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not really applicable I don't know enough to comment
Great - really useful and has led me to my dream job. I was lucky enough to be nominated for the Tedd Wragg award for my teacher training. I was very fortunate to be given such fantastic support throughout and thoroughly recommend this course.
Yes, emails regarding careers etc...
I liked the fact that it was learning on the job - staying at home while working. It was unfortunate that it was unpaid though.
Limited contact - distance learner
Distance learner - unknown
Studied distance - school direct
Unknown - distance learner
Easy to contact tutors - they have good subject knowledge and are very supportive throughout the course.
At the start, I really struggled, I'd had two years off between college and university and I found it very difficult to remember what I'd already learnt, let alone learn new things. I had ups and down throughout my degree. But in my final year I was really happy. I had learnt how to manage my stress better with support from the university. I also enjoyed having greater freedom in my module choices. I loved being a member of the Out of Doors Society, which I was on committee for as treasurer in my final year. I love the beautiful campus and city of Exeter. My graduation day was the best day of my life. Completing my degree will always be the hardest thing I do and my greatest achievement. The University of Exeter will always have a special place in my heart.
The career zone offers a variety events such as CV writing presentations, careers fairs and continued support after graduating, which could include one to one assistance.
The thing I liked the least is that since maths and physics are two different departments, they often didn't communicate with one another, so sometimes there were gaps in what I was expected to know but hadn't been taught and other times where content was repeated in both subjects. The thing I liked the most was the flexibility in module choices, enabling me to specialise and focus on my strengths.
The facilities are good, I don't have an opinion in terms of the student representation, which would probably means that could be an area to improve on.
I was very happy with the facilities.
Everything is within walking distance and the campus is beautiful.
There is a society for everyone with such a diverse range.
The support couldn't have been better. I had two personal tutors since I studied combined honours. In physics we had weekly, small group meetings to work collectively through problems and my maths tutor gave me weekly one to one meetings, during which time I could discuss any questions, both personal and academic. In my first and second years I used the university wellbeing services through whom I had CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy). This was invaluable to me as I was very close to leaving university having suffered from clinical anxiety and depression since I was 15 and CBT has played a huge role in getting me better and enabling me to finish my degree. Wellbeing also wrote me an ILP (Individual Learning Plan) to assist all academic staff in understanding my situation as well as offering advice as to how they could help, such as considering giving me extensions as appropriate and when required. I also had a strong relationship with my doctor who was at the Student Health Centre on campus. The university also has a Residence Life Team, who visited those living in halls on a weekly basis. I found it so beneficial to talk to more experienced students. I can't praise the support offered by my university enough, I believe that they went above and beyond to help me and I shall always be grateful, because I wouldn't have a First Class Degree and a Dean's Commendation for Outstanding Achievement without the support of my university.
It's been very good! It's a lovely part of the country to live in , people are very friendly, there are lots of activties to get involved with both within the university and with the local community. It's defintely a smaller campus in Cornwall so you have less societies but it wasn't really a problme for me.
Good. They make themselves available and have some good acitvities to participate in. Some more compulsory session would have been good. Learning about tax, pensions etc would be good too.
I liked the fieldtrips and the lecturers. I wish there had been more terrestrial conservation and food security modules.
Good. A swimming pool would be nice!
Yes it is.
There were a variety of societies, althougth their success was very much dependant on the committee at the time. Definitely not as many societies as in other universities, but we were a small campus.
Support is good. Counselling was a little difficult for me to get through. You really have to want to get in contact to get through.
I have now finished University but overall: 1. I loved the course itself, particularly in 2nd/3rd year when you had a lot of freedom as to what you wanted to study and specialise in. I ended up doing a lot of Philosophy of Mind modules so I became very knowledgeable on the subject by the end of my degree. 2. The campus itself is lovely and very green and it's easy to learn where everything is. Lots of cafes and places to sit in Summer. 3. The career zone is brilliant. 4. There's definitely a class issue, I think they need to actually widen participation and diversify the student faculty. I was myself from a less privileged background and often felt like an extreme minority, due to things like clothes, accent, possessions, etc. Exeter has a reputation for being full of posh, rich people and I'm not sure whether it's aware of this.
I found the career zone really helpful, they always run lots of workshops and one-to-one sessions that are all free - I used the career zone a lot in my third year in particular. Otherwise you have to be very independent with work placements and vacation schemes - I personally found that they weren't handed to you, although this seemed different in other disciplines (for example my friend does engineering and was offered a paid summer internship out of the blue, whilst I had to work very hard to secure work placements, vacation schemes and paid work). Therefore, I would say that it's all there, but you really do have to take a lot of responsibility in making the most of it as it isn't forced on you or even made clear most of the time.
I personally found the course the best thing about University. Most of my lecturers were very good, encouraged us to use their office hours, and seemed to care about our development. My tutor in particular was fantastic. I don't think this is the same for every discipline, but the Philosophy department is very good for this sort of thing, perhaps because it's relatively small and you get to know the lecturers on a first-name basis, unlike in other courses such as Engineering or Business Studies. I liked the freedom to pick each module in third year with no compulsory modules apart from my dissertation, so I could choose depending on who was teaching it, the content, etc. I could also control the exam/essay ratio so I could balance the amount of work I'd have through the year. More contact hours would have been better maybe as it was very dependent on you studying by yourself a lot of the time, but this does make sense, as Philosophy is a literature-heavy subject compared to STEM and you do need to spend a lot of time reading. This also allowed me to manage my time well and I was able to balance a part time job/work experience through second and third year.
