University of Bristol

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Learning Facilities
Sports Facilities
Student Union
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Anonymous

The student campus is beautiful, situated near the heart of the city. But, the course is pretty dire. I do history (BA) and have found the organisation terrible (sometimes receiving marks far later than proposed), but also a considerable lack of contact hours. Most of the work you do comes from your own. This is to be expected at uni, but I find it somewhat questionable that we are spending £9,000 a year for 6 contact hours a week. The careers service is useful.

Anonymous

The university is okay. There are very few contact hours, tutors don’t know students on a personal level almost at all. Students can pass with very little effort, and the course isn’t very demanding at all. The vast majority of students are wealthy and entitled and put in no work to group projects, expecting others to do their work for them.

Anonymous

The course itself was great for the first year. Lecturers were in the whole friendly and helpful. However, the second year was repetitive and no one on the course told us that in order to register in our profession after we'd finished we'd have to pay over £100. This left many of us, who being students with little money, unable to register straight away and resulted in us working a job and not being paid at the right level for it. I think this reflects the universities wealth and non concern for what they see as small amounts of money, and in fact I received an email from the course leader saying that the marking of our dissertations was less pressing because "graduate employment is perhaps less pressing". A massive disrespect I feel when a majority of the course were working full time far before the course ended to fund ourselves and being paid far less than we should of done, but the university did not see that as a "pressing" matter.

Anonymous

It is a very traditional university but I feel like the university holds back on putting money into accommodation or lecture theatres because it just relies on being traditional. It does, however, have some world class lecturers that are very willing to help you. I have met some lovely people st the uni and everyone seems willing to do things for fairness and equality. Mental health is something that is especially focused on currently which is great to see.

Anonymous

I've generally loved my time at Bristol. The campus is in a great location (I'm based in Psychology), and the city is a great size. There's always something to do, but it's still small. Teacher support and learning facilities are average. I was at the university during the strikes, and the organisation throughout was poor (ended up affecting the students, when the University had control of that). The careers service is wonderful. Lots of really useful and informative talks, easy to book 1-to-1 meetings/career advice. I'm an international student, and I've found the visa service hugely supportive and helpful through the process of applying for a visa to come to the UK.

Anonymous

Good lecturer worse lesson, even if he was study in oxbridge, the lecture he taught is still not understandable

Anonymous

I really enjoy the academic buildings - the way they are built is quite functional. Every year, my department has some form of renovation or construction going on, but it's always during summer, so when students return for the fall semester, brand new facilities are waiting. My department is quite good at providing constructive feedback, as well as listening to students' feedbsck and improving accordingly. The student union is a nice platform for students to voice their opinions, though higher staff authorities often neglect them. In terms of organization, it is done rather slowly, but when issues are raised, things will get done eventually.

Anonymous

The knowledge of lecturers is impeccable, I study physiology and many of the lecturers are top global researchers and are very good at explaining concepts. However, in particular units it had been difficult to get help when necessary, which has caused extra stress. The university is not good for students who are trying to save money as all the cafes are expensive, some university’s reduce prices for students. The refectory which was the only place that use to do cheap hot meals has been changed into a study space meaning there is now only the SU which is a walk away from the main campus. I find the way parts of the university are quite unfriendly, for instance Beacon house has signs up in the cafe saying if you don’t purchase anything you cannot sit in the cafe. This is despite it being attached to a university library and is a university building. The university has an alarmingly high suicide rate which is no surprise considering how the institution is run by those at the top. Having said this I have really enjoyed my course which is why you are there.

Anonymous

The teaching of my course (English BA) left much to be desired: there were few contact hours from which you had time to actually meet anyone of your course, the content was very uninspiring and not very progressive and the feedback from the tutors was often extremely unhelpful and on the odd occasion rude. I didn't know anyone that actually participated in the student union events - I wouldn't say the SU is as important for Bristol as it is for other universities because there's already so much going on in Bristol. The sports facilities were an elitist joke with memberships out pricing working class students. However, I've heard that there have been some measures taken to accommodate less advantaged students recently.

Anonymous

On the whole the uni experience was good. Staff were supportive, as were library / careers staff etc. Mental health facilities and personal support POOR. Course at times boring and lacked contact hours.

Anonymous

The campus is okay but not always enough places to study during exam season. The students union is modern and has a lot of good facilities including a good swimming pool.

Anonymous

Great city centre student experience but as a person from a disadvantaged background from an area with extremely low PIHE I feel that the university was not built with someone like me in mind.

Anonymous

The university has all the pros and cons of not being a campus uni. Great nightlife, many social opportunities but the stress of finding and renting accomdation and transport. There a a variety of sports teams and societies you are bound to find one that takes your liking.

Anonymous

The SU is not impressive, isn't super welcoming and we feel awkward when there.. sports unions are expensive and far for many The university is okay, the MSc Palaeobiology course is nice but less good than expected with some unfair grading, or worse lots of things are badly organised (administration, time table). No fieldwork in palaeo which is really disappointing because of its importance in the job.

Anonymous

My course wasn’t very inclusive. The majority of the students on my course were white middle class so it was difficult settling into the course as events weren’t very diverse and I often felt out of place. Tutorials were sparse especially one-to-one ones which were the most useful so it was difficult building a relationship with my tutor