It’s been a tough year, I have not had in person taught content since March 9th 2020, and then spend the following months recovering from a tough bout of covid. The assignments have been of a good interesting standard, however the lectures have become quite unengaging. Being forced to do it online is a factor to consider, but some of the content felt very 1st year of degree in terms of standards. But pre pandemic it has been a good experience at uni overall.
Lots of active work helping students get opportunities. From career fairs, work placements and the sort. Arguably there could be greater fluidity of getting involved, it’s a tad intimidating to reach out even though there is a lot of support on offer.
Pre-pandemic the in person lectures, many field trips and lab sessions were really good ! The quality of zoom lectures since the pandemic began hasn’t been great, but the assignments are still interesting.
Library is fantastic, best building on campus. student union, open spaces and the sort are all of good high standards.
Whilst the disability services are good, there was a lack of attention when students got covid. Maybe it has improved since the first wave, but I got it in the first wave and was effectively ignored.
Not much to do in the city but is growing as a city and becoming more multicutural. Lots of exposure to pstients and lots of clinical time from first year which has helped build confidence on clinic
Have lots of career market days
Not a fan of EBL but good mix of lectures and self directed learning
Lots of access and opportunities to practice clinical work
Good support for dyslexic students
Good mostly..working in Art Studio at Royal William Yard was AWESOME ..thats now finished as Fine Art moved back to Main Campus and its just another city university experience now ;-)
Would be helpful if one had any feedback from Tutuors on work done for Modules. I went a whole Semester with no assessment information on the 3 modules, just a pass at the end! Really no help in moniotring ones perforamnce or progress 1STAR
See previous comment...quite appalling virtually no feedback in Art and Humanities department (or it seems any concern?)
Having been at university for two years already, I can say that moving to Plymouth was one of the best steps I took in life - I've made some amazing friends, been given great opportunities within my course and the societies on offer at the university, and have a better idea of what I want to do with my life after university than I did when I first started my courses (both the Foundation and my current Filmmaking course).
The university offers a career service, both online and in person within the library, and also offer internal opportunities for working around the university and Student Union, as well as working as a course representative for Open Days and Applicant Days.
I really enjoy the more hands-on approach that the lecturers take for our lectures, and the fact we're given opportunities to just go out and create whatever we wish for the weekly tasks. The course has also opened up opportunities to watch films and media that we wouldn't normally consume, in order to further expand our knowledge of the filmmaking world around us. One thing I would wish the first years were able to do was to have some guidance to begin with on how to write various essays and written pieces, so that we don't get left in the lurch on how correct formatting and academic writing is meant to be done, so that we can be better prepared in the remaining years, and especially when writing our dissertations in the third year of the course.
The Students Union has monthly meetings with members of societies in order to make sure all needs are being met by society members, and the Sabbatical Officers are always on hand to chat about any issues students may be having in their university lives.
For my first year, on a foundation course, I lived in university managed halls. Right on campus, it meant that I was safe and secure in the block, and for the price we paid it was a very good service. When actually starting on the first year of the Filmmaking course, I was living in privately-managed student housing, run by CleverStudentLets. Unfortunately, this experience was not as good as the experience I had dealing with the university, and I'm sad to say that the services Clever provide are not as good as they could be. For example, one of my housemates had to wait nearly a month once she had moved into the house for a skylight blind to be fitted in her bedroom, after being assured by the team at CSL that the blind would be in there by the time she moved in. As well as this, we had issues over the past year with one of our housemates, and even though we complained to the lettings agency about this housemate, the most that was ever actioned was an email reminding the rest of the occupants about antisocial behaviour, which we received multiple times. In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, I would also like to point out that the lettings agency has still asked for payment from tenants for housing that we are no longer allowed to access, due to the university telling us to go back home if at all possible. They are also withholding landlord details, which, under the Landlord and Tenancy Act (1985), Section 1, they are legally required to do within 21 days, regardless of the "GDPR" restrictions they keep saying disallow them from doing this. TL;DR: Don't go with CleverStudentLets if you're looking for private accommodation - speak to the University instead for other accommodation providers.
University facilities are well maintained, and are accessible using the student swipe cards given out at the start of the year.
The university is right next to Drakes Circus, and is only a 5 minute walk away from new entertainment and dining multiplex The Barcode, with shops close by. Accommodation ranges from being right on campus to being up to a 20 minute walk away from the main campus, depending on where you choose to live.
The university has a vast range of societies and sports clubs, and yearly offers Varsity matches enjoyed by many against Plymouth Marjon University. Prices for membership are good for the content you receive, and there is a yearly subsidiary fee of around £2 in order to ensure the SU is able to support these activities.
