Great opportunities both for academic and professional development. Good balance between studies and social life. High-level accommodation and a lot of societies.
Coming here has made me realised I would like to go further and get to the highest level in my subject. I never realised how much I loved my subject until I started my course.
I like everything about how my course is taught
Yes, 5 minute drive from town centre and from my home
The college has lots of activities for all
Very good, lots of support offered, lots to get involved with (societies, fundraising, sport), shame about expensive student housing and so most students have to live in damp houses because they are the only ones they can afford.
General careers service is amazing - CV drop ins, workshops, mock interview practice, Lancaster award etc etc. Departmental careers service virtually non-existent.
Most: taught by JBA consultancy which gives students real-life experience of working with a company and using industry-led programmes and techniques. Invaluable. Least: LEC PGT modules are very similar to undergraduate modules - would not recommend staying at the university to do a generic LEC PGT degree because you don't learn a lot of new content.
Not very representative of student body, full time officers are just the face of any decisions made by the full time staff, students not consulted about key decisions e.g. selling our student union nightclub Sugarhouse.
Excellent - although more space to eat lunch and chill rather than work would be good.
Yes - although bus services need improving, and reducing costs
Very good support, although counselling can be hard to access at times because it is very over-subscribed.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Lancaster University, I am learning lots and having a great time as well! I am involved in several societies and have met many amazing friends, I was initially unsure about wether or not University was for me but I am so pleased I came.
My department encourages taking a placement, however finding a placement is completely down to the student. That being said, this is not something I think is a problem and help with CV’s and interview skills is available. The University also has a careers department available to help with quieries.
I like how the course is broken down into modules and how there is a clear structure to what we will learn and what we will be examined on. Sone lecturers are better than others, unfortunately one module this year was taken by a lecturer with absolutely no teaching skills what so ever.
The representation of the students is fairly poor, it seems the Student’s Union often doesn’t want to listen and can be difficult to deal with.
The campus is a few miles outside of Lancaster so is only accessible by bus. That being said the buses are regular, reliable and affordable. There are also shops on campus.
There is an excellent range of activities and sports to get involved with.
The quality of support varies across departments and across the different types of support a student might need.
The university is quite good quality, most of the modules are well taught and the career support is outstanding. The university provides efficient support with personal life too. However, they increase the number of students year by year which results into overcrowded facilities and lectures, which results into extended teaching hours and no spaces for quite study. The university accommodation is quite expensive and they charge students for everything they can. These issues undermine student experience.
The university puts a really big emphasis on increasing employability. Various support services and events are available to support job hunting, networking and various skills.
The choseable specializations are really useful feature of the course, it allows student to study specific areas which they are interested it. Modules of the specializations are generally really high quality. On the other hand, non-elected modules are very generic and less high quality. The sources they use can be non-academic and the quality of teaching is low. Seminars and workshops are taught by PhD students sometimes with very little experience therefore the quality of teaching is very varied.
The Students' Union is not very representative of student needs and is insufficient to providing support to some student groups. The organisation is too small for the number of students and under staffed. The majority of facilities are provided by the university therefore they don't have influence over it.
The university facilities are generally in good quality, but they are overcrowded. They clearly weren't designed for the number of students the university had. Lecture theaters are too small and it is really hard to find space for meetings and quite studying.
The university is in good location to campus accommodation and amenities in town are accessible too. However, the infrastructure (roads and public transport) is insufficient to support such a large number of students.
There are a large number societies and sport clubs available and they are an active part of university life.
The support provided by the university is generally good. They provide opportunities for support in every area (academic and personal).
i have struggled over my time at uni with mental health difficulties that have stemmed from different causes but at the same time i have made some good friends, had some fun experiences, learnt a lot and been supported by so many people that i'd recommend to others the benefits of going to university in general as well as recommending Lancaster University. even the city of Lancaster offers a lot for potential future students.
There are a number of resources available for all to access both personally and with the help and support of staff. I think careers events that are set up further promote the resources as sometimes it can be overwhelming to know where to get help when there are so many options.
