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192-207 UCAS Points
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- TEACHING DELIVERY STATUS:
- Confirmed Sept/Oct start
- TEACHING MODE:
- Online learning
- OPEN DAYS:
- 21st April
- TEACHING NOTES:
- The majority of teaching will be online until Friday 26 March with the exception of health-related and practical-based programmes where on-campus activity is required to meet learning outcomes. A small number of additional programmes and cohorts can return to in-person teaching on or after 22 February.
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As a university, Cardiff is great. The only let down has been the delivery of the medicine course. The campus for the medicine course is separate to the rest of the university, and so you have very little opportunity or time to spend at the official university campus. This review is for the heath campus, which is disappointing. The Cochrane is public access so always busy. There is poor ventilation and no air conditioning so it's awful in the summer. The heating is subpar so it is cold in the winter.
I can’t even rate any of the categories because I have been on campus ONCE. From what I have experienced of Cardiff uni from my “blended” (online lol) learning is that the uni is awful with a complete lack of student support. Please please please do not put the Russell group status above whether a uni has good student support or not.
Going back to university during a pandemic has been hell. Basically nothing has been put in place to help the vast majority of students, every single one of my lectures is a prerecorded one, I have zero social life (which I was expecting) and zero contact with anyone on my course. We are expected to completely structure our modules ourselves with "module maps" and nothing else. The once 24/7 libraries have been reduced to 9-5, 5 days a week, and we have to book 2 hour slots in advance if we want to go. Not only this, but because of disinfectant procedures, we can't get books for at least 72 hoirs after they have been returned. I understand the necessity for this, but we were told that books would be digitised, and for the most part (at least for my course) this hasn't happened. It is incredibly difficult to motivate yourself when everything is online and you're paying an extortionate amount of money for what is, frankly, a subpar education.
If you're coming to Cardiff because of it's 'Russell Group status', don't be blinded to its faults. I would advise looking very hard at whether a) You want to live here. b) The modules you want to take are available and c) You believe you will genuinely be happy studying here. Russell Group status is completely irrelevant once you arrive. Please, please don't think that it makes your course any better. It does not.
I am a second year architecture student and so far my experience has been great. Cardiff University offers students all the facilities they need. Recently, the students union building was renovated so spending time there is much more enjoyable. I am also on the uni fencing team. The athletic union has always provided us with equipment and transport for competitions. Overall, I believe that Cardiff as a city is a good value for money and is also one of the best universities in the UK.
This is about the clearing line, i went through clearing this year and requested for a certain type of course. I was met with a welsh woman who had a horrid disdain for me in her voice and it honestly made me feel like a bad person for wanting to clear into the university. All other universities that i had been in contact with were very nice and helpful and all i got from Cardiff was a series of indefinite statements with sighs at the end. Wouldn't go there if this was how they treat students who are looking for courses in this time of uncertainty.
As an MA student, who previously studied at an apparently less prestigious institution, I'm unsure Cardiff University deserves the praise it deserves. I'll put the pros first and cons second. Pros - The rent around cardiff is mostly reasonable and the accommodation tends to reflect what you pay for. -The libraries are numerous and the staff there are friendly and more than willing to help - The nightlife is varied and pretty welcoming to all peoples, regardless of creed or wallet size. - The skills support people are kind and are open to helping you. They evidently card Cons - The faculty who teach MA programmes are jaded, don't really seem enthusiastic about their subject and are unwilling to clarify question briefs. - As a masters student I thought I'd have free reign to write as I pleased, as long as it was 'on topic.' I was wrong. You are confined to the course content almost exclusively. Boring. - You will receive almost no useful feedback, even after multiple conversations
My experience of Cardiff uni has been a good one so far. The city is a great place to live, the SU is fantastic (shout out Bureatos) and most of the lecturers/ seminar leaders are super friendly and helpful. It's definitely sports oriented and can get a bit 'lads lads lads' but you just have to make it your own.
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This is not a university any longer; it is a hive of FASCISM. Since when can BASIC human rights - freedom of speech - be breached through vote? Since when can some students tell other students what words they "are allowed" do use? (Such as the fact that they "cannot" use the word "baby" to refer to unborn CHILDREN.) And what is the university staff doing? HOW ON EARTH can there be a voting system that allows students from some societies to SERIOUSLY INFRINGE the freedom of speech of students from other societies? Or is the university condoning this or even happy that it could achieve its aims (of silencing pro-life students) other the pretext that "it was done through the vote of other students)? It is BEYOND HORRIBLE. It is PURE FASCISM. I wouldn't study at this university even if every single member of staff had the Nobel Prize.
