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Tell us about your overall university experience so far.
It has been great so far! The campus and the people are really nice. The uni makes it easy to settle in, and offers lots of support...
OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING
Tell us about your overall university experience so far.
It has been great so far! The campus and the people are really nice. The uni makes it easy to settle in, and offers lots of support to first year students. The work is challenging but interesting, and the course offers a very broad overview of geography, meaning you get to learn about lots of different things and find out what interests you.
How does your uni make efforts to increase your employability (careers department, work placements, transferable skills)?
There are weekly events (eg. seminars) about life after uni (in LEC). There is also a lot of university wide opportunities for part time employment and volunteering.
Course and Lecturers
What do you like most and least about the way your course(s) are taught?
The best things about the way the course is taught is its varied use of seminars, practicals and lectures, which provide lots of different ways to learn. There is also a lot of contact hours. The worst thing is when you have lots of lectures in a row in the same room, as it can be a long time to concentrate for.
How many contact hours per week do you have?
What do you think of your Students' Union in terms of student representation and facilities?
The students union is of less importance at Lancaster due to the colleges. You are more involved with your college JCR than with the students union. The students union is however good for organising opportunities such as volunteering or events.
What do you think about the safety, condition, location and cost of your accommodation?
The en-suite accommodation at Alexandra Park is lovely. The kitchens and rooms are a good size, it's pretty quiet at night and most flats have 8 students which is a good number.
How good are your university's facilities?
The library is good, and there are also other spaces to work around campus such a computer labs or the learning zone. The students union shop (Central) is also good. The laundry is expensive and can be quite unreliable.
Is your university in a good location in terms of distance to accommodation and local amenities?
The city is small and feels more like a town. It is pretty and has a good range of shops and things to do. There are lots of places to eat out and a nice mix of bars. If you are looking for a city like Manchester then Lancaster would be a disappointment but if you want to be somewhere smaller then it is great!
Societies and Sports
How would you rate the variety of societies/sports?
There is a wide range of clubs and societies. They are easy to join at freshers fair and are a great way to meet people from different courses and years.
How good is the support offered by the uni? Think both academic (tutors/feedback) and personal (counselling, etc).
Feedback is good though can take a while to get back (4 weeks ish) which can be annoying at the beginning of the year as you can end up making the same mistakes in multiple assignments due to the delay in getting feedback. Due to small group sizes in seminars you are able to build up a good relationship with the tutors.