University of Birmingham

Cons

What are the worst things about studying at your university?

2017

"More working space would be useful including labs and offices for postgraduate researchers."
"Some activities including careers support and GCP training are not well advertised around campus so students aren't aware to make full use of them."
"I have just completed my third year abroad and have been disappointed with how my university dealt with this. I was not provided with enough information was not contacted throughout the year. I also found some paperwork difficult to get hold of and had to send several emails to get a response."
"The university expects students to be very independent right from the start of their course. It has a lot of student support but not enough to make the transition from school to university education very easy."
"There are not enough working spaces in the new library and not enough places to eat indoors and these can get full very quickly."
"There are some complicated paperwork and administration protocols that are difficult to navigate through. The IT services are generally ok but some are slow and add limitations to the software available on university computers. There's also other outdated equipment as money is more likely to go into refurbishments instead of the acquisition of new and more efficient laboratory equipment."
"Because Birmingham is a big city, you have to use public transport quite a lot and be prepared to walk because things are quite spread out."
"Second- and third-year housing is in Selly Oak, which is not a very nice part of town."
"The first-year halls of residence were quite far away and there can sometimes be timetabling issues between the medical school and dental hospital."
"It is very large so seminar groups etc often tend to have lots of students present per session. This can make it difficult to receive a lot of one-to-one tuition."

2016

"Security around the first year accommodation is poor."
"Expensive compared to much of the North for housing and nights out."
"Sometimes the department is disorganised and there are large discrepancies between staff markers. Also, Selly Oak is quite dangerous and prices are rocketing, which seems unfair."
"Finding a computer in exam season is a bit like trying to bag a sunbed at a busy holiday resort."
"Some departments are poorly organised. Most of the plugs on campus don't work."
"Sometimes study spaces are too busy, there are not enough plug sockets. Short loan items/not enough long loan books, the crime rate in Selly Oak makes students anxious."
"Finding a learning space with a plug socket is sometimes difficult due to the volume of students and lack of learning spaces."
"Selly Oak isn't that safe for a student area. Disciplines that aren't located near the guild of students are sometimes unaware of events on. Some aspects of how my course is."
"Student living area (Selly Oak) has quite a lot of crime and robberies, which can feel worrying."
"It is not as culturally diverse as I had expected."

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