This academic year has been very different to what was expected, however, it will make next year even better both academically and socially. The university was very accommodating to all the changes that needed to be made to ensure staff and student safety without having to compromise on the quality and enthusiasm when giving lectures and additional support.
Ive loved every minute of my first year so far. Even the stresses of assessments and exams. Felt a bit separated from my year as I don’t live in halls but thanks to one tutor who encourages us to stay online after class to chat ive felt more included.
Not there yet
Last semester it was blended learning. Lecturers and tutors were approachable, kind and helpful. This semester everything has been online. As before lectures have been great. Tutorials have been online and my tutors have been helpful, kind and easy to communicate with.
From what I could see last semester everything was clean, accesible and equipment that was needed worked well.
Well being and mental health have been fantastic. Such compassionate people.
University has completely let some students down when it comes to Covid. Students who don't have access to hardware at home, and cannot travel to uni due to covid restrictions are basically told 'Tough luck' by the uni and not given the opportunity to take extensions on work that they literally cannot complete. The course itself could just as easily be learned via youtube tutorials without spending tuition money and you could spend more time learning employable subjects. Having lecturers to ask questions is nice, but not entirely necessary. University life itself has been enjoyable pre-covid, but is it really worth spending 1000s in tuition fees and accommodation? That's up to you.
Careers Service offered CV advice that was not suitable for my field. Lots of speakers and events. Course itself could be better when it comes to teaching employable skills (see useless Narrative and High Art modules)
This is a review for Games Design and Production, which doesn't appear in WhatUni's list of courses. More than one module was useless. Incredibly frustrating to spend a semester in first year doing a module on game narratives to be told in all further studies that narrative is not an employable skill and is not worth pursuing. It's not wrong, but it makes no sense to teach an entire module on that when there are other subjects that are more relevant that haven't been covered.
Very overpriced for what it is. Uses Circuit Laundry machines that charge about £5 per wash/dry and don't actually clean or dry anything.
Good PCs as expected of a games university but I found it extremely difficult to get help accessing the facilities, the desks at university weren't suitable for me and I missed almost an entire semester of tuition due to the university taking 3 MONTHS to move a desk that accommodated me from one classroom to another.
Dundee is small but is only an hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh. Easy to get around Dundee itself
A diverse array of societies and sports
A bit of a waiting list but counselling is available to students. Have not used the service myself but have heard mixed things from friends who have
a huge disappointment again, if you are doing best when teaching yourself/reading instructional books/taking online courses next to it and just need an easy art degree; go for it. if you actually need guidance and help, better apply elsewhere, you won't be supported here
group projects, employment-focused classes - but only very late into course, low quality, only few lecturers have even worked in the industry and fewer have so recently
the freedom in assignments is good for people who are learning best when learning by themselves - if you want guidance, honest & frequent feedback, proper lectures on skills; you better look elsewhere. you are expected to learn any fundamental skills, design skills and software skills by yourself
very expensive, low quality appliances (break often), adequate safety, excellent location
for this course - very underfunded
they have a lot of societies, most of them seem decent
high availability for mental health counselling. lacking support from tutors with few exceptions, many not equipped for the job
Good. It is very good teaching is good social life is good. Accommodation is good quality. The city is great.
Fairly cheap. okish safety. Close to town.
Yes fairly central with good transport links.
I have had my ups and downs, but overall i love it here! Aberystwyth is such a great place to be, with a great community, not just amungst students but with the locals as well. The independence that i have gained from my time here is amazing.
I cannot speak for the whole Uni but my educational department hosts career events for us to talk to a range of people in different posts. They also regularly advertise external opportunities such as summer internships.
I like the fact that the lecturers are very happy to help you outside of lectures, which is something you dont always get in universitys. I dont like some of the teaching styles of the lecturers as it doesnt suit my way of learning.
I dont really see much of what they do, so i cant really comment, but im sure they do alot behind the scenes.
They are pretty good. We have a good gym, a vast range of cafe style places. A huge library. A cinema. And much more.
The Uni's location is pretty good. Its only a 20 minute walk from the main town, and it has all the amenities you could need on the campus anyway e.g. cafes and shops. It has a range of accommodations, some are closer than others but in a small place like aberystwyth, nothing is really that far.
We have such a good and wide range. I myself am the president of one and publicity of another. All the societies are inclusive, fun and friendly.
As previously said, the lecturers are very helpful and supportive. In regards to personal support... the uni is terrible. I contacted the mental wellness people hoping to get some support and they just told me to go to the doctors because they couldnt be bothered.
great location of uni, library and library facilities are great, halls local and low cost some lecturers great, good opportunity for placements and lots of variety of societys on offer
great placements offered
some lecturers are very good, some not great
not great, they closed bar in union, however we are allowed to use dundee unis union which is great
yes city centre location
very good variety
depends on the lecturer in terms of feedback
I've had a good time at uni so far. I'm looking forward to the years I have left. I have made an effort to go to different societies and that has led me to learn more and meet new people.
There are regular talks you can attend that are about placements and work skills. You also get emails offering workshops and other events about working after uni.
I like the independency the course offers me as a lot of work is independent study. I don't enjoy the group work when the groups are randomised.
Close to the gym I go to and close to city centre so I would say it's in a good location.
Lots of different sports teams and a wide range of different societies
The mental health support is okay. Feedback can be later than expected.
I like the atmosphere and the close knit community feel, the library is a comfortable environment and it feels there is a lot of support for students.
Some material that is taught is a bit rushed
Printers and USB's don't work on some computers, some rooms are open corridors
Just because I live in Forfar