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Studying at University of Northampton
The University of Northampton is based on two campuses, Park Campus and Avenue Campus. They are two miles away from each other and very close to Northampton Town Centre. There are around 14,000 students and over 250 courses to choose from. In 2012 the university rose to the top in the UK for employability.
The Students' Union operates venues across both campus sites including bars, restaurants, club venues and student shops. Aenue Campus is also home to the student newspaper, 'NU News' and radio station, 'NU Radio' plus 'George's Bar' which has had more than £300,000 spent on it in recent years and recently saw the addition of 3D TV’s to its walls. The services provided by the Students' Union are split into four categories; Welfare - giving support, advice and help, Education - helping students with issues to do with courses, Facilities - including all entertainment and food venues, and Activities - this includes more than 60 sports clubs and societies that are always expanding.
Social enterprise is a big deal at the University of Northampton, with its aim being to become number one in this area by 2015. All students are given an opportunity to work in a social enterprise, which helps to build employable skills, enables students to earn money and gives practical experience. Some of the businesses available to work in at the university include Tap The Table Theatre that brings theatre into schools and runs workshops for the local community, and Floom, a business based on up-cycling goods, reducing waste and raising awareness.
Northampton town has its own white water rafting centre, athletics stadium and premiership rugby team and cricket team, plus an arts centre and Roadmaster stage that has hosted many bands over the years including Cold Play and Dizzee Rascal. The town is also a National Enterprise Zone which is good news for graduates who will benefit from the financial investment and developments made to the local area.
As well as Libraries, a gallery, Doctors' surgery, laundrette, IT facilities, restaurants and cafés, there are many facilities for sports. On campus students have access to dance studios, a sports hall for volleyball, badminton, netball, basketball and table tennis, a gym and playing fields. Nearby in the community there is also a climbing wall, tennis centre, and one the biggest sports arenas in the East Midlands. The majority of these facilities have discounted prices for students at the University of Northampton.
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45 University of Northampton Reviews
Fantastic university. So supportive and caring. There's a brilliant community spirit and everyone is made to feel so welcome. The teaching is absolutely first rate and really well organised. Myself and all my friends who went here, went on to achieve so much. UoN is great for building attitude and life skills as well as academic skills. I assumed all universities were this good until I recently started at a red brick university. It was such a shock. The teachers there don't care or teach well and all the students are stressed and struggling. I didn't realise how lucky I was to be at Northampton until I experienced the alternative.
This is a good university and despite my differences with this university, i am hoping that my second year will be great by force. The university will move to a new campus in 2019 in which i'll be in it. Right now the university why i dont think its 100% brilliant is due to the ghettoness and race divisions of students (90% of ghetto students from london), The appalling internet and the Foundation year for all subjects. This university has potential (despite going down yearly on the guardian league tables) and i hope things will improve. Other than that, it is a good university but with minor difficulties
I was a fashion and textiles student and chose to leave on the academic year of 2015 going into 2016, The facilities ain't amazing, however, it has what you need, studio rooms are way to small (don't be fooled by the first year studio spaces) The year I joined was the year it all changed, and you no doubt have seen previous students reviews from previous years it's all changed academicly now, I was aware that a degree isn't easy but Northampton do take it to the next level its laughable how intense they make it, We are all in 5 days a week 8.30 am till 4.30 pm, however, that's dream talking, students stay till very late often mid night and near the dead lines you will definitely be in weekends and students do all nighters on campus awsell due to the large amount of work. The only area of the course I liked was the open door access, this means you don't need to arrange an appointment to see your tutor. And I met the most beautiful people and created good friends.
So far I have completed my first year. It was amazing experience and with all the facilities at the University I had no struggle. The University offers free societies, this helps a lot of people try out new things. I joined the snow sports society, the socials are great, they take place in the student union which has everything you would need from one. There is a service on campus called UniTemps, they advertise parttime work at the uni and surrounding area, I had a job through them, easy to apply, helped me get everything ready for interview and were very quick to reply if I had any queries.
Although Northampton wasn't my first choice, I have had the best year there so far. The staff are friendly, there are so many societies to join to make new friends and NBs is probably the best club Northampton has to offer. 10/10 would recommend
Lecturers are supportive and helpful. Facilities are kept clean and tidy. Library is big with seperate areas for silent study and normal study. Only downside is student car park is not overally huge but apart from that everything else is pretty good.
