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Good uni, terrible course. I done BA Hons Photography and had so much rubbish from my lecturers. They would put me down and make me feel rubbish about my work. They didn’t care to help students and done their job to the minimum. All they care about is getting paid. Would not recommend at all!
I can't speak for other campuses but the Cardiff campus is truly a shambles. Terribly run courses, unqualified lecturers who copy and paste lecture slides from google - a waste of £9,000/yr. If you're on a more academic and less 'artsy' course, they'll lie to you on open day about which building your lectures will be - you'll be shown the lovely, modern Atrium building and told you'll be in there, when in reality you'll be in Atlantic House, the dark, dirty secret of USW Cardiff campus. AH is not shown in the prospectus or any promotional photos, and isn't even mentioned on open day. However, come freshers week you'll look at your timetable, see 'AH' on it and wonder "what the hell is Atlantic House?" When you get there you'll be horrified to see it's a 90's build office block (shared with an actual business) which has no canteen and no soul. If you don't like crisps, chocolate and fizzy drinks from a vending machine for your lunch, then you're out of luck and will have to starve.
At the atrium campus I find you get so much less than you do a treforest. All the sports teams are there, never been to the student union as it's a 40 minutes drive or train, don't even know if the atrium has one.. things that are good is the wifi, good location- close to town, good food, three options of restaurant/cafe and helpful staff. Library is okay, if you want a good table though you better get there before 9!
Atrium is a great modern campus, the facilities for media students are fantastic. Depending on course the lecturers can be brilliant and the location in general is ideal for those wanting to experience Cardiff and the city centre. The societies in the atrium are limited but there are a lot more at the treforest campus. The su was recently added to the side of the building which is a major upgrade from the shed at the back which was terrible. The biggest downfall is the careers service really felt there was little to no support with trying to find employment upon graduating and many course mates felt the same way. Some course leaders will offer better support but the actual careers advisor are not ver helpful.
I was really disappointed about this university. I paid a lot for my course - MBA, and they advertised that they would give me a CMI certification after I finished my course. However, I just received my MBA certification and there was no CMI certification like they said. When I asked them, they tried to make an excuse and refused to give it to me. I advise all of new students who want to apply for a business course do not go to this university. Their service is really terrible. And they are racist to me because I am from Asia.
16 out of 24 students have left my course. Lecturers show favouritism and there is a lack of parity in the support students receive depending on how well they are like by lecturers. I felt bullied into leaving even though my grades were consistently high and I engaged in lectures. The young inexperienced staff on my course, (Creative and Therapeutic Art, BA) made it impossible for me to continue very, disappointed, choose Derby if possible avoid Uni of South Wales.
Atrium Campus Cardiff; for the first two years the union consisted of a small shed out the back which nobody went to. The new union whilst impressive to look at is very badly designed hence why still nobody goes there. The studios/labs are very well equipped, however booking time and equipment was almost always a laborious task using the clunky, outdated connect2 booking system. Clubs/Societies were basically nonexistent until a student started one on my course (Music Tech). This meant the University never really had a community-feel like many other Universities I've visited have. It felt as though everyone couldn't wait to get out of the building, rather than the space being about socialisation and discussion. Although I have fond memories of Atrium, I would certainly reconsider it in hindsight.