I have benefitted from gaining independence, but as for the academic experience, I wouldn't rate it that highly. It feels like learning is limited by poor communication and slightly unfeeling ways of treating staff and students.
They make a lot of social media posts about helping us, but it doesn't feel like it comes through. I received mentoring from careercentral for a few weeks which, whilst guiding me in who to network with, didn't help me to actually gain work experience or help me to work out what to do when I graduate.
There are some very passionate lecturers who are so inspiring and encourage you to take an interest in the subject. However, this is completely let down by the assessment process being patchy. The lack of contact hours does not justify the tuition fees. I found it hard to get confirmation of what was expected of me, sometimes receiving very vague/no feedback.
Okay at first but often don't follow up after if you need their help with making a complaint. They're underfunded because the uni overcharge them
My first year accommodation was awful, but they have now closed that block down. My main issue would be the lack of support in finding safe places to live off campus. Whilst the area is really nice, there are a lot of dodgy landlords out there who just scam students and we don't have anyone at the uni to help when things go wrong.
It's quite well equipped. There's a sportspark, library, cafes and the lake to hang out near.
There are plenty of houses around campus
I heard it's good, I'm not a groups person.
You are given a tutor to speak to. I didn't really use this option, tbh I found it awkward to sit in a room with someone I didn't know and be expected to tell them if I was unhappy. Some lecturers were great at feedback...some didn't give any.
So far it has been really good but there has obviously been negatives socially and being away from family and friends but I have learnt a lot about being independent and from my course.
There is a careers centre which I have never been to and there are yearly careers fairs as well as lectures about employability at least once a semester.
I like the number of contact hours because it keeps me occupied and there is less independent work set. However, it would be better if they were recorded because sometimes they're hard and the lecturers go fast so it is hard to catch up. It would also help if they weren't late on a Friday.
I do not know what the SU does or what they have done this year which is not good. The hive is our SU building and I think its nice but there could be more social spaces.
It is quite safe but we did have someone break in the other weak and many random people can be found in the flat that we don't know. so it could definitely be safer. The location is very good because it looks out onto the lake and fields and is a less than five minute walk to any lectures or to the centre of campus. The cost is very reasonable as it is one of the cheapest on campus.
They're quite basic. It would be better if there were more social spaces that weren't food orientated or the library. But there is a bank and shops which are good.
Yes. There is a bus to town and the railway station which is really good and there is a lot of accommodation nearby for next year.
I wish there were more societies that interested me because I am in two but they never really do anything so it's not very social. I do not take part in sports because I find it too intimidating and expensive.
The feedback is quite short and basic and doesn't really allow any help on what to do next. I have only met up with my advisor 3 times and probably wont until I have to. I think there needs to be more help for wellbeing as I don't know how to access it or where it is.
It has been good, I have made a lot of friends and found my personality as an individual as well. I have had a lot work transferable skills from various work experiences at uni and outside university. I have been able to learn how network and look for my dream career job
They are very good with this, they promote it everywhere and make sure we all get work experience to gain work skills even if they have to offer jobs on campus too
I like the teaching and how they pay more attention for work life but it will be great if we had more placements to experience it more real life
Hmm, they could actually do better I think. But they are trying their best and I know it is quite hard for them to get funding and being free from the university without input
Very good, we have enough study space which include the library and outside library. Our laboratories are very modern and very equipped. Class rooms are very good and conducive for learning.
Yes I am close to everything on campus and just 20mins bus ride away from the city centre which I hardly go as most stores are local to the university
There’s a lot to do and join and I love how diverse it is
Very good, the support you get academically is next to none. They never let anyone fail, they work at each individual student pace and give constructive feedback related to the student individually
My university experience has been amazing. It has challenged me and pushed me to places I couldn't imagine going and taught me so much, not only in course content, but also in terms of personal and life skills. I've had a very enjoyable time and I can't wait for the next step
We have a career central, that is constantly promoting their services or opportunities. They have a good website and they hold annual lectures for each school to provide more information about graduate life, but also part-time work for the current time.
I like how there is a variety of ways we are taught (via lectures, seminars, discussions, self-study, clinically) which means it is easier to obtain knowledge. One drawback is that everything feels quite rushed, or that lectures sometimes don't need to be 50 minutes long for the content provided, so it is sometimes difficult to stay motivated to engage, especially after a long day of lectures.
The student's union is a good hub, and keeps students updated with anything relevant. It clear they work hard. The only drawback is the actual space in the student union building. It would be nice if there was more social space around to have lunch etc. Not just more places to study.