Not helpful for careers whatsoever; completely inconsiderate to student wellbeing. Students lacking confidence are made to feel small and alienated. Instead of helping to build the confidence of these students, they are made to feel increasingly unwelcome as time goes on.
I would not recommend this university for several reasons. If you are foreign or ethnic minority then be prepared that they will not support you as they are hugely Euro centric and it really shows in the lecturing and what issues they focus on. I didn’t get any help from lecturers and they de registered me from my course due to my mental health issues and I didn’t receive help from student support. Lectures are careless if you struggle and won’t help you with assignments, won’t reply to e-mails. Teaching style is out dated and the school of social sciences are hugely politically biased they won’t discuss current social issues or issues affecting non European people. Sad and I wouldn’t recommend at all
The Union is an absolute joke and often creates drama within itself which stems from racism to full on religion fights, so I never bothered with them. Otherwise facilities are great and the global opportunities people are awesome
Good university, good value for money, lots of societies and socials every Wednesday for sports societies in the SU. Only thing is it's not a campus university so it's quite a walk to lectures, something to keep in mind.
After a dip in overall rankings, Cardiff r putting big investment into the campus. Teaching at least on my course can be a bit unorganised and haphazard and some facilities lacking and dated but overall incredible environment, good nightlife (a scene for everyone) and amazing society’s and SU. Student housing is a bit crap but it’s being worked on and it’s only for a year. Sense of community is what makes the place.
Easily the worst place I have ever experienced, the student experience here has been awful. I have found the University to be unwelcoming and unfriendly. If you have a problem staff are generally unhelpful or slow to respond and the SU advice service seem to be short staffed and can't do much to help. I signed up for a few societies but limitations on numbers for activities have meant I haven't been able to participate, online signups fill up in under a minute. I haven't engaged with the careers service but I get a lot of unwanted email communications via the University from employers that I can't opt out of. There seems to be an atmosphere of apathy at the University. Eduroam wireless internet can be difficult to connect to at times and IT support is limited. There is no University Health Service for all students. For some subjects you can be some distance from the main campus area which is dissected by rail lines. Buses are expensive. The cost of accommodation is rapidly rising.
My first year at Cardiff has easily been the best year of my life. The staff are helpful, they really care about how well you are progressing in your course and how to help you get the best results you can. The students union is huge and the facilities are amazing, and there is a whole host of sports and other clubs and societies to get involved in. Other students are so friendly and helpful and there are so many places to help if you need anything, from housing and financial advice to support with learning issues and mental health.
Cardiff is both humble and prestigious. I think that the university is really friendly and welcoming and gives you loads of opportunities to get things to make your CV better alongside your degree. The students union is popular and the interior is really attractive.
I have been at Cardiff University for two years now studying Human Geography and honestly it has been amazing. The Uni buildings are beautiful and the teaching is incredible. The social life in Cardiff is brilliant, it has some great parks and when the six nations is on the atmosphere in the city centre is amazing. Clubbing in Cardiff is also good with a range of different clubs such as Pryzm, Live Lounge, the Student Union, Walkabout, etc. If you are a student and you are still choosing a university to go to I would highly recommend having a look at Cardiff.
PG cert. Dreadful. Teach yourself teaching. Unhelpful staff. No guidance. Non evidence based marking of papers. For teachers they should be ashamed of themselves. Yes I did receive a good pass. But only because I researched myself. I've registered with another university.....what a difference for the better!
Brilliant facilities, accommodating every need. Big range of societies and clubs, thanks to the students union being exceptional at outreach and advertising what they have on offer. The SU is by far one of the best in the country, very modern, insane student support services, if you have any problems at all, whether they be mental or physical, the student support services will go out of their way to ensure your issues are solved. Careers service allows ease of access to temporary work offers, and caters to all kinds of work, however the outreach is almost non-existent so you would usually have to hear about the careers services from a friend to use it properly. Internet is standard, nothing exceptional, and has quite frequent outages, but gets the job done when it is working, just don't depend on the uni wifi for getting things done on time, because you will be disappointed.
