There are so many things wrong with this university that I wouldn't know where to start. Overall I have had a negative experience studying here.The course: I've just finished my first year exams and some of the exam papers were repeats from previous years! Entry requirements are very low, there are people on my course with CCD or DDD at A level. Some are hard workers but many were incredibly lazy and unmotivated which showed during group work.Teaching: Some teaching is good, but many staff seemed disinterested and I felt like I was bothering them. Other students said the same thing.Grants / bursaries: the university is very poor in this respect. Compared to the russell group grants are very limited if non existent. For £9000 a year I would have expected much more. For £9000 a year you are simply not getting value for money.
Salford University is an absolute catastrophe. I am soon to graduate and should be filled with pride for my institution - but the senior management in particular have absolutely destroyed this place over the past few years.
The Uni has just laid off scores of staff - academic and support - while spending in the region of 300k on a failed libel case and a new logo 'university of salford' ah, how creative.
The local area is horrendously dangerous - I have been victim of crime on many occasions and im fairly savvy.
The admin is terrible, full of errors
Online, the uni paints the VC as a god, when in fact he is killing the place and pays himself huge wages.
Oh and theres NO NIGHTLIFE, the union doesnt exist and theres no such thing as freshers week. You dont get drunk, you just get stabbed up in salford
I attended two different Universities for a BSc and a MSc degree, and Salford was the 3rd University I attended and I must say the the teaching quality I received at Salford was really bad. I was a MSc psychology student but was asked to study research method with mid-wife & nursery students. There was about 10 of us psychology students and 50-60 mid-wife/nursery students. The other modules were equally poor in my opinion. Tuition was 5k (& ~12K for internationals) with only 6 hours of teaching a week and they called it full-time education ! All I did was undergraduate level stuffs. This would be a very good and useful MSc degree only if Salford and the Psy dept would care more about their teaching quality. We only met the course leader once at the beginning of the course ! How did he get that job I wonder?
rubbish university shouldn't even be called university, not knowledgeable teachers especially (david newton) data structure programming teacher. any body goes there will not learn anything apart from wasting your time and money.
I am currently in my final year as Salford. I am studying for a Nursing Diploma. I have enjoyed every moment at Salford and I still can't believe that I am actually at University! I am 44 years old and left school at 16 with no qualifications. I returned to study in 2006 for Maths and English GCSE't s followed by an Access to Health Care course at a local college. I have 3 children and time management is always a challenge.
I have had the most amazing support from all the Tutors. The Mary Seacole building is amazing, very modern. The library is well stocked and the staff there are always willing to help. I was diagnosed with dyslexia in my second year and was given an enormous amount of support and guidance.
I do my 'placements' at Salford Royal, again support is always at hand if I need it. I travel to uni by train from Hazel Grove which goes directly to Salford Crescent which is on campus. I always feel safe although I never venture into Salford or Manchester. Saying this though I did a community placement and I think Salford is an amazing, vibrant area, lots of great people and I never had any issues.
I couldn't of wished for a better University or Hospital setting. LOVE IT!
I am on my second year at Salford University studying Tourism Management. I have to say I was attracted to this course because of the course content. It was more business modules than tourism comparing to Staffordshire University and MMU. The course in the first year was briliant! I have never studied economic studies before or people management and I found it very interesting but I did badly in the exam due lack of reading and understanding of the new subject, luckily the first year does not count towards your final grades yay!!!
Anyway had a good first year but i lived in Castle Irwell and I have to say how bad it was... I got offered coke or something by friendly looking people on my first day there.. scary... anyways my house mates are nice but I wished I had more Asian friends or friends with similar taste in clubs. The halls were terrible because of my messy house mates and things get stolen when i was about to leave things returned..also our fire door kept getting broken into by our neighbours.. and the fire alarm kept going off and things get broken and then i got charged out of my deposit.. damn that's what you get for going cheap!! My pots and pans were used and house mates don't wash them for you.. but i suppose that's normal for most uni halls. I got into trouble many times with the security guards at the gate because they do not like me having too many outside visitors for parties, what a shame!
The second year of the tourism course is nerve wrecking.. this is when i realised i wanted to change university but looking around i could not sign up to MMU or Staffordshire and Manchester University does not do Tourism so.. I had to stay and put up with it for the 3rd year next year. The problem: is the government cuts are damaging our univeristy, lectures and tutors are getting made redundent and teachers keep leaving especailly the good ones.. they changed university, good for them! But they left the poor students behind.. lectures cancelled, i got shouted at for not saying an unimporting task was important because this particular lecturer has ego issues... some teachers are so bad at replying to emergency emails and when you make reccomendations to change some practice they are using they do not take your opinion seriously so I gave bad reviews to MDP2 and Marketing. Our marketing teacher said I was a saddo wanting to revise for my exam infront of the whole class.. how embaressing! I really should not be treated this way for the amount of money i am paying and my dedication!!
currently doing my msc and in second semister, the quility of teaching is not that good on some modules, the fees are too much, to many lectures cancelled, i am in week 3 now and still two modules not sorted out and not yet running, i guess they will just cram in the teaching to fill up all the missing lectures, some lectures dont reply to emails, go to manchester even if you have to pay more, its worth it!!
