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It’s amazing, completely new and enjoying it, new terminology and experiences on the zoo or farm itself. Loving the practical side but coursework experience side
Up to good standards, although could provide better technology within areas
Support is good 24 hour residential services on phone line or in office
I like most the new knowledge and terminology and least the lack of zoo management
Allowing work experience at the zoo on campus , alongside various practical experience
Although I have had extenuating circumstances which resulted in me having to miss lectures, the lecturers have made it very easy to catch up, taking time out of their day to make sure that I was able to catch up and answer any questions that I have about the content being taught during the time that I missed. I also had to attend hospital one night and UCR was very very good at making sure that I had company going there, helping me arrange an appointment with the doctors and being able to bring me back from the hospital after my appointment.
The college facilities are very good, with new accommodation (25 town houses). The college also has a licensed zoo for the public and to help the students pass the practice side of their degrees. UCR also has a large canteen which can easily accommodate both the university and college students as well as staff. There is also lots of available parking for all students - this is a very good bonus of the university centre as not many universities have the capacity or space for student parking. This also attracted me to this university as I live over 4 hours away.
Tutors are readily available for 1-1 sessions, which are able to be booked online on the day. The feedback given to students is very good and as the assignments are anonymous, there is no biased marking.
Positives: 1-1 sessions whenever required. Not all lectures are just power-points - lectures deviate from the screen and bring the theory that we are learning into every day scenarios to help us be able to remember and explain the information. Negative: large class sizes (+88 people) meaning that some lectures are only taught once every 4 weeks. Some lectures go very quickly
UCR helps increase employability skills by including work placement in the courses, having a large careers team with regular workshops to help you improve employability skills. The practicals in the zoo also help increase employability as you are able to say that you have first hand experience helping in a zoo and dealing with a large range of zoo animals
Overall, I have had a good uni experience so far as I’ve gained many skill from practicals at the zoo which will help in future work. As well as gained an extensive knowledge across a range of different modules. Also had the opportunity to go to South Africa where I volunteered at an animal sanctuary gaining husbandry experience, as well as, carried out ecological surveys and encountered an extensive range of species, which in turn will benefit in future careers.
The on-site zoo is great as it allows us to gain hands on experience with a range of different species which will benefit in future careers. Also benefiting as, it allows us to work/learn in different environments rather than just having a lecture where you are just talked at. The higher education building is good because it allows all university students their own space away from the college student and had lots of different resources to help with work such as study pods, IT suites and a library.
Academic tutors have meetings each half term to check on your progress, if you require their help outside of the meetings your always able to email and ask or if needed a booking system allows you to book a meeting in any of the time they have free in their schedule with is very helpful. Feedback on assessment tends to be quite detailed and if you have any queries about the feedback you can always email or have a meeting to discuss it.
The thing I like most about the way my course is taught is that lectures are delivered in a range of different ways so standard lectures, tasks at the zoo, group tasks in lectures, debates, workshop, IT sessions, drop-ins, quizzes, projects, practical animal sessions and practical lab sessions . The thing I least like about the way the course is taught is that sometimes allow the different learning types are great, on some occasions the lectures are more focused on the tasks and this means we don’t get an understanding of the text/ topic which makes it harder to understand/ complete the tasks.
The zoo allows students to volunteer in their own time which gives the opportunity to develop skills which will be transferable in future careers. Work experience modules allow students the opportunity to volunteer in a work place outside of university whilst being provided with support from the university. As well as that, experiential learning modules provide the opportunity for students to study abroad gaining experience with the wildlife in the species natural environment, which enables students to gain a whole host of transferable skills and experience which helps increase their employability.
so far my experience has been really good enjoyed both the social life and the work required for the course. Everyone is so lovey form the teaching staff to peers and friends
All the facilities work good, the WiFi could be a bit better
I like the lecture and how they are structured however they could be a bit more interactive
Offer work placement and jobs
I have really enjoyed it, everyone is very supportive and friendly. The lectures have been fun and informative, and the help for students with disabilities is of a very high standard.
