"My supervisor’s been very accommodating, giving me guidance using online chatting tools and being available for virtual calls to replace face-to-face meetings."
CourseElectrical and Electronic Engineering MEng
What’s your remote learning experience been like so far?
I’ve been able to take part in lectures, which are either delivered live online, or pre-recorded, depending on the module and the lecturer.
Being a third-year student during this outbreak has also required me to complete my individual project remotely. My supervisor’s been very accommodating, giving me guidance using online chatting tools and being available for virtual calls to replace face-to-face meetings.
What about the practical elements of your course?
Luckily, my practical work for this year was completed during my group project in the first semester.
The dissertation I chose at the beginning of the year is simulation-based, so setting up remote access to the University network and specific software on my personal laptop were all that was needed to replace the laboratory I would have used at Surrey.
What's communication been like from the University and your department?
I appreciated the daily updates from the University during the early stages when campus began to close. They’ve done their best to keep us informed of changes that will affect us as promptly as they could.
In addition, I feel that our Head of Department has been working hard to make sure we’re aware of everything being done. He’s even held virtual sessions to ensure we have a full understanding of exams and to give us the chance to ask any questions we may have.
What’s helped you feel part of the Surrey community despite not being on campus?
The frequent contact from Surrey has helped me not to feel isolated from the University.
Covid-19 has obviously caused a big change in the student experience and having the University acknowledge and address this has definitely been a positive.