Quite honestly, this has been the best time of my life. It's certainly been an interesting one as half of my university experience has been during the pandemic, however the constant support from the university, coursemates and staff is wonderful. I was quite an introverted person when I came to uni, but Lincoln has really helped me find myself as a person and in life. When in doubt, join a society because you'll truly make your closest friends and best memories within them. I absolutely recommend a degree in social and political sciences, the staff are incredible and the courses and modules are incredibly interesting and really transform your perspective on a lot of things in life.
I interacted with the Careers and Employability services a fair amount as I completed the Lincoln Award. I would 100% recommend completing the Lincoln Award as I've had a brilliant experience expanding upon and gaining new skills. I've always been amazed by the workshops and support drop ins they always have going on, truly a very dedicated team. Check out the SU website for job and volunteering opportunities too as there is quite a variety of opportunities advertised there! My course has also had a lot of focus on job prospects, specifically in second year with the employability module Criminology in the Professions, where you explore a range of careers in the field, interact with alumni, update your CV and make connections. At the end of third year, our course staff also run (or are doing so atleast for my cohort) a week-long series of employability and careers workshops.
1st year: You have 8 hours a week, 4 modules and one lecture and one seminar for each module. 1st year can feel quite standardized as all social and political first years have to take Applying Research and Key Social Sciences however these are very helpful modules later on. I was a course rep in 2nd and 3rd year and all the staff are constantly listening to feedback and change the modules each year to improve them the best they can. Staff are incredible and really enjoy everything they do, you can always rely on them for anything. 2nd year: 8 hours a week- although this is sometimes 10 hours if you take Criminology in the Professions (extremely helpful module for careers building). A lot of very interesting modules to take as you can finally choose to study more specialized modules. 3rd year: 6 hours a week + dissertation. This year was an interesting one due to the pandemic but the support and communication from all members of staff is truly incredible.
I haven't needed to hire equipment, however the facilities I have accessed on campus have always been very clean, its very easy when having group work as you can see the availability of the rooms on campus and easily access and book them.
I haven't accessed the SU services (only because I didn't feel the need to) however I have heard great things about student well being and the advice centre. The SOCPOL staff are truly incredible and will always try to support as many people as they possibly can.
The university overall has been helpful and resourceful despite the pandemic. They provide plenty of opportunities and my tutor especially was helpful. Around the clock she provided help and advice no matter the query
Consistent emails about job opportunities
Was effective but could be improved by adding lessons in which lecturers and students watch recorded lectures together so any question that are asked can be answered quicker then if they were emailed
The uni itself is fairly professional with its facilities, other than its medical building. The university owned gp building has poor reviews on contact, lack of effort and even prejudice
There has been an effort made, I acknowledge that, but the service he university directed me to for my mental health wasn't effective or comfortable for me
Considering the circumstances surrounding Covid etc it has been good. I have enjoyed the course as much as is possible when you’re studying online. Overall a good year.
Transition to online has been handled well. Communication has been good.
Lincoln uni itself is very good, but it is clearly a developing university in that the range of facilities is rapidly proliferating. I also think the town centre is quite small and could do with a greater range of bars and restaurants.
Placement and internship opportunities are advertised a lot, as is the opportunity to use the employability services at the library. Guest speakers such as Chris Packham also come in.
It’s a real mix- some lecturers are very good and make their content very accessible but some, including the course leader, aren’t very helpful at all. I also feel like this degree isn’t as challenging as it is at other universities. We do get to go on a lot of trips (in a non Covid time) such as an overseas field trip and several zoo and museum visits.
The labs are very well equipped and PhD students act as demonstrators, which is very helpful. Labs are also a good time to talk to lecturers and find out interesting information. There are several labs, including a new building specifically for the life sciences, which was opened by a turtle (google it)! Lecture buildings are spacious and often have cafes and comfortable seating in them.
Student wellbeing services are very helpful, as are the employability department, which offers mock interviews and career advice. The uni is great at connecting people with job opportunities. One criticism is that the uni GP is too small for the uni, so is often ineffective and I have just stuck with my home GP.
If everything had been normal, I imagine I would’ve given it a 5. It’s not been normal by any means, and only now are we starting to get back to normal - which is sad as many of us are going home now for the summer. As far as second years go, it’s been very hectic, I’ve been given some amazing opportunities and had some amazing lecturers support me throughout. I do wish we could have had somewhat of a more normal year, but I know that wasn’t down to the uni so I can’t fault them for that.
While my course has done so much to help, I understand that this is often done by the staff without prompt from the university itself. Naturally, the university boasts about its career services, however the one time I attempted to book an appointment with them they never responded. There are a lot of career opportunity e-mails that come through on a daily basis, but since you cannot specify them to your course or career goals, you rarely get one that’s of any use. There are many guest speakers that we are lucky to have come to Lincoln, although I do think in comparison to other unis we are probably lacking, although that can’t be helped since we are quite small and out of the way.
