Excellent. I've previously studied with other universities and by far University of Cumbria is the best. The overall experience is very satisfying and I feel nurtured and supported.
Uni is pro-active
Lectures are very interesting and interactive, not death by powerpoint
I think they are very active and involved in activities and student opportunities
Very good, lots of opportunities
I have regular meeting with my PT and good support from well-being team
So far uni has been very fun and has taught me a huge amount of skills and information that will be useful in the future but has also made me more confident in day to day life
My uni allows me to go out on trips and learn how do use the skills they teach me about in lectures
My course is great, the trips and lab sessions are the best. Some lectures can be a little confusing sometimes
The facilities and student reps are great and are very accomadating for student needs
The university has amazing facilities all around the campus
It's very close to several shops and the shopping centre
There are many societies and sports around the campus, however there could be more variety in them
There is lots of support offered by my uni, in both academic and personal sense, any issues can be heard and dealt with by several different people at uni
I am really enjoying my university experience, I am loving my course and I cannot wait to finish my first year and carry on with my journey of becoming a teacher. I would recommend anyone to come to the university of Cumbria as I feel like they care about their students and will push you to do your best.
It is really great, I have placement for my teaching degree and it is a 10 minute drive from my house it is great and also they put a huge emphasis on teaching you the skills you will need for future work.
Most - I love how small the groups are, there are 50 people doing our course and we are in 2 groups of 25 which is amazing. Many other universities have hundreds of people and I feel that having such a small knit group you really get a lot of support off of the tutors, they are always trying to help. Least - Nothing. I love my course it is taught amazingly.
It is excellent, if there is any issues I know I could go to them for anything, they are also in an easy to find place right in the main reception building which is very handy also.
They are great, very modern and clean, can't fault them.
Yes, my university is just a 10 minute walk into the town centre and to food shops. The accommodation, although I don't live there, is a 1 minute walk from the university, it is on the universities grounds which is so so handy.
The university has so many sports and societies with a huge range, anyone will find something they enjoy.
Academically the support is great, all of my tutors are ready to help whenever I need it and we also get specific feedback which helps a lot with improving your work. The emotional and personal support, although I've not had to use it yet, sounds very good and they have a good system in place.
Good experience, average university - very small. Small class sizes, tutors get to know you personally. I've enjoyed my time here and the course is a good one.
Very good work placements throughout the course with different opportunities available. Huge opportunity to develop your transferable skills
Good amount of lectures planned weekly- around 3/4 sessions a week. I didn't like the format of the lectures - classroom based and constantly doing group work and presenting to the class etc.
Poor, no decent student bar on site.
Average, nothing special. Good library but limited 'private' study spaces to book.
Poor selection of societies, limited range and not a lot available
Counselling services are good. Some tutors are excellent, others are really difficult to get in contact with/ get a reply over email from. A lot of my emails are not replied to - having to email a couple times before you get a reply. In 3rd year this is very stressful.
The uni itself has been a bit of a letdown. The only thing that's made it worth it is making friends and going out (there's only one 'club' in Ambleside). There's no supermarket nearby, so you spend way too much money in tesco local or spar unless you have a car.
The conservation degrees have a placement year option, and try t do as much fieldwork as possible.
I like our lectures, we're just left to get on with the work, however, I hate the portfolios we have to submit with worksheets and drawings from each week - its like being at primary school. And the classes are too small.
There aren't really any facilities except a small cafe underneath the library, and the student union doesn't really do much.
Not the best. It's a small uni, and compared to the campus in carlisle or lancaster, it's a bit naff. I feel like it limits your learning and uni experience
What local amenities? :') All the uni accommodation is just across the road from campus, but it is a trek up the hill to lectures. It's only a 5 minute walk (if that) into the village.
There aren't any. Not in Ambleside. The only active society is the mountaineering society.
you get one meeting with your personal tutor each semester, and there is a counselling system in place, however it takes weeks for things to progress
I've really enjoyed it - I switched courses halfway through, because my interests had changed, and it couldn't have been easier. The extra-curricular is great, the location gives us the chance to really get out and do things...I much prefer it to a big city uni.
They put on qualifications at discounted rates, and tutors and lecturers are very knowledgeable about what we could do. They also notify us of work placements if they find them.
I like that we have different lecturers, that know different things; you get all the angles on a topic. We often learn outside, or on practicals, which makes the sessions more memorable.
