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Studying at Newcastle University
Newcastle University is based on one campus in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne and has two other sites, one in Malaysia and another in Singapore. It is a Fair trade University and has an ongoing interest and commitment to the campaign Make Poverty History.
The Law School at Newcastle University is one of the highest ranked institutions in the UK and in 2011 was ranked 11th by The Times, 8th by the Guardian and 3rd by the Sunday Times. The university is also ranked as 5th in the UK (2007) for its research.
A huge amount of well-known people are alumni of Newcastle University, including Journalist Kate Adie, Comedian Rowan Atkinson, footballer Andy Morrell, Rugby union player Mathew Tate, Princess Eugenie of York, Scottish politician Iain Smith and Fair-trade businessman Richard Adams.
Newcastle University Students' Union (NUSU) has hosted many big names in its nightclub ‘Venue’ including Zane Lowe, Coldplay, Goldie Lookin' Chain, The Hoosiers and Snow Patrol. The Students' Union has gone through major refurbishment in 2011 and now includes cafés (some of which serve Starbucks coffee), shops, a print centre, Subway, a student advice centre and 24 hour computer and social learning spaces. The Courier weekly student newspaper is run from the same building and won The Guardian's Student Newspaper of the Year Award. There's a student radio station, TV channel and more than two hundred sports clubs and societies for students to get involved in. Alongside all of that students can try out a new sport through the 'Go Play' programme, or try out a new activity through the 'Give It a Go Scheme'.
As well as studying in the vibrant city of Newcastle, students may also get an opportunity to study overseas. Newcastle University has links with many of the most prestigious institutions around the world and can offer support and advice to those who wish to engage in a skill and life enhancing placement. The university itself is home to nearly 5,000 international students from 120 countries who can each make use of the new study centre and enjoy access to resources, social and computing facilities, a well stocked library plus advice and support services.
For those students engaged in the arts there is plenty to get involved in through societies and music groups and can revel in all the city and campus has to offer with its art gallery, theatre, museum and cultural atmosphere.
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While the campus facilities and Wi-Fi are fairly ideal, especially the libraries, the social aspects of the university and its Student Union - much like with many universities - are overtly political, in many cases, with some non-political societies excluding members who don't agree with their views. This politicism has infected the Student Advice Centre, who will often respond to problems (for example, in housing) in a brash and aggressive - rather than reconciliatory - way; placing student and landlord in the roles of proletariat and bourgeoisie respectively, and recommending that students take legal action to confront perceived injustices. The Careers Service claims to be accessible, but reality often differs, as students are required to be very specific as to exactly what service they need. Otherwise, they get recommended to simply attend a bunch of workshops.
The SU is very good - it's ran by students so most of the things you want to do, you can do it. They have a good bar and Domino's and a Subway on campus which is useful, but I haven't used a lot of the services available so I can't comment.
Pretty much flawless all around! Only main issue is the internet. Although there is free internet all around the campus, their VPN blocks out the use of Steam and my Wii U and 3DS cannot connect to it either. Otherwise, I cannot complain.
Very supportive university, that tries to help you advance your career in every way. We get a lot of career advice and are taught some career skills as part of our course (Psychology). They have some really interesting societies here like Mind the Gap where mental health issues (in the political sense etc.) are discussed. Internet sometimes stops working on my phone but only for a minute or two when I'm walking around campus, not at home. The SU has a little shop with some food and stationary and other things you could need as well as Newcastle University jumpers and other Newcastle clothes. They have a Throwback party every Saturday at the SU and I think other stuff as well.
Everyone is friendly - the student union is always looking for ways to accommodate students whether that's for studying, hanging out during the day or nights out. Awesome city, plenty of shops and stuff to do for everyone.
Having the time of my life, I could not think of a place I'd rather spend my university years. Loving my course, the staff are great and really helpful, There is a society for just about anything and the student services are fantastic. On top of that, the social side of things are great, the union is always fun and has a great atmosphere, plus the society socials take place in one of the best nightlife cities in the UK.
Newcastle is everything I've always imagined university will be like - excellent facilities,social life and beautiful red brick architecture. Campus is conveniently located right in the city centre and yet somewhat separate from the rest of the city, surrounded by parks and greenery.
I love Newcastle! Everything about it- the uni, the city, the people, the clubs, the shops, the fast food, the parks, the buildings, even the singing homeless people! It has the best parts of everything; campus is quite central, the city center has a huge variety of shops, the union facilities are great and the Robbo library is huge and modern (if you can get a seat during exam period that is!) The architecture is amazing too, the campus and city are a great mix of modern and old that somehow fits! It's beautiful on a sunny day (which is quite rare for most of the year in Newcastle!) The nightlife is legendary, so many pubs, clubs and treble bars to choose from, and there's always different nights on during the week! You can boogie at swingers, bop to techno at cosmic, jive to soul & disco at Off the Record or rock out at Rebel. Digi(tal) and the O2 academy also mean that lots of big names hit Newcastle on weekends! I'd definately recommend Newcastle to anyone!
There's no swimming pool which I don't think is good considering it's a prestigious university. We need more societies dedicated solely to the consumption of alcohol. We shouldn't have to pay over five pounds to get into our own student union for a night out. When you consider I pay less to go into better unions at other universities for half the price of that at Newcastle it's a bit of a joke. There should be a scheme that allows students to buy a pass at the start of the year to enable free annual entry in addition to other benefits such as free plus ones. That said, the campus is very well kept and it's a nice place to be.