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I loved the Ag to the bottom of my heart and back. I loved the culture of the university and the student attitude. It's a very well-rounded university and the quality of lecturers is amazing. We are names and faces to them, not numbers or a general crowd. They become very well known to us and us to them, and that was really important to me
Lecturers are amazing. We have a lot of contact time during scheduled lectures, and can have more than that if we book sessions with the lecturers. They are incredibly invested in our education and it shows. My lecturers were incredibly influential to me
The library can get incredibly busy during deadlines and exams, but the layout is social and makes it easy to do group coursework together. There are books on all subjects and topics available to borrow in the library's and newspapers and journals are brought in every day
Lots of sports and societies to choose from, places on campus and town to socialise. The general student attitude and culture is very welcoming and friendly, and it's possible to make friends everywhere
It's easy to access and enter all of the clubs and societies. I tried a few sports for the first time, and the club captains made it very easy for beginners to learn and use the best facilities for the club to meet
There is a lot of wellbeing support by the university, I never needed to worry where I needed help. Counselling is available for students too. It's a very friendly university and I'm glad I didn't go somewhere else
Absolutly shocking. Waste of money, only sticking it out so I can get my degree for what I want to do after uni. NO support during Covid times both accademically and when looking for jobs
It doesn't help you at all. I went to the careers office in hope that they could give me some guideance as I wan't sure what to do for my work placement and all they said was look at the list that was sent out to you. When also asking what they are able to offer for helping us career was all they said was we have a career fair, go there and have a look, otherwise we can't help you.
Good social life, however with times during covid the teaching is appauling. We have pre-recorded lectures (expdected to teach ourselves) and then live seminars 3-4 days later where we basically go over the pre-recorded lecture, this is useless as you've basically fotgotten what the lecture was about. As the course rep, during a meeting as well as emailing several times, I said why can't we have live lectures instead as it would be much more beneficial during these tough times and with what I am paying (£9250 a year, second half of first year and first half of second year ruined to covid)and got back the response "Lecturers might not be free during the lecture time on your timetable to give live lectures. We have scheduled the live sessions around the seminars". Basically the lecturers can't be bothered to teach us. I am shocked with how the university is dealing with this situation especially with how so many peoples (alot of my friends in the same boat) grades are slipping as we haven't got access to what we would be getting if we weren't in these current times. As someone who has gone from top student to almost at the bottom this situation has really effected me as I feel we as students are being tossed to the side and all the university cares about is the money they are getting from us.
I have loved my university experience. The people I have met have been amazing and I have loved the course. It has been busy but has taught me a lot about myself and what I can do.
The university is pretty good at this, we had a module about it and it was very beneficial. I think more could be done to show what resources and support is available, but there is always support available.
The course covers a huge range of essential business topics that I feel have prepared me to go forward in my career. I think the crossover of some modules for assessments became very confusing when completing assignments and deadlines have crossed over a lot.
Student Union is amazing at providing support and activities! Always approachable and friendly.
The facilities are pretty good. Great cafe and shop, some lecture rooms could be updated. The assessment system has a few problems but is overall pretty good. Sports facilities and accommodation is brilliant, lovely place to study.
University is located on the outskirts of town, but the town is small and everything is easily accessible! Short drive from the house and close to shops and town.
Brilliant variety of sports! Huge variety and interactive activities every week. Great socials and a real team feel.
Support could be better, for example some feedback is not good enough to help us improve. Personal support is good and the university has a great community feel.
You have to know exactly what to expect from the RAU before you come here. This Uni is so very different from everywhere else... it's not standard in any means or from. If you understand what the culture is here and what is special about the RAU, your experience will change. It'll be positive, friendly and more about community and being apart of an agricultural legacy. The RAU is traditional, unique and has certain academic personalisation pros which matter.
If you're on RELM (Real Estate, Land Management) or Agriculture you get the most help with networking events, guest speakers and career guidance. If you're on any other course you get nothing. No access to the alumni network, no individual subject career fairs and little to no guest speakers with employability opportunities.
PROS: - 6-month work experience integrated into your second year - small class sizes, lecturers get to know you - little/no exams - (could be seen as a con) lots of group work, chances to practice professional skills like public speaking. - University Trips Abroad. I went to Berlin in my first year. CONS: - Lectures are SO hit and miss - Classes can be disengaging - No very interactive
Our student union is the size of a garden shed hahaha. They organise balls and decided what we do for RAG and how much money societies get. Aside from that, it's really no great shakes.
Bit rubbish. There a gym the size of a garden shed and Astro for games. ICT is also the bane of people's lives here and admin is shocking. The library is OK. Have lots of Ag and Equine research here, obviously, but if you're on business, like me, it's a lifesaver to have the internet!
