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Shannen

Newman University, Birmingham

History BA (Hons)
OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING
Tell us about your overall university experience so far.

14 Jan 17

Since transferring from English to history, my experience has been very positive. The course is stimulating, lecturers are great and I’m learning so much, not just about my subject but also myself. The university is friendly and has everything I feel I need to achieve academically and grow personally.

Job Prospects
How does your uni make efforts to increase your employability (careers department, work placements, transferable skills)?

In second year there is a compulsory placement module offering 4 weeks of placement at a workplace of our choice, which is great for gaining work experience, increasing employbility after graduation and also giving students a taster a the field of work they wish to go into to see if it’s for them. There are always workshops or one on one support available with things such as writing personal statements, CV’s or developing interview techniques and there is a careers department (that I’ll use in second year when I start looking for a job) for those seeking advice. Recruitment events are regularly being held, however, since the university is largely an education university, most recruitment events are aimed at aspiring teachers and so there is a lack of opportunity for those interested in other fields. My only reason for giving 3 stars, is because I haven’t exploited the resources and support that helps with employment yet, so don’t feel I can really truly comment, but it does seem very good.

Course and Lecturers
What’s the best thing about your course & lecturers?

History is an excellent course. I transferred from English and do not regret my decision at all. It’s incredibly stimulating and enriching. There’s no end to the knowledge you can gain. I already feel much more tuned into the world around me as I have a clearer understanding of politics and the wide range of social, political and economical issues affecting us today. Because of this, I often find myself excited to attend sessions. I also feel there’s a wide variety of eras and modules that are taught and on offer, so I never get bored as there’s always something new or different to learn about. Lecturers are great. They’re passionate and knowledgeable about the modules they teach, take the time to listen to students so as to improve the way they teach us, they care about students and always have time for students if they need a chat or additional support or advice. Teaching is generally good. I personally learn a lot more from lectures rather than seminars, since they’re so much more informative and luckily there are more lectures than seminars. Mini seminars in the form of group chats or debates are often thrown in, which break up lectures and give us some much needed energy after spending an hour sitting and listening, which I much prefer.

Student Union
What do you think of your Students’ Union? If you don’t get involved, why not?

I’ve been incredibly disappointed with the Students’ Union so far. I was looking forward to getting involved in societies and making friends, but the number of societies is very low and most of them seem to be sports related, which is no good for students like me that have no interest in sports. The Student Union is also small and seems to be a tightly knit inclusive group which are often not around to speak to, which is personally why I haven’t been involved. There is the advantage that you’re able to set up any society you choose, but to do this you have to have a certain amount of members first and an elected chairman and vice chairman, which can be difficult for first year students who are still making friends. The Student Union also doesn’t seem to be very active in organising or promoting events and I rarely hear of any events that are going on, which makes it difficult for people to get involved if they want to. I haven’t been to the bar myself, but have heard from friends that it’s awful. She said it’s incredibly small, barely anyone ever goes and there’s never any events on that she wants to go to. I really put the Student Union’s lack of activity down to the small size of the university, as it seems to be a very small group of students that actually turn up to events or try to get involved.

Uni Facilities
How good are your university’s facilities?

They’re generally good. There’s adequate places to eat with the Starbucks counter in the main reception building, the Sanctuary offers a range of hot and cold foods which can sometimes be a little expensive but is generally fair priced and there are vending machines dotted around. There’s a free ATM machine, which is useful. Printers/copiers are accessible at various areas around the university and not just the library. Computers are also available in different areas across the campus, but at peak times in the library it can be hard to get one. There are limited amount of loanable laptops that students can take out if there’s no computers available, but again at very busy times it can be impossible to get these too. I find that bringing in my own laptop or tablet and using one of the study spaces in the library is better. Although the library is small, there are always plenty of study spaces to work at that are catered depending on whether you’re doing individual or group study. There are learning areas where you can chat in small groups and there are silent study areas with individual study stations that are brilliant for getting work done. All stations have plugs so you can charge devices, there’s plenty of space to spread your work and best of all in the silent area there are zero interruptions which is practically impossible to find anywhere else. There are nice views of the reservoir from the windows which is also nice to look out at when doing studying, particularly on sunny days. The small size of the library means that there are a limited amount of books, especially for history students. Since my class has 20-30 people and there are 2-3 copies of each book it can be practically impossible to get the books you need when an essay is due or exam is looming. 7 day loans are placed on highly sought after books so as to insure all students get the chance to take it out rather than one student hogging it. This is a good idea, but it can sometimes be annoying when I take one out because a week isn’t always enough time to properly dissect the book and take from it what I need. Reservations can come in handy when there’s a particular book you need for an exam or essay, but again, it’s a race to see who can reserve it first and often someone else will beat you to it. Self-service machines to check out and return books are incredibly easy to use and I’ve never encountered any problems with them. Having a limited amount of printing credits and then having to pay for more is ridiculous (but a policy that most unis have now) considering each student is paying £9,0000 per year tuition.

City Life
What’s the city life like?