For the most part, I’ve been very lucky to have lecturers who care very deeply about my academic experience. The cohort for Creative Writing is much smaller than the average course size, so everyone knows everyone. This is especially good in the sense that you quickly meet and know all of the lecturers for the course, and they know you too. During the pandemic my lecturers went above and beyond in most cases to ensure that content was readily available for students, both in blended learning circumstances as well as during lockdown. One of my lecturers went as far as to offer up meetings whenever we needed them, understanding that it was a stressful time he’d also set aside time to ask us how we were doing and if there had been any developments in our writing outside of the classroom. All of the lecturers on my course are aware of how difficult this industry can be, and have always encouraged us to seek out opportunities while also trying to give them to us as well. From open mic nights to networking with poets, we’ve been offered it all.
Being a small city, the university is pretty accessible no matter where you are in Lincoln. There is only one library, but it’s always been more than adequate for studying and researching , with great meeting spaces you can book out for group projects. Over lockdown it was obviously inaccessible to us, however they did try their best to make sure we could get as much of the library experience online as was physically possible which was incredibly useful.
Having not used it myself, I can only go from the experience of others. When my friend was at a low point at the start of the academic year, I reached out to the uni support team who gave me advice on what to do for them. Luckily everything was fine in the end, and the support wasn’t needed. From some of the people on my course I have heard that wheelchair access in certain buildings is a nightmare, as the corridors can get very narrow in parts (making it almost impossible to get two people down at a time, let alone someone who requires a wheelchair).
Not really sure what my money is paying for to be honest, my subject is majority theory based so teaching online is not a problem. However, considering we have to buy all the textbooks etc. separately which is where most of the material is coming from, slot of lectures seem kind of pointless as they just repeat the information I've already read about.
We have a module based on this so it is quite well spoken about and useful which includes guest speakers, and we have a mock assessment centre/interview as well as several things online to find information
Online teaching, 7 hours lectures a week, and 6 hours of seminars/workshops. Tutor meeting around once or twice a term.
Spent limited time on campus so unsure of all facilities available, but the library is good, provides quiet study areas, printers, computers, books, etc. All kept clean etc
Haven't really looked into any of it so don't know much about it at all.
Honestly don't really understand what my money has paid for at all. As majority of the lectures just repeat information from textbooks that we had to pay for separately. We don't receive that much support and it's difficult to do certain sections when everything is online and you do not know anyone. Accomodation has been a waste of money this year as we did not need to be on campus at all.
We have a module/s dedicated to graduate job information which is useful and there are plenty of extra curricular activities to partake in to boost your employability skills such as microsoft office specialist exams, lincoln awards, volunteering etc. We also many guest speakers
Completely online, very rarely speak with tutors, find it kind of pointless going to certain lectures as they just read information off a powerpoint much of which is from the textbook I have already read in preparation. I'd rather just go through the lecture myself and read it than listen to someone read it out to me with no extra input.
Can't give much of an opinion as haven't had the chance to really use any. The library is good, as has quiet areas and computers to use. It is clean, the staff are good and there are plenty of services there.
Haven't looked into it too much, as have not been on campus much at all so don't know that much about the services provided
This year hasnt been a great year for any student. i think my university needs to improve on giving more mental health help to everyone and have check ins with students. Also alot of students need alot of support with work as it is hard to do online work from home
The university experience in Lincoln is an incredible one! The learning environment as well as the societies and social life available to us students is great. There is a large cohort of students on my course but you can always be heard and contact staff and get replies individualised to your needs. The Student Union has always got an event waiting for you to get involved whether through a society or just socially to meet more people!
If you seek opportunities there are many available but you have to put in the effort to get them, they’re not always offered readily for you.
Online, 10 hours of lecture content per week, 1/2 hours of seminars and workshops
Clean, got sanitiser points, one way systems, social distancing made possible
We have a personal tutor every semester to check in and see how we’re doing. We can also contact a number of staff whenever we’re in need.
Poor due to coronavirus, frustrating being expected to do the same amount of work in the same amount of time but being told our lecturers can’t mark work as quickly and to let them off because it’s been a hard year
Joined royal society of chemistry at beginning of first year and receive emails to do with careers, but nothing directly in lectures or on course to help with jobs
Lectures taught online fairly good and practical sessions also good. Not much feedback or support in terms of improving grades
Lots of facilities but library currently not open 24hrs and not offering all services
Seems to be lots of support but I have heard that student well-being can be hard to get seen by or isn’t too helpful