A tad stressful but I've enjoyed it so far. The work gets heavier as you go throughout the year but if you start it early it's okay. Freshers needs a bit of work to catch up to the standards of other universities though.
They have career fairs.
We get a lot of support because we are a small cohort but sometimes it seems a tad disorganised
They have a student union shop which is fairly expensive compared to the Tesco which is 5 minutes away. We don't have a student union bar.
Fairly good but some universities have better health care facilities such as mock theatres or wards.
Yes. The accomodation is a 5 minute walk away and the town centre is about 10 minutes away
Compared to other universities there aren't as many societies which is a shame.
Pretty good but they don't have any spaces for DSA funded tutors.
All in all it has been brilliant. The placements could have been organised better as the leadership in the allocations department was terrible but the actual placements were great. I would say, keep a track of your hours and utilise the academic services available at the library. The other support available counselling, food parcels etc are also a great resource.
There is a national shortage of trained nurses
Expertise of the lecturers. Sometimes they have been a bit disorganised for example, putting on lectures pertaining to an assignment that isn’t due in for months afterwards.
Too much going on to get involved.
Love the waterfront, Ipswich has amazing parks and a great little theatre.
Don’t know, did not get involved
Excellent supportive culture and outstanding support from 1:1 academic skills advisor (Elle Wills) library services.
Bad. Really terrible. I found it very hard to get any real learning done with a university with such bad facilities, the library in particular was terrible. Whilst there is the opportunity to ask the university to order in books, most of the time that’s not how university learning works. Reading leads you on a journey to discover new books from the references to continue your quest for knowledge, but when the library stocks core texts and not much else then it’s nigh on impossible.
Simply, it doesn’t. My experience of the university was terrible, and many graduate careers fairs I’ve attended don’t know the university exists, let alone give my degree any credence. The institution just doesn’t have the connections required to give people the best chances in their graduate career.
Staff are uninterested and do not do any research to back up their teaching. Research methods are taught exceedingly poorly, in fact, my learning of SPSS was a booklet which taught me which buttons to press to complete a piece of coursework. In no way was I able to practise on my own. The teaching is just terrible. When it comes to lectures and seminars, the calibre of the students is not conducive to intelligent debate and discussion. It upsets me that I am studying a degree which focuses on thought and the nature of society, but nobody is interested in having intellectual discussion. other lecturers were sadly lacking in their ability to fuel inspiration in the students.
They just don’t solve problems. I was an active member and I still wasn’t able to receive support. I communicated a wish to leave the university, and I was only told that I should stay at the university rather than providing me with practical support to leave.
Computers are slow, library is exceptionally poor and there is no community feel whatsoever.
I live in Ipswich so I’m used to it anyway. The shops are average for the size of town, and its easy enough to get the train to Colchester or Norwich for better shops (and a better university!). I’m not much of a night-owl, but I know the one nightclub is terrible. Good pubs though, Issacs is a great bar.
Basically non-existent. If you have an interest, whilst you’re able to set up a society, the chances are that there’s nobody who is interested in the same topic. Good luck finding anyone on your course interested enough to set up a course-related society to debate and discuss. There was only a couple of sports teams, and these are unwelcoming and cliquey.
Bad. There aren’t ‘open hours’ for lecturers where you can just drop in unlike other universities, there is very much an us and them mentality. Whilst its possible to get a tutor to meet with you, there’s not much they’ll do to help. When it comes to personal support, I had counselling at the university which was okay, but signposting to other support wasn’t wonderful.
Terrible. Would not return or recommend for any further study within the health and social care field. Cannot comment for any other subject areas but there are better institutions within sensible commuting distance that it wouldn't be difficult to beat the service UoS are providing.
Already in the workplace undertaking an apprenticeship through NHS funding; therefore this is not applicable to my course.
So far there is nothing I like about the course teaching. There are several issues which the university are slow to address; these include associate lecturers who admit to lacking preparation and subject knowledge, extremely poor communication, lack of resource sharing - part of cohort have access whilst others do not meaning many have little to no preparation opportunity to the one day teaching contact, reliance on students own knowledge to support lecturers. The Brightspace portal could be a valuable resource if used correctly, unfortunately this is sporadic and not all staff are well versed in its use. Also contact hours are not fully used - rarely do we get a full day.
Student's union much better this year, space has been revamped and communications are good. I make use of the limited sports facilities shared by the next door college for a very reasonable price. The SU is small but reflects the small size of the university.
Poor lecture facilities - seating and note taking 'desks' are not sufficient for learning, the acoustics within the teaching rooms is terrible, lighting isn't conducive for a whole day in a room with little natural light, temperature control is at the will of the main thermostat. The library is out dated, very few books are current and therefore cannot be used for the university referencing policy of within ten years, the catalogue is not very broad, good luck in finding anything using the in library catalogue search. Though if there are books the library reserve, checkout and renewal system is fantastic. The technology and computer access is good as there are not a lot of students, breakout spaces are widely available.
Typical suffolk town, I cannot comment as I am not attending as a full time, move away from home student.
Very few clubs and societies, no orchestra or broad range of clubs/societies to allow those coming from full time secondary education to continue with any extra curricular activities they may have been enjoying at home.
Cannot comment on personal support. Academic support is poor from a faculty level, lack of swift response to emails, lack of availability for tutorial support, not adhering to apprenticeship standards for some students with respect to regular meetings and support. Broad academic support from the learning services is good but cannot assist with subject/content specifics.
Great! Even with student loans due to come 6 weeks late lectures have been so supportive! It is a beautiful University, friendly people, they have great food (great vegan options), the general feeling in the building is warm and intimate. Lecturers so far have been willing to chat after class about any issues we have or just to genuinely check in and see how we are it's fab
They are really proactive, the have even had a woman come out to teach us how to write a business plan, and gain understanding on the legal side of private practice. They have also included skills on how to be prepared to for multicultural clients. They tailor the entire course material to real life issues that can be implemented in practice.
I really like Issues in the counselling room - how much it is digestible, easy to understand and how flexible the lecture is. What I like least about the course is that it is in a room with no natural light or windows, it is OK for half a day but a full day (Thursday) from 9-5 I feel a bit boxed in and overwhelmed with the lack of window and natural light. The fluorescent lights and plan walls can get a bit 'headachey'.
I haven't really got involved as yet. I applied for the Student Ambassador position and was very enthusiastic about the role but my car broke down the day before so I had to cancel. I will reapply in Feb.
Food is great, location is fab, over all the facilities are pleasant. I found the people in info zone a little short and they don't acknowledge you for several minutes when you go over to them. That is my only qualm. So far is a great facility.
Not sure I live away from there. The few restaurants I have eaten in are nice though and I love to walk on the waterfront during my lunch break.
All really great so far, it is the most support I have had out of all higher education institutions that I have attended.
Finance + academic board are on different levels and understanding.
Not much support or understanding.
Some are amazing, the rest are poor.
Tutors are approachable, lecture times are good and work placements are brilliant.
The lecture times are good as you can take in the information but they don't go on for too long.
Close to town centre with night places right next door.
Some courses are interesting but some are all the same
Toilets are too low down
close to university
There's a variety
Has pairs to gain experience
there are loads of areas to sit and study
variety of people
Wish they had more water sports available
everyone is supportive
great lecturers, just not enough of them
improved in third year, not so great in the first two years
some lecturers are great, some rarely email back!