Having been to a different university for my undergraduate degree it has been great coming to a new university where everyone is friendly, helps each other and the campus offers a warm welcome for new comers. I have really enjoyed having a library on campus, where you can mix work and social
Through own going professional development, work shops, CV support and even careers opportunities sent via email
Least - not having enough free time to do work between lectures. As a trainee teacher uni is the one day where I can catch up on work, so more time would be better. Most - relevant examples of practice, having guest speakers to help put everything taught into a real life situation
I personally haven't been in the SU yet as it is always closed during my time at university but I know other people have said how good the SU is and the voice they provide for the students
I spend most of my time in the resource centre as it is a quiet place to work and there are lots of books which help me during my studies. The canteen is always a great place to meet with friends and the food is good
the university campus is situated in walking distance of many shops, places to eat and leisure facilities.
There are lots of different options to take part in, to name a few... football, badminton, cricket and hockey
My personal tutor is very reassuring, always offering extra support for students if needed. They also suggested going to see feedback writers to support writing for assignments. Also holding drop in sessions to support students who need 1-2-1 chats
I have struggled a lot with my dyslexia and a continuous illness but I have felt so supported by all members of staff which in turn has lightened my load considerably.
Future plan weeks are an amazing opportunity to help with employment. Some great advice is given and buckets of support
I have to say there is nothing negative I can report about my course. The only thing I would change is that for the research module to be two hours rather than three hours long. It is very long winded.
I think they're excellent! Always receiving emails with things going on and updates.
It absolutely it! Right near the town centre so it is very convenient
A five star from me
Absolutely amazing. I have met some amazing staff that is always on hand if you're having a difficult time. The Helpzone, disability, future plan, counselling and lectures are brilliant.
In my second year now, and I don't want to leave. It's brilliant. The academic, sports and social side. I love every moment of it. I love my course, my sports and the nights out. There's always people looking out for you.
It tries its best. This year we have been given the opportunity of a placement year for our course. It's very interesting and encouraging.
I love how lectures are flexible and lecturers are very encouraging towards sport and outside activities.
It's 10 out of 10 for everything. The staff, activities, attitude. Its well run and by great people.
Brilliant!! Plock Court is amazing. It improves every year and is great for the uni coming together to support all the teams.
The Park Campus in Cheltenham is in prime location. Just on the edge of town and near plenty of shops.
There's so many to chose from and at so many different levels. The SU staff are very friendly and helpful too. Everyone is approachable.
Brilliant. Anything you need to talk about, someone will be there to listen no matter the issue or concern.
My university experience has been amazing so far, it’s challenging but also rewarding. The course I do is very stimulating so I am always challenged and improving as I go along. On the social side I have made the most amazing friends who have helped me get through the challenging times and I wouldn’t change any of it for the world.
University of Gloucestershire has the Future Plan portal which is amazing for finding placements and graduate jobs or part time jobs alongside studies. Amazing for workshops and events to boost employability.
I like the fact our course is relatively small and so it’s easier to have 1 to 1 time with lecturers if you are unsure and they always have an open door policy. What I like least is having different lecturers for different modules so the teaching styles vary a lot.
The students union is amazing, super interactive with students and always keen to hear and represent the student voice of all backgrounds.
Everything is modern, relatively new and always kept very clean.
Yes, all the university campuses are super close to surrounding accommodation and local amenities.
There is such a huge range of societies and sports teams to join, you are spoilt for choice!
The support is amazing and tutors/lecturers all have an open door policy to talk about anything and the helpzone team always point you in the right direction if you need support and guidance or even counselling.
Although at times, University has been hard, the support available here by both the tutors on my course and the staff in the help zone, has meant that I am able to carry on and be successful in my studies and with my degree. I think that this, alongside the amazing teaching, has been the most valuable service for me at university and I am forever grateful to those who have helped me succeed.
‘Your Future Plan’ is a great resource in terms of increasing our employability. There is always support available if we need it. As well as ‘Your Future Plan Week’ where there are lectures available on a wide variety of areas from working freelance to improving your CV or interview skills. There are also 1-to-1 bookable sessions if there is anything we need advice on or would like to improve. In terms of my course, I have been encouraged to partake in a variety of work experience opportunities, ranging from teaching to collaborative projects with other students to entering our work into competitions. I think this has been great in improving my employability.
