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Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022: best small or specialist UK institution

We look at the winner of the WUSCA 2022 Small or Specialist category.

Resalat Rasheed
by Resalat Rasheed

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Each year we collect around 35,000 verified, unbiased and honest reviews from students at university. These form the basis of the annual Whatuni Student Choice Awards. 

This year, Plymouth College of Art won the award for best small or specialist UK institution. 

"Plymouth is an absolutely lovely city to live and study in, with a ton of opportunities to spark inspiration and to get work experience. The uni is located directly in the city centre, with student halls and housing situated no more than a 2–20 minute walk away, and multiple bus routes available for travel. The uni itself has so many great facilities available to all students (once inducted in them), even if you aren't studying that particular course. The students' union is run effectively with loads of great events throughout the year, and always maintained to be in a great condition. A fantastic student environment. I absolutely love studying here, and couldn't recommend it enough to other soon-to-be students!"  – Student review on Whatuni

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Also nominated for this award were:

  • Arts University Bournemouth 
  • DBS Institute 
  • Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology 
  • Futureworks – Media School 
  • Norland College 
  • Norwich University of the Arts 
  • Point Blank Music College 
  • Royal Agricultural University 
  • UCEN Manchester

What to look out for when considering a small or specialist university or college 

Small or specialist institutions specialise in a range of subjects, from the arts, music and drama to agriculture medicine, veterinary medicine and technological sciences. They often offer both undergraduate and postgraduate study. These types of institutions often have excellent links to industry, giving students opportunities for work experience and studying real-life projects. Often the lecturers also work in the industry, giving students a combination of academic knowledge and practical application. Small and specialised universities and colleges generally do well in equipping their students with the necessary skills for work and support them to make a rapid transition into jobs when they graduate. The small size and fewer students can make these institutions feel less intimidating and more personal, with smaller class sizes. Small-group teaching and closer relationships with your tutors can create a strong sense of community, enhancing the student experience.

See this year's full WUSCA rankings here. And of course, we have thousands of student reviews to help you make up your mind about university. Start browsing now.

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