University of Nottingham

Nottingham | East Midlands

Varied union activities Diverse local nightlife City Campus

Ucas code: N84

A world-leading University attracting some of the brightest minds from the UK and abroad to study on vibrant campuses here, and internationally. Surrounded by an amazing city, University of Nottingham students have an incredible time making friends and getting the best education. The University is ranked in the top 1% of all universities worldwide.
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    • Academic Experience

      I study German and Philosophy, and I usually have around 14 contact hours a week (more for German than Philosophy). In...

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      2013, 2nd year, German Language

      Academic Experience

      I study German and Philosophy, and I usually have around 14 contact hours a week (more for German than Philosophy). In Philosophy I usually take 1/2 modules per semester, and for each module there is a 2 hour lecture and a one hour seminar per week. Seminars are usually groups of maybe 10/15, and you just discuss a paper that has been set, with minimal input from the seminar leader. For German I usually take 3 modules per semester. One of the modules is actually about learning the language (1 grammar lecture, 2 grammar workshops in smaller groups, 1 speaking class in small groups per week), the other two are non-language modules on German culture/literature/history etc. These usually have a 1 hour lecture and a 1 hour seminar. I've been quite disappointed with how interesting my course is. Philosophy is marginally better than German, but for both subjects I've taken on the mentality of just making sure I pass the exams, rather than studying because it's interesting. I found it quite surprising that often the emphasis was on covering a wide range of areas within a given module rather than focusing on one thing in detail. For example, in a Philosophy module about the nature of the mind and personal identity, we seemed to do a very different topic each week, which only had a tenuous link to what we looked at in the previous lecture. You'll have a mixture of essays (expect between 3 and 6 per semester, sometimes more, usually 1500 - 2000 words in first year) and exams. Feedback for coursework essays has been very good in my experience, although you need to make the first move and arrange an appointment to see your tutor if you want this level of feedback. Exam feedback has not been so good in my experience. Usually I've been given a mark on a piece of paper and there's been no clear way of accessing my exam paper to read comments. However, I have never bothered to chase this up and email tutors to ask for feedback for exams, and maybe this is how you're supposed to do it. It would have been nice to be told that this is how to do it though!

      2013, 2nd year, German Language

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    • Student Union

      There are tons of societies to choose from and get involved in! From knitting to volunteering, there is something guaranteed...

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      2014, 2nd year, Psychology Not Elsewhere Classified

      Student Union

      There are tons of societies to choose from and get involved in! From knitting to volunteering, there is something guaranteed for every one no matter how sporty, creative or out going you are. Within these societies, different events are held - for example the psychosoc holds a boat party event every year and all societies have different types of socials! The SU also organises big students nights and sometimes groups departments together with a theme! These are a great way to socialise, meet new people and generally have a good time.

      2014, 2nd year, Psychology Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Nightlife

      Lots of great pubs and clubs mainly placed in Lace Market Square

      2014, 2nd year, Biological Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • The upside

      Sports

      2013, 2nd year, Pre Clinical Medicine

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    • The upside

      Lecturers are very passionate about their subjects

      2012, 2nd year, Others In Mathematical Sciences

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    • Accommodation

      Broadgate Park is not isolated for being off-campus, something which I was worried about. The catered halls offer a great...

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      2012, 2nd year, Law By Topic

      Accommodation

      Broadgate Park is not isolated for being off-campus, something which I was worried about. The catered halls offer a great social life, but bear in mind what sporting activities and societies you might want to participate in as set meal times can really become a problem.

      2012, 2nd year, Law By Topic

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 12,500 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Creative

63%

MED

Sporty

73%

MED

Diverse local nightlife

83%

HIGH

Varied union activities

82%

HIGH

Political

56%

MED

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 95% MED
Student score 82% MED
Average graduate salary £22k HIGH

Overall student satisfaction

88%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

33,270

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

75%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

13%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

55%

of students are female

Young / Mature

13%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

23%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

73%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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