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The university has been of great expertise to me. It help me develop some key skills in engineering domain. As I work part time in a local company, I was able to directly apply and even support my local organisation.
The university have a very good way of communicating with the students of the University the current job prospects. They send our weekly emails to alert students of current job availability and they alone encourage student to role on to LinkedIn
My lecture for vibration and structures I very good. This is because she teaches from the basics, which helps to jog the students memory form education they had form previous years. She uses bullet points and is concise with her information. The lectures teaching was soo good I do not need to put in additional hours to learn the topic.
The university has very good facilities for the engineering department. We where able to cover all of our course requirements and achieve the lab rests accurately using the university resource
The university has a good support system to encourage students to speak out if they have any issues.
It has had elements of positive and negative. The social side is great. The academic side is interesting and relevant but can sometimes lack the support that is required
There are employability fair every now and then but they aren't really that effective. There is a careers team which helps students write CVs and give good interview tips aswell.
The course was challenging and interesting and taught skills which are in demand. The biggest negative occurred during the covid lockdown where it felt like the university really wasn't looking out for the students.
The student union has done a pretty good job and were exceptional during the covid-19 lockdown. They helped reduce the load on students who's assignments became a lot tougher without the specialist equipment they required. They also provide great events like club night and also provide the union shop aswell
The accomodation is decent, it's about a 15 minute walk to the town centre and there is an Asda and also nearby. It's also right next to the university buildings, so it only takes a couple of minutes to walk to a lecture. It is a little expensive compared to the shared housing though.
The facilities were okay, however some of the specialist equipment required for our course was broken and not replaced. So, sometimes we we're trying to work with equipment that just didn't work like it should. I personally feel like the uni should replace all broken kit
The location is ideal, town is in walking distance and the accomodation is right next to the campus
The variety is great, there is something for everyone and you can also start your own society if nothing appeals to you.
The academic support is average. You could send an email and get a response on the same day from some lecturers but with others you may not even get a response The personal support is pretty good. The wellbeing team is really great
I am thoroughly enjoying my return to academia, and Staffordshire University have made this as seamless a transition as possible. I am confident the way the course is organised and delivered has set me up to be successful in my studies, and that was the single biggest factor in my decision over where to pursue doctoral study.
The EdD is a professional doctorate, and so already being employed in an Education setting is a course prerequisite. The course is essentially a chance to submerge your professional practice in academia, and encourages you to consider how you can learn from your work and make improvements to yourself and to organisations and policy. The course has been fantastic in supporting me to up-skill my abilities through establishing strong links between my research and developing professional practice. Since starting the course, I have been appointed to a senior leadership role in a school which values the professional niche the EdD is supporting me to develop. Being a doctoral student on a course so deeply rooted in practice was the critical difference that enabled my to advance my career.
My favourite thing about the way the course is taught is that lots of thought is given to how the unique things each member of the cohort bring to the table can be utilised to maximise learning for everybody. Seminars are extremely well thought through, clearly revisited and improved on a continual basis, and student feedback is clearly valued as changes are made in response to suggestions. I also like that students from previous cohorts are invited to talk about their experiences and how we might learn from them, and that we get the same opportunity to be involved with students in the cohorts behind us. All in all, a very cohesive and thoroughly well planned course is delivered to an overall excellent standard which I am sure is a big contributor to the reasons I have performed so well in assessments. The biggest area for improvement is the way written assessments are regulated. Although there are clear opportunities for tutor feedback on assignment plans, on a course where my original subject specialist involved no academic writing, I found it difficult to gauge the quality of my work and the feedback on the relatively small 500 word sample did not quite feel enough at the time to make me confident in the way I was approaching the assessed elements of the course. I think there needs to be more opportunities for tutors to work through assignments with you at the outset to help with this.
The union is extremely active, and have stayed in close contact with students remotely during the pandemic. They were very proactive in helping postgraduate research students secure a very good support package from the university when access to on-site facilities was restricted through the campus closure.
As a doctoral student, I have to read a lot and am most impressed with the library services both on-site and electronically. Academic literature is easy to access, and more often than not is available in a multitude of formats to support ease of learning. The librarians are extremely helpful, and support you with access to a their university libraries and for requests to the British Library. The buildings at the Stoke-on-Trent campus look dated, but the teaching rooms are extremely well equipped for delivering 21st century teaching and learning. All materials discussed in seminars appear in advance and are updated with any notes and discussion points through a virtual learning environment. I can’t comment on the availability of equipment for subjects and research areas requiring specialist gear, but any social science students should feel confident that everything they need to maximise their learning is in place to support them.
As a distance learning student, one of the reasons I chose Staffordshire was the accessibility if the Stoke-on-Trent campus by both road and rail. There also appears to be a lot of student housing in the campus’ immediate area.
Although I don’t access these as much as I am sure an on-campus student would have the opportunity to, there seems to be a wide range of different enrichment and sports activities available. This wouldn’t be a factor in choose a university for distance learning.
The support is excellent. Tutors are always happy to talk to me about my queries, and the learning support offered by the wider university exceeds my expectations without fail. This includes access arrangements and support detailed in a formal needs assessment, which the university have handled sensitively yet supportively.
I’ve not started uni yet but from what I’ve seen and done so far it’s a very stressful but rewarding process that gives you an opportunity to focus on your dream career
It is around the corner
Took a while to get used to but good now
All of the lecturers have industry experience
Great teachers who are very supportive
Their emails give lots of relevant information
Top ranged software and equipment
Nearby shops and train station
Good choices, they could use some more film/tv based groups
Good range of advice available
So far, so good
Harder as uni isn't reliable on set times for lectures
Easy to understand/follow
Good, easy to access
Location is good
Tutors are very helpful and understanding
Loved my time at uni, don't want to leave!
I feel confident, the uni can help me graduate
Little contact, lecturers dropping like flies, repetitive content, but still enjoy
The SU should vary more, but overall good
Very safe and affordable
Very good, caters to all needs
I love being near enough on campus, adds to atmosphere.
Although I can't compete, I'm glad there's a wide variety
Very good, always there and also outside support
Overall decent, could be more interactive.