Friday, 7 August 2009

It seems that when people search for University of Nottingham, my blog does pop-up in these search engines ;D I went through my blog archives looking for post related to Notts and I found out that most of it was about how crap Notts is. Lol. By the way, I was talking about the Malaysia campus. Yes, I graduated from the Malaysia campus. Been to the UK campus at Mid Eastland for a bit. Was kind of 'lucky' to be chosen to represent the Women Basketball Team for the Malaysia campus.

Anyway, I thought I'd write-up about my opinions about Notts from all the four years I was at Notts. I'm just write whatever that comes up to my head, yea? So, if you're looking for a neat write-up, you can look else where.
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Alright, let's start with the day I went to their open day. The campus environment looks fine to me. Better than the one at Taylor or at HELP or so I thought but when I became a student there, I face the same shit students at Taylor or HELP face, or maybe worse. The weather at our campus is freaking hot as all the trees are still young and small. There's nothing they can shade. Especially the car park. There is no shaded car park and whenever you get into your car in between noon and evening, you are going to feel like as if you are entering a hot oven. How about when it rains? Well, when it rains, you are in deep shit if you do not have an umbrella in hand. Most parking is fairly far from the shaded area. There's also I thing I have to mention about their shaded walkway. If you think the shades work, you are so wrong because they don't. Fine, maybe 50% fulfilling its required function which means that the top of you body might not get wet. You might also not be able to avoid the sun under the shaded area during sometimes in the evening unless you walk right beside the pillar. That's how useless I would describe the shaded walkways in the uni. Most of the time, people using these walkways will get wet in the rain. Hence, an umbrella is very handy and good luck to those wearing heels because they will definitely get wet. I almost forgot to mention the Sports complex is up on a hill slope and it is not connected with a shaded walkway.
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Anyway, back to their open day. Some staffs are over friendly (sweet talkers) as they will try to get you into the uni which means they will give you a positive feedback to all your questions. Example...


"We practice a culture of freedom with our students. You can even graffiti the admin building wall if you want"

... and then you will be thinking,” Wow, what an amazing place to study!” The hell they actually practice that. Student’s freedom in this uni is just the same as others. Sometimes worse when you try to get an approval on some functions. The other staffs which I met were not so friendly and very discouraging. They would say things like...


"You are not qualified at all. You need to start from the very beginning of the Foundation Programme. You are just wasting your time and will not make it if you insist on even starting on the 2nd sem of the Foundation year"

... when I basically have the ability to start in the 2nd sem and do well. She could have at least chosen some better words and speak in a more polite manner. The hell, she spoke as if she is talking to a prisoner with all hope lost.

One of the person in-charge during the Open Day also told me of the opportunity to have the chance to study in Uk for my 2nd year EXCLUDING the FACT that I have to achieve 60% average on my first year result to be given the chance to option this opportunity. Sounds like a scam or I would say, felt cheated once you found out about that when you have completed your 1st year there and eager to apply for the 2nd year mobility in Uk campus.
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Parking spaces are very very limited. This is one thing I do not understand. Most parking is at the student's accommodation area which is far away from the main central teaching area. The parking bays in the main parking area are extremely limited and you will definitely not get a car park there unless you are a staff or unless you arrive at 10 a.m. (that is when student's cars are allowed into that area), when everyone leaves for lunch or when everyone leaves for the day. There are loads of lands there for beds of grasses but not car park which is extremely weird. Even when they create new buildings as an extension plan, there only create a small number of car parks which is basically, to accommodate the staffs.
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The canteen use to suck very very very very badly. The first few batch of students studying in the Broga campus have to endure the kazillion number of FLIES during their meal there. You bet, there are more flies than the people there. The tables are chairs are sometimes just simply wiped (Notice I said wiped, not cleaned) and that is it. The tables are also sometimes shaky due to the loosen screws. The meals are god damn expensive and the portion is god damn little. Sometimes, they are even the place flies use to hangout for their own party. If I had the choice, I would definitely not eat what they offer. Even after much complains, the company that managed the canteen stayed on for 3 years. We only get the change of management on the 4th year. There are still flies, but less and there is now more variety of food. However, there is one thing which I don't really like. Beefs are allowed but not porks. We all understand that some people who consume pork does not consume beef and vice versa but WHY would you allow beef if you do not allow pork? It is clearly unfair. Equality should be practised especially in an education foundation. Other than that, I would grade the food provided a little higher than acceptable other than the waffles. They are usually not crunchy but soggy and the flies does land of the jam and what so ever that they provide. The Ramli burger is yummy and quite irresistible although I know they are actually not good food for our health.
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Some lecturer are nice, some are not. I was told that most lecturer would be from the UK campus when I enter 1st year but I found out that most of them are local. We even had this Finance lecturer for my 2nd year module if I am not mistaken. I have nothing against her but she seems to be lacking much practical experience and it had caused the students to suffer. I was not expecting this when I enrolled at Notts after paying so much for the fees. Still, she managed to improve after that which is not so bad after all. There are worse cases. I heard from a friend that there is this lecturer who is seldom in the uni and have delayed and cancelled classes for a few times and mind you, they had this lecturer for one of their module in their final year final sem. What is worse is that they are given a whole new set of notes for their preparation for the final paper after they have completed all the lectures and we only have like less than half a month to prepare for the exam. Fun?
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The library is extremely small and the resources are obviously not enough to accommodate all students. Every time when the new semester starts, once the students get the book list, they will rush to the library first thing when they get a break during the first class and grab the god damn book. Unless you are rich enough to buy a book, no problem for you. This has then caused a bad habit to form in the students which is the Photostating habit. It's illegal I know but I guess this has become the Malaysian habit. Piracy & duplication. Worst case scenario happens during study breaks. If you are not in the library first thing in the morning, don't even bother checking in near afternoon because there will definitely be no place for you. Also, the library will be freaking noisy. Noisy as if it is a meeting room instead. Weird, I know. The library is supposed to be at its most quiet moment during the study break but it seems like the opposite happens. Some student are just plain ignorant and stupid because they just talk like there is no tomorrow, irritating all the rest who wants to study. I don't understand why the hell they even bother going to the library. To feel the air-condition? The librarians are of little help. Some even stop to join the talking crowd of student. Like... *speechless* What the hell? Hello? |-| Weird, right?

