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UEA is in such a lovely area and the campus is absolutely beautiful. It has pretty much everything you could need on campus, and has good transport links for buses and coaches, and it's one bus ride away from Norwich train station. I haven't had much experience with the student support services but I've heard from friends that they're pretty good. The uni was pretty good with COVID precautions, with vaccinations being available on campus as well as free testing. At times it's apparent that it is a company and it could do with remembering that its main priority should be its students and staff over making money for the VC, but overall I'm happy here and I wouldn't change my decision.
I've enjoyed the course so far. I love seeing lecturers who are really enthusiastic about their subject, even when it seems niche to the rest of us. Moving to in person lectures has been done well this year, as generally every lecture is delivered in person as well as streamed online and recorded so 10/10 for that. I would say that sometimes the lectures and seminars (not including stats) seem a bit irrelevant to the summatives, so perhaps something could be rejigged in that department.
First of all, Norwich is absolutely beautiful. It's a city with a towny feel and I felt at home as soon as I got here. The move away from Oyster cards at home was a bit weird at first (honestly still is) but I soon figured out what to say to the bus drivers. Transport links are pretty good, getting around by bus is easy enough, if a bit more expensive than I expected. Uber doesn't exist here so nights out are generally synonymous with getting a taxi, but there are usually enough available that it's no real issue. Train links seem pretty good and both Megabus and National Express stop on campus. There's also a hospital right next to the uni if you have any serious drunken mishaps, and a medical centre on campus if it's less serious.
Living on campus was a pretty good experience for me. I lived there from Sep 2020-July 2021, so we suffered severely from COVID. I lived in Norfolk terrace ziggs. The double rooms weren't allowed due to COVID so I was living with 11 other people. Between us there was three toilets and two showers, one oven, two half fridges and three half freezers. Location-wise ziggs is really the best you can get, there's really no bad views onto the field and lake. At the end of the day I think it's the second cheapest accommodation available but it's really not bad value. Sharing toilets and showers isn't as big of a deal as you think it will be. Sharing a kitchen is the thing I didn't enjoy, particularly because my flatmates had a tendency for being extremely messy, but ours was the messiest flat I saw the entire year so I guess it's just who you get put with. I had a flatmate of mine move flats for a different issue and it was a really quick and easy process so if you do have any issues, it'll get sorted. Would recommend.
Overall, UEA is a very solid uni with good teaching, engaging lessons and good quality teaching labs. A particular highlight of the services UEA provides is the outstanding Student Services department which has helped me immensely throughout my course (doubtless it has helped many others too) with problems ranging from personal to academic. Another standout is the maths helpdesk as everyone there is incredibly friendly and helpful and can help you learn any maths topic, from GCSE to A-level and up, regardless of which course you're on. If I had to give a downside, I'd say that the architecture is some of the blandest this side of the USSR and the On-Campus food offerings are not great value for money. As well as this, certain lecturers can be particularly slow to upload lecture slides and the quality of your academic advisor varies from individual to individual (although they are generally incredibly helpful and responsive).
The Biochemistry course is generally very good at striking a balance between the pure chemistry and pure biology aspects of science, with first year providing an excellent foundation of knowledge from both schools. From second year onwards, you can lean more into one side or another with your module choices but both biological and chemical understanding continue to play a role in almost all modules throughout the course. While this does mean that there are fewer module choices than a pure bio or pure chem course, your knowledge base is broader than either course and will hopefully be applicable to a wider array of career options. While the in-person seminar sessions have been an incredible resource over the last few years, COVID has meant that group learning and teaching time have been massively reduced during my course. This will probably not be the case for future students. On the topic of COVID, UEA managed to pivot quite well into online teaching and has continued to keep the vast majority of lectures both online and in-person even after the end of lockdown. This has been invaluable for revision and catching up on missed content (as well as attending when ill of course) and is something I hope is carried forward.
A pretty good ensuite room with shared kitchen/living space. Every room has a reasonable desk and just enough storage space for clothes and personal effects. Internet is mostly stable but heavily throttles large downloads and the showers were incredibly reliable. The major downside to floor 1 is the singular combination microwave/oven which uses possibly the worst interface and timing system I've ever seen, although the hob, surfaces and sink are all perfectly serviceable. Everything is cleaned once a week (unless it's ridiculously untidy in the kitchen) and overall quality of the rooms is generally high (so long as you don't mind the the hotel sized single bedroom).
It is a great place to study in terms of the campus facilities and activities on offer. There is so much to get involved in whatever your interests may be. There is a good bus network into the city, but it would do with being easier to access, such as better parking options on campus. There is also a lot of walking required as it's a very large campus which is difficult for a lot of people with disabilities.
The course is good as you can learn online for a lot of it which I find much easier to engage with. However, there is too much that requires in person attendance which is difficult for a lot of people. I think it should all be accessible online or remote as an option for people.
Good bus to city but not good bus to local student housing - especially dereham road
I’ve really enjoyed my time here. The campus is massive and is built I’ve a beautiful landscape. it’s in a city that’s relatively small so everything is near you. Student life is good people here are very chill but inside they played better music in the popular clubs.support is given but you have to really struggle to get it which is not great. The facilities are very well equipped and taken care off. There is always technical support if something goes wrong. If you do sciences you will love the labs.
the course I’m doing is very engaging and lectures are happy to help and reply to emails fairly quickly. Some lecturers are the exception. in my course there is no work placements. There are a few internships but that’s it .you can try and work with the university after your degree and could land in a good position.
