Amazing experience, but the fact that it was online made some experiences less enjoyable. There was constant support from the staff, they always answered questions really fast through emails.
There are always emails sent regarding career opportunities
A lot of academic support is constantly given which was amazing , however as it was online this year i didnt think it was worth the value.
Great, regardless of the pandemic i was able to access a lot of facilities
The overall experience that I have received from my university I would say has been very mixed. I feel as though I have missed out on the experience of being on campus being able to take part in lectures and seminars in person as well as meet other students on my course. Because by being online, a lot of students would keep their cameras off, hardly participate in online seminars and it has been difficult to meet others. Although I have enjoyed being at home comfortable during my online lectures I feel as though the £9,250 that I have paid for this academic year has not been value for money. I have been unable to use the university facilities and have not been refunded for my accommodation. Another issue is that none of my lectures/seminars were recorded, so therefore I could not go back and re-watch them which was so unreliable. Moreover, the university never provided anything on how to reference or how to write an assignment, this left me and many others lost or having to rely on others to give advice. Most importantly my tutor hasn't been helpful or supportive during my 1st year, hardly emailing me, not scheduling meetings with me for 1-1 and I feel more comfortable talking to another lecturer instead. Overall, I would say it has been a very difficult year to begin my university academic year, it has definitely had its challenges and lack of support but I am hopeful for my 2nd year this September.
Well because I'm only in my 1st year my lecturers haven't really discussed anything about employment prospects for after I graduate or job roles in which I could enter or consider. The only thing I receive is job opportunities that I cannot apply for because I have not yet graduated.
For my 1st year, it has mainly been taught online via Microsoft teams and partially on Blackboard. The teaching hours on a weekly basis were anything between 18-20 hours. Contact with tutors was very rarely, they hardly made any time to check up on me or any other students with who I am also in contact, and this was raised in a student staff meeting I was in due to being part of the university committee. The overall feedback received about this issue is that we as students should contact our tutors rather than them contacting us because they are already too busy.
I haven't been able to use the facilities at my campus as of yet due to the global pandemic. Although I have been able to go to the library to collect resources such as books or print journals articles for my assignments. There was an issue that I noticed with the library being that not many students would clean down the area they has just used and I hardly saw cleaners keeping areas sanitised.
Personal support at my university hasn't been the easiest to find on the website. There was soo many loopholes in which to look through to be able to find any form of support for mental health. Even when I was able to contact about my mental health I was told that I would have to be placed on a waiting list for 3 months, which is completely ridiculous. There weren't any wellbeing groups available to speak to and again no clear information on the website.
Overall I have loved my uni experience pre-covid, but with my specific course it just does not work/do not get what you expect when delivered online due to the pandemic.
I feel as though I have managed to have a good first year at university. It has, however, been very challenging at times - for example, there was a significant impact on studying and learning as it is not the same to be taught virtually. It was a shame to miss out on a normal year at university. I was very lucky with the friends I made in my flat as being at university can often be isolating - which I would often find, especially during lockdown. I liked my accommodation and am starting to appreciate the access we have to other facilities at the university now that things are beginning to open up. Uni of Leicester is not classified as a Russell Group uni, which, when I was applying, I thought was a drawback. Being here has shown me that these labels do not matter and that a university can make you feel comfortable and supported without being part of an elite system. Regardless of how we have made the most of a bad situation, this year has still not been worth the money. Tuition fees are especially extreme considering the difficulty to provide the same level of education online. There should be serious consideration for the quality of education, the impact of our wellbeing and the general experience we have had and whether that is worth the money we are paying.
This year has been very different to how it would usually be considering I’ve barely stepped on campus. Online teaching was a challenge but was made a lot easier through the organisation by lecturers via the Blackboard site, in which we can access all of our work. The sparse times at the beginning of the year in which we were allowed to attend socially-distanced seminars were great! The lecturers kept us engaged in discussions and debates. My tutor has regularly kept in contact with me, providing a lot of support. The modules were for the most part very interesting. There were times in which tutors were ill and we struggled to keep up but other than that, it was mostly clear where we were up to on the course.
