Overall, my university experience has been mixed. I enjoy the academics, the independence, the facilities etc. However, when I first started university I wasn't able to get a space on any university ran accommodation. I looked independently and found private, university accredited halls, where I lived for the first year. I struggled to make friends during my first year and didn't find anyone to gel with. I was struggling with the social aspect and didn't know where to go to find help. This lead to me living at home during second year as I didn't have enough friends similar to me to house share with and couldn't afford the prices of private accommodation again. Another aspect was money. As I received the minimum student finance, I had to get a part-time job to fund food etc. This ruined my first year a little as I had less time to socialise etc. This is another reason as to why I stayed at home during second year.
One of the things I enjoy most about Nottingham Trent is the opportunities with the employability team. Being a student that has been on a placement year, I found this extremely helpful and beneficial and I am grateful that I found out about this opportunity through the employability team as I was originally on the 3 year course and not the sandwich course. I feel that I will definitely take a greater advantage of the careers and employability department during my final year as it is a great resource to have access to.
I like the variety of seminars available, particularly the fact that some are lab based, some are interactive and allow for opinions/discussions such as in Critical Thinking seminars. I do find that classes, particularly lectures are too full. However, Psychology is a popular course to study so this is understandable. Hopefully this will improve in final year when there are a range of different modules to choose from so everybody will be doing different ones. Although I do enjoy the mix of group and individual work, I would prefer for groups to be better paired with ability as sometimes it is frustrating during group work when some are less involved than others.
The students union is reasonable in terms of facilities. There is definitely room for improvement as there is limited space available for studying, socialising and facilities such as food/drinking, computer access etc is lacking. The Nottingham Trent students union is one of the smaller ones that I have visited, having visited a few different universities, however it is understandable that it is on the smaller side due to the city centre location. The student representation available is very good. The events held at the student union are also good, particularly student union Saturday nights and quizzes.
The facilities at Nottingham Trent are good. The students union is on the smaller size, with not enough spaces for socialising and studying, which I have previously addressed. However, the library and the facilities available here are very good. I enjoy the facilities available for the Psychology / social sciences department, including the research building dedicated to equipment such as eye tracking, movement and virtual reality. I also find the building where the majority of my seminars are held really valuable as there is space for studying here, which I often use more than the library as it has a more intimate feel. The food and drink facilities could be improved, however with the campus being in the city centre this isn't a big issue.
Nottingham Trent is in a good, central location being in the city centre of Nottingham. The campus is right next to the Intu Victoria shopping centre where there is a big Tesco supermarket, and Aldi is in a walk able distance. There are many other smaller supermarket options also available. There is a tram which runs through Nottingham which has a stop right on campus which makes everything easily accessible. The only downsides are the limited parking options available directly on/near to the university campus, and the fact that there are limited university-run accommodation spaces available directly on the campus, although there are private alternatives in the city centre.
There is a huge variety of societies and sports groups available at Nottingham Trent, something to suit everyone. The only downside is that some of the sports groups train at specific days and times of the weeks and so it isn't always accessible to everyone if you have alternative plans, for example part-time work. However, overall the variety is very good.
My experience of academic support so far has been good. I have received a good level of support from my seminar teachers thus far. Perhaps lecture support isnt as good, however this is understandable as lecturers have over 300 students to support at the same time. My experience of tutor support has been mixed. My tutor during first year provided lots of support and was very good, however this tutor left half way through the year and my second tutor did not provide the same level of support. My second year tutor did not provide sufficient support, however my placement year tutor was very good and I had regular contact with them even though I was not directly at university. I have not experienced any personal support, such as counselling so far this year and I am unsure where to go if I needed this. Perhaps this could be promoted better.
Despite the few lecturers who could put some effort into teaching and lack of uniformity for assignment marking & feedback; I am very happy with choosing STEM @ NTU. Most lecturers (95%) go above and beyond to help students with any questions/problems, if you ask, you most likely will get. They really do show great knowledge and flexibility to teaching. As any person who teaches, you will find that they have their own style and will probably want things done one way over another; and that requires flexibility from the student to adapt to teaching styles. And Do, please Do speak up and communicate your wants/frustrations because you will be heard. The Student Support Services are outstanding and they helped me on many occasions. From a motivational chat when I felt down to disability support. No uni is perfect, and I surely am happy with my choice.
The Employability team offer training, advice and personal development opportunities (i.e. HEAR) throughout the year. From employment tests to psychological workshops (what's your colour). Worth it!
Most: proactive lecturers who listen to students' needs and reflect this in their lecture content. Least: some lecturers aren't interested in teaching and are the polar opposite of the best ones (found 2 or 3 so far)
They give students a voice
Excellent! Top spec facilities, labs, common areas, 24hrs library, laptop loans.
Lots of societies that son sport, dance, socialising, learning and crafts
Tutor feedback is generally good (depending on the person - most of them care about the student). Student Support Services are great. They are able to provide support for Any problem a student may have, from finance to personal & wellness.
Very good university experience, a buzzy nightlife with lots of clubs and bars. lots of fun meeting new people and creating memories that you will never forget.
there is hardly any effort to help find placements and get in touch with companies/employers to arrange an interview.
