Overall my experience was both good and bad staying at home was very nice as I am not a person that goes out a lot, but studying at home was difficult because it caused a loss of motivation and quite stressful due to Covid-19. However my lecturers were very helpful and they made sure that they would provide more support than usual as they knew how difficult it was for us to be studying courses from home as most courses require practical things as well as theory, but I also believe that studying from home is not worth the tuition fees we do pay as sometimes I could not even get in touch with some lecturers to ask for support for assignments.
I am not a graduate right now, but for placement years the University is very supportive so all you have to do for placement is find a place and apply which is really simple and helpful.
In my experience I found online teaching really difficult because it was hard to keep up with all the lectures, tutorials from home. Sometimes, I couldn’t get in touch with my lecturers for when I needed help, but some lecturers did everything they can to be able to make the course easier as it was difficult enough online. They would arrange one-to-one calls to explain anything we didn’t understand which really benefitted me and helped me get a first in all of my assignments. Due to my course (Civil Engineering) I feel like I have missed quite a bit because of Covid-19 as it is a course that requires a lot of labs/experiments. Overall, University has been one of the best things I have experienced, especially living alone because it really prepares you for the future, trying to handle house chores along with Uni work and balancing them. However it is difficult financially even with student finance as generally we never experience receiving money and having to pay rent, bills, etc. Living away from home also helps you learn how to juggle all of these and people always try to research more for bursaries and any available options for financial situations. As University is one of the best times of my life I am not really looking forward to graduating even with all the work I have to do because the hardest part of education for me was A-Levels and when I started University was really relieving and weight lofted off my shoulders. I love being a University student I wish I could study for however long I like.
Any communal area/shared spaces in Coventry University is really clean. For example the library, lecture halls and anywhere else. We also have Starbucks in the Engineering Faculty which is also very nice. We get to use most equipment that is used in Engineering which are all very expensive which is also really good to have it available to us.
Most lecturers are very supportive and answer most questions for assignments and lecture content. In my experience I had lecturers arranging one-to-one calls for extra support which was very beneficial.
The reason I chose 4 stars is because I have concerns about job placements. The famous universities located in the UK tend to have better job opportunities than my university. There are some inferiorities compared to other schools, but overall, I think 4 stars is appropriate.
My faculty has a high employment rate, but in recent years, the percentage of students who get jobs at good companies has been decreasing a little. However, some students are seeing good results because of their studies and experiences during their undergraduate years.
In my course, I can study a wide range of computer-related content. As is the case at other universities, in the project-based classes, we work in small groups to develop software. This is very practical and prepares you for the world of work. You can also learn more about your field of expertise through your graduation thesis. You can also participate in academic conferences if your professor approves.
The facilities are also very well equipped. For example, undergraduate students are provided with a computer when they are assigned to a laboratory. This is paid for by the university and is useful for research. Also, the classrooms are very spacious and clean. It is definitely an environment where you can concentrate on your classes.
The faculty and staff are very accurate in answering students' questions. When you enter a university, there are a lot of complicated things that you don't experience in high school, such as course registration. The faculty and staff are cheerful, so it is very easy to ask questions.
Coventry University has attempted to make most of this year and has planed many activities to help make students feel comfortable. The Uni owned accommodation could have made the experience better by having better communication and helplines.
The content based online sessions are thoroughly explained and if students are still confused, theta sessions(drop ins) are available after the modules last lecture. Personal tutors were not named until asked and I had no correspondence with them until second semester. Emailing was poor and would merge multiple years and groups in one call which would not give the opportunity to discuss important matters.
Throughout Covid the Student Hub was open and had access to the computers. The library only had a 4 hour booking slot and had cleaning supplies.
Support was minimal for students and little action was done to complaints about heating not working and other living conditions.
Overall this year has been good, and the tutors have done everything they can to make studying from home as productive as possible. The only thing missing was being able to use facilities (which of course had to be done in accordance to government guidance).
There’s career advisors as well as support for when we graduate. One of our modules is professional practice- where we apply to open calls etc.
Even throughout online teaching, we were given as much help and advice as possible. Usually, being in uni is much better as there’s so many facilities and workshops available to use.
Great facilities, just hard to book slots to use them.
I feel like I had a good experience in my first semester of university as I was able to go in and have live face to face seminars. However I didn’t enjoy the second semester as it was all online.
My first semester included: pre recorded lecture videos which had to watched prior to my seminars. I had 3 seminars every week. A 2 hour one on Tuesdays 6pm-8pm, a 1 hour one on Friday 9am-10am, and another 2 hour one on Friday 10am-12pm My second semester of university consisted of pre-recorded lecture videos which had to be watched prior to online seminars via zoom. We were allowed to choose which lectures we wished to attend as there were various ones throughout the days at different times.
The library on campus is available for students to go and study. There are study areas and areas with computers along with printers. This must be pre booked due to covid. It is a silent study space. There is also the student hub which is more suitable for group work. There are study spaces available along with computers too. Both the library and the hub have cafes which are available for students to buy food/ drinks from.
The app aula is available for students which contains a feed where students can post questions and receive answers quickly. Responses are made from students and lecturers. There are also individual feeds for each module where students can post specific questions for the module they have questions about.
This academic year wasn’t that good as the last year, due to having lectures remotely and a lot of limitations. I can’t really say that I had a good academic experience this year because it wasn’t. Overall tutors are always happy to help and aim to respond as soon as they can which is great instead of waiting a few days for a response, so that’s a good outcome from a bad situation.
The course is interesting but lectures sometimes feel more like an empty space that need to be filling during your day, I mean, sometimes some lectures are useless or irrelevant to our work. Teaching hours are okay and contact with tutors sometimes is limited.
Facilities are always clean and access to building are easy. Although I think the art & humanities building needs an upgrade.
During this pandemic Coventry University is still supporting its students and providing classes online and extra curricular activites such as short quizes etc. In difficult times like these students are through out engaged with good mental health.
Blended online and on-campus classes.
The University experience was heavily effected due to the pandemic and me being a fully online student however I believe future years will be significantly improved.
Covid has made it hard to feel like you’re at uni but lessons have been somewhat interactive. Not worth 9k but not a terrible experience. Make use of societies to get some social experience
Talent team gives regular emais with opportunities
Most lectures use online sessions as tutorials for you to ask any questions
Library and buildings open for use of rooms or laptops
Tutors have weekly meetings
Was fun, but the university completely forgot about me and took 6 months to reply to an email of mine. I would recommend Coventry University IF you don't mind a disorganised university.