The nearest city is Birmingham which is a great city with everything any student could want, but it’s at least a 40 minute journey on the bus. Since I don’t live on campus, I don’t really go to Birmingham much as it’s too far for me, plus, I’m not really a city-goer. The area the university itself is situated in is nice enough. It’s a quiet residential area, with a few shops and a cash point just a couple of minutes down the road.

Clubs and Societies
What are the clubs and societies like?

Limited amount and not enough variety. Also not enough information readily available for students interested in becoming involved.

Student Support
How good is the support offered by the uni? Think both academic (tutors/feedback) and personal (counselling, etc).

It’s excellent, particularly from lecturers. There’s an open door policy and I feel comfortable to stay after class to ask lecturers questions or to email them at any time if I have a problem. They’re incredibly good at answering emails and sometimes even when I’ve emailed at 10pm on a Sunday night I’ve gotten a response within half an hour! They work hard to mark essays and get them back to us ASAP, which is a huge perk since I have friends in bigger universities that sometimes have to wait up to a month to get their work back. So far any essay I’ve submitted has been back to me within 2 weeks, sometimes even sooner! Feedback from essays is very in-depth and critical which helps me to improve and hone my skills. Other support is always available whether it’s academic, financial or emotional support that’s needed. SATS will go through essays, offer revision tips, help improve your writing skills or give advice on anything else academic if you’re struggling. There is also counselling and teams that are readily available for students that are facing any kind of problem, regardless of what it might be. One email is often all that is needed to book an appointment.

Giving back N/A
How much does your uni give back to the community (think global and local), do any projects stand out?

I haven’t been at the university long enough to know how much they contribute to the community.

Emma

Newman University, Birmingham

Secondary Geography (QTS) PGCE
OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING
Tell us about your overall university experience so far.

18 Dec 16

very positive. I enjoy the course andthe people i study with . the lecturers are good and the course is highly personalised to suit individual needs of students.

Job Prospects
How does your uni make efforts to increase your employability (careers department, work placements, transferable skills)?

email updates with event suggestions, one to one meetings with tutor, two placements at schools

Course and Lecturers
What’s the best thing about your course & lecturers?

small class sizes, lecturers that know me and tailored support

Student Union
What do you think of your Students’ Union? If you don’t get involved, why not?

its quite small and doesnt have that much happening but I am too busy with placements and essays to participate more. Also, I live far away so will only join in when i am already at university.

Uni Facilities
How good are your university’s facilities?

good, should be drinking water freely available though

City Life
What’s the city life like?

I live on the other side of the city and it takes me three hours a day to travel to and from uni. I find this exhausting… but the city is lovely.

Clubs and Societies
What are the clubs and societies like?

not much choice

Student Support
How good is the support offered by the uni? Think both academic (tutors/feedback) and personal (counselling, etc).

excellent, highly personalised

Giving back
How much does your uni give back to the community (think global and local), do any projects stand out?

i dont know, the church is active.

Shelina

Newman University, Birmingham

English Literature BA (Hons)
OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING
Tell us about your overall university experience so far.

15 Dec 16

I have loved every minute of it as i love the course i am on which makes it all worth it. Even though i dont get involved in the clubs and student union that doesnt stop me from having fun at university

Job Prospects
How does your uni make efforts to increase your employability (careers department, work placements, transferable skills)?

There is a compulsary work placement in our second year at university, where we complete 100 hours at a work place where we would like our career to lead to in the future . We also have a careers department which are very helpful and give good advice

Course and Lecturers
What’s the best thing about your course & lecturers?

The lecturers are passionate about the course and they are all very approachable. And because it is a small university the lecturers actually know the students names and makes it more personal which is a good thing. The course is amazing there is such a variety of aspects we can look at. You learn something new and facinating every day

Student Union N/A
What do you think of your Students’ Union? If you don’t get involved, why not?

I dont really get involved as its something that doesn’t interest me.

Uni Facilities
How good are your university’s facilities?

The facilities are goid, however I wish there were more computers and more space to work

City Life
What’s the city life like?

I’ve lived here all my life and the area where the university is set it is secluded and quiet which is perfect not busy at all. However it is quite far from the city centre which makes it hard and very long travelling

Clubs and Societies N/A
What are the clubs and societies like?

I dont get involved in the clubs and societies as they do not interest me

Student Support
How good is the support offered by the uni? Think both academic (tutors/feedback) and personal (counselling, etc).

The support offered is amazing. Tutors and lecturers are always there when you need help and reply to emails very fast. There is also a good counselling team

Giving back
How much does your uni give back to the community (think global and local), do any projects stand out?

The university do a weekly soup kitchen. They also have separate bins for paper, plastic recycle ect

Rachel Brookes

Newman University, Birmingham

Studies in Primary Education BA (Hons)
OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING
Tell us about your overall university experience so far.

08 Dec 16

I have loved every minute of uni so far! I enjoy my course and I love the experience of living on my own and I have made the best set of friends I could ever have asked for!

