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Tell us about your overall university experience so far.
It has been pretty much as expected so far. I was impressed by the options for sports enthusiasts, but there are plenty of non -sport...
OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING
Tell us about your overall university experience so far.
It has been pretty much as expected so far. I was impressed by the options for sports enthusiasts, but there are plenty of non -sport related extracurricular activities available too. The only real disappointment was the university-sponsored nightlife during Fresher's week.
How does your uni make efforts to increase your employability (careers department, work placements, transferable skills)?
With a medical course, this is done naturally through the later years of the course to ensure appropriate Junior Doctor training can take place.
Apart from that, fayres at the university both specific to medicine and not have brought attention to many services which provide employment options. A newsletter regarding this is also sent out on a regular basis through the university emails.
Course and Lecturers
What do you like most and least about the way your course(s) are taught?
I like the PBL approach to the early years of my course. This allows me to research a topic to the depth I wish to (pursuing my interests) without losing focus on the main themes of a scenario.
While lectures are fairly helpful, I feel the delivery of them varies so much from lecturer to lecturer that it is difficult to know the depth of knowledge the university expects us to have following the lecture. This is thus what I like the least.
How many contact hours per week do you have?
What do you think of your Students' Union in terms of student representation and facilities?
We have 4 unions at the University, one for sport, two for mostly entertainment and the third for more student-centred problems. They do their best to represent everybody and have a wide range of facilities.
What do you think about the safety, condition, location and cost of your accommodation?
I feel my accommodation feels fairly safe. We have on site security and a way to contact them 24/7, but the area isn't gated so often the public passes through. Additionally, little is done to stop people coming into the buildings (often uninvited into the flats themselves) and distributing flyers etc. I feel this presents a safety risk. The condition of my accommodation is fairly standard for university halls, though as the weeks progress, ineffective radiators and the like have made it worse, especially since it costs a fair amount every month to rent.
The halls are a 25 minute walk away from the main university buildings, which is inconvenient.
How good are your university's facilities?
Fairly good. There could be more spaces to do group work or to relax in.
Is your university in a good location in terms of distance to accommodation and local amenities?
The university itself has excellent access to public transport, cafes, shops and the city centre. My accommodation however lies far away from it.
Societies and Sports
How would you rate the variety of societies/sports?
There are many societies and sports clubs. The university has been especially inclusive of beginners in certain sports. However, the cost to become members of the sports clubs, and moreover the cost to access the training space in the gym (for which a gym membership must be purchased) is very high for people who do not automatically gain a membership by living in university halls.
How good is the support offered by the uni? Think both academic (tutors/feedback) and personal (counselling, etc).
As we are coming up to formative activities, it is difficult to offer feedback on academic support. However, it seems like there will be a fair amount in place.
We have access to a lot of services for personal issues but I have heard that the quality of these is not always great. However, there are many avenues so support is still offered.