The facilities are good, but it is often busy on campus, so difficult to find a quiet place that isn't already full. The campus itself is large, and there are plenty of places to buy lunch. More water fountains would be appreciated, as well as longer opening times (some places stop serving around 4, whereas our busy schedule dictates that a coffee around this time would be really lovely, but aside from the main campus coffee shop, nothing is really open.
The university halls are on campus, and so are very close to where you spend most of your time. There are plenty of amenities around, but the only drawback is that it is a little bit of a trek to larger supermarkets, however the transport links are good. One downside to the university campus is that parking is difficult or expensive and there are further plans to reduce parking spaces in order to accomodate a new building so this is getting trickier. There is a park and ride that supplies the campus, but this is located on the outskirts of the city, so you have to drive past the university from the city to then bus back into campus. If you chose to cycle this isn't a proplem, only that there arn't many sheltered bike parking spaces so you may get a wet seat
There is a huge variety of societies, and sports is definitely a focus of the university. I have been part of many societies and hd a great time. There is always plenty to do and plenty of people with similar interests, you just need to have the confidence to explore all of them.
There is readily available support from multiple avenues. Most tutors give feedback and are happy to expand and sit and talk through with you.
Overall the university experience has been great - I've really enjoyed living on campus and I adore my course and the lecturers who teach it. UEA is such a safe and contained campus that you don't even need to leave the campus borders and you can still have a great time.
There are lots of employability workshops, at least in PPL, my school. And we're constantly told to go to Careers Central. The UEA award is also pretty interesting for cataloguing skills and experience.
I love the emphasis on seminars and group discussion that we have, the lecturers are extremely knowledgeable and even when students resist, they can get a debate started in class. The thing I like the least is how few contact hours a week we have, I understand the emphasis on independent learning but I currently have 2 contact hours a week at most, which is just not enough to feel sufficiently engaged.
Overall the Union's representation is quite good, there's lots of avenues for students to get involved - although once you first get in there, can feel a little cliquey as all the officers keep to themselves.
The facilities are great here - the library is amazing (although could do with a slightly more extensive contemporary fiction section). I've heard the gym and pool are good, quite good value for money. There's also even showers in some of the lecture buildings which is useful when the hot water is turned off at home!
Having a self-contained campus uni is by far one of the best aspects of UEA! If you live on campus, you're never more than a 10 minute walk from the shops, classes, library, bar or GP surgery.
Lots of lots of societies - maybe too many? The choice can be overwhelming.
Academic support is great, tutors are often very good at providing constructive and useful feedback. Personal support is improving, I know wait times for counselling have dropped significantly, but still have a looooooong way to go. Wait times of 3 months is still too high.
It has mostly exceeded my expectations and any that haven't usually have met them. The subject topics, structure, relevant opportunities, and student-staff rapport has been far better than I would have thought before going to university as every week is a different topic so boredom hasn't set in. Assignments are a generally welcoming challenge that support your learning and vary in summative style so for example if one person excels in essays while another person is good at posters, both types of assignments are available to help provide equal opportunities to succeed - it also helps improve your abilities in each. I suppose one of the only notable experiences that have met my expectations was my social life at university, which is still somewhat lacking however because I expected this I don't feel too left out and can work on it at my own pace as it typically takes me a while. Fortunately I still have a couple friends from back home as well as a great family life so I don't feel lonely.
Emails are sent to each of us regarding any either new or upcoming career opportunities, discussions with academics to help with networking, as well as schedules set up by the on-site MyCareerCentral organisation who can provide 1-to-1 or group talks for students at any year in their undergraduate or postgraduate studies.
Some lectures are a little too big and as a result feel a bit too scripted with not too much audience involvement. However, that seems to be only one lesson in an optional module I take and is by no means representative of the courses I am taught. The vast majority of courses are taught in either small lectures of about 40, or seminars in groups of 20 which I vastly prefer due to being more involved with subject matter, and the lecturer having more direct interaction with me which greatly helps with keeping interest and improving my academic abilities.
The Student Union sends at least one email per week to keep you up-to-date on it's activities, events, and opportunities to get involved with contributing towards its role in the university. The union helps to maintain the standard that students expect from the university and what they are paying their tuition fees for, and so are an excellent representative for issues that student/s might have with the university.
The buildings I study in are kept to a high standard and level of upkeep, as well as some lectures/seminars occurring in newly built or refurbished locations. Laundrette's however are a bit of a challenge as there is almost always at least one washing machine that is inoperable in seemingly every laundrette facility. These are run by the private company Circuit Laundry which is what many universities in the UK operate with, which can make it a bit unnecessarily complex for topping up balances and using machines.
