially very supportive. Students have the necessity of being supported time to time by their professors and academic advisors in order to further more positively on their studies.
I have really enjoyed my University experience and I am excited for the next 4 years. I am really glad to be studying Pharmacy at Medway as I believe it will prepare me with all the skills I would need to become a competent pharmacist.
The university has put on a careers fair which has offered a variety of opportunities such as work placements, internships, full time work as well as volunteering. Any one of these opportunities would improve my job prospects and make my CV stand out.
I enjoy the way most of my lecturers try and engage me and the other students in my cohort by regularly asking us questions. This helps to keep us thinking rather than just taking down notes from slides. So far I have not had an issue with how my course is being taught.
So far the only society I have an interest in is the Medway Pharmacy society as it somewhat relates to my course.
they're great. I hjave enjoyed all the lab sessions i have had so far. The rest of the facilities i have used have also been good.
Its fairly quiet, bBut being in between London and Kent however means that theres a lot of options available to the students.
good, enjoyed them so far, but I need to get involved in a few more.
The support offered by the university has been good. The senior tutor for my cohort explained everything we needed to know about contacting our personal tutors and what to expect from them. The chaplaincy on campus also offers support which is comforting.
Most: interactive session, q.s based answered through ARS device Least: Passive listening where lecturer reads off slides
Based on one experience but may have changed now
Student support has been practically non-existent, lecturers have also been completely unhelpful, communication is terrible, students who are unwell are practically forced out by the university, in some cases not even being allowed to sit missed exams. I will be transferring to a different university as soon as possible, and, frankly, would be unlikely to recommned Medway School of Pharmacy to anyone.
For Pharmacology and Physiology, the student run Society of Pharmacology and Physiology is quite helpful, but: in two years I have never found a careers department, and the university do not offer help and support with finding placements for Pharmacology students
Probably the fact that the lecturers put the slides online, and some of them at least will stick to the guidelines 'enforced' by the university, which state that all lecturers should make recordings of their lectures accessible online. In reality, in the 2 years I was there, only 2 of the lecturers actually did that.
The student union are actually pretty good, staff are friendly, helpful, and supportive, and offer a wide range of societies. They also make it quite easy to set up your own society if you can't find one you're looking for, and there's an advice centre in the Student Hub, although I'd recommend booking an appointment in advance, otherwise it can be very difficult to access.
In a word: overpriced. I wouldn't recommend it for international students in particular, as, ridiculously, they make you pay the entire year's fees in advance, up until the end of June, regardless of when you leave
The labs are pretty well stocked. The fact that we have a viral pseudotype unit in the school of pharmacy is quite impressive (not that students are allowed in there unless they're pursuing a PhD). The lecture rooms could probably be better - they don't actually have any in the school of pharmacy itself, and double bookings of those shared by the entire university are not infrequent.
The area is pretty rough, to be honest, but, if you know where to look, you can find some quite nice places in Medway. But still, don't go out after dark on your own...
Societies are pretty good, there's lots of different societies, so most people can find something they want to join. If not, GK Unions make it pretty easy to start your own society. The staff in GK Unions are very helpful when it comes to societies, and they're approachable and easy to talk to.
Feedback on assignments: Half the time, coursework is submitted online, and feedback is then literally nonexistent. Otherwise, very little feedback is given, and, honestly, it's not always legible. If you go to a lecturer about an assignment, they're more likely to tell you to go away, than to actually help you, even if you've booked an appointment - which you have to for the vast majority, as open door policies are practically non-existent here... Tutors: There are, theoretically, group tutorials at least three or four times a year. In reality, this doesn't happen, as half the time the tutors simply won't show up. One-on-one sessions, for if you want to discuss something a bit more personal and confidential, are practically non-existent, as most of the tutors share an office with two or three others. They are also not supportive if you're dealing with personal problems - it's more likely they'll take action against you than actually help you Counselling: Ridiculous. It takes 12 weeks to get an appointment, which lasts less than an hour, and then there's no follow up. The counselling service is also based in Greenwich, making it very difficult for Medway students to access services, as they are then assigned lowest priority, because they're furthest away. This also means that the university don't even always follow up after the initial meeting, making it almost impossible to access counselling services. If you need counselling, either go off campus (NHS or private, private's faster but more expensive) or try the chaplain (she's very kind and supportive, for students of any faith, or none). There is a counselor on the Medway campus, but only for one hour a week, and this is a drop in session, so almost always busy anyway. Medway School of Pharmacy students, although officially studying at the University of Kent and the University of Greenwich are unable to access Kent well-being services as the school are currently under Greenwich.
