Nelson talks about his time studying BSc Computer Science
Having always known he wanted to study in the UK, Kenyan Nelson knew it was going to be a challenge to choose one from hundreds of universities here. He said the student support team made settling in so simple and was willing to help with anything, any time.
Flying from Kenya to the UK to study BSc (Hons) Computer Science was my first time travelling international alone, and I was worried about how I was going to get to the University from the airport. My advice to prospective students planning to come to UCLan is to not stress. The student airport transfer and the welcome team will make sure you settle in. They can guide you on everything from registering on to your course to where to shop.
Staying in the University accommodation was the best choice as I met students in the first year just like me. Your flatmates are the first friends you make. You get to interact and help each other during tough times, or you can go grab a drink together.
Many say Preston is small but it’s just big enough for a student. Everything is just next door from restaurants to shopping mall. You rarely use any form of transport, if you are an active person you will love the walks to restaurants or shopping. Its relatively cheaper to stay in Preston compared to other big cities and as a student you want to save as much as possible.
When it comes to assignments, the University has a proper method of teaching which I basically think is perfect. We have one-hour lectures on each module then two-hour lab sessions to put into practise what you learn during the lecture. This is the perfect time to get clarification on something you hadn’t understood during the lecture as the lab sessions comprise of groups of up to twenty students.
The Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are formed of even smaller groups led by the students in the upper classes. They guide you on anything from assignments to any previous lecture or concept you hadn’t understood.
It is helpful as they have gone through what you are doing, and they always understand you. When it comes to free time, you can join any club and society – there might be those directly linked to your course or something totally different such as the Korean society, where you can learn a new language and appreciate their culture. You get free gym membership and access to the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre on joining university.
They have great equipment and trainers who are ready to guide you through any work out plans. Security in the campus is top notch. They are always available 24/7 to help you with any issue from locking your keys in the room to giving you access to the labs during out of school hours. Better add their contact in your phonebook. Since arriving at UCLan I have travelled to different places especially with the rugby team. We have played with different teams from different universities both away and home. I have made so many friends, we are just like a family. I’m really looking forward to completing the rest of my studies at the University.