Norwich, the university's place is quiet and relaxed, for instance, it is ideal for focusing and studying, giving you a relaxation sensation. In addition, the UEA campus is surrounded by parks and a lake, giving you a perfect place to go in-depth in your study period without worrying about the noisy and stressful moments of big cities. In addition, UEA offers a great team of well-being and teaching supporters; for instance, you can get advice and help in different circumstances. If there is something to improve at UEA is the module contents. I've been working for 8 years abroad, and I found them very theoretical and, most of the time, don't are related to real job experience. Maybe a short-term solution is implementing more workshops proposed by external organizations interested in hiring students.
The significant aspect of UEA teaching is most of the courses have been taught in person in our current period, 2021-2022. The professors and the staff have been supported students to fix themself to the blending learning in some courses. In addition, the professors have an exciting research background and our commitment to helping as much as possible international students.
The halls are comfortable, clean and fulfil the COVID biosecurity requirements.
Best aspects are the placements provided. Worst aspects are changing the timetable and not making the students aware. As well as not asking students opinions on online/face to face teaching
Best is only coming into university for practical sessions, splitting the group into smaller ones and being wary of covid and applying restrictions. Worst is telling students that the course will be mainly online for the foreseeable so students can arrange accommodation. So students moved home and then find out they are in 3x a week and gave no warning. Which increased student expenditure.
The lake is beautiful and the people are lovey, they understood my dyslexia and help me in ways I need.
Teachers are great at getting involved with what they love, there very passionate
I feel the support for disabilities and SpLD is of a high standard and the university is accessible for mature students. There are lots of opportunities to get involved and a great mature student/post grad bar! The food is expensive for a student based campus and is not of a high enough quality to explain the price. Attendance is an issue this year and I think more could be done to reach out to individuals to explain expectations for behaviour, rather than a blanket approach.
My lecturers are passionate and are either still practising, researching and keeping up with the literature. This makes learning from them easier and I respect them, while feeling like they respect me. We have guest lecturers who bring real world information into the classroom too. We also have access to an anatomy lab where we have dissection classes to reinforce our anatomy learning. The course was planned this year off the back of COVID so can feel a bit disjointed at times or not taken as seriously by other students if classes are online. The course does feel oversubscribed but has got better as the year has progressed and more staff have been brought in.
I was a resident before going to university here. There is campus security and the student accommodation is near by but I have not experienced it as I live elsewhere. Prices everywhere are high, not just here. The bus service is expensive and unreliable. The university could maybe put pressure on them to be better.
It is a great balance between a campus and city uni. Living on campus first year is definitely the way to go, I met some great friends in my accommodation and campus in the summer is beautiful. It is a very industrial looking university, but for the sciences the new science block is modern and nice to work in. The campus has good links to the city through bus services that only take 10-15 minutes. The city is lovely and friendly too! The only thing that is negative I have heard from friends is the lack of support in the pharmacology course. They have effectively had open university in the last year (after covid restrictions have been lifted and most courses are back to being in person) expected to teach themselves with very little in person teaching.
The biomedicine course is well structured and allows for a lot of depth in very niche but up to date research topics. It’s a very varied course and the lecturers are passionate about their subject. Final year projects give a chance to experience real lab work and some of the projects are well structured and supported. It is taught in a blended way, all of the lectures are held in person but streamed online at the same time, meaning everyone can access the content wherever they are. The lectures are also recorded, which is great for revisiting content for revision and exams. Currently all exams have been open book and online due to covid but I don’t know if this will continue after this year.
The campus and city are only a 10-15 minute bus journey away from each other. It’s nice that the university is separate to the city as it provides a safe and supportive environment to study. The city is still lovely and lively, with lots to do in the three plus years you spend here. Lots of local independent coffee shops, fresh food at the market and great views over the whole city at moushold heath.
Honestly I think this is the best accommodation on campus. It’s so central on the campus, only a couple of minute walk to basically everything on campus. You share a flat with 11 others, which is great as you are bound to get on with some of them. The kitchen can be a little chaotic as a result but the cleaners are absolutely lovely and they look after you! The rooms all look out onto the broad and lake, keeping the rooms nice and warm all year round and in the summer the broad is perfect for playing games, relaxing and drinking with friends just a stones throw from home.
The general campus has everything you need, and accessibility is excellent (both on campus and to local amenities/transport to city centre). The university has a friendly and approachable feel, and the staff have always been ready to help and support me through my course. There has been a small issue of marks not being returned on time or the date of returned marks being pushed back, and this could be improved.
The course content appeals to a wide audience, showing some variations so everyone can learn something that appeals to them. The practical work encourages personalisation and unique approaches. This year, we have dealt with online lectures and in-person seminars, which has worked really well has you are able to focus on the content being taught and go back to it online whilst still getting contact time and interaction during the more practical seminars
Everything is really accessible (transport links, supermarkets, amenities) and the location is beautiful. Being just outside the main city means more open and natural spaces, with the campus being like a town in itself. Because it is on a main route in/out of Norwich, the traffic can get bad.
The location is great as it’s only a short walk to campus, and you’re not right in the centre of everything. The flat comes with everything you need and is a suitable size. Supermarkets are roughly only 15 minutes away. Some of the finishing touches on the rooms were rough, and sometimes it can get loud from other flats or the road traffic (obviously depends and is unavoidable most of the time). The internet had some issues earlier on in the year, and could use some work to make accesibility easier and more reliable.