They are very good. The food centre has a fully functioning food processing facility, with small dairy, bakery and butchery areas.
The tutors are always happy to help with queries, and the well-being team and the support teams always try to help where they can, and especially helpful with all kinds of disabilities.
I like that the course modules are the same for the whole year, and that the smaller group means that the lecturers can give help to people more freely. I don't like the debates.
There are compulsory work placements that have to be completed in the second year
Absolutely fantastic, with a wholesome feeling. Friendships are always easy to come by too. Lecturers and other staff are very supporting, and due to the smaller cohort sizes for the likes of our course you find that lecturers can help support a lot more. I am a mature student and student representative and the liaison between students and staff is amazing, and changes are often made professionally and quickly.
The facilities are fantastic for a small centre, and they provide a great atmosphere for studying wildlife ecology and conservation being that it is based within a rural setting.
Academic feedback is great especially with the inclusion of a new rubiks system, and the ability to book 1:1 tutorials and support with lecturing staff is easy through QR codes and mobile apps. The support for health and welfare is great, and they can help support you in severe times.
The courses are very practical even within theoretical study through group tasks. The least way is that some lectures can be hasty and not provide enough time to absorb information.
There are career advisors easily accessible through 1:1 bookings online and QR codes, as well as support for gaining work experience etc. Transferable skills have increased since being there, with the ability to publicly speak increase.
The overall experience has been a blast, the campus is amazing and it's fun to be here, i learn new stuff every day. The zoo, farm and wildlife areas are incredible to explore
They are all new and in good condition, well looked after
Is really high, regarding academicly they have facilities to assist students with their studies, tutors have 1:1 meetings and are available to book more meetings with your lectures at their availability, and regarding matters not related to the studies, they have good facilities in well-being, finance and other areas
I really do love the technology use in lectures but its really frustrating whenever they don't work
Our course provides an entire day off practicals druing the week as well as small on site practical activities, field trips are also available even thou few spaces available
It's been a drastic step up from working 5 days a week to learning but they have helped me break into it. The lessons are interactive and help all types of learners. The tutors will go far to help you and you are not just a number there you are an individual
The higher education support team are fantastic and will help anyone and everyone. The tutors provide electronic feedback on assignments and will expand further if required.
Least is that it's ran over 2 days should be more. Most the diversity of staff and modules that's are taught
Firstly, the academic tutors are all industry experienced therfore can provide trustworthy advice and even contacts. Secondly, they have workshops that enable us we students to expand out knowledge and skills.
The content of lectures is good and staff are always friendly and approachable. The timetable for level 5 has not been ideal as lectures are too far spread out. Exam results have been an issue being late coming back previously. Feedback on assignments is always thorough, exact and helpful progress. Work experience is a good idea in theory but trying to find time for it as well as uni work, a job, and other life commitments is difficult. Assignment hand ins are on the same dates occasionally and not spread out. I wish I knew more about the job prospects of this degree before applying as I feel there isn’t too many! Car parking has improved with more overflows. The HE cafe could be better and be more like the deli where I feel the food is better.
The university centre is small but is modern and has features requires to function
Tutors are friendly and approachable. Personal meetings are available through the student hub which is easier than emailing and waiting for a response. Assessment/revision sessions are frequent before hand ins and before exams which is good
Most - lectures are a good length so do not feel rushed Least - some lectures can be more of a discussion which is good but not if you travel such a distance to come in for 2.5 hours
There is a careers department who are very helpful and easily contactable, and have work experience in level 5 however this comes too late if two years into the course and find you want to do something else!
The faculty staff and content provide a high standard of industrial based knowledge and additional information to improve understanding. This and the support that can be provided if necessary help to settle quickly
The food based facilities are one of the best in the area. As the BRC qualification and industry based operations The library ,labs and it technology are also good
the HEST (Higher education support team) Provide well trained staff to guide and assist with most academic and personal problems, feedback is quick and shows where to improve
The most is the content and the lectures have passion for the subjects leading to enjoyment form student
Multiple work shops and extra classes to inform and industrial backgrounds of the staff help to provide high quality assistance to find the best placements