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University of Manchester Reputation
The University of Manchester is located in North West England, Greater Manchester. The reputation for teaching has been recognised with a Silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 40,140 students are enrolled at The University of Manchester:
- 26,390 of these students come from the UK
- 2,785 come from other EU countries
- And 10,965 are students from non-EU countries.
(Source: HESA 2017/18)
The graduate outcomes for The University of Manchester show that six months after leaving university, 96% of graduates are in work or further study. The average graduate salary six months after leaving The University of Manchester, is £22,000 a year.
(Source: DLHE Survey 2016)
Updated: 23rd September 2019
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Manchester is an excellent University and offers everything but its down to you to find it... Im here to go to lectures and then go home... that's just me. I came here for the City. Manchester is an amazing city with 100's of bars, clubs and restaurants and is amazing to explore.
Dreadful place - avoid like the plague !!! I made a huge mistake choosing to go here....Leeds or Liverpool would have been better....my bad. Students union are useless when problems arise. When the Victorian acquired UMIST in 2004/2005 competition ended in the city and the result is a monolithic greedy body more concerned with getting punters through the door than student welfare or other. A cabal of crooks and politicians.
University of manchester is a good university. Loads of facilities and they organize a lot of their students. Something going on every week and never boring! Sporticipate is amazing! Pretty buildings and nice volunteering projects. Would recommend studying here !
The wifi isn’t too bad. Tutors are not very supportive. Procedure orientated, very little warmth from staff apart from a couple of lecturers. Halls are disgusting, expect to see rats. Catered food is extremely unhealthy and by and large disgusting. Our canteen was shut down for 2-3 weeks to tackle the rat infestation after students spotted dead rats lying about on the canteen floor numerous times. Pastoral care is minimum if you find yourself lost or struggling in the depressing, rat ridden crack den of fallowfield don’t expect much help. If you enjoy socialising with people that drink till they can’t speak join the sports societies. Also be aware there isn’t a large diversity of students. Out of the hundreds of students I met, only two are non-private school.
the worst university has ever seen in my life poor program espicially dentistry, harassment, exclusion, racism, victimization intimidating staff. Be careful to not study at this university at all!!!! They fooled me and provided me with Dip instead of MSc because i raised a complaint !!!! Don't study at this University pleaseee!!!!
It has all of the things you would expect from a university but its very easy to find yourself doing nothing at all, especially if you're on a course with few contact hours. The societies are dominated by sports and sports alone. But Manchester as a city is entertaining enough.
Really friendly staff, family-like atmosphere, lots of extracurricular activities and guidance provided by staff members. Got employed immediately after graduating. SU is dissapointing and makes it hard to network with colleagues outside your school.
I studied for a masters degree at the University of Manchester. Given my time again I would never go back here, based on my experiences. The academics did not care one jot about my education. There were very few classes and my polite emails asking for help were ignored. I self-taught almost everything, which was extremely stressful. I actually received more help online from staff at other universities (I am not making this up!). All communication on my course had to go through the school office via their official email. As such, there were some lecturers on the course who I never saw in person. I did not feel like a student here, at all. I really regret not going to Surrey or Birmingham who have a more open and friendly approach with their students. In summary I did not receive an education at Manchester. It is a degree factory with unfriendly staff, both academic and clerical.
Internet service is rarely patchy but that's just eduroam! The careers team are really good and thoroughly helpful, even with niche postgraduate queries for the future. The clubs and society choices are fantastic. The best part is if there really isn't something for your fancy, you can just make your own society with a clear set of goals and some helpful volunteers and the Union will back you. The SU is very good, however they are thoroughly pushing the PC vibe which not only leads to some questionable media presence but also, sometimes the actual needs of the majority of students goes out the window. In a fight to be the most politically correct voice, sometimes students are witness to some organisational blunders and some really delayed replies and points of action. All in all, lovely people though. The facilities are dated and not maintained, the tutors in the flats have power-complexes in the nicer halls, the Estates team are really hard to track down and get stuff done
I am only going to review the North Campus, the engineering section. This campus is depressing, full of old buildings and old ways of doing things. The communication between the staff and students is awful. They don't tell you anything. It's a joke. Spend your money elsewhere, avoid at all costs.
nothing going on at students union, next to impossible to make friends in the city as its so large, so if you have a s*** flat, youre completely screwed. i even joined societies and couldnt meet anyone at all as noone is open to socialising
The halls are shocking - broken vents and broken locks, car damaged twice in a £120 parking space, unhealthy catered food, pest infestations incl cockroaches and rats, unwilling and unhelpful reslife, shocking overcrowded library services, terrible internet that cuts out daily
it is the worse university I have been to in the whole UK and I have been to 3. They bully international students and students with disabilities. If you have a choice go to any London university -City is very nice.
