It's not been the best, The course isn't great it looked better on paper, the atmosphere has been great but i can't say I haven't considered dropping out. I will stick it out too see if other years are better but if you can get into a higher university I recommend
The course introduces us to a lot in in computer science so we gain a good idea of everything. However, the course so far has been terrible for me. We have had exams if not every other week. After joining on the university on the 3/4th week in we had a progress test and that included our introduction week which we didn't have much lectures in. Some people haven't even done programming before so the exams are had for them. Some of the exam papers have a large amount of syntax errors, spelling mistakes and duplicate answers to MQs which makes us think is it was written in 15 minutes while the lecturer was eating dinner. there is a lot of cheating in our first year and not much has been done about it. we have seen people carry on writing or start writing way before and after exams have ended and the GLAs do nothing. we know of people who simply just copy exam papers and have gotten 80% in their exams and seem to get away with it as we are put in lecture rooms and its casual. we don't get much support on the course, the GLAs help assist us while they are doing their PHDs and don't know much about many of the topics we cover in labs. All of the modules are broken down into several exams and assignments and some are a joke. In java we have 3 2% Certificates which some of us spend a whole week trying to get our head around.
They are supportive but there help isn't always the best. For instance they helped split up courses into smaller exams rather than bigger exams which cause more stress. they are easy to access but i personally haven't spoken to them much
The computer labs are always accessible and there are shops and a lot on campus if needed. however the shops are very expensive, the food is very expensive.
The local life is good, the town is good and there are a lot of good bars around but the clubs like Atik isn't the best. There is a lot to do in town and lots of shops but you will have to get a bus or drive there as the walk can be over 30 mins.
I don't do much sport but the gym facilities are good. There is a lot of sports societies and societies in general.
The support isn't amazing I have friends who got no support at the uni and have to go into town to get help. You can email and see lecturers but they are often busy.
The first year was great, met new people, made memories! However I’m thinking about dropping out in my second year. It gets a long more difficult. Uni is a big decision and such a commitment. It’s not necessarily for everyone.
It promotes placement years (even if they’re not right for you). Has workshops for CV building skills and presentation skills etc, where are long winded, but useful in the long run.
I like that the power-points in lectures are available to view outside of the lecture, to make notes at home. However, sometimes it feels like the notes could just be made at home and a lecture is not neccessary. Some skills workshops are also not neccessary.
I don’t really pay attention to details, although I know the student Union hub is extremely useful for any problems you might have.
It has everything I could need. Doctors are very good.
Yes. It is really close to a 24 hour tesco, which is pretty much all you could need!
I don’t participate in them, however I know there is a great variety!
Very good. Although totally different atmosphere to secondary school. You don’t feel close to any member of staff, so you have to reach out if you need any help.
AMAZING! It's been a brilliant 2 years and I expect the 3rd to be fabulous too. I am really excited to get on with university this year and I have no regrets of my uni choice at all
We have careers fairs, people coming into lectures from the careers department about employment. And emails with stuff about jobs etc.
I love the lecture and the content. The way the lectures are taught with labs and taking part is really cool. There isn't much I don't like. Maybe the time it takes to get work back.
They are great. They made our library 24 hours. And when you need help they really do help you.
Brilliant. We have everything I need and more.
Colchester is great! So lovely
Societies are great and have rating and awards so you know how good they are. There is something for everyone.
Personal is brilliant. They did some serious improvement into this year. And tutors reply so fast and they are super amazing
Great! I moved away from home [Ireland to England] and was quite scared about being away from family and friends for the first time, but I've made a great group of friends and I'm really enjoying my time at university.
Careers Fair, many seminars and outside lectures that involve thought-provoking questions and themes, on-campus careers guidance and support
I like the small classes and seminars that allow for disucssion and debate, although I wish that more focus was put into peer-to-peer discussion in a way that would allow for more relationships to build
It's great! There's so many differnet social events - both for those who are more into a party scene, and for those who aren't, and there's a society for literally everything you could ever want!
Essex Uni is an on-campus uni, which is situated about 3-5 miles outside of the closest large town which can be frustrating, but the on-campus life is great so it doesn't make it a massive deal!
Good! There are many and they are of great quality, in my experience.
Good. All tutors and guides make themselves very known to you, and offer help at any given time.
I have struggled somewhat but the student union and my department have been amazing at supporting me and making sure that I keep up academically the only way they let themselves down is by making courses more accessible for mature stusents
They offer courses and support through the employability department and career hub as well as guiding you through application processes for placement years by matching you and sending you the placements that suit you best
I like that everything is accessible onlome but dislike that some of the course isn't relevant to us mature students
They are amazing, a real family there to support us and provide us with information, social spaces on campus, food and drink and they always listen to what students what and if suggestions are feasible try to implement them ASAP. For example they are looking at adding more vegan and vegetarian options to their outlets before we break for Christmas based on feedback recently had as well as providing training on bystander intervention for everyone on campus to hopefully make campus safer
I feel some of them a little run down but the SU is a charity so most upgrades are done based on last year's profits but all staff are amazing and treat you well and always serve you with a smile.
I personally love the city life there is everything you could need a bus ride away everything from budget stores to higher end stores as well as various supermrkets
There are a huge range of societies and clubs all are very welcoming and open to welcome anyone new. The sports teams are friendly and in general the clubs and societies aren't judgemental with a really good community feel ranging from learning new things with St John's which is amazing to add to your transcript through to things like Harry Potter society which is fun to share your love with someone else to make new friends
I feel the uni could do slightly better with how many people they have working for mental health support but all in all they support you the best they can with the resources they have
Felt like a member of the family. Uni made a great effort to make sure I settle in well. My lecturers are very supportive and I learn a lot Also I made many friends thanks to the societies and social events
Big essex award Workshops Skills for success lectures Private tutoring
We have listen again and all handouts are online. Lectures are motivated, active in research and international
Amazing! Make weekly surveys. Change is happening and they offer many things to get involved. Also jobs are offered
Modern and mostly new. Good equipped
Boring. Campus life is more exciting
Exciting, young and active
Both very personal and good. Many services offered
so far for town
Slightly dirty upon arrival, facilities left in bad condition (broken lights, stained carpet etc)
Furthest accommodation - close to strain station and tesco
Good so far, enjoying.
Law clinic offers experience
Long days, 5 days / week