The RAU is close to the town but EVERYONE drives a car. It's rare to not find someone who drives, even international students have a car. The Uni is only a 15-20min walk into town but most people live outside walking distance in second and third year...
Mainly sports here. Not much else. Rugby and shooting are the most popular, but some clubs are men only. Hockey and LAX are good for girls. Other clubs are unheard of despite existing - essentially you'd have to go out your way to find them.
ACADEMIC: - Lecturers are only an e-mail away and will always make time to see you - Because the Uni is small, they really get to know you and your individual needs - Feedback can take a while but it's often in-depth and meaningful - Support during my Dissertation has been fantastic. Very personalised. PERSONAL: -Non-exsistent. If you are advised to see a counsellor they will recommend Cotswold Councilling. - More often than not if you have a doctors note (or forge one) you will get mitigating circumstances. Pretty unlucky if you don't get it when you ask.
It’s been amazing, I would happily do it 10 times over. It’s a fun and communal University great for people who love the countryside and want to attend a smaller university.
Career Fairs are very often with a great variety of employers.
Very good lecturers Lack of student reps
Small University so a good Student Union with Students wants at main focal point.
Very Good for the type of University it is. Close to local farms and countryside but also close to town.
I am in my final year of RAU and can not fault it! I will be sad to leave but have made memories for life along with a respected degree. My confidence has grown massively during my time here!
Work placements are a great help
They are relevant and tailored to needs and interests
Approachable, fun and meet our requests
Very good considering its such a small campus
Rural but with all the shops we could need.
A wide range of sports and a free gym to meet all needs
Amazing. The most kind team and have helped me personally through a lot
Made loads of friends, have learnt so much and gained so much confidence in my field, both practically and on the management side. I can't imagine going anywhere else because the atmosphere here is so lovely and everyone will always look out for one another. Smaller unis are just bigger families
There are busaries for every student to go and get agriculture skills (lantra tickets) as well as a student hub that will help you write CVs and put you in touch with potential imployers. I think there is a 70% employment rate the day after graduation which is great! The enterprise department will also help you start your own business if you are willing to put in yhe work with £500 avaliable to good business plans
I like the spread of coursework, tests and exams so you're not held back by one problem area if youre bad at exams for example. I dislike the lack of specificity in some aspects of my course
The SU could be better, only because they dont controle the student bar anymore. Other than that they do a stella job at geting the students thoughts across in decisions about the uni. They are also very skilled at throwing a mega party let alone all the balls
The facilities are cutrently getting an upgrade, with greater interaction between lecture material and students through the use of phones. Some lecture halls are still quite old though and the labs could do with some love. The libuary could also do with expansion as we get more and more students
Our uni is so ideally placed, on the outskirts of town meaning parties can be loud without complaints from neighbours but you can still walk to clubs or pubs if you want
For a smaller uni there are all the usual sports but with some smaller more unheard of societies, the apiraists for example. Regardless of your society there is no stigma so exploration is so easy at our uni
The student welfare team are amazing and will help you with any problem big or small. The feedback can sometimes be lacking and some tutors can take a long time to reply (they know who they are)
i really enjoy it and i enjoy the environment that RAU works to create. It is very positive but you definitely get out what you put in and i like that type of environment.
Yes, the accommodation is on campus and town is only a few minutes drive away or a 15 minute walk to everything that you might need.
So far so good, disappointed by the calibre of student but that’s not their fault. The university try to give us the best experience and are good at tailoring solutions to our individual problems
Placements are included, transférable skills workshops are offered but the careers dept is nothing that I couldn’t do myself.
Some of our lecturers don’t know what they’re talking about and some have a very narrow point of view. But for the most part they’re great and I love that they have an open door policy so that we can ask for help when we’re stuck. I also live that they rake any suggestions of improvement into considerations
Good, don’t know exactly what they do besides balls and events though
Accommodation is very close but the big shops are a little far to walk and cycle
Below average choice, however it is a very small university so it’s hard to have a lot of options
So good! Student support in all areas is incredible!
Really close student community, interesting lectures/courses, great social life, small group sizes mean everyone gets to know each other, lecturers are really helpful
Really good in this aspect. Careers fairs 3 or 4 times a year, guest speakers, most courses have a work placement, strong links with industry
Lots of visits, guest lecturers, a good mix of theory and practical elements, workload not too heavy Some modules are similar to each other
Good students union who organise loads of social events and a brilliant RAG week
Has all the essentials but not flashy
Yes, a lot of the private accommodation is within walking distance of campus, the town centre or both. Its a 10 minutes walk from campus to town
Not heaps of clubs/sports/societies, but still something the suit everyone and it is a very sociable uni in general
All really good, personal tutors are good, good student support academically and emotionally