It could have been great, and it was..apart from the fact that my personal experience was overshadowed by being slandered by some person (ex student) in town, which caused people to harass me and gossip about me for a whole year. I still don't know exactly what it was about actually. I wanted to stay and do an MA in illustration. I had found the most wonderful place to stay too, in a beautiful house together with a friend. But since I felt unsafe and basically destroyed and dehumanized by those individuals around town who were gossiping about me, I decided to discontinue my application for the MA and to decline my offer for the room and leave Falmouth. So, I lost my opportunity to do the MA I wanted due to morally depraved individuals in Falmouth. What a shame. :)
Ocassional lectures with professional artists. Tbh I'm not any wiser in regards to employability from whatever Falmouth University has to offer. I have chosen to go into design and illustration because a BA in fine art does nothing for one's employability.
Looking back I wish there was an option to not have the mandatory 20 (was it 10?) minute chat with a tutor each week. I found it to be uninspiring.
They sound very nice and look good on paper but I'm not sure how much power they actually have
During my 3 years in Falmouth (apart from 1 term abroad) I lived in 5 different locations. It was my only option to lodge for the first 2 years, as there wasn't room in halls. I lodged with various uneducated individuals who seemed to hate education and especially people who want to educate themselves. They were agressive, greedy, rude, disrespectful and dishonest. I felt unsafe and stressed. I lived in student accommodation during the last year. It was allright.
It's in central Falmouth, near to the sea and to town.
I joined just one.
Could be better
I have loved it. I'm so glad I chose this uni and my course. The lecturers are very helpful, the employability is awesome and the clubs are very welcoming. The uni doesn't get the credit it deserves sometimes. Also in terms of engineering, it's gender ratio is amazing and inspiring.
Amazing, everything in Ulster is based on employability. It's was one of the main reasons I chose to study at Ulster. Placement years are great and available for every course and the EDGE award is good
I like the format of lectures and tutorials with groupwork. I would like more lab work, but that has been unfortunately reduced this term due to covid. No fault to the uni
The student reps are great and the lecturers always listen to feedback from ourselves.
The library is good on campus and the range of books online and on campus is great for my studies. The cafes and shops on campus are great too and the availability of lab equipment allows hands on experience.
Yes, train makes it really accessible for me while living at home. Shops, cafes and restaurants are great and really close.
Great, I have found various societies and sports that I am interested in. There's always new societies being made when needed.
The academic support is great, personally so far I have used the counselling services however the professors encourage us to seek any help at any time for any issues whenever we need it.
i loved it. it is flexible. you can work alongside your study. you can study anytime you want during the day or even the night do you can adjust your study time around your work shift etc.
yeah, they have workshops for that
i like the most the online library and i like the least student forum
yes, everything happens online so no location required
Very satisfied with the university. Great courses and content. Quality materials in each module that are explained and covered well. Access to online libraries, even though some articles and materials are not available for free in full. Very helpful support and ability to discuss with other classmates, even though it is online.
Plenty of career advisory sessions and platforms to help with that.
Split up into 10 lessons, so easy to digest and clear focuses. On the down side, only 1 assessment at the end of the semester. I would personally prefer 2, one mid-term and one final.
Good online sources for articles and textbooks. But not all articles and journals readily available to read in full
Online, so yes.
Great feedback and support. Any questions are well addressed.
a huge disappointment again, if you are doing best when teaching yourself/reading instructional books/taking online courses next to it and just need an easy art degree; go for it. if you actually need guidance and help, better apply elsewhere, you won't be supported here
group projects, employment-focused classes - but only very late into course, low quality, only few lecturers have even worked in the industry and fewer have so recently
the freedom in assignments is good for people who are learning best when learning by themselves - if you want guidance, honest & frequent feedback, proper lectures on skills; you better look elsewhere. you are expected to learn any fundamental skills, design skills and software skills by yourself
very expensive, low quality appliances (break often), adequate safety, excellent location
for this course - very underfunded
they have a lot of societies, most of them seem decent
high availability for mental health counselling. lacking support from tutors with few exceptions, many not equipped for the job
Absolutely outstanding. I came back to study with the OU almost 20 years after dropping out of a traditional university. I suffer from mental health issues, but the support I've had from the OU has meant that's not been an issue at all. And as for the teaching - anyone who tells you it's not as good as you get at a traditional university doesn't know what they're talking about, plain and simple.
This, in my opinion, is the OU's biggest strength. Careers advisers available on the phone, by email, even on Skype, all day every day. They organisers careers fairs with every major employer you can think if, visits to employers where they can, and really do everything you could ever want. They're especially good at supporting students who (like me) have a disability or some other challenge in their life that makes getting a job difficult. I can't recommend the OU careers service highly enough, I really can't.
Flexibility. I can study any time of the day or night, and anywhere I want to (as long as I've got an internet connection). The downside of that is that you really do have to be self-motivated. Nobody is going to chase you up and tell you what you have to do, or nag you for not turning up to lectures, like at a traditional uni, so you have to take real responsiblity for your own learning.
