Wasn’t good at all, no help, not guidance, and it wasn’t the “three years of work experience” which was sold to me on the open day. The university didn’t want to help when it comes to funding sports team and they had no experience to be able to help. The Head of the athletics society didn’t care about any sport other than football. The uni lifestyle isn’t the same as other unis which is to be expected however the over all uni isn’t great and is just a money making opportunity for senior business men in football.
UCFB sell you a dream only to be met with half hearted opportunities. I never got any opportunity through UCFB which wasn’t what I was told when enrolling at the uni. No one has offered me help finding a job after leaving uni and all they want to do is use you as a sales point in there next Open day.
The course itself wasn’t worked well, a degree in business that didn’t offer a finance module...? The course was average at best and lectures left every week so there was no chance to build a relationship with a tutor or mentor.
Rubbish, there aren’t any.
It’s London, what more can you expect. Expensive but good.
A complete waste of time. For anyone thinking of going here, don't. find a university that has a great academic reputation and just doesn't sell you on the pretty lights. I am currently a third year student realising this now, so this is a warning.
I think the question here should be "How the employability department offer nothing to people who have grafted before hand?" To put it bluntly they don't. Yes they have guest speakers in and sessions like every other uni but that is more of a marketing ploy where they entice you in saying "look what we have" without offering anything substantial. Two weeks or so they had a presentation where they reeled off employment statistics which were clearly false. "90% of students were employed" didn't tell us where though. In my current situation, I have had 7 years worth of experience but still get priced out of jobs to people who have done less but the uni are quick to promote as if they had anything to do with it. They have had zero input whatsoever but hey you get to study at a stadium right...
We are there for 8 hours a week and while some lectures are useful some are not. Not only that lessons always get rearranged because Manchester City are playing which isn't really value for money when you think about how much we are paying
I have no problem with the facilities as such so they get a pass on this one
This is the only great thing about the University experience. Manchester is a wonderful city
Counselling fantastic because god knows I needed counselling after wasting money here
I am enjoying it. I hope to make the most of the opportunities being presented to me. After settling in I am more comfortable with my routine and what to expect from the course.
UCFB offers a variety of different opportunities in an array of different fields.
I enjoy the practicality of my course. However, I do wish there were more hours for my lectures and seminars.
Due to the fact we learn in Wembley Stadium, we are quite behind in relation to other universities. An SU area would improve this.
Some tutors are very interactive, I am unsure of personal assistance.
Enjoyable and different. Yet to really have a negative experience, but university has been a good change and I felt I made the right choice in coming to study UCFB.
I'm very impressed with the amount of opportunity to increase employability with lots of 'outside of lecture' events. This can include guest speaker sessions that help to inform you of what the 'real' sporting world is like. Within my course, there is an opportunity to work alongside the National League and create match reports for the under 19s that go up on the official website, helping to build a strong portfolio. This can be followed by 6-10 week courses on topics like match commentary and web and brand design to name a few, that all contribute towards increasing your skills and employability.
Most: Lecture size (small), lecturers and the venue. Least: Occasionally being moved from the stadium to other areas around Wembley. I understand that this happens due to events like boxing or football but can't occasionally be frustrating.
You can look at this in two different ways. 1 - It's Wmebley stadium what is there not to like. Going in everyday is crazy or 2- Due to the fact it's a stadium there aren't a lot of what you'd call sterotypical university settings. For example, no lecture halls. Some people like this as it's a different setting to what you would normally get however, some prefer a more traditonal setting.
Wembley itself is populated with lots of shops (almost every kind of supermarket), a few pubs, the arena and a decent shopping outlet. Obviously being in London it is well connected with the tube and so on. So if you're looking to go out you'd have to go in on the tube to get into the better clubs. Obviously a less traditional way of going out but if you're willing to accept that most of the nightlife is in central London then you'll enjoy your time in Wembley and London.
I can only speak for my course and lecturer but I'm extremely impressed. Always available for a chat either setting a meeting/tutorial up by email or just firing a question. Student services on the surface look good although I'm yet to use them.
University has been very fun and also challenging at the same time, I am enjoying it but I feel I need to find that extra drive to really strive to be the best I can be. The University has been very welcoming and I don't feel uncomfortable at all in the environment. Sometimes I have questions about the usefulness of the sessions we have but overall I have no doubts that the University will help me and have the resources to allow me to accomplish my degree.
The University has many work placements avaliable and also has a future employment department working to ensure that students have a career lined up for them after they leave University.
I like the easy going atmosphere encouraged in the seminars which make tutors easily approachoable with any questions you may have. However, I sometimes feel that the tasks we are set in seminars do not really relate to helping us pass our assignment. For example, in my Business module I had to do an assignment on Business to Business buying and how it affects consumers, and in one seminar session a week before the deadline, we were tasked with creating a storyboard advert. Some seminar sessions are really helpful and I take a lot away from them, but other seminars I don't really feel like I gained anything from them. This can also be the same for lectures but to a much less significant standard depending on the lecturer.
The university's facilities are completely adequate and I have had no such issues with them so far in my course.
