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
It was difficult adjusting the first term, especially as an international student as there was no academic support to explain the differences between the American school system and UK school system, so I did not get as much out of my first semester as I wish I had.
The careers aspect of the uni is rather lacking as far as I am concerned. The placements page on gateway doesn't exactly offer particularly inspiring options. And I did not have a good experience with the careers centre. Went in asking for help with a resume and cover letter for a very significant position, but the advice was uninspiring and the career's adviser seemed either clueless or disinterested. I had to go elsewhere to get actually helpful advice on crafting my resume and cover letter.
I love how most of the classes allow for plenty of discussion which is when I feel I do the most learning, debating with other students and the professor and with free flowing discussions on complex topics. I dislike the classes that are larger, and these are often the ones that combine post-grads with undergrads, a feature I am not hugely fond of.
They do a good job of keeping the social calendar very full for students, although most of the activities are not really things I personally am particularly interested in. The SU president however is very approachable and willing to represent students wherever possible
Overall facilities are fine.
It's good in terms of accommodation. Perhaps a little far from amenities for some, although I quite like the walk and it's delightful to have the park right across the road. The biggest downside is that public transport from city centre is not amazing and unless you have a car it can be tricky to get to other towns or cities.
The university could definitely benefit form more societies that are more creative. I started a salsa dance club, and more clubs like this would be hugely beneficial for the students
Academic support can be a little hit or miss, and it's very much up to the students to get any academic support they need. However, personal support is really good at RAU. I have personally benefited from the services, and I have greatly enjoyed being an employee of Student Support Services and working with them has been really gratifying because I can see the difference it can make to students.
The postgraduate experience is very different from the undergraduate, with a greater focus on work. But I have found RAU to a great place to study, while also having some good times.
There are careers fairs, where employers come to the university, giving you and opportunity to network and get a better feel for what’s out there employment wise. We have also had several employers come in to give presentations about their companies and the graduate schemes they offer.
My course is very focused and employment driver. The intensity of the Masters means that a normally three year undergraduate education is fitted into one year, but the staff make it feasible and offer a lot of support if you need it. Half the modules are undertaken in the first semester, and the other half in the second. Due to the timetabling of modules exams and coursework are spread between January and May to help create a more manageable workload.
The university is only a small rural one, but the Student Union still manages to produce amazing events for the students. Personally I have never needed to go to them for anything, so can’t comment on that side of things, but those I have met seem friendly and approachable.
The university is small and rural, and I live at home so don’t perhaps know the facilities as well as those who have lived on campus. The library is small, but does seem to have access to everything I require for my studies. The cafe serves a decent variety of hot and cold food, and the shop provides a reasonable selection of necessities. The gym is quite small and not open at the weekends. But overall quite good.
The university is within walking distance to town, where there are shops, pubs and restaurants. There are several large supermarkets only a short distance away, and also the larger town of Cheltenham is only 30 minutes drive.
Decent range of sporting clubs and other societies.
The feedback from coursework can be both written and verbal, really helping to explain what went well and needs improvement. I have also been offered support from my tutor during a personally hard time, and I know there is support available from the student hub if required.