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I have thoroughly enjoyed my MA. The staff have been supportive and I have learned a lot from the different modules. Social opportunities on the course have been ample given the issues with COVID. Would be nice to have had more sporting opportunities at the university although this hasn't been a major issue.
Received many contact hours prior to COVID. Lecturers have always been happy to assist where possible.
Academic facilities and cafeteria are good, would be nice to have more sporting facilities.
Amazing, I love going to this uni, so much support and have enjoyed every second. The facilities are insane and it has given me the skills for any job I would like.
I feel completely ready for any job I want, they have given me the knowledge and skills to do whatever I want.
The lectures spend time making sure everyone understands everyone and always find ways to make the course interesting, an amazing course and have learned so much since coming to uni
Outstanding state of the art facilities, the studios are insane, the mac labs are always available for those who need them. Always support if there is a problem as well
You can ask them anything and they will help you, its great.
There have been many ups and downs during my time at university but Birmingham City has been very accommodating and helpful. The lecturers are always there to help and advise you with anything that you need.
Lecturers are always available for you to ask questions and are very accommodating to certain circumstances.
Very accessible and accommodating
Very good. Great amount of study space and lecturers are keen to help you get the best grades possible. You can tell they genuinely want you to do well. Difficult when it moved online but I am used to it now .
There is an entire career office to help
Was in person before covid but moved online
Lots of study space
There is a team for mental health support and online websites.
Overall, Birmingham City University is supportive and well organised to help me through my study successfully. They offer alot of support and helpful staff who specialise in different areas to make me feel safe, happy and welcome. I am happy to complete my course with them and during this time of a global pandemic I feel I have received adequate support, both mentally and financially to complete my course as best as I possibly can from the safety of my home.
The institution offers lots of events and opportunities to develop your CV and to allow students to access work experience is desired. This is emailed to students and also information is available by connecting with relevant staff.
At the moment my course is taught online, due to covid-19 and the teaching has been well organised and just as helpful as if I was in the building. I would normally be in the building for three days of the week. I mix with other courses such as graphic designers as well as illustrators. This is good for collaboration. I have alot of contact with tutors and alot of help is offered at all times.
I have access to photographic studios and very clean computer spaces. These are really useful as professional equipment is able to be hired and utilised to complete the best work possible.
I always feel supported. There is a great team supporting students and emails are received to remind students of this support. This is for any person and all students are considered, not matter what their needs.
My overall experience of university is neutral as the role of being a university student means that I will be confronted by difficult challenges involving time management and planning with my modules having deadlines. It is viral that I meet these deadlines although that comes a huge amount of pressure on me and I try my best in every module and give it my 100% effort to fill satisfied with the level of detail and thought I give to it.
My university has given me opportunities to meet with past students that have careers where I'm able to ask questions and interact with them. In order to gain the ways of success professionally and be satisfied with the career I choose.
My course is taught through two methods which is blended between (in-class/online) due to the current ongoing pandemic that is happening. In addition to this, in my opinion I think that the blended method of teaching is more beneficial for a large majority of university students who are unable to attend in person due to personal circumstances.
The accessibility of services and facilities is very useful where within my campus there are spaces for studying/socialising and a range of laptops to borrow including Macbooks, Acer. Additionally, there are areas which contains food and drink, stationary available to purchase and a library that includes books to borrow for assignments.
I think that there is some student support with my academic lecturers as they provide me with useful information to help my understanding with my modules. However, my questions aren't always answered with huge amounts of detail rather a little vague
My experience definitely has not been value for money. We have had to deal with fully online learning for many months and I have found it very difficult to stay focused. We have had several assignments in the same module where the assignment briefs were not clear and any tutorials I attended only confused myself and my peers more. The lecturer was contradicting every statement previously said and was asking for too much in a very limiting word count which resulted in the cohort getting unusually low marks as a whole compared to last year. Also, any negative feedback given or concerns that were raised regarding the course, marking or other issues by students were largely dismissed or not actioned properly.
Course is currently being taught all online and has been since the pandemic started. Reduced number of teaching sessions across both 2nd and 3rd year. I did enjoy it in 1st year and before the pandemic in 2nd year because we were usually on campus 2-3 days a week and had a variety of lectures, seminars and workshops to attend.
I have never accessed any of these services except for my personal tutor who in my experience wasn’t very helpful with any issues I had regarding clinical placement. However, from what I have heard from my peers, services such as the personal development department and occupational health have been helpful and accessible even during the pandemic.
Despite the negative impacts of the pandemic and having to adapt to online learning, in my opinion, my university has done its best to conform and support its students the best it can whilst also having to adapt to the current circumstances. I find that I am able to manage my studies okay, and find comfort that there will be academic support available if needed.
BCU provides career support in which students can make appointments with a career advisor or consultant to aid in the process of finding employment and explore career options. Students can also can support in developing CVs and preparing for interviews etc.
Teaching has been adapted to the circumstances of the pandemic, and the uni, as well as my teachers have done their best to offer and give support as it relates to uni work. Although lectures are online, the teaching quality has not been reduced, and teachers are constantly checking to make sure we understand the content, or need clarity on assignments etc.
In my opinion, the services and facilities are definitely up to standard. All shared spaces are cleaned regularly, equipment hire services are orderly, provide modern equipment and is easily available if needed.
The university makes personal and support services available to all students. This includes disability support, support from the counseling team, and even faith and spiritual well-being based support.
I can say with 1000000% certainty that this year has been one of the worst years of my life. I have honestly never, ever felt as hopeless and depressed as I do at this university. There is absolutely zero support and hardly any substance to my course. I cannot tell you a single thing I have learnt this year. I am on a screenwriting course, and full disclosure, it is a deviation to what I intend to go into, but we have written one script this year, with no hope of covering them again anytime soon. It's honestly just English Literature but with films instead, it feels like they just ever so slightly altered the syllabus for the film studies course or something just so they could push their 'new and innovative' screenwriting course. I feel completely alone and stranded at this uni and I seriously almost completely gave up on the dream career I have yearned for forever because of the way I have felt on this course. Never before have I come so close to just throwing in the towel and subjecting myself to a mediocre life of miserable minimum wage fast food jobs. BCU seriously makes me feel that lost, desperate, and empty. Please, for the love of all that is good, for the sake of your aspirations, go somewhere else. This is not the place that will help you reach your life goal. Don't waste your time and money like I have.
I wish I had chosen a different university. Nearly this entire experience has been negative. There's zero consistency across modules, lecturers, or courses. Senior Mechanical lecturers should not be in multiple positions within the university because it leads to poor quality lectures.
Careers department is wonderful
Most lecturers ship it in. Especially during the pandemic, we don't get any lectures for our "online" sessions. We don't have any of the software we need. Lecturers are overstretched with several positions and when it comes time to their actual lectures, are impatient and disrespectful to students. The good lecturers are amazing and almost make the experience at bcu worth it.
You can easily be apart of the students union, but nothing gets done by the university. It's basically just a place for students to moan and for the university to pretend the students are being listened to.
I live near Selly Park. Can be a bit rough sometimes near Pershore road but overall it's safe and reasonably priced.
Elevators are broken in most buildings, scanning stations for cards don't work, most hand dryers don't work.
Yes it's in a fine location, but a hassle to get to with hs2 developments.
We don't get tutors after first year, often taking our problems and concerns to the student union and university, which ultimately don't get resolved, or go through many people and take months to resolve. No idea where our feedback goes. The university seriously lacks communication with students.