Victoria University

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Victoria University.

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Victoria University (VU or Vic Uni) is a dual-sector institution that delivers both vocational training and university courses. Vic Uni's teaching facilities are spread across 9 campuses in Melbourne's western suburbs and CBD. If you've ever studied with VU, you're welcome to post a student review and let others know about your experiences.

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Student Reviews

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  1. Dinesh Shakya
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    No Accreditation

    They do run courses without accreditation without letting the students know about it. No accreditation means no skill assessment and no verifying body so you would be in trouble getting job after finishing course and you can apply for permanent resident as well.

  2. Fez
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    Worst University Experience I've Ever Had

    I’d like to preface this by saying that I’m a transfer student from the US with several years of education from 3 different institutions with a couple degrees under my belt.
    Among all of the 4 university institutions I have attended, VU has been by far the worst. There is hardly any clear communication between the instructors and students, and even worse between course coordinators and the specific instructors. The institution, as a whole, seems to be dismally organised with no clear focus on the academic wellbeing of its students.
    Firstly, VU’s First Year Block Model is atrociously organised. I’m studying within the medical field and the instructors expect us to grasp a semester’s (16 weeks) worth of information, for one class, over a 4 week period. Considering this method of coursework is vastly different from grade school, any student who would need time to adjust to university would not have any grace here. This block system inherently sets students up for failure, especially if they plan on taking any placement exams in the future. Case and point, medical sciences require MUCH MORE time to learn than 4 measly weeks. How are you supposed to efficiently learn such a dense course material in just 4 weeks? Furthermore, there is no clear organisation of the course work during each block. Concepts are jumped between with no way of relating one session’s information with another.
    Second, the teaching staff is seriously ill equipped, at least coming from the medical field of coursework. You will not have one consistent grader looking through your work. Despite having years of lab work done in my own past, my grades for lab reports have not been consistent at all – and any deductions I have tried to refute have been unfair and unjustified. These graders are not even familiar with the instructions that are given to the students. For example, I had almost half of my grades for one lab report deducted simply because the grader of my report had disagreements with small contextual and semantic issues with my work. He/she even noted spelling errors when there were none existent. Also, the lab instructors are often misinformed of procedure, and in many cases the lecture instructors are left in the dark whenever there is a change in the course material. There is absolutely no clear communication within any of the members of the institution, whether student, instructor, demonstrator or unit coordinator.
    If you’re trying to get into the medical field, I would highly recommend that you try to get your education elsewhere.

  3. Lucas
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    Good content, but terrible bureaucratic processes for handling conflict situation has ruined my first year experience completely

    So, came to VU with the information they’re really good at handling special needs students… very disappointed. At the beginning of the year I went through all the hoops and hurdles to sort out my access plan which I was told would be forwarded to all my teachers, and I provided names, some of which I only knew their first name, because, hey, I’d just started. I do not recall being told I was supposed to email my access plan to all my teachers at the beginning of each 4 week block. Now, I can be quite volatile at times and this showed when I’ve had a couple of conflicts with students throughout my first year, pretty much all verbal. I have not injured anyone, it’s all been verbal. Now, my dad works at a university, RMIT in fact and he’s had to deal with similar cases and they take a common sense, local level approach. Not VU though. Let’s see, first conflict, I was removed from my ensemble group. I’m studying music so playing in an ensemble is vital. Having to perform on my own saw detriment to my results as, naturally, there were way more nerves. It seems they go for a convenient solution over a fair solution. And now, as I’m writing this, for a conflict that happened off campus, outside of hours, I have had to miss the middle two blocks of this semester, because of students complaining about my behaviour. Granted, my behaviour was unacceptable. However, there were way better ways of handling it, at a local level than escalating the matter to the point it became a bureaucratic process whereby I had to constantly chase for answers on outcomes of my so called “risk assessment” to determine whether or not I’m still a risk to myself or others and everything was taking way too long to go through and I had to chase for answers. Furthermore, when I tried presenting my side of the story to one of the teachers (the one who escalated the matter in fact), he was extremely quick to shut me down, extremely dismissive of the points I was trying to make, and I effectively didn’t get a chance to present my side of the story, which I should be allowed to do. The level of incompetence for handling difficult situations by staff (or the ones I’ve encountered) is beyond belief. And then I get told that that particular staff member who didn’t hear my side of the story is “stressed” when I email him and the relevant persons he escalated the matter to to express that I didn’t have a chance to present my side of the story. If he heard my side, I would not have had to express that. Overall the content is good but if you’re one to occasionally get angry at someone and express it with yelling and apparent, perceived “threatening” nature, do not come here. They have no competence from my experience to handle these situations. They’re religious to their bureaucratic processes and will stick to it rather than take a common sense approach because they’re so absorbed in their image from the outside. Rant over.

