I find it hard to make friends so i am very lonely despite being surrounded by people. I am the only student on my course so i find that really difficult as i have no one else to help me or bounce ideas off of. I also have no one that can share work with me. Travelling to and from the uni can be nightmarish. My course constantly requires me to buy model materials and they havent given us any money for that, which is unfair. But most of all i just want a close group of friends.
I think career support is very good. I like them, especially Clara Beckley
I like how it is cross collaborative across the architecture courses. But i dont like that there are no specific lectures for my course, and i dont like how disorganised ravensbourne is with their timetabling
It's not great really, there should be something done about giving architecture students a budget each to spend on model materials. Also we should all have free a4 and a3 printing at least
They're average, it is such a small building. I wish the library was huge or even a separate building. The variety of course books is not good enough, especially for landscape architecture and the amount of fiction books is minimal, which is very upsetting. However I don't know if this counts but we really appreciate having free student software
It is an hour commute for me, so very time consuming and tiring to come in every day. Sometimes the journey deters me from coming in.
Awful, there is no variety i find, and the ones that have been set up have very low numbers and are therefore failing
It could be better. In tutorials i need my tutor to let me know if my work is below par or anything below an A. So far no one has pointed this out so i get nastily surprised when i get my results. As for counselling, i would like to receive it but i am low priority apparently so i dont receive any. However sometimes i get spoken to by Lizzie who is lovely.
Its been mostly positive but wish we would have more specific lectures and practical lectures. Most lecturers are okay but some are not trained in teaching so have little experience in the field.
There are industry people that come in but would be nice if they'd offer more realistic work places as a lot aren't possible
I like the industry connections and access to equipment but wish we would have more lessons based on specific areas of tv
Theres a decent amount
A reasonable amount
Overall I have enjoyed my university experience so far, but there is definitely plenty of room for improvement. I have made some great friendships so I don't really have any issues socially, but I think that the lack of clubs, organised social events, and places to hang out (such as how many other universities have campus bars, for example) mean that the students who are more quiet or shy may find the social experience at Ravensbourne a bit less engaging than at other universities. I also would greatly appreciate more theory work and stronger work placement encouragement.
We do have optional CV and employability workshops sometimes, and we are encouraged to find work experience outside of uni, however we aren't really given much help with actually finding or organising this. Certainly not in first year at least, but I haven't really heard of anything like that in later years either. I know at some other universities they have actual work placement modules as part of their curriculum, such as a placement year or term, and I think something like this would be extremely beneficial for us and should definitely be added to the curriculum, especially since one of Ravensbourne's main selling points that it markets itself on is its industry connections and employability rates.
What I like most about my course so far is the amount of practical learning - I am halfway through my second term at uni and am currently working on my sixth film. I think that learning by doing is really the way to go with something like filmmaking, and I particularly like that we are able to experiment and make mistakes at this early stage, since our first year films are not graded, so we make them purely with the purpose of learning from the experience. What I like least about the way my course is taught is the complete lack of in-depth theory. While I think practical work is definitely the most important and I'm glad that Ravensbourne places so much emphasis on that, but I think there could definitely be a better balance and our lectures could be a lot more in-depth. For example, during our Film Language & Technologies unit last term, we had a few introductory lectures at the beginning that went over the basics of visual language and how the different elements of a scene can be used to communicate the story, mood, etc. I found these really interesting and assumed that these broad introductions would be elaborated upon and explored much further in future lectures, but this never happened. The same thing is happening now in our Creative Storytelling unit. I was really excited for this unit and the recommended books on the reading list made it seem like we would be exploring topics like the anatomy of story, how to craft an effective story arc, character arc, etc. and different narrative theories. However, again these subjects were barely glossed over in lectures, and fascinating concepts such as Plato's Allegory of the Cave will be brought up in passing but never explored.
I don't know a lot about the goings on of the students' union, but they did organise some fun events for freshers' week, such as a rooftop party and going to see The Lion King on the west end. Since then, however, it would be nice to have more social events, organised activities and societies.
For my course, digital film production, the facilities are pretty good as we have access to lots of really good quality filming equipment as well as editing suites.
Ravensbourne has a really good location in terms of amenities - there are plenty of shops and places to eat around thanks to being right next to the O2. Another very convenient thing is that the uni is right next to North Greenwich Tube Station, so getting into central London is quick and easy, and no matter where students live the uni is pretty easy to get to.
0/10. This is the one major issue I have with Ravensbourne. There are no sports whatsoever and very, very few societies. I know some students who are trying to start up new societies, but the university makes this quite a difficult process and so at the moment there are still hardly any. We don't have access to a sports hall, field or gym of any kind as part of our campus, and so sadly I don't think we will ever have any sports teams or clubs. This really should be changed as basically all other universities that I've seen have vibrant social scenes with diverse clubs available for students with all sorts of interests. It just makes university life much more enjoyable and gives a better sense of social cohesion.
There is good support offered if you actively seek it out. I have found that the only real way to get feedback on work or get any kind of help is to approach the lecturers and talk to them one on one at the end of a lecture.
Ravensbourne is good, I think one of the things that lets it down for me is the lack of a student Union. I wish there were more societies (sports etc), that a lot of campus universities have.
They offer jobs within the uni which is good
It’s very industry based, and quite independently working based so you have to constantly prove you are good at your work - which is a motivator
Very good, and the job prospects are really good
Considering they don’t own my accomodation, the travel time is fine. It’s two stops away from Stratford/Westfield so that’s really good.
There are none.
