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Joining during covid, so not having the ability to meet new people as I lived at home.
Liked coming in 1/2 times a week, as reaching in person I find a lot better than online.
Library is brilliant, has a wealth of seating area, is kept very warm during winter months. That being said the staff at the LCR are not brilliant. And some of the admin side of things can take weeks to resolve.
My course in particular has had very very little contact time, this isnt something that ive minded as I like to work independently, but for my 2nd and 3rd year, I have had 6 contact hours a week, 6 hours a week for over £9,000
The town is brilliant, great diversity of all walks of people. In general it very safe I havent had any issues in my time here
Was put in a very anti-social hall when i clearly specified i wanted a social hall, as a result non of my flat liked me so was ostracising for me. Accommodation itself was brilliant though, kept very clean and safe at all times.
Worst - pebble pad
The accommodation is fairly old and isn’t as nice as a lot of other universities.
There aren’t many engineering related facilities compared to what I’ve seen at other universities
Norwich is quite a small city but it’s peaceful and very safe usually
The kitchen was small for 12 of us and we had no living room so our only shared room was the kitchen which had a small bench and 4 plastic chairs with 2 wooden tables pushed together
The best is highly natural surrounding of the campus - lake, forests, fields, a lot of animals everywhere. Amazing, picturesque environment with a lot of outdoors activities and place to walk. Research facilities in the field of science are one of the greatest in the UK. You receive all you need to successfully complete your research in chemistry, pharmacy, biology, etc., as well as help in managing the equipment. Drawbacks concerns student accomodation. Some rooms' aspects interfere with comfortable everyday activities, e.g. always closing fire doors, out of order lifts, safety locks on windows (imagine to live there in summer), inability to access the hoover due to the safety reasons (it will surely suck you in!), absence of 24/7 working medical emergency unit (if the accident happen at the weekend, you will have to take a taxi to the hospital, though the university emergency team will help you with quick first help). Good side of accommodation is noise-proof (except from noisy drunk students, who you can hear from windows).
Course is divided on two parts - first taught semester and second research one. Second is good, you just doing the research you prefer with chosen supervisor. The first semester is quite scarse in material as for me. I'd prefer more lectures, more detailed talks on every group of natural products, discussions on latest discoveries and more practicals. There are 3 modules with pretty much practicals, but they could be organised tightly and few more of them introduced, e.g. snake milking, tissue culture growing, etc. Also, detailed workshops on how to use analytical equipment (e.g. NMR) are preferable to be compulsory. In general, good practical side, but more learning activities needed.
Great support all round
The lack of recognition for the course and role
The campus is stunning and I think it does a great job of creating a community. I do think that the campus accommodation needs updating, particularly the village accommodation
I think the range of the course is really good and the different modules that you can take are very compelling. However, in the first term I think that the performances should have been more text based.
I love the city but the transportation can be unreliable.
I think my university accommodation misses out on a lot of basics that the other rooms which you have to pay £30 more per week for have.
Best: great location, close to the countryside
Online learning :(
-if you like the city it’s a real change of environment -transport is difficult -some modern areas -alright sports facilities -vibrant night life with various clubbing events
-law buildings are at the far end of campus -feels like you don’t get enough contact time with lecturers and seminar leaders -great job prospects and lots of info on opportunities within the uni and the community
The university grounds are beautiful, lovely places to walk and chill with friends. The buildings and classrooms are sometimes outdated but it helps give the university personality. The food on campus is generally good, and the coffee is great! All the staff who work on campus are lovely as well. The university is a great place to meet new peope, and do activities that you enjoy, with the many clubs and societies there is something for everyone. The library is a fantastic place to study and they have a great choice of books both in the library and online, the library staff and very helpful as well. He library is set out great so you can chat to your friends and grab a coffee whilst working or sit in a quiet area to focus. There is alot to do and see around campus, it is easy to access whether by bus, car, park or ride. If you live close its a nice walk or bike ride. The students support has been great so far, chances to catch up with your personal advisors and places to go if you need extra help or support. Brilliant atmosphere and brilliant place to learn. But as stated before some buildings and classrooms can do with being updated as some parts look very washed out and old.
The tutors are great, they are clear and accurate with what is being taught. Always an email away if you need help. Now alot on learning is getting back to face to face it is alot better. But the online learning was as good as it can be apart from when we had to use break out rooms as they never seemed to work well or people were not engaging. The lectures are a good length and are planned well, it would be nice to not have as many breaks between sometimes. Sometimes there is mixed communication across a cohort where one class is told one thing and another class is told another but it usually resolves itself.
The university is located so it can be accessed by most modes of transport, but the buses do not always arrive on time. The park and ride is great for drivers. The car park is very expensive and not worth paying for. Norwich itself is a short bus ride or around an hours walk away is a lovely city with alot of history and great deals and activities for university students.