I felt compelled to write this review as a counterpoint to the other review about the Film and TV production course. I had a rather different experience.
I decided to go to uni in a very last minute fashion - three weeks before the courses were to start. I rang 3 unis in London and they all accepted me. After visiting each, I chose Greenwich as it seemed by far the nicest. It did surprise me that they still had room but my UCAS points were higher than their threshold so I wasn't surprised to get in.
The Maritime campus itself is lovely, it's in the Old Royal Naval College and is made up of several beautiful, old buildings on the banks of the Thames. Greenwich is a lovely place with plenty of places to eat, shop and relax - the park was a particular favourite of mine. Greenwich is a bit expensive but only in a typical London way.
I travelled to the Avery Hill campus once a week on a free university bus. This campus was nothing special to look at but well equipped and only took 30 min to get to. I never saw the other campus at Medway.
The actual course was really good. The course was almost entirely practical and I found that all of the equipment was good quality and up to date. Cameras, mics and tripods were of a good standard and we used them all the time. At the busiest periods it could be a bit of a wait for a camera but while I was there they bought a lot of new equipment and it was never a real problem. We had access to a decent number of Mac computers and were taught how to use all of the relevant software to a professional standard. The two studios I used were well equipped and easy to book out whenever needed.
Greenwich offers a module run with the BBC which includes a week in year 2 and year 3 at the BBC's training facility in Evesham. This was a great opportunity and I learnt a lot from it.
With the arrival of a new lecturer in my second year, they also decided to offer the chance to shoot on 16mm film on the Cinematography module. This was brilliant and very educational. An experience am I very glad to have.
My 2 main lecturers were great, super helpful and nice and willing to assist anyone with anything. They clearly knew their stuff. Another lecturer was a bit strange in that she obviously knew her subject and taught us well in that respect BUT she could barely use a computer and a lot of lectures with her were just time-wasting trying to help her turn on a laptop or something. I wasn't impressed. A couple of other lecturers were less friendly but still very knowledgeable and willing to listen if you had a problem or felt you'd been graded unfairly. One last lecturer was not very good but luckily I didn't deal with her much.
The technicians were really helpful at the Maritime campus. They were friendly and would try their best to get you what you wanted, whatever it was! The studio technician at Avery Hill was new and didn't know anything. He was extremely unhelpful and rude.
There were a few kinks which needing sorting out but the course was pretty new and I hope it's improved since then. Mainly the kinks were organisational issues - lectures moved, cancelled, mistimed and so forth which was pretty annoying.
A great bonus, that I doubt many other universities can claim, is the fact that the campus is used very frequently for major films - Pirates of the Caribbean 4, The King's Speech and Les Miserables all filmed there. For other students this must have been a bit annoying as it did mean some detours when trying to get anywhere but for us film production students it was excellent! We were offered the chance to work on Pirates - just as runners and the like but still, what an experience to have as a second year at uni! It was fascinating just seeing the films in production as well, it really brought what we were aiming for to life! Obviously the uni can't guarantee a Hollywood presence but while I was there it did happen a fair bit!
I didn't stay in their accommodation but from what I saw of it, it seemed pleasant, modern and well-maintained.
I wasn't big on nightlife so again I don't really have any thoughts on that although I was impressed that the bigger student events happened at the O2 arena.
Overall I liked this uni and the course very much. It was very practical and we were trained to a professional level. Definitely an experience worth having, if not a perfect university!
I have decided to return to Dooyoo and felt that with such a long time apart from it, writing a review on something I felt strongly about was in order. I could have written a review to urge people into Manchester university which I am now attending but that seems a little bit boring. Its always much more fun and much more satisfying to write a negative review about something that has frustrating you so much! In this case, Greenwich university was so utterly disappointing, I dropped out after just over 2 months of attending.
When I first read about the university, I was nothing but excited. The not so positive reviews didn't put me off (which of course I regret now so anyone reading this that's thinking of going please PLEASE take in my warnings). I ignored the warnings of lack of night clubs and poor administration. I didn't care that I would be travelling so far everyday to different campuses. I wanted to live in London and unfortunately for me the beautiful appearance swept me away into the huge mistake that was Greenwich University.
--How I got accepted--
I hadn't quite grown up during my years at college and working hard for a good career just wasn't at the top of my list. I managed to scrape past with OK grades yet not enough to meet the tariff points that Greenwich required. However, for some reason I had managed to get in with an unconditional. I wasn't very suspicious at the time and thought that this just meant that my personal statement and experience had won me my place. Looking back, I realise that nearly everyone I met had gone through clearing. This place was everyone's last resort. They wanted me to fill the gaps.
