It's been nice but I feel like it could be MUCH better. The quality of teaching has to be improved along with the facilities needing modernisation. Also, Bristol's fees need to go down.
They have industrial mentors and talks to help us understand what is needed and to guide us
I like that there are many formative tests and just the right amount of summative ones. I don't like how for some units there aren't many real world examples or labs and its just lectures which can be quite boring.
They aren't very good at fighting for our rights or for inclusivity.
Not very, the lecture theatres are quite old and run down
For me, yes although there are a few buildings which are far from my accommodation.
There are loads of societies and sports to choose from
There are many well being services. The tutor system is hit or miss though, I received a good tutor this year but overall I feel it is a bit useless without much academic emphasis put on it.
I love university life, my subject & would love to commit to studying for a Doctorate too, but there are just too many financial implications & it is far too difficult to get the required reading done for masters seminars with a 4 year old. I should have waited until he was older, as its not achievable alongside caring responsibilities, work (i currently have 2 part-time jobs) or constant job searching as in year 1. I may enter an EdD in my 50s (over 5 years away) when he is older & I have re-qualified as a Teacher as I could get a bursary for a PGCE. The reading load is fine if you're 24/5, Chinese & have no commitments in the UK other than studying while living on / near campus, but not otherwise & we study the units at the same pace 200 hrs in 10 weeks per unit, should be a separate part-time programme with 20 weeks per unit for part-timers with caring responsibilities or a job.
There is lots of careers support & our careers service is great, but again some events are in the evening / during school holidays. A lot of events are aimed at undergrads & international students, whereas I need help as a mature, qualified professional looking at specific public sector roles (rather than general Milk Round large events or Grad schemes, I want tailored 1:1 careers advice & help to properly revamp my CV for the current job market.
I don't like the fact there is no overall structure to the Open Pathway course, it feels disjointed & isolating (especially this year as I took research methods last year & ended up with friends who were all 1 year full-time international students, I wish there was a regular group meet up with other part-timers or other Home / EU students - e.g group personal tutor sessions each month or a non-unit Pathway based seminar so we could get together & share our learning).
Our students' union is pretty fantastic & does a lot for UoB students (academic support, good bar / restaurant venue with reasonable prices, good union shop for UoB merchandide), but I wish they did more to involve part-time, mature students with children to show the range of students there are studying these days (so much is evenings or weekends and / or aimed at undergrads who want to socialise in bars, etc. including course rep training, so I couldn't access any...our families live elsewhere & we can't afford a babysitter - I committed to studying in the daytime to fit around transport & nursery & school hours).
Facilities are quite good, its a shame the classes are so full though, the experience would be much better if you could actually get around the tables in the event of a fire.)
Yes, its brilliant for amenities, however, I live in Chepstow & public transport from there is irregular & poor (poor internet, no access to charging points, etc.)
It has a great deal of societies & sports facilities, but these are difficult to access as I live off campus, am on a low-income & have a young child. I was course rep for my pathway in 2018/19 though, so have managed to be involved in student life somewhat. For me societies are aimed at undergrads, not postgrads with commitments.
Absolutely fantastic, I have had a really difficult time due to a court case with my child's nursery while studying & my 3 long-term health conditions posing issues. My department & personal tutor have been fantastic! However I have never been able to counselling via uni - the waiting list is just too long.
It is stimulating, multidisciplinary, and life-enhancing. I wish I'd embarked on academic research earlier. In general staff/PGR interaction is splendid which improves the experience. Additionally, opportunities for involvement in general university representation abound, as do opportunities to contribute to public engagement activities.
It is generally good - though as a mature student much does not apply to me.
Supervision, and opportunities for peer/staff interaction of research are excellent.
Very good - and improving.
Excellent, and plans for a new library are in train. It is a pity that my department's facilities are somewhat lacking in technological facilities, and there has been a temporary issue regarding Arts PGR study facilities - though the latter is now being resolved.
As a homeowner, 30 miles away, location is not ideal for the university. Travel is expensive, and parking (on street) more so. Journey times can vary from 30 to 150 minutes each way, dependent on time and traffic conditions.
Societies generally excellent, a panoply to suit (almost) everyone. I know nothing about sport, being uninterested in any of it.
I think it is very good - though, again as a mature student after a career elsewhere, I am quite good at search out and accessing any help I need.
I have had a good experience at university so far as I have enjoyed the teaching and the workload had been manageable while still allowing me to participate in extra-curriculars. The teaching staff are always willing to help and they take extra time to explain things that they know will be new to you.
The university holds several careers events through the year and you can always make an appointment with a careers advisor if you want individual guidance. My course also gives presentations on how to improve career prospects on a more subject specific level.
