Imperial College London

Cons

What are the worst things about studying at your university?

2017

"We're in a competitive environment and sometimes there's a lack of support. My department is working hard to improve the support received though."
"We have very crowded libraries and heavy workloads."
"Working and contact hours are long and some lectures are not as engaging as others."
"The off-campus sports facilities weren't great, especially when compared to other unis'."
"Feedback can take a long time to receive and handouts are frequently late. There is little to no exam advice."
"Because everyone is so focused and driven, there sometimes isn't as much time for a social life as there is at other universities."
"I've experienced a lack of support from the university and the administration department can be poor."
"The workload tends to increase quite substantially at certain times of the year, meaning deadlines can be clustered. The library is poorly ventilated."
"There could be more publicity regarding social activities across departments."
"There's a slight lack of diversity and everything is far away so you have to spend a lot of time travelling to places."

2016

"Stress levels are high."
"Sometimes it is not very well organised, I often find myself on campus all day with only two hours of lectures. Also, there are some lecturers who, while world experts in their fields, are not very well suited to teaching."
"Some departments aren't very organised and little feedback is given."
"The lack of support from the university. It can sometimes feel like we are only there to pay our fees."
"Communication between staff and students could be improved. The union does not always represent the needs of the students effectively and it's very expensive living in central London."
"It is super expensive to go clubbing or to pubs or restaurants close by (until second year when you move to Fulham or something)."
"The exams system for medicine. Research opportunities exist but are very impractical to find. We could use more tutorials (the ones we have are great). There's little student involvement in politics and wider issues compared to other unis."
"My university has strong connections with industry. There are companies that the college invests in, but as far as I'm aware students have no say in where the money from their university fees is invested. It has invested in some very conservative fossil fuel companies that will not turn towards the real threat of climate change and act responsibly. For a university that pioneers new research into climate change solutions, it seems counter-productive that they continue investing in such companies."
"Intense workload and many deadlines back to back."
"The structure of the materials course could be improved. Some people still haven't decided what field to concentrate on. The air-conditioning system in the library and some lecture rooms is not great."

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