There are 3 campuses available. I was situated in Maritime and Avery. A half hour bus ride every morning and night. For most people anyway. I was doing Film and TV production. A course that required long days so was in at 9 in the morning until 6 at night. This meant that this half hour bus journey was then bumped up to sometimes over and hour thanks to the dreadful traffic. By the time I would finish a day, I would be too tired to even think about going out and experiencing the university life. Which brings me to the next problem.
Why I thought that I would be OK with no night life or interesting places to go that wouldn't require an hours travel into central London, I don't know. But I made the mistake and I paid for it. Whenever I managed to drag myself out of my flat to have a drinks with the girls, it would be predictable and boring. With only the Students Union a walk away, that is where we would usually go. An incredibly small barn like building which you would have to walk down a dodgy dark alley way to get to. With drinks over priced and no one bothering to take part in any of the special nights such as 'caveman night', it eventually got too much so we resorted to having bottles of wine in the flat bitching and moaning about the student life we wish we had.
The main university is gorgeous and to this day wont forget that positive at least. No cloudy day could ruin its beauty though when the clouds disappeared and the sun came out, its beauty rose as you could see canary wharf on the other side of the Thames. This was until you go inside and see how little effort they made to bring that beauty with it. It looked old and forgotten and anyone visiting the main buildings used for lectures would probably mistake it for a run down office. On opening day, they only showed us the room filled with all the latest technology but as time went on less and less of this was seen.
It came to no surprise that when lectures started properly, they were just as dull as its appearance. Whenever I told anyone what course I was doing, they would say things like 'that must be so much fun', 'you must get to use so many cool cameras and effects'. It was not and no we didn't. We were given very small, cheap cameras to use and had no introduction to editing that would help our first piece of coursework at all. We were thrown in the deep end so when it came to analysing our first piece of work, I didn't understand how they were so shocked with our inevitably poor results.
There seemed to be no relationship with students and staff. I felt abandoned on so much of the work and apprehensive about approaching them for help. Like so many other people on the course, I didn't know anyone, I was miles away from home so would have loved to have had a lot more guidance and some more friendly faces!
I had heard many bad things about there organisation. I couldn't see how it could be so bad that it would appear in so many reviews. However, it was appalling. For the whole 2 months I attended, I hadn't turned up to one of my subjects needed to pass. This had nothing to do with laziness as I was eager to begin. This was due to the fact that my timetable had missed it out and they were unable to find a lecture I could attend where I wasn't already in a lab. Once given this, I was given the wrong room to go to. Twice! Baring in mind, this class had coursework I needed to be getting started on.
Now some good things about the university? Ill try my best to dig deep to find something... AH! The bus (that took an hour to get to and from my accommodation) was free and never arrived at the bus stop I was waiting at late. It may have been full at some points but another one always seemed to be on stand by in times like these.
The accommodation was pretty nice. The atmosphere around it seemed very friendly and although I didn't particularly get along with my own flatmates, the flat itself was good. We had a reasonably sized room with en suite and a fridge with internet available with all bills included. There was a small shop which sold the essentials as well as a café, gym, laundrette and computer facilities. Nothing on the campus was overly priced and all the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. Any problems I had with my room was fixed straight away which was fantastic!
I would like to say at the end of this review that THIS IS FOR MY OWN COURSE. The friends I made while I was there are still attending and like it enough. Anyone thinking of going, I would recommend thinking about what you want from a university and whether you will be OK with the things I have mentioned it lacks. This is based on my own experience.
Thank you for reading
University of Greenwich has improved quite a bit, however there are still some hangups here and there, some lecturers are really good however there are a couple in particular who are horrendously unprofessional and in general really let the university down and are really not cut out to be lecturers.
The assignments are really easy in the first and second year however in the final year the difficulty curb gets really sharp and if you are not prepared, it can really mess your final year up. There is no outside help for third year students, lecturers are not on tap at all times, so you find you have to do your own reading if you are stuck. The computers at Greenwich are abysmal, the networking can't support so many computers, so if you are planning to go to Greenwich then you better by a laptop. I would not personally recommend Greenwich to anyone but I hope this is a more balanced opinion than the others out there.
I had my experience with the University of Greenwich during my study of International business masters.
I Thought that I made the right choice and I was ambitious too much regarding what I read in their postgrad prospectus.Unfortunatly, not all what you read comes true.I had to check everything myself even other people's review at 1st I didn't believe but now they were right.
And here I am ended writing about my experience.What they stated about visiting the parilment house as part of the course and meeting with decision makers..etc. never happened.They also didn't do any effort regarding helping MBA International business student to find an internship to be able to complete their program.
Most professors/tutors think they are the best, so whatever effort you do you end up taking around 60-70% in your paper if you are fortunate enough.:-)..
