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Dreadful. There are no words to explain how disappointed I am with the overall course and university. Waste of money and time. I regret my decision to enrol into the course at Sparsholt.
I haven’t learnt anything valuable yet by being at Sparsholt on this course.
I like how the lecturers are able to read through work and give you feedback before you submit it. I don’t like how the classes are small and the lecturers read off PowerPoints. I also don’t like how basic and simple all of the lectures are. They are GCSE level and we are spoken to like children.
There isn’t a students union.
The facilities at my university as not representative of the funding they receive from the government through being a further education college and of the money they receive by having paying higher education students. My previous schools had better facilities. Very disappointing.
Sparsholt is in a bad location as it is a long walk from any local facilities, and transport there is very sparse, so you have to be able to drive to easily get to a shop or to the campus from the nearby city.
There are no societies. We are able to join University of Portsmouth societies as the degrees are awarded by UoP, but we have lectures scheduled for the days that societies run in Portsmouth, so we can’t actually join any.
The tutors do not have enough experience in a university environment and are too set in their ways with tutoring the higher education students like they are children attending the further education courses at the same institution. The personal facilities are pushed upon students but my friends and I have not used them so I cannot comment on their performance, although, if they are of the same standard as the rest of the university, they will not be adequate and will not reflect the amount of money students pay per year to attend.
I love studying at University Centre Sparsholt, and I just can't wait for summer to be over so I can get back into learning! The course provides a good balance between independent learning, taught lessons, feedback and guidance, and I've seen a steady improvement in my assessed work, my confidence, and my love of learning, over the duration of my first year.
Unlike most other universities, University Centre Sparsholt offers taught modules in practical conservation work, to give more of an idea of what to expect in future employment. This also helps to develop the practical skills that employers look for! The university centre has good relationship links with wildlife organisations such as Butterfly Conservation, and many students choose to do their work placements there. There are lots of opportunities to work with different organisations in the industry, and also to attend study tours abroad.
I like that taught lessons are structured, and the focus of each lesson is available to see in advance in the Teaching Programme Outline (TPO) on Moodle. This enables us to prepare for each lesson, to read up before attending, and to know what materials are needed for each class, etc. It's good that a mixture of teaching techniques are used: lecturing, group work, individual work and presentation, practical, research-based, debate, etc. Having lessons for full, pre-determined days provides a good work-life balance, and regular days off helps to plan life and employment around the teaching programme. Our lecturers are friendly, and knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subjects that they teach, and are always happy to provide guidance. Because the lessons are structured to meet learning outcomes, often there isn't enough time to discuss ecological subjects of interest, that are not included in the teaching programme. Sometimes, however, time is made for this, and there is always the group tutorial and study coach sessions to talk about these things! And who knows, I'm only in my first year, so maybe those subjects of interest might come up in the next year!
I'm not sure what they do, so I don't feel I can comment, sorry!
Sparsholt is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and comprises a variety of habitats such as woodland, farmland, and freshwater - great to go on walks on lunch breaks to practice species identification! There's an on-site gym, which (I think) costs £100 per year (and I believe payment is yearly), so very good value. There are toilets all around campus and they're always clean and stocked with soap and loo roll so no worries there. There are loads of places to buy food - there's the shop, a main restaurant and a smaller restaurant/cafe, Subway, Starbucks..! Maybe more that I've not found yet! The library and HE study support centre always have computers free and books and resources that are very useful for completing assignments and for further reading. Student services are available for such things as counselling and financial advice. All of the staff all around the campus are very friendly and helpful, and I always ask if I'm stuck with something, no matter how big or small, because they'll try and help no matter what it is!
I don't live in Winchester, I live in shared accommodation in the centre of Reading and commute to Sparsholt. It takes me about an hour to drive, which isn't ideal, but living in the city is a lot of fun, and there's always something to do.
Unfortunately I've not attended any social events run by Sparsholt or the University of Winchester, but I am aware of them and hear that they are fun
Feedback is given with each assessed piece of work, as well as in one-to-ones with tutors, which occurred twice during the first year. More one-to-ones can be arranged with tutors if requested, and they are all very constructive; praise for areas done well and highlighting areas to improve. The feedback I've received has really helped me to improve. I've made use of the counselling in Student Services when I was having a hard time at home. They helped me to see my priorities and I then made a plan of action. Their help and advice was valuable and effective that I only needed to meet with the counsellor twice before I felt that I could deal with things on my own.
my university experience so far has been amazing fromthe moment i stepped onto campus i was welcomed warmly, had all the support i needed from everyone and was treated like a perosn and not like a price tag.
the course offered me a large job prospect base when i leave. from gaining all the practical skills ill need to working with the companies or groups id like to be a part of in the future. the course tutors and lecturers have great connections outside of the course and will happily help look for a job with you and are incredibly supportive. the course requires that you do a work placement each year and they have a team that helps there . The university also gave me great oppurtunites to develop my skills further through different learning methods the oppurtunity to become a student representative and to be apart of all the events that sparsholt run.
i enjoy the varied methods of teaching either through practical work, through small class groups, one to one teaching and group work. theres a good mix of trips and lecture work too providing the basis for the proof of concept idea, not just learning theory but seeing it in action too.
university centre sparsholt is a part of portsmouth university student union so i guess its a long way to go for any events but they do offer all the support that you get at portsmouth and do regularly email about events
the university has a dedicated facility for all the specifc parts on the course and are constantly updating technology. they often get new software and the library always has access to any books that you need. the staff are always friendly and there are top of the line faccilities.
sparsholt is a village but there is winchester a 10 minute drive away and it is a popular place, lots of bars pubs and restaurants are about for a good drink. theres a club to that the wardens can do a bus to.
Part of portsmouth uni
The support of the students here is at an incredible standard. they have a self referal service counciling on site to help with any social needs and have a dedicated team for that. they also have a brilliant team to support with DSA and any other academic quireis. all students are assigned to a pastoral tutor who also look out for you as a person and to help keep you on track. the lecturers are easy to contact too and they will answer any question you have within a couple of days and if they cant they will try to help you find the answer or refer you on to someone else. if anything sparsholt has an amazing support system much better then the one i found at bournemouth university
It has great facilities for animal management with many animals and lecturers which all have great experience in the animal industry meaning you can always ask a question and they will likely have real experience to draw on!