Split into 2 campus', the main campus is a friendly site with everything you need for convenience and pleasure. Great to socialise as well as study with friendly and approachable staff. Avenue campus is smaller but has the fundamental facilities and echo's Park Campus' atmosphere.
the sports teams and opportunities within sport are fantastic as well as all sports teams being free to join. The SU club nights are also such good value for money and are always busy and have exiting guests. However the accomadation is quite outdated and the fire alarm is frequent and very frustrating.
I loved my time here at Northampton and will be sad to leave :( Had a great time in halls and the team looking after us whilst we were there were spot on! Anytime I had an issue I could go to accommodation office and they were super friendly. The internet is a little temperamental though but even though it wasn't accommodations teams job they still called around to get it fixed. The residential life team were lovely, when I had an issue with home I went to the accommodation office to talk they talked to me and then arranged for a member of their residential life team that night to make sure I was ok. Not really a fan of the SU ... don't think they do enough for students unless the want to drink and party. Could probably do with an update really. Library facilities were unbelievable, great resources, wonderful staff, and quiet areas that are 24 hour access. There are also I.T suites that are 24 hour. I loved my time here so much!!!
I still get graded in terms of 'a,b,c,d' etc and have never been given a proper numerical university style grade which along with the teaching style sort of makes it feel like a college. 90% of the time I don't receive emails from the university in that I should do and it requires a lot of guess/detective work. The Students union is very sticky and you can tell that every surface has at one point had sick on it. The campus itself is quite small and so easy to find your way around - that being said I've studied here for a year and never been able to find the actual books part of the library. Avenue campus is actually less impressive than my old secondary school and is nothing like a uni at all. The only food available is greggs which is... The wifi is extremely inconsistent and the university is located about 100 miles from civilisation (although that will be changing in a few years) meaning that it's an actual 40 minute!!!! Bus commute from Northampton town centre!!!!
Some facilities should have been bigger like the Students' Union, the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy.. Also the SU should consider the students who come to university and do not drink and go to clubs. They are probably a minority. It becomes difficult to actually go to the SU as there would be alcohol etc involved. There is also room for improvement with Wifi in halls, also maintenance of things in halls i.e. in kitchens and bedrooms. Overall a good university, with the campuses being easy to get used to and finding your way around.
Pro's: helpful University staff, a lot of facilities on campus, great food at cantine Con's: two campuses make it difficult to travel between ( very unreliable bus) ; most societies are at the bigger campus, if you happen to live there, good, if not, awful.
I never planned to come to northampton but people always say things happen for a reason, and i knew within the first 2 days of being at northampton that this was where i was suppose to be all alone. I never thought i would feel so at home so quickly, the university itself caters for all your needs and beyond. In my personal opinion it offers a fantastic university experience. The lecturers are fantastic, and from my personal experience they are very keen on helping you and put in extra hours to help you along your degree pathway. They are not only great at helping with studies they offer great advice with a large variety of issues or concerns you may have outside your degree such as flatmates or family issues which may hinder you studying. They offer a large variety of societies and social events which accommodate everyone and they offer fantastic nights out in the SU, which are extremely cheap but i proud to say that some of my best nights as a fresher where held in the SU.
A innovative, fresh university. Great atmosphere, feels like a small village on campus. Only thing I'd criticise is that the students union isn't big enough!
-Many of the halls surrounded by trees and grass, generally nice surrounding -Village like campus, has a shop, library, sports grounds, bank and a sports centre right next to campus, very convenient for those who do sports. -cheap nights at the SU is a winner -celebrity appearances at the SU and on campus -friendly staff and students everywhere you go -a brilliant residential life team and support services -bus services constantly running to and from campus -sports at the uni is free for all
-A small Students Union and it is only good on Tuesdays and Wednesdays -since the uni is on a hill it is very cold and windy here! -washing machines require exact change which is not convenient -the wifi can be temperamental yet fine most of the time
The inside point
The library and resources are fantastic, the students union, sports teams and societies are supportive, fun and active. The night life is also a positive feature to Northampton. Buses only being £1 is handy.
Placement wise the university is very poor. The wifi has had many troubles. The car parking space is very 1st come 1st serve.