The thing I like the most is that the amount of contact hours we have decreases each year, this means more time spent working independently and requires us to be self disciplined which is very important for our future careers, and in preparing us for the future. I don’t have a least favourite thing, I think that this course is taught exceptionally well and that most of the tutors will go out of their way to help and assist you if they can.
I think our SU is great in terms of student representation and facilities. We get to elect our own representatives each year and the SU Bar’s are a great place to socialise which plenty of events happening. There’s also plenty of activities and events happening throughout the year.
There are a lot of facilities available here, spread across 4 campuses. Ranging from sports and fitness facilities to specialised workshops relative to different courses. With multiple libraries available across each campus, research is made easy. We also are able to request books from other libraries if our uni does not own them, which is a fantastic facility available to all students! For illustration in particular, we have access to our own Mac suite, studio and print room which are invaluable facilities!
Definitely! My campus is a short walk into town and to the local supermarket. Also in a very student-area of Cheltenham and so is only a short walk away from my accommodation.
There’s a large variety of societies and sports available here! And if you don’t see something that you think you’d enjoy, you’re able to set up your own as long as a small group of students also agree and want to be a part of it.
The support offered by this university is incredible. The ‘Help Zone’ is invaluable with services such as counselling, financial advice, legal advice, job hunting and more available here. The tutors on my course have supported me massively throughout my time at university. Especially more recently, as I was diagnosed with a chronic condition and they have supported me and helped me manage uni work as well, especially the head of the course, Jen. The tutors are easily reachable through emails, at any point in the week, which is really helpful if any advice is needed. The feedback on our work is very thorough and a great guide as to how we can improve in the future.
I am thoroughly immersed in my course and enjoy all aspects of it. For me Gloucestershire university has provided the ideal learning environment and perfect development experience
Brilliant both Peggy in careers advice and Alicia in student services have been incredible!
We have an incredible group of new lecturers who come from the industry and provide a rich and diverse program
Good although they were unable to solve my dad problem
Excellent I have used all the workshops and library
Yes ideally suited
Not sure as I have not joined any so far
All the support I have requested the university has provided thus far
It is really a great experience to be at university. The support offered by lecturers is incredible and I've gotten along with coursemates and flatmates really well. You really learn how to manage time effectively and become independent.
Regular YourFuturePlan weeks are conducted to enhance the skills required for career development. Some examples include CV building, Networking via LinkedIn and the university's own Gloucestershire employability awards- Bronze, Silver and Gold
There are different modules such as personal and professional portfolio and business module linked to my course and there are assignments which help develop a deep understanding of each module. I don't think there are any negatives.
Student opinions matter the most in my university and there is monthly feedback taken from every student to improve any facilities in particular
The recently opened business school offers top-notch facilities with technologically updated lecture and computer rooms and a cafeteria offering a wide range of snacks and meal options. The main building's library is open to students 24/7 with a wide range of books.
Kind of. I have to walk for 30-35 minutes to reach my university which is approximately 2.5 kilometres away from my accommodation. Local amenities such as banks, clothing stores and grocery stores are less than 10 mins away and within a perimeter of 1 kilometre
There are a range of societies and sports in the Oxstalls campus which range from dancing, cooking and watching films
The support offered is excellent and each student is assigned a personal tutor who helps with everything from counselling and giving feedback from submitted assignments.
I absolutely love it here. The tutors are amazingly knowledgeable, whilst being friendly, approachable and very supportive at all times. I feel the facilities are great, and particularly love the fact that I can come to enjoy the peace of the library on a Sunday afternoon. All in all, a really lovely experience.
With the Your Future Plan department there are lots of events, workshops, refresher courses etc and days which can help to build confidence in terms of employability. I have always found these to be incredibly useful, and enjoyable.
I like the fact that I can undertake a Master's whilst only having to attend lectures one day a week. This allows me to work, spend time with children etc. The online library access is incredible too, and this also allows for that to happen. The only thing I can think of, for a worst thing, is that one of the modules last semester was taught in a room which got incredibly stuffy - not sure how that would be addressed to be honest!
I am more than happy with the SU and what they have to offer, they also seem keen to engage students when key events happen - for example, the recent general election.
I really like them. Especially the refectory, where the food is always to a really high standard, and reasonably priced. The social sciences library is very well stocked, and I have spent many an hour getting distracted from my assignment by reading books which look interesting!
I find it a very useful location due to the proximity of the town centre, where I work. It has convenience stores very close by and a couple of places to grab lunch on the same street. However, the food is superb on campus so I tend to eat here when I can/ need to. A short, five minute, walk into town and there is everything available in terms of amenities.
