I am an international student. I just completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Management. The college is medium size. The facilities are not as great as at the uni but appropriate for size of the college and type of college it is. Student body: majority UK students. Some
international. On my course tutors were helpful and knowledgeable. Made friends, I still keep in touch with. Reasonable international fees when compared to the unis. I
am starting MBA Top Up in Oct. The administration was helpful. I received help with my application for the MBA advice on course choice, personal statement, visa renewal after for my new course (which I could not get from my new uni) etc. I am now working for the NHS over the summer holidays then part time, could not get my job
without my Management PgDip. Indeed a new principal is very nice. Lots of positive changes in the college last year. Probably I would have liked to see more international students like me but overall can't complain.
1) The dean is always angry, and he never helps you when you need it. The administritive staff (i.e, Library and Reception) always look moody. There used to be the girl who was very smiley and always said hello, but she went last year and generally everyone is just rude 2) the lecturers are bad they don't even want to be there, they act like they have better things to do 3) Not eligible for PSW Visa!!!! 4) I'm finishing my 2 year HND and ebverything is always changing and people come and go and nobody ever stay because it's a horrible place. I used to speak with people sometimes and they all say it a bad college. They find all kinds of things to make you charge money, and the women in accounts aren't helpful when you ask why.
Studying at UCK gave me a great experience: my lecturers were enthusiastic and had real know-how, the literature has been well choosen and I could gain a good foundation and the necessary skills for work life. The administration/organisation was great. I learned studying/working in a real independent way as well as teamwork and I got my first job after graduation with a top international company.
@ previous comments: The library area could be visually a bit more modern, yes. Expecting more being taken care of as a student/lecturer???
It is good to know that more people have experienced the same problems at this college. As a current student of the institution, I am quite disappointed by the service offered to the students.
As it was mentioned on one of the previous review, you need, indeed, to attend this module called "individual study" which is just pointless. Basically you can do whatever you want as long as you stay in the building. According to them, that's a good opportunity for you to work on your assignments making use of all the (few) resources available in the (laughable) library. Also, in order to complete your timetable, they often include repeated modules in different terms. Even though I had not failed a module called "vocational skills", they said it was necessary to do it again due to its apparently importance, and to be honest, that's just a waste of time.
Having chosen to join a master with working placement as part of the course, I surprisingly found out recently about this extra £ 1,550.00 that the college charge you. At any time this information were given to me and I spoke to them twice before my enrolment, so they had the opportunity to clarify everything, but they didn't. I was shocked when I heard about it cause I thought that my course fees were already fully paid. That's the most unbelievable thing ever!
On top of that, when studying over there you must be ready to deal with a grumpy receptionist and staff that are not always keen to help you.
Well, the location of the institution is good though...
Probably one of the worst colleges in London. Its selling point is the central location and slightly lower tuition fees compared to most colleges and universities. I'd rank this college on par with most fake/scam colleges in East London. Me, being a naive international student 2 years ago, fell for their trap and ended up enrolling for a HND in Electrical and Electronics Engineering course. Let me tell you, those 2 years were painful. Now in most colleges like, Imperial College or LSC, usually allocate 8-10weeks for a module to finish, but this college gives you and the lecturer 4 weeks to do the same!! That would be fine if the college had a vast library with lot of resources and where faculty members are available most of the time to help you out. But no, we had to literally fight for our books with other students cause the college only had 2 or 3 copies of the course text books. I am sure you can find a better library in prisons! Most of the lecturers who 'taught' us were visiting lecturers, so after teaching a class in this college, they would jet off to teach in other colleges and universities. If you wanted to speak to the said lecturers, you must wait for your next class, which was the week after in my case, or catch them before they run off. This college, somehow, managed to hire the worst staff members you'll ever encounter, except a few friendly helpful staffs. Not only they are grumpy, rude and misinformed most of the time, but they even fail to point you out to the right direction. Most of the classrooms are big, but very congested. I guess the motto of the Dean Alan was to stuff as many students in a class possible. Anyway, I could go on forever, but at the end I didn't learn what I paid for. I would have stayed away from this college if I had a choice, but I didn't. So consider this college if you have no other option, and have a very low expectation. tl;dr the reviews are true, horrible college, joke of a library, so so faculty members, worst and useless staff members. it's a mess of a college. PROS:
- Central Location
- Slightly cheaper tuition fees
- Flexible college rules and policy
- Better than some prisons
- Friendly and sympathetic other victims, I mean students. CONS:
- Everything else that matters
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