If you have the chance to finance other well-known universities in business, then don't cause yourself headache or stress
In my first year at the university. 2010. First year has gone well, lecturers are lovely. However the service of the student centre is terrible. Staff are rude. The have hung on me on the phone twice after being very rude to me. They don't seem apologetic when things go wrong, or show any understanding of anyones needs. They really are a disgrace to the university. Numerous mistakes are made by the department affecting myself and friends. No responsibility is ever taken. For customer service this uni deserves no stars.The grounds are beautiful. and my dep (Law) is a nice one. The actual 'school of law' office staff are friendly.Teaching is good, althoiugh i have no other uni to compare it to, obviously.
When someone asks me which University I attend, I state hesitantly 'Greenwich'. The usual response is 'ah', followed by a dazed expression then 'that's a good Uni'. I study Creative Writing and English, in the Humanities department. A section of the course I specialise in is stage and screenwriting. A list of their courses can be found on their website. They cover all of the more commonly taught subjects, but none of the more unusual ones, e.g. Ufology.
The University of Greenwich consists of 3 campuses: Greenwich Maritime, Avery and Medway. I am situated at Greenwich Maritime and have never set foot on the other campuses, so cannot comment on what they are like. The university is situated next to the DLR (making transport here a breeze) and what was once the Cutty Sark. Close by is Greenwich market and other trendy, somewhat nautically disposed shops, restaurants and cafés.
I was 21 when I applied for this course, and so I qualified as a 'mature' student. I was accepted without an interview, which I thought was strange - most of the other students (who were younger) were required to attend interviews. I expected an interview to present samples of my literary work. So naturally I thought, they were 'taking me on' to bump up their ethnically diverse statistics. The enrollment procedure was very slow and tedious. I remember being impressed with the aesthetic beauty of the University: the grass was well mown, the air filled with the scents of daffodils, daisies and sunflowers. The River Thames runs along the side of the campus. Quaint little buildings, sculptures and benches are dotted around this pro-green heaven. The campus itself consists of 4 main buildings, which on the surface look very grand. Inside King William for example, you'll discover a lot of wood paneling, which contributes to that rustic, refined, suppressed bodice ripping atmosphere. Very 'Dead Poets Society'.
The average amount of students in a seminar class is quite high, at 15-25 (at the University of Westminster for example, average in a screenwriting seminar class is about 6-12). The University is underfunded, and watching a simple film during one of these lectures can take a long time to set up. The DVD player on occasion hasn't worked because it's so old it needs repairing or a specialist to operate. Both the lecture halls and classrooms are well kept and serve their purposes. Cleaners patrol and clean the toilets every couple of hours, so that the smell of urine NEVER penetrates your senses.
A few of the lecturers/teachers don't explain things very well, but the majority are devoted to the subject they teach. They utilise a variety of mediums/teaching methods to make learning more interesting. Theater visits are one of my favourites. The teachers have in common a passion and a unique take which they so enthusiastically impart onto you. If you require support, or someone to confide in about emotional or financial matters, there is a counseling service available, which I've tried - it's excellent. Although willing to help, there is a level of detachment in these witty, learned scholars who whittle away the hours in between lecture/seminar classes fiddling with literature in messy, though elegant offices.
The student support center lacks staff, and waiting in line to be served can take anywhere up to 5-15 minutes. Security here isn't very high. Guards man the entrances to buildings, but sometimes, if you forget to bring your ID card with you, they'll simply wave you through, which I do find quite a security risk.
The library and computing facilities are poor. The library has more old books than new, many of which contain outdated information which do little to enhance your knowledge. They have a DVD/video section which I've sampled - extortionate fees charged by the hour should you forget to bring them back on time. The computing facilities are limited and are usually occupied with students rushing to finish their essays on time. No hope for you unless you get there super early to beat them to it (with your library books - the ones with 1881 still printed inside the covers).
If you're feeling wealthy, there is a tiny café next to the library. A very well stocked bookstore selling most of the materials you need for your course (from business to nursing to mathematics to languages) is situated a few feet from the main entrance.
Recently, a film crew visited the campus to shoot a film (this happens quite often), so a section of the grounds was converted into a film set. Just when you think you're bored by the sight of the site, it becomes new and interesting all over again. If you're thinking of visiting, you should definitely visit the Chapel. Sometimes I find myself wandering inside and taking a seat on one of the pews. Gold light streams through the windows, and your life can pass you by as you sit there, caught between reality and a dream; listening to students singing their operatic pieces, absorbing those beautiful, summery, sometimes mystical notes.
If I could choose all over again, I may have decided to go to another University with better facilities and funding. The facilities here aren't severely lacking, but it is evidently lacking. Cosmopolitan and money are words that'll never be associated with the University of Greenwich. Passion and familiarity are. If you're thinking of coming here, you should decide which are most important to you. Someone who is easily swayed by aesthetic beauty and nature would love it here. There are a lot of squirrels here. And sometimes I find myself running after them with my 8 megapixel camera. x ;)
Hi all , I did my software engineering from Chatam Maritime (Medway )campus . The campus was great. The engineering department is proactive and teachers are good EXCEPT one guy called Kanti who teachs software engineering. he is practically useless.