  4. L. Dragon
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    Never ever waste your time here

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Where in the world do I even start!
    I was so excited when I was accepted through Vu… I would be completing my 3rd year Bach of Nursing but my god have I ever had the worst experience of what a Uni Student would be like. My first year alone I had no help from any of the student bodies or tutors when I lost 4 people throughout that year, in one of my subjects I had a tutor who really didn’t want to be there and barely taught the class…Myself and about 48 other 1st year students failed that class… We all had to do a 4 day compulsory summer school… Turns out almost 3 years later that make up class doesn’t count for anything…. This year I have made another big decision in my 24 sort year life to move to another Uni… So far that new facility is amazing! So that 1st year subject make up? Yeah nah doesn’t count… So I am currently redoing that whole subject again at this new Uni… Thanks VU!
    And not to mention I had an ‘altercation’ with one of VU’s “prised” placement hospital…. Long story short I had been removed because the clinical educator didn’t like me…. SO I had to go through hoops to get another one so I could continue with my 3rd year…. Well Fast forward about a few months, got a rural placement in Colac which is about 3 – 3.5 hrs from my house, they didn’t even help us to find accommodation…. Did my 4 weeks and then told Vu I was transferring. My placement was in Jan of this year to Feb…. So fast forward a little more, I had called up the VUask to see who I needed to email or call about this whole thing and after a week of emailing this one person who the VUask person told me too I was told I was speaking to the wrong person… Another week and now I am speaking to a female lecture who is probably the most hated person in VU…. I was told and I quote “OHHH you were the boisterous one? Good thing you spoke to Clive then, I would have failed you and made you re-enrol”
    I was gobsmacked and mind you I did everything I needed too to get that placement and she at first tried to deny my 4 weeks in an unfamiliar place so far from home….So myself and my new Uni are fighting Vu to have that placement marked and put onto my Academic Transcript… SO far we haven’t gotten too far…

    I also have a friend who has just deferred from VU because she can’t get the help she needed to find somewhere to live… Instead of helping her they told her to “Just sleep in your car”
    If that’s not demeaning then I don’t know what is…

    I cannot say enough how much of a bad place this is… My fiance and his beast friend also had major issues with this institution they call a “Helpful University” I have never hated a place as much as I now hate this place…. Late last year I had pretty much given up what I wanted to do since I was 4ys old… They drain you of all your passion and motivation… I had lost my way and so many others have too… All Vu care about is money… -10/10 stars

  5. emelia
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    Disgraced

    4 years of studying at VU was an absolute nightmare. I have had teachers losing my essays and failing me for their own incompetence, emails ignored, teachers not showing up to class and even quitting half way through the semester leaving the students without a teacher. My first memory of VU as a young girl fresh out of high school was getting laughed at by student services for applying for too many units for my first semester, clearly unsure of what I had to do. The lady looking at my application called other admin girls over to look at it as they mocked me saying “this student reckons she can study this many units all this semester” as they all laughed right in front of me. As I have just obtained my last credit points and meant to have finished my degree I knew it wouldn’t be as simple as getting an invite to a graduation ceremony and moving on. I am currently chasing up the uni to amend my academic transcript as they have completely left two completed units off it. For this reason I do not qualify for the second degree I have just applied for and paid $175 for and will not be able to study again this year as planned. This will also be the reason why my 93 year old grandmother will not be attending a graduation ceremony for the only person in my family who has successfully completed a university degree. I am absolutely gutted and would never recommend this university to anyone.

