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I chose Birmingham University due to it's promixity to my house plus it's excellent reputation. I chose Computer Science because that's what interests me and they seem to have excellent facilities such as UNIX labs.
So first the good points -
- Very good UNIX lab - They have an NT lab, although it is very small and often crowded - Some of the lecturers are very nice and very helpful - The library is useful and easy to use - I've met some very nice people on the course - Some modules are really excellent, especially the cognitive science ones - Eike Ritter!
Now the bad points -
- No real common room - One tiny lecture theatre, so be prepared to walk across the campus regularly - Some lecturers are inhuman. - Computer Science Society (COGS) isn't very successful due to the fact that computer scientists don't like being told what to do or where to go. - The Software Engineering modules are incredibly annoying and very Dilbert - Certain staff in the school office should be poisoned (I'm not being harsh, they think that students are scum) - Jim Yandel
Computer Science is obviously an afterthought, a department tacked on to the University. In a few years I'm sure it will have vastly improved, especially with lots of useful suggestions from the students and support from the University. I've met a lot of great people on the course, and you could definitly do a lot worse, but if you are a hardcore techie programmer, you will find the Software Engineering part infinitly annoying.