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My overall university experience so far has been amazing! I transfrerred after studying my 1st year at a much larger institution and have found it much more enjoyable since joining and have gained a lot more. The support I have recieved from staff with academic work and the delivery style has defintely benefited myself. Regulalrly contributing and presenting in addition to becoming involved with wider aspects of student life such as Student Council Rep, ambassador and engagement with employability hub has futher increased my confidence and self-improvement. Consequently, my development as an individual has been huge, both academically and in my wider skills. Providing you choose to engage, in terms of your studies and student development, you would be hard pressed to find another organisation that provides the same level of support and opportunity for improvement as UCP. Highly recommended!
The Employability Hub is very active in providing careers fairs with local employers attending, workshops to improve employability skills (CV writing, LinkedIn Profile, Workplace skills - Resilience, Team management, etc.) and events such as Practice Assessment Centre Days. There is also the opportunity to become an Employability Ambassador to support the hub in their work. In addition, they regularly send emails out regarding opportunities like work placements and upcoming events as well as talking to all classes at some point throughout their course.
The course delivery is fantastic and there is little to fault. The class sizes are small, so all students feel more confident to contribute and it's a much more inclusive environment than larger organisations. The majority, if not all lectures are delivered in a classroom rather than a lecture hall, so are structured more like a seminar or lesson. This allows for much greater interactivity and engagement from students and between students and lecturers. Due to the class sizes and nature of delivery, this resluts in a much better and closer working relationship between staff and students. Meaning there is access to greater support when needed, you are known personally and as an individual and therefore learning and help can be tailored to improve your learning experience. The teaching approach also focuses on the whole individual rather than just simply talking at you and the academic work, helping to build students with a wider range of knowledge and skills; in turn preparing them for the workplace. Overall, these teaching methods and delivery create an interesting, enjoyable and amazing experience!
Strictly speaking, there isn't a Students Union in the form that most Uni's take, with lots of facilities. Here, students are represented by the student council, a student body comprising of the student reps. from all classes and from all courses. This is charied by the Higher Education Student Officer who is also a student. Some reps, are also invited to SELT (Student Engagement Learning & Teaching Committee) and even Academic board meetings to provide a student voice. Though there are no specific facilities, the Uni makes up for this with the inclusion of student voice and oppinion in meetings and the allocation of budget to providing new equipment for students (e.g. Ping Pong Table etc.)
For the size of University, the facilities are great. There's a Costa coffee, in house for lunch and snacks or the main College canteen located a short walk away across campus. The sports course make use of the College and privately run gym, with various equipment located in the Sports Science lab for testing athletes. There is also access to the sports hall and football and rugby pitches on the fields where the College's Sports Academy teams can be tested.
The University is about a 20-30 min. walk to the city centre where the shopping centre, market, theatre, bars & clubs, other shops and train station are located. It is also roughly the same distance to the Peterborough Regional Swimming Pool, Lido and Posh football ground. There are also a few bus stops located near to the campus, with the shortest route taking 13 mins and buses every 12 mins. If travelling by car it will take you just under 10 mins. Accomodation which is private halls for the Uni, is a 15 min. walk from campus.
As the Uni is small, these are limited. However, due to the size of the institution and because there are few societites/sports, there is greater opportunity for you to start your own. Providing you can present your idea and case to the student council and show that you have enough student support and interest, they can help you to set it up and even provide you with funding to buy any kit/equipment you may need. In the past there have been football and netball teams. Recently, netball was re-established in the form of mixed netball. This was good for different courses to mix and inclusive of all students.
The support offered is really good. For each module you will recieve personal written feedback sent via email or on a hard copy of work and sometimes verbal feeback for presentations and class discussions. Sometimes you will discuss strengths and weaknesses as a class to increase student engagement and provide peer or peer feedback/advice. Weekly tutor groups as a class are also really useful to go over work and through feedback with your tutor. They are also used to further learning such as planning & organisation, CPD (Continual Professional Development) planning for courses, careers advice/discussions and talks from employers. Personally I can't really comment as I haven't used student support for counselling etc. However, I know they are very freindly and approachable.
Brilliant, it really is a great place to study. It's a personal uni, not like large universities, I always feel welcome and supported. I am very happy to study with UCP, money well spent!
There is a dedicated Employability Hub that offers support and guidance with CV writing, LinkedIn profiles, interview techniques and internships. My Course models are employment focused too.
The lecturers are very knowledgable and passionate about the course, there is always something new and challenging to learn. The staff are very supportive with lots of one-to-one time, which you don't get from large universities. Can't fault the teaching, it really is excellent!
There is excellent student representation at UCP! There are many class reps, a Student Officer who is dedicated to the students' voice, and students are invited to many uni meetings that give students the opportunity to provide feedback. Student input is very important at UCP.
Catering, library, and breakout areas are on-site. There is a gym and sports hall that students can join too. Toilets are on every floor and access is good if you have a disability. The staff are very friendly and always work hard for the students.
Uni is about a 5 minute walk away from the city centre, which has many shops, places to eat, and regular markets. Public transport is good, the cinema is a short bus ride away and so are local theatres.
Students are always working hard to organise societies, and because UCP is a small Uni the societies are very personable. There is an on-site modern gym and sports hall that students can subscribe to, which is great.
Excellent! Really great support from teaching staff and the student support team are brilliant too. Reception staff know my name and say hello every morning, it feels like a community.
Fantastic ! Being on campus increases the student experience and the atmosphere has been warm and welcoming since day 1. All of the staff are involved in helping us have the best experience
There are regular events catering for employability A really good support system with an Employer Hub permanently available
Love the link of online and classroom training and the way that participation feeds the course
Brilliant support and representation
Brilliant facilities for everything
It is a fantastic location, with easy access for public transport, amenities and a short distance from the city centre
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Brilliant support, including Student Support for assistance and Mindfulness training has been introduced.