Overall, I have loved my lectures they have been really interesting and delivered well. It has been challenging and rewarding. I have never loved my subject more! The quality of teaching has also been very good. I know this has been a challenging year but I wish more in person labs were put on in person when we were allowed. I would have appreciated more support and social aspects in replacement for the loss of in person labs and tutorials to help make friends and build a relationship with tutors and lecturers.
Really did not feel supported by most academic staff. The quality of online lectures wasn’t great. Was supposed to be shorter online lectures with essential reading but ending up being longer than normal lectures with the reading and then extra reading on top for first class grades. Have missed out on practicals due to pandemic and had no alternative. Small group tutorials were moved online in the first semester but were organised poorly and learnt barely anything. Student support had been good when I reached out. The ability to watch lectures when I wanted rather than having to attend with attendance monitoring was better. Also really disappointed that there is no compensation for the lack of teaching we’ve had, no access to campus for most of the year.
Always emails about future prospects and have had multiple lectures about career options.
Normally taught in lectures mostly, then have smaller groups and practicals. This was good before the pandemic but have not been provided with a good enough online alternative for nearly half of my degree.
Library spaces and social spaces could be bigger, often too crowded all over campus.
Have had really great support for mental health from specific services at uni. Not been good enough from some specific uni lecturers.
In some aspects online learning has been great as I can go at my on pace however I miss the contact with other students and tutors. I have significantly less teaching hours this year which hasn't been good I feel like I'm paying for nothing much of my course that has been taught I already new either from a levels or reading. Additionally this year campus has been closed and we were not allowed to go into any buildings unless we were on a certain course it seemed really unfair, I understand the reasoning behind it but it was still frustrating.
They have provided career seminars and there is usually career fairs all have been helpful which I have attended
It seems quite similar to first year lectures when they are delivered online, it's good that we can jeep st our own pace. Seminars and tutorials I have personally preferred online as I'm much more shy in person but online I've contributed so much and it has really improved my learning this year. For teaching hours we have significantly less only around 4 hours a week I comparison to 12-18. Tutors have been helpful same as last year
Lots of studying spaces, facilities such as the gym and library are good. Although due to covid I havent been allowed to use any of the facilities this year
There is many differnt wellbeing, counselling, support groups. When I've applied for mitigating circumstances it is usually responded to within a few days. Finance support Grant's have been offered which is really helpful.
Haven’t been able to use any facilities and haven’t got enough support for assignments. Lectures have been very mediocre too. Would prefer to have had more support and guidance when it came to how to do assignments.
Not enough support for assignments
Haven’t been able to use them due to COVID-19
Need more support for assignments
My whole university experience has been completely ruined by the state of the accommodation here. It’s disgusting. Mould everywhere, broken windows, broken showers, broken heating, infestations, dirty kitchens when you first arrive, no feeling of safety within the accommodation- people walk in unannounced. No matter how many times you complain about something, the most the uni will do is send some old man out to quickly look at the problem and say there’s nothing they can do, when they haven’t even tried. It’s absolutely not worth the money they’re charging us, we’re cramped in tiny, dirty areas. It’s not acceptable living conditions.
They’ve shown us some internships and we’ve had a few guest speakers but the internships were for post graduates so it was pointless
I understand it’s been difficult with the pandemic but we’ve just had pre recorded lectures from previous years shoved online for us to watch. Nothing live, like a zoom call.
Haven’t had a chance to use any of the facilities.
I’ve had 2 suicide attempts whilst at university. The reception team had one chat with me and that’s all the support I’ve had. They gave me a number to a crisis line in which I was just called lazy.
University do not follow marking policies and procedures. Do not follow complaints policies and procedures. Return marked work late with poor or little feedback. Favour students already working within the field. Offered no advice on career development.
no support offered at all
No support whatsoever. Favouritism towards those already working in/possessing experience within the field.
distance learning but library services were terrible