Brilliant - would not change a thing. The course is engaging, the university is very relaxed and comfortable. The staff are superb and I feel like this is the perfect university for me.
The course is a new course, I am in the second cohort. The course was designed with leading members of industry to ensure we students are best prepared for working life. The course offers high level laboratory skills fundamental to the field and the chance to take a year out working in industry. The school also offers many opportunities to further our own skills and knowledge through lab experience and societies. Students are assigned a personal tutor that works closely with students and acts as a reference for future employers.
The staff are leading researchers and we learn the latest insights and techniques. The staff are all normal, down to earth people who really care about student wellbeing.
As the school is on a shared campus we are represented by Greenwich and Kent Unions Together (GK Unions). Students also have individual membership of both Kent Union and Students Union University of Greenwich. GK unions is a good union offering many services - I personally do not get involved with the union as I don't believe in the idea of unions.
The library is fantastic, the longest in Europe no less!It's a great place to study. The laboratories are excellent as are the lecture rooms and seminar rooms.
The campus is not in the city, more of a town based campus, however amenities are very close by and all are good.
The school of pharmacy itself offers societies for each course, each of which are very successful. GK union also offers many wide ranging societies.
Personal tutors are assigned to students, and the system works very well both as personal and academic tutors, they work very well. Teaching staff are very welcoming and take a lot of time to ensure students are coping and offer guidance wherever necessary.
Overall I am deeply disappointed in my choice of university and I'm shocked at how they treat their students and how the pharmacy school is unorganised and consequently makes things ten times harder to study. Moreover, how it doesn't feel like a university because it is chaotic and they drained all the passion I had for my subject and wear you down , which is obviously worrying because no university should feel this uninspiring. In addition, the town offers no incentive to students and is not student friendly in terms of activities. The accommodation is ridiculous and overpriced and the quality of the accommodation and location do not match the price. The student union is non existent and coupled with bad societies there is little to rave about this university. Overall, I would not recommend this university and would highly advise prospect students , especially if they are doing pharmacy, not to go here and visit it if you want to go there as a student I regret my choice and want to warn prospective students not to apply here for the reasons listed above.
The University form what I gathered so far is highly chaotic and unorganised when it comes to teaching Pharmacy. They don't engage with the students to make the subject interesting and the way they deliver the materials is highly poor. They have not given pharmacy students opportunities to do exciting work placements. They have delivered the lectures in a monotonous and uninspiring manner,99.99% of lectures are just read of the lecture slide in the most uninspiring manner and suck the life out of the subject. This particular pharmacy school is dreadful and do not have a wealth of opportunities available for their pharmacy students from what I have seen. The whole atmosphere is uninspiring in fact that is exactly how I would sum it up, due to the lack of initiatives available the students cannot engage and build up their transferable skills.
There is nothing. That is shocking right, the lectures read of the board they don't explain it in an engaging manner and you have to stop yourself from going to sleep and when you go home you must teach yourself from the beginning. They don't have a consistent registered scheme , they take the register randomly so you don't know which ones are compulsory or not.They have made me hate the subject and drained all the passion out. We have 3 hours of lectures together with no break and they all basically just teach the bear minimum so they just tick it off from the checklist. We are stuck in a classroom and not in comfortable lecture halls , when you are sitting for three hours straight in a classroom you soon disengage. This particular pharmacy school is horrendous I have gone from being incredibly passionate about the subject to hating it. It's all about the league tables when I was applying I thought it wouldn't be that bad even though it had two bars for student satisfaction and a low employment rate on top of that low in the league tables, it couldn't be more right it is incredibly bad the lectures don't care about their students and is really poor.
The student union is non-existent we don't have a working functional and effective student union. The societies that were up are really boring and like exactly like high school ones. I barely participate because it is so poor in terms of enrichment and choice especially at the campus I am in.
It is overpriced for what they offer, it is £137 per week for basic type of accommodation. The accommodation team are really unhelpful they don't have choice for different budgets such as shared bathroom and it is located in an area which is not inspiring. For the price it is most certainly not worth it.
