The pandemic has been hard for everyone, and I don’t doubt that includes the university. The head of course has tried his hardest to make our experience good, but being in a pandemic it just wasn’t really possible. We’ve been fortunate to have some IRL lessons remaining, as well as the library being open. But overall it’s just been rather underwhelming.
Lots of placements, as per government requirement.
Some of the lecturers are amazing, and go above and beyond. Others turn up and teach the pre made material and that’s about it. It really is a luck of the draw. We had quite a fortunate mix of online and IRL learning. As soon as IRL learning was viable though the uni didn’t upload livestreams anymore.
Would be helpful if there were more computers in the library/ SIZ in peak seasons, but otherwise the facilities are great. Library opening hours are more limited than desirable though - I’m a night owl. Everything is clean and sanitary, books/ children’s resources available are amazing.
Little to no care or empathy. Limited to no support available. If you have mental health issues and require support more than a 15 minute drop in session to rant once a week, this is not the uni for you.
Worked as well as we can with covid guidelines and still feel i receive the support and lectures needed for my course, even tho i have been injured. Also gained support for essays and prepared me well considering i had more than everyone else because i couldn’t take part in practical modules
posters up in the canteen and around the uni
When injured i get so much support from lecturers. Aside from this they always offer extra help outside of classes if i would like to help me get better
Clean and well retained through covid
Very good always in communication
University of Chichester has been a very supportive university. The staff go above and beyond to support everyone and make sure you have the best experience. My cohort was less than 100 people which allowed me to know everyone, and I always felt comfortable. The lecturers know everyone by name and you build relationships with them. I have be supported in every way possible, including finding jobs. I will miss university when I start my job.
I know I wouldn’t have had the same experience anywhere else. Maybe because it’s a small uni, but it really does feel like we’re our own village where you know everyone. All the staff are so supportive and down to earth, which makes learning so much easier, and when it comes to mental health and student experience, that stuff always comes first. I was never treated like a number.
90% of the Alumni on my course are employed with in 6 months, and even though I’ve left I can still contact and use the career services at chi.
First year and a half was amazing. Had lots of contact hours and the lecturers always had time for you. During covid contact hours dropped, but student support was always there.
Sports facilities were high end and easy to book when needed. Equipment is well maintained and looked after, especially during covid when it needs to be cleaned alot.
100% the best uni for student support. There are so many people you can talk to and get help from whether it be extensions on deadlines, personal issues, mental health, assignment and career support and even just how the printer works. People are always on hand. Students on my course are assigned an academic advisor and they check in regularly to see how you’re getting on. There is no where like chi in terms of student support.
The University of Chichester has been absolutely amazing for me. The course itself is great and the lecturer's are amazing at being able to help. They have a very personal involvement in students life and wellbeing and how to help balance it with any external issues. The wellbeing team is absolutely amazing and as a first year the university does a great job at helping their students intergrate.
The lectures were really well done given the circumstances and the lecturer's made sure that we were all able to access any facilities needed for our course
The facilities are absolutely amazing and the University does everything they can to maintain them and make them good for the students
Not only are the wellbeing team excellent but the lecturers are also very invested in our wellbeing and how to help as best they can in supporting a student who may be struggling to keep up with studies and balancing it with their mental health
The teaching staff are great and before the third lockdown I was able to get involved with my sports club which has been a fantastic source of stability for me. I've had support in my lectures in regards to having a disability and this has allowed me to achieve four firsts this year. It's such a shame about the lockdowns and the learning online but the lecturers have been working so hard to make the online classes engaging and as informative and accessible as possible.
Lecturers are very supportive and have been great with the online learning, very understanding of technology issues (e.g. if your mic isn't working, if your internet keeps cutting out). Lectures are recorded as well to re-watch later which is great. Academic advisors (tutors) really do care about their students. I have a hidden disability and the support from my AA has been second to none, he's always there for me and asking how he can help/contacting relevant departments if needed.
The library is great, there are individual study rooms on the top floor in the silent area with enough space for your laptop, a book stand and books, all of the computers are up to date with the latest OS and there's a choice of Macs downstairs, the librarians are really helpful and knowledgeable. The library system will also automatically renew your books and let you know if you have to bring them back when another student has reserved them online. The teaching rooms are really spacious as well which has been good for social distancing.
My academic advisor has been really helpful and the disability team are great here too, they drew up a form for me after I informed them that I had a hidden disability and provided a letter from my doctor. They were able to get me priority housing to suit my needs so I was guaranteed a room on campus with my own bathroom. The wellbeing has been okay but I had some pretty serious issues with my housemates this year where I was repeatedly being bullied (online and in person) for being trans and disabled, it was really difficult to get some help with that and I never received an apology from my housemates which was really disappointing as they had promised to take action but nothing came of it. I was really upset and distressed being bullied in my own flat and I'm frustrated that they didn't even tell my housemates the effect it had been having on me or try to rectify the situation - my housemates weren't even sanctioned despite accommodation policies saying that they took bullying very seriously.
I wish someone told me all this before I went because I had never been so excited to go somewhere and been so disappointed. Just feel like a waste of a year and waste of my money.
From day one they have told all of us how we won’t make it as actors, making us second guess picking the course and instead told us how we will be nothing but camera crew if even that.
The question is the support good, there would have to be support put in place for me to even judge it. Me and a numerous of other student felt like we were sold this dream on open day of how it’s like a family and everyone’s always here, it was the complete opposite and as the weeks went by it became more and more clear we were sold lies. I did acting for film and I was told we would have access to high tech equipment get to work on sets learn all these amazing things 95% of our lessons were sat in a basic run down class room not even a drama room. Where we went over the same scripts for a month straight. In our other lessons that were promised to teach us amazing skills we were doing yoga and acting like animals, and I mean literally I had to act like a penguin for 15 mins one lesson. One word to describe everything is brain numbing. A 5 year old could do this it’s not a degree.
The computers are extremely slow, so if you go bring your own. There isn’t any other facilities.
Everytime we went to student Union they were biased with the Uni and supporting them more than us. The student Union president didn’t make sense or looked like he cared half the time we spoke to him. Looked like he just wanted to get rid of us to get on with his day.
Overall, the average weekly lessons are exactly that, average. There’s nothing too special about them. But the productions and intensive modules are amazing. When you get the chance to work on a full scale set with industry professionals it’s absolutely amazing. The facilities you get here are brilliant, they provide you with an enormous green screen room and all of the lessons you could possibly need to use it. Not to mention the huge amount of high end equipment available to students to use in their films. I personally think some of the experiences here are absolutely worth it. It’s a pretty good uni.
Teaching hours and contact hours are minimal. It would be great to have more time in practical lessons. When they were on, online lectures just weren’t it, we could barely do any acting or use the software/hardware needed for our technological studies.
Everyone is so friendly and supportive and all the staff are very positive which has given an amazing experience so far. We have lots of opportunities given to us for work within the university as student ambassadors.
We are already being given opportunities for work and help from the careers team during first year
All of the tutors are incredibly supportive and positive. Most of our classes have been in person with only the 3 essay based modules online
The department has amazing facilities with plenty of practice rooms and equipment to use
There is support for any problem you may have and everyone is willing to help if you need it
I am happy with my choice of study and I quite enjoy my course. Lecturers are very friendly and supportive too. However, I expect more access of the library resources.
Blended learning, Lecturers are very knowledgeable, experienced and supportive. Lecturers are easily approachable