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University of Westminster

Westminster | South East England

City

Ucas code: W50

The University of Westminster is in the heart of London, attracting more than 20,000 students from 150 nation. With the Students' Union based at three central London campuses and a media campus at Harrow, you'll never be short of activities in the big smoke. Did you know UWSU takes hundreds of students to Amsterdam and on a sports tour in Spain every year.
Source:University of Westminster Students' Union

What students say about this university

Dialog 903 comments (248 students)
    • The downside

      We need more societies or to be more specific we need a wider range of different student societies.

      2012, 1st year, Modern Standard Arabic Language Studies

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    • Academic Experience

      The teaching has been absolutely great: lectures are engaging and informative, the academic staff on my course are excellent...

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      2016, 3rd year, Nutrition Not Elsewhere Classified

      Academic Experience

      The teaching has been absolutely great: lectures are engaging and informative, the academic staff on my course are excellent and make themselves accessible to students, and feedback is usually pretty comprehensive and timely. I wish there was more of a focus on research - the careers and employability stuff is all about going and working in industry, which is a shame. And I think the university will lose a few excellent academics over the next year or two unless it bucks up its ideas about funding PhDs - if the staff are expressing their displeasure/dissatisfaction to undergrad students, it must be bad! All in all, I'd say the academic staff are amazing and the management have probably forgotten what it's like to do academic jobs. It's the academic staff who actually provide the value in the university, and I think management would do well to remember that. Timetabling has been another issue - timetabling finals for consecutive days in the first week of May, when dissertation submission is a fortnight before (even less for students with disability/learning support needs) was the most stupid thing I think the Registry could do if they actually wanted us to do well in our exams. (We could only conclude that the Registry wanted us to fail everything!)So there are up-sides and there are down-sides to studying at Westminster. You get to learn from amazing people who really know their stuff and care about supporting you to achieve well, but you also have a fair bit of inept admin and out-of-touch management to deal with. Oh well, at least I don't work there ;-)

      2016, 3rd year, Nutrition Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Clearing

      About 3 hours per week of teaching (lectures and seminars)Content is interesting though some of the lecturers make it...

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      2016, 2nd year, Psychology Not Elsewhere Classified

      Clearing

      About 3 hours per week of teaching (lectures and seminars)Content is interesting though some of the lecturers make it boringMostly marked on essays and exams, not many practicalsFeedback is good, though the jump from 1st to 2nd year was harder than expected given the feedback in first yearPsychology facilities are really good but are not advertised well to students, I only found out about what facilities are available to us (for 3rd year projects etc.) through participating in a PHD student's experiment.

      2016, 2nd year, Psychology Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Nightlife

      the nightlife in central london is good but not university student nights out. we don't even have them. and the events my uni...

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      2016, 2nd year, Architectural Design Theory

      Nightlife

      the nightlife in central london is good but not university student nights out. we don't even have them. and the events my uni has not been good AT ALL!

      2016, 2nd year, Architectural Design Theory

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    • Nightlife

      It's London there is a massive verity of nightlife

      2014, 2nd year, Biological Chemistry

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    • Accommodation

      Raffled House (in comparison to other hall's I've bin in) is by far the best student accommodation I've been to. The...

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      2016, 1st year, Producing Motion Pictures

      Accommodation

      Raffled House (in comparison to other hall's I've bin in) is by far the best student accommodation I've been to. The receptionists are friendly as are the security and I've often gone passed reception to find free snacks available for residence (my favourite was either the pizza or bacon sandwiches). The only problem I've encountered is the infrequent wifi but Raffles House soon fixed the problem by handing out free routers to the flats, quickly resolving the problem. Some residence were very disgruntled by the lack of wifi for the first few weeks but if that's all you have to complain about, lets face it your accommodation is pretty good.

      2016, 1st year, Producing Motion Pictures

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 11,000 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Creative

64%

MED

Diverse local nightlife

58%

MED

Varied union activities

58%

LOW

Sporty

45%

LOW

Political

56%

MED

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £20k MED
Student score 77% MED

Overall student satisfaction

80%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

20,195

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

79%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

24%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

59%

of students are female

Young / Mature

17%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

31%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

58%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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