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As a final year student, I can look back at my time at Northumbria and overall rate it very highly.
Newcastle is a great City! It is an extremely pretty City with great nightlife and a real student buzz. A lot of people do not realise that Northumbria University is right in the Centre, next to Newcastle University. I believe it is up and coming in terms of its academics and other field such as sports; with a brand new state of the art multi million pound sports facilities Northumbria would suit any budding sports man or woman.
Having nearly finished my final year on the Estate Management degree (RICS accredited) I can overall conclude that I would rate the degree highly. I think the staff are very helpful and friendly and feel that the course is very engaging and the lectures are very friendly and most importantly up to date and interactive.
As with any course there are positives and negatives; my biggest negative would stem from my experience applying for jobs. I feel that Northumbria graduates are not as highly regarded down South, compared to other graduates for example from Reading University. On the other hand I feel that Northumbria students are highly regarded by Northern firms, which is an advantage if you wish to work in the North. This being said myself and other graduates have successfully attained graduate jobs in London and other regional cities in the South.
It is important to note that I personally have not undertaken a placement year, but a placement year is an option at Northumbria, in fact it is highly recommended by the University.
As a student who has finished their second year of Real Estate (RICS accredited) and is now going into my year in industry, I can say that I have really enjoyed my time at Nottingham Trent. The course is engaging and there are opportunities to go on site trips for practical experience and a paid for trip to a European city.The course is split into modules and they all seem to be relevant to whatever career path you wish to advance on. The majority of the lecturers have a considerable amount of experience in the property industry and therefore can advise you on how the theoretical knowledge can be applied practically in the "real world". Most lecturers respond to your emails promptly, but you do also get a personal tutor to help you if you cannot get a response.Personally by far NTU's biggest strength is their ability to gain its students placements. I am now on a placement that was completely set up by NTU. All I had to do was hand in a cover letter, CV, turn up to the interview and make a good impression. There placement service is one of the best in the country for the school of built environment as they have many contacts. The vast majority of my course have now managed to obtain a placement, which in a recession is quite an impressive feat.There facilities are also very good, all of my course was based at the city campus. It has recently had a multi-million pound overhaul and has brilliant new lecture theatres, library and soon to be completed student union and sports centre.The night life in my opinion is great, there are a multitude of places to go and a large variety bars and clubs and the prices are fair for both drinks and taxis.The negatives would be that group coursework can seem slightly unfair,as groups are created randomly and if the other people that your lecturer has assigned to your group do not have the same work ethic as you, then their idleness or lack of interest can effect your grade. Though apparently this is quite a widespread assessment method.Overall I believe NTU to be a very good university for my course and I am very grateful for all their help in gaining me a great placement. I look forward to going back after securing a 1st in my second year, and hope to carry that on to my final year. The weighting for the degree is 20% second year and 80% final year.