What a load of old rubbish!! im about to apply to Salford University, and i have spoken to a number of people about the university and they have said that it is not half bad! And as for Salford as a place i am disgusted! My dad was born and bread on Peel Green (if you know the local area you will know what it is like) and that is what you call rough! Salford is a place that is changing, it is becoming slowley more like a plave where you would like to be! My grandad still lives in Eccles and spends a lot of time in eccles and i have been there up and down from Cambridge for the last 17 years! Being an 18 Year old woman I feel more safe there than what i do in Cambridge! and that is meant to be one of the best university cities in the world! It isnt! If you dont like it then dont go or dont live there at the end of the day it is your own person choice! But dont bring Salford's reputation down! I am looking forward to starting my Nursing degree at Salford and as i said its better there than cambridge! and that is meant to be Toff capital!
People might grumble about the area of Salford: it's very ugly. Educational standards are obviously the most important thing, and are poor.
Now in the final year of my psychology/sociology joint honours BSc, I have been dismayed by the standard of teaching and knowledge imparted through out. The psychology department is just rubbish. I am hugely disappointed at how vague, outdated or inaccurate the teaching has been. As I understand it, the Open University introduction to Psychology seems much better than 3 years here :-(
Sociology has some engaging lecturers and provides a reasonable overview of the subject. However they struggle to find ways to get us to think seriously about any of the method or theory covered, and it is college, not uni, standard. Two stars instead of one in recognition of the supportive, engaging academics in the sociology department. But read a good textbook and save £10K
The workload is designed to accomodate part-timers, even on these full time degrees. This has advantages for many students, but our learning suffers.
Socially I have also been unable to meet anyone cool or interesting, and class discussions are dire.
Beware - it might pretend it's a university, but it's just a bumped up college.
I am in my second year of a joint nursing and social work degree here, and it is only available at a handful of universities.
I can only review the health and social care campus (Frederick road), as this is where i am based.
As with everything, there are some positive and some negative issues here.
This university has strong links with NHS trusts, social care, and other areas, which benefits the students.
So far all of the lecturers and tutors who i have come into contact with have been very nice.
The negative issues here are the canteen charging a fortune, for rubbish food and rubbish portion sizes. I would say bring your own lunch if possible, otherwise you will be spending lots of money on food and drink.
Since the beginning of this academic year, there has been water available, which means you can now fill your water bottles up instead of paying for each bottle from the shop.
The library is well stocked, but it seems that all the computers in the computer suit get taken up quite quickly at lunch when you want to do some printing.
Salford does seem a bit rough around the edges, but you get this all over the UK. Just take the usual precautions as you would do at home and you will be ok.
The student night life isn't that good, and my friends who live in the student halls said that they had to tag along with other universities ( eg manchester met) for a good night out during freshers week.
Also, the student bar isnt open during the summer, which isnt fair because nursing students are actually at university during the summer, unlike other students.
I do appreciate that nursing students arent actually in all summer as we are out on placements, but it would be good to be open once or twice a week so we could meet up.
I feel very angry about people saying how rubbish Salford university is as my experience has been nothing but wonderful. I have studied and gained degrees at two other universities and Salford is by far the best of them all. I am currently studying Midwifery and the teaching, support and facilities are nothing short of examplary. I can not speak for all courses, neither can the rest of the reviewers, so i think it is unfair to say the university as a whole is dreadful, each person can only speak for the course they are doing, plus it all comes down to personal preference. I feel it is very sad that people are saying that the university is bad just because they don't like Salford it's self.
So, for anyone thinking of taking Midwifery, these are the facts! Nursing and Midwifery are housed in the new Mary Secaole building, all of the equipment is new and state of the art. The lectures and placements are fantastic and tutor support is top notch, and example of this is my personal experience. I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I was very ill during my first year of my course. The university staff bent over backwards to help me through the illness and to keep me on the course, something I know that I would not have gotten at other universities. My mentor was just voted midwifery mentor of the year ( that is accross all of the midwifery mentors linked to all of the universities in the country!) which should give an example of the teaching quality at Salford university!Also they have just had an NMC ( nursing and midwifery council) review which was outstanding!
These facts should speak for themselves. My personal opinion is that the university is wonderful, the midwifery program is fantastic and the tutors very supportive. However, as i said that's my opinion and experience of once course.
I really hope this helps address the balance and shows the good at Salford university as it really isn't as bad as people are making out. I am not street wise, I come from a very middle class family and i do admit Salford city was a bit of a shock to me, as for the crime, well i park on the university car park on the frederick road campus, i drive a brand new Mercedes S-class and i have had no problems at all!!!!!
Can Anyone Help?Im Currently From Swindon And Planning To Go Into The Sports Area My Mates Brother Goes To Salford And Loves It.Is It Really That Rough Or Are People WWell Over Exaggerating?
Where to start.
First of all, if you are hoping to study a technology-based subject or a science-based subject at Salford, you will be promised the earth on an Open Day. You will see excellent facilities and become excited about the prospect of learning in a cutting edge environment.