Brilliant, and improving all the time. They are always present at events, and offer support for student led projects, organise meet ups in various towns and cities (so that you can meet face to face with other OU students, which is really important), and 'fight student's corners' with the University.
For the most part, outstanding. The only criticism I have is that the computer system used for online classes (tutorials, in OU-speak) can be a little temperamental, to say the least. It is badly in need of updating to something more modern - but, we're told there's a new system to come in early 2021, so hopefully all will be well by the start of the next acadmeic year.
As an OU student you get access to almost any university library (and often other facilities such as computers, printing, etc.) in the UK through something called SCONUL Access. So, yes, it might be distance learning but as long as there's a university within reasonable distance of where you live, work, or otherwise are, the location is superb.
It's distance learning - so limted. But, there are some good online communities, Facebook groups, and also societies which organise regular events and meet ups across all over the UK.
Absolutely outstanding. For every module you study, you have a dedicated academic tutor who looks after a small group of students on your module (no more than about 20, on some modules far fewer). They are at the end of the phone, or email, and in my experience cannot do enough to help. The feedback I have received on assessed work has always been thoughful, and constructuve. And, my tutors have always been ready to offer me some extra time and support if ever I've got stuck (and believe me, I have!). In terms of personal support, there is a Student Support Team who are there to offer support and advice with anything non-academic (e.g. module choices, exams, etc.). Some of the junior staff are really only able to do the basic things like getting you enrolled on a module if you can't do it online, but if you need more support the Senior Advisors and Educational Advisors are simply amazing. I've had ongoing personal support from an Educational Advisor throughout my degree so far. They contact me proactively to check how I'm getting on, and see if there's anything I need / they can do. I honestly cannot praise them enough.
Not at all what I expected. The quality of the majority of lecturers as well as fellow students is very low. Please note that I am talkig about Holborn campus and not the main campus in Barnes.
Careers Department was not opened on Saturdays or in the evenings for weekend or evening students. Really badly organised.
Only 25-30% of the lecturers are top lecturers, the others do not belong in higher education, they are simply unprepared in their field and with no knowledge of pedagogy. Really bad. Appaling at times.
The course is run by QA HE, so students do not have access to any services/ activities in the main (Barnes) campus.
A lot of students crammed into small spaces. Library was good and library staff helpful.
The reason I chose Holborn campus was because it was closer to city centre, Barnes in far away from my job and my place.
Not much was organised for us. The uni tried to get us involved but most of us beig mature students had other things to do and did not prioritise this.
Below expectations. Only students who are very focussed succeed and largely through their own effort and struggle. I would say that I succeed in spite of the lack of support offered which is not up to sandard.
horrific would not recommend the uni or the course would if you need to take year out and go to another university , have ruined for me what are meant to be the best ears of my life
I have not seen any effort from the university apart from information you can find online for yourself.
the course is the most boring thing I have done it is no new information . the lecturer are non existent
Students unions average at best not heard much apart from an automated email.
facilities at the modern campus are very good and nicely designed
I stay roughly 35 miles from the uni but the location is easy to get to at off peak times
Apparently the university has great societies and sports teams but I have reached out many times to try and get involved income of these but I have never received a response and also haven't been able to join online or in the university campus
counselling is not existent swell as the support and feed back I in my 4 years of university did not once have or met hit my personal tutor- the uni states that you have to meet with the tutor at least 2 times per semester.
It has had elements of positive and negative. The social side is great. The academic side is interesting and relevant but can sometimes lack the support that is required
There are employability fair every now and then but they aren't really that effective. There is a careers team which helps students write CVs and give good interview tips aswell.
The course was challenging and interesting and taught skills which are in demand. The biggest negative occurred during the covid lockdown where it felt like the university really wasn't looking out for the students.
The student union has done a pretty good job and were exceptional during the covid-19 lockdown. They helped reduce the load on students who's assignments became a lot tougher without the specialist equipment they required. They also provide great events like club night and also provide the union shop aswell
The accomodation is decent, it's about a 15 minute walk to the town centre and there is an Asda and also nearby. It's also right next to the university buildings, so it only takes a couple of minutes to walk to a lecture. It is a little expensive compared to the shared housing though.
The facilities were okay, however some of the specialist equipment required for our course was broken and not replaced. So, sometimes we we're trying to work with equipment that just didn't work like it should. I personally feel like the uni should replace all broken kit
The location is ideal, town is in walking distance and the accomodation is right next to the campus
The variety is great, there is something for everyone and you can also start your own society if nothing appeals to you.
The academic support is average. You could send an email and get a response on the same day from some lecturers but with others you may not even get a response The personal support is pretty good. The wellbeing team is really great
It was awesome and very interesting. Yes had never thought that I will find university like Arden.The tutor, staff, Admin are quite remarkable.The university give you an opportunity of distance learning
University are sending emails on regular basis
The tutor were very helpful
It was quite remarkable university the tutor was very helpful throughout the course. Thank you Arden university
Yes it has different campuses up and down the country and even in abroad
It was awesome.support is available 24/7