As an international student, this uni is amazing. Made many nice friends, met people from all around the world, enjoyed the lovely Business school... I just love the city. One downside is that the career service isn't super helpful
Glad I got a place at Manchester. Great city to live in with lots to offer. WiFi is always fast and reliable wherever you go. The main campus and its buildings are excellent and extensive. One particular highlight is the 24hr Learning Commons where you can pull an all nighter if you need to. Not many clubs or societies which appeal to me and the Students Union is somewhat disappointing compared to others like Cardiff, but plenty of other places to go to anyway. The campus and halls are also located on a busy and reliable bus route so it’s easy to travel around. My hall (Owens Park) is appalling but I’m sure this does not apply to the rest of the university’s halls, most of which look nice.
Careers service non existent, Staff don't have an open door policy and can be quite rude and full of themselves. Every person i've asked either lacks enthusiasm or hates it, even the local students. Lots of international students, Like c.a. 4:1 ratio.
Rubbish student union. Food selection is rubbish and their food events are just cringe. The only people who go are international students. Never enough spaces to sit in the library. Where are my tuition fees going ?!!!
The University of Manchester tries hard to keep its rank as high possible, by increasing the wirk loads of the PhD students, increasing its expectations, and their stresses. There is no ear to listen to the OhD students, poor PhD supervision, very bad guide without understanding the students need. The career services just advise the international students to go back homes, the faculty is do old. The staff is not helpful not teolying your emails. Group meetings are nonsense and out of targets. They only push the PhD stufents to have outcome gor them without any guidance, and usually the students feedback are not heard. The only thing matters them is collaboration without providing details. Supervisors are chasing the students by calling them at midnight on their progresses. It was so stressful to study in such a place and hopefully this will end soon.
It's a nice Campus, with everyone ready to help and make your experience enjoyable. Manchester is a great place for students, it's not too touristic, has lots of students, and there are lots of student discounts everywhere. There are lots of places to eat or just enjoy your morning coffee around campus, there's wide selection of clubs and societies and everyone can find something for themselves
I had the absolute best 3 years of my life at Manchester. The standard of lectures was exceptional and the ability to get involved with student life and societies is second to none. I do not know anybody who didn’t like the uni. I met the most fantastic people and friends for life. Most people stay on to life in Manchester after because it’s a smaller cheaper London.
Just finished my first year here, it is a very good university but as other reviews have said, the staff can come across quite rude and full of themselves. A lot of students here are the same. Clubs and societies are poor - a lot of them won't accept you if you don't have experience or aren't talented in a particular area which is annoying and can make you feel quite lonely sometimes because there's nothing to do. Other than these points the university itself is good, a lot of support and libraries etc available.
Overall a nice university. Very good facilities. Lots of places to study, eat, meet people, do sports. I haven’t been involved into societies. The SU was helpful but not that much. Careers service can be very helpful to find a job. Internet was okay, although it was slow at times and everytime I opened my laptop, i had to reconnect for it to work.
'Neglagence to diligence is ignorance'. Great Uni. Come here. Social life is brilliant and if you like going out its top drawer. Had a great time here and when people want to crack down with work; they do. Staff are generally good, but its quite liberal so be aware of some strikes. Also remember - People who do reviews are usually a bit weird anyway so don't always trust 'em.
My time at this university has been the worst time of my life, no question. From day one I felt isolated and alone. At such a big university you would think this wouldn't be the case, but the social events are poor and unless you already have a talent for something there are no societies to cater to you. Different universities seem to attract different sorts of people, and Manchester seems to attract people who are completely apathetic about everything. Many of the students here seem to have no desire to do any work, no one is enthusiastic about anything and many people are very emotionally distant with no apparent desire to make anything beyond a superficial connection with anyone. As a passionate and enthusiastic person, I have found it very difficult trying to have conversations with people who don't care about anything. The organisation is a joke. The study facilities are non existent. Course content was interesting and career service really helpful, but overall a waste of time
I'm currently finishing my 2nd year as CS student in this University. In short, don't go here. Teaching: If you want to prepare for the lab or the exam - you have to Google, Google and Google. For a lot of subjects, students go and watch Stanford Uni lectures online to understand the material. No comments. 3rd year project is an illusion, student proposal is an illusion, as you would have to find to find the supervisor yourself. Once you start doing that, you realise everyone replies with "I'm full." And then you realise that good staff-proposed projects are taken by the time you receive this pointless answer. Campus/Facilities: CS building is awful on the outside and dull on the inside. Careers Service: it's almost non existent. University relies on you doing all the search when it actually comes to finding a placement, for instance. The will not help you if you are international student, they won't support you. Awful experience.
