So far, my university experience has been great, the facilities and accommodation are clean and safe. The amount of support offered by the university is phenomenal and the staff are very friendly and thrive for you to be the best you can be.
Through the use of future plans, they offer conferences and sessions in cv writing and interviewing skills as well as other transferable skills. The uni also offers you work placements if required for your course and offers abroad opportunities to further enhance your learning and skills. The university is also a reliable source to help you find jobs while studying and for your plans post-graduation.
I find the courses are taught in a very engaging way which holds my interest and encourages me to learn a lot more around the subject after the lectures. The lecturers are very helpful and respond quickly to emails when you have questions or are always happy to help after lectures. A lot of my course involves practical work and use of the crime house which is always fun. Sometimes the lectures can seem quite long, however we take regular breaks.The only issue with some lectures is that if your sat at the back sometimes its hard to hear whats being said, however if you mention it to the lecturer, they will speak up.
The student union are very representative of all students studying at the uni despite age, gender, ethnicity. They are always on hand to talk to regarding any issues you may have and they are always looking for student voices regarding situations. They are happy to listen to any queries or any matter close to you and help in any way they can.
The university facilities are always kept to a high standard of cleanliness and departments offer high level equipment that you can use for your dissertations that you may experience in your career which helps familiarise yourself with certain equipment. The universities libraries are open 24/7 and are a good space to study in when you require quiet. The university offers loads of student support should you require it and also links you with a local doctors surgery should you require it which you can sign up to during your arrival at the university.
Hardwick Halls is located in a prime position being about a five minute walk to the Francis close hall campus about 15 minutes walk from the high street in town and also is located only ten minutes walk away from the Tesco superstore. There is also a bus stop right outside the halls gate which connects you to buses in and around Cheltenham (including the 94U which heads towards Gloucester). The halls are also located just over a mile away from Cheltenham spa railway station and can easily be walked in about 20-25 minutes.
There is a vast list of sports and societies provided at the University which accommodate to everyone's interests and needs and it is quite easy to express your interest in creating a new society. As long as a couple friends are also interested a society can be formed.
Your personal tutors are your first point of contact and are always on hand to offer support. They make sure to check in with you at regular intervals to ensure that everything is okay with you and the course. They also are very quick to respond to emails and will arrange a meeting at the earliest convenience should there be an issue you wish to discuss. There is also counselling at the school and various other student support provided such as 'managing your money' which are very easily contactable by email or in person.
Through my three years so far, there has been massive massive ups, however certainly some low points as well; but overall the experience is priceless. I have grown as a person tremendously and academically I have excelled. I’ve made friends that will be at my wedding and have potentially met my future wife. There’s so much learning to be had at university, an experience I wish every person has the opportunity to have.
There are plenty of future plan weeks whereby optional sessions and other activities are put on allowing reflection and improvement in the place of employability. This is also a week off of actual uni which most students enjoy. There are numerous means of increasing employability if you seek them out.
My course (policing) has lots of practical elements where we are given scenarios and we have to police them as if it were a really life situation - I enjoy these a lot and think it’s a valuable part of the course. My least enjoyable part is an SPSS module where I have to handle data and analyse what it means, it’s just a bit boring.
I’m not too familiar with all the student union stuff, however any interaction I have had with the union has been pleasant. Facilities are quality - Plock court in Gloucester especially.
Both academic and sporting wise are sufficient. Certain areas are given more money however this is understandable as more money will be required for specific materials/equipment. There are hundreds of computers spread across the three campuses with all the brand new software - this makes essay writing/using adobe etc very easy.
Pittville student village is around a 15 minute walk from the campus that I studied on (FCH). The walk takes you through the park, which is stunning, particularly in the summer. Regarding shops, there is a small corner shop right next to the student village however it is expensive and small. The closest superstore is a good 20+ minute walk and into the centre of town would take a similar amount of time.
There is lots and lots of choice regarding societies and clubs. I myself am involved in a number of sports clubs and would encourage anyone going to university to do the same. It’s a fantastic way to expand your social circle and find the people you really click with.
The feedback on each piece of work is so valuable. It explains how to improve and where you may have missed certain elements required to achieve the higher grades. Personal tutors are also fantastic, I would suggest going to as many meeting as possible and keeping frequent contact. Being able to talk to your tutor is very important, whether it be academic, or another issue.
I am absolutely certain I made the right decision in coming here. I am thriving off of the independence, am engaged and excited for my course and ultimately have made some amazing memories with great friends so far.
The 'My Future Plan' weeks are very useful in helping with future career option and Futher education pathways.
What I like most is the independence to explore certain texts more than others. It means that each student can choose material that they most relate to or find most interesting. The only improvment I would suggest is having example essays to look at in order to construct an academic style - learning to write an academic assignment essay seems to be grasped through trial and error.
They are very good. The library is amazing - it combines a professional style with a sense of grandness (typically seen in scenes of Harry Potter). The refectory is also good although, could do with a wider selection of sandwiches.
My university is in a good location as it is a five minute walk into town and only a fifteen minute walk to the accomodation - FCH campus. However, Park campus is a much longer distance from Pittville - which is where a lot of students that attend Park campus are located in accomodation.
I would rate them very highly as there seems to be a lot of choice depending on what your previous hobbies were before university, but also a wide range for people to try something new.
Very good. Tutors always make them selves available to help with assignments and notes, whilst there are a large support team to help with personal problems - located at FCH and the accomodation Pittville.
I have enjoyed my time here but am now ready to put my learning to good use once I graduate. I have seen improvements made to my course and uni throughout my time here.
