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Review of "Teeside University"
Alot of these reviews are from students from a fair few years ago and I feel the need, as a current student, to defend Teesside Uni from some rather unfair criticism.LIBRARY
Personally I think the library is second to none. During term time the hours are very accommodating, and there is even talk of keeping it open 24 hours (for staff and students only). The range of books is diverse and useful, and there are numerous computers, making it unnecessary for students to have to get their own computer. There is even good non-contact through the library website, allowing online book reservations and renewals, saving alot of time for most students! The building itself is relatively new, and provides comfortable surroundings, and has a low tolerance on noise, which really is useful when you're trying to finish that all important essay! Beware of book fines however, these can mount up pretty fast (I suppose as an incentive to use online renewals more).
I can't really comment on the uni managed accommodation as I have never stayed there, I have only stayed in landlord managed. This however was decent, yet basic, and the area offers some of the cheapest uni accommodation around. However the area itself can be rough and noisy, and expect shouting in the middle of the night from not so quiet neighbours in some areas. On the good side most accommodation is but a short walk from town, eliminating the cost of taxis. I would be careful walking in areas of Middlesbrough at night, but then again that is true of most places.
Uni facilities very from ultra modern to pretty old. Subjecys such as sciences, computing, health and social care and sports benefit the most from the rejuvenation of the university, however even in the older buildings, these are still equipped with varying degrees of technology. All in all not bad, but some subjects may suffer due to lack of technology.
Again, certain subjects seem to be taught to a much higher standard than others, these being those listed above. Health and social care in partcular is very well taught, as is computing, however for some other academic courses, teaching may not be as up to standard as some of the more traditional universities.
The union is a new building offering a nightclub, bar, 2 cafes and a shop, as well as being a base for the various societies and clubs of the uni. These are good facilities, however I personally feel the nightlife of Middlesbrough itself is much better than that of the union. Clubs such as the Crown of Empire are huge hits with students, although I'd say the Crown is a bit more budget-friendly. There are also a few bars on campus offering cheap drinks and cheap food, meaning you'll never go 'thirsty' when you're at Teesside!
Not wanting to offend anybody, but central Middlesbrough (where unfortunately most of the uni accommodation is based) is not a place one would aspire to, and on first glance Middlesbrough itself may alter your choice of uni. However, it does actually have alot going for it. Either directly in the centre or in very close proximity lie many nightclubs, pubs, numerous eateries, large bowling complex, 2 multiplex cinemas, premiership football ground, as well as some pretty good shopping for a small town. So as long as it isn't take on aesthetic value, you do come to realise Middlesbrough is actually an active town, a pretty good place for a uni venue. Transport links are also very good, with regular buses to nearby Durham and Newcastle, as well as a train station, and a regular bus to nearby Durham Tees Valley airport. It is also pretty easy to drive around, a nice change I'm sure to some other less roadworthy university locations.
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