I was at this university for three years and there are very good things and not so good things.
At least half of the lecturers i had were lovely people and very good at teaching classes about difficult topics. The other half you could tell were only giving lectures because it was required, research is where they belonged.
Nevertheless, we learnt the material we needed. Which was good, although some modules were still working out the kinks the assessments, they were definetly getting there by the time I left.
With the university having put billions into fixing up and upgrading the place, it is doing well for the amount of facilities we have available, although i think there will always be a need for more space, but what they have is good for what you need, even having traffic light systems for sound throughout the university to help students find the ideal environment for them.
Some of the downsides of the university is that the city and university itself is expensive for things like food. The catering team are lovely people and the food is good quality, but it is slightly pricey.
the union is probably the biggest downfall to this university, while a lot of the part time officers tend to be really good, the full time ones have a tendency to try and get paid to do nothing. Granted, some will do what needs ot be done, but it does make it difficult to communicate with the union and get certain areas of support when the people you are contacting are not getting back to you.
The university has a pretty good disability service – I have used the team for learning difficulties and they helped me with everything i needed to do in a timely fashion and were amazing at helping me with what I needed. However, the counselling team could do with some work. While they are lovely people and do help a lot of the students, i feel as though there are some things that are too intense for the counsellors to deal with effectively. When i visited them in first year, they dismissed my issues completely. Granted, it could have just been that one counsellor.
The social side of things are pretty great, with a wide range of societies and clubs throughout oxford, as well as the ability to interact with the oxford university societies means that if you have a particular interest you will be able to find like-minded people fairly easily.
Overall this university is good, it gets the job done, though there stands room for improvement to ensure the students are assisted and guided in the best way possible.View more