Tell us about your overall university experience so far.
Overall, I have enjoyed my university experience. I have had bad housemates in university accommodation that was supposed to be filtered...
OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING
Tell us about your overall university experience so far.
Overall, I have enjoyed my university experience. I have had bad housemates in university accommodation that was supposed to be filtered by "compatibility". I have had specifically disorganised or uninterested lecturers. But I do think that despite these small things my time at Hull University has been good, my coursemates are generally wonderful, I have lecturers who I truly admire, I have grown as a person here even if I can not pinpoint the reason why. I would recommend my university to others, but I would advise them of all the things that have gone not so well in my experience.
How does your uni make efforts to increase your employability (careers department, work placements, transferable skills)?
The university offers extra-curriculum activities i.e. workshops, one-to-one talks, and larger lectures on job types, potential part or full time job offers, how to write a good cv etc.
In terms of a work placements and transferable skills, I think they might be available on more social courses but not on mine. However, the individual support tutorials, that the university supplies at the beginning of the year, can be very helpful for if you know what you want to do post-university. For example, in my second year that first meeting allowed me to inform the department of my struggles with anxiety and its effect on my ability to present presentations as assessments as I only had one presentation in first year and it led me to having a panic attack immediately after I had finished. Now, in my third year, this meeting allowed me to discuss with my individual support tutor my aspirations to follow this degree with a masters and PHD with the end goal of becoming a university lecturer. My tutor was able to suggest websites and newspapers where I could submit my work for publication. He was also able to put me into contact with a PHD student who has overcome anxiety in the same way I hope to, although I have not managed to arrange a meeting with him yet, I know this will be very helpful for me in terms of developing my social skills and hopefully give me some further information about what is required for getting to the job I want to do.
Course and Lecturers
What do you like most and least about the way your course(s) are taught?
Something I really like, specifically about the Creative Writing department, is the amount of support you can get if you are willing to email, or visit your tutors. I think that the lecturers here are very good at giving detailed and informative feedback. If you require it some lecturers will allow you to take your ideas and plans to them before you begin a major assessment, they almost always respond within an efficient time frame. For English Literature, I think that the tutors are quite often enthusiastic about their chosen subject which makes the teaching exceptional. Two modules that I have found extremely well taught as a result of this are; The American Gothic, and Medieval Literature. I also find that having a tutor that has written on, or in the style of, whatever they are teaching you adds a valuable depth to their research for the lectures giving you a better view of the topic you are studying rather than just looking at an individual piece of work as independent from the author, genre, time period, or themes.
To summarise this, what I like most about the way my course is taught is how hands-on the lecturers are, and how much support is available if you need it. Something I like least about the way my course is taught would possibly be how late the reading lists are released by most modules, not giving you the summer to read on your subject in depth, however, this is obviously a minor thing.
What do you think of your Students' Union in terms of student representation and facilities?
I am not really involved with my Students' Union. I often feel like the events arranged and the things that happen "to improve student life" aren't actually planned or requested by students.
How good are your university’s facilities?
I think generally my universities facilities are very good, there are enough computers, an impressively sized library, on site cafes and pleasant teaching rooms (although some have clearly benefited from new money i.e. the applied sciences department, the medical building whereas others such as the Larkin building which is intended for English students are rather old and small). One thing I will say is that the university do not have enough copies of the new books that they demand English Students read, they are often expensive and having multiple modules with massive reading lists it's just not practical to expect students to buy them. Ideally, I would like the university to invest in copies of The Norton Anthology set and other big books in a quantity that could cover at least half a class. One book I am currently leasing is the only copy in the entire University.
Is your university in a good location in terms of distance to accommodation and local amenities?
I think that the city life can be very pleasant, I enjoy having the art galleries, aquarium, and various museums near to hand along with the sea itself. However, I will say that the night life can be less pleasant. If you are a partying student then I'm sure all the clubs are joyful, although not many are within walking distance of the university accommodation. But as a student who prefers the quiet life, I find that the endless nights of drunkards sitting in front of my house at 5am grow tedious. This isn't the fault of the city, Hull during the day is lovely and the old town is quite charming - there's a very nice indoor market. However, the number of clubs does encourage the overenthusiastic student to party basically every night of the week (as they have different days as their preferred "night of the week" for example the club Piper, has Mondays, whereas the University club Asylum, has wednesdays, and Attik in the city centre has Fridays - all surrounded by The Welly, Propaganda, Spider, and Fuel plus all the regular bars).
Societies and Sports
How would you rate the variety of societies/sports?
Personally I haven't joined any societies but the list is very impressive, with pretty much something for everyone. A lot of them focus more on their nights out than the actual activity but I guess students will be students. I currently have a housemate who is part of Airsoft Society, War Studies Society, Politics Society, and the Conservative Society and from what I hear they are very well organised and put you in touch with people with similar interests. However, from what I hear, Rugby Society doesn't do much Rugby but rather entertains themselves getting drunk and flirting with Netball Society.
How good is the support offered by the uni? Think both academic (tutors/feedback) and personal (counselling, etc).
In terms of support for mental health, the university could definitely improve. I have only gone to them once about issues of anxiety or depression and that experience alone put me off going back.
However, they are very understanding of issues like Dyslexia and Dyspraxia and I do feel supported, although now in my third year I was told for the first time that I can put my disabilities on my cover sheet for my essays in order to have them taken into account.
Some feedback is better than others, in creative writing I have sometimes found my piece just covered in the work "good" with no explanation as to why it is good or where to go from here. English is generally better at this, leaving a big paragraph explaining how to improve near the base.