Whilst the attempt to convey legitimacy and prestige from the University of Manchester is obviously necessary to maintain it's position as one of the most respectable universities in the country, this has been the cause of a few disappointments for me personally in that it's rigorous identification with scientific methods and rationality (as an institution rather than on a faculty level) means that there is a sense of distance and impartiality that has occasionally left me feeling lost. I had dreams of lectures who would guide and encourage me as a thinker but a lot of the time I have felt that a lot of doing well is regurgitating information. Maybe this is unfair and the case across the board of all universities. However I felt that there was an institutional lack of passion which stifled the drive and buzz of my lectures who were at pains to stay practical. Furthermore, I felt that the most disappointing thing was contact time was kept to an absolute minimum. I was timetabled for 8 hours a week throughout first and second year and although I appreciate that it's a "funding" problem I just think it's totally unacceptable and meant that so much potential immersion in the discipline was lost. Whilst I appreciate that higher education has an emphasis on self-study and self discipline there should have been opportunities for group debate and much more tutorial time. I often felt disconnected and lonely during my learning process.