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I got the email link to the online survey from the vice chancellor.

Feedback for how the complete breakdown of the tutorial booking system at the start of this module affected my study and student experience...

The online guidance suggested that it would take 5-10 minutes to do the survey,

I took me one hour !

I think I may have be very keen to use the free text boxes on the survey to register my opinions about how crap the whole tutorial experience was at the start of this module.

Anyway my feedback is complete, the free text boxes in the survey full.

How long do you think it will take the office of the vice chancellor to feedback on our feedback?

Hopefully quicker than it took them to sort out being able to book a tutorial online.

I am rather confused how they think the new system of having tutorial centre's that you can book into is better or offers me more choice than the old system?

I live in Portsmouth, so I go to the tutorial in Southampton. The next nearest one to me would be central London (80 miles away and a nightmare to park) or Oxford ( 90 miles away and a fantastical bad ring road to navigate) or Exeter (200 miles away and hours of sitting on the A303 waiting to move).

So my choice is the  same as it was before, go to Southampton or do not go to a tutorial.

I would hope some of my fellow students were not having to make 200 miles ( 5 hour) round trips to just get to tutorial...... Hopefully.

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JoAnn Casey

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I completely understand your frustration.

I live in Greater Manchester and a friend/student lives in Liverpool.  Our tutorials were at University of Salford. 

In order to attend a meaningful and useful tutorial, we went to Birmingham on three occasions - once by car and twice by train - all time-consuming and very costly journeys.  The quality of the tutorial however made it worthwhile

Good Luck with your course.



Michael Gumbrell

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Hi Joann,

I agree with you, my tutor is excellent and the tutorials he delivers are very informative, useful and stimulating. I certainly have no complaints about the quality of my tutorials.

Which makes it more frustrating that the system and convergence of locations now offered  (based under a banner of providing more 'choice') means it was harder to access them !