Overall, my experience in the first semester of my first year has been excellent and I’m glad I chose to come to Keele university as the campus is safe and lively and all staff and students are friendly.
For me, mental health nursing is obviously a degree where work placements are a critical part of the academic development. The foundation year gets us ready for this with the transferable skills needed for the upcoming placements. Biology and psychology are both key topics taught in the first year of study which will come handy in future years.
I enjoy that there are workshops and lectures for most modules, the workshops allow us to apply the knowledge learnt in lectures and have more time with lecturers to ask questions in a smaller group which is helpful for people with social anxiety who may not feel able to speak up in larger groups.
The students union has multiple societies and clubs for anyone to join, there are sports, academic and hobby societies as well as societies to represent cultures and sexualities.
You have every facility needed on-campus for day-to-day student life, there is a gym which offers student deals, sports fields for societal clubs such as football and hockey. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during term time with an array of books and journals as well as rooms for any study environment: group or silent study and many computers to access in case you don’t own a laptop. WiFi access is available anywhere on campus. There is a pharmacy, food shops, restaurants and bars, takeout places, and a post office.
Keele is close to my accommodation off-campus, it takes about 10 minutes to get to university on the bus, all halls are all on-campus and within minutes of the main facilities. The university campus itself has everything you need from a post office to a grocery shop, a gym to bars and eating places. There is a students union where there are nightly events at least once a week in term time. There is a local town which you can get to in about 10 minutes by bus where there are clothes shops and main supermarkets.
All feedback is given in a timely way and in detail, constructive criticism is always given and lecturers mention both negative and positive sides of essays you have given in. Counselling is given both by the university and there are facilities recommended by the university off campus in case you do not feel comfortable speaking to university staff.
Goof I would say horwood halls wasn’t great but since moving off campus I love it more. The placement structure is good and easy to get to. The uni campus itself is beautiful and green! The lecturers of midwifery really care about their students
They do have an after grad advising system
I like the guest speakers and I dislike the reflection on the code essay
The SU is amazing everything from food and drink to full blown concerts also got ask for advice
Very good the skills labs are amazing
Keele is a little bit out of town but the campus makes up for it
There are loads! Something for everyone
Very good. I’ve accessed all of these in second year
I have loved going to uni and have met some amazing friends here that I will cherish for life. I love my lecturers and they have made my journey at uni more pleasant and my course more interesting. I like the university campus itself and it is nice and compact which mean less walking between lectures and labs etc. The location of the university itself is probably the worst part of my experience as it is far away from home for me which I knew but didn’t realise it would be such a big problem for me. I suffered from mental health problems during my time at uni but I think the people around me have helped me a lot and I don’t think it has affected my overall experience at uni too much.
I think the uni is pretty good with transferable skills. The careers department sends out emails quite frequently about job placements/internships and volunteering opportunities which could help with employability. A lot of the internships are within one area (like marketing) which doesn’t really cater to all the students but I believe we can talk to them and they can help us find one to suit us, I personally don’t make full use of them.
I love the way the lecturers get to know us and make their lectures interesting. They try to incorporate things that are related but fun. I don’t particularly like the volume of assignments we get nor how closely spaced they are throughout the semester.
I think the SU is pretty good at representing the students. If there is a particular issue we have raised we get the feedback back pretty quickly. We know which person to go to with which issue and they are pretty approachable.
The facilities are very good. The library is very nice with lots of study space (a mix of silent and group study). There is a “chapel” which is actually a multicultural centre which is used frequently and has services on for whoever wants to go. The university has just built new central laboratories which are used by the forensic, chemistry and pharmacy students and they are well equipped and a nice size. There could be more parking at the university as parking can be a struggle and not many people get parking permits. There is also not enough pay and display parking for the people who don’t get parking permits.
Yes, my accommodation is 10 mins drive to the university and close to the bus stops to go to uni and to Hanley (the closest town with a large shopping centre). It is also a 10 min walk to the town centre which has cinema and some smaller shops.
There are a large variety of sport and academic societies at the university. They are some unusual ones that I wouldn’t have thought about before I came to uni. They are pretty easy to join and the people are nice and encouraging even if you have never tried what you are joining.
The support is very good if you need it. We have personal tutors which are lecturers in our course that we can go to at any time with any concern - personal or course related. They are there to help and to help us decide if we need further help from somewhere else. We can also email/meet with any of our lecturers about the subject and they are very accommodating and helpful. There is a free mental health team that you can go to without any referral if needed. You don’t usually have to wait a long time for an appointment. We used to have a service called ‘Nightline’ which was a telephone service you could call at any time of night that gave advice and/or a listening ear if needed and could decide if further action/help was required. This sadly was discontinued at the beginning of the academic year which caused a big uproar with the students as it was a very good service which I think should’ve stayed.
I have enjoyed it
my law lecturers are very helpful
SU is trying, they dont get enough credit
average, my school was better
gone downhill, sports centre is shambles
I dont really know much
Degree is job-specific
Appropriate to cost
Easy to access town centre, main city accessible.
Uni holds career fairs, has guest lecturers and advertises internships
High contact hours with a mixture of lectures, workshops and tutorials
On Campus accommodation is well located, off campus accommodation is cheaper.
More study space & parking needed
Good bus links to and from town
Nothing much for English, no placements, few internships
Some security issues
Could have cheaper food/drink options as in cafe + food hall
Haven't really had to use them but I've heard good + bad things
Great overall experience.
Really good content & interactive
Safety + Location = excellent. Cost = Poor.
Amazing 24hr library
Very close to town & shop on campus is good
Good range of sports & clubs