I came across a neat little website up for sale currently on flippa.com. The url is rateyourlecturer.co.uk. So naturally the curios person that I am I have decided to pay them a little visit and write a review. So on first look rateyourlecturer.co.uk is nothing special. I mean it looks like a regular website that would allow you to rate your lecturer. I guess the only difference is that this website focuses on rating lecturers in UK. So as far as the color scheme, it is mainly yellow and blue with black writing. It looks pretty boring. I mean it actually looks like the Ukrainian flag even though it is supposed to be a British website. How odd and not very thoughtful. I guess maybe whoever actually made the website created it for the purpose of sale on Flippa and nothing else. Now when I get to the homepage of rateyourlecturer.co.uk, there is a section up on top with some rotating writing segments. But it is rotating at a lightning speed so the reader can never really catch what the writing is saying. How inconsiderate to the reader! Also, the speed of the rotation is so fast and unexpected that it actually scares me and gives me a headache. It makes me want to leave this website altogether. I guess this is not great for SEO. Whoever ends up purchasing this website will definitely have some work to do to get this wonderful website up to speed.
When I look at the rotating writing in more detail, I notice that it actually describes some of the features of the website. It is also saying that an ad wall is coming soon. I do not know why the visitors would care to know this. Once again, this seems like a very salesy tactic and strikes me as a bit desperate on the part of the seller. Is this like an open invitation to actually come back later and click the ads on the site? LOL:)
I like the cute little graduation cap in sky blue at the top left hand corner of the page. Near it there is the logo “Rate Your Lecturer”. Not very original, but what can you do when your main focus is money, right?
So at the top right hand corner I see an option to share the site on Facebook and Twitter. No other social media options are listed at this time so I guess whoever buys this website should think about adding that.
Now in the middle of the page I see that you can search by professor’s name, the school name, and by the location. Scrolling down through the home page I see some blog entries aimed at college students. One thing I have to say about these professor rating sites is that some students might have to deal with some unwanted repercussions of posting a negative review.
All the way to the right side of the home page you can see the top five lecturers rated according to the area. This is all the way down through the homepage.
So now I am going back to the top of the page. I click on “Cities” and arrive at a page that lets me search the city alphabetically and also shows me the top five cities.
Now I click on “Universities” and I get to a page that allows me to search the university alphabetically or by entering the university name into a search box.
At this time I click on a category called “League Tables” and I am very curious as to what this category is all about. So as it turns out this page is actually a data table showing the top 100 lecturers, courses, universities, and cities. It is also showing the last date and time that the table was updated. You never know over time the ratings might change because some lecturers might just become old and crazy.
Okay, so the “FAQ” section is pretty helpful and it seems like the “Contact Us” section is a pretty simple form to fill out. The form does ask you to verify that you are not a robot. I don’t think this kind of website is in danger of getting too much spam though. Also, I like that near the “Contact Us” form there is a message that they are available to answer questions 24/7 and are available most hours of the day. However, there is no email address, phone number, or physical address listed, which makes me think that
RateYourLecturer.co.uk has something to hide.
So there were a couple of controversial news stories about this Rate Your Lecturer website. Some professors apparently felt that many comments were not serious and unnecessarily offensive. However, I do have to say that often the politics in the university do not permit students to come forward with legitimate complaints about their professors. So at least this is an outlet for students to be heard. Although I do think that universities should make students feel more comfortable in giving their feedback and professors should drop their bad attitude and focus on really teaching their students instead of their ego.