My over all uni experience so far has been fun useful and worth while. I’ve learned about a lot of stuff that I’ve wanted to. Made friends and feel as though my grades are good and I’m working hard at what I need to. There are struggles of having to work alongside my studies as that can impact on my uni work. However I need to work so I can earn money for food and time with friends
One of my modules is focused on employability allowing us to undertake a 30 hour job placement. As well as having a year placement
The thing I like most is the interactivity and learning while on site. The thing I like least is death by PowerPoint
I don’t even frequent the student union bar. But from what I know there’s a good student representation
Very good facilities. Food available until 4 and good parking. Gym on site
The university is only a half an hour walk from my halls and close to shops and the city centre
There’s always support available. Tutors offer good relevant feedback and support if a student is having issues
It's been great I've learnt so much from both being in lectures and meeting new people. The all-round experience has been life-changing. Pushing yourself is the most important part, nothing happens unless you do it, just go for it.
Full weeks worth of workshops, and departments solely dedicated to helping you.
I love how the lecturers teach, their availability and how enthusiastic they are for their subject. I wish that the lecture theatres were a bit warmer though...
They're good by way of tech however there are some small issues that could easily be fixed with extra funding. ie updated software and number of people available to help at once.
Yes, it's not too far from the centre of town or most of the accommodation. There are shops nearby and lots of easy access to public transport, parking isn't that readily available though.
There's lots of variety so much that if you want to do lots of things you have a choice from both the expected societies and the less expected.
It's great there's departments dedicated to helping over a variety of issues.
My experience of University so far has been amazing. I have made so many new friends, explored a new town independant of my parents and have become so much more confident in myself. At the start of this journey I did not think it would be easy to be away from family, friends and partners and it was not but my personal tutor and people i have met along the way have made it a lot easier by supporting me. My university assigns a tutor to you who is there through all your years at uni and personally I think that it is the best thing that a uni could do because everyone struggles with something and the tutor is there to talk to if you need help. I have loved being at uni so far and can not wait to see what else it has to offer as everyday I find something new about myself and grow as an individual that makes me a stronger, more capable, confident and happy person.
My university is incredible when it comes to increasing our employability. They hold several workshops that you can book into that help with CVs, Cover letters, interviews, placements and more. They also have an employability award system in place with three stages that looks really good on your CV. As well as this they have an amazing Your Future Plan team who are constantly there to assist and support with whatever you need in regards to employability, transferable skills and placements. You can book meetings with them to look over your CV and make it the best it can be or to help find you a placement related to your degree.
I love my course as it is a mixture of practical and theory work. My course director has a shared vision that exams do not test how well you know things so makes us do events and practical work to put our knowledge into practise. Some lecturers however, have a more death by powerpoint approach and just talk at us for a couple hours. This works for some people but not everyone and so I find I learn less when they do not interact.
Our students union are helpful and hold events during freshers to get first years used to the Uni and where to find help. They have a little shop where you can buy hoodies etc to represent the University and a bar and table tennis for people to use at anytime they are open.
The facilities are very good. The canteens are a little expensive but good quality and the gym is accessible to all students. The library is open 24/7 if you scan your student ID card which is great if you just need a quiet place. The new School of Business and Technology have meeting and presentation rooms you can book or just walk into to work on your assignments and small booths and tables as well.
My university is in a great location. It is a walking distance to town, has a doctor's surgery opposite and is on a nice open road so you feel safe even at night. It is also a walking distance from most other halls of accomodation and only a short bus ride into Cheltenham at £1.60 per journey with our student ID.
I found the freshers fayre very useful as you get to see all the societies the University has to offer. There is a huge range of sports, academic and social groups you can join and if there is not one you fancy they even let you create your own.
The uni offers excellent support in all aspects. You are assigned to a personal tutor who checks up on you throughout the year and is there if you just want a chat. Lecturers give good feedback on assignments so you know where to improve on and the uni has a councillor that you can go to if you need extra support.
