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Again as mentioned, I am fuming. The teaching and grades were going alright with two teachers being a bit useless over the two years but this "Income Officer" has created a whole new level of incompetence which has overshadowed what was quite a pleasant few years of study at the College. I hope this issue gets resolved soon but currently the outlook doesn't look good.
I was a student here so this doesn't apply. I was however in the loop a little with issues over pay and staff striking so I would say that it is likely a difficult place to work with this going on.
As mentioned, I was a student and the courses were taught quite well but the drawback was that Salford City College let me down. The teachers were mostly great with a few exceptions and the learning was useful for completing the courses I've studied but this has since been overshadowed by the Colleges incompetent "Income Officer". Back in October, there was an issue with my Student Finance application that required evidence. Around this time, the "Income Officer" threatened to kick me off the course because the college wanted me to pay the tuition fees. Obviously i'd applied with Student Finance for the tuition fees and needed to send them evidence so that the college would receive the tuition fees from them but more importantly, they wanted evidence so that I could get my money as I had no job and was relying on the maintenance loan. I submitted my evidence which was acknowledge by Student Finance at the start of November. Two weeks later, I received my money so naturally assumed that the College received their also as they required the same evidence for both Loans. The "Income Officer" never spoke to me again and never threatened to kick me off the course so I had no reason to question whether the college were being paid. The "Income Officer" had mentioned in October that they would have to kick me from the course before Christmas to prevent incurring further debt with the college as it costs £2500 per term and they don't want to be chasing students for a £7500 debt, however this same "Income Officer" AND Student Finance both neglected to inform me that the evidence I sent in was satisfactory for the maintenance loan but not the tuition loan. The College was supposed to be paid tuition loan instalments in October, February and May but despite this the "Income Officer" rings me in JULY to tell me that Student Finance never paid them and now I owe £7500. The very person that didn't want this situation to occur, allowed this situation to occur. This "Income Officer" despite this has since sent me the invoice and given me 30 days to find £7500 from an unemployed parent of a 19 month old who has survived only because of the maintenance loan. The "Income Officer" has threatened that the College will recover the debt by any means necessary. This whole debacle now prevents me from applying for finance for next years study which has made applying for courses next year pointless also. The whole situation has been out of my control and yet I am the one who is made to suffer through the incompetence and inaction of people who are employed to prevent this situation from occurring. Other than this, the college side of things was fine. Absolutely loved programming and the teacher for this unit. There was a teacher in the first year and a different teacher in the second year who were pretty useless at the teaching and marking side of their job roles. The onsite facilities are to be expected. The social life was poor simply because Computer Geeks like myself are typically shy and barely talk to one another let alone other students from other courses. I'd rate the overall teaching 3.5 out of 5 but this whole Student Finance and "Income Officer" issue is why I would advise all future students to avoid this establishment.
The college facilities are okay. The toilets are clean, the canteen has a small menu and is a touch over priced. There were sometimes issues with the odd computer but nothing major. The site was typically clean and tidy.
Like the lengthy comment for the previous question, The "Income Officer" was completely useless at his job and in my opinion he should be sacked or made to pay the debt that he is chasing me for through no fault of my own. I literally feel like my days are numbered now because I feel that bailiffs are going to remove my car and other possessions making further study and work and impossibility. The "Income Officer" is absolutely useless. He has caused me significant stress, anxiety, worry and anger. I am literally fearing for my life right now just because this incompetent human didn't do their job.
It’s been great and I had the chance to meet so many good tutors and students which have helped me do great work. The facilities are fascinating and very easy to navigate through.
Placements are put in place to help build your skills in the domain
They are thought both in practical and explanatory
It’s really large and friendly. They have a lot of different rooms for different practices and last they do have a lot of facilities to help you with your progress
Tutors are very helpful and there is quite a lot of rooms to help you with your individual research or team research
Been brilliant have enjoyed the whole experience and to make good friends along the way as a mature student I found it hard at first but the lecturers where brilliant
Very well indeed
Always having time to relay information to me
Mature student so don't go to town much