I like that there is a balance between tutor lecturing and class discussions allows for input from all. it also breaks up one continuous strand of teaching. I don't like the way set readings are managed because i personally am a slow reader and so the set ups don't work for me and i find myself attending classes having not read the materials and feeling inadequate or i don't attend at all for this reason. Reading material should be made more accessible or adapted for those with learning difficulties.
I have not used the service that often to know a lot about it but from what i have heard about and experienced i think it does very well to support students/staff and accommodate their needs as well as helping to resolve issues and to further improve their services.
The facilities are great. it would be good if there were more computer study spaces other than the library as many study spaces are for quiet study and don't have these devices which is annoying due to how quick the library spaces fill up. the eating establishments on campus are reasonable. variety of options to suit all. perhaps these could improve with longer opening times as well as having more eat-in spaces.
It is a bit far out from the city centre but the bus service is great. fairly reliable. its nice to be away from the bustle of city living. scenic.
though i have not been involved in any of these i have looked into many and think the variety is more than adequate to cater for anyone though as times change new activities become more popular and i think the university does well to adapt to the ever changing culture.
the support offered from all areas is great. due to mental health difficulties i have needed support and have been assisted where needed.
Graduate college is not as close-knit as the other undergraduate colleges and also offers less integration at the start of the academic year which can lead to no new friendships forming.
A dedicated careers team that offers workshops and lots of information from employers. Also offer the Lancaster Award.
Very little actual contact time. Little help from transition from differing subject discipline. Very little overall contact.
Students union honestly sometimes seems very pointless. I am not entirely sure how well they put themselves across but facilities themselves are good
Too few lecture theatre spaces with too many students. Fail to expand at a sustainable rate for their increased student intake
My university is a campus one so the distance to lectures is amazing. And it is a short bus ride from the local town centre so overall pretty good.
Very varied and offer lots of opportunities - I have done netball, darts, pool, swimming and pole fitness at my time here.
Both academic and personal support are lacking.
I've loved my time here, but there is ample room for improvement on the part of the university. Especially in terms of making the place feel like it is a place of education and not a money pot (milking the international students for all they are worth)
Occasional workshops, there is a career center, which I went to a few times, but the staff are mainly young students, which is off-putting, as they clearly have little experience finding jobs beyond the one they have (ironically)
I'm a phd student so untaught. Just have supervisor meetings where I sit down with a supervisor and discuss progress. These could be made more interesting I feel. Sometimes one of my supervisors has not read the work, which is frustrating
As a phd student I get very little interaction with the student union
Great, but very overcrowded library, toilet facilities in there are abysmal. The general workspaces are average, not many places to isolate yourself, which is important for some people like me who work best in quiet locations
I can drive so it is easy for me to get into town which is around 10 minute drive away. However non driving students on campus have to get the bus into town which takes 25 plus minutes. There's a few pubs on campus, and some places to eat, but town is much better for these
Sports center on campus and lots of events
I've little experience myself but I've heard from friends that there are issues with long waiting times to get help
Lancaster University is really good overall, the teaching and facilites are really good and the course is really interesting. Lancaster is a small town so has a nice relaxed safe atmosphere
offers career advice and work placements
enjoy the variety of topics dislike the that some workshops seem to be a little pointless
not used the facilities much so couldn't comment
a 10 minute bus journey from town centre
accessible if needed but will have to seek it out yourself
I've loved university each year; lots of opportunities and I got to do study abroad in New Zealand which was incredible. Lots of sports and societies to get invovled in and the college system makes it good for intercollege competitions. Nice campus with green space and lovely surrounding countryside. Not a big city so not as much of a night life but still clubs and bars.
employment service, can get career advice and do mock interviews etc
most = variety of lectures, practicals, workshops and some fieldtrips. least = usually only one piece of coursework per module (plus the exam) which means it is weighted higher and usually on one piece of the module.
quite small and less of a central hub
very good, especially the sports centre. good grounds and lots of modern lecture threatres
It's a campus university so is outside the main town however there are shops on campus if you need to buy food and it is only around 3miles to get to town from campus.
good but depends on if you seek it out. more to do with whether you ask for help