It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either, they could’ve communicated things better and had less of a double standard between teachers and students. And, accommodation not giving sufficient recompense for accommodation which over the Christmas break and into the January-March lockdown we weren’t legally aloud into was not good
There were a few lectures but I still have no idea what a cover letter is or what a good one should look like
There were serious double standards from lecturers who for example would post the lectures for the week on time (especially when 2/3 of my seminars were on a Monday morning) so I had to scramble on over the weekend to get work done quickly before my seminar when the lectures should’ve been posted on the previous Monday. Also, there are still some lectures which were never put up, and they’re still stingy about assignment extensions. It doesn’t make sense.
The library was closed for a while which made it hard for some people
I still don’t really know what kind of support they offer or how to get in touch with for example the careers service
Covid means it loses a star. Lancaster is great but full fees for online learning is a joke. Exams have become harder even though it is the same situation that we are in last year which I don't believe is fair. Should you come to this uni not in covid? Yes you should the teaching and facilities are great.
Having done a previous degree at Lancaster I cannot rave more about it, I love the college environment! Coming back a little older to Graduate College helps you feel part of a community still whilst studying a postgrad qualification. My course has been amazing in terms of understanding and extending deadlines, returning feedback quickly and checking in on all students personally! The staff genuinely get to know each student and seem to care. Most of the teaching has been of great quality and it’s been wonderful to here lecturers talk about topics they are really passionate about!
This year has been academically challenging having to adapt to blended online and in person teaching but the university has been very organised and kept up good communication with students to reduce our anxiety and give reassurance. The colleges have been fantastic in setting up social events in summer term and I have really enjoyed getting involved in societies now they are allowed to go ahead.
Lots of jobs and internships are always being advertised and emailed to students. CV writing and interview workshops are available.
Most lecturers are very happy to help and reply to questions asked promptly.
Lots of investment in new buildings and equipment. Accommodation on campus is affordable and clean.
Support is available for those who need it. Each student has a personal academic tutor too they can speak to about any problems.
It is the people I have met and friends I have made which has made this a decent year at university despite covid. I believe the university has tried to do what they think is best academically, although not always successful, It would not be fair to judge them solely on this year in such unprecedented times.
Always email us with opportunities and have a career department for us to contact and arrange interviews with. It is a very supportive area of the university as long as you utilise what they offer you.
I feel like I could learn everything I need from the textbooks, paying so much for the lecturers to teach me but all they do is copy and paste their powerpoints from textbooks and tell us to read the textbooks for further information.
the library is amazing, great place to focus and is open 24/7 Lots of on campus facilities such as shops The delivery depot is very helpful Most of the shared kitchen equipment was broken so we have had to go out and buy ourselves kettles and toasters, doors don’t lock so anyone can get into our house. Cleaners don’t do their job, just rearrange the furniture Porters are rude and treat us like we are nothing Accommodation management don’t care about us but just keep trying to exploit us for money
They seem to advertise a lot about mental health support, I have never used them but the university seem to have services available.
My first year at university has not been what I expected or dreamed of. However, this has not been the universities fault, they have tried to provide us with as much normality as possible but it has just not been ideal. Hopefully next year will be better
As good as it could be during COVID but the £9000 a year for limited access to facilities and prerecorded lectures is not value for money. However the Uni has done its best to stick covid restrictions.
3 hour seminars helpful but prerecorded lectures not as useful
Library is very open, clean and light
I am having an awful time studying at Lancaster University. I honestly truly struggle to think of a positive that has come from my time here. The lack of student support, the poor quality in teaching and the dated facilities which we were not allowed to use because of the pandemic, makes me feel like I would have been better off giving my tuition money away to charity. Even if only 50% of that donation was received by the charity, it would still achieve more than anything that Lancaster University has offered me. I cant not reccomend this Uni enough, PLEASE reconsider if you have this university as ANY of your choices. I hope my thoughts can help save at least one potential student from making the horrible decision I made because they thought 'oh top 10 uni, must be decent then'.
Some decent workshops, however with pandemic we received no extra help. Careers fairs that would be in place were cancelled and no substitutes were offered. They held some virtual talks instead but these were incomparable to what a careers fair would offer.
I did not think a 'top 10' university could have such poor teaching standards. I am in my 2nd year and the standard of teaching actually dropped from first year. Pandemic has not made things easy but when you're getting taught with recycled material from over 5 years ago, it just makes you feel like they are doing the bare minimum to teach anything on the subject. The majority of my lecturers are just students doing their masters who have quite clearly have zero teaching experience. The LUMS (management school) is an absolute joke. The student representation is actually non existent. They tell you to give them feedback for any of your modules, yet dismiss any complaints about the standards of teaching. Try and complain to the head of department, but she'll never get back to you and you'l just get an automated reply saying she is busy marking papers. Absolute joke, avoid this uni like the plague. To think i actually paid money to go here! ugh such a rip off, better off doing quite literally anything else.
Not the worst, but certainly nothing to shout about either. Most of the campus is built in the 60s and it certainly shows.
Non existent. But don't worry, you'll get spammed with emails during your time here about how much they care about their students. But in reality, this is just a front they show to the students. I can confirm as I tried to seek support and found it close to impossible to actually receive any. Especially during the pandemic, they actually had the cheek to try and profit of a food delviery service during lockdown! Yes, you read that correctly, they offered a paid service to deliver food to your accommodation during the lockdown. This sounds pretty good until you relise they wanted to charge you over £20 for some basic food items that would cost less than £10 if you bought in the supermarket. Absolute joke from an academic institution, should be ashamed.
I have absolutely loved my course and loved the university campus. I’ve been disappointed with the standard of support this academic year however, appreciate that it must have been difficult with covid.
Socially, university has been a bit of a nightmare - meeting lots of new people (part of the selling point of university) has been completely diminished and in many ways, has felt criminal. It has been like we have essentially been set up for failure with the covid rules as it has been somewhat impossible to abide by in university, though I will acknowledge this may be more the fault of the government rather than the university. Academically, I have been very impressed with the university; they have been very supportive considering my course does not have a much in the way of contact hours. On the whole, the quality of online teaching has been good and I have managed to keep up and understand the requisite material. I also appreciate the take home exam format adopted this year - I believe that this should be adopted for the future, as the typical exam format penalises students who suffer from exam stress and chronic anxiety.
The careers officer on my course replied quickly and clearly to questions I asked about pathways post-graduation. I know the careers team are always posting links to webinars/talks from firms/qualifying routes. I wanted to see what I enjoyed before investing too much time into career events, but I know where to find the information/ who to set up a meeting with if I need some help.
This year it has been primarily online seminars with pre-recorded lectures. In the first term I did have some in-person seminars which was a refreshing change. I had approximately 3 hours a week of seminars, where there was live interaction with tutors and I found this to be a very valuable use of time. The seminars were very beneficial for checking understanding and applying knowledge acquired from the reading and lectures. My tutors were very approachable and I felt that if I had an issue they would have tried their best to help. Thought post-covid restrictions I would appreciate in person seminars, I do believe the current, recorded lecture format is better for managing my time and it gives me more freedom in my learning style.
I primarily use online databases, made accessible through the university library. However, the facilities at the university are great and I feel I will barely scratch the surface in accessing them all by the time I leave. I do feel on the whole I can access anything I need academically, here.
I received wellbeing support from my college counselling service. Though this is a somewhat impossible job I feel, I received almost immediate support and the councillor was lovely and great to deal with. Overall I do think it helped. It is fair to say any mental health/wellbeing services are probably overstretched and need greater financial backing, but from my personal experience it was enough.