  6. Kris
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    Vu is Okay

    My time at VU was okay.
    I wasn’t happy with the structure of the courses and the miscommunication between staff, students and the services.
    Half way through my exercise science degree the course changed (for the better) which was fine
    because most the unit weren’t really relevant to my degree (half still aren’t).

    We as a class weren’t happy when we found out that we were the guinea pig class(year) and that half the units weren’t properly laid out. Two thirds of the way through the some units, the assessments and test were changed and also some of the content been taught wasn’t relevant / wasn’t going to be on the exam. #frustrating

    Although the exchange oversea was pretty good…. but communication between the 2 university was shocking.

  7. Lilly Zhang
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    My student service experience in Werribee campus are so unpleasant. Not a professional student services. The most bad experience i’ve ever experienced.

  8. Abdullah Al Noman
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    Fantastic VU

    If someone wants better quality of education, VU can provide it. Completing Bachelor of Business was fantastic and had good experience. Lecturers and tutors are very helpful. VU can be called more than great education.

  9. Tink
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    Not as bad as you might himk

    It’s not that bad!
    I completed a law degree with VU at the Melbourne campus.

    I found most of the tutors/lecturers to be dedicated and helpful. I also appreciated that they were rather flexible and did understand that being a student can be difficult when trying to balance your obligations with real life. I also thought that most of the lecturers were experienced and rather passionate about the area of law they taught. A lot of them make contributions to the legal field through either specialist practice or on-going research and writing so there is an opportunity to be given meaningful insight into current issues in law.

    There were also wonderful opportunities to study abroad and earn credit in your course

    I didn’t have anything to do with the other campuses and don’t feel that judging a uni based solely on their admin process is really a balanced way to evaluate the academic quality of a University because admin issues arise in just about every institution

  10. May Bennett
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    Poor quality

    I studied a diploma of community services at night. The teachers were very mixed in standard and the management of the course was horrendous. Every person in the course was complaining. They are not interested in providing a good service, but more interested in having jobs where they don’t have to care about their students. Disrespectful towards students experiences under their leadership and very rude!

  11. Angela
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    BA in Writing (FPC)

    Anyone have any advice on the BA in Writing at the Footscray Park Campus?

    • K
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      HI Angela,
      Did you find out any details about the BA in Writing. I’m considering the Diploma in Writing and these reviews have me nervous!

  12. Steve
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    More interested in taking your money than quality

    This is my experience studying at Victoria University

    • Twice misplaced / lost my submitted Application to study a degree.

    • Tutor completing her own PHD during tutorials rather than tutoring the class

    • Dismantled feedback channels when student complaints increased for individual course units

    • Online exams. An exam was copied from a previous year by the University’s unit convenor and placed online for students to complete. Students used google to locate the complete exam and used the answers to complete their own exam.

    • Given exam answers during tutorials and lectures

    • Unit materials for three units not available up to two weeks into a semester.

    • There were some good lecturers and tutors , but they seemed to be fighting to maintain quality rather than being supported by the university.

    • The original course I signed up to has changed so much, that units I need to study to reach my qualification, have now been moved to a masters qualification adding two years further part time study.

    • Rejection of RPL’s by the University even though accreditation bodies such as ESSA support granting of RPL’s. University ignores ESSA advice. Other universitys accept RPLS.

    • For RPL’s, rejection of short courses studied outside the university even though those courses are sanctioned by accreditation bodies such as ESSA.

    • Poor quality units (Kinesiology, Nutrition) – below a standard offered even by accreditation body sanctioned short courses.

    • Invoiced for a Unit I did not enrol for, nor complete. University refuse to refund fees levied. University investigators refuse to address my specific claims, and refuse to detail responses to those claims.

    • Lack of cooperation to resolve disputes. The university’s focus is to not admit anything and provide generic responses.

    Worth noting that Victoria University does not rate in the top 500 universities in the world, and is the lowest rated of all Australian Universities

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/apps/g/page/local/us-news-global-top-500-universities/1409/
    http://www.shanghairanking.com/ARWU2016.html

    and continued slipping backwards (2016 – 2017)
    https://www.topuniversities.com/universities/victoria-university#wurs
    (fall in ranking 2016 -2017)

  13. RA
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    Dodgy

    Got a phone call saying my course was cancelled at the beginning of my second year. Called student services to make sure the phone call was legitimate. It was, and even student services were shocked that a Bachelor course was canceled. A few months down the track, I found out a few people got called back saying they can still do the course and that it wasn’t canceled. First and third year was still running as well. Overall… pretty dodgy.