I might have covered this in question 6 but to summarise yes, it is close to both subject buildings as well as laundrettes, shops, and recreational sites such as the campus lake and surrounding grounds, as well as the Sportspark.
Very varied. You are given a list on arrival of registered societies and sports where there are Society Fairs in Fresher's Week where you can investigate before signing up if you are interested. There are societies for many languages and cultures, hobbies and interests, as well as providing the opportunity for you to create and run your own society if you don't feel there is one that fits yours and other people's interests/lifestyles. Personally I haven't gotten involved with the sports available as it is not something I am too interested in, but the UEA has a very large sports sector called the Sportspark which, as far as I can tell, hosts loads of different sports.
Much like a lot of facilities and opportunities I've mentioned previously, support is communicated to students through regular emails on the university system which can keep you informed about any student support and wellbeing systems that you can access at any time. Academic support is extremely helpful and constructive as in my course there is a weekly optional drop-in session with my regular lecturer as part of my Foundation Year course. There is also plenty of physical and mental wellbeing support groups that are confidential (unless it is extremely serious or detrimental and then personal information is shared with the relevant staff) and supportive.
amazing! couldnt ask for any better. been in loads of performances which is great for my acting career, so so happy. met my soulmate within about 2 months - the sheer amount of people at uni means youll always make friends.
loads of careers events all year, amazing for that
lots of individual study time which is good for a busy schedule, but the lectures tend to reiterate whats in the reading
okay - they do all that is needed
library is amazing, lots of shops on campus, the mental health service is terrible
25 minute bus to the city centre, not too bad but not good if you are unable to walk long distances. cheap taxis though
Amazing! pantomine society is the best thing to ever happen to me. a bit annoying you have to pay for a membership for the societies but its quite a small amount
mental health is awful - tutors are always availiable to chat about academic stuff though
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at UEA, the city & campus are lovely-don't get put off by the initial feel of concrete! After 5yrs here I can definitely reccomend!
Carreers Central on campus offers a great service that helps you to improve your CV and practice interviews. my course in general offers opportunities to enhance my own personal skills.
I like that with most modules there are practical aspects to them which helps reenforce what I learn in lectures. Modules which require the learning of software use could use more support sessions offered.
I am not so sure about this, communication and organisation could be better. Currently having an issue as part of a committee society with sudden changes in health and saftey rules which we were not made aware of in advance of the changes.
I have little to compare it to as I have only fleetingly visited other uni's but I would say they are good, 4/5, room for improvement but no huge complaints. Maybe lower sams fees at the sports park would make more clubs more accessible to people though. For example I would love to go climbing regularly at the sports park but due to the large fees I don't. The facilities in themselves at the park though I would say are good, I would like to use them more.
Yes it is, I can easily walk to it from the house I rent and the buses are regular so it's easy to travel across the city.
I would say it's great - there's truely a society for everyone!
Tutors are willing to offer as much support as you are willing to ask for. In general most of the biology staff will always make time for a meeting with you, the hardest part may be just initially getting a response but from there they are happy to help. I don't know what councelling support my uni offers and what level of need you have to be in to use them.
Overall I have really enjoyed my time at the UEA. I can't imagine being anywhere else. The social life is good, the university has a very good community feel. I think there are areas for improvement, but many of the issues we are seeing do not stem from the university itself.
The university has a dedicated Careers Central that provides amazing help. Within my school we are also given a large amount of support (specific modules, points of contact, etc.)
The course content is very interesting - modules are generally well taught and the staff are very approachable. A negative would be the 'black box' of marking - there is a marking criteria but we are given little guidance on how to actually meet this.
The facilities are fairly standard - in terms of representation the UEA SU is fairly poor.
Pretty good! There's not much more I'd want to see.
Fairly - it is a campus university so it is a little away from the city. However, it is well connected to Norwich and there is plenty around the general university area.
The university has a huge range of clubs & societies - more than most other universities I have seen.
Feedback on coursework / exams can be lacking. Regarding the rest of the support offered, I would suggest it is very good.
I have enjoyed my time at university, however not as much as I would have expected to when I started. I am very poor, tired and stressed the majority of the time.
There is a dedicated careers adviser, but not many placement or internship opportunities are given
I like most that the modules are not year long, but i don't like that my course is heavily postgraduate taught as the quality of teaching often decreases
It could be better
Fine, new buildings are excellent but some of the older buildings are in desperate need of refurbishment and shouldn't be used
Yes, whilst being a bit out of the city it is well connected and there is still good amenities around
There is plenty of opportunities for students
Academic support i feel is poor, the academic adviser system does not work. the personal support needs work as it is underfunded