In terms of the support offered by the university, we get our feedback from our tutors promptly, either online via the Digital Learning Environment (DLE) or in a hard copy from the Faculty Office. The feedback is thorough and gives us advice on how we've received the marks we have, and there is the option of booking meetings with the lecturers to discuss the marks. Our lecturers also are able to counsel us if necessary, if we're having any issues with the course or within personal life that prevents us from doing the course. As well as this, the university itself offers various wellbeing services, like listening posts and the CALM cafe, which is useful for if a student just wishes to speak to someone they don't know without any means of judgement.
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Well there is a seminar every month so trying I guess
Some complications like no tutor student interaction
I have no idea what they even do
Not a part of it so , don't know
Better than normal
I’ve loved it, and met so many lovely people, especially through doing sport, so make sure you get involved. My course has also be really interesting, so I have enjoyed that too.
There is a careers fair and your course leaders are able to help you find work experience, my course also has a few placements weeks built in
My course provides certain days off every week, I like how it’s structured. Also how it gives you experience within the course.
The su has a good club and represents students well, needs more sports facilities though
The uni has good facilities for the educational side of uni, but needs more sports facilities, it only has a gym and sports hall, other than that we use the towns facilities
The university is in the middle of the city, close to town and there is lots of Accomodation surrounding the uni
There are so many societies and sports to choose from, you’ll definitely find the club you are looking for
I can contact my tutors anytime - really helpful. And there is specialised support I can access too.
Amazing experience to gain skills - both clinical and interpersonal, along side many extra curricular activities. Enthusiastic, proactive knowledgeable staff and lots of placement opportunities.
Employability hubs and careers advisors
Integrated learning and placements are great. The way assignments are assessed/ marking criteria are often vague.
Could have an on site pool
Fairly good could be better
Fantastic I am enjoying it a lot especially the fairs where I can see whats out there for me. My grades are fairly high as I have the opportunity to get clear lectures bit also support if I don't understand it. PALs is amazing and honest. There is a good uni-work-social life balance.
Careers department is amazing. Love the fairs and events that they put on. Incorporation into modules and tutorial is fantastic in terms of not being too focused it which otherwise would be patronising but they still make opportunities clear to students and you can see what skills you are building with each assignment etc. Fantastic
I dont like exams puts all the pressure on ome moment but I like how some modules are coursework/practical assessed too. I like it when staff record lectures as I can revist them at my pace as I may miss bits here and then. Recording also means I can research bits where I am interested further or there is not great understanding but unfortunately not all staff do this. I like had practical sessions to apply my knowledge and its a bit more informal.
Good communication. love the costa in the student union and they host pretty good nights out fairly cheap.
Very good absolutely love the libary, the labs and lab plus. Lecture seats are very comfy too. There is always help when you need it. Student services fantastic offering support centred around what will work best for you. Can comfortably reach out to staff with concerns or queries.
Definately within walking distance to uni about 15-20min. There is a hill but thats Plymouth. Accommodation does have gym but there is one along the road for if you are doing classes etc. Accomodation has laundary facilities with circuit laundry :( but there is a laundrette up the road. Little Tesco accross the road and Lidl short distance walk. Polling station was local too. Mutley highstreet 5-10mimute walk and shopping centre/highstreet is about 5 minutes further than the uni (if that!) Bars and society events tend to be local and I love taking a walk to Captin Jaspers and the Aquarium on the Barbican.
Lots of variety and made to feel incredibly welcome. I personally love Cheerleading and Surf Lifesaving. Plymouth Uni also has a gym on campus with discounted student rates.
Excellent. Feedback is good and tutors are clear but can adress any concerns and they will get back to you fairly quickly.
It’s a good way to learn while combining it with work or other hobbies. However mental health support should be a bigger focus . Even if students don’t turn up to lectures for a while, some sort of communication should happen to ensure wellbeing
Weekly lectures on career development
Like most- balance of exams and coursework Like least- lecture times can be awkward, 5 hours of free time in between lectures
Modern, convenient and a good socializing place
Very modern and useful
Good variety although I haven’t explored it personally
Poor, counseling can be improved, from personal experience with the wellbeing center, the practitioner didn’t know most mental illnesses so I couldn’t get proper solutions with my issues
It’s very different to my old life as I have moved away from my whole family in Portsmouth and moved 5 hours away to Plymouth on my own. I love meeting new people and doing the course I love so it’s still fun.
I haven’t come to experience any of this yet, therefore I’m not entirely sure but I do know that at the end of most courses, they give you work placements.
We don’t go in very often to learn as we have one or two lectures a week however, we get taught how to use all the equipment and apply it to our work.
It’s next to the university, however the food and drink is very expensive for something for students.
My university owns expensive and useful equipment such as cameras, sound equipment, sets and much more that we use in my course to teach us how things are done in the real world of film.
Extremely good, just a 8 minute walk to the university and a 10 minute walk to the town, however, if shops are needed there’s supermarkets and shops up the road which is very convenient.
Very good, I’ve looked through them, however, I don’t belong to any of them personally.
My lecturers are excellent in both helping us with our work and also if we ever need them, they’re open to helping us personally too. They’re very welcoming which is nice.