Better than I could have ever expected! Prior to uni I still wasn’t sure if I wanted to come, but since moving away from home and starting my course it has changed me as a person. I feel like I’m progressing nicely into adulthood and my personal issues with mental health, etc. haven’t been as severe as they were during and after A-Levels. The only issue is the debt but that’s an issue for a few years time.
I believe there are going to be many more opportunities in the coming years of undergraduate study, as I am only in first year, but from what I’ve witnessed so far there are optional modules you can take next year to increase employability, and there are modules that are taught this year which work on professionalism, technical transferable skills, etc. when dealing with employers. I also believe in the coming years there is going to be many opportunities for work placement.
Most: Everything feels very personal, the faculty make an effort to learn your name and help you out to the best of their abilities in seminars and lab sessions, and they don’t talk down to you (which in my opinion is a big thing). Least: Honestly, my least favourite thing is the gaps between lectures/seminars, etc. as half the time you’re left with an hour gap which really isn’t enough time to go home as you‘ll be straight back out, or go to the library and study, as you’ll not have a lot of time to get started.
The SU seems to be very modernised with there representation of students, representing students of different religions, ethnicities, sexes, genders, disabilities, etc.. The facilities it offers are quite good as well, with a nice SU bar and other areas. (Also more of a personal note but the SU is a latex-free area which is perfect as I have a latex allergy)
Uni gym: Amazing, state of the art gym wits new and well-kept equipment. Uni library: Very modern and accessible area, with 6 different floors. Invited you to study there rather than feeling like you have to study there. Lecture halls: All lecture halls I have been in have been bright, spacious halls that accommodate for a lot of people. Labs: The labs are very good p, with access to a lot of different facilities and equipment. I feel sorry for people not doing a science-based course as they don’t get to use them.
The university is in a perfect location as it’s only a 5 minute walk from my accommodation and there is plenty shops placed around the university buildings. It is also only a 5ish minute walk from uni to town, and a 15ish minute walk to the train station which is ideal for easy commuting. Everything is also accessible in one main area, there is nowhere that I have to travel to within uni that is more than a 5 minute walk from another place, making getting to lectures, etc. very easy.
There is quite a variety of societies at Northumbria Uni, that can appeal to a wide range of demographics. Personally none of them appeal to myself, so my knowledge about the societies is limited, but I think there is a good spread, both academic and non-academic. There is a fair variety of sports at Northumbria Uni, appealing to a wide range of people, however I was disappointed when I learned that there wasn’t any form of rock climbing sports club. Especially in the lead up to Tokyo 2020, where rock climbing is being introduced in 3 separate disciplines. It would’ve been the perfect time to have one due to the popularity of the sport being likely to increase drastically just as cycling did a fair few years back.
The feedback is very good. The faculty marking work spend an increased amount of time on each persons’ in order to ensure that there is more than adequate constructive feedback, and they break down how you got the grade you got. This is similar with the tutors as you can book sessions and go see them about your work, where they’ll break everything down to help you progress. I haven’t had personal support in uni, as I have support outside of uni. But from what I’ve gathered they do offer a lot of support to students with varying problems.
Uni has been an amazing experience. I’ve gained friends learned about a subject I’m passionate about and live in my favorite city. Would recommend to anyone!!!!
Achieved a placement with their help
Like it all
Really really enjoyed it, proper good nights out ;) Very friendly city with loads to do, lots of sports and activities at uni and great opportunities. SU is great too
Lots of jobs available in the SU, not much careers department presence
Small seminars and lectures, lecturers actually know you
SABBs and reps do a great job
City campus is modern and well equipped coach lane is old and a bit neglected
Very good location for city campus, coach lane campus is dreadful
Lots of societies and sports available
Feedback is poor but support is good
It has been a challenging but rewarding experience. I am happy with my choice of university and accomodation. I am surrounded by helpful people and I feel that the university is supportive of its students.
I like the fact that seminar tutors make the upmost efford to engage with students and learn their names. It makes the learning process less stressful. They are also eager to help in any way they can. I have no complaints.
My university is located in the centre of Newcastle, close to the metro. It is very close to the most important streets with lots of shops and businesses. It is very well located. My accomodation is 20 minutes away for it, however, Northumbria has several Halls on campus that students can choose from.
There is a fair number of societies that students can choose from. In terms of sports it is even richer, however, the entry fees for the sports clubs are high.
Overall I found the uni experience very daunting. I disliked living in Halls and struggled to build friendships with my flat mates and often felt alone. I’ve always loved my course and never lost my interest for it. The course content has been amazing. Second year was very challenging academically and caused distress but I managed to build good friendships. In third year I have felt the most settled And joining the gym has had huge benefits on my mental health and overall uni experience. My placement allowed me to make good friends and gain experience. It gave me the confidence to apply for my current part time role. I am happy with my friends I live with and don’t want to leave uni! I feel prepared for the future
I had the opportunity to do a placement in one of my semesters which developed transferable skills which are desirable to an employer and real life experience! The uni offers career fairs which opens communication with employers.