MY friend who is studying at the NRI (national resources institute) food safety describes the place as hell. the teachers are pompous and one professor is openly RACIST to Indians.
Pharmacy school is probably the best with all student expressing complete satisfaction and tutor interaction. Do not be taken in by the brochure - the campus is a boring place though. I have seen more active municipal offices in India.
The place is great and close to central London . If you are looking at an engineering degree Medway is the place , stay away from NRI and you would be best in pharmacy school.
Overall for me , a reasonable experience . But i have to state that the level of competition and learning in the UK is far far below that of India.
UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH SCHOOL OF HEALTH! please, please, please go elsewhere, you owe it to your self, you deserve better. I had the misfortune to attend this disorganised, badly run, botch up of an establishment for years. The nursing students may greatly care about there patients, but the uni dosn't give two s**ts about its students. Your voice is never heard, You can't complain they dont care. You are never suported. Lectures are a joke along with the course programme. The course is run by a lady with only marginally more chips in her stomach than on her shoulder. Everyone on my course is in agreement that you are better off studying somewhere else. Try a more reputable uni this one is dreadfully lacking. I only wish that everyone who has had a bad experience here could all come together and expose this uni for the sham that it is. If you enjoyed studying here then i am pleased for you, for me it has made me ill. I do not wont anyone else to go down the same road as i have go to Kings or Southbank be proud of your Uni not sickened by it like me.
I studied at the old Woolwich campus in the mid-to-late 1990s. I left the "Uni" feeling somewhat unhappy with the experience! Let me tell you why.
Some of my student colleagues had no A-levels, and many failed the first year. Is there a connection between the number of students enrolled and government funding? It could just be a coincidence ... you can be the judge!
The library facilities in Woolwich were terrible. The books were insufficient and quite often out-of-date. The facilities were average, and the bookshop was poor. One lecturer said that we should go to the UCL and look for articles. Shouldn't these be available on-site? Why should I spend the best part of a day going to ANOTHER university to use their facilities? Pathetic. 2/10
The staff: Lecturers sometimes spoke to students like they were naughty children. I'd rate them 3/10. I'd rate the postgraduate assistants even worse! You would think that the staff were paying YOU to attend!!!!
Social scene: Drunkards ... and yet more drunkards. I can't believe how much binge-drinking went on! The students socially interacted like 10-year olds. They have no courage without alcohol! It was a tragic sight, but one mirrored at most universities. 1/10
Accomodation: The Halls of residence are ok, but the quality of life depends on who you live with. Most students are drunkards, and they make a lot of noise whilst you are trying to study. I'd give my experience 2/10!
Sports Facilities: I used a gym in Thomas Spencer Hall a few times. It was "so-so". 4/10
Computing facilities: The facilities in Woolwich weren't good. Please read other reviews for more recent opinions, as the campus has moved!
The canteen facilities in Woolwich were a bit cramped .... not enough space, and not very clean.
Read this link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/09/22/nuni22.xml
This 2005 article mentions UoG. The table also shows UoG's graduation rate as 63%. They were 86th out of 100!
There are better universities in the South East. Try Brighton, Canterbury (Kent or Christ Church), or even the OU! I would never go to this place again. Please read other reviews to get the full picture :-)
I shall try to stay objective as I do have some pride in what I did and acheived. I undertook a Pharm Sci degree in the late 90's ( sounds like light years ago)while studing in Woolwich. I think back then muggers, rapist and arsonists were also afraid of this place. Chatham altough remote is a vast improvement but for that reason it might as well be located in Guantanamo. The course on the whole was good but some of the lecturers were a buch of big time Charlies. (lets call them Marty and Babs) These are People who probably never did a days of hardwork in the real world and spoke as though the UK pharmaceutical industry was about to collapse due to their departure. There were some lecturers who gave me low marks but what I learnt in their class was and is what I apply to date in the real world. The down side to this degree was that the lecturers were to some extent afraid to voice their knowledge in classes which contained students who worked in the pharmaceutical industry as I assume they knew what they taught was either incorrect or irrelevant. The result was that if you had no connections in the industry and even though you were to produce Noble prize material, it would always get marked down whereas the connected students some of whom produced some real eye watering crap work always got the top marks.
