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I really enjoy my time at my uni. However, I would have preferred having face to face teaching but I know they tried to make the best they could to help all of the students so I’m very grateful and I can’t wait for my second year!
We get emails very often about opportunities everywhere
Online due to covid
Everything is great I really have no problem with anything
There is always events going on
could have been better but to a certain extent it was good considering covid. the modules were interesting and well taught, and we received support on essay writing. issues with the practical module.
i'm finding jobs but i don't think it's thanks to the uni. more thanks to my tutor who's been helping me
more theoritical modules worked well online, and were well organised. the more practical side of filmmaking was unfortunately hit by online teaching. however our lecturers did what they could with the resources they had
university residences had constant problems with hot water, electricity, heating. there were mould infestations and water plumbing leaking.
they ignored our rent strike while so many other unis gave out good discounts for the lockdown period
My lecturers could not have handled the situation better, and have remained extremely supportive and motivating throughout. The complications over grace periods and zones of consideration did put a dampener on my confidence in my assignments.
Library computers are very slow
All responsibility is on the student to reach out, and no action is taken to check on students
Whilst it may seem cheesey, I have really enjoyed university this year. Despite it being online and not at all the "traditional" uni experience, it was a nice new way of easing into university life from an online perspective. I look forward to going into campus more often in the future but I honestly wouldn't mind continuing online due to the high standard it has been! The only thing I would complain about is the fact that it is online and yet tuition fees remain the same - it might have been nice for a slight reduction to have accounted for this.
The QMUL careers page are constantly sending out great opportunities for all students according to each faculty and I appreciate all the work they do!
My lecturers were amazing - I thoroughly enjoyed having online lessons taught by such enthusiastic individuals specialising in their fields.
They're great, although I haven't had the chance to visit them all myself due to the pandemic.
The QMUL DDS service were lovely and friendly to have a chat with about my requirements for classroom based activities and exams. All arrangements were accommodated and made swiftly however as everything was online, not much was needed.
Honestly, compared to other students I cannot be too judgmental as I have had a fairly smooth ride and have been able to keep my grades up. However, if has not been a ‘fun’ or ‘easy’ year. Zoom classes are ineffective and I’ve felt like I’ve been working through my course on my own. It has been what it is.
For most students the careers service opens up many opportunities- and there are multiple careers workshops. Personally, as I want a specific creative career, the service doesn’t have much advice or many opportunities to connect me with the jobs I want to pursue.
My drama lecturers have been incredibly helpful this year, providing specific and extra support to us all and answering any queries. The film department has not been as accessible and whilst have made a comprehensive curriculum, have not been able to give as much support.
The facilities we have a decent, but we’re not allowed to use them. Especially because of the pandemic this year. In my first year as a film student I’d assumed I’d have access to film equipment and training, which has not been provided at all. The SU campus facilities are well maintained and the drama facilities are up to par.
Well-being groups, SpLD support and counselling is all easily accessible and well organised.
Queen Mary is a good university academically which also has many things on offer apart from academic which make the experience really amazing. I experienced all those things in first year when I was living on campus. From your first day on campus as a new uni student till the last, they make it really engaging and you instantly feel a part of a community. Obviously virtual university isn’t anyone’s fault, but as a result uni hasn’t been great this academic year. Not by any fault of the uni but just because online uni sucks. But the principle is often in touch with us with updates and with concern about all the students’ health, so it’s definitely a really good environment to be in. So far my experience is also that most heads of each department are helpful and prompt with replies which is always good.
In first year there were many networking events on campus, many talks by people on different career paths to come and advise us. Obviously there hasn’t been any of that in virtual university, but the School of Mathematical Sciences often reaches out with internship opportunities exclusively available to our department/our uni, and we have also got free access to a couple great opportunities like a virtual Bloomberg project which teaches you about finance and also looks good on your CV. This isn’t typically free, but through the university it is. There’s a few different virtual career services like this which are helpful.
Second year was completely online due to Covid. Blended learning was good, with well prepared lectures and good communication from lecturers. Professors always made it clear when their office hours were and were often willing to help you even outside their official office hours. It’s been as interactive as possible despite it being 100% virtual learning, which has been really helpful and encouraging. 4/5 stars because online uni hasn’t been as fulfilling as normal university, and some professor’s lectures don’t tend to be great. Out of 4 modules this year, I think 2 have been taught really well, and the other 2 I rely on other methods (eg Youtube) to understand concepts. Despite that the lecturers of all modules are quick to respond to queries and try their best to explain things.