Job Prospects N/A
How does your uni make efforts to increase your employability (careers department, work placements, transferable skills)?

At uni I haven’t done a placement yet so i am unsure but form what I have heard the careers department are great for advice on work placements as well as volunteering abroad within the semester and over the summer and they also help with what to do after uni with workshops including how to fill a job application form properly and how to apply for PGCE.

Course and Lecturers
What’s the best thing about your course & lecturers?

The best thing about my course and lecturers are that my lecturers know me by name and face, and we get lots of support.

Student Union
What do you think of your Students’ Union? If you don’t get involved, why not?

Our Student’s Union is great!! Every member is lovely and they always speak whenever they see you around campus. they also hold some great events are our Student Union Bar.

Accommodation
If you live in university halls or private housing, what is your accommodation like?

I have a big enough room as well as an en-suite (that not many people have) and we have a lovely big kitchen which is great for socialising with the people on our landing as well as having our own get together with friends an other people from other landings.

Uni Facilities
How good are your university’s facilities?

My university as good facilities for sports as well as a starbucks, a bar and a restaurant to eat in through the day

City Life
What’s the city life like?

City life is good, although we are located quite a distance from the city there is fantastic transport links to get us into the city centre within the hour.

Clubs and Societies
What are the clubs and societies like?

We have lots of societies for us to join in with, we only need to buy a £5 societies cards and we can join as many as we like.

Student Support
How good is the support offered by the uni? Think both academic (tutors/feedback) and personal (counselling, etc).

The academic support offered is great our lectures will email back as soon as they possibly can and they are around alot of the time for us to go and see for tutorials if we need to.

Giving back
How much does your uni give back to the community (think global and local), do any projects stand out?

Our uni give lots back to the community, we have a food bank, we have a charity of the year and we do lots of fundraising for the charity throughout the year, within the uni and outside of uni, including: a collection in the city centre during the Christmas period.

Annon

Newman University, Birmingham

Drama, Theatre and Applied Performance BA (Hons)
OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING
Tell us about your overall university experience so far.

08 Dec 16

I hate it. Going here was my biggest regret. I feel I’m not going to achieve anything. It’s not a professional environment. I’m not learning or improving skills which is what they told me would happen. Lecturers are rude and patronising half the time apart from Persephone she’s lovely. Me and my friends have had food poisoning from the canteen food. I’m now trying to complete my essay with no support. The lecturer for this essay held a guidance tutorial but I didn’t go because I feel embarrassed because they dont take into consideration I’m dyslexic and I end up coming out with minimal knowledge and feeling stupid

Job Prospects N/A
How does your uni make efforts to increase your employability (careers department, work placements, transferable skills)?

It doesn’t. It’s dreadful wenhave careers fairs which are always cancelled or postponed we get voulenteer opportunities via email but that’s it the course doesn’t offer any guidance when it comes to future jobs and it’s worrying because I’m halfway through my course thinking I’m not going to get anywhere in life when I’ve left

Course and Lecturers
What’s the best thing about your course & lecturers?

Some of my lecturers are very passionate and it’s always good to have a passionate lecturer because it’s inspiring

Student Union N/A
What do you think of your Students’ Union? If you don’t get involved, why not?

Useless! They invite you to discuss issues so you can make a difference and then do nothing about it

Accommodation
If you live in university halls or private housing, what is your accommodation like?

I was going to live in halls for second year but saw that they were appalling so decided to stay in my original accommodation. I rent my own flat with my friend it is a lot cheaper

Uni Facilities
How good are your university’s facilities?

They are dreadful! There is tape holding both the ceiling and floor together in the drama studio. There isn’t even a proper performing space for us. The entire uni is under reconstruction so we have about 3 rooms that we keep getting swapped between and the site keeps going down which is very inconvenient seeing as it’s deadline week next week and I can’t access any of my noodle information. The entire Drama department is useless and I’ve wasted my time coming here. I was told we would have more spaces to perform in the uni, but we don’t

City Life
What’s the city life like?

I’ve always lived in Birmingham and it’s a nice little area minus the few aspects you have to avoid

Clubs and Societies
What are the clubs and societies like?

I can’t comment on all but the dance and performing arts society are rubbish. They take up all the space when we need to be rehearsing for exams so we have nowhere to rehearse. They’re boring and performances were embarrassing

Student Support
How good is the support offered by the uni? Think both academic (tutors/feedback) and personal (counselling, etc).

I asked for a dyslexia screening in the first week of university when in my first year and they kept cancelling on me. This went on until a few months before the end of first year when I finally got tested and confirmed that I had dyslexia. I then also got told I was entitled to extensions ebcausenif my dyslexia and applied for one this year and they denied me so now I’m struggling and probabaly going to fail and have to retake. I was also going through a really bad time with my anxiety depression and paranoia and asked to see a councillor who also cancelled on me and then never heard anything off her

Giving back
How much does your uni give back to the community (think global and local), do any projects stand out?

None that I know of I think their is a lot of volunteer placements but that’s all I know

 

 

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