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2022 WUSCA winners
A nice feel on campus with good food options
A great course with knowledgeable tutors
A smaller city but a good feel
A nice feel on campus with good food options.
A great course with knowledgeable tutors.
A smaller city but a good feel.
Such a lovely university.
Such great help on the course :).
Having been on the PGCE course at Winchester I would strongly recommend looking elsewhere for training. As a recent student here’ are my thought, opinions and experiences which I hope you find honest and helpful: - Teaching on the course is generally poor in several subjects, including maths, science and English (there are rare exceptions for music, art and PE): it is often delivered in ways we are told not to teach as teachers; it was frequently considered to be a waster of time by students, being boring and simplistic. - I found the course leadership to be atrocious with little concept of customer service and meeting student needs. Responses to questions about the course were met with defensiveness and fobbing students off rather than addressing and tackling some of the many issues. There are also important unaddressed issues around diversity and inclusion. - An extremely condescending attitude appeared prevalent towards students and little support was in place: a friend suffering from anxiety received no help from the course team, being told to see student services even though she couldn’t get an appointment for a month and ended up being another student who didn’t complete. - Despite paying money for the university to find placement as part of the course they failed to do this and expected students to arrange one of own placements, leaving some students returning to poor placements. This had not been made clear out the outset. -Timetabling is shocking, some days are 9-6 and others are only 1 session for which students are expected to travel in, often some distance. -Library resources are poor and a limited number of key books trigger a scramble for resources which should not happen, especially given the age of the texts. -IT access is shocking with phone authentication required to login, in some places there is no phone signal so it’s not possible. The course team also seems to think bombarding students with political issues is part of their raison d’être when their focus clearly needs to be elsewhere. -Few alternatives to eat on campus exist without a 10-15 min walk into the city and the food offered is rather taste free, unhealthy, and overpriced. I’ve achieved and done well at several good, Russell group and new universities. Attending Winchester was like the absolute bottom of the barrel and I really wouldn’t recommend it to my worst enemy. If you’re looking for a university based PGCE in this area I’d highly recommend looking at Southampton, Portsmouth, or other, better universities. Alternatively consider a SCITT course but make sure it isn’t through Winchester. None of my friends from the course tell me they are satisfied with their experience. Sadly, this comes from the attitude of those running the course and their inability to meet and respond to student needs. Unless there has been a significant change of leadership since 2021/22 the advice is clear: study elsewhere.
In addition to above tutor service is poor with assigned tutor providing no additional value to studying. Conversely the tutoring system here is more of a hinderance because of its poor quality.
Really good campus close to everything, good student events.
Really interesting modules, good lectures and placements.
Everything is really close and can be interesting things to do. Only one nightclub and the SU bar but good pubs and bars.
The thing I like most is the proximity to all facilities and lectures as it is a 5 minute walk from anything you may beed on campus. The worst thing can be not enough fridge space for everyone but you just need to divide this equally.
Really lovely campus, super friendly people and friendly staff. The SU should hold more events as there’s not really any clubs (apart from Vodka) and going to Southampton for a night out can be expensive for some. Student Services wait times can be a while as always busy.
Should have more lecture hours as 6-8 a week is not enough. Some lecturers need to have more passion for their subject/topic as reading in a monotone voice of a PowerPoint slide isn’t helpful. Other services linked to history such as PAL are brilliant and really useful.
Winchester is a beautiful small city with lots of great sites but is definitely not a “uni town.” Only “student style” shops are Primark and TK Max and the closest food shops being Tesco’s and TK Maxx. Public transport is pretty decent with the closest bus stop a 5/7 min walk from main campus, with buses running every 10 mins. Everything is walking distance from the uni, such as train station and the main high street, with Southampton only being a 20 min train ride away. Safety is vital and recently there have been a couple of issues hence why public transport is so important and there should be a bus available after 11pm. Is a diverse uni but definitely could do more to be more diverse.
Situated a 2 min walk from main campus, so brilliant location. Queens has a nice friendly feel about it, with nice size rooms and a decent size ensuite. The only issue is the kitchen. The shared kitchens in Queens are all very different in size but it’s pot luck whether you get a nice one or not. My kitchen is tiny, no real hang out space, not enough room for 8 people to sit round the table, and with one window it gets so hot and sweaty especially when weather is nice. Basics supplied in kitchen but the cupboard space is pretty decent with enough fridge space (2 fridges per kitchen). Personal opinion that the accommodation should be cheaper. Winchester very expensive to live especially if on lower side of maintenance loan which doesn’t cover rent at all.
I don't know much about student life
Only in first year so may not have experienced everything it has to offer
My main issue is lack of parking
Good sports nights on a Wednesday and student union work hard to make lots of events available to all students. Physiotherapy department is based off campus so can feel isolated from the uni experience. Could be improved if there were facilities closer to the uni and hospital.
Good, new built facilities with top of the art technology. Includes blended learning, which reduces travel time for commuting students.
Great for my course, beautiful area, plenty of pubs and cafès but not great for night life
Very full on course, non stop lectures with content that’s not necessarily helpful for assignments but interesting nonetheless
not enough support