University of Sheffield

Cons

What are the worst things about studying at your university?

2018

"It's hilly and Blackboard is really annoying. It's a decent length walk into university from my accommodation."
"The health service is very overworked so it's hard to get appointments. Some of the staff in the department can be dismissive and there is a lack of available study space during the exam periods."
"There is a lack of spaces in the library during exam season."
"Independence also means very little contact with the department, which can sometimes isolate you. During the strikes, it was very hard to feel connected to my department. I also feel that the pastoral care is poor. I feel there is very much a 'box-ticking' attitude because I was basically told that it is extenuating circumstances or nothing when I tried mentioning my concerns about being overwhelmed by work. Little consideration was given to a student like me who was struggling but not so much that a doctor's note was required."
"The mental health support is limited."
"Safety is a concern. I have been broken into twice and sometimes some areas don't feel especially safe at night despite being close to uni."
"The libraries are absolutely packed during exam season. Spaces are always occupied, even when you go very early in the morning."
"Some departments do not do well with talking to each other. Therefore, the organisation of the course is lacking slightly."

2016

"Maintenance can be slow and it once took two weeks to fix one of the lights in the living room."
"Some first-year accommodation is around a 35-minute walk to campus."
"It's a big city and can take a long time to learn your way around."
"Getting around involves walking up and down a lot of hills."
"There are a lot of buildings and they're spaced quite far out across the city."
"I think the way some situations are handled within the department could be improved. One example is how they allocate who goes on field trips and I think the level of help given from supervisors to dissertation students is sometimes unequal."
"There have been some problems with departmental organisation."
"It can be expensive living here and there are few cultural things to do."
"There's high competition to get better results since it's one of the top universities."
"Student welfare could be taken more seriously and I think there is not enough contact time with tutors."

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