My experience so far has been life changing and I have enjoyed every minute of it both from a social aspect but also academic. The teaching and resources are second to none and there are so many social events on which means you are rarely bored. I have really enjoyed my time here so far.
There are many workshops available as well as trips during term time that give insights into the working world that relate to your chosen subject.
I have no negatives really on the way they are taught other than some of the submission dates for assignments as they seem to be very crammed in. The course itself is taught superbly and the engagement with lecturers and students is very good.
The student union is probably the biggest disappointment as it is very small at Pittville and there are never many people there. The bar is almost never open also.
Very good, modern clean and working well.
It is not too far, as there is a direct bus from campus to university which takes about half an hour.
Very good there is pretty much a society for any subject and all sports are on offer
Although I have not yet used any personal support I believe there are many options available and tutors are very efficient at feedback with fast replies and accurate evaluations of work.
I have enjoyed UOG: but more because of the friends I have made, the places I have been to and the surrounding areas are lovely, I even plan to move to Gloucester full time, after graduation - following a job offer. However, my experience of the uni has not met expectations. There are numerous ways they could improve : from things such as GLOUCESTER based events, additional courses added such as first aid, more placement support. The SU needs to produce a decent formal ball, how can some unis offer both a winter and summer ball and our summer ball gets cancelled - ask your audience what they want, why they didn't attend - don't assume. People don't want a social evening where you can go in shorts and wellies: we do themes like that every week in moo moos for socials, we want a formal thing where we can wear a nice dress etc.
I think the Placement year has really helped, I have landed a full time job, within my field - from my placement provider, once I finish uni. However the support from the placement team was poor, it was repetitive lectures and boring tasks: could easily make this more engaging. I found this placement, applied for it and was interviewed without the placement team. I think they work hard to involve us in your future plan weeks- but again, boring and not very engaging - often basic skills like CV writing, nothing specific to the courses being taught at that campus. I believe the Events department, should look into offering 1 day or short courses alongside the module: such as first aid training, or Personal Licence courses: things relevant and interesting to this specific group of students, at a reduce cost. There is a careers / your future plan department, I haven't got much more experience with them following placement year: but things such as industry related careers fairs or bringing in guest speakers RELEVANT to the courses taught at each campus would be good!
I like that the lecture slides are available on moodle - although I think lecturers need to ensure these are accessible before the lesson begins. Group work, although key - needs to be managed differently, why should everyone in the group get the same mark if others pulled more weight? I am aware of other universities where my friends and family study that have a group mark (the lowest mark achieved by a member of the group) then they get individual feedback and an individual mark, seems much fairer. I like that one of our final year modules is actually letting us be creative challenging us to design new marketing material: we should have had more opportunities to be creative: no budget events don't count. We should be challenged more to show our event management skills, not just write about them - this is a practical field, teach us more about that. Do challenge days with scenarios, let us hot 1 event every year: final years could organise the graduation balls for varying subjects etc. I think it should also be considered that event management students organise the summer ball: its brilliant experience to have on you CV, and is definitely more suited to our set of skills than science students... I don't like when lecturers hang round waiting for someone to answer, just give us the info!
In comparison to the SUs at other Unis where my friends are, this SU is really poor! Summer balls have been shockingly bad, when students are complaining for a formal event, don't give them a carnival. It seems silly to me that the SU don't team up with the Event students as part of their 45hour placements or for additional work experience to build up their summer ball and activities that are about everyone, not just the sports teams. I see posters every year about SU elections, but once thats gone - they never seem to bother with Oxstalls. I have very little to do with them after a poor experience on the events committee - which I didn't stick at , because of disorganisation. I don't think they are involved enough on Oxstalls to represent us.