Very big, diverse university. Huge range of societies and teams, and many different subjects. Library is huge and there are many other study areas available, however there is no way enough study space for all students and it is often very difficult to find anywhere to sit and revise. University is quite close to the city centre, but much of the accommodation is not in nice places, mainly victoria park and fallow field is quite rough too. Overall quite good, lots of opportunity and help available.
I am a distance learning student and I find very little support from tutors. Some tutors are amazing but most are very disappointing. No follow-up at all. Assignment marking is usually not fair. I receive very little feedback on how to improve in my assignments. For example, I got 50/100 on one assignment with a feedback saying "excellent piece of work". Further, I don't think that those tutors care about how much knowledge we gain, the are making a huge deal about critique skills and writing skills. You can easily get a distinction if you write an assignment containing only critiques with no scientific basis, and fail if you link critiques with the knowledge you learn throughout the course. Again, I am not talking about all tutors. Some are very helpful and provide realistic feedback and help students improve. As an online student, I hardly ever get the chance to participate in any uni events.
UoM is sux !!! UoM boasting (lying) of their reputation all the times rather than really working out to support their students. You will be treated like a fool here and most of the academic staffs showing no respect at all to the students, they are behaving very rude. Their daily working protocol is the notion "backing up each other". This is when an academician committing wrong doing, the other academician would attempt to cover up the mistake, exaggerating by boasting the academician reputation (e.g won a Nobel prize) and turning the blame to the students by finding thousands of weaknesses in the students to counter. Horrible conspiracy indeed. As a student, you should find a university with supportive academicians and environments, don't believe in 'marketings' and 'advertisements'. Alan Turing is the past, you will not even be the next Nobel Prize winner by coming to UoM. But surely by coming to UoM, you will be a fool and be served as a fool . Be a wise consumer..
Manchester University claims that they are looking after students’ wellbeing and care about their difficulty but my experience was exact opposite. I found the university very money oriented, as I get loads of call and emails for asking for money which I shouldn’t pay. I was student’s rep and witness loads of lecture and attachments being cancelled. Examiner for final examination was changed just a few days before exams. I can mention a huge list of shortfalls in the post graduate Dentistry but all of these shows lack of attention of people in charge of the course toward the students.
I have studied at three different universities and there are certain qualities about Manchester that I really don't like. Firstly there is no campus feel. Secondly, teachers at my previous universities were very down to Earth and students were "normal". Here, lots of students are very middle class and the staff are not friendly and sometimes confrontational. In one class, the lecturer had a five minute arguement with a student who was speaking to someone next to him. This was in a huge lecture hall in Roscoe and there was barely any audible noise. I have heard that this happened frequently with this lecturer and there are others who are really not nice. The university feels artificial and like the only thing that matters is the reputation of the university. It feels like a business and students are livestock. There is no open door policy. Also, there were huge numbers of students in my classes here (over 200 in my first year).
Personally I haven't been that involved in this side of university life. So I can't really comment on the Students Union/Career service. I went to two societies and they were alright, they felt a bit unorganised but not bad considering they are run by students who have their own courses etc.
I'm writing this review as someone on the Autistic Spectrum and someone with longstanding mental health issues (depression, anxiety, suicidal tendencies). The university is absolutely HORRIBLE at dealing with and being compassionate for ANY mental health circumstances. As well as that they provided me with ZERO SUPPORT for my sport Taekwondo (in the olympics) in which I was a Commonwealth gold medalist and comepeting for Great Britain regularly. I do not compete in Taekwondo after being at this university. There really isn't any cause to go to this university if you have any history of mental health or sporting prowess. The majority of the staff undermine you as they don't take your mental health seriously, the support services are appalling (to the point where I attempted suicide and they referred me for a mental health appointment in 2 months), the mitigating circumstances are ridiculously hard to get and even if you get them you have a pay a stupid amount of money. Dont go here.
Study areas are noisy and often overcrowded. Library opening hours during summer are extremely limited at a time when post grad students are trying to do dissertation work. I would a advise seeking opportunities at other institutes which may have better facilities and cheaper course fees.
If you get involved in the societies and clubs that are available it will definitely help you make the most of your time at Manchester as this is were many people meet a lot of their friends. The students union host events often such as Pangaea festival twice a year and Athletics union night every Wednesday which are pretty fun. I would say if you don't get involved then there isn't a huge sense of community at Manchester and you may end up feeling a bit isolated, get involved early on and don't leave it too late.
Manchester is great and huge. It provides outstanding facilities to students. Apart from being a slick uni, the quality of education is amazing. I have just graduated from the business school and the respect I got from employers are fantastic. The lecturers are world leaders in their research, the careers service is one of the best, the students union is the largest- the list goes on. Besides, the city itself is amazing being cheap and convenient in every way for a student population.