Industry speakers come in frequently and also have access to CV workshops. This has helped when finding work placements
I love how practical it is and the range of skills covered I think that the time management could improve, sometimes things can be short notice
Always willing to help and try and do more for everyone
We what we need and more. Amazing stuff
Yes it is a short walk or bus ride into town and there are smaller high streets around closer to campus. Accommodation can be found around town or on campus and the student village
There is lots to do and something for everyone
People are always there to help. I have had a lot of support from my academic team, both for personal and academic reasons.
I've not just learnt academically. Ive also matured as a person and feel more confident in myself. My passion for my course has grown massively and my skill base has increased and become more broad.
They help with 1 to 1 sessions as well as lectures, guest lectures and public talks. They also provide support for 3 years after graduation.
Its taught very well. If you feel you need help all you need to do is ask and you can get extra support. You get what you put into it.
The Union is rather average. The representation is as good as it will get due to the mediocre facilities. The SU bar only needs a re vamp and people would go to it.
They are good and do the job. They should have more art equipment and model making materials for Landscape architecture due to the expense of them
Fairly decent, could be better.
The feedback from tutors is great. The 1 to 1 tutorials and general conversations are caring and extremely helpful.
I love university. Although it is a lot of work I always feel supported by my personal tutor and lecturers. I am able to study and use the library when ever I want to, the library is open 24 hours! The university is a pretty campus and I always feel safe and comfortable.
The university has your future plan which supports us with future employment through different workshops to help with CV writing or interviews, they also offer 1 to 1 meetings to discuss career options with a professional . The university offers this service for graduate students for a few years after they finish their studies.
I love that our course has a mixture of lectures, some are lectures but we have lots of seminars where they are interactive and have lots of coursework! I love placement on my course, we have 6 weeks each year of the course! I don’t have a least favourite!
The student union defiantly listen to students views and support student with any difficulties.
Brilliant. We have different areas with lots of space for studying, which suits everyone’s learning style. You could do work in the library, large IT suite, quiet library, group study areas or even the cafe. There are different options of where to go on your break, the cafe, hub, chapel or outside if the weather is nice.
Yes, it’s really close to town centre so great to have a short walk to pop into town. It helps with socialising being so close to town centre because you can go out for lunch or to do activities, such as bowling or mini golf.
There is a vast variety of different societies, meaning there is defiantly something for everyone!
There are lots of support services at the university. We each have a personal tutor who offers us support throughout our time on the course. The university also has councillors to help with specific problems.
The best decision of my life attending Gloucestershire university! Not only amazing teaching but socially very exciting! Lots to get stuck into! Very friendly and supportive!
Lots of work experience and placement opportunities as well as in industry contacts
Very practical! Lots of field trips! Mix of group and individual assessed work
SU reps are Amazing! Always putting students first
Brilliant! Everything you could possibly need.
Lots of societies to try! Yoga is a fun one!
Support is incredible! You are never alone!
Well the course is extremely busy and takes a toll on many aspects of health but it’s a good way to get an insight into what a job will be like in the industry later on in my career
They give extra support through email with regards to job advertisements and assistance with applying for them. Would be good for them to put on workshops earlier in the course though
I feel as though there is far too much unnecessary paperwork within the PGCE Primary and that the school mentors aren’t evaluated beforehand to see if they are both adequate and ready for students.
Unfortunately do know enough about them to comment
Good enough to do what is required within my course
If you lived in Cheltenham I would say the location is okay but travel and parking are an issue at the best of times due to businesses.
As a full time PGCE student I don’t have the time to immerse myself if extra curricular activities unfortunately
Very good for what I have asked for/received.
It’s been absolutely incredible so far. The support from the outset was excellent and I immediately felt welcomed on the course. The standards of accommodation are outstanding and my course is totally fulfilling my expectations.
There are multiple modules on work experience and employability skills. There is also a very active “Future Plan” team. Support for future employability is excellent
I love the content and structure of the course. I feel like there could be a few more assignments to further expand our knowledge. At present some aspects of the content are explored at a surface level.
Very communicative and active.
Excellent, a great deal of money ha even put into updating and maintaining the facilities.
It’s quite far from my Campus, but there are regular buses. There’s a convenience store very close to the accommodation.
There is a plethora available. I have not taken part in any, but, as I understand it, they are good.
There’s a lot of support available, frequently referenced and easy to acccess.
I have loved every moment of university so far, and I actually am quite upset that this is my final year! I have grown so much as a person and I feel like I passed that big step of becoming a young 'adult', if there really is a step! The university has given me such great opportunities and I am very thankful for this!
Studying a vocational degree, opportunities for career support and development are incredible. From careers fairs to support with CVs, the University is just brilliant for helping us.
I think the element I enjoy the most about the way my course is taught is that our lecturers strive to teach us subject knowledge development as well as supporting us with our pedagogy.
The Students' Union is great for representing the student at the University of Gloucestershire. A diverse team of people, enthused to support everyone is very endearing.
The university's facilities are very good and although with my degree I don't use much of these, I do live in a house with graphic design students, science students and also English students, who praise the facilities with positive comments.
The location of our university is perfect. Houses are nearby, and it is so close to the town centre that everything is brilliantly accessible! Additionally, the map of Cheltenham is essentially on a grid, everywhere is flat and there are many routes to the same location point. There are lots of things to do in Cheltenham, with essential shops also close by. I suppose the only thing that is a bit of a walk to is the train station, but this really isn't an issue as the scenic walk to there is just gorgeous.
There is an incredibly large variety of societies and sports at this University, in fact I would say you could try pretty much everything whilst you were there. The social side of this is also very good.
Support offered by the University is quite good. Tutors set up regular meetings to keep us all on track. Additionally, the personal aspect of support that the University offers are good and we, as students, are reminded regularly to take advantage of this support if needed.