Oxstalls Campus, has a good range of facilities, lots of toilets, a canteen, a coffee/snack bar style place in the business school and i believe they still sell food in the SU. However - they need to improve their parking facilities, not only should it be priced hourly instead of 8 hourly (as sometimes i'm in for 2 hours I don't see why I should pay the same price as if I was in for the whole day). Unless you arrive before 9am, its difficult to find a space - i appreciate they are trying to boost sustainability but students drive. Many travel in, some drive for over an hour to get in, others have uni in the middle of a jam packed schedule where they have to shoot off after lecture somewhere that the bus doesn't reach or isn't quick enough. The business school design is poor - they should've built more classrooms and less small meeting rooms, why should my course be taught mostly in the old building - when we're business school students? There needs to be library in the business school - even if it was just a book case for each subject with key texts and more computers!
Yes, I love the location of the University - Oxstalls campus is about a 25minute walk to the Quays, 10 minutes to Tescos and the surrounding retail park, which includes a gym and 15 minutes into town. There's a good bus service into Cheltenham and Kingsholm Rugby stadium is just down the road!
There is variety - however, as a gloucester based student, I think this is something the university really needs to improve. Most of the Sports include a lot of going out and drinking, if you don't do this you can often feel left out of the team. The societies all seem to be based in Cheltenham, which is still a good half hour 40 minute journey away. Gloucester is a lovely location - they should use it: stop asking us to go to other campuses!
Some tutors are better than others, however my personal tutor is incredible, he not only helps with his modules but offers guidance if we don't understand other assignments, helps review feedback and supports us in our personal lives. I have used the academic improvement team once, I personally don't think they're that great as the person reading my assignment made it very clear that they were not that clued up in my sector: also his feedback was useless as it was the same as my lecturers but again, no further explanation. Some lecturers leave lots of feedback, others leave 2 or three bullet points: this needs to be looked at: how can I improve on comments that have no further explanation? I have never used the couselling teams so can not comment on this.
A period of self discovery in learning where I can be expressive and feel heard. Love how I've been able to compete in a safe environment, pitch to large groups and get really involved in the creative process.
They try harder to make students employable than most students.
I love that we have professionals from the industry teaching us. Our classes are huge and access to our tutors sometimes seems daunting.
Really good communication, I had an issue, brought it up and now is I'm the process of being solved.
Pretty good. I wish each campus had showers, changing areas and lockers, but we do have good facilities.
It's close to town and has really good bus services.
There are plenty of things available, I only wish I had more time to explore them!
The student mental health system seems to be a little overwhelmed, often when their is dire need they get referred elsewhere, which can take a long time.
So far my university experience has had its ups and downs. The main highs would be passing through first year with a decent grade and meeting new people which no doubt will go on to become life long friends. The biggest low point I’ve personally faced would probably be experiencing this without my family.
Our uni makes it one of their top priorities to make sure we all have a good plan for once university is over.
I like how engaging the lectures and practicals can be. However the lecturers can ask too much of us sometimes which is hard to take when you don’t know the answer.
Our students union represents us quite well in the sense that they actually listen to what we want to see change around the campus. Our SU bar is small compared to other universities but I like it as it has a homely feel to it.
Our facilities are up to date for the most part which allows us to use machines that may be applicable for us in the future. This also helps with future employability.
The University is in a relatively central location and is within walking distance to bus stops and even a train station. It’s close to town so everything is close by.
There are a wide range of sports and societies so there is something for everyone if they want to get involved.
Tutorials with lecturers are easy to book and are generally easy to get. And our support team are always on hand if you feel down and need someone to talk to.
Its been a mixed bag but its getting better as time goes on. In the first year living at home i felt disconnect but now i live in the city i feel a lot more at home and closer to people.
Yes they do employment ratings and such
I love the practical side but i hate how the course is relied on having the lecturers opinion to rate a film
Its good just needs to do moce events for all students as when they do host events its not well advertised
Theyre good and we have a wide varity of facilities. I haven't used a lot of them but i know they're there
Ydah its all really convenient with Cheltenhan all close together so i cant complain
We have a good vatiety but i dont play any
My overall University experience has been very good. I did my Undergrad at this uni too and carried on my experience. I think there is a lot of services that are beneficial to me. The University helps me to develop not only my knowledge but myself as well. Pushing my boundaries and learning about new possibilities that I can achieve.