What a slating my alma mater is getting here in some of the comments and reviews. Here's my story of my degree in Business Studies with Spanish, which I started back in 1992. It's rather long, but I have a lot to say about the university - hopefully you'll find it helpful if you're looking for a place to park your backside for the next few years. I can still clearly remember my first visit to the University of Greenwich. I was living in Swansea, south Wales when I finished my A levels. I had looked at several brochures in the college's careers office and Greenwich looked good. I wanted to do a business degree with Spanish, which is just what the university offered on the glossy pages of the brochure. I applied and shortly afterwards received an appointment for an interview at Greenwich. I drove up to London rather excited about the chance to find out more. The business school was, at that point, still several years away from its move to Greenwich, so I was invited to the Woolwich campus for the interview. Everything was great as I drove through central London on the way. It was a beautiful spring morning, the city was bustling and thoughts of spending a few years studying in such a dynamic place got me even more excited about the whole thing. Then I arrived in Woolwich. I felt like the father of the Griswald family in the movie 'National Lampoon's Vacation'. The sense of disappointment at what I saw after driving such a long way was, well, fairly shocking. Instead of seeing refined-looking intellectuals strolling through the majestic buildings of a distinguished seat of learning I saw armies of teenage mothers chasing their children down streets of shuttered up shopfronts, dodging swaggering street drunks as they went. Instead of my imminent interview, the factor that most convinced me to get out of the car and not head straight back to Swansea was my even more imminent need to find a loo. So I found a car park, whi
ch was quite near the Thames. After taking care of business I decided to find a suitably scenic spot where I could sit down and contemplate the overwhelming visual experience I had just been through. I found a spot by the river and, after spending several minutes watching the rubbish float by, decided that I may as well go for the interview. At least I would be likely to get a free cup of coffee out of them to keep me awake on my return journey. I did think about turning around and heading back to my car as I walked across the layer of rubbish carpeting the ground in the marketplace towards Riverside House. But on I went and I was met by Luis, the head of modern languages. As he started to discuss the course on offer I soon forgot about my free cup of coffee. The course sounded fantastic. Rather than a run of the mill course where students study three years in one place, this course was totally different to anything else I had seen. The first year would be spent in London. The next six months would be spent at one of several universities in Spain. The next year would be spent on a work placement in Mexico City. The final 18 months would be spent in London. I could specialise in my preferred area of Finance and by the end of the degree I would not only have a BA hons in business but I would also be a part-qualified chartered management accountant. I would also perfect my Spanish and be fully bilingual. I would also have international work experience. I was totally sold on the professionalism of the other staff I met and on the university's focus on getting results. I got the sense that the awful setting the university was located in didn't affect or interfere with the mission of the university in any way. After all, the number one rated UK business school of the time was not the London School of Economics or the European Business School, but the business school at Bradford of all places. As I walked back to my car I knew I would be coming back t
o Woolwich. I returned in October of '92. All students were guaranteed a place in halls for their first year although not necessarily on the campus at which they are studying. I was allocated a place at the Avery Hill campus, some 20 minutes from Woolwich by bus. My first thought on seeing my new residence was something along the lines of, 'Oh my God this place should be condemned'. I think it was one year after I arrived that the first wrecking ball actually hit and the halls were demolished. The shabby buildings were replaced by a smart new student village which is probably as nice a place to live as any student in Britain will ever get. The first day at Greenwich involved introductory meetings. The president of the student union welcomed us and, after a few introductory words, ran through a list of the local drinking establishments that he recommended students avoid, from the unfriendly pubs to some of the local nightclubs which he described as 'moderately dangerous'. The Royal Artillery still maintains an arsenal at Woolwich - some places on a Friday night apparently pull in drunken squaddies like a magnet. However, there were also lots of student pubs in Woolwich to be discovered which were filled every weekend with the great unwashed drinking away to their hearts' content. The student union building in Woolwich hosted quite a few mighty fine events, too. It all depends what you're into - indies will thumb their nose up at rave-type events while others won't mind what the event is as long as they can find a quiet corner to spark up in. You pay your money and you take your choice. Over the next few days I heard the ubiquitous 'So what A level grades did you get' conversation many times. A few people said things like 3 Cs, 2Bs etc. But I heard a lot more mentioning U grades and Ns and other letters that I didn't even know were used to classify A level results. A lot of my future colleagues had
arrived at Greenwich through clearing and I found that I was one of the few who had actually set my sights on coming to Greenwich from the outset. There were a lot of ex-public school types, which surprised me. Anyway, over the next few weeks I settled in and got into the routine of going to class. Or not, as it turned out. I have read the other reviews here of this university. I imagine everybody else was like me, expecting the university to run like a well oiled machine. I was expecting a meritocracy where the results obtained would be directly proportional to the amount of effort put in; a learning zone headed by infallible experts of extraordinary ability. What I found instead of this was my first experience of how things are in the real world. It was one hell of a big reality check and an introduction to how I would later come to find things to be in the workplace. I came across inspiring lecturers with impressive experience and abilities in their fields. I found lecturers who were authorities in their given areas; authors of textbooks used at universities all over the world. But I also came across Jose, our pot-smoking lecturer of Spanish who preferred to give his lessons in the pub. Jose had been a sociology lecturer in his native Chile. He knew naff all about business but his laid back tutorials were always entertaining. Not to mention Tony, the information technology lecturer. He was from India and had an extremely thick accent. I stopped attending after a few lectures as I simply could not understand a word he said. It wasn't until the following year that I went to another of his twice-weekly lectures. Nothing had changed - I still couldn't decipher anything at all, so I decided that my discovery of whatever it was that Tony was teaching would have to wait. The information he taught was examined at the end of each of the first year's semesters as part of the 'Business Modelling and Information Sytems' module. Luckily for me,