Facilities are good, there are a few spaces to eat on campus and many places to study quietly or in groups. It is clean too, except one time there was a mouse in the library, but that’s probably just because of Mile End.
We have really good services for personal help. There are many schemes such as the Buddy Scheme to help first years settle in, opportunities to become Hall Reps when you’re in first year to better your experience living on campus, and mental health and dyslexia/adhd, etc services readily available on campus and via email to make anyone feel supported.
It’s hard to say really. First year was all about getting to know people and only counted for 10% of your overall uni grade. This year I’ve not been in physically, once. The uni lecturers have tried really hard to create a syllabus that was adaptable for online learning, but it just hasn’t really worked. I totally understand that the pandemic threw everything up in the air, but some of my modules are terrible. It doesn’t make any sense to have them online.
There is an occasional email sent around once in a while about career opportunities but not much else
Pandemic aside, drama hasn’t been great this year. The staff are always amazing, but there is a limit on what you can call drama. We do a mixture of practice and theory. But the theory is ridiculous. I’ve just submitted a presentation on the French Revolution. God knows what it has do so with my subject
For drama there is plenty of space; a theatre, rehearsal rooms etc. Everything is incredibly accessible
I’d say that individual lectures have been more helpful than any targeted uni programmes that offer support. If I’ve ever had a concern I’ve gone straight to my teacher and they’ve always been super helpful:
Overall university experience for this academic year has been interesting, least to say, however it has definitely been useful and beneficial. I have gained deeper understanding in my course, of which it has been extremely enjoyable and helpful towards future subject choices and career prospects. I have received wonderful support from the academic and support staff, both in my learning and wellbeing. However, since the second semester, there is a lack of engagement from a number of staff members, and there seems to be a lull in certain seminars as they are becoming more reliant on set individual reading rather than active discussions within seminars. This does not retract from my interest in the course which is still at a peak and flourishing.
Provided a breadth of opportunities regarding future careers, as well as in-uni career guidance and support. Guest speakers have also been very useful with direction towards future career prospects, especially those who are alumni guest speakers.
Online learning has been a different, tumultuous experience, however it has definitely been an enjoyable one. Accessing journals, readings, and documentation online, alongside having to discuss them online has been interesting. However, since the second semester, collective interest has dwindled, and this is primarily due to lack of engagement from lecturers and seminar leaders. Drop-in hours with my seminar leaders has proven to be very helpful , and they are always ready to help.
Services and facilities are immaculate, with quick ease of access and helpful tools and guides, primarily for first year students who are still unfamiliar with their surroundings. Shared spaces are regularly disinfected and there is a strong policy on cleaning up after oneself. Equipment hire is also extremely easy, and the departments as well as the support teams are very understanding when it comes to special situations.
Well-being and study groups are regularly held, alongside emphasised support from assigned advisors. These advisors are particularly helpful as they provide mental health support as well as academic support. Accessing information and help from the uni regarding disabilities is also very quick and easy.
I love studying here. There is a really strong sense of community with lots of support from staff and peers. Th lectures are well organised and structured! And highly enjoyable. I would recommend this uni to a friend for sure.
During COVID it’s all online, with a few in person teaching sessions
The library is a bit tired. Other facilities are good I think
Really good support options
Despite covid, I’m extremely happy with my quality of teaching - my main concern for my university experience! My department adapted very well to online teaching, and also encouraged collaboration/interaction via writing retreats and group calls. I’d highly recommend Queen Mary for their English course, as there are so many module choices to choose from. I also had the option of choosing a module from an appropriate alternative department.
My department is fantastic at sending round news and updates for grad schemes, entry level jobs etc. I have used our career services and they were incredibly useful at helping me improve my job prospects and CV.
I had a good amount of contact hours, with enough time to conduct pre-reading and further research, as well as take part in extracurricular activity and meet with friends. All my lecturers adapted to online teaching incredibly well.
There’s plenty of study space within teaching facilities and in the library. I also work in the SU cafés sometimes. Lots of outdoor space with wifi access and close to printers too!
I have not required personal support, but it is very clear how one would access these services should they need them.