My expirience has been overwhelmingly positive as of yet. Coming here as an axternal student last year I felt welcomed and part of the college as a whole. I quickly settled in and its like I've been a part of it for years- in a good way
We have to have work expirience to complete the course but have been given all the needed support to apply and gain placements.
I love the passion and approachableness of the lecturers and staff. While the workload is high the lecturers do their best efforts to make it as interesting and as engaging as possible.
All the facilities are continuously improving and they genuinly listen to feedback given.
Tutor support is excellent. I cannot fault it.
It’s been hard work but enlightening, I’m learning how to write assignments and I like that the HE Block is separate to the rest of the campus, shame about the library though
Learning about theorists and how they are incorporated into our schools
They are ok but the library could do with more books
It's been OK. Disappointed the work on my course is not enough to go to uni so I do feel a little disheartened after all the money spent. As an adult learner with a home to run I fund the lack of additional financial support a little upsetting and stressful
Support is available but I find it limited due to how busy the staff are
The lecturers are great. Full of knowledge and down to earth. I do however find it frustrating that they don't have any lying real time to offer proper support everything is always rushed
They have great facilities especially the animal unit. However dude to age sheer volume of written coursework we don't get the opportunity to use the facilities
Tutors offer support where they can it may be a few days to have a response from an email. They are supportive as they can be with time restraints
So far I have had a very good experience. I’ve been at New College Stamford for 3 years now. I studied the Level 3 Photography for the first 2 years and then moved on to the Univeristy course which I am currently studying my first year of. I’ve always been supported, academically and personally. I feel comfortable and happy there due to this support. I have good friends around me and good lecturers. So I’m very happy.
At Uni, there are people there to help you with CVs and personal statements. We have regular career ‘fairs’ too.
We are taught mostly with interactive presentations. On my course, we are often showed photographs and asked to consider what we have just learnt and to apply that to how it created that photograph. Sometimes I wished we had more time of a week to sit down with lecturers to discuss work. But we have other lessons so this cuts down time.
They have always been very good. We have a good library, a HE common room, 2 canteens and the disabled facilities are good. I say this as I use an electric wheelchair. If ever I have an issue I have people I can contact within the college, specifically the woman who is my student support worker. She will address any issues I have regarding access around the college.
I have my own student support worker who is just fantastic. She brings my wheelchair to the car in the morning and she comes out with me at the end of the day and takes the chair back. It doesn’t stop here. She sorts any issues I may have round college and checks on me most of the time during the day if she is in my block or when she sees me in the canteen. I’ve never had to use any counselling etc, but there are posters dotted around the college with numbers and information that may be important if needed. Academic wise, I get a lot of support. I would like to have more one to one chats regarding work at times but we have other lessons so this does cut down how much time you get to chat with lecturers.
I have been at Stamford college since September last year. I joined late and was worried about making friends and fitting in. However, I had absolutely no problems as both staff and students were so polite and friendly from day one. My wonderful tutor helped me catch up quickly without giving me too much stress in one go. The food that the college provide is tasty and the cantina staff are lovely are friendly. I feel so safe and at ease in the college environment. The college also accepts and welcomes people of all abilities, genders, sexuality and race. Offering a number of facilities and support such as non-gendered toilets and LGBT support for those who may need it. The academic support given is fantastic. The college offers extra maths and English one on one learning support and group lessons which allows people who struggle with maths and English to not fall behind and be given a disadvantage against class peers. College is a place of equality. I never enjoyed being in education or going to school. However, I really look forward to going into college when I wake up in the morning and I will be very sad to leave at the end of this year.
Variety of talking on what opportunities are available after college. Careers department always have an open door and email address for questions and advice. College lectures are amazing at helping point you in the right direction.
I like the freedom we are given to express our artistic skill. I enjoy how it is a practical course and and we are given a guideline of what to do but are able to develop it in our own way. I really like how we are taken on a number of trips to help increase our knowledge during the research period of our projects. I really enjoy the work shops as they able us to experience different areas of the creative world each week, gaining new skills and understandings.
Excellent. Modern and provide us with all the equipment we need to complete our work to the best standard possible. Amazing spaces across the campus which are of a high standard. The art block definitely stands out most to me because of its impressive amounts of equipment, class space and amazing, helpful staff.
Posters are up across the college offering health support and advice. There are helplines you can call or drop in sessions you can attend. Tutors are very friendly and are a helpful person to talk to if you have any concerns and need advice on where to seek help and advice. The support has really helped me and I am so pleased with the process they offer.
Over the past 4 years, my college teaches and class mates have brought out the best in me and made me believe in myself when I never used to. College for me has been the best experience of my life
Every year we get the chance to perform a full scale show at a theatre which gives us an insight on how the real working world would look & the teachers we have all have different backgrounds within the theatre industry so we get taught in so many ways that we get to learn lots
It’s a very relaxed environment and I’m always excited to get back there but also the way they teach is in a way that everyone would understand so we all know what we are doing
Incredible studios and work spaces that are always open for us to use when needed if they are available
Personally I’ve been given quite a lot of support and it’s really helped me a lot, both with academic work and personal, being told that I can amount to more than I think has given me the push I need to work even harder
Really enjoyed it. Learnt a lot as came into course not knowing much about the practice. Teachers very helpful with work and have developed a lot of my skills both in software and general graphic design skills and techniques.
