I am currently a first year PR student at Westminster university, and for those who are unsure what PR is. Well PR is all about reputation , in results of what you say and what others say about you by communicating with public through media, it is used to gain trust and understanding between an organisation and public by influencing opinions and behaviour. Westminster is a university on the rise you can see from the current standing from the Guardian league table, they are the 2nd best in media&communication studies in London only after Kings College.Westminster is located in heart of london which attract propsition as, London is the best for media for e.g BBC etc. While studying the course i found it very interesting &challenging and the best thing is that we have geust lectures teaching us, such as Cole Moreton Journalist who recently wrote an exclusive for the sunday mail. One of the main reason why i choose to study PR in westminster out of other university is beacuse they have strong links with BBC and other large media associations and many graduates gain successful career in the media. Also westminster known to be really good for media especially PR, that made me want to study in westminster. The course is all coursework based so there is no exams and we only have uni 3days a week. Mature student who are considering to studying PR but unsure if you will fit in with everyone? theres no need to worry as we have couple of mature students in our class and College leavers everyone is pretty much mature in class and gets along well together. I hope this helps anyone who is looking or considering to study PR in Westminster University, feel free to leave comments if you have any questions ,and do check out our FB page contains useful information about PR and the university.
This was not a very good course; they promise so mcuh and offer so little. I was very disappointed. They sell the course as being in a great part o f London and it is - so central and near, but the fees are high and we hardly go tot see our tutors.
Many of the teachers have not even worked, and been teaching since they finished their own degrees and it shows! We only had one who was good and she used to be an air hostess!! She was great, and reallly knew her stuff and was friendly and supportive. She taught me all about Social psychology and I did Assessment with her and really learned a lot. Angela Mansi, she was a proper professional psychologist and only worked there some days but worked wtih military and organisations and was the best teacher there in three years. The ohter courses did not do very much, they were quite boring and I got very little feedback on how to develop, and I think other universities are much more supportive.
this uni is not 110% not worth to study THERE ARE TON OF PROBLEM HERE1. WRONG INFORMATION ON EXAM DATE2. BAD FACILITIES, 50% COMPUTERS DOESNT WORK3. PRICE OF PRINTER EXSPENSIVE4. STAFF TEACHING DOES NOT EXPLAIN WELL ON THE SUBJECT5. TOILET ARE NEVER CLEAN (SHOULD BE CLEANED EVERY 1 HOUR not every 1 day)6. TEACHER LIE TO YOU ABOUT THE SUBJECT INFORMATION SAY IT ENJOYABLE AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND7. MORE STAFF GOT CUT BACK8. PRICE OF FOOD AND PRODUCT GONE UP9. CHANCE OF DATE NOT LISTED WHICH MEAN YOU RANDOM COME IN FOR THE TEST10. SPARE ROOM HAS'NT OPEN IN A YEAR WHICH CONTAIN FIX COMPUTERS WE USED LAST YEAR11. TUTION FEE PRICE JUST WENT UP MORE THAN £100AND THEIR EFFOT OF THIS UNI IS -0%Possably one of the no1 worst uni to study
Possibly the worst University in the world.
I went to Westminster in my first year of Uni and leaving couldn't have come soon enough. My first choice was Queen Mary's but I failed to get the A in History to get in, although I got the other grades. I had decided against moving away, so my other choices were void. I spoke to a good friend of mine and she recommended Westminster to me as she was also going there.
I rang up and told them my grades and they were shocked that someone with my grades would want to go to their University. This is when bells should have rang for me but wanting to stay in London there were very few other choices.
The campus, although in Regent Street, one of the most expensive streets in London, is very old and worn. Inside it looks like the university has not been decorated for about a hundred years.
The teachers are terrible, none of them have had anything published and they are just not good teachers. Most of the work here was spoon fed except for the important points on how to write a University standard text for example, which they teach you nothing on, or how to reference, which they also teach you nothing on.
One teacher did not know that the Liberal Party had ever had power in Britain!!!! How can a teacher not know this?!?
Another teacher lost my essay twice, then asked me to email it over to him, which he lost on his system somehow, he then asked me to go to University to hand it to him personally, which he lost AGAIN!!!! I then submitted it by email, post, in the essay box and it was already on the University system that looks for plagiarism. It then took the teacher 8 months to mark the work, when it was supposed to be back in a number of weeks. Things like this just does not happen at any other Uni.
