Generally a good uni if you're willing to put the work in. The course provides a broad overview of the animal sector covering a range of modules and lecturers are passionate about their studies. Accommodation is basic but the inclusion of an en suite is beneficial and the facilities are fine for what students need. Social facilities are lacking and there is no free bus to town anymore so nights out are expensive. The university of Northampton itself has very little care for Moulton so there isn't much support from the university. Good all rounder but no bragging rights provided
Aside from a couple of days of 'work experience' on the animal welfare unit, there was little in the way of assisting for practical skills. Lecturers did provide some insight into how educational skills learnt throughout the course could apply to further research or workplace but there were no career events put on for us.
The best part of how the course was taught was the practical practice including zoo visits, in field surveys and behaviour observations on the unit. Also, lectures do supply the PowerPoint slides from the lecture online so you can catch up with notes later. The least favourite part of the course for me was the limited contact hours (6 a week in our final year) and lack of small group teachings like seminars. The only teaching provided comes from the lectures so there's little options to fit in questions or practice what you've learnt with support from the lecturer.
The Animal Welfare Centre is an excellent addition to the college with a range of domestic and exotic species although practical lectures are limited so I was not able to fully enjoy the centre. Lecture rooms are decent size and functional. Social facilities are lacking, however 'the Loft' is nice and has a pool table, table tennis, a games room with wii and a TV room as well as a bar that's open in the evenings. The college shop is quite well stocked but pricey and isn't always open. The restaurant and cafe facilities are pretty good, most the food is lovely and fairly well priced but it can get busy around lunchtimes!!
Personally I cannot comment on as I didn't seek any personal support. Academically, most lecturers are quick to reply to emails about concerns or feedback and offer in-person meetings too. Regular tutor meetings are rare (once a term) so aren't the best help. Feedback on assignments is mostly in detail and lecturers are happy to expand if asked.
My experience so far is mixed. Some days i enjoy it others i don’t. The content we are learning is and can be interesting but it’s not being taught in a way that makes it appeal to everyone, it can be very boring. Some lessons we don’t actually learn anything. Practical lessons are good because it’s fun and we somewhat learn something and how to do it.
They do everything they can to make sure all of your skills eg. interview skills, are good and make sure that you understand the work in the course.
The practical lessons are the best because it’s hands on, on the other hand the teaching method for some lessons aren’t that good.
They offer counselling and have posters around, whereas some of the tutors feedback could be improved.
I feel like my course has previously (over the last two years) has not be well managed or organised. The college has struggled to deliver content in a way that means we get the relevant information needed in order to complete assignments or exams. Timetables have been awkwardly organised, so sometimes we would come in for only one lecture, and we have had instances of coming in for one lecture only to be let go early as they were not able to teach the content they wanted to due to lack of facilities available. However, I do feel like my course is starting to be managed better now, in contrast to previous years. Overall, the college mainly focuses on their FE students and I feel they need to refocus onto their HE courses, as people are paying a lot of money to do these.
I like having small class sizes and that lectures are made avaiable to us online. I do not like that sometimes leacturers forget to upload powerpoints and I also do not like when we have lectures in the big hall with students from other degrees as I feel like the lecturers rush through content and information is missed.
The college has good facilites, however the technology does not always work and we do not always have access to facilites advitertised that are relevant to our degree.
I feel like I have not be offered much support in my first two years of univeristy, however in my third year here (with a change in course leader) I feel like i have much better support from lecturers. My main lecturer and course leader is always availble for tutorials and support, for either personal matters or for academic related matters.
Hate it. I was told by my lecturers that I would love university and that it would be the best years of my life. Moulton College has massively let me down. The mix between H.E students and F.E students should not be a thing. The college is more focused on F.E students and seriously lacks enriching activities for higher education students. We don't have an area to ourselves without F.E's barging in and shouting all the time, we don't have a kitchen for H.E's only. We don't have any facilities for H.E students to use in the day time specifically for us and I feel my course has let me down. I would highly suggest you do not come here. Unless you want a bad uni experience then sure, come here. If not, then look somewhere else because Moulton College is not as grand as it seems.
