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Tell us about your overall university experience so far.
It was very difficult to start because I was confused about how university life was meant to be. I’m a first generation scholar and...
OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING
Tell us about your overall university experience so far.
It was very difficult to start because I was confused about how university life was meant to be. I’m a first generation scholar and also the first of all 15 of my cousins to attend university and so I really had no idea! I was quite focused and organised when I was doing my a levels so it was difficult to let go of my inhibitions a bit at first and actually just enjoy the experience Birmingham as a city and university has to offer. It was also difficult because of things going on at home but members of staff were so supportive and I felt reassured that I was doing okay when I may have thought otherwise.
How does your uni make efforts to increase your employability (careers department, work placements, transferable skills)?
There are so many opportunists fo increase employability through different programmes, awards and volunteering - all which would naturally involve the development of transferable skills for the workplace. All the efforts are there - sometimes they should be more advertised though because these amazing opportunities sometimes don’t even reach my peers at the same uni.
Course and Lecturers
What do you like most and least about the way your course(s) are taught?
I like the family feeling to my course - they really make an effort to get us together and socialising which is really nice because it’s a small cohort of like minded-individuals so you really do get to know everyone well. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of my course, sometimes things can get a bit stressful in the way of organisation but everyone goes through the same thing so there’s solace in that.
How many contact hours per week do you have?
What do you think of your Students' Union in terms of student representation and facilities?
I think it seems very representative however it’s easy to not know anything about it. I find events run by the guild end up being a bit off the radar.
How good are your university's facilities?
The new estates (such as the teaching and learning building and the library) are so modern and functional which really inspire me to make the most out of them whilst I can. There are loads of places to eat on campus which is really nice - especially if you’re on meal plan the first year as you can use the credit all around campus.
Is your university in a good location in terms of distance to accommodation and local amenities?
Yes - despite it being a city university, everything is pretty much within walking distance and there are loads of local amenities with it being a city.
Societies and Sports
How would you rate the variety of societies/sports?
There are a huge range of societies and sports to join including different version of the same sports which tend to your wants: the more competitive to the merely social.
How good is the support offered by the uni? Think both academic (tutors/feedback) and personal (counselling, etc).
It’s very supportive. When I started having difficulties I started to reiceve emails from different support services reaching out to me and telling me they were here for me. I’ve had counselling which was really easy to access and I feel very fortunate to have. My tutor is very helpful in that if anything is going wrong, she’s very pragmatic and will look to aid in my solution in any way possible.