The university like I said before does not have much facilities to have an enjoyable and fulfilled university experience. The library is not big enough and is really old, it is not 24/7. There is no gym with free gym membership or discounted gym membership. The location of the university is not great and their is no effort to put some money and increase the enjoyment of going to that university. It is so bad I regret coming here as feel not nourished especially since I'm paying £9000 .
The town it is located in a derelict and uninspiring area. There is nothing and when I say this I'm not exaggerating there is no clubs, no bars , nothing that is nourishing and exciting happens in that town. If you want to go out you have to fork out the money to go clubbing elsewhere most of the time London which is expensive especially when paying a ridiculous amount of rent for an accommodation which you did not choose( word of warning to all students the accommodation is en suite only which is obviously expensive but what about if you don't mind sharing a bathroom they don't cater for lower budget, which is ridiculous as most other universities give you that option).If you want to order dominos they can't deliver to halls of residence as one of the drivers was insulted and so there is nothing in terms of food outlets. There is McDonalds's, burger king , but no desert parlours, cake shop etc. It is so depressing especially in weekends when you want to let your hair down, you have to go elsewhere to have fun, which makes you question if I am paying £9000 a year but spending a lot to socialise elsewhere is it really worth it? For people who eat halal meat there is no halal meet fast-food, restaurants here and there is only one chicken shop (which is supposedly halal) and that's closed most time and it looks unclean. In hindsight I would have gone to an open day to check the area as that is single handily the most important thing , even if you don't like clubbing you are still interested in other things there is no opportunity for you. It is a boring town and boring university not recommended if you want to have an unforgettable student experience for all the right reasons.
There is no clubs located in the town if you want to party you have entertain yourself or fork out a lot of money to go clubbing elsewhere. The societies are not nourishing there are basic nothing interesting the basic backbone is there such as religious, political parties which are limited, sports noting fun such as baking and the sports is also limited. You don't know much about the societies which exist as the student union website is not effective in displaying what is going on. Overall poor like the university.
The support offered by the university is really bad they are unsupportive especially the personal tutors they treat you like a kid and not an adult. There is no advertisement of counselling offered in the whole university is unorganised. The tutors and people are so rude and put you down and say you can't do this or make it they don't go above and beyond for you especially if you need help. They are cold and un-understanding I honestly thing they are bad at bringing out professionals especially the pharmacy department which explains why the employment rate is so low around 89% for a career path that is meant to have a 100% job security. They have a laissez faire attitude which explains student dissatisfaction.
I'm really greatful to the Medway school of pharmacy for giving me a chance to succeed in Pharmacy after missing out on grades in my a levels which meant I had to apply through clearing. I feel I have learnt lots and had lots of support along the way. I feel I am always aware what is expected of me and what the aims of the year are. I am glad that I ended up in Medway rather than my first choice now as I think I have probably done better than if I'd have been in a large city with lots of distractions.
Really well, I feel confident leaving uni that I am well prepared for practice and have had access to appropriate resources and guidance to complement my learning.
Good structure, many activities to complete to practice your knowledge. Most of the lecturers come across that they genuinely care about your progress and they ensure you are aware of what is expected of you in assessments in order for you to prepare appropriately to have the best chance at succeeding. I feel there is more support than perhaps what you would have in other unis.
I quite like the student union, it is let down by the lack of students who get involved but I feel that is no fault of the uni because there are good events held.
Really good, one of the better houses in Medway though. Currently with student places and they are excellent. Previously had a house with John Gauld student lets; it was a terrible year in sub-standard accommodation, I would not recommend.
Studying facilities are good, always plenty of copies of the relevant text books, lab equipment is always in good condition. Social facilities are lacking but I believe they are building a new social area.
There is a lack of clubs when comparing against the bigger unis due to a lack of students participating so the numbers are not there to make the less known sports possible. I like to get involved but I would b more interested in non competitive activities which is why the new lets play scheme is brilliant, you can turn up and pay on the day and pick and choose from lots of different events held locally.
Academic support is generally really good, especially in the subjects that really matter to your degree. Support from lecturers in chemistry is quite poor which I struggled with in the first year.
This is a great place to study MPharm and this school of pharmacy has a well organised course structure. The student union here for pharmacy ( Medway Pharmacy Student' Association) is very active; in fact it is the biggest society on campus. It organises a lot of events throughout the year such as trips to BPSA conferences as well as the popular annual ball. The lecturers here also really helpful and do all they can to help you to succeed. Pharmacy students across all years are also really friendly (there is a nice community of pharmacy students on campus).