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I have had an overall positive experience at the uni, the troubles with covid this year have obviously had an impact on learning and a lot of students felt a huge drop in motivation, myself included. The uni itself has been helpful in helping student through this though.
This year was hard due to covid restrictions, but overall I had an enjoyable experience. I was able to push myself in new ways during this year and learn a wider array of skills.
This uni seems to operate with very little oversight of staff and their work. The level of communication is poor and expectations on students is unrealistic. Lecturers have stated that "students shouldnt have a job, they should be focusing on their studies" and activities and work was set on weekends but students were not permitted to contact staff over weekends for clarification. Very little regard for work life balance and if you have an issue, expect you to have to fix it with little staff support. As already mentioned disability support for me was non existent and frankly embarrassing that a uni operated in the way it did and how it expected students to fix issues the university created.
5 day a week classes with 2-3 hours per lecture and on average 4x a day. (Not including pre read workload which equated to 3-4 hours of work a day. Honestly for most of the stuff, a reading list before starting the course would have taught you everything you needed. Not worth the money. Had to correct numerous mistakes in lecture notes across a number of modules. Staff were unsure what was being asked of students when work set by other lecturers and no communication between lecturers so reading week (used to catch up on work) was spent doing work and tasks set by lecturers, no reading was actually done. When issues around coursework and even contribution to work eg group tasks, lecturers seemed to unwilling to make changes and frankly didnt care resulting in mature students having to lead group tasks constantly doing a disproportionate amount of work compared to others. When asking for feedback, it was general and not specific to individual students therefore you couldn't work out where to focus your revision and not practice papers and exam papers were never returned to help identify where to revise, cause "that would require too much work"
A number of facilities and services had limited numbers ie 12 students for the entirety of 1st year students 200+ for academic writing classes yet these classes were online were some classes had 120+ students so no clear reason given as to why that was made. Library staff are amazing as well as the counselling services, but back office functions were poor to say the least
The university failed to provide any meaningful support for my disability, for the entirety of 1st semester going into 2and semester, even though they were notified 5 months prior to me commencing the course, yet nothing was in place when I started. Attitude of staff was I had to adapt to it, even though this went against the university's mission statement around disabilities and even when support was in place, staff either couldn't meet the reasonable changes or chose not to. Extenuating circumstances were granted for 1st year exams and yet staff ignored these and penalised certain aspects of essays, even though there were exemptions in place. I have spoken to 6 other students who have experienced the same issue, I have highlighted here. Stay away from QMU as disability support is poor
An overall an interesting and enjoyable year learning new skills with working from home and learned some interesting new subjects. Good information provided regarding our transition into the final year
I would have preferred more in-person classes as we were told we would have a blended learning approach. The clinical placements provided by the university are great and some of the sites provide tutorials to further your learning and prepare for exams.
Online classes can be great as they offer anonymous questions to be asked which can be great if you are anxious in class. However, the hours of lectures could be improved. A large portion of the degree is ‘self-directed learning’ which doesn’t seem fair for international students with regards to tuition fees in my opinion.
Great library and other services at the university.
I’m sure there are services within the student union however I cannot name them. This is the reason for my lower rating.
New job experiences posted on hub regularly when offered
No dislike, like the way you are left to get it done but if help is needed, lecturers are there
Never been in contact with them so unsure
Good train connections, a pain if cancelled
Lecturer feedback on assessments helps improve further assessments
So far, i have mostly enjoyed the uni in general and love my course - as I have many opportunities to be hands on
I really like that podiatry has clinical and lots of hands on experience
A Bit expensive
Short lecture times - 1 to 2 hours is easier to stay concentrated
Lecturers are great at providing 1-1 support & delivering good seminars
great cost location and size
Okay for size of university
Great support for students w/disabilities
Need microwaves to heat up variety of meals.