I was 24 when I was told, by the then City of London Polytechnic (now London Metropolitian University) I was too old to study. I still have the letter as evidence. I am now 53, and it still wrankles that I was denied study and career progression by this place. I have never received an apology, from anyone. I wanted to study welding metallurgy and material science, which is what they did then. Anyone from this place want to get in touch with me then ??
I graduated from London Metropolitan University in the late 90s,when it was still called LGU- London Guildhall University, i graduated with a 2.2 degree in Politics and Combined studies(Business IT,Business studies and Communicatins),same year of graduation, i joined the civil service, in a graduate level post, as a caseworker, within 18 months i managed to get a job within the service in a high profile IT casework database project, i held various post on promotion before, i became a junior IT Project manager, and took various industry certification exams and training, before leaving the service in 2007 to work for an engineering consultancy,as a Project management consultant , with a salary of £40K+, and i plan to do an MBA,soon at a red brick university...this should should increase my salary to £45-52k minimum, however i plan to become a freelancer , so my daily rate should be between £300 to £373, per day.
The bottom line is, it depends what you study and what you do after you finish, a former course mate of mine, whom graduated with a 2.1 in a Politics, single honours degree, joined my government department, a year after i did...and i mentored him and 7 other caseworkers, he is still in the civil service....and is on £27k per annum!!!!!
I have LGU /LMU to thank for my career.
I have been a student at London Met for the past 2years and will be going back in October to complete my final year.
I would advise anyone NOT to choose this university as your place of study.
Facilities are poor, you can often be waiting over an hour in order to use a very slow computer. There are not many copies of each book in the library so often you cannot gain access to the texts you need for your studies.
Also, even the books that should be there according to the library catalogue are not because many are stolen and never replaced.
I often find myself travelling to many different libraries in different boroughs in order that I can complete my university work.
Tutors are rude and in many cases seem under qualified to be teaching the subjects that they supposedly specialise in. I have been unfortunate enough to encounter the same lecturer for two of my modules in my second year. He had absolutely no idea what he was doing when trying to teach us a computer package called SPSS. He often told us one thing in one lecture and then tell us a completely different thing in the next which often left me confused and frustrated that such an incompetent lecturer was left to teach me.
My class once tried to complain and about this particular lecturer and we were told that we could not slander a fellow lecturer in such a way and no more would be said about the subject.
The lecturers rarely reply to emails and offer little in the way of help. Those that do reply to emails do so in such a manner that they find it a chore as emails are rarely over a couple of lines long.
Should you wish to see a tutor personally their "office hours" are fewe and far between and thus are often booked up. When you do get an appointment you are almost rushed out of their office and given little guidance or help with your coursework.
I definitely do not recommend this university as a place to study at all.
Why am I there?
WELL I opted for London Met as I was looking for a postgraduate teacher training course (a PGCE). I had applied to other institutions as well, wasn't successful in even getting past the interview stage with some as it was late in the day and London Met invited me in. SO I went for what felt like quite a rigorous interview (and according to others it was!!) and was accepted on to the course, much to my relief! I am nearing the end of my postgrad now and am writing from the perspective of someone who did their degree at another University and has relocated to London to do this course and gain employment afterwards. I find this important to note because the degrees completely differ - even the way in which you socialise and invest your time into your work is different. I did work hard during my first degree...but it was nicely spread over three years. Now I am cramming and studying, working among quite a vast range of ages among my peers who have 'lived' more than myself compared to the naive, party-goers of my tentative first degree uni years.
I was actually slightly put off by London Met because of the reviews I read on dooyoo but I realised reading them that it was more the fault of the writers than the uni; yes one sounded like they worked for the uni, the other saying that they devoted too much time to socialising. A) that's what most students do through their first degrees and B) that's your own fault - take responsibility for your own education and the choices you make at university.
I'm based at the Tower Building which is on Holloway Road, North London 10am - 4pm when I'm in uni. This is the bane of this university - high rise and a nightmare to navigate. I know where my rooms are now from two routes but do not ask me where you are going or how to get there - I just don't know and because of the work experience aspect of my course I don't spend much time there anymore. There is a nice enough cafe area but with both undergrads and postgrads housed there is can be a tad squished. Although the surrounding area has a large amount of cafes, little restaurants and bars etc...you won't be short of eating opportunities. The prices are fairly typical for uni meals - up to £2.50 for some hot grub. There is no parking because it is straight off of Holloway Road which can be quite busy and congested. However there are a number of bus routes and Highbury and Islington tube down the road and Holloway Road tube station literally across the road.
I have one specific course tutor and a mix of others who contribute to the course in different ways. I also have a visiting tutor who visits and assesses me on placement. All of which are extremely helpful and educated individuals who go out of their way to help and are great all round. You can challenge them about educational issues and the problems on the course (of which there are fairly few) and you get informed responses, people who go out of their way to help you and who respond to you via personal emails and 'weblearn'; an internet based forum which is for your subject.