1 to 1s and lots of time with students. No negatives.
Really good. Got three tutors so various opinions.
My Experience has been good however the college still has some improvement required. One of my main issues is that they have a university centre and claim that "University Centre Stamford Awarded Silver TEF Award Amongst Top Universities" however I don't see how they can see themselves as a university because they do not award degrees! they award 'degree level' HND which is not a level 6 BSc or BA degree it's only a higher education award. So, if you want my honest opinion New College Stamford need to stop spending on superfluous top show and reinvest it in what actually matters the education, with the ability to award degrees, not appearing to be what they are not.
transferable skills yes, although not so much for careers department, work placements.
The teaching was of a high quality, however there was no-one there to back the lecture up when they were ill, not very good when submissions and end of year approaching.
Good, however when I was there (2016) for computing it was outdated and the room we were in did not have sufficient air conditioning during the summer, not good for the money we were all paying for the course.
Tutors were very kind and gave good feedback on how to improve academically. I cannot comment on counselling because I didn't receive any.
Overall, I’ve had a good experience so far. I have the resources around me for my academic work and I’m supported with my additional needs. As I had already spent two years at the Univeristy before as a college student, the university course appealed to me as I had had a good experience in those two years and was happy and content to study the Univeristy course.
There have always been fairs held at the college over the time I’ve been there, opening our eyes to what is available around us. Also on my photography course, we are to be given the chance to display work in Nottingham at the Photo Parlour. The photo parlour is a real hub for photography in the East Midlands and going to UCS has given me the opportunity to display work and establish connections and develop my confidence with my work and skills.
I like how we have more option with what I can focus projects on. I already like certain styles of photography and I’m happy to see my lecturers encouraging me to see if the projects I’m given can potentially suit the style of photography I like and enjoy. I think perhaps the one thing I don’t enjoy is the amount of work. It can be a lot. I always knew University wouldn’t be easy, but sometimes it’s exhausting. But it will be worth it in the end. I do enjoy seeing the work done though. I’d rather try to do it soon see rather than later.
We have lots on offer to us at UCS. I’m disabled and use a electric powered wheelchair so I pick up on the facilities more. There has been small issues but these have been addressed and either rectified or noted. We have a library, a HE common room which personally benefit me. We also have a large studio space and plenty of cameras alongside printers and a small kitchen in our room so if we wish to keep our lunch cold in the fridge or make tea, we have the option. It creates a more adult space than the room I had been in while I was studying the Level 3 Photography there in the last 2 years.
On an academic side, we get the chance to talk to my lecturer for about several times a week. I’m in on a Monday afternoon, and the whole of Wednesday and Friday. We see our main lecturer for a good hour on each of these days, meaning about 3 hours. Sometimes it may not be on a personal level, but as input when they give us presentations. On a personal side, I have support at the Univeristy and I have since I came to New College Stamford back when I studied Level 3 Photography. Due to my additional needs I have someone come for me in the morning at my car who brings my chair which is kept at school and at the end of the day. My support also checks on me throughout the day.
I have been in this college for nearly 3 years now and I have not had any bad experience yet. I improved my English skills from only being able to have simple conversations to now being able to present informations and my knowledge in front of groups. This was only possible to the huge help from one to one sessions and personal meetings with my teachers to identify my strength and weaknesses. When I first arrived at the college I was heartly welcomed and I felt cared about which has not changed. The lessons are very interesting and carrer based which allows me to devolpe essential skills for my future faster. Overall, the college is a really good learning environmnet and I have recommended it to a lot of other people.
English is my second language. Through the college I get weekly help by one to one sessions where the teacher helps me to study the language and also to correct my assignments.
The teachers are very friendly and support me in everyway they can. In lessons we have a lot of fun because the lessons are created creative and challinging. We get tought through power points, grup works, discussions and also practical tasks which allow me to use my new knowledge on animals which helps me to devolpe important skills for my future even faster. There is nothing I dont like about the course because the teacher always try to make the lessons as interesting as possible.
The college offers a libary which supplies me with all resources I need for my studies like computers, books, magazines, journals and articles. They college also has a large animal collecting which allows me to practice essential skills for my future carrer and also overcome my fears and weaknesses when working with animals.
English is my second language. Through a weakly one to one session I get help to improve my language skills and my writting skills. The teacher also checks my assignments which helped me a lot as the language is proofread which gives me the confidens that my work is well written and I can also see my own progressions. After every assignment I get an individual feedback which helps me to improve my work and also my understanding of my mistakes and weaknesses. At the moment I am during two A Levels as well. This puts me under a lot of stress. The teachers from the HND course always make sure that I get my notes when I have to be in the other classes and also discuss with me the important informations I miss. This helps me a lot and also reduces the stress level.