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2022 WUSCA winners
Great atmosphere, campus facilities feel dated
Too little personal interaction time, more hours in lectures please
First year was fab, loved the whole energy of the campus and activities. Every day had something going on and felt part of a community. All changed after covid! Felt disconnected ever since and lectures not what they were.
After covid all lectures were online and frankly not good. Back on campus and we only have one 3 hour “lecture” a week which feels rather pointless as we learn nothing. Tutor are very nice but feel like friends more than education providers. Assessments are not well guided, some information is provided a day or two before the deadline, often after I’ve submitted it, which is unacceptable. Overall covid has made the course worse but in third year seems to not have changed much anyway.
The teachers are relatable and approachable with extremely varied conversation throughout class. Every topic is interesting and engaging with indepth resources provided. I wouldn't choose another university being here, I enjoy what we do and the content we work with. Another scanner or two would be useful but other than that everything is as it should be.
The content is engaging and in-depth, so recordings of every lecture to review would be useful. The contact I receive is good, my tutors instigate tutor time towards the end of the year but consistent every maybe triweekly ten minute catch up/class presenting would enable better understanding into what stage we're at and overall class engagement. Unfortunately, I think covid made it harder for the class to connect as a communicative network because online made that difficult. Maybe more engaging activities which allow us to interact in independent groups would allow us to integrate better, we always do better when we discuss each others work and strengthen groupwork skills in our given career.
Very arty and welcoming with a nice blend of wealth and student living. Good food places and coffee shops which fun shops and experiences. Located beautifully to the Cotswolds if you enjoy nature especially., Many more food sharing programmes to improve student interaction and sustainability within food and community. Better public transport maps and also improved student routes to larger networking stations.
I liked the community but covid made it hard for us. So it wasn't the full experience at all. Nice staff and I personally loved my room, it had a lovely view and it was a nice size but the price was extortionate for £650 a month for a lower end room. Needed to be more affordable and for people who don't like walking through parks it was a long way to town centre.
The best aspect of UoG is how the university strives to ensure that every student succeeds. The facilities and teaching staff available are fantastic, and better than universities far higher in rankings in some cases.
The course is taught in-person, three or four hour sessions, four days a week, with this expecting to be matched in time around this. It can be quite full-on at times, but there are no exams, with everything being marked by assessment. There is a large library available at each campus with all course resources available (which helps to keep the cost of book purchasing down), all lecturers have agreed contact hours, and in my experience do not necessarily restrict themselves to this, and are as helpful as they can be.
The nightlife is great and has plenty of variety, while also having close transport links to several larger cities too. There are plenty of restaurants and more opening all the time. There are lots of shopping opportunities and the town also has some quieter areas such as parks, bowling alleys, cinemas and darts clubs for people that are less interested in traditional nightlife. The only issue is that going out during the race week is nearly impossible, and very expensive if you do
The halls rooms themselves are nice, if a little small, and have en-suites. The kitchen is a little cramped, and space can be a premium when sharing with 9 others on a floor, however, there is a TV and sofa in there, which makes it easier to socialise with flatmates in the first few days
University provides great facilities and is located in a great accessible area. Wide range of courses to meet everyone’s needs. Would recommend to study here!
The course content for my course is brilliant! Lots of clinical skills and great quality lectures! Great range of placements that would grow your personal experience!
Good course content and lots of support from lecturers.
My first year in Gloucestershire university flew by quickly. The sessions and activities I took were fun and improved my overall academic skills significantly. The lectures are very helpful and carefully well keeping an eye on the students to make sure we are in the track. My classrooms are small, so we always get time with our lectures. Staff is wonderful, and the environment is fantastic. With lectures , I often felt like there is a lot of favouritism. There is also no halal food available, and the prices are exorbitant. The food is likewise terrible and the student union is not taken seriously in the university. Overall, my course is excellent, well-organised, and well-designed. I cannot wait to see myself graduating from Gloucestershire university.
I had a fantastic first year here, and I found the student support to be particularly helpful, as well as the wealth of job guidance available! I believe that if I graduated with a degree in international relations from this university, I would be more likely to be in the position I had envisioned. So far, I haven't found anything unfavourable about my course.
Really nice sized uni and courses so students can have more 1-1 support.
The mix of blended learning works really well, lecturers are mostly brilliant. Could be more opportunities for work placements and work experience incorporated into the course, particularly in first year.
It’s nice that everything is so near all the campuses.
The location is amazing and general student life in Cheltenham/Gloucester is wonderful.
Some lecturers are bad, some are amazing. Half the time we don't have access to the needed software and materials.
It is perfect for some but depends on the type of accommodation you choose. I recommend going with the studio apartment!
Its such a beautiful campus and the friends I've made so far are great. A way in which the uni could improve is by having more parking available which is free.
My course is taught in class and the majority of the lectures are around 2 hours long with a break in-between. I enjoy the hours, they work well and the break in-between gives us a breather. The contact with lecturers is good, they are supportive and approachable. The worst aspect of my course is that its mainly in class learning rather then practicals.
The uni is close to town and multiple food places, allowing us to do more in between lectures. The night life is also really good and close to uni accommodation