They also have this stupid very inefficient machine which they ask the students to use when they want to borrow books. Basically, you slot in your card, scan the book's barcode and you can have the book for the allowed duration NOT! This machine is really dumb and troublesome. If you are lucky, all these processes go smoothly and you will be ready to exit the library with the book. If not, you will be stuck there for sometime retrying the damn process over and over again. Sometimes when you head to the librarians, they will treat you like a noob and ask you to use the machine and even teach you again or demo it for you until they realize that it really doesn't work, then will they take your card and book to their counter and do the borrowing process for you. How hard is that? They also give me the impression that they are lazy and unfriendly. Not all, but mostly.

There was once I needed some a4 paper for the Photostate machine and they just gave me like 30 pieces even though I told them I need more than that. Hello? Are you afraid that I will take the papers home because I can't afford a4 papers? So, so, so rubbish of them. I even caught them doing something very unethical once when I passed the counter. They checked out one of the student's library profile which contains picture and other information when the student became the talk of the uni after involving in a car accident. I knew this because they had recently implemented another monitor for the student to see the processing by the librarian. On another case, a librarian shut off the monitor facing the students when she is doing the processing. Like, hello? Is that not the function? To let us see what you are processing? Maybe she has opened up a programme which she is not supposed to. Wtf.
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The toilets are dirty and has a little stench most of the time but still bearable. There are moments when I found them clean of course. What is surprising is that most of the time when I found the toilets dirty, the cleaners will be hiding in the toilet store room either playing with their hand phone, talking on the phone or just plain hiding. There was once when there was no toilet paper available and my friend went into the toilet store room to get one after she saw a cleaner bringing in a whole stack of toilet roll into the store room and left. However, she got a shock when she opened up the door and found another cleaner sitting there playing with her phone. *sweat*? It is very irritating when there is no toilet paper available because very obviously, they did not take the initiative to replace the empty roll of paper.
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The sports complex facilities are very limited. Most of the gym equipment are spoilt and not replaced. There are 5 basketball courts and all are outdoor courts. Most of the time, only 2 will be available for basketball players while two will be a futsal court and 1 will either be netball or volleyball court. Still, I think the facilities available are sufficient compared to most private uni.

It is most annoying when the stupid bat ball players decide to play in the space between the courts because it is so fucking dangerous and painful when their bloody ball hits a person who is around the area. I have tried to talk nicely to them but they are just so god damn ignorant and rude. We have complained to the sports officer multiple times but he just could not make them obey.

One important point to know is also that if you ever get selected for the uni team, don't bother getting excited because if you want a coach, go get one yourself and pay for it yourself because the uni will not do it for you.

The campus joints the organization of a tri-campus game last academic year and it was quite a havoc I would say. Students were promised numerous things but it didn't turn out as promised and the student gave in and suffered a lot just to go on with the schedule. However, it was a relief that most of the important concerns were resolved before we departed to Uk. I have to admit it was a good opportunity for the selected students to get to compete in Uk and mingle with the students from the other two campuses with sponsored flight tickets, accommodation and food though. Never heard of other uni offering such thing.
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The accommodation on campus is freaking freaking expensive.
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The most of the Student Association committee members sucks.
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The internet connection truly sucks because it is even slower than the one at home but I heard that this is the fastest among all campus.
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Most of the organizers of functions do not come to this uni. I wonder why.
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I am not fond of their academic timetable because the study break before exam is short most of the time. Durations of about 2-3weeks. Sometimes, the exam timetable is crappy as well because it does not give you sufficient time to revise the next paper. Sometimes, they keep changing the timetable even after the study break has started and it messes up with my study timetable.
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The famous Broga hill climb opposite of the Rabbit Farm is just nearby. ;) Other than that, there's no big shopping mall around for your entertainment. Parents would like this as they think students with these environments will tend to focus more on their studies. The truth is, they will need more time to go to the city mall and travel back. Hence, less time for them to study. No? Well, this depends on each individual.
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The bachelor degree here for science art students complete in 3 years instead of 4 but I have to warn you that the academic timetable is extremely packs. You finish a year in about 8 months in a row before you get a summer break of about 4 months at the end of the academic calendar. Also, for science art students, each academic year consist of 2 semester and we have to take in 60 credits of module each semester which means compulsory of 6 modules per sem or 12 modules per year. Think it is stressful? You can still change your mind if you think you cannot cope with this kind of stress.

I'm going to stop here for now. Still, it seems like mostly negatives rather than any plus points for the uni. I guess people just remember that bad shit. Lol. XD

Forsakengel.

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  2. envy whtttttt.. u'll get your chance!

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  4. is it that bad? lol

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  5. hmm.. depends on what you are asking here. Like I said, most of the time, people only remember the negative stuff in their mind. Hence, most of the comments made the uni sounds quite bad but generally, it is just fine, I guess. Trees have grown so perhaps it's not that hot anymore.. but still hot. and the walkway roof system.. i still hate.. but if you like jogging, there's a nice lake there.. minus the red ants and the duck poos..

    anyway, from what i heard, it's better than most private uni in Malaysia.. but I'm not sure about that because there's not many who studies in a few uni, right? So, just go for the open day and see for yourself.

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