I will just directly ask...
is this sunderland uni worth to take??
im really confuse as some people say its bad and some just said ok..
is the environment good and the people are nice?
My, my, my...
I didnt expect this much reply >.<
Seriously, thanks for all your advice
I am still choosing which uni to choose though... 3 more days to go before the UCAS deadline ^^
Last edited by ekong2; 12-01-2012 at 13:30.
Reason: saying my thanks ^^
OP, be a bit cautious of some of the posts here. You might notice that most of these replies are by people from Newcastle and/or support Newcastle United. So there is bias It's not the nicest city in my opinion but it's not a dump either. My cousin studied at Sunderland for her teaching degree and had an awesome time, as I'm sure many people do. I wouldn't say it, or indeed any university, is "unfriendly". All have large numbers of people, young and old, with interesting and contrastic personalities. The city is quite warm and welcoming and its crime rate is quite reasonable. Some suburbs are quite deprived but you're unlikely to spend much time there.
All universities advertise in one way or another. Aberdeen keep sending me Christmas and birthday cards (after just asking for a postgrad prospectus), what about the Russell Group universities and other former polytechnics advertising on TSR? Or the likes of Harvard advertising on youtube? They are competing against other universities for applicants so need to get their name out there as much as possible. It doesn't mean they are desperate or the teaching is poor. Sunderland maintains quite high levels of student satisfaction across many of its courses and, though not an ideal measurement of teaching quality, it (and its teaching quality scores) suggest that, as with any multi-faculty university, it does have some very strong departments (Primary teaching, pharmacy, ICT...)
(Original post by jokosor)
Let's put it this way, any UNI that bothers sending advertisements about their courses to students who haven't applied to them YET, is pretty much desperate. It is then up to you to decide whether them being desperate means that their teaching is poor. I'm quite sure I got 1 or 2 leaflets/booklets from them.
Sunderland and Newcastle are both cities, not towns.
(Original post by accountant-future)
Disgraceful comments :/
The uni used to be an absolute dump, but since it's refurbishment - it's become more popular in the eyes of the country and has won the award of the North East's best university
The town is sadly overshadowed by Newcastle's, but the town of Newcastle is pretty much what you see on Geordie Shore, they're all like that in Newcastle of my experience...
The uni specialises in journalism, but has received great comments on it's courses of Business, ICT and Media
The accommodation is far cheaper to Northumbria and Newcastle - but just as good!
Not saying the uni is exceptionally brilliant, but to call it a dump or Sunderland an awful city - then you need challenged!
Make your own mind up, go and see the campus itself...it's not a dump, I assure you
So you've met all 300,000+ people in Newcastle, or 800,000 across Tyneside? Yes, there are "Geordie Shore" types and a binge drinking culture, as there is in all parts of the country, but Newcastle remains a vibrant city with a cultural and nigtlife scene that far eclipses Sunderland's and is internationally recognised. The Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle has the largest independent library outside London and is one of the oldest of its kind (and the first building in the world to be lit be electric light ), the Theatre Royal is the second home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Baltic (techincally in Gateshead, I know) has just finished hosting the Turner Prize with impressive attendances. The city centre is one of the most beautiful in the country. I could go on. But don't get irked by people saying Sunderland is a dump and then suggest Newcastle is one. You'll hardly get these things where everyone "just wants to gan and get pissed and ****".
As already pointed out it won the award of "Best NEW University", in other words the post-1992 (former polytechnics), so the only competition is Northumbria and Teesside and Sunderland is no "better" than Northumbria, at least. I'm not dismissing the award (well, actually, I am...but that's I do most of these University of the year awards; it wasn't that long ago that another university in the region, Teesside, won university of the year and that was amongst all universities in the country) but I do recognise its strengths and the improvements it has made. But this is very different to it being definitively the best university in the region, including Durham and Newcastle.
Solution: Go to Sunderland but stay in Newcastle
Live in a city increasingly recognised for its quality of life and particulary is student friendliness and commute to Sunderland by Metro.
(Original post by leaaahhxx)
I went to look at Sunderland mainly because I could combine photography with journalism and i liked the courses there. Mainly because I don't know exactly what I want to do, if i wanted I could go to a more academic uni but it would mean giving up photography as none of the academic uni's (york/sheffield/) etc do it. But out of all my open days (12) Sunderland was my favourite, definatley the most friendly, the facilities were great and all the tutors were really realistic and helpful. Also the best canteen food out of all the university's i've visited hahahaha. It is disheartening to hear everyone say such bad things about the city, especially as travelling 4 hours home is a long way if the city's so poor, so i'm stuck between somewhere nice to live for three years and to me a nice uni
But the university itself is impressive, and the accomodation and sports were all good, plus as someone from wayy down south of Sunderland the accents great
In all seriousness, it's not too bad, but it will not offer the major city experience of a Newcastle, Manchester or Glasgow. I can't comment much on its clubs and nightlife but you are close to the coast (beach within walking distance of the city centre) and you can still travel to Newcastle if you fancy nights out there. Sunderland is still a relatively safe city, it's just I find its city centre uninspiring from an architectural point of view (contrast to Newcastle) and it comes across more as a large town. It does have some great cultural attractions, the Empire theatre is the largest between York and Edinburgh and hosts West End productions, just not in the same quantity as Newcastle. But there's no reason why you can't have the best of both cities as they are just a Metro journey apart.
The city is also becoming increasingly popular as a centre for IT and hi technology, so I imagine with will fit in well with the university's relevant departments.
Last edited by River85; 22-01-2012 at 08:50.