The Student Union are not as helpful as they could be in terms of helping societies. They're a bit awkward, so often we make unofficial groups. I'm still not entirely sure what they do, after two years at the university.
The facilities are excellent. There are all-gender toilets, all facilities are regularly cleaned, and access is easy. The architecture and atmosphere is unique and welcoming. Because it's quite small, our uni doesn't have the biggest library, and the books are very topic specific - good for research, not great for alternative interests.
The university is extremely close to all of its accommodation. It's on the edge of a small town, which has shops, a church, a climbing wall, a pharmacy, and many other useful amenities. It's also in a beautiful location!
We make our own societies - there are several, although not all are advertised as broadly as they could be. The variety is very specific to course topics. The uni put on zumba, yoga and fitness classes last year, but have not this year, which is a shame.
There's lots of support offered, and tutors are always willing to chat about things (essays, personal troubles). Because it's such a small uni, your lecturers really get to know you, which is fantastic.
really hard i am not academic and its been hard starting again in my 40's. I have met some great people, i have found it difficult to always feel you have support from your tutors because of lack of them.
we have placements throughout our 3 year course but i feel we need more help in when we should start applying for jobs help with application forms our CPD record we need more help with its as its quite limited help for when we leave and go into first job
we are given lots of resources to look at and read up on, however in this 3rd year its a shambles. We have 3 assignments all due in March, too many presentations which take so much longer to complete than written work. I appreciate people may keave for other jobs but a lit of teaching staff have left in our 3rd yr causing less tutors to be able to approach for helpand advice
really we always know what is going on there are party nights groups etc
really good library plenty of areas computers and quiet areas lots of resources, good onsite cafe (when the coffee machine is actually working) food is a little expensive for students so i always take my own food
yes close to Lancaster centre and accommodation is on site
there is plenty to do in your spare time and they are advertised well
tutor feedback needs to be better formative assessments are useless i dont want peer feedback i want tutor feedback to use towards my summative assessment. Counselling services were good in my 1st yr I used them when i struggled with my mental health
Im in my third year and i feel extremely confident about further study and going in to employment. University has helped me reach life goals and feel more confident.
Work placements and careers advice
Love the information packed lectures.
Always room for improvements. And innovative approaches.
Extremely close less than a mile
A variety to choose from
There is always support for all areas of need
I would say that overall I am happy with my course, but perhaps is it a little underwhelming and I expected a little more from it before I started. I would perhaps encourage the uni to explore ways in which the course could become more practical, especially with such a practical job be nature.
Very little in the way of increasing our employability. Placements were taken off my course this year and little has been done to further our involvement in employability opportunities. I' not even sure if our uni has a careers department, if so, I have never been approached by them, whether that be email, in person or through our course leaders.
The best thing about our course is that those teaching on the course have on the job or at least some industry experience and offer a lot of support with our work. The worst thing is the lessons are often not engaging and lack group work, there are hardly ever any in lecture tasks and often follow the same style powerpoint every week
I feel underwhelmed with the Students Union at Cumbria Uni, again they mostly seem to be based at the Lancaster Campus and there is little engagement with our union. I honestly don't know who are union consists of or what they actually do.
I would say the library is very well stocked, and there are plenty of places to study, work and socialise on campus. There is a variety of classrooms and feel as though I could access any materials I need for my study. The toilets ae well maintain and the food facilities offers variety at a reasonable price.
Yes my accommodation is with a short walking distance of my uni campus, it is also with a short distance of key food shops, a gym. Again it is a 20 minute walking into the centre of the city, wich makes transport, like trains, easier.
There are very few societies that hold my interest and I would struggle to find anyone in a society at my university. I believe the Lancaster campus hold many of the sport teams, however, in Carlisle there is a lack of engagement with sport and opportunities to participate in sport.
My personal experience with support offered by the uni academically has been good, often our course leaders and very willing to help and offer support and guidance with a lot f different assignments. As of yet I have not needed personal/emotional support from the uni, but equally I don't actually know what facilities are available to me if I were needing that support
I have enjoyed my time at the University of Cumbria. Help was offered when coming back to education after a break and I have had no trouble with the work load etc.
My course has practical placements and plenty of activities during the course to help prepare us for work.
University is within walking distance to the centre, train station and places to eat etc.
I travelled over an hour to uni so isn't something I looked into.
The tutors have been excellent and are always helpful and on hand both academically and with personal issues.