I received fantastic support from the Law Specialist at the time - Ms Gibson! What a difference she made helping me develop my CV from scratch and assisting me with strategies for my application. I really appreciated the value she added to my application and how it helped me eventually to find graduate employment.
The wifi is rather dodgy as it loses connection when you switch buildings even though it's the same wifi network. A simple trick is to just disconnect and reconnect. I don't use all the facilities in SU but the SU lounge is a nice place to take a short nap and microwave food. If u want more peace and quiet, then just head on to the ASSL(Arts and Social Science Library) or the Postgraduate study area in SU. Staff I've met so far have been all smiles and sunshine, so no complains on that as an international student. I haven't really had any interactions with SU student representatives so I don't have any comment. There are loads of clubs to join here, so don't worry. They have a lot of career talks etc where they invite big employers, so that is a a good effort by the uni.
There are so many clubs and societies that you can join and the fairs make it easy to see what all is on offer. Wifi constantly drops but you just get used to it. Everything is really close together and very close to the city centre.
The internet screws everyone over all the time, but heyho that's life. Had a wicked time first year. Would defiantly recommend to new fresh to get involved in as much as possible including sports and societies. Also, go out and explore as much as possible to make sure you enjoy your time at uni to the max.
I've had a great time here so far although my school (history) is administratively terrible. Internet (Eduroam) is absolutely terrible and the number of website, that do not necessarily provide a platform for illegal activities such as movie streaming or download, that are blocked is shameful. The Student Union is brilliant and very useful.
The fact that Cardiff Uni offers wifi in all buildings and accommodation is so helpful. There's such a wide range of societies and clubs, however, if nothing is suited to you, the Student Union is also a lovely place.
Some campus buildings can be further away, but most are fairly central to the main building and students' union. The fact that it isn't a campus uni means that it's almost right next to the city centre, so you can go shopping in between your lectures! The Students' Union itself is very good and helpful, and there's a huge range of clubs, societies and sports to get stuck into, and the uni puts on regular careers fairs. The internet can sometimes be temperamental, but generally the connection is good and connects around all the campus buildings and accommodation. Lots of research goes into Cardiff's courses, so you know you're getting your money's worth.
I did a mathematics degree at Cardiff university. It was so bad I dropped out and went somewhere else. I got my fourth choice for accommodation, my first three where very large accommodation sites (talybont) so was surprised I didn't get it. My campus was a 50 minute walk from my lectures, town, clubs, basically anywhere. The maths block for so worn down I felt the walls where just going to crumble. There wasn't enough lecture rooms in their department we had to walk everywhere around the university buildings. Sometime taking 15 minutes to get between lectures. A lot of my lectures were one to three hours apart during the day so I couldn't walk back to my flat as it would take too long. So I had to stay in the library or the SU. These buildings need refurbishing. They are so run down and old, there is no heating so I would be sat freezing in my coat while trying to work. Non of the lectures showed any enthusiasm into what they were teaching. I could keep going on but everything was bad
We have roughly 14 libraries to suit different subjects, hours, and needs. The clubs and societies are amazing, very enthusiastic, and Cardiff are quite good in terms of winning against other Universities, the best in Wales. I've seen better SUs. Nontheless it has everything a student could need to offer. The Taf (student pub) has constant rubbish staff and alcohol prices. I don't use the Careers Service, but there is a lot of enthusiasm around it and information on it for those that want or need it. Wifi is usually poor.
There is so much going on at Cardiff! All of the societies and social events are a great way to make friends and have a good time. The uni is spread out but not too spread out so everything is in walking distance which is good. Some things are over priced such as the gym and the food in the student union but other than that I love it.
Love the University and its facilities. Also part of the Business Society and the American Football team who organise great socials and are a great way of meeting new people. The location is amazing too, a mix of city life but also great scenery and parks too.
The Arts and Social Sciences library is very useful, easy to locate books needed. The staff there are very helpful and friendly as well. Lectures for English are in the Law Building and Biosciences as there aren't any in the John Percival Building. Those buildings can therefore be very busy. IT equipment can be temperamental in lectures which can disrupt presentations (Word and PowerPoint). Wide range of societies offered, locations not always ideal. SU has a nice atmosphere, can become very crowded at times. WiFi is mostly reliable, only occasionally faulty.
amazing university to go to, there is always something going on in cardiff, and the university campus is beautiful. Only downside is the Internet and high prices of food and drink is university building cafeterias and convenient shops.
