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I think overall I can’t talk too much about student life at Manchester because I personally haven’t been able to make any friends from Uni. That might be because I travel quite a distance to get to uni and so I don’t get time to hang around after lectures, however in my foundation year I did stay in Manchester and so I think there wasn’t enough opportunities from the university to make friends easily and now mid year it seems to be impossible. I do like how the campus is set out and how efficient and useful the facilities are. I do know that student life is quite good in the sense of clubs and societies however every society I have been interested in has not be running perhaps post COVID
I think the lecture material is very unhelpful because every single lecture I have it’s just a brief overview and then I have to go out of the way every time to find the relevant content I need to know and because I study pharmacy it’s very difficult to know where to stop and how deep to go. It’s hard to know whether I need to know this much or not which can make life difficult because it’s so confusing. It would be nice if the lecture material and directed reading alone were enough to make notes from.
There’s lots of diversity, I did struggle finding work in the beginning but then through contacts I did fortunately find work. The cost of living is highly expensive.
Overall I think the accommodation was ok but not great WiFi, not too far from university as well which was good but it just wasn’t for me.
Great city, huge campus with soo many facilities. Lecturers are either great or awful though.
Have gone back to immersion teaching yet, have a huge nursing building but only get used once a year.
Love manchester so much! Friendly and lively. Just wish was a bit safer
Loved my time in Sheavyn. Cannot recommend it enough, perfect mix of calm and lively.
The University of Manchester definitely has great facilities that students have access to such as support, academically and/or in terms of wellbeing. I feel that there could be more support for students who are living and studying off-campus by including them in events - e.g. virtual events/societies - and ensuring that they are able to access the same facilities and support that on-campus students can access.
The course content is very intriguing and really engages you if you are passionate about the subject. However, one thing I would say is maybe it could be improved further by using more interactive methods to ensure that everyone is learning the content fairly, for those who have different learning styles.
I think the course is super useful and the lecturer we have a deep knowledge base and are passionate about their respective subjects
The course is very up to date and teaches skills that are useful in a modern workplace. Additionally, there is a module dedicated to learning skills for applying for jobs and Cv skills etc.
There are plenty of work opportunities especially in the student area
Living at home for the first year and the uni really made adapting to uni life extremely easy- strong support for students of all backgrounds. Excellent physics department with a good spread of lecturers. A lot of nice clubs and restaurants and the student like is the best of any university in the U.K. par London.
In my experience each semester prepare yourself to be fed up with one lecturer and love one. It is what it is. Course is difficult which is not a surprise however if you put in work you reap the rewards and oh how sweet it is to finally solve a Physics problem!
A really strong student life and student representatives. Work through student Union is the quickest way to get part time work. It comes at a price to live as nice as Manchester however I pay £120 in rent and that’s at the lower end sadly
Great staff with a variety of different teaching techniques, with incredible communication and support to ensure we are doing our best
Both online and in class option with all lectures being recorded for everyone's benefit. Good course hours with most levturers available 4 days a week for an hour
Not very good communication with the staff if you are in need for help. Our flat had been waiting for maintenence to fix our stove ventilation since we have moved in. We are now half way through second semester
The location of the university is very convenient with good transport links to accommodation and into the city. The lecturers are passionate about what they teach and offer loads of resources and time to help. Due to COVID-19 a lot of learning is still being done online so they could improve on moving more lectures to in person.
My course is taught using blended learning due to the cohort being too big to fit in one lecture hall. We have a one hour in person review session for each module then the lectures for the review session are delivered online in videos. Lecturers are available to email with any questions and most have zoom office hours making it easy to get in touch with people.
Once you make friends and have people you genuinely like, exploring and going out in this city is phenomenal. It was hard making friends at first because of the accommodation I was placed in, however, things have improved. The University has some amazing facilities and there’s so much to explore. Everything’s basically on a straight road and there’s absolutely no way you can get lost in my opinion. One thing that could be better however is more in-person lectures/sessions. I understand COVID has changed a lot in these past two years but I’d like to see a more interaction.
My course was originally Biomedical Sciences but I’ve not changed to Biochemistry and it was so easy to do that. They’re really flexible with stuff like that which is good. There is a lot of online work and my entire degree is basically done on my laptop, bar from some tutorial sessions. I’m upset about this but it’s because of COVID, so it’s understandable. They are starting to implement more in-person sessions which is good but still not the typical Uni experience pre-COVID. That’s what I dislike the most. But with this approach, you have so much freedom and room to do everything at your own pace which is amazing. Very different from school and highlights the independence you gain at University. So that’s probably the best thing about this course.
Manchester is incredibly diverse and I finally understand what it’s like to live in the city. It’s so busy and there’s something new happening every single day. Not a single day is boring and I’m really liking the city so far. It’s incredibly student friendly. There are so many discounts available to students everywhere you go, so don’t forget your Student ID! Public transportation is amazing, quite cheap as well.
The accommodation that I was given wasn’t originally one of the options I applied for but the Uni had to rent out private accommodation for my year group as they accepted too many people and oversubscription was an issue. Nonetheless, for the price of the room that I’m in right now and the location of the accommodation, it’s amazing. Social life isn’t the best, but it’s really easy to make friends at University during the year so that’s not an issue. You just have to put yourself out there (easier said than done, I know).
Manchester is a great student town and there’s so much to do. Fast paced but still leaves space to breathe. Probably my favourite city ever.
First year was mostly online , but now I’m in second year and it’s fully in person. I personally prefer the in person teaching though I miss some of the online aspects . The teaching could be better in some places to be honest but it’s manageable. It’s very content heavy with a lot of deadlines which are hard to meet sometimes. It’s mainly assessed via exams which count for 80% of the module which I don’t like.
Lecturers are really supportive, a lot of buildings need updating.
Teachers have been very proactive with blended learning, no worst aspects for my course. Course hours - 8hrs lecture time 2-4hrs week seminars but all lecturers offer office hours for 1 on 1
Bus is super easy to get around. Lots of part time work available
Awful - students no longer live there.