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University have been great at moving the content online but could have improved interactivity. Sites such as kahoot have been great for this as used by some tutors but not others. There are plenty of opportunities to do sports or any other activities around the uni. People are friendly and transport options are great. Staff support is variable depending on the member of the team you speak to.
We have a job fair specific to the course once a year
Mix of online, taught and placement. We have reviews with tutors a few times a year.
University is always clean, equipment for skills is always up to date
University are always sending support emails and the course introduction included a member of the mental health team talk so we were aware of the facilities available.
This academic year has been good, the modules have been interesting, and the primary reading good. After the pandemic began, the course has functioned well over zoom, with a healthy balance of using break out rooms, the zoom group chat, as well as discussion boards on canvas, in addition to the standard class discussions.
Since this was the first full academic year during the pandemic, I understand that it was a lot of effort for the staff to provide us with all the necessary guidance and teaching. Currently I've got the hang of it and I should do much better next year, but it was a bit of a struggle to wrap my mind around things at some points. I did get to meet/talk to new people and I did learn new things, so I guess it is all right in the end.
There were a lot of webinars on career's advice, discussions with people working in different fields, and they were really engaging and fun. There wasn't a discussion for a career that I personally wish to pursue but that's understandable, I still enjoyed the insight into similar careers.
This year for most part has been online and as a first year student, it has not been the best experience. The effort from lecturers can definitely be seen in the lectures and they have provided us with materials to study from, but the seminars over Zoom until the very end of the year always made me anxious because I don't think the students were approached the same way and given the opportunity to engage with each other and the lecturer as they would have in in-person seminars. Open discussion boards online were very useful, because that meant that I did not have to speak individually with a lecturer and they only had to answer the most general questions once, so I wish that was an option in all of my modules. I enjoyed being able to plan my own time since the lectures were pre-recorded, but I think a bit more guidance on how to approach learning and a bit more of the very basics in the content would have benefitted me. Overall, I enjoyed the year, but there were some teaching aspects I lacked.
I wish that the library was open 24/7 and that there were more study spaces open on the weekends.
This year was a bit stressful, and at one point I was trying to find how I could get some help, but I could not really find anything, as it all seemed to be for people with diagnosed issues like mental health disorders. Other than that, there were quite a few 'buddy' programmes which were interesting and I took part in some of those.
Academically, I have felt as though the dominant online learning has prevented me from meeting people on my courses and has thus made me feel partly disconnected from the learning environment. However, I have had a great overall experience. I have made the best of the social experience we could have experienced in this year and made amazing friends.
There is easy access to the career service activities, internships, job opportunities etc. A lot of opportunities are sent to students via email which is very useful.
As a first year I entered university during a pandemic. Whilst the first three months of my course was taught via blended learning (online and in-class) the rest of the year was spent learning online.
The university’s facilities are of great quality and accessibility. Whilst I haven’t been able to explore these throughly due to the pandemic, the university has made them well known to us.
There are a lot of resources, people and places to go to. I haven’t personally used these services but I am aware of them and they are easy to find.
The teaching has been alright but I haven’t always felt supported. Having to fly from Gibraltar to England every term has been a difficult stress for me which the university doesn’t seem to account for. I have still had a fun time because I made friends and have explored Birmingham as much as possible. Covid hasn’t really helped the situation though, as there have been so many restrictions and campus being closed
They send emails about work experience and internships. I suppose there is not much more they can do during Covid
Most of the course has been online. I’ve found the recorded lectures quite high quality, but zoom seminars have not always been effective
Due to Covid I haven’t really had the best access to facilities, but the services I have used have been of a very high quality usually
I haven’t felt particularly supported. They send emails about wellbeing but don’t actually do anything about it, in my opinion
My overall experience has been really good at university. Obviously through covid and simply leaving home for the first time it has not been easy but the university has been good at supporting us.
A lot of my tutors still represent the old white man stereotypes of scholars. As for online teaching at University risty I have not known any different so I don’t completely understand what I am missing out on. I can see that the tutors struggle to generate a debate and sustain it throughout the seminar over zoom which is both frustrating for the tutors and for us students. I think the flow of teaching has been disrupted which makes motivation on all sides (tutors and students) lack.
I have really loved the facilities that are open on campus particularly the gym and newly built teaching and learning building. This year students have had to book to use the library which can be frustrating if I just want to borrow a book.
Well-being support has been really good through my experience. Through isolation everyone in my flat received daily phone calls from well-being and support which really helped. We also have termly meetings with our Personal tutors in which we can raise any concerns.
I spent most of my first semester and university, which was a really great way to familiarise myself with the campus and surrounding areas before coming home and having to move fully online for the rest of the year. My experience was made slightly worse by unpleasant and unfriendly flatmates who made our shared living spaces an uncomfortable place to live, meaning myself and my other flatmates did not feel safe returning to campus, even when restrictions were lifted enough to do so. However, the academic and pastoral support I received from the staff on my course was incredible. Even when we were fully online for semester 2, they still made time for us individually in seminars and arranged individual tutorials. It never felt like we were isolated despite not being together physically. I am also studying a heavily practical based course which had to be carried out online, and I thought they adapted it in a way that we still felt like we were learning valuable skills.
We did move fully online but I felt there was still so much support given by tutors and it never felt like we were isolated despite being off-campus.
Of course, the pandemic has affected this year's experience due to a lack of facilities being in use. Having said this, this is not the university's fault and they have tried to accommodate.
I think the University has tried to adapt to online teaching of seminars, lectures and online office hours. It can sometimes be difficult to reach support due to everything being online.
There are talks given which are useful but little support is provided on regional law firms for example
Due to corona virus it is all taught online. We have around 3 seminars a week and around 2-4 hours of lectures per module. I take 3 modules in final year
The facilities are very good, very modern, lots of equipment is provided
There is a good access to services through personal tutor and well being for disability support, less good for mental health support
I could’ve done the whole thing from home. Essentially an open university course that cost £9,250. The marking was incredibly harsh considering the situation. I haven’t attended any sessions this term due to my mental health and no one from the uni has reached out. They don’t know I’m struggling and they don’t really care.
It was mostly pre recorded lectures with one online seminar a week for each module. All lectures dumped at the start of the week, and we just had to get on with them.
The facilities themselves are pretty good, but good luck using any during covid
Mental health is laughably underfunded and over subscribed