Everything is close in Cardiff (apart from UniHall) and this makes everything easier. The SU is massive and has anything you'd need. Clubs give you the opportunity to try any sport you'd like (climbing, dance, rowing, caving etc.) in the beautiful Welsh countryside.
The only thing I would say for those who like to game for freshers. You need to join the gaming society to register your console however, it's not the best because the total waiting time could result in a fortnight and even then there is no guarantee you'll be able to play online.
Cardiff University is a great place to study and socialise. The city has everything to offer from shopping to nightlife, sporting events and festivals. Cardiff is also continently located just a short drive away from the Brecon Beacons - a beautiful mountain range where you can hike to the peak of Pen Y Fan and gaze over the surrounding rolling hills. The University itself has a vast array of societies and activities to get involved with.
Just a fantastic university in a great city. My course has now been ranked 3rd in the UK just behind Oxbridge. Cardiff Uni is also great for sports and other extra-curricular activities. The night life is second to none! And all this in a city that has been voted as the best city to live in in UK!!!
Cardiff wasn't my firm choice, however ending up there was the best thing that could have happened to me. I am onto my second year and cannot wait for it to start. For the past year I have met the most amazing, laid back people and made friednships for life, experienced the great nighlife that Cardiff has to offer and definitely enjoyed my course and the way it was run.
My first year at uni has been the best year of my life so far! Cardiff is an amazing city, great nightlife, fantastic Union and facilities. I love my course and my course mates and enjoyed living in Talybont halls. Best Uni Ever!
Absolutely love Cardiff, the uni and the city itself. It's got everything you need close together so there's no need to get taxis or busses as you can walk everywhere. The students union is amazing for a night out as are many of the other clubs the city has to offer. I got in through clearing and was scared if I would love it as much as I had my first choice, I definitely made the right decision and have no regrets.
My experience so far at Cardiff university has been amazing. The only thing I had to reduce my rating for is that the wifi is quite difficult to connect to when first signing up but that is nothing compared to what a great experience this university has to offer and the career opportunities that you are left with at the end of it
Cardiff is AMAZING! If you're looking for a place to offer you an academically stimulating course AND a place to have the best nights out, Cardiff is the place for you. Coming to Cardiff was the best decision of my life!!
I fell in love with Cardiff the minute I visited the uni, I am so glad I chose to go there. I've made such lovely friends who I met on the first night of freshers and who I'm sure will be lifelong friends. The uni is full of opportunities to get involved and above all is a top place to study! I'd recommend Cardiff to anyone wholeheartedly.
All the facilities are close to one another and the uni is close to town so you can walk everywhere. The uni send you lots of information about internships and job opportunities and the jobshop at the uni pay well and always have jobs available.
Really love Cardiff university, the lecturing is very good and lecturers are available to see for one to one help which I find very helpful, especially when writing coursework essays. There are a very wide range of societies and I have loved being a member of Broadway dance in particular, I have met so many great people and made some really good friends through it.
The city itself is brilliant but sadly the university, or at the least the way the university is run, let's it down. The overall administration, especially within the law school, is bordering on a shambles, and much of the teaching isn't much better. Luckily the university has some fantastic societies and many other things to get involved with to make the experience enjoyable. Moreover the fact the university is in the Russell group helps to give it some credence, otherwise it wouldn't be a surprise to see employers overlook you, at least within some subject areas.
Studying Occupational Therapy. It's a great course! Great lectures and facilities. There's a great range of societies to get involved with and they're very open to you setting up a new society if you can't find what you're looking for! They're also awesome at offering overseas funding for volunteer projects and have a great study abroad scheme (erasmus) for those who wish to spend 3 months to a year studying abroad. Cardiff's also a great city with lovely people. That's my experience anyway.
Cardiff University is a brilliant place to study. The city of Cardiff is small enough that it doesn't take very long to get anywhere and big enough it never feels crowded and has everything you need. Cardiff University Staff have always been great for anything I have ever needed them for and there is WIFI EVERYWHERE!!!!!