The choices of modules available to take is also very small so do not go here if you actually want a choice on what to study.
The people who go here are also educationally challenged. Do not expect a decent debate in class on any subject. This may sound snobby but I am working class and a snob is the last thing I am. It's just not good 'learning' with people who are not very bright.
There is little student life and travel into zone 1 on a travel card is very expensive.
Avoid, avoid, avoid!!!!!!!!!!!!
Having been a student at Westminster for almost a year now i feel i am in a good position to pass judgement on it. Before i applied there i was looking everywhere for reviews on it and well everyone made out it was an amazing uni, alas it is not. The teaching is poor and the social side is awful compared to other uni's even those in london, the only reason i am still sane is because i live in london and have friends here. The only good thing about it is that it is in the heart of central london and considering i am living at home in n.london i am enjoying my time in central london, other than that i would not recommend this uni at all, and would say that there are better ones out there.
Despite it's high ratings amongst the academic community, you might want to think twice about giving this university your cash if you have to pay tuition fees yourself. I was a post-graduate student at the University for several years. About the only time the University ever showed an interest in me was when it came time to for me to pay my £6000 a year in tuition fees. I was offered very little academic support or encouragement, despite publishing lots of work and being an internationally recognised leader in my field. I was never given a list of courses I might be interested in attending, was passed back and forth between various supervisors who knew nothing about my research, was treated rudely by a member of staff, etc etc. In my experience, there was almost no sense of community on the campus and staff cared very little about their students. Having been to other UK universities and had a wonderful experience, I would suggest that you look around before settling on Westminster and if you do go there, get them to sign a contract stating what you should reasonably expect to receive from them in the way of meetings, classes, academic support, advising, etc. Of course, you might have a totally different experience than I had, but do you really want to risk it?
I started the University of Westminster in 2000, and I've been there for 2 years now, and i'm just starting my final year of study. Location: The University is located in central London, which is great,, because there's all the shops etc all around you, and the buzz of London at full force! The one disadvantage is to your wallet or purse! its so easy to spend spend spend in the centre of London with the widest choice of shops in the UK. Westminster is a real multicultural place, and this is reflected in the university, as people from all over the world come here to learn. The University Course: When i started my course, i was to say the least, dissappointed. The reason was that most of the staff seemed so unwilling to help. That is still true to an extent, but most universities seem to offer a limited amount of guidance, and the rest is up to you! it takes time to adapt, but you have to learn to work out problems for yourself i think. the course i study, law is very good, i'm really starting to find it interesting, now i have the freedom to choose what i learn on the course being in my final year! Law is by no means an easy subject, and i'm amazed by how many people are shocked at how mcuh reading and research is invovled. Its a law degree for gods sake! its not a walk in the park, that i can tell you! The University Building, resources etc: Tis is one area that the University is head and shoulders above the others in my opinion. The computers are generally well maintained and clean, and the software up to date. it would be nice if there were more computers, but that's true for most universities! The building (law school in Little Titchfield street) is very good. its modern and clean and on the whole, very quiet. other so called top universities are falling down by comparision, it amused me to read someone's review of Kings College, because the place is in need of some repair! The regent cam
pus is also quite nice, and maylebone, which i don't often go to is in fairly good order. Conclusion: On the whole its a good university, don't believe that because its an ex polytechnic it won't be any good because i believe this place has a future as a leading institution in a number of areas. UCL and company are all very well and good, but you've still got to work hard, like you have to at Westminster, and if you do, i'm sure you will do just as well as if you went to a so called "top university".