I don't think that the Students' Union's presence was very well known and I wasn't sure what the Student Guild even was until my second year. It's difficult to see what they do/the impact they have, perhaps this needs to be made more visible somehow, and more interactive.
Good, although I would say it would be nicer to have some cheaper facilities like a mini Tesco/Asda and cheaper eateries as places like Pret a Manger are really only suitable for middle class students and aren't targeted towards less privileged students. I did find this a bit off-putting during my experience and felt less included and on the fringes of the student community, as I couldn't afford to eat or shop in these places and felt as though the University didn't care about providing cheaper options for me. I would usually just bring in a packed lunch or eat when I got home but having something a bit more affordable than Pret would be a good idea.
Yes, it's a good distance from the city centre and there are quite a lot of shops surrounding the area. I lived around thirty minutes (walking distance) away and was slightly closer to town than when I lived in halls, so this was also good.
I personally didn't get involved in sports societies due to the cost. They cost upwards of hundreds of pounds to join and maintain. There are a good mix of other societies but I didn't get involved in too many due to other commitments.
I never made use of the counselling department so I cannot speak for this. However the student GP on campus was excellent, and I went on several occasions. The academic support was faultless. My personal tutor was fantastic and was supportive in terms of my degree, career and any concerns I had in general. When I spoke to other lecturers about their courses they always seemed happy to speak about it and let me bounce ideas off of them. My grades definitely improved as a result and I'm so glad they were always really welcome and encouraging.
It’s been difficult due to personal circumstances but I have still thoroughly enjoyed my experience. I had to interrupt in my second year but the university was very accommodating and have helped me with the process
It’s only a 10/15 minute walk from the centre and most housing
Positive- all the lecturers have been positive and helpful to any issues. Despite that lots of the work is due all at the same time, the way that the course is laid out, makes it very clear what is required for each assignment.
There is a good careers department with easy one to one sessions available. They also run lots of interactive seminars about preparing to graduate. Many of the courses offer placements as either part of the degree or as an optional extra sandwich year.
I like that there is a good range of ways the course is taught for example, workshops, lectures, field courses and seminars, rather than just all lectures. I least how everything seems to come at the same time, all the modules tend to be squeezed into together with all the deadlines coinciding.
The presidents are very good at representing the students and have managed to create a lot of change that students have wanted.
Streatham campus facilities are very good. Penryn campus facilities are not as good, it has very good lab facilities but very lacking in terms of sports facilities.
Yes, all of the halls of residence are really close to the university, Asda is very close as well as the local village which has takeaways and a post office. Falmouth town is also only a short bus ride away, or you can even walk it if you want.
Variety of sports and societies are very good for a small campus. The streatham campus also has a very good range.
Feedback is really good, easy to contact lecturers and see them during office hours. Welfare team are improving.
It was great. Being in Cornwall made it. If it wasn't in Cornwall it would not get away with the lack of facilities and small/unseen SU. If they could develop this and get some uni sports infrastructure it would be better.
Career Zone is brilliant with lots of cool additional things to get involved with. Still being supported by them now as a graduate.
Pretty average. Never really engaged with them and events cancelled last min sometimes.
Good, modern new. Sports facilities lacking. Small gym on site that is overcrowded due to being open to locals too.
Okay. No good sports facilities on campus. Not even a football pitch/
Absolutely amazing! Now that I’ve graduated, I really miss Penryn campus. I had the best three years there and met some fantastic people. The course was really well structured and the location was beautiful.
Career Zone provided lots of opportunity to get careers advise. The Exeter award encouraged students to gain work experience and transferable skills. Career zone also organised compulsory sessions with students in academic time. It does work to increase employability if students engage with the career services.
Seminar group format-Small groups meant your lecturers actually know you and want you to succeed. It allows lots of support for academic work. More contact time for later in the course-By third year, I only had three hours in first term and six by my second term.
The Student Union (FXU) did handle things like the lecture strikes badly. Overall, they do an ok job. They definitely were better in my first year and by my third had gone downhill, failing to listen to the student voice and organising terrible events.
Very good! Lots of study space and always developing areas to improve
Penryn campus is just outside of Falmouth. It’s about a 15 minute bus journey to Falmouth itself & the university subsidises transport links between campus and town.
A fab variety of societies and sports teams which increase each year through student demand.
Very good. As our campus was in Cornwall, student services provided an excellent personal support network of counselling. As our course was relatively small, our personal tutors regularly caught up with us and offered as much support as we needed. Garry, my personal tutor, was an excellent support throughout my time at Penryn!
Great experience so far, the course has been challenging but enjoyable and the sport on offer has been a great way to meet new people and socialise a lot. Exeter clubs are a bit dead though
Module for preparing for a year abroad
Most I like is the flexibility to choose modules, least is 8:30 lectures
I don’t have much to do or know much about it, facilities are quite good
The sports are great
Not sure about personal, academic is pretty solid