Very helpful lectures & tutors, but I would have preferred more smaller & interactive lectures rather than just being talked at. But coursework feedback was very helpful for the most part. Exams seemed kind of redundant because they were all open book and online, aside from the philosophy exam I did which was essay-based and hence I actually needed to properly prepare for it as I couldn’t just use notes to do well in the exam. Very good facilities, the gym is really good, but the library is a bit small and dull for such a big university.
Very useful workplace learning course, has taught me how to write a good CV, cover letter, do well in an interview, etc
Helpful feedback on coursework, tutors very helpful & available, but exams are all open book and online which feels sorta pointless.
Very good gym, good library but cld be bigger
Good, but I personally haven’t had much need for this type of support. But they have things like student nightline, etc, and send emails with info in about getting help
COVID-19 made my learning experience extremely isolated and distant; however, the university did a relatively okay job at making this year more convenient for its students. They have great facilities and employability prospects, so I look forward to my next two years. Interested to see how my experience changes with the introduction of in person classes.
Being in the business school, Exeter have provided several career building workshops. If i wished to, I could attend a new one nearly every week or two weeks given the frequency of them. I will be using these resources a lot more in my second and third year, but i was really impressed by their guest speakers and informative workshops about internships and job prospects.
Online tutorials had little to no interaction and it was primarily recapping everything in pre-recorded lectures. Very little effort to keep students engaged and enthusiastic. Teaching hours were less than I expected, but average for a typical UK university.
Wasn’t able to take full advantage of all the services and facilities due to COVID-19; however, the facilities i did get a chance to use were really helpful. For example, the university’s online service which enables you to upload your essays beforehand for a chance to receive feedback on grammar, structure, coherence. It also had a vast library (both online and physical- with 3 floors).
Compared to what they promised, I was extremely underwhelmed. I did approach them once and they replied saying they were able to find me someone to talk to but the earliest slot was two weeks later. By that time, my problem had already resolved itself. However, they were extremely helpful with deadline extensions due to reasons relating to mental wellbeing, COVID-19, or other difficult circumstances.
Overall, it feels a little pointless to be paying so much for online classes. Understandably, lecturers and staff need to be paid, but while the university has done its best during these time, it feels like very little value for money.
The online classes were alright, as was the contact with tutors available, but more hours could have been spent being in contact, it sometimes felt like you weren’t a part of the uni with how little contact hours there were
My overall experience was pretty poor this year but that was almost entirely due to covid and remote learning. I am confident that had the year been in person it would have been better value overall.
So many resources for career services.
I blame the extent of the poor lectures on covid. I don’t think professors were prepared enough to change their teaching styles for online learning and for that reason teaching was not very effective.
Very well prepared for covid precautions. Otherwise amazing campus.
Student Information Desk takes 2-3 weeks to respond to communications. They really could have done with hiring more employees especially due to the higher volume because of covid. Otherwise professors are pretty efficient.
Despite the lockdown taking away much of what our university experience should have been, the university has brought their all, making the overall experience an excellent one. The teaching quality is outstanding, and I have been very lucky with the seminar leaders that I have ended up with. I would highly recommend Exeter university and the course specifically to other prospective students. I have thoroughly enjoyed myself and it has completely opened my eyes to so much of the world (particularly in terms of history, minorities and areas of critical theory). Bring on year two!
I have had a module dedicated to prospective career opportunities, during which we had an entire activity day on this, with tasks tailored to our personal goals etc.
This year my course has been online. I had six modules in total (three per term). For each module, I have an hours worth of lectures per week and an hour’s worth of seminars (on Zoom) per week. In term two, the duration of one of these seminars moved up to 1.3 hours. I then had at least two 30 minutes private tutorials with each of my tutors per terms. These are all ordinarily in-person, but I only had four seminars in-person in term one, as the virus disallowed the continuation of in-person teaching. So, the university tried its utmost to have blended education as balanced as possible, but when it became fully online, teaching certainly made up for it.
The library is excellent, extensive and the staff are very efficient and jump at the opportunity to help you. When I accessed the library online and had a question, I used the texting feature to communicate with a staff member, and I got an instant response. The only issue I have with the online resources is that some texts have in-person copies but do not online versions; this proved problematic when home during the lockdown. The study spaces are endless, and there are always facilities available. I still have uncovered all of them! During the lockdown, they were fully staffed and very well organised. The restaurants and university pubs are also brilliant, with highly efficient staff. The food is excellent too, and you can get a cheap good quality pint! In terms of equipment hire, I can only think of books for English. The library has a system that informs you whether the text you want is available or currently taken out for hire. However, there are usually several copies available at the library, and, if not, there will most likely be an online copy.
I lost a family member over the Christmas break to coronavirus, and all my seminar leaders, as well as my tutor, offered many mental health support groups, people to talk to, as well as exceptional circumstances for my January essays and exams. Having dyslexia, I was always given extra time in exams and the university were efficient in helping sort this.
I feel disconnected from the university and the experience as a result of this year. This year had not been a positive experience and myself, along with many of my friends feel as though we have barely/just about got by.
The courses in the first term were engaging despite being online, however term 2 courses seemed like they had no direction and weren't fit for online study. The feedback from coursework was poor as one word feedback is not adequete to improve on your work, yet this did improve to a paragraph on modules further on in the course. The lecturers responded quickly to emails and empathised with the struggle of online teaching. I did not know before enrolling that term 3 did not consist of any taught content which is very disappointing and seems a waste of a term especially when doing work online.
All online this year, although promised a blend of online and in-person teaching.
Unsure as was only there for a month as started studying at home.
Overall experience has been great. Societies are an integral part of the Exeter university life. Evryone is very welcoming during freshers week. This year has been difficult in terms of organising events and meeting people but the university has put a lot of effort. It;s a relly nice institute and the city is brilliant as well. Very student vibes and perfect for someone who likes to walk/cycle to places.
career services and employability are really enhanced in this university, plenty of resources to gather up information
Online, 2 lectures per module on average per week, contact with tutors is satisfactory.
facilities are brilliant and very clean
wellbeing services could be improved but it has been a tough year...
Alright. Covid, there was a bomb scare and I got out of my accommodation (to Newton Abbott). Other than that uneventful, next year will definitely be better. Not worth the money - sorry. 2020-2021 education would not recommend to a friend or mild acquaintance.
Been to lots of career events regarding drama. Stuff regarding becoming an actor is a bit limited, but hearing about other options was really helpful.
With this Covid year it's been online. Drama was online, it was strange but easily adaptable (but not the same). English was an online and was very different, it felt less personal. Whilst it was the same contact hours (as they told us) - it was not the same, and arguably not the same level of teaching/support.
I assumed the facilities were good, but haven't been able to use them, everything's online. The online library was helpful.
It's there if I need it. I haven't needed to use it, that's why I'd give it 3 stars because I don't know if its necessarily good or not.
Overall I love uni but this year was not worth it online as I do not have seminars so all my lectures were shorter videos than I would’ve got had it been in person