I like the opportunity to complete a placement as this is where I have learnt the most about my interest within the clinical field. I also appreciate the support I’ve had from my head of year during third year as they have offered aid when experiencing a tough time at university and guided me towards resources which helped my situation. The provision of lectures is good. The personal tutor allocated was not prepared to provide support for personal worries or issues and failed to be helpful.
I think the students union do a great deal in terms of fighting for the students corner. More support is needed from a financial aspect but the student union work hard to earn a lot of benefits for the students!
Very good love the gym has been a huge benefit for my mental health. Habita and cafes are amazing but the price of food is very high in comparison to other unis and should be looked at considering cost of living. Plenty of facilities available
Yes the university is in a great location as it’s very close to my accommodation and town centre. You can get anywhere pretty much at close proximity!
Great the uni has a wide variety and offers a lot for students! It’s a daunting experience starting uni so societies and sport teams are great
I found the counselling service OK but it was apparent they were rushing the service and felt you could not have the long term support needed. I struggled with a family bereavement in my semester 1 of third year and my personal tutor did not want to develop a rapport at all or show any concern for my personal well being instead I had to nag for a meeting , they would rush the meeting and only talk about how well I was doing in their module. I felt lost but I managed to speak to my dissertation supervisor and he offered me the personal support and guidance I needed , for example completing PEC forms and applying for extensions which relieved some stress in that difficult time.
Brilliant met a great group of friends and have strong connections To my course and extra curricular groups. Newcastle is a great part city but also does top quality chill life with alot of cafes and restaurants
Offering employability through course seminars and workshops. Plus offer part time jobs in the university.
Most I like about my course is the labs in which we do hands on learning measuring heart rate and oxygen levels through bikes and even using environmental chamber. I least like 9ams with no other leavtures till 4/5pm
Student representation is great lots of surveys and updates from well known and seen reps. Facilities are good a restaurant and clearly marked rooms for a variety of use
Great sports hall and gym, plenty of study space will varying levels of noise throughout the library. Cafes and bars and healthy option cafes on campus.
Distance to accomodation is far however both accomodation and uni are very close to lots of actuvies and buissnesses usefull for students.
Very wide ranging I was Injured so haven't been able to play sport but all teams doing very well and have ample fairs showing everything on offer.
Always willing to give one on one tutorials all you need is to email in. Many ways of getting support mentally or through other issues and are highly broadcasted
my personal experience at university was hindered by outside circumstances, although the university itself is good. the disability support available (DSSR, PEC, resits) prevented me from failing and dropping out.
very easy to speak to the careers department, work placements offered on courses and job fairs
lectures are preferable to workshops, seminars etc
Absolutely, right in the city centre
seems really decent
tutors are helpful. counselling service could be better, as only allowed 6 sessions per year
I’m in my second year currently and the course I have chosen to study is exceeded my expectations in the way it is taught and I really enjoy the content provided
We have a careers service that you can book to see or just walk in the library to talk with them, many placement offers are sent daily on our emails or any other opportunities to enhance our employability. There are also many seminars where we can be taught how to write a CV, reflect and improve our confidence level and many more!
I like that they make sure that everyone understands what we are being taught, ask for student feedback weekly in order to keep improving our learning and are very interactive.
Student representation could be slightly improved to receive more recognition so more students can know them.
There are many facilities which everyone can enjoy.
There are many societies and sports to get involved in.
The support is outstanding. All the lecturers and counsellors are always willing to help you out, answer emails and are very happy to help whatever the situation.
Would recommend Uni for those who want to experience independent living and a new view on education not bogged down in aggressive goal reaching, however hard work is always needed to succeed and a new work ethic can be found at Uni. 8/10.
Attempts are made through some forced modules, however the helpfulness of these modules are negligible at best. The Uni has wide services including CV help for students beyond graduation, means the Uni does not just cast students into the workforce unaided.
Top par sport faculties and library. Class buildings suffer from top of the range ones to old 80s style, depends on course and modules.
Walking distance is 10-15 mins walk. Kind of close metro but easier to walk into the city.
Moderate at best, there is a wide variety but involvement varies across the board. Traditional societies such as history exist, while surf society benefits from the nearby sea and wildly available metro system which takes individuals to the shore.
Looking back I would have chosen a different course, as I feel I haven't really learned much and there aren't many jobs in Fine Art unless you're a teacher or freelance artist, which I'm not interested in.
puts on events and encourages us to search for graduate jobs
some tutors will give constructive criticism to help development
yes very good