I advise people to take photographs of these wonderful facilities on the open day, because it is the last you will ever see of them. When you actually start your education here, you will be expected to somehow muster reserves of enthusiasm whilst using knackered, ancient (and usually broken) equipment from which to realise complex scientific ideas. If you can manage this, fair play to you. Most cannot, which probably explains the 25% non-Completion rate at Salford.
The teaching is highly variable. Some, to their eternal credit, are brilliant and will help you as best they can. Most, however, are totally useless. Some of the courses were designed upwards of 10 years ago and have barely been revised since. I have been given exam papers which have been identical to exam papers issued in previous years of study (!!). Some have not changed in four/five years.
The Libraries can be very good, depending on what you need them for. If you need to rely on access to up-to-date journals and publications for the bulk of your academic activity, then forget it. If however you simply need access to books then you are probably fairly well catered for.
Accommodation is an absolute disgrace - almost all of it has been privatised and barely improved as a result (although naturally the prices have exploded). Most of it is effectively a glorified Borstal - the buildings are surrounded by enormous iron gates (because burglary rates are so high) and your "room" is almost identical to a prison cell. None of it is catered, all of it is within proximity of violence/drugs/psychopaths. Myself and my friends were attacked outside of one Halls of Residence by two Local Yokals for (allegedly) moving an empty cardboard box - one of our group was lucky to escape with his life after the thugs attempted to stamp his head into the curb (yes, seriously).
The Students' Union is a total disaster. They have just closed their only nightclub (which is the only nightclub in the entire city - yes, seriously) and the one remaining bar has all the atmosphere of a Neapolese funeral. Some of the societies are well managed, although they have to make do with shoestring budgets and a terribly run system of Student Union management.
Extracurricular activities are very thin on the ground. Plenty of Societies start up in September but die mid-year. There is not enough support available for those that are well run and there are not usually enough established networks for new societies to engage in much.
Campus Facilities... There is a gymnasium which is far too small to be fit for purpose. There is also a swimming pool which suffers from the same problem. On the plus side these are free if you agree to endure certain halls of residence for a year.
The place has dived through the rankings for a very good reason (it is, according to every league table, one of the worst Universities in the country). The University's one, forlorn hope is their new campus at MediaCityUK. To be fair, this is a fairly exciting venture and Salford Quays is a highly attractive setting. I anticipate it will still be a case of lunatics running the asylum, and so would not encourage people to get too excited about the activity there.
If you are hoping to study a technology or science based degree, my strongest recommendation is to avoid this University at all costs. If you are hoping to study Nursing or History, then it may be able to cater adequately for you, providing you are willing to accept some deeply discouraging elements to the University and are willing to put a tremendous amount of work in (it is the only way of making up for the University's failings).
As a current student at Salford University I am happy to say that in my opinion Salford University has catered well to my studying needs and I am finding university life very enjoyable. They have sufficient computer suites that suit most students' needs and the teaching staff are very helpful and know their subjects well.
The extra activities that the university provides are exciting and a great way to socialize with other students and I feel that the university offers help to students when needed whether it is personal, financial or simple course related queries. The university has a wide range of coffee shops and canteen areas to catch up on work or simply to meet up with friends and the staff are very friendly.
In my opinion I feel I made the right choice when choosing to attend Salford University for my degree and I am enjoying every minute of University life.
My daughter who is 18 years of age has written this review, just to give people an insite into the university she goes to, she cant comment on the halls of residence as she lives near enough to the university to commute, saving lots of money.
I have read a lot of bad reviews on this website for Salford University, and to be honest they do NOT do it justice. I applied for a lot of the top uni's, but missed the grades, and so opted to attend Salford Uni, and I am so glad I did.
I am doing a degree in Biology, and it is everything i could have hoped for. The course is structured and interesting, the lecturers are very helpful, and yet still make time to get to know the students (through pub trips, actual uni trips, and just general conversation). The lab lessons are also very interesting and well planned.
I have also met an amazing group of friends, who i have clicked with, and it feels like we've been friends for ages. Salford also offers a huge range of activities to do in your free time. I have taken up climbing, at the climbing centre in the Uni's sports centre, and not only have i found an activity that i love, but i've met even more friendly people, and have signed up for the ice climbing trip in February!
A lot of these review focus on the area of Salford, but to be honest, i never even have to go there! I applied late, so I had to get private accommodation in Manchester, and "commute" the 20 minutes into uni each day, so i get the best of both worlds! I have been to two types of uni accommodation that Salford offers, John Lester and Eddie Coleman halls, and Castle Irwell, and both are friendly and have a strong sense of community. JL and EC have both just been renovated as well, so they are very enjoyable places to live. As for Salford being a grotty area, well i'm from Croydon in South London, so to me it feels normal! haha!
I guess i wanted to write this review as i was annoyed at all the negative reviews i have seen for Salford. It is a very nice uni, with lots of great, modern facilities, and nice friendly people. So if you are thinking of coming, dont be put off by the negative reviews, it really is a nice place, and im definately going to enjoy my remaining time here.