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Having studied at the college for 4 years now, the overall experience has been outstanding. Great staff with good facilities and connections into the industry.
The college offers great facilities. Such a big range of up to date software really broadens the resources available to me.
The support the college offers is next level. It has developed me all round and with the feedback from assignments it is easy to see where Improvements need to be made.
What I like most is the engagement from the lecturers. They are always willing to help and with the open door policy they have, I can see them at anytime.
Newcastle college and it's staff have given me continued support throughout my studies to help increase my employability. The staff have an extensive history of industry experience, they know first hand what an employer looks for in an applicant. As well as this, they often give scenarios where a certain lessons or skills would be applicable to the industry; making it more engaging. They often keep me up to date with new opportunities, from graduate schemes to trainee positions so I can start gaining industry experience.
I am getting the education that was promised to me prior to enrolment and I am happy to see their is clear evidence of the efforts the teaching staff are investing in the lesson materials.
Excellent facilities with local access to the city centre.
Various support mechanisms exist, from vocational guidance to mentor support should I have personal issues.
I like the personal approach of the teaching, they put a lot of themselves into delivering the sessions.
The college offers multiple one to one and tutorial sessions aimed at supporting my future goals.
I have really enjoyed my experience. There are additional opportunities here to boost your CV and the lecturers are helpful. There are also various social events throughout the year.
I find the lecturers very approachable.
The lecturers have contacts in the industry for students to volunteer at. These are both professional and amateur. Any opportunities and events that we may be interested in are always forwarded on to us.
After studying at the college for a total of 3 years now, I can confidently say that I have developed into the young professional I always thought I would never be. When I first started I was very shy and wasn't able to have the confidence to complete presentations but after completing modules which enhanced both my academic and personal skills I have no issue with putting myself forward for every opportunity I get offered. I have had the best time at the college and I will honestly be sad to leave after graduation - it's given me so much to prepare me for the working world and I will be forever grateful.
When I first started at the college their facilities weren't that great (lack of computers and designated areas for HE students to study, for example) but since voicing students ' concerns at regular student rep meetings, the college has vastly improved their facilities. There are now HE students only areas in every building on campus, computers are readily accessible, they have created a HE only wifi which is miles faster than the regular wifi, and there are always staff on hand to help with any problems you may be having.
The support at the college has to be my main reason for choosing to study at Newcastle College rather than a typical university. My tutor is always readily available to book 1:1s, she is amazing at giving feedback as she is always challenging us to think more critically to improve our grades, and she outlines our next steps both in assignments and our future - just to name a few. The student's union at the college has only recently got back on it's feet, but the progress it has made is great - offering students drop in session to talk about any problems and organising social events to improve student's experience. I, personally, haven't had any reason to contact anyone at the college for counselling but I would feel perfectly comfortable reaching out to my tutor if I had any need to talk about personal worries or problems.
The main technique that I love about my teaching is how we always make time for class discussion, and we always are stimulated by our tutor to validate our points by challenging our arguments. My tutor also allows for informal presentations and research to be displayed in class time which not only gives us a chance to showcase our knowledge, but also has improved my academic skills greatly. 'What I like least' is a very challenging point for me to comment on as I have had no issues with my tutor's teaching methods.
I believe the college offers an extremely generous amount of career-focused placements and opportunities for students. So far I have been student representative for 3 years, I am current a student fellow that is working with industry partners to organise events and recruit students for volunteering opportunities. I have also been involved with the national Posters in Parliament competition, and will be shadowing the manager of the Copthorne Hotel following my involvement with organising one of their events. Through great communication from the supervisor of all the student fellows I have also been involved in feedback sessions for college improvement, and, my most recent commitment is being one of the new members of the editorial team for the national college journal.
I have attended the college for over 3 years and I will be extremely emotional on leaving in May (providing I pass!). It’s been a huge learning curve and I’ve met life long friends and I have developed as a person. I have the college to thank for this, they have supported me throughout my journey and I will never forget my time here. Thank you newcastle college!
Excellent. There is a separate floor dedicated to higher education students, including over 50 computer stations, this is an essential area where students can complete both individual assignments and group presentations.
As previously stated, the support on offer from the college is fantastic both academically and personally. The students have opportunity to book weekly 1-1 tutorials on any issues whether it be work related or personal. Progress will be monitored and further help can be offered such as counselling, therapy courses and all is handled with confidentiality.
Classrooms are small, with no more than 30 pupils within each teaching session. This allows a healthy relationship to be made between the pupils and the tutor. The college makes me feel like they will be able to help no matter what the situation, it really possesss a personal touch which is rare in my experience.
We must secure placement whilst studying. The college will come out to visit us whilst at the schools to monitor our progress. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience within an educational setting and many of us will even gain immediate employment this way.
as a mature student returning to education, I have loved my time at the college. the lecturers have aided my integration with my younger students, and the students themselves have been brilliant.
one word - excellent!
I have had the opportunity to utilise quite a lot of the support services, and cannot fault the provision
the knowledge of the lecturers is very apparent, and they take a real interest in you as a person, you are not just a number, you are a real person! The lecturers appear to be getting put under more and more pressure by the senior management, and they could be in danger of losing the 'family' feel of the place
the college bring in experts from the industry, and organise events and opportunities for me to gain a valuable insight in to what is required in my area
Overall it has been very good although some times having red lanyards is sometimes off putting as they can be childish but the teaching is good and staff are very friendly
Very good. I have access to counselling and the Hest team
I enjoy all parts of my course.
We have a placement at Newcastle airport 4 hours a week. So it helps that we didn’t have to find one it was all ready set for us. And we are always encouraged to apply for jobs
Very good. I’m happy enough , pleased with the format , tutors and classes. The facilities are ok and we could do with some new pc’s. Wish we had our own dedicated HE building and better lifts to class.
Reasonably good. Could do with new Pc’s
Very good. Always on had and we all know where to go to access it
Dislike - sharing facilities with FE students , most lack maturity and it can be hard to get some quiet time or a lift Like - Tutors, they’re excellent and open for tutorials. They’re encouraging and supportive and get the best out of me
They are very good. Through Work based learning and professional development modules they show how we can transfer our skills learned at uni to skills of strength at work. For example research , organising time and working to a deadline. We also have several guest speakers per year from the sector , giving us a chance to see what opportunities are out there and network
Some one needs to define organisation to this lot, Utter chaos. The staff are under paid and will do as little as they can get away with, often felt their joy when students failed. Staff regularly deny what they have said. 3 out of 5 have no idea what they are talking about while the other 2 can not be bothered because of the bureaucracy that runs the place. Daily operation is based on Discrimination, Communication is non existent. If you are unlucky enough to study at Newcastle college I recommend recording their voices and asking for receipts when you submit your work. Last but not least DO NOT COMPLAINT firstly because you wont get anywhere with it and more importantly you will not finish your course one way or another, One more tip for you, If you are studying there make sure you get friend with the staff and you are set, You might even get EXTENSIVE help with your work.
I spent three years studying towards a FDA in Business at Newcastle College, in my opinion Newcastle College was an absoloute shambles, during my three years I was not once provided with constructive feedback which would enable me to reflect and improve upon my academic writing. Regrettably, I decided to top up my FDA with a BA at Newcastle College but quickly decided to quit. My finance lecturer walked out of the job leaving a number of students feeling incapable of completing their assignment. What was most annoying was the fact that the College decided to start providing feedback on assignment in the final year when in my opinion they should have been doing from day one. I completely lost my confidence and trust in this organisation,