Why do people assume DMU is a bad university

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So i received an Unconditional offer from DMU and when i told my sister she said its a bad uni, a friend said it was a party uni another said i wouldn't even apply there
It is ranked 54th atm and people are saying i'd be better off applying for lower ranked uni's lower than DMU
i'm going to ignore and accept the unconditional but can someone tell me why it's so bad?
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Because it is
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(Original post by BashCrash)
So i received an Unconditional offer from DMU and when i told my sister she said its a bad uni, a friend said it was a party uni another said i wouldn't even apply there
It is ranked 54th atm and people are saying i'd be better off applying for lower ranked uni's lower than DMU
i'm going to ignore and accept the unconditional but can someone tell me why it's so bad?
I wouldn't listen to what other people think, I don't know much about this university apart from I have a friend who goes there and loves it. 😊 You are the one that is going to the university at the end of the day!

If you are happy that it is the right university for you then you will probably be happier studying there than somewhere a few places higher on the league tables where you don't feel comfortable being. League hables aren't everything, my favourite university so far is ranked 80 something overall but is 16th for my course and I liked it much more than the university that was ranked 2nd for my course 😊

And remember you don't have to rush to make a decision right now, wait to hear back from your other offers and don't be swayed by the fact that they are offering you an unconditional offer. On the other hand if you know that is the right uni for you and you can't imagine being anywhere else then go for it!

Congrats on the offer and good luck with deciding what you want to do! 😊
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It's not that great if you compare it to many other UK uni's. if you want to go there, then do so. If you think you are capable of going to a better institution, don't rush into accepting their offer. Where else have you applied to?


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OP you did say 'assume'. Not all do. I suppose it's in comparison to other UK universities.

Do what you want really. If you've already decided to accept the offer, then what difference will it make what others think? Or are you planning on changing your mind in accordance to the replies you get?

Best advice I can give is don't rush into things and once you've made up your mind on what you want to do, don't let others pit you off.
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(Original post by BashCrash)
So i received an Unconditional offer from DMU and when i told my sister she said its a bad uni, a friend said it was a party uni another said i wouldn't even apply there
It is ranked 54th atm and people are saying i'd be better off applying for lower ranked uni's lower than DMU
i'm going to ignore and accept the unconditional but can someone tell me why it's so bad?
Hi there OP I'm currently a student at DMU.
Some people would say it's not that good because of it's league table ranking.
Maybe it ranks lower for certain courses than others. Some might say that because it isn't as research focused as other universities that it isn't as good.
I wouldn't necessarily call it a party uni but there are a lot of people that go out to socials and club nights. There are tons of non-drinking societies and stuff though and something for everyone to get involved in
Maybe because DMU is quite a modern university compared to others? It has some history but it's always moving forward and trying to improve. It's a fairly young university compared to many others after all.
It could be because of Leicester itself has had a bad reputation for being quite "chavvy" in the past. That's not really a thing here anymore though. It's mostly a student based city that surrounds the 2 universities..
Currently the campus is being overhauled and updated which is pretty exciting as the SU areas are getting overhauled and improved for next year.
Personally, I love it here at DMU, the facilities are great, it's in the heart of Leicester and everyone around you is supportive.
I'd definitely recommend visiting the campuses of the unis that you're interested in (if you haven't already) and getting a feel for the vibes because your gut instinct is usually right about a place
All in all, reputations are easy to create and very difficult to change and get rid of. I don't know where it came from but I hope it changes when more people visit and see how nice it is here
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cos it was once a horrible uni, but nowadays its a decent one. dont let people tell you what a good and bad uni is, esp the people on TSR, who mainly dont even go uni ... and many are a bit soulless and see UNI as a place to get a great degree, so they can get a great Job to carry on the tick boxes of life; when in reality theyre gonna get a decent degree and work a normal job in their field, uni should be enjoyed; no other time in your life wil you have this much time, some money, not a lot and have an excuse to mess around and enjoy life and your hobbies, before you enter the world of work.. not to mention its the start of your adult life, where youll make many mistakes which are better done at uni rather than in the real world . if you think you would enjoy DMU and arent worried about it only being decent, nothing special or anything to shout about then go for it. UNI is what you make of it and other people shouldnt be factored in. if people from the best unis look down upon you, you have to remember unless they in london, they in a pretty crappy small urban area uni, where theyre most likely not having much fun and looking down upon you on their lonly cold room, trying to makeself feel about about their sad life. i really dont understand why people who go to uni look down upon others and the course they do... unless they do go to a **** uni Ofc and there are **** unis out there but DMU aint one in my book.

