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Boasting around 39,000 students and 10,400 staff (several of whom are Nobel Prize winners), The University of Manchester is the largest and most subscribed to university in the UK. Its students join a rich educational heritage of innovation and research and can expect to be respected among employers. In fact, of all students in the UK in 2012, students of The University of Manchester are the most targeted by leading recruiters.
After Oxford and Cambridge, The University of Manchester is ranked 3rd relating to it's research power and in terms of it's financial status.The campus is currently home to students from around 180 countries and has everything on offer including world-class sports facilities, a museum, theatre, bars, shops, libraries, cafés, bars and entertainment venues such as the student's union with it's four venues that often host the big names in music, all set next to the iconic Victorian architecture and more modern facilities which are of course right next to all that the city of Manchester boasts with its ever-growing diverse offering of music, culture, business, sport and Fashion.
The University of Manchester has several partner universities across the globe and can therefore offer its students an experience abroad with no extra tuition fees (depending on your chosen degree). All halls of residence, 'City', 'Victoria Park' and 'Fallowfield' are close to the university and the centre of town. They form their own communities and students can enjoy self-catering or catered facilities with some halls having their own bars and common rooms to host social events and activities. All first-years and non-EU international students are guaranteed university accommodation offers.
Being the UKs biggest university there are many services provided to help and advise each member of its community ranging from support groups, financial advice, general admin support, free personal counselling, healthcare and childcare. With this wealth of support this large university need not feel like an isolating experience but rather one that offers help and life giving opportunity for all.
The university library with more than 4 million books has on-line facilities unrivalled by other universities. As well as borrowing books and getting your thesis bound while you wait in the library lounge you can enjoy wi-fi access and 24 hour opening hours during exam periods. If the main library doesn’t meet your requirements, then you can use any of the specialist libraries that offer subject-specific documentation and bespoke services including individual study areas and exhibitions throughout the year.
The University of Manchester continues to rise up the rankings and invites students to discover much more than just academia.
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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.
too chinese university, i wish there were less of them. they are very good solvers of tasks but their english is broken. the assessment system is harsh, rough and tough in school of eee. i was working tough to prepare to exams (really 10 hours of study after easter holidays every day), but still got low grades for modules. the pay for int. students is very high for engineering majors, it is not worth it. my satisfaction is not that good. i was the only representative of my nation in the class, i visited all lectures, i was working tough, got good grades in courseworks but the exams were bad. there was one module where nobody paid attention and simply everybody was struggling sitting at the lectures. the fact that the chinese students get support from those who had already finished this msc while you are on your own annoys. and many people told me i was not stupid. so it is better to look at USA or Germany unis for Engineering (or maybe it is the same there)
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!