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Aston is a small campus which means everything is within close reach. The Students Union has lots of clubs and societies and is extremely inclusive. I was involved in a number of clubs and I really enjoyed my experiences.
The course was taught well and the hours and contact time was more than needed. I could always get a quick appointment with a tutor.
The nights out and part time jobs are a big bonus. Birmingham is reasonable for the cost of living but it is expected that as the UK's second biggest city it can be pricey.
The halls are in a very good location right on campus and I always felt safe. However, they are expensive.
It is located at Birmingham city centre, which means there are plenty of places to eat during the breaks in between lectures and lessons. The tutors are really down to earth and instead of proudly explaining everything in detail, they aren't afraid to mention things they don't know, it boosts my confidence and really connects with me as a student striving to have as much knowledge as my tutors.
I feel comfortable and at ease when they are speaking to me. I believe that when a tutor shows humility a human side anything that doesn't point towards perfect knowledge and mastery of a subject it boosts my confidence and fuels my passion for the subject being taught.
Convenient place and facilities in the city Reasonable tuition fee It would be great if accommodations renovate sustainable. Through solar panel on the roof interior, fee, etc
It is almost perfect! Black board system might need to replace
The new addition of independent study space for me has been where I’ve spent the majority of my time at uni this year. There’s a variety of study environments for you to figure out what works for you. The main building is open 24 hours in case you are a night owl and like to study at night.
Due to covid contact hours have not been the usual hours so it’s easy for me to say that the improvement of make is more contact hours.
You get to gain practical and applied engineering skills from every module. Studying chemical engineering at Aston covers every single aspect in the STEM major. You get to study and apply not only core Chemical Engineering modules, but also business management, economics, design, coding and even environmental science and renewable tech. Which will help you decide what you want to do/study after you finish your bachelors degree since you have experienced several aspects/modules related to the STEM major.
The lecturers are great overall. Very helpful and will guide you through what you need to do to achieve your desired grades. All lectures are recorded and posted on blackboard. You have the choice to have online or face to face meetings. The course experience went smoothly even with the pandemic.
Very close to city centre, offers great support to students especially when it comes to looking for a placement. A downside is that the main building needs remodernising especially the south wing.
More tutorials would be appreciated and access to extra mock papers to help facilitate learning. The content is delivered in a good way, perhaps more interaction can be included in the campus sessions.
Aston is in the centre of Birmingham and its possible to go from the nice campus scenery into the centre of the city in just a matter of steps. Its also only 10/ 15 minutes from both new street and Moor Street stations which is so easy for getting home.
Two of the modules I'm doing have quite similar content which is kind of annoying but apart from that I quite like the course content. The majority of lecturers are quite good but there's the occasional one that's not great, however Aston as a whole has a very strong reputation for post grad employment rates.
Birmingham can be quite expensive but even on a student budget it's fine as long as you're smart with purchases. There's also loads of opportunities to get jobs whilst at uni and after you've graduated in the very diverse city.
The on site location is very helpful and means you're never more than 5 minutes away from your lectures which definitely helps motivation for going to them. Its pretty safe as there's security guards a lot of the time and gates on the emtrances to the accommodation.
I feel as though the staff support has been key at Aston and the engineering facilities have also been extremely efficient. The location is perfect, you are 2 minutes away from the city centre and perfect for transportation links. In terms of improvement I feel the library could be open 24 hours during the week for the early birds and course structure could be improved so assignments are more spaced apart.
The course content has been what I expected it’s challenging yet interesting at the same time. I just feel as though exams and dissertations and courseworks are too close togther and not enough time is provided to properly excel in these areas.
Best thing about the uni is the location. For students living out everything is right on your doorstep. The campus has a lively fell especially during the summer time with students enjoying their last term.
Biomedical science is a subject that covers a vast range of topics and you can get into anything you desire from postgrad medicine to masters. The support given by tutors is consistent throughout the year.
Aston is good because it’s central to Birmingham and despite being small it has a very good SU and student clubs. It could be improved by having more study spaces all over campus with more places to hang out with friends.
I enjoy the blended approach although having one day in person is a shame considering I moved to the area for study so there is less point in being there all the time. The teaching however is very good and my department is extremely helpful friendly and approachable and offer support/ great at providing support when asked for it.