that being said do for the UNI that offers the best job prospects ofc, you dont need all the debt and hard work to not geta job at the end of it.
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I recieved offers from all 5 of my choices and DMU being one of them, it's ranking doesn't particularly bother me because it's all down to your effort and dedication to university no matter where it's ranked. And also I believe going to university is an achievement in itself, without feeling the need to brag about going to a better uni. I did get offers from higher ranked unis but chose DMU from attending their open day, I had a good vibe from the place
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It's not a bad uni. It's modern, got good facilities, it's growing and climbing the league tables and it's in a nice city with plenty of things to do. A lot of universities get unwarranted stick so don't worry about it. It's a good uni. I study here and it's swell
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Hey, I think it's just people's opinion. I am currently at DMU, studying architecture and I would not change where I am. At every uni there are people who party and drink, the choice is yours and depending on what you chose is all that you get out of it. All the friends I have made do not party or drink only a few friends on my course do. The buildings have also been improved amazingly!!! Our vijay Patel building for arts and humanities is amazing!!!!! I'm there whenever I'm not in lectures. Don't let others out you down. Go check it out see what your course is like and if it feels right for you, go for it! X
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I received an unconditional too and was not sure whether to firm it because its a 'bad uni' but this has been very helpful, thanks!
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(Original post by BashCrash)
So i received an Unconditional offer from DMU and when i told my sister she said its a bad uni, a friend said it was a party uni another said i wouldn't even apply there
It is ranked 54th atm and people are saying i'd be better off applying for lower ranked uni's lower than DMU
i'm going to ignore and accept the unconditional but can someone tell me why it's so bad?
Probably most likely because it used to be a polytechnic until 1992ish. So its stil a baby uni compared to others. I am a student at DMU i've been here for a fair time, and I've very much fallen out of love with this place and can see the problems with it.
Pros and cons to help youre decision:
Pros:
-Convienient location nearby town.
-Good for if you are a arts student (Fashion, Architecthure etc)
- Large amount of clubs/socials
-Most lecturers and lower down staff are great and will work to help you as best as can within their limitations.

Cons:
-Overcrowded (library etc)
-If you do certain courses you can be very put out due to under-funding of the dept (Technology, engineering, IT etc) as theyve poured so much money elsewhere.
- Support facilities are stretched thin.
-Some of the admin staff higher up are absolutely awful and uninterested in sorting your problems.
-The price is being raised again and if youre going to be spending that much money you might as well go to a higher up uni if you have the chance.
- The careers/placement team are awful. (unless you're a business student)
- Lecturers arent appreciated enough by the uni (pay etc) which can lead to you get the occasional lecturer who never replies to your emails and/or is just disinterested in their work so it reflects on their teaching/assessments.

Neither pro or con (depending on how you see it)
-It is very image based, the uni cares DEEPLY about its appearance. To the point where they will fire people who work for them for speaking out.
-Theres a lot of student accommodation being built, but prices of rent are steadily rising to unreasonable prices for somewhere so far away from London.


In overall, its fine if your a student doing a subject thats heavily funded in the arts, lower down staff are great but the funding of the uni is very asymmetrical to where student services suffer and other subjects. Also if you have a problem you may have a hard time getting it sorted if its something that has to be sorted by the higher ups.
You'll also be fine if you're a business student too.


If youre doing a non arts subject and want adequate facilities, go elsewhere.
Hope thats of help.
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I did part time distance learning law...weekend lectures. A couple of female tutors were wonderful but the men....treated us with a mixture of hostility and amused contempt and one made grubby remarks about short skirts and called a woman a chick!! One tutor said he was glad he was leaving as it was "a mug's game" We were insulted by a rude librarian and shouted at by an invigilator !Poor student welfare and rotten IT..avoid avoid
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hi there

it would be great if you could come and see for yourself what DMU is about. Or next digital open day link is:

https://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/undergra...RoCr64QAvD_BwE

You will get an opportunity to gain an insight into our campus, facilities, courses we offer, speak to lecturers - staff and and students and have the opportunity to ask questions. The link above, allows yourself to book onto open day and you can certainly pick and choose from all the events available if there is something you really wish to be part of.

If we I can answer any queries, via this forum plesae do feel to ask. University is such a big decision you need to be sure you are attending the place that is right for you.

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DMU give most accepted applicants unconditional offers, since we became a teaching focused university students are how we make our money so we want to make sure we get as many as possible. This can of course have a negative impact on students, particularly those that need extra learning, medical or emotional support, as those services are shared between larger and larger numbers of students. Of course, it has no impact on the most dedicated, gifted or privileged students, and we are very careful to make sure that these are the students you will most likely meet on open days or in advertising and marketing materials. We have also reduced academic expectations on a number of courses to ensure that our student satisfaction scores aren’t upset by bad grades, this means that the training on courses which are not bound by professional registration or external governing bodies has become worse. To prevent this from causing drops in graduate employment we have started a large number of one year temporary positions open only to our graduating students.

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