We have a future plan scheme which has many ways to help you develop yourself for employment. They help with CV writing and Mock interviews. The also post job adverts and hold a careers meeting to meet with potential employers and to find out where previous students have been and the struggles they had to over come.
I like the interaction that my course provides and the new knowledge I am learning.
The student union are present within the refectory so can be seen to at any time. I have never had to see the students union but I feel they do represent the students and listen to problems people are having.
The facilitates here are good, however there could be more space for quiet work to take place - in the library there needs to be more seating for just plain desks. There are loads of computers and rooms are being updated. They have focused updating Oxstalls campus more than FCH so it has been left behind a little bit.
Yes. The University is split in to various campuses. My campus in particular (Francis Close Hall) is very central to accommodations and shops.
There is so much that as a student you can join in with. These range from sports to other societies to specific groups that have been made for courses. There is something for everyone.
The support that the University provides is of a good standard. The helpzone are always there to help with your queries however getting an appointment for extra help you have to be prepared for as it can take a couple of weeks for someone to be free. The lectures make sure they keep tabs on you termly having personal tutor meetings and always available via email if you need it. They are happy to skype you if they are not in the office to go through work with you.
My university experience has been nothing like I expected before I came! I’ve made friendships with amazing people that I wouldn’t have met without coming here! I’m in my third year now and although it is tough academically, I don’t want it to end because I’ll have to move out and away from some of my best friends! In terms of university, I surprise myself all the time when I actually finish a piece of work, as before I start, it feels impossible! The university has offered me experiences I’ll never forget, with the main highlight of my whole university experience being the opportunity to visit Borneo and see orangutans and many other beautiful species in the wild tropical rainforest!
This is something which my uni excels at, with Future Plan weeks running during times when we don’t have lectures. There are opportunities to book in to many sessions whereby staff are aiming to help you increase your employability and know how you’re going to tackle trying to get a job when you leave! At the moment I am booked on to a First Aid training day with the Future Plan team, as a way to learn a skill beneficial to everyone!
What I like the most is when the lecturers are passionate about their subject, as it is much more engaging as a student. This is the case for most of the lecturers at the uni, which is a huge positive! The thing I like the least is that every lecturer has a different style of teaching their modules, so some modules I know exactly what I’m doing, whereas others I have to work a lot harder. But I’m sure what doesn’t work for me works well for others.
Our Student’s Union is very helpful for the students and is so cheap which is in keeping with student budgets! The facilities offer food to buy on all weekdays, with the menus changing everyday, which is a positive if you’re in lectures all day! The alcohol in the SU bars is also so cheap, which is a bonus for the nights after your all-day lectures!!
For me, the main facility I need is computer access, which is a huge positive at my uni! This is because for natural & social sciences, there is a big computer room available for student use when there are no lectures on, which is my favourite place to work. There is also a 24-hour computer room available for all students, as well as the library which offers additional computers and quiet rooms for students.
Yes! I’m based at Francis Close Hall in Cheltenham and it’s within a 10 minute walk of a big Tesco store, as well as the main town center only being a 20 minute walk away. There are also many student houses surrounding the campus, all within around 10 minutes walking distance too.
Although I’m not involved in any of the sports based societies, many of my friends are! There’s a huge variety of sports based in Gloucestershire as that is the sport based part of the university. I know friends that are in teams for rugby, lacrosse and water polo. There are also societies that don’t involve sports, such as the bioscience society that I am in.
The personal support from the uni is good as our helpzone offers support for students and can set up counselling sessions for anyone who is feeling low. The academic support is very good as a whole for my subject as we receive feedback on our assignments and there are opportunities to look at exam scripts after you’ve received your mark and ask questions to your lecturer for feedback. Almost all of the lecturers are amazing in terms of being available for meetings if needed!