The best thing about the teaching is that the course is taught by several different methods rather than just lectures; for example there are also practicals, problem solving sessions, tutorials and interactive online quizzes. A negative point about the teaching is that there are a lot of contact hours, although I feel the amount is necessary.
Most buildings have lifts so they seem to have good accessibility for disabled students. There are also lots of university managed cafes and a huge amount of study spaces.
The university is in the city centre so there's plenty of shops and cafes nearby. The distance to accommodation varies depending on which halls you choose.
Huge variety of societies, including lots of different sports. Most of them cater to all abilities, including absolute beginners and more advanced.
Student support is very good because you can meet with your personal tutor if you are worried about anything. There is also other support available, including a 24 hour service for students in halls.
Overall it has been average. Some incredibly good aspects at Bristol but I feel like these are because the city is so nice and I am part of a small department with a good personal tutor. The University need major improvements to prioritise the students over the wider community. If students are happier, they will be less disruptive for the wider community.
Awful. See answer re: sports facilities. There for the wider community and not for students. Prices are insanely expensive and quality is awful, including SU food/drinks.
Okay, language department is well equipped but due to the variety of courses on offer, it is very rare that there will be adequate copies of the required reading in the library.
Yes, the university is incredibly well placed.
Okay - sport societies are expensive, so are the sports facilities. The general feeling on campus is that the sports facilities are there to make a profit from students and the wider community rather than encourage students to lead healthy lifestyles.
Academic is reasonable, frequently timely and adequate feedback. Personal is shocking. 4 months waiting list for mental health help and then at least 3 or 4 weeks in-between counselling sessions. They should prioritise 4th year students.
My university experience at my university will be beneficial for my future career. I could use new knowledge and academic skills gained during my study to develop the education system in my home country.
There is a career service centre at university that supports any student wishing to work or volunteer. They help us with making a good CV and to look for jobs properly.
The way how courses are taught depends on teacher's own skills and knowledge. The programme or a curriculum can be perfect itself but how teachers teach it can be different. Generally, the way to teach courses at University of Bristol is good. However, I think it should be organised more additional classes on development of academic writing and critical thinking, namely on preparation for writing assignments.
I think my university Students' Union works well and gives a lot of opportunities for students to develop their skills within the student representation. All the students may participate in university life to contribute in it. There are enough facilities such as libraries, study rooms, common rooms for students.
There are many facilities for studying available for students. Every school has its own library and study rooms.
My university is located in a city centre which is convenient to get to my accommodation and any local amenities.
The university offers different types of sports and societies students need. I am satisfied with them.
Academic tutors allocated by the school can be useful. However, in my case this is not useful for me. Perhaps, it is an individual case, but my tutor cannot help me when I ask her. I had just one meeting with my tutor and realised that she does not care about me and my study at all because she is very busy.
I feel really satisfied with our university. It provides rich and complete support to every student, for example, study skills (academic learning); well-being service; many kinds of workshops, which makes us can fully and freely choose what we like.
career service setting, really helpful
most: academic resources that our tutors/professors provide and our accessible online resources least: sometimes will feel some of our sessions are less useful
fairly good, about 20 mins by walk
The societies in particular have enabled me to get to know lots of people and feel more comfortable in Bristol. It is also a really nice city to live in and I would really recommend it.
The class sizes for languages are relatively small for seminars. For learning an ab initio language, the teachers are enthusiastic and patient.
it has been a decent experience with few ups and downs. the academic work is challenging as I was not used to this much independent work. but now in the second term I am used to it.
there are careers events but they are not that appealing to a lot of the students
lectures are fast-paced and usually lecturers rush through the slide reading off of them which is not informative at all. however the small sized classes are okay, university should really hire more experienced class leaders and lecturers though
Yes it is
There is a good variety of sports. clubs and societies but it is difficult to access them and be a part of the community.
the wellbeing service is awful in my opinion and instead of listening they just give advice and share your personal experience with everyone else, even though they say that they won't.
Generally it is good! Good location. good city, good quality of education, excellent reputation and career prospects. I would strongly recommend this university to everyone, although the it is not easy to get a good grade here!
It provides mentor ship programmes, local SME internship opportunities and on campus job opportunities. Also its career service runs various kinds of workshop throughout the whole year, which is really useful.
It generally represents students' interests and really made some changes based on students' feedback.
Excellent. Except that study spaces are not enough during revision and exam season.
Yes! It is very close to city centre. The grocery shops, restaurants, cinemas, theatres and concert halls are all just 10 minutes' walk away!
We have a wide ranges of societies and sports clubs to join on the campus, which allows me to explore my interest and relax in my free time.
Most of tutors are available during for office hours and provided good feedback in a timely manner. Sometimes students do not really what to talk about with personal tutors.