The overall university experience has been alright so far given the circumstances. The remote learning has been as good as it could possibly be. However in terms of the value for money for an international student, it has not been good.
Cardiff’s approach to this year has been acceptable, but not nearly as good as I could’ve hoped. I haven’t had a single physical seminar this year, and virtual seminars have been shorter, more chaotic and generally worthless for learning or discussing. Whilst it’s been a hard year for everyone, students have often been left to the dogs, receiving sub-par education, but still at a premium. The university hasn’t learnt from what we students have told them, and I doubt in future years they will listen either.
The university provides a number of routes into graduate employment
The course really depends on which modules you take and which lecturers you have. I’ve had a mixed bunch in my time here; some lecturers make you want to lie down at the back of the lecture theatre, whilst others have fascinated me so much in a subject that I’ve been taking their modules for the majority of my time at uni.
Whilst some areas of the university are beginning to look dated, they’re all generally pretty good - and over the last few years the uni has begun fully renovating the classrooms.
Once again a lot depends on your contacts and general immersion into uni life. With a good personal tutor, you’ll always have someone you can talk to, if you’re active in the university then people are always more willing to hear your voice. That being said, Cardiff like so many other universities have been seen to be not doing what they should when it comes to pastoral support - I personally haven’t felt this
My lecturers are absolutely amazing, they've on the whole been really helpful and good at supporting me in my learning and doing their best despite the current situation. The university itself has been problematic in its handling of the coronavirus, but I've on the whole had a reasonably good experience
As a young carer, I have received amazing support from the university in my responsibilities and making adjustments for me
Due to COVID, the lectures were mostly online. Sometimes lecturers would take long to respond to emails and in some circumstances not email back at all. The lecturers are good at explaining but I think that
I'd say that the best part about my university experience was the people that I've been fortunate enough to meet. I suppose this could have happened at any institution, and I certainly got lucky. But Cardiff has an excellent reputation, so it's not a surprise that it would attract people who want to study and succeed, but also interact with others. Having said that, I am studying on a communications masters, so my experience will likely be different to other courses! The academic staff in my school are clearly passionate about their roles, but I have found the standard of teaching to her very hit and miss from lecturer to lecturer. The course is also undergoing a transition in terms of content, and I feel like we definitely got caught in the middle of that. The university and city both have a fantastic feel about them. I've loved living and studying in Cardiff. It's affordable, and offers an excellent study/life balance. I feel positive about my job prospects - despite Covid-19 - and feel proud to have the university on my CV.
There is a careers development with a skills service. We've had a member of the careers team give our course a talk, and I've been to see them regarding a business idea. They were very supportive.
Unfortunately, the teaching for the majority of our second semester has taken place online due to Covid-19, and it hasn't really worked for our course subject. So, I'll review in terms of first year. The course consists of lectures and workshops. It would definitely benefit from the inclusion of seminars, since there isn't really a space in which to discuss and process learning. All assignments are formative, and it would be good to have some summative assignments in order to check progress before being marked on learning.
The SU is very vocal regarding student representation, and I appreciate that. They have been particularly communicative during the Covid-19 pandemic, finding new and creative ways to reach the students. My school is housed in one of the newest buildings, so the facilities are very modern. There have definitely been teething issues with some aspects of the building, but the University seems to be quite responsive to this. The SU has all the facilities you could need, and is currently being extended. I would say that the campus could use more libraries, as the main 24 hour ones, do get really busy around deadline times.
The cost of my accommodation is fantastic. Rent and bills come to £300, which is very affordable. Given that I am studying a masters, and do not have a maintenance loan, it was important to find accommodation which did not break the budget, and Cardiff definitely has a lot of good options at reasonable prices. The condition is fine - not luxurious, but not in disrepair. It is quite basic, but I am spending most of my time studying and socialising with friends, so only really go back to the house to eat and sleep. The location is perfect for me, since it's a five minute walk from the local shops and a bus station. Its a fifteen minute walk from the main university campus, and a thirty minute walk from my school. I generally feel safe where I am. The area is populated with a mixture of students and families. I have heard of nearby areas being targeted for burglaries etc, but my road appears to have been fortunate. I've always felt safe walking around at night, although I did once have a man on a bike try and steal my mobile phone from my hand. Luckily I managed to hold on. I think, if you chose to live in a city, you have to be fairly realistic about crime, and just be sensible.