As I work and have school age children, I don't tend to get involved in the societies/ sports side of things. However, my understanding (from fellow students) is that there is a multitude of offerings in that regard!
Very good indeed. I know that I can ask for a meeting with my personal tutor at any point and am ensured that I am never wasting their time, with my (silly?) questions etc. As a counsellor myself I haven't used their counselling services, however it was highlighted to me when a had a seriously ill family member which began to affect my studies. Again, Helpzones/ Student Services were really supportive and helpful.
It's been fantastic. Eighteen months ago I crept into the campus for the first time just like a mouse, convinced I'd made the worst mistake in the history of misjudgements. Everybody has been so understanding and kind, I've not just come out of my shell, I've kicked that shell right out of sight. It's not just the things I've learned and the people I've met, it's the amazing way I've been encouraged to believe in myself, and supported along the way.
The Your Future Plan initiatives are well advertised and with whole weeks devoted to it, it's easy to find information and contacts. As part of my course I was managing director of the group producing our university's annual anthology. It taught me so many transferrable skills (managing people, scheduling, budgeting, etc) that I feel confident I could take on anything now. Well, *nearly* anything!
I don't have any problem at all with the teaching as all my tutors are skilled, friendly, helpful and fun (and no, they haven't told me to put that!). My only problem is that one or two of the tutors don't enforce cut-off times for written work to be submitted to the weekly workshops that are an intrinsic part of my course. We have to read and review each other's work before the next workshop, so the deadline is set a couple of days beforehand. There are a couple of students (aka The Usual Suspects!) who for no other reason than they can't be bothered to hit the deadline sometimes post work only after I've left home to drive to uni, so I don't get a chance to read on their work in advance. My comments have to be made on the strength of a quick skim read during the workshop, which is frustrating :-(
Good—they're easy to contact, they seem keen to keep in touch and find out about and problems, and I like using the shop. The people who work there are really friendly.
Very good. I've eaten at both refectories, and the food has been great every time. There are plenty of water fountains and snack machines (I only wish they weren't so tempting. The downside is that parking at the site where I study is limited -I'm part-time, live 30 miles from my uni and there's no public transport so I have no option but to drive. I'm lucky that most of my courses are in the evening so the day shift have gone leaving plenty of room, but for my mid-day sessions once or twice I've had to park at one of my uni's other sites in the town, ten minutes walk away. That's no problem in good weather, but in winter rain it's horrible as there are lots of potholes in the road which flood and more than once I've been drenched by a driver driving through them at speed. Grr!
It's within a few minutes' walk of the centre of Cheltenham, so everything you need—food, entertainment or whatever— is really close.
Good: there's all sorts of things including a creative writing group and a games/D&D group.
Very good: my friend got stressed and was suffering with anxiety, and she found the counselling very helpful (though they were so busy it took quite a while to get a first appointment. I have no problem asking my tutors for help, and their feedback on my assessments has been very helpful.
It's very good, I feel passionate about learning again as I am used to writing essays but my course is very practical and I am learning skills whilst getting qualifications such as a shorthand qualification and ntcj.
I study journalism and all my lecturers still work in the industry and we have guest speakers and alumni which offer positions to 3rd and 2nd years so that's very helpful. There is also a big department called my future plan which is really good and you can book an appointment whenever to talk about your future and job placements to improve your emplyability.
I don't get much guidence on assignments which is hard but my course is mostly practical and has small numbers so you get alot of one on one time.
It is highly representative and you can vote who you want in and they ask you alot of questions to improve uni life and set up alot of events
Average, there is the health zone at my campus which is a gp office, and you can see mental health advisers and funding advisers however there is normally a month wait
My accommodation is a 50 minute walk from the campus and was advertised as half an hour so its okay? There is a little shop right outside pittville which is good and town is a 20 minute walk away which is ideal
The societies and sports are almost all held at the Gloucester campus, so if you study in Cheltenham it's very hard to participate. However Yr course societies are held at the campus where you learn so that's helpful. The sports clubs are also very expensive, I don't know how much other unis cost but it comes to 300 quid to do netball in the first year including uniform. There is also a bit of a history with sports clubs and hazing which hasn't fully gone despite the uni trying.
Academic feedback is a bit iffy it's mostly done as a chat instead of as a review. Counselling it's hard to get an appointment