Not having enough clarification on the project requirements and tips for how to communicate your idea effectively and professionally.
Very supportive and have a large range of facilities to use.
they are very good, the library is kitted out with all the books needed for the course and has many areas on campus to work comfortably.
It is in a perfect location and easy commute by tram
Massive variety of sports, however, the times are not always convenient such as the fencing being from 9 pm till 11 pm and when there is a lot of work to do, there is not a lot of time.
The support offered is very good, however, a lot of clarification is needed. Counseling support and student support services are very good.
I love NTU. I've gotten here through clearing but was more than pleasantly surprised once I started here and I'm really happy to have done my degree here. The uni is well equipped, the staff is very helpful, and the campuses are beautiful.
There are a lot of placement choices, and students are encouraged to apply. There are weekly placement and graduate job fairs across campuses. The employability office is always there if you want your CV checked, or practice for an interview.
I like that all (apart from some exceptions) classes are recorded and accessible on the online platform, which allows you to catch up with any lectures you missed or just go over something you didn't fully understand the first time.
It is really good. The student representatives do a lot of work to improve everybody's experience and both the Uni and the Students Union are happy to listen to any voiced concerns/ideas
They are all pretty new and there is constant improvement ongoing. NTU really does invest a lot of money in having top notch facilities.
yes. The clifton campus is slighly out of the city and there is not too much student accommodation close by, but the bus connections are great so it is not a problem if living in the centre or somewhere in between.
There is lots of choices, and it is fairly easy to start your own society as well if you don't find one in the topic you're interested in
The academic support is fantastic. All lecturers are more than happy to help with any enquires. They all have weekly office hours, but are also very keen to meet you outside of those if you cannot make it, or will just answer your email if you do not need a face-to-face meeting.
I love my course in Nottingham Trent University. They have excellent educational and extracurricular facilities. The university has different facilities to help students about any kind of problem that they face during there course. I will highly recommend other people to choose Nottingham trent University.
We have our own employability team who are always supportive to all the students. Also we have our own job website from where we can apply for both placement and normal job.
Our teachers are always supportive and inspiring towards the students. I like the way we get teach in the seminar always interactive and productive. There is room for improvement in terms of practical knowledge for the students.
Student union is always supportive towards the people from different cultural background. Also, they sponsor societies for hosting cultural programs.
Our university is excellent with all of there facilities. We have separate libraries for separate campuses. Our library is open 24/7 so students always have the opportunity to access the library resources. We have excellent sports facility in our student union such as basketball court, gym etc.
We have a different societies for different nationalities of people. I am also a part of a society. We have various cultural events throughout the year hosted by the societies from different culture. Also, our university host there own global week where people from different cultural background can represent there culture.
We always get our feedback within 21 days from the submission of a coursework. Our teachers are always supportive for any kind of questions about the course work.
My personal score is 7to10. Strong point are all buildings, specially the Library, which is amazing. However, it is really loud due to the education of people that study there.
I have a long lost of negativities..
Yes 5/10 minutes
I settled into uni life and life in a new city very quickly. It was my first time leaving home which gave me a lot of independence and I’ve found my course really fascinating! The uni offer a lot of help and services and make settling in very easy. I’m happy with the events and giveaways they do.
They have a lot of employability help and services available all the time but as a first year, I haven’t used these a lot.
I like my lecturers and the content of my course however it’s a shame that we don’t get to experience the other campuses more often.
I’m really happy with the SU and feel like my voice is heard within it. I am the 1st year rep for the school of ARES.
Really good, everything needed for each course is available in my opinion.
Yes very close to lecture rooms etc and easy access to local services (gym, shops, bus, etc.,)
There are a lot on offer at Nottingham Trent however most are on other campuses to mine, which I do have the opportunity to join but are a bit inconvenient due to distance.
There are a lot of services available however I haven’t used them yet.
I have enjoyed both the course and the extra-curricular activities. Nottingham is a good city to live in and the university feels like it is part of the city.
Some lecturers are amazing some do not want to help
Could do with a bigger gym
No swimming pool, insufficient Sports pitches, need a bigger gym
Not too bad
Overall my experience has been good and I have made some new friends and I am enjoying the course. I have joined a few societies, which gets my out of my accommodation and meeting new people. I like the fact there are places near to eat and drink and socialise. This university is close to transport links and not far from home.
I have been told about employability in the Newton building, which helps with finding work and C. V s.
I don't like the way that we don't learn the study skills before we do the assignments but as we are doing them. I do like most of my lecturers and modules that we do.
I've not spent much time in the student's union, so can't give you my opinion on that.
I think the university has good facilities, which include the huge library, student support services, cafe's, shop, lots of study areas and many more facilities.
Yes it's not to far from local amenities and a few minutes from my accommodation.
There is alot of variety but I'm finding it hard to find the time for them.
Feedback is helpful from the lecturers and I have had help from the dsa with e learning training.
It's been fun especially in the first year more time to explore and get involved in a variety of things, societies, sports and even out of university challenges.
They run sessions to aid and also are available on the different campuses
The practical side of the course has been interesting, however teachers talking for a long period of time in a monotonous voice is a negative
8/10 most societies expect some form of previous experience