By Alice,Written on Jan 21 , 2020
It was difficult adjusting the first term, especially as an international student as there was no academic support to explain the differences between the American school system and UK school system, so I did not get as much out of my first semester as I wish I had.
They do a good job of keeping the social calendar very full for students, although most of the activities are not really things I personally am particularly interested in. The SU president however is very approachable and willing to represent students wherever possible
The university could definitely benefit form more societies that are more creative. I started a salsa dance club, and more clubs like this would be hugely beneficial for the students
Overall facilities are fine.
I love how most of the classes allow for plenty of discussion which is when I feel I do the most learning, debating with other students and the professor and with free flowing discussions on complex topics. I dislike the classes that are larger, and these are often the ones that combine post-grads with undergrads, a feature I am not hugely fond of.
It's good in terms of accommodation. Perhaps a little far from amenities for some, although I quite like the walk and it's delightful to have the park right across the road. The biggest downside is that public transport from city centre is not amazing and unless you have a car it can be tricky to get to other towns or cities.
The careers aspect of the uni is rather lacking as far as I am concerned. The placements page on gateway doesn't exactly offer particularly inspiring options. And I did not have a good experience with the careers centre. Went in asking for help with a resume and cover letter for a very significant position, but the advice was uninspiring and the career's adviser seemed either clueless or disinterested. I had to go elsewhere to get actually helpful advice on crafting my resume and cover letter.
Academic support can be a little hit or miss, and it's very much up to the students to get any academic support they need. However, personal support is really good at RAU. I have personally benefited from the services, and I have greatly enjoyed being an employee of Student Support Services and working with them has been really gratifying because I can see the difference it can make to students.
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