we were able to answer questions exclusively on either business modelling or on information systems if so desired in the exams. I studied business modelling until I knew it inside out and aced both exams. All universities are microcosms of society as a whole. There will be pockets of excellence and pockets of mediocrity in any establishment - the mixture of lecturers I mention above shows this. I didn't find the meritocracy I was looking for. My effort was constant throughout my degree, but the results I got varied widely according to the situations I found myself in. Luis, for example, turned out to be a bit of a dirty old sod who liked the ladies. Towards the end of my degree my Spanish was without doubt the best of our group of 30 or so students. And so it should have been - I had studied the language since I was 12 years old, had spent the six months in Spain and the year in Mexico, and spoke nothing but Spanish to my new Mexican girlfriend, whom I had brought back to London with me. In spite of this I could never get above a 2.1 for any coursework I submitted to Luis. In contrast, a rather attractive blonde girl in our group regularly got firsts for her work even though, by the end of the degree, she was the British equvalent of Manuel from Fawlty Towers. The topic for one particular week's written work was the marketing of niche products in Spain. To test Luis, I asked my girlfriend to write my essay for me. I expected my girlfriend's essay to get top marks for grammar, spelling and structure and to get slated on content, as her knowledge of niche marketing techniques in Spain was naturally limited, to say the least. The result was just the opposite. As it turned out, Luis didn't know very much about niche marketing in Spain, either. My girlfriend's essay earned her/me a rather familiar 2.1, receiving praise for content but criticism for poor grammar and incorrect usage. This 'incorrectness' was nothing more than the Latin
American usage of Spanish. Anyway, I soon realised that, short of putting a skirt on, there was not a lot I could do about this injustice. I still saw red every time the girls got firsts for what essentially was crap work. Another example are lecturers whom I personally percieved as substandard. I had some whom I just didn't relate to at all, however there were other students in my group who could and did, getting 2.1s or firsts in the subjects concerned. Other examples of not getting the results I wanted were the group projects we had to complete. There was very little coursework to be completed on an individual basis, so choosing partners wisely was as important to my success or failure as the actual work I put in. All of this taught me that you don't always get back everything you put in and that you have to deal with injustices and people who are difficult to work with. I also learned that sometimes I would have to carry the can for others who let me down and that my results would often depend heavily on this and other factors over which I had no control. Big deal - you'll never come across the perfect working environment in your career and you shouldn't expect it at any university either; it's just not a realistic expectation. As much as any specific career knowledge, what I learned at Greenwich were these lessons in real life which stood me in good stead for my professional career. I have since, like everyone, come across impossible bosses, unreliable colleagues, unfair promotion criteria, etc. Any good university will teach you how to deal with all of this. When I hit obstacles I worked a little harder and in the end I graduated with a 2.1. Like I say, there will be both excellence and mediocrity in any educational establishment. To the reviewer who complained that he didn't learn anything and then on the next line boasts that he never attended class, what can I say but, 'Duh'. You get out what you put in. In any cas
e, you will not need much, if any, of the specifics you learn at university. I cannot think of many concepts I learned that I have directly applied during my career. On the other hand, employers know that those who complete degrees have dedication and staying power. They know that they are intelligent. They also know that they will have developed the ability to solve problems and to think laterally. They also know that they have at least some ability to work with other people. I have never heard any employer or potential employer tell me that Greenwich is a substandard university. In fact, the business school was tied for fifth place in the Times' Educational Supplement's guide to top UK business schools in 1992. Admittedly it tied with about a dozen other educational establishments, but it was by no means lacking in quality. For my first job post-university I still had a rather light CV, so I decided to pad it out by putting all of the technical financial knowledge I had learned at Greenwich. Like I say, I have never actually used any of it, but I didn't know then that that would be the case, so I filled a page with it. The response I got to this was good - one interviewer told me that he had only ever seen some of the concepts I studied taught at master's degree level. The only disparaging remark I have ever heard was made by one jester who asked, 'University of Green-Which, where the heck is that'. But he was an American so allowances have to be made. One complaint I do have about the university is its lack of links with industry. Good work placements were extremely difficult to come by when I did mine back in '94. Although this was partly a sign of the times, which back then were recessionary, matters were not helped by the university's low profile in intern placement in the UK. I am sure that other universities have better contacts in industry. One guy on our course ended up doing his work experience year in a baggage ro