  14. Laura
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    Better when i started

    Uni was a bit full on when I started as there are many mature age students or post grad students in the law degree. They accepted way too many students but the numbers dropped. Seem to be keeping up with technology. The law library and business library in Melbourne are great.

    They did have a student campus in Maribyrnong which was old but very affordable. It was sold to developers and knocked down. Their new footscray building costs like $300pw plus bills. So if you’re on Centrelink don’t bother.

    They have started restructuring their courses to be mainly group work focused and more of a tafe vibe which I really disliked as it seems to be an attempt at employing modern teaching ideas and seeing how they go rather than getting students to learn concepts. Teaching styles vary but support is there. It is annoying they often disregard real-world experience from students and try to say the text book is right.

    I will say I often felt incredibly out of place as a Caucasian female sometimes. There are many international students.

    I can write considerably better academically so that is one thing they taught me.

    Hope this helps you make a choice.

  15. Sabrina
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    Overall its a cool uni, teachers are helpful. I made good friends here. Food is expensive though.

  16. Reece
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    I am an ex Australian Military Soldier and study Nursing at VU St Albans there is only one outstanding teacher, who has helped me more than he knows,. he is witty and uses real world references. He has brought humour to the class, and made complex bioscience sound simple. i solute Mr Kosta

    • Natalie
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      Hi Reece
      Do you find St Albans campus friendly? I went to Vic uni in Footscray I was all alone not many students socialised.

  17. C
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    I completed a certificate III at Vic Uni (Werribee campus).
    It was a generally horrible experience. The teacher was beyond rude, and boldly racist and intolerant of any student that wasn’t a middle aged white female. The grounds and facilities were dirty and not kept well.
    It took nearly 2 years to receive my physical copy of my certificate, and then it had the wrong date and year on it.
    This is a poorly run Uni and needs some serious help, soon.

  18. Claude
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    Some annoying, but mostly good experiences for me.

    The course itself was good, the teachers very knowledgeable, teaching style varied between the different personalities ( from engaging, to laid-back, to scary) but they all knew their stuff – it is just that some inspired us, and other didn’t so much.

    The annoying aspect is the administration, reduced funding meant a reduction of staff and reduced level of service. Teachers required to do admin (they are not good at this) when they should have been perfecting the course structure. I started a course with the understanding that it would be a “foot in the door” to my industry of choice. After a year it turns out that I was given incorrect advice – and I needed to do a higher qualification – so a wasted year and wasted expense – very frustrating. Two years later finally completed the course I should have started in the first place and I am employed in my chosen industry (albeit on a casual basis). Still happy with result.

    My advice for any student at any education provider – research, research, research your course of choice. Ask lots of questions, no matter how annoyed they get – if the answers seems vague, then ask again and again until it is clear. This is your time and your money, so don’t waste it.

    Main Uni campuses are close to, or in the city of Melbourne – so it is very accessible. Uni has good campus life (if you use it).

  19. Ryan
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    I have waiting for my money refund since last two months and
    till now I haven’t got a penny! It’s really disgraceful I am feeling
    so disappointed by the staff service. They don’t even reply my mail.

  20. Kumar
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    Student service is worst in the world, giving wrong information, very disrespectful way they talk to students, very arrogant and useless.

    I would not recommend any other to join this uni. If u have any enemy tell him to join this uni, this is going to be biggest punishment possible in the world.

  21. Andrew
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    This uni is held together by some very good teachers and lecturers (accounting/law) and they are doing a very good job.
    However your uni fees will be paying for 90% of utterly useless people such as career councilors ( one year with no job in my trade and 0 help from VU). Student services loosing paperwork that might cost you enrollment and other major issues.

  22. alex
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    I did a year at Victoria University Footscray and CBD. It’s a good university and I enjoyed my time there, making some good friends.

    The lecturers I had for accounting and other business/law related subjects were mostly good and helpful.

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