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This year obviously the uni experience is quite different from the past years but I think my university is doing a great job in keeping the high quality lectures up and giving us the support we need along the way. Not meeting other students from my course has been quite challenging but through living in halls I met a few people (especially my flat mates) and have made friends with them. So overall I think it has been a good year for me so far.
It’s blended learning, we have most of it online but some hours in the lab every other week. There is great encouragement to get in touch with tutors as much as we need which is very helpful, as well as fast responses to emails from our lecturers.
In my opinion, the university has risen to the challenge of coronavirus well and everything I could've wanted in terms of support, help and opportunities has been offered to me. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at university so far.
As a first year i haven't used this much, but there is a building on campus purported to be for careers advice, and we've had guest talks from engineering institutions such as iMechE come in and help with graduate prospects and industrial placement year support
The course is mostly taught in a way that is easy to follow and understand. Sometimes concepts are assumed to already be known by students that isn't by most of the cohort, but there are sufficient methods to contact teachers and tutorial sessions that gaps in understanding can be addressed. The lecture slides and other recourses are readily available in almost all cases, although the engineering maths module is just reading from a textbook which can sometimes be hard to motivate oneself to do
When we're allowed to access campus facilities and not barred by coronavirus restrictions, they're well kept up and well supervised, help is usually not far away especially in engineering workshops and technicians are knowledgeable and helpful/
There are many student and staff led opportunities for support and offers to join wellbeing groups are given at the start of term.
The university is very good for researchers, however, students aren't the universities priority. More emphasis on students would be nice. First year was hectic with more than 30 contact hours and 2 days of labs every week.
Covid has very much impacted my uni experience, my learning was good but being at uni would've been better. my accomodation wasn't great either, i was given the smallest room and i paid a lot for it
Career service emails frequent
90% online learning, organisation was difficult with no clear timetable/ where to find online lectures
Dont know haven't been there
All been online so far
My experience of university has been very different, yet amazing. I have made many good friends whom I get on with very well. The course is challenging enough to keep me interested and motivated to carry on working hard. The lecturers are all understanding of our situations and offer all the help they can. The assessments are easy to do from home and are accessible from home. Security have been harsh which is understandable and overall I have had an amazing experience!
In my course there is an employability module, however this often gets clouded by the many other emails we receive and because of this I have little information regarding the employability opportunities. Despite this, before joining Southampton university, the post-graduate percentage who become employed in the first year was a high priority and so although I cannot remember this figure, I know it was at a good level.
All lectures are online with a mixture of live lectures and recorded lectures. Meet with tutor online once every two weeks and have a mix of assignments including group work and essays. The course is quite reading heavy but this is sometimes supported with an interactive seminar where we can discuss with our course mates.
Although the shared space we are allowed to use is limited because of the COVID-19 situation, the dove we are allowed to use is accessible and well cleaned. The library is currently open during working hours and all shared corridors and stairs are cleaned everyday. The common room and other similar spaces are not currently open. I have not experienced much of the equipment and facilities due to a reduced amount of in-person lectures, but from what I have seen I am quite impressed. A range of sports facilities are also available which I have made use of.
The university have offered extensive mental health support during the various lockdowns offering a helpline or someone to just chat too if needed. It also seems to offer good disability support which I know the importance off because I have two disabled brothers. I have not made use of these services as of yet, but expect that they will be useful in the future.
There is a lot of support but it can feel lonely too. With everything online it’s not easy so my overall experience has been tough. I ended up moving home and ending my accommodation contract. There is a lot of help but there is only so much they can do during the pandemic to help
Southampton has its own database aim solely at jobs, placements, internships and different opportunities. The information and support available is amazing. If you are doing a course that involves a placement then for the entire of year 1 you will have a class once a week dedicated to the placement process
For the first semester it was taught mainly online with a few non-compulsory face to face lectures. Since Christmas it has all be online. With regards to teaching hours...I have around 5 hrs a week of online lectures but then it is expected to do around 20-30 hrs of independent study each week. Contact with the tutors is really easy via email only. They are all very quick at responding and have a lot of understanding for all the situations each student may be experiencing.
There is lots of space to study. There are many facilities to allow access to everyone. Very clean. Not much equipment hiring facilities
Getting access and support is on of the easiest process to do. They are available all day everyday. The service they offer is amazing as they are very thorough with ensuring they you are okay..
I have thoroughly enjoyed the course. The content is really varied and interesting and taught very well, especially via the difficult conditions online. There is lots of opportuniy to expand your knowledge.
Overall bad experience, way too much money for all online, barely any socialising because of COVID. Hopefully second year will improve experience by having more in person. Societies looked good but haven’t been able to join
Good lectures but all online
Haven’t been able to use them as i’ve been stuck at home
It has been ok, much more difficult than face to face learning since everything was online. But not worth it to pay so much for independent learning. A refund on the tuition loan would be good.
Lectures support has been great and facilities. Outside of academic staff there is minimal support for part time students and I have had appalling communication with the fees office.
Multiple problems eight admin support particularly fees office. Incredibly rude and unhelpful.