Sorry if this is brief and I would like to ellaborate but I'm talking about the areas I know in a general fashion. With EVERY uni you will find problems and London Met has been affected by a lot of bad press. The postgrad side is great for me. I have access to tutors, facilities and resources. I am always in touch with tutors and receive excellent tuition. The downsides are the building and the room mix ups. Sometimes you are pushed out of lecture theatres, sometimes the visiting lecturers don't feel beneficial but have been invited for a reason and with every good intention. If one has a bad impression they will spread it as far and wide as possible. It's not the most amazing place, but you can't go far wrong.
Please AVOID. Even if you do earn 1st Class Honours it doesn't matter because it was awarded by Londonmet. Yes it was fun socially but having left Universtiy I realise that Uni should be more about than just having fun. I am not proud to tell anybody I studied there. I wasted my time. Any good brainy student will have gone to a better University than this one so even if you are the best you are being compared with the worst. Nice people at uni but definitely not very bright. Teachers were not up to highest standards either and is what you would expect for somebody who works there however they were also nice people. So if you want a social life, you have bad grades and you know that you cannot graduate from any other uni then go ahead, otherwise AVOID because you will regret it
Met?? I do not thing so. I have a degree and a CV more that 5 pages and they asked me for school levels. WHAT THE HELL?? no mate, sorry i can not trust my education to you. They seem very unorganized, such a confusio with my application, nobody came to me to ask me for further information and i was waiting such a stupid to get a reply, I found out by calling them after 2 weeks. however, my experience is really bad. but what says it all is, with a Bachelor Honours who the hell would for ask school levels? ESPECIALLY for an undergraduate course starting for the first year.. many of you can have different opinion but i have hear NOONE in real saying good things about MET. you can try on your own and i hope good luck to you.!
Rejected from other Universities because you dont have enough qualifications to indicate you can study on your own initiative and have intellectual rigour and diversity of knowledge to suceed in the real world of careers. Fear inot, f you have a pulse and more importantly the funding, you cant fail to be selected. No matter that after the first year and two attempts in exams or coursework you drop out, 50% do. If you do make it to the end and diverse array of careers await you from Telesales to TGI Fridays.
London Met is great! And there is probably not a university like it, anywhere (although I'll admit that a similar university in New York might well come pretty close. But then what would you expect?). Clearly it ain't Ivy League but it ain't intended to be; LMet is LONDON (and real London, but what else would you expect?). And it really is London, in every way you can imagine: culturally, racially, class-wise, dramatically, busily, intensively, and whatever else London is (and that's because London is that kind of place!). And there are loads of us (most of us!) who love it - and we really do love it!
LondonMet is a real community. Not many elsewhere actually achieve that, despite what they constantly claim. And we are a multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic (and all the rest of it you can get from University blurb!) community - and we really are proud of it (as you will also find from University blurb!) And why shouldn't we be? We have every right to be! Finally, we all generally get on (of course, with odd exceptions): and it is not necessarily always like a 'house on fire' (although it is that too, a lot of the time) but it is just getting on normally, friendly, supportively, helpful, genuinely, caringly, etc - students getting on with other students, students getting on well with staff, staff caring a great deal about their students, and so on. And we really do get on! [Staff really do care about the students at LondonMet!] It is a fact! Any one sceptical should look no further than some of the Facebook LMet groups! [And there's plenty of them - actually is there any another university with so many of them? And why? 'Cos that is LondonMet! That's what it's/we are like! And we wouldn't want it any other way.] (And anyone looking at those Facebook groups can clearly see for themselves LMet students having a great time and really getting on).
Finally, words to the wise: ignore (oppose in any way you can?) idiots with gripes and possible racial or class prejudices against LondonMet and its students and staff (and an obnoxious review like that [which perhaps should be banned] might actually be on this very site!) There is nothing else like it; anyone who wants a twenty-first century REAL LONDON university should make a beeline for LondonMet.
Despite the bad rep that Londonmet has I have had a wonderful three years there. Sure there are some down sides, but there isn't a university that doesn't have room for improvement.
The standard of teaching was very high and the tutors really did care and where very willing to take time out for any student.
When I started my degree back in 2004 there was a great many course to choose from, each course having a good selection of modules. I came here because it was one of the few places whose Literature Degree included texts other than the traditional Shakespeare and Austen. They offered courses such as 'Caribbean Oral Tradition' and 'Magical Realism in Latin American Fiction'.
The student mix at Londonmet is a definite plus! There is a little bit of everything, truly reflecting the cultural mix of London. (Though thank God, there are very few toffs!)
The University campus really is in the centre of London unlike many other unis who claim to be in London! (Royal Holloway Egham is not in London! So why the London prices hey?). The Campus is right next to Holloway Road tube station which is on the Piccadilly line (that's the dark blue one for you non-Londoners) and it takes no more that 10 minutes to get to Piccadilly Circus or Covent Garden.
The campus is also really close to The British Library and is in partnership with The Womens Library. This is pretty important as Londonmet's own library facilities aren't brilliant. They are ok, they do have a very good Caribbean and Irish section, but there is room for improvement there. Londomet is in the process of upgrading all the computers in the study centres, I will unfortunately have left by the time this is complete (grrrr.....) so I cannot say how good this new system will be.
So if you are looking for a course with a wide scope and want the London life as well! Then Londonmet is the place for you. If you are after a traditional university experience then look else where.
Summary: Londonmet's bad reputation is covering up the gem of a uni that it is!!!!!!!!!!