om at King's Cross train station. I never did work out how that came about. The university did arrange, however, to find all of us who were studying Spanish placements in Mexico City as promised. Like those of my colleaugues, the internship I did was not of a high quality. My job consisted of doing nothing more than some basic analysis of sales and spreadsheet manipulation. Maybe students everywhere have unrealistic expectations of work placements, I don't know. On the plus side, however, I finally did discover the wonders of Microsoft's products, namely their spreadsheets. I'm sure that Tony would have been proud and congratulated me in his own unintelligible style. Although I learned nothing new about business in my work placement, the computing knowledge I developed in this job was a considerable factor in steering me in the direction of my subsequently successful career in financial systems development. On the negative side, I only lasted six months at the job. It started to get very tedious and one Thursday morning I found myself on a plane headed to Acapulco for the weekend in the company of the very charming young lady I'd met a couple of weeks previously. After a quick call to the office to mutter a few words about being bed-ridden after eating a dodgy taco I was sorted, or so I thought. Arriving back at the office on the Monday I wasn't fully aware of the effects that four days of Pacific sunshine had had on my skin. Naturally my boss collared me as soon as I arrived and immediately discarded my claims of 'sitting in my garden in the sun to absorb some vitamin D' as BS. I was let go. I then got a call from the university's training coordinator who told me that if it were up to him I was off the course. Lucky for me it wasn't up to him. I then got a call from London from Jose, the Spanish lecturer. In his typical laid back style he laughed it off and asked me if I'd had a good time. 'Ohhhh yeah', I said.
My time at Greenwich was a life-changing experience for me. During my time as a student there I developed both personally and professionally. It gave me the direction I needed and an excellent start to my career. There are other universities; some will be better in some areas, some will not be as good, but if I had to do it all again I wouldn't change a thing.
Review of The University of Greenwich: Before you read this, I should probably tell you that I've only been studying at this university for about six months, and I'm only reviewing the English department at the Maritime Greenwich campus. I'm sorry if I have offended anyone in this review, but I feel that it's my duty to let future students know exactly what they're letting themselves in for. My main reason for accepting an offer from one of the worst performing universities in the country was the location, and also a guaranteed place in student accommodation (unusual for universities in London). Although I was well aware that the University of Greenwich was at the bottom of the league of universities in the UK, nothing could have prepared me for the unbelievable experience I've had so far. When I first arrived, I was impressed and slightly overwhelmed by the location. It feels a bit like walking around a film set at first, but you soon get tired of walking from one building to another. There is also an absence of the normal 'studenty' atmosphere that you might expect from a university as a large percentage of the student population is made up of mature students. The general atmosphere is surprisingly lifeless for such a grand setting. I soon realised that the teaching standards would be as dismal as the atmosphere. With the exception of my media-writing module, most of the lectures have little or no relevance to the course or future assignments. I can't really complain about the workshops, as they seem to be quite effective, but seminars are a whole different story. Seminars usually consist of rearranging tables and chairs for five to ten minutes, then spending a minute or two deciding which group you want to be in, then about ten minutes discussing the irrelevance of the lecture to the subject with your chosen group. The final twenty to thirty minutes are usually spent discussing things that ar
e even more inappropriate to the subject than the lecture was. And then you go home. And you still know nothing more, nothing less, than you did when you first arrived. The size of the seminars is a serious issue. With groups of up to thirty people, you have no chance of developing any decent relationships with your seminar leaders. In fact, I'm not sure if any of them actually know my name. Apparently, there is a focus on 'independent learning' at this university, but I've learnt very little and all the work I've handed in so far, six months into the course, is of the same standard it would have been at sixth-form college. If I had been so keen on 'independent learning' I would have chosen to study an Open University degree. The computing facilities are terrible. If you don't have your own computer and intend on doing your work on the university's computers, don't even think about coming here. The library, where most of the computers available to non-computing students are located, is open until 7pm on weekdays, and 5pm at weekends. Pretty feeble, I think you'll agree, when students like me don't even start assignments until after 11pm. I'll probably only just scrape a pass this year, if that. But, I've hardly excelled myself, and it's depressing to know that I once had the potential to do better. I've reached the point now where I think there is no point. I doubt that this place will ever change. Many members of teaching staff have either become, or have always been as slack as the students. Why bother to do more than the absolute minimum when you can continue to get away with it? One of my seminar leaders handed assignments back, two weeks late; she openly admitted that she was 'too tired the night before' the day they were due back, to finish marking them. Imagine trying to get an extension on your assignments with an excuse like that! I think that they
assume we must all be stupid because we're studying at this poor excuse for a university, so they treat us all as if we're stupid. Personally, I don't appreciate that, thank you very much! Obviously, there is no way of bringing up any of these issues to anyone in authority without denting their egos. I'm extremely angry and bitter about the fact that I will eventually pay over £3000 to an institution, which will probably reduce my chances of ever getting a decent job, when, or if I ever graduate. I feel sorry for my parents for having to fund this regrettable experience. Words can't describe just how much I am disappointed with this university, or how ashamed I am to have to admit that I'm a student here. So there you have it. It's up to you to decide if you still want to study here. If you're not a moron, then you don't need me to convince you any more to stay as far away as possible from this university! But, on the other hand, if for some bizarre reason, this university still appeals to you, then fine, go ahead and ruin your life, just don't say I didn't warn you!