For anyone looking for a media course to do at Uni, u cant go better than Westminster Uni. The place really is good for media...but thats not what i'm about to write about just now! Westminster Uni has several campuses, one of them is in Harrow. Unlike the name, no Harrow isnt in Central London..sorry! It is about 20 minuts away by tube however, and is really just your usual town. There isnt much of a nightlife in Harrow, but if your at the uni most students opt to go to the union bar, The UnderCroft, which is small but cheap...students tend to go to get tanked up on alcohol before hitting Area 51 the union's nightclub. Some special guests have performed at Area 51, the most recent being the Starlight Crew. A mate of mine won a t-shirt that night by going topless and changing into a different shirt on stage in front of everyone. The events planned for Freshers are decent enough, but they do really well on the Freshers Ball..last year it was held at Fabric, and the Refreshers Ball this Feb is at the Ministry of Sound. The bar and club do try their best to make the most of what students have at harrow, and you will find that the majority of people there tend to be first years...like me! Its not often that you can indugle into going clubbing in central london every weekend!! But thats another good thing about Harrow...it may not be smack in the middle of London but is within easy reach, without all the hassle of city life. The Halls of Residence at Harrow are really really nice...they were only built a few years ago, but each room has its own bathroom and is fairly spacious for uni accomodation. Its also situated right on campus which is a major advantage if you have an early morning lecture! Each flat houses 6 people and a large kitchen/dining area. Its self catering, but if you reaaally cant bring yourself to cook there is a cafeteria on campus which isnt that bad. Its cheapish, but you'll be pining for some homecooked food be
fore long! A word of advice is that you apply for halls at harrow as soon as you can. They go really quickly, and then your stuck for a place to live...that happened to me, but i managed to find accommodation in time through meetings that the uni organised. So dont be out off about studying at Harrow. It really isnt all that bad. Its worth studying here, the course is really well taught and it is interesting too...London isnt that far away, and the campus keeps that studenty atmosphere that perhaps other london campuses might lack...
I have just finished a four year course at the university of westminster (BA international business) and I must say I do not regret my choice. The business, accounting and law lecturers are fairly good (but the IT lecturers are laughable), and the languages centre in euston is also fine. If you don't choose a course based at the harrow campus (bloody far away) or at the little tichfield campus (the slam) you'll be just fine. Overall the computer labs are good (usually crowded, but hey, I've seen much worst) and the academic programme is pretty good. The downside is that life in London is very expencive, and the student union there are a buch of drunks who can't even organise a proper party... but hey, who needs a student union to organise your parties? I just could't believe they gave the canteens concessions to companies who charge students 65p for a bottle fo whater that costs 50p at at filling station... (that's only an example, the rest is also expencive). The main problem, and that is not only at this universtiy, is that in subjects which are not part of a precise science, you will inevitably be judged on face value. I made the mistake of slagging off an IT teacher who did not know what cookies were (that's not the reason why I slagged him off, it was when I got my coursework back) and that geopardised all my other IT results... the explanation for that is that if you're good in IT, why be a teacher and earn peanuts, when you can earn lots more elsewhere? I heard that this was the problem with the IT teachers for business students, and that the actual hard-core IT teachers were quite good... anyway, I had a great time there. There are lots of foreign students (mainly european... lots of sweeds) and I am now sad that it's all over. I certainly made good friends there, and many of them are now doing quite well on their jobs... ah, and a last thing, if you are planning on living abroad, the name westminster sounds much better in
other countries than here, as people will not know it's an ex-politecnic.
Ah the Uni days..... a heady mix of beer, friends, 'close' friends and a bit more beer! I chose to goto the University of Westminster..... and I have to say I don't regret the decision. The first reason for choosing any university should be for the course and wanting to study Media, Westminster was a good choice. They've got stacks of equipment and facilities on their Harrow campus and a well balanced course, with theory as well as practical sides. This ensures you have a solid grounding of skills to go into the industry, but also that potential employers respect the course, as it has a theoretical side. Although the course is the singularly most important thing, like buying a house, the location is also important. I really wanted to go to London. And it's great. Sure, everything's more expensive and the city isn't the student based city that other places like Sheffield or Leeds are but..... IT'S LONDON BABY! YEAH! Trips into the city are great and having Europe's largest city on your doorstep is kinda cool. On the downside, the Harrow campus is a bit isolated. It's not THAT close to London, so don't be fooled by the 'Westminster' name. There are other campuses in the centre of the city for that. The on-site night-life is lacklustre to say the least. It's has 2 bars, the Undercroft which is 'student cool' but pretty small and the larger, but largely empty 'Area 51.' That said the beer is phenomenally cheap, especially if you've just come from a day-out in the "£3 a pint" city. The Halls of Residence were brand spanking new when I moved in (so new they were being built around us) and they were lovely. En-suite in every room and pretty big as halls go. However, since then I'm told the prices have risen astranomically (to fit and exceed London pricing) and the quality has deteriorated fast. This is not good..... the last thing students need is more big e
xpenditure. However...... as everyone will tell you, university days are the best days of your life! It's true.... (ish, 'til you start earning pots of cash!) Pick a course first, then a location and have fun. Westminster's a good place with a great balance of foreign an British students (loads of Scandi's too!) modern campuses, good media facilities (dunno about the rest) and some good lecturers. Some bad ones, but some good! Have fun!