The South campus is full of great facilities, including the Students Union, libraries, cafes, computer clusters etc and is in a good location, very easy to get to from any of the accommodation areas. The uni has a very active students union with events such as Pangaea festival in September every year, and creating a student wristband for freshers week with organised events. There is a clubs/societies fair at the beginning of the year to showcase the different options, but societies can also be joined online which is pretty useful - good range include sports, creative societies such as fashion or blogging, international societies, societies for different subjects/schools etc so theres something for everyone
The SU is fantastic at Manchester and even holds the largest student festival in Europe 3 times a year - Pangaea! You can find any club or society at the dressers fair in September , but if you miss that you can join online! Manchester have massive ability on the sports side of things, but don't worry about that interfering with your social life because Wednesday will be your night! There are more academic societies too - something to suit everyone!
It was hard to come to another country for studies, but the university has been very welcoming and supportive. The way the things are done here is just incredible. easily the best desition I made was to come to this university.
I like Manchester. Manchester is nice. Manchester is big. Manchester has a lot of buses, a lot of fast food outlets, a lot of alternative bars, a lot of music, a lot of clubs, a lot of cool kids. Manchester is fun fun fun fun fun fun fun
Wouldn't want have gone anywhere else, coming from a small city - Manchester as a big city is great and everything around the uni is so easy to find! The public transport system is amazing which is very helpful.
A great university full of helpful staff and friendly people. The facilities are all well-suited to specific uses and are easy to locate. The campus is a busy but fun place to be with great transport links. Overall, a really good university.
The students union is amazing with care for you and clubs and Societies like there is a quiditch one will you believe it, also there is a modern 24 hour building called Alan Gilbert like a library but less silent, they have a sleep pod which is awesome, also library is huge got lost too many times
Manchester has the biggest student population and it shows. you will always find the right people for you and the right halls of residence and places to hang out that suit you too. My course was robust and challenging, with a good level of support and a great cohort to get me through it! If you're an extrovert then get on UCAS and apply now. If you're not but you like meeting people, get on UCAS and apply now. If you like your peace and quiet, perhaps not!
As a international fresher (Norwegian), I find Manchester a place I could truly settle. Going through a Mechanical Engineering degree, time just runs by. Indeed there is a lot of work to do, what else could you expect from an engineering course, but there is also so many extracurricular activities you could take part in. Among a few, the once I am included in is the Swim team, Mechsoc (Mech. Eng. Society), SEM team, and I would love to do a lot more (unfortunately each day is limited to 24 hours per day...). A bit surprisingly is how many measures the university does to follow up their students both academically and socially. With tutorials in each course, PASS and personal tutorial, you are covered in every possible way. PASS is a weekly meeting lead by students from the years above, combining both social and academic work in a smaller group, and personal tutorial is a weekly meeting between a student group of 5-6 students and a professor, where you could ask whatever you want.
Absolutely no faults! Such a fun place to be, with so much going on. The teaching is fantastic and they give you so much help and advice with everything. The facilities are great and there are so many opportunities to get involved in a huge range of things and meet so many people
So far could not have had a better experience. So much diversity, so many people to make friends with. Every club under the sun. The facilities are awesome and there's just a really good vibe to the place. The sheer variety and quantity of food available here provides a really sociable vibe.
The Student Union and societies are great! There's free wifi all across the campus, and PC Clusters in just about every building. Cafes everywhere, you can get your stuff printed, libraries, common rooms. Overall, a great place.
Very good university with some good and some bad lecturers. It depends on what modules and course you pick, but the majority of my lecturers were good at what they do. I only wished there were more restaurants or cafees on campus, so I didn't have to go to town or somewhere else to eat in my lunch times
UoM is a really good university because of the students. it is really sociable and tackles problems head on such as sexual harrassment, bullying etc. unlike other unis which hide it and do not provide support. Teaching probably needs to improve...but i think that is for my course (geography) and not others - i have met a lot of students that are happy with their teaching, etc.
Manchester loves it's students and you can tell. Wifi access is available almost everywhere on campus for free. The careers service has won awards for how good it is and is clearly one of the best in the country. The resources available for a UoM student to broaden their horizons are amazing. In terms of clubs/societies, we have over 400 so there is bound to be something for everyone. If there isn't, you can start your own! Manchester is the university of opportunity which cannot be missed.
I overall the university has great facilities, a great social life, and in general the staff are always willing to help. However, there appears to be a sever lack of organisation within the university, especially when it comes to the admin department.
I initially started at Uni of Leeds, and ending up dropping out as it wasn't for me. I have found the course, Staff, facilities and General uni experience at manchester 100 times better and friendlier! I immediately felt settled, welcomed and feel my education quality has improved hugely due to changing Uni's!