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Tell us about your overall university experience so far.
If everything had been normal, I imagine I would’ve given it a 5. It’s not been normal by any means, and only now are we starting...
OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING
Tell us about your overall university experience so far.
If everything had been normal, I imagine I would’ve given it a 5. It’s not been normal by any means, and only now are we starting to get back to normal - which is sad as many of us are going home now for the summer. As far as second years go, it’s been very hectic, I’ve been given some amazing opportunities and had some amazing lecturers support me throughout. I do wish we could have had somewhat of a more normal year, but I know that wasn’t down to the uni so I can’t fault them for that.
How does your uni make efforts to increase your employability (careers department, work placements, transferable skills)?
While my course has done so much to help, I understand that this is often done by the staff without prompt from the university itself. Naturally, the university boasts about its career services, however the one time I attempted to book an appointment with them they never responded. There are a lot of career opportunity e-mails that come through on a daily basis, but since you cannot specify them to your course or career goals, you rarely get one that’s of any use. There are many guest speakers that we are lucky to have come to Lincoln, although I do think in comparison to other unis we are probably lacking, although that can’t be helped since we are quite small and out of the way.
Course and Lecturers
What do you like most and least about the way your course(s) are taught?
For the most part, I’ve been very lucky to have lecturers who care very deeply about my academic experience. The cohort for Creative Writing is much smaller than the average course size, so everyone knows everyone. This is especially good in the sense that you quickly meet and know all of the lecturers for the course, and they know you too. During the pandemic my lecturers went above and beyond in most cases to ensure that content was readily available for students, both in blended learning circumstances as well as during lockdown. One of my lecturers went as far as to offer up meetings whenever we needed them, understanding that it was a stressful time he’d also set aside time to ask us how we were doing and if there had been any developments in our writing outside of the classroom. All of the lecturers on my course are aware of how difficult this industry can be, and have always encouraged us to seek out opportunities while also trying to give them to us as well. From open mic nights to networking with poets, we’ve been offered it all.
How many contact hours per week do you have?
How good are your university's facilities?
Being a small city, the university is pretty accessible no matter where you are in Lincoln. There is only one library, but it’s always been more than adequate for studying and researching , with great meeting spaces you can book out for group projects. Over lockdown it was obviously inaccessible to us, however they did try their best to make sure we could get as much of the library experience online as was physically possible which was incredibly useful.
How good is the support offered by the uni? Think both academic (tutors/feedback) and personal (counselling, etc).
Having not used it myself, I can only go from the experience of others. When my friend was at a low point at the start of the academic year, I reached out to the uni support team who gave me advice on what to do for them. Luckily everything was fine in the end, and the support wasn’t needed. From some of the people on my course I have heard that wheelchair access in certain buildings is a nightmare, as the corridors can get very narrow in parts (making it almost impossible to get two people down at a time, let alone someone who requires a wheelchair).
Do you think your time at university this year has been value for money?