(Original post by Angrystrudel)
Don't both with Tap n Tin... rammed. You can barely move and it takes like 30 mins to get to the bar (or just send the girls?). Buttt it's £1 drinks... so we go like once a month or so. Thursday nights at Casino Rooms is better but they are meant to be closing the downstairs bit and turning it into a strip bar (???) so that'll probably turn bad soon.
Anyway, don't bother making notes if you don't want to. Some lecturers just read straight off them. Exceptions? Dr Gibb (is that his name? Sorry... shows how much I listen haha), who does immunology, gives a lot of info which isn't on the lecture notes and Dr Lall leaves gaps in his notes so you need to either a) listen and fill in the gaps or b) wake up every few minutes and copy your friends.
In answer to the OPs questions... first year timetables vary between groups (A-D). You are with everyone for lectures (all 140-150 students) in the Pilkington Open Space (big room which resembles your school's gym during GCSE exam week) and Lecture theatre. But, for your workshops and labs (either in teaching rooms, like a school classroom, or in the labs themselves), you will be with your group (stuck with them all year haha!).
Monday: 9-11am: Patient Disease and Drug Action 1 lecture 11-1pm: Medicines Design and Manufacture 1 lecture 1pm-2pm Lunch 2-5pm Patient Disease and Drug Action 2 Workshop
Tuesday: 9-11am: Patient Disease and Drug Action 2 lecture 11-1pm: Pharmacy Practice 1 lecture 1pm-2pm Lunch 2-5pm Medicines Design and Manufacture Lab
Wednesday: 9-12pm Pharmacy Practice Dispensing Lab 12pm-1pm I believe they have Maths practice for an hour these days? 1pm-onwards Afternoon off for sports and activities (universal for all students on campus)
Thursday: 9-11am: Patient Disease and Drug Action 2 lecture 11-1pm: Patient Disease and Drug Action 1 lecture 1pm-2pm Lunch 2-5pm Afternoon off perhaps?
Friday: 9-2pm Morning Off perhaps? 2-4pm Medicines Design and Manufacture 1 lecture
My advice would be to get as many points in the bag before your final exams (coursework, interim assessments!). You'll get a lab report to write up (just one out of all the labs you do that year) for PDDA 1, PDDA 2 and MDM 1 (total of 3 write-ups for the year across all subjects worth 20% of your final grade for each module). Oh, and you'll get a written dispensing exam and maths exam in PP1. Plus, you'll have two interim assessments (Dec/April) worth 10% each for each module.
So, 20% coursework, 20% interim assessments and 60% final exam. Roughly speaking, get 75% ish for your coursework and interim assessments and you've already got 30% of your final mark before your exam. Hence, you only need 66% in this example to still get a first. Don't leave yourself too much to do basically come end of year.
Er... all in all... not the most reputable university but certainly one of the best in my opinion. You'll be surprised how much more you will know compared to pre-reg students who have been to other unis (even year 2/year 3!). Teaching standard is good - it's swings and roundabouts obviously but the majority are very helpful. Biggest tip from me would be to not see 40% as a target... aim to know as much as possible and then, if the worst happens, you still get a 2.1.
First week? Liberty Quays is really great. Enjoy it. Eat loads of dominos (you'll probably see me there haha) and live out of Tesco Express. They're opening a coffee shop too so you can take girls for a sophisticated latte rather than just going to Subway and saying, "fancy a 6" sub?". (Don't take that the wrong way
). Hang around in the kitchen and cook food with ur housemates, watch films together, go to the freshers barbecues etc (again, I'll be there pretending to be a fresher probably so I can get free food). Coopers is good because everyone knows everyone (student pub thing) and they actually have some good nights during freshers week (then turns pretty dire for the rest of the year i'm afraid).
I've just spent like an hour of my sunday afternoon typing this so I'm going to stop now but yeah, you'll like Medway. The area the university is in is frankly awful (Gillingham/Chatham!) but the campus itself is very nice and the facilities are good too (especially the massive library). Last bit of advice? Nandoes is in Chatham Maritime (10 minute walk from the front of uni by the way).