London has been very exciting and definitely a step up from living in a rural village in Herefordshire. The student accomodation is based 5 minutes away from the University with access to the London underground and plenty of supermarkets around the area making it very easy to live from day-to-day.
I have had not any experience with any personal support as I have had not required any, but the university has very approachable lectureres and tutors and I have had no issues with them so far.
I've done well on every assignment so far which I'm pleased with, I haven't really done too much in terms of work experience which I slightly regret. I haven't had the stereotypical university experience of drinking and socialising, but I've been teaching myself to cook so I guess that's something to take away from university.
There are advisors on hand to assist however I'm still getting to grips with the employment team and what they do at the university.
I like the fact that the university are able to get guest speakers with connections to the football industry. I feel that I learn more from these people than the lecturers at times. I'm not overly keen on the theoretical side of the course. I understand that it's important but I expected more practical based work but it has all been fairly predictable and repetitive so far.
It delivers for everything I personally require. I haven't had a chance to use everything on offer, but I was impressed with the quality of the video cameras they let students use. I would never be able to afford anything near that quality otherwise so it was a good experience.
Despite living in student halls, I tend to stay indoors so I don't really know what Manchester is like. I've found some people to be quite rude/hostile but I suppose quite a lot of city centres can be like that.
The counselling side has been helpful as it's nice to know there is support, as living away from home can be a stressful experience for anybody. I asked for help on an assignment once and I was told to read a chapter out of a book which I didn't find particularly constructive.
Amazing, always helped in my sporting ventures and been offered plenty of roles. My tutor is amazingly supportive, I’ve had roles with the national league, met legends of football such has Terry Butcher and had classes with commentators such as Gary taphouse. Would highly recommend
They are always offering opportunities at different club, interviewing ex- sporting legends, agents etc and making us present to increase our confidence
Most- relaxed setting, we all know sport so can all relate to each other and open up about our own experiences and link them to the media world. Least- the fact it’s all computerised
Fantastic, you have the ucfb library which has every book you need, sports facilities up the road and great multimedia facilities
Have to go Watford for a night out, but there’s plenty of pubs in the area for a good time. Football is obviously amazing I London so if you support a London team it’s perfect. Great shopping, sport and food!
Have one to ones regularly and our tutor is always there to help us in need
I’m realising UCFB is very unconventional to “proper universities” which isn’t a bad thing if you want a loose schedule & are happy with the football business & ____ qualifications they’re offering. I’m yet to see how these actually benefit you in the real world.
They have an employability & enrichment team that reach out to clubs/businesses to try & arrange work placements for students. They also have things such as CV workshops to advice on how to alter your CV.
Most- industry specialists visit often which is hugely beneficial for the likes of me, to see first hand & be taught about life football media. Least- strange term dates, changes of times/places of lectures & seminars constantly, only in 2 times a week. Once you’re told about your assignments, seminars are ultimately “where are you up to with your assignment?”.
Excellent whenever we aren’t being moved around. You’re a bit stuck for something to do if you’ve got a free as you’re not in the city centre like MMU & Uni of. Library is in a squash centre which is a bit inconvenient.
Awful in fallowfield, fantastic in the city centre
Our uni emails are spammed with “awareness” mail which just feels like routine junk mail. I’ve not had the best 2nd year as I’ve tried to move groups & not been allowed to so not as good as first year
I have really enjoyed my experience so far and feel I have learnt a lot and also excited about the next 3 years here, being at Wembley with guest speakers and the area in general is a huge motivator
the university has many workshops for us to learn more skills and also helps us to gain placement opportunities
I really enjoy the variation of the course and that we go through fundamentals of higher education but we have a very large class and too many disruptions which is becoming a major frustration
the university has ok facilities, being in wembley stadium is great but a lack of actual student union and a small library isn't ideal
the city life is good for social activities travel is necessary but expected before moving here
the support offered is brilliant we have tutorials and professional development meetings which are both very useful
I have enjoyed my time at Wembley and the course i am studying. I have met friends i will have for life and gained unique experiences to enhance my future career. As this is a relatively new university there are some flaws, but i believe the new building with a students union bar will be great for the future
We have an employment and enrichment portal posting any opportunities which may arise in football clubs or career based workshops available
I like the fact i learn in Wembley Stadium, giving my time at university a unique experience. Also, my module leader is a very helpful lecturer, probably one of the best teachers i ever had. Although, i don't like only being in 2 days a week over 3 years. I feel this course is easily doable over 2 years
We have a study hub where there is space to work indivually and books to take from the library. I would like to have a student union type of facility with a bar etc. I believe this is being built in the near future will we greatly enhance students social experience
Living in London is a lot different to my home town of rural Somerset. It depends if you like city life or not, i personally find myself going home a lot of weekends as i am not used to life living in a city. However everyone will have different feelings towards living in London. A major advantage is the amount of opportunities available and easily accessible
As i earlier mentioned, my module leader is fantastic. He is always happy to meet outside of lecture hours if i am struggling with something. We have a careers team happy to advise with anyone having career based enquires such as working on CV's, gaining a placement, next steps after university etc.