Well I just finished studying at this university and to tell you the truth the experience was not that great... For reputation then its at the bottom pit of universities in the UK...so when your asked "where did you study" saying the univerity of greenwich doesnt sound great As for campus life then forget it...I studied at maritime greenwich and the place was pretty looking but dead...I mean so vast but when I came in all I can see was a trickle of people...no buzz about the place forget university life... Also the univesity moved in there late 1999 (I did a year at woolwich..not a pretty place at all) and it made it feel artificial. Established univerisities have pretty buildings sometimes because they are purpose built in the case of greenwich it was artificial...pretty buildings pity about the quality of the univerity I got in through clearing like most which tells a lot about the place and its easy to get in...I mean they need students and thats that As for the quality of the courses then I can say the timetable is really low in terms of hours, in my final year it was two days...and for slackers like me it was a dream come true...Dont attend lecturers a lot maybe come in once a week or take a week off if you feel like it...who cares they didnt..I mean in one unit i think I turned up once or twice the whole term and passed...of course not with flying colours. I just used to get the handout for the coursework try to get top grades on that the exam well borrow a recomended book few days before the exam skim through it and presto a pass...fairly routine...in the later years I tried to play it smart...to get better grades and tried to do well on the coursework as my exams were poor as my attendance was low. I had a friend and bugged him asking him what we did, he helped as well... At the end after missing a huge chunkof the course i got a 2:2 just missing the great third (wow!!! i was pleased)
The lecturers are prett average with some exceptions, some lecturers were rude as well... As for facilities then none I mean none! No sports nothing forget it at the main maritime greenwich campus...as for canteens cafterias there was a small canteen I mean it a small room (well two) that it! The environment was dead...forget seeing a busy campus with plenty of acitivty ...political disucssions or debates...oh yeah i saw a leaflet about a BNP top member who was studying politics at greenwich funny the BNP is made of thugs and their great thinkers study politics at the university of greenwich in my case it was just doing certain courseworks managing above 50 percent turning up for an exam scribling some stuff you read a few days ago and bingo pass...Sometimes I wouldnt turn up for over a month! After I finished I can say I learnt very little...what I did learn I was self taught...the lecturers I did attend werenot that great or useful It also has a poor reputation (ask employers who get a dime a dozen of greenwich graduates), came out after three years with a piece of paper Do i advise anyone to come well not really... I am honest and thats how I feel...I just think the univerity time of my life was disappointing and and wasnt enaged in anything as there was nothing
I attended the Chatham Maritime campus of the Uni of Greenwich between 1997 and 2000, studying Environmental control Bsc Hons. The campus is very quite when compared to the larger more established Universities, but is that a bad thing. It really depends on you. There were a number of mature/foreign students on site, which adds to the depth of knowledge and diversity within each course. However, it can sometimes feel as if the older students, i'm talking 10-20 years older, are looking down on u purely for being young. Putting that aside the campus itself is quite small, but very functional. Parking was always a b it of an adventure, but the library and computer facilities were well stocked and had half decent staff. The other area of interest was a bit of a let down, the bar, or the Drunken Sailor as it was knowm. Occassionally good nights could be had, i was hypnotised once, but generally fairly quiet. The uni staff were, on the whole, very helpful and willing to teach, and i found the whole experiance a good one. Feel free to e-mail me for any other info
I started my course at this university last september, I have found this university to be very user friendly the staff are particulary helpful and the atmosphere is very nice. There are a number of foriegn students which also adds to the atmosphere makin the university very multicultural. the libary consists of 4 floors, with a number of useful books in all subjects, there are also a variety of magasines and periodicals. During the free time students usually go to the calderwood or the den, which serve food and drinks. Or to the student union which is just on the next road. The main disadvantage of the campuss where i am situauted which is woolwich would be the fact that there is no student parking facilities. however for students using public transport the university is quite accesible.