My overall experience in Kingston University was very bad specially this last year after the city was in lockdown, the University didn't focus on students mental health and how to support them in every way possible, little support from teachers, and no reply back of most of the queries i had, insufficient online resources. To be honest it wasn't worth paying £9250 this year, Such a waste of money.
There was no talk or lecture about job fairs and how to apply for jobs, interview.. all there was lectures.
Facilities are quite good but unfortunately because of lockdown we didn't get to use any
There was honestly not much support given by the university at this point, because of lockdown every student has to attend classes online, and all the lectures were not helpful. Every emails to lecturers used to be ignored or replied back after a week or so.
Staff tried their absolute best to mimic the in-person university learning experience by hosting a number of extracurricular events and activities and committed their time to ensuring that students did their absolute best under these circumstances.
This has been hindered largely due to the pandemic
The staff in the politics department are the most committed teachers that I have ever had and always make it clear that they have time for you.
The university as a whole is not as good as the department
i have overall really enjoyed my time at university and am glad i chose to study here. the support provided to students has been excellent and i feel valued, heard and respected. I love all the changes that are always being carried out in the buildings to help make it a better environment to study at and i’m proud to be a student here.
provides good advice from the employability department on how to ace interviews and secure placements or internships.
very accessible, good signage, clean facilities!
mental health support is very good! offer long term loans of laptops and computers to help with studies. Offer bursaries for any students struggling financially.
So far, I am really enjoying my time at Kingston University. The lecturers are really willing to help even if people are struggling. You just have to be engaged. I've enjoyed the course content and liked the modules Database Driven Application Development and Ethical Hacking the most (Second Year).
There are lots of career events to attend. And you can talk to a careers advisor for the school of SEC. There careers site provide examples of what your CV should look like and practice for psychometric testing and other skills. The cyber course has two employability modules which help develop skills you will need for a professional environment (one in year 1 and another in year 2) Pre-covid: I attend careers fairs to see what kinds of placements where available. There aren't many cyber internships/placements but it can also be valuable to take general IT internships if you have no IT experience yet. During Covid, I've attending various talks about Cyber Careers which our Course Leaders share with us. There is currently a cyber security society and computer science society which may hold career based events. Try to get involved as being a part of the committee can develop your employability. NOTE: you have to look for placements yourself and it can be difficult so start thinking about it before you start. What skills do you have? Do you have examples? What experiences do you need to gain? Can you sell yourself? What does your CV look like? USE ALL THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU! AND DON'T GIVE UP.
-Due to Covid-19, the learning has shifted from blended (lectures online and workshops in Univey) to online. It should return to blended at minimum next academic year. -Most lecturers are available to give extra help if you reach out to them even though it is online. -Teaching hours vary. (13-18 hours approx.) -Everyone is assigned a Personal Tutor which you can contact about your studies and career but it would be more useful to contact the careers service if you want advice about career or contact the specific lecturer to the modules you are doing. If you have issues with the marking if an assignment, you should contact the marker specifically. -There are KU Extra courses, you can attend to develop your academic writing and maths skills. Even some student societies may hold study groups for students, if the majority are struggling.
Pre-Covid The facilities are quite nice. The Townhouse (penryhn road) is a new building with the main library, cafes, study rooms you can book for varying group sizes, laptops you can book for 4 hours(if you don't put it back and plugged in time you will get charged but you can get another one),etc. It has pretty much anything you would need as a student. During Covid-19 There has been more reliance on online resources. Like the iCat which is the online version on the library or using virtual machines to access university computers such as KULabs for standard SEC PCs and Microsoft Azure for Cyber PCs. There was also opportunity to rent laptops for longer and keep them at home during Covid-19 but only for those who get max student loan.
I personally haven't really used any of these services but I know there are options available. Some have had bad experiences. However, there is a GP you can sign up to on the main campus (Penryhn Road)
Kingston is a decent university but the quality of teaching and the lecturers is not great. Many of the lecture rooms used at Kingston Hill campus for nursing are freezing, not enough focus on clinical skills. Like that there is free parking on campus and laptops available to loan.
Not enough clinical skills hours given for nursing students and the very little that is given is completely rushed through. We were told nursing students are no longer assessed on manual blood pressure for OSCA's because barely anyone passed them! How on earth is that acceptable. Lecturers mostly just read off of power point slides - I don't find any of them to be engaging or particularly knowledgeable on many topic areas, particularly with A&P. Only 2 of the lecturers seemed to have a clue about A&P. University admin are absolutely terrible. They take ages to respond to emails and god forbid trying to contact them over the phone. This course is definitely not worth £9k+ a year given the quality of the academic staff and opportunities we are offered on the course.
They offer free laptops for people to use which is great, campus is tidy, lots of space to sit and work, good options for food and drink.
Online teaching has been rough and there have been many times when technical difficulties have caused us to postpone lectures or for the lecturer to record and upload them at a later time. Lecturers are usually pretty good about providing support for assignments, but a few of them are really bad at it. We’ve had a couple of guest lecturers and that’s always a positive in my book.
Actually I came in pandemic time so , I didn’t go to university only online classes . When ever we have laboratories in that only will go and attend that lab.
Overall Good university, to contact the teachers is very accessible not a big hustle always help from there, facilities are clean and has access to everywhere and for everyone with disabilities
Pretty well balanced with the contact and a lot of teacher support
Kingston University overall has made a great impression, it is unfortunate that we had to be online, but in the near future their facilities and education will really help thousands of people enjoy the university experience.
This is the best part of Kingston university, they engage us with lots of activities such as competitions for creating a business idea, bringing out many guests speaker to inspire us in our journey and conducting a careers fair which is very useful to broaden our options
It started with online classes and face to face, but ever since the third lockdown it’s been all online
The university is very clean, they provide a cleaning station to clean your desk as well as help around the university as they provide a great service
Kingston university really emphasizes on students wellbeing, they’ve come to our classes to explain to us what services are available as well as sending us email newsletters to remind us that there is help if we need them
The overall experience has been very poor. My lecturer often rushes over the work we have to learn in order to summit our assignment. She also enjoys putting us into separate rooms to do research but does not get check up on the progress and to see if we need any support
1 evening a week for 5 hours on a zoom call. On top of having to work at least 16 hours a week. Tutor is contacted through email however she takes 2 days to reply and does not mentor properly.