Salford Uni vs Liveprool Uni vs Cov Uni vs Aston Uni vs NTU for Computer Science?

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I am not sure as to which University to pick as a firm or insurance. Would any be able to guide me in choosing the university that will provide the better computer science degree course?

So that you can do this accurately, I have provided information below which may be of significant help when providing a recommendation (Thank you):

What do you mean by 'better'?
When I use the term 'better', I am referring to:
the quality of teaching (are the lectures engaging?, do the lecturers use videos/graphics when teaching?).


the number and quality of opportunities available to me (will the uni offer a placement year, and is this with a reputable company?, is this uni partnered with any companies and are they reputable companies?, what do graduates say about their experience?, what opinion do employers have of this uni?)

What experience do you already possess?
I have moderate experience in game development in Unity3D, Scratch and Construct3D. I have little experience in app development in Swift and PWAs or (Progressive web apps).

I have significant experience in web development (personal setting) such as: ReactJS, Firebase database + File storage, Local storage, Vercel hosting, CDN, NPM NPX, UI/UX.

I have experience in python. Within, python, I have experienced web scraping (selenium & beautiful soup). However, I have not used matlib or panda (which I know to be the dominant technologies in the data science area of CompSci.). I have experience in MS excel and access, but not SQL. I do not have experience with ethical hacking or hacking of any kind excluding social engineering.

I am also interested in: AI. Penetration testing. Data analytics. Machine learning.

What type of teaching is most beneficial to you?
I prefer a teacher that inspires thinking and a 'problem-solving' mindset. I prefer a brief explanation of the fundamental concepts and then the freedom to approach a topic in a hands-on manner. I like to share/teach my knowledge to other people and I enjoy presentation activites. A university which encourages a 'problem-solving' mindset and allows for hands-on and independent learning would be most beneficial to me.

Any other information that may be relevant?
I am the type of student who may progress ahead of everyone during the first semester but drops off in the second semester. I have been diagnosed with ADHD by a doctor which may contribute to this. A university with good support services would benefit me.

These are the universities for which I have applied for:
x. The University of Salford.
x. The university of Liverpool.
x. Nottingham Trent University.
x. Coventry University.
x. Aston University.


I believe I have provided the sufficient amount of information necessary to painting an accurate image of me as a student so that you may are more informed when providing recommendation as to which university would best suit an individual such as me. .

Thank you, in advance.
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Hi!

Nice to meet you, my name is Chris and I currently study Games Technology at Coventry University (not computer science but very similar and in the same building, I can put you in contact with a specific student advocate for Computer Science if you'd like more specific information).

I'll try and give some information but you're more than welcome to contact me with any specific questions.

So, I can't give any information regarding the computer science lectures specifically but generally speaking and from my experience in Games Tech, Cov Uni uses what's known as an "Activity Led Learning" approach to teaching. This means that you'll learn primarilly via doing, so you'll do lots of things like exercices and practical learning methods.

As far as opportunities go, you expressed an interest in game dev so I'll give you info regarding that, Cov Uni has the luck of being very close to Leamington Spa (knowns as Silicon Spa) which is a huge hub for the games industry in the UK. This means that you'll be able to attend game dev events, have guest talks from industry and even have good opportunities for internships should you choose to take an optional "Sandwich Year" (between 2nd and 3rd year of Uni).

I hope that helps, the fact that you expressed interest in industry opportunities and hands-on learning makes me think that you should definitely consider this University, if you have any more questions let me know!

-Chris
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(Original post by UniStudrnt010)
I am not sure as to which University to pick as a firm or insurance. Would any be able to guide me in choosing the university that will provide the better computer science degree course?

So that you can do this accurately, I have provided information below which may be of significant help when providing a recommendation (Thank you):

What do you mean by 'better'?
When I use the term 'better', I am referring to:
the quality of teaching (are the lectures engaging?, do the lecturers use videos/graphics when teaching?).


the number and quality of opportunities available to me (will the uni offer a placement year, and is this with a reputable company?, is this uni partnered with any companies and are they reputable companies?, what do graduates say about their experience?, what opinion do employers have of this uni?)

What experience do you already possess?
I have moderate experience in game development in Unity3D, Scratch and Construct3D. I have little experience in app development in Swift and PWAs or (Progressive web apps).

I have significant experience in web development (personal setting) such as: ReactJS, Firebase database + File storage, Local storage, Vercel hosting, CDN, NPM NPX, UI/UX.

I have experience in python. Within, python, I have experienced web scraping (selenium & beautiful soup). However, I have not used matlib or panda (which I know to be the dominant technologies in the data science area of CompSci.). I have experience in MS excel and access, but not SQL. I do not have experience with ethical hacking or hacking of any kind excluding social engineering.

I am also interested in: AI. Penetration testing. Data analytics. Machine learning.

What type of teaching is most beneficial to you?
I prefer a teacher that inspires thinking and a 'problem-solving' mindset. I prefer a brief explanation of the fundamental concepts and then the freedom to approach a topic in a hands-on manner. I like to share/teach my knowledge to other people and I enjoy presentation activites. A university which encourages a 'problem-solving' mindset and allows for hands-on and independent learning would be most beneficial to me.