Already answered under SU facilities - sorry!
My school is a thirty minute walk from my house, and right in the city centre. So it's great for local amenities, and public transport.
Cardiff University has a lot of societies and sports to choose from. I joined the Archery society, and really enjoyed taking part in the beginners sessions. I gained a new, fun, and very interesting skill! I also set up a society with a group of friends, and found the process to be fairly straight forward.
The academic team has been really good at offering learning and career development support. The University counselling and wellbeing service wait times are far too long, and a lot of at risk students could be missing out, sadly.
In a word, mediocre. It's not been worth the 7.5k I'm paying. The lecturers very often don't know how to answer straightforward questions regarding what the essay questions are asking for. Neither do they know how to make it explicit in their feedback what is wrong with your essay and how they mark it. What has been my saving grace, at the least, has been the societies and the wellbeing services regarding 1-to-1 essay help and counselling. I would have dropped out months ago had I not accessed these services.
They offer very little in the way of clarification and they don't tell you how it's marked. As such, if you're a neurodivergant student, you'll be left dead in the water. However, much of the course is taught through group discussion. So that's a bonus.
Garbage. The head of welfare and the head of the student union referred to people fighting for disability access as 'keyboard warriors' and has barely complied with the motion, voted for by students, to support the strikes.
If you live outside of Cardiff itself, then you're going to find that it's a 30 minute bus ride, or 20 minute train ride, minimum to get to seminar or the library. So, it's a pain to get to. However, if you live in Cardiff itself, it's an easy enough walk/bus ride into campus.
There are a plethora of societies for different peoples. That is, whether they're athletically inclined or not.
The tutors and the feedback are dismal. But the counselling and wellbeing services are second to none. Since I attended my undergraduate here, it's really improved.
Has been good. I have enjoyed living independently but the amount of work and content needed to learn is stressful. A lot of hours needed to learn something from a 1 hour lecture.
Offers volunteering opportunities. Modules which focus on programming.
Don’t like the mainly talking at you approach. Wish it was more engaging.
Very multicultural and diverse. Facilities are good but aren’t always kept in beat conditions.
Distance to accommodation is far but the uni is close to the city centre and other local shops.
Fantastic! I have made lifelong friends and love the city. I love the societies available here, including the students media at the students union. I am very grateful of the Welsh community here - although there could be more Welsh language provision and engagement across the university
There are a lot of resources but I haven’t used them personally
Most - it is interesting. Least - don’t feel a part of the law community
Very good - a bit dated in some areas
Very good. I am involved with two societies
Academic support in the Welsh subject is good - they are all ready to listen. With Law, the lectures are a bit stricter about how much feedback and support you can have because of fairness.
Really really enjoyed it, a lot of clubs and events available throughout the year assembly as beaches just 30minuites away by train and the brecconnbeacons on the doorstep
Carriers fairs And placement opportunity’s throughout the year
Most, lectures are personal and have a good balance of research and teaching hours with there research incorporated into there lecture content. Least, a lot of coursework and not much time to do it
The student union is fantastic, hosting lots of different events both in freshers and throughout the year. Varying from ballroom dancing to two floors of drum and bass events with 4 separate rooms. the su also offeres excellent student services and support
Yes, it is the closest halls to town and to university with a ten minutiae walk to the town centre and a 10 minute walk to the university main building and SU
Extremely good with a wide variety of society’s and opportunity for all skill levels
Excellent with study skills Services and learning support as well as student welfare, housing support and many other services
I’ve really enjoyed my course and getting involved in societies. I loved living in halls as I always felt safe, living in student housing makes me feel more unsafe.
There is lots of effort for this. Frequent job fairs, emails regarding talks on career paths, careers advisors
I love the wide range of optional modules so you can really concentrate on an area of focus. I dislike the fact that we have to purchase so many expensive books to end up writing about 3 of them at most. It’s hard to keep up with the reading due to the volume of books and the lengths of them.
Very good location