Teaching facilities and support
Most of our teaching takes place inside Main Building, a historic building central to other University facilities and Cardiff city centre.
Though it may look traditional from the outside, our teaching spaces inside are anything but.
Many of our learning spaces have undergone a transformation to ensure that they are fit for modern study, providing a spacious and engaging learning environment for all. The spaces that have undergone refurbishment provide:
- plenty of power sources for your devices
- lecture recording systems and microphones
- a reliable WiFi service covering the whole University campus.
The main library for chemistry students is the Science Library, located adjacent to the School in Main Building. It houses many physical resources, such as books and journals, but also has a wide range of electronic materials available online.
Computer suites and group learning rooms are located within the School, Science Library and across the University campus in order to facilitate group and independent study.
What our students say
We are fully committed to providing you with the best resources for learning about all aspects of chemistry.
We are keen users of educational technology and have been one of the University’s early adopters of Panopto, our lecture capture software. Many of our lecture theatres are fitted with the latest technology to record audio, video and multimedia. We encourage staff, where possible, to use these facilities and make the content available on the University’s virtual learning environment along with any relevant course materials. This means less paper waste, but is also a great tool for revision or revisiting lecture content.
We strongly encourage use of computing in our chemistry degree programmes. Undergraduate students are taught how to use the latest software and molecular modelling packages. Any software that is essential to the course is provided by the School free of charge.
We pride ourselves on the support we give our students. The 2020 National Student Survey revealed that 97% of student feel they can contact staff whenever they need, and 94% say course resources (e.g. equipment, software, online services etc) are always easily accessible.
Each year of study is allocated their own year tutor to support your learning. While your personal tutor is your contact for any pastoral needs, your year tutor should be your first port of call if you have any questions or issues with your studies. They can provide you with guidance on University procedures and advise you on academic or organisational queries. Our year tutors all attend the staff student panel and report to our Director of Undergraduate Studies.