We get given the chance to go on work placements as it is a compulsory module, which also increases our transferable skills. The college also gives you the chance to be more involved with a distance partner - the university of Northampton, where students are able to get more involved with the students union via student council etc., as officers. There are hardly any careers events though. If you want a careers event you have to ask for it and the communication between staff and students is shockingly bad.
Some lecturers are more enthusiastic than others and will take the time to explain certain things whereas others will abandon you during really difficult modules that are a prerequisite to the top up year. Most lessons are power point driven (as to be expected) but there is hardly any interaction to it, making students incredibly bored. A lot of lecturers also put a lot of emphasis into the prep tasks instead of the actual lesson. The course is mainly theoretical when it promises its students on the website that there is a lot of practical work involved. This is a lie. I haven't had one practical during my second year experience yet AND I haven't had one trip during the first and second year... so another lie from the lecturers.
I love the students union at the University of Northampton. I have been actively involved with them for a year and love my role. I have been able to develop my transferable and interpersonal skills that Moulton haven't been able to provide me. I have also been given an insight into what type of work I am able to do and what the student union helps students with. The University of Northampton's student union is the equivalent of one big working family and everyone is so friendly. Their doors are always open and they are a very approachable team.
Accommodation is too much for what they provide. Moulton constantly loses heating and the internet. There is no regular transport and none at all on the weekends rendering students immobile. There is no entertainment for Higher Education students, leaving everyone completely bored and there is no dedicated space especially for H.E students making accommodation the only place to go. It's appalling and we have nothing to do.
Moulton College's facilities are appalling. There is no dedicated H.E area for those that want privacy away from further education students and even when we do have a place to our-self, it is the smallest room in the loft that not many people can fit in. Higher Education students can't even have a kettle or a microwave or even there own kitchen because of F.E students and the lack of trust. We can use the gym and swimming pool though, so I suppose that is something
It is £1 from Moulton to the town centre with a Moulton ID card and the bus runs every hour each day (except weekends, when they don't run at all). The town is okay, but is mostly full of poundlands... there is a primark though.
At the university of northampton, there are a large range of sports and societies to get involved in from american football to the Dr Who Society. Moulton College only has a horse riding club therefore is seriously lacking any enrichment for H.E students.
Another counsellor is needed badly as referrals come flying in and not everyone can be seen to. Academic support is terrible - even when you shout for support, you don't get it and lecturers don't seem to care. Feedback is bad and not helpful at all.
Mixed. Some excellent stuff and teaching, and some really poor. They promised small class sizes, but some lectures had about 60 people in. I wish i had gone to a 'proper' uni. It was always very stressful getting last minute messages about changes to lessons or assessments. The college management seem very disorganised and dont listen to the lecturers. The wrong people get promoted.
I was encouraged to get work experience which was good advice, but otherwise there wasn't much guidance. I think the lecturers have limited knowledge of the real world.
The field ecology lecturer was great. I hated the behaviour stream, well half of it. The supposed senior lecturer had no interest in teaching. She was rude and dismissive to students and didnt know how to communicate information.
I didnt want to be involved, but the free shuttle bus into town was good.
The college accommodation is all new and could be really nice. Unfortunately they are not very good at fixing stuff. We had no heating or hot water for most of January and February... Brrr! Also the security door into another block was broken all year.
The animal facilities are amazing, but our use of them was very restricted. In the first year we were used as free labour to supervise younger students. The manager of the animal centre was deliberately awkward for people doing their dissertations there. They call it the 'Animal Welfare Centre' which is quite laughable considering the state of some of the animals (obese meerkats, lame goats, pigs kept on concrete, matted hair on guinea oigs and rabbits...).
It's okay. Nothing amazing though. I dont feel like I got the true student experience.
There are some sports clubs at Moulton, but they mostly have to use the older facilities because students aren't worthy of decent resources (those are saved for paying clients). There are more clubs over at the Northampton Uni but these are hard to access without your own car. Timetables at Moultin arent clear on Wednesday afternoons to allow us to join uni sports teams.
It depends which tutors and lecturers you have. I had brilliant support from my second and third year course managers, but the person senior to them was not interested. It's strange that she was a senior lecturer when the normal lecturers were a million times better at their jobs. My favourite lecturers because they were fed up with the college treating them badly.