No joke, i am enjoying it so much. The Advertising and Brand Design course has established a tight community that we all love and care for one another! Anything I need is available to me if I ask and in general my whole experience has been amazing. The people, the tutors, the environment, its just great!
We work with the industry thats what Ravensbourne is all about
Most= working on live briefs and live clients Least= nothing really, i am pretty happy overall
Amazing, less is more
Its a small uni, so not a HUGE amount of societies/sports, but still good
I would desperately urge people to do another course at another uni. The contact hours are so limited. The past 3 years have just been rubbish. Please don't take what they say about collaborating with other courses seriously. The second year is crap apart from the VM unit and the work experience. first year you are shocked by how little time you are in. I've made no friends. 3rd year I just want it to be over. PLEASE LOOK ELSEWHERE. THESE HAVE BEEN THE LONELIEST, DULLEST YEARS OF MY LIFE.
we do work placement in year 2 which is helpful and they do prepare you with mock interviews and CVs. I would say this is good.
this is where it goes downhill. the tutors are nice and helpful. however, contact hours are VERY limited. Third year you are in (I'm not joking) HALF A DAY PER WEEK. in first year- 2 days on a good week. Second year same, but you are on placement for a term so you only get 2 terms. the tutors act like they are just so busy and you just can't understand why. it's kind of a joke.
not sure- haven't used them
ok. library is very small. access to online resources is good which is what is most helpful.
badly- they dont have many that aren't religious
ok. there is counselling offered by student services. the tutors are helpful with feedback and you can contact them out of class via AULA messaging.
Positives: Very easy to meet people and make friends, super collaborative, amazing kit store. Negative: Lectures can feel irrelevant and disorganised
Really strong at this. Everything is very job and industry focused. In all our group chats and forums, everyone is constantly sharing jobs.
Most: Very practical, hands on, industry focused. Least: Unstructured, sometimes pointless activities that are hard to complete in the size of the course.
Not really that aware or connected to the student union.
Excellent. I study film and it has the most incredible kit store.
100%. Right in the centre of the O2, next to North Greenwich station and 10 min walk away.
There are basically none, but would be too busy to take part anyway.
I think the best way to describe ravensbourne is it is great for industry, it is the perfect university set up and collaborative / creative aura that fills the building. However, if you’re going to uni for the “uni experience” this isn’t it. The building being quite small for the amount of people it holds (Post 16, Undergrads, Postgrads,incubation) means that there is always a struggle for rooms and space. There’s not much that goes on within the uni that encourages a social or community aspect. This is seen when most people leave by 5, and the university is quite empty after and the lack of society’s available, which is a real shame.
I’d rave is anything it’s one of the most employable places to study. Consistently getting opportunities in my first term to work on real life projects (X Factor, Royal Shakespeare Company, Monkey Kingdom). They offer plenty of career development in your first year and the agency consistently hold CV workshops and put plenty of opportunities for graduates and current students on their site,
I adore the amount of real World lecturers and guest speakers we have in, the hands on lessons and aspects of the course, developing TV concepts for real world clients (E4), it’s amazing. I love it. The least favourite is the current theory unit in first year, but still, you gotta do what you gotta do. Contact hours are great 15 mandatory, but with extra curricular options available you could be hitting well into the 20-25 contact hours a week.
Good. I think they are really good at being connnected with students, for such a small team and offer a wide range of facilities for us as students including the recent introduction of a (one night a week) bar. However a much smaller students union than most other uni’s and it does show at times.
For TV. Excellent. Some state of the art equipment in Ravensbourne for Live TV and the kit you can access in your first term is phanomenal. You look at Falmouth university which only allow you to acces the XF305 in term 1 & 2 in comparison to here in which you’re allowed to take out a Canon C500, Blackmagic URSAs, Sony FS700, And LOADS MORE kit it’s unbelievable.
Accomodation for ravensbourne is sparse as their is none operated by the uni. The closest is scape, other than that it is a bit more of a fair distance (not walking distance) for other student accommodation. That being said, rave is right opposite the 02 with plenty of things going on, close to a Tesco express, right next to underground jubilee line, bus services and air emirates and only a 25 minute walk (10 minute bus journey) to local shopping areas with Asda, Maccies, Lidl primaries, Argos, ikea etc not half far away. But most things for entertainment and shopping the 02 has (food places galore).
Practically none. There’s very little in terms of “uni life” at Ravensbourne. Though it’s a great productive work place, the community aspect of ravensbourne is disappointing.
Support by tutors is amazing. Really approachable and easy to get in contact/arrange to meet with. Counselling at ravensbourne is arguably at a minimum, however there is a lack of people needing the facilities in comparison to other universities that have higher percentages of pupils using mental health services, so they’re doing what’s appropriate for their current environment... I feel they could do more.
In terms of societies there are next to none and the ones that there are are underfunded. The SU is trying to make everything better though. Extra help is there in terms of finance, therapy etc which is amazing. The lecturers are also really lovely and offer to help if you need it.
In my course they focus on getting you work experience and bring industry people in. They help you improve your professional skills and encourage you to freelance whilst studying.
Very hands on, however sometimes they seem oblivious to what does and doesn’t work
Distance to accommodation no. Local amenities and opportunities it’s amazing.
Not really what I expected
They encourage jobs I guess
One of my teachers is an editing lecturer not teaching editing
I know they sell jumpers and freshers tickets
House is falling apast, students can doesn’t cover
Good equipment available
It's okay, everything is overpriced in 02
Is there any?
I went to counselling and they just told me to defer