Any other information that may be relevant?
I am the type of student who may progress ahead of everyone during the first semester but drops off in the second semester. I have been diagnosed with ADHD by a doctor which may contribute to this. A university with good support services would benefit me.

These are the universities for which I have applied for:
x. The University of Salford.
x. The university of Liverpool.
x. Nottingham Trent University.
x. Coventry University.
x. Aston University.


I believe I have provided the sufficient amount of information necessary to painting an accurate image of me as a student so that you may are more informed when providing recommendation as to which university would best suit an individual such as me. .

Thank you, in advance.
Hey UniStudrnt010,

Thank you for your message. I wrote a post similar to your thread so I will just quote below when I mentioned, which should hopefully help you inform your decision!

'From a Coventry perspective, I asked a few of my friends who study Computer Science and are currently finished for summer or on placement.
In summary:

The first year of the course is to get everyone on the same level and provide a foundational knowledge of Computer Science which incorporates learning material learned from A Level. Therefore, making first year quite easy if you have an A Level in Computer Science and won’t struggle to understand much of the concept compared to not having A Level knowledge.

Topics covered in first year include Programming Fundamentals (programming constructs like functions, variables, loops etc), Maths fundamentals for CS (Maths fundamentals for CS), Group project focused on a chatbot (not much taught explicitly more of like a "go explore and put stuff in"; e.g. web APIs, data parsing and a small amount of natural language processing), Software Design (managing large projects and design patterns), Computer architecture and networks (binary arithmetic, data representation, computer architecture of course), Object-oriented programming in c++, Group Project 2 (putting the content learned in object-oriented programming in c++ into practice making a basic text-based game) and Database Systems (big data concepts, ethics of data mining, database normalisation).
Furthermore, you’ll undertake an additional module known as the Advantage Module where you get to choose what you want to learn. From languages, to Microsoft to volunteering to learn how to write essays! You’ll be timetabled in once a week and be assessed at the end of the semester. This module helps to increase your employability to help enhance career prospects.

Assessments usually take place mid-term in the computer labs, the projects, or an end of semester exam, most of the programming theory modules are either all midterms or written exams, and the projects are coursework.

Class sizes vary depending on the module, you’ll be taught in lectures which include everyone on the course and then divided into tutorials and labs to allow more 1:1 with the lecturer and opportunity to engage in group work.

There’s also the option to take a placement year if you choose to where it’s up to you to find your own placement if you’re interested. The process of finding placement can be quite time consuming and it’s important to start searching early to provide you with the best opportunities available – meaning that you apply everywhere to increase the chances of getting response. The bonus about undertaking placement is earning a salary and getting a snapshot of what it would be like to work for a company and allows you to take a break from studying. It cements your knowledge and understanding and makes you realise how important your work is in the real world; especially knowing the codes you’re writing is in people’s systems in their homes.

Aside from the course, you do get time to socialise, join a society, and partake of events such as student nights. A few of the friends I asked had joined societies such as Esports, Snowsports and Criminology to help them meet new people.

Coventry as as city is very much a student city, with a host of connections from trains to coaches to taxis to take you where you want to go. Coventry to Birmingham for instance is only 20 minutes and costs around £3-£4! This is great if you’re interested in a night out! There are also plenty of entertainment places including the clubbing scene (JJ’s, Empire, Kasbah), ice-skating, Odeon, Spoons (Earl of Mercia, The Flying Standard), Riley’s sports bar where you can play pool, snooker or darts, be part of a society and meet up once a week and partake in their societal events or go to The Phoenix for open mic nights. There’s a leisure centre called The Wave with a massive swimming pool and a large slide which is cool. If you’re into cats, there’s a cat lounge. There are also definitely plenty of eateries so you’re never out of ideas if you’re interested in take-out! There’s also the library too if that takes your fancy. Or invest in some board games and have your own movie nights with your flatmates – that’s cool too!

In terms of friends, you’ll come across plenty of other students; many of those often in a similar situation as you so you’ll find that you’re never alone if you feel like you’re struggling or have no one to turn to. Whether you join a society and then leave or choose to stay in than go out, there is always someone else who is doing the exact same thing. In a way, by putting yourself out there you’ll end up meeting more people crossing paths than just solely focusing on doing the course.'

Regarding your ADHD diagnosis, there is support from the university to support your studies, however, it's important you also take an active approach to making you get the support you deserve from the university. Make sure you have the relevant evidence required as you may be asked and be upfront about whatever needs you may require.

Your current experience with computing will hugely benefit you as you may be able to successfully complete the assignments and projects to a higher standard, providing you an advantage compared to the rest of your peers. As supportive as the lecturers can be, it's also up to you to make the most of the education and put forward what you're able to. If you have side projects you want to develop or if you want to push yourself with the help of the lecturers, they will help and advise you as best they can. The more enthusiasm you show on your course and the more effort you present yourself while studying, the higher the chances of success. Therefore, the more opportunities open to you.

Due to the changes in guidelines regarding the pandemic, your classes may be virtual however as things progress things may change and this will be dependent on the university to decide what happens with regards to teaching. You may get an option to do on-campus classes, virtual or a combination (if that's an option).

I hope this helps. If there is anything else you would like to know, let us know!

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