The annual Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCAs) highlight the incredible work carried out by institutions for their students. Due to Covid restrictions, this year’s awards were not collected on uni campuses as usual, but instead based on submissions from institutions, which were then judged by our special student panel.
2021 WUSCA winners
Assignments have been fun to complete and required me to draw knowledge from all areas of my education, had easy access to lectures I missed due to the recordings being online
Professional placements play a huge part in the course
Taught online over the year easy to get in touch with the tutors, got help from lecturers on assignments respond on trends within half an hour
Haven’t been able to access resources this year due to COVID
Lots of support for mental health especially during COVID times
My experience so far is one of pride that I have been able to be apart of my university. The dedication and hard work that has been put into my two years so far has allowed me to succeed in many ways, as well as increasing my self-development skills. The university is a great place to study and I would suggest it to anyone.
The careers service has given so much to our students, they are constantly updating their systems and emailing constant updates about the potential activities and opportunities that are coming and are available. If it wasn't for the careers service, I would not be completing my first internship and I would not be partaking in the ACE award which has given me valuable skills and knowledge.
The course has been taught online and when accessible in-class, the lecturers are the best by far and have really changed the format of teaching during the pandemic to ensure we are successful and gain as much information as possible to make the journey through second year memorable and enjoyable.
Each part of the university is cleaned regularly, the amount of opportunities that are available due to the accessibility increases students chances of attending and feeling welcome at all times. The library staff are always cleaning the desks and computers and are always facilitating the needs of students. The food area is hygienic and cleaned regularly and have allowed for diversity within University by providing vegetarian and halal meals. The needs and wants for facilities are constantly questioned and allow for new facilities to be provided to ensure everyone's needs are met.
The university have amazing staff support when it comes to all things internally at university and externally within the environment. They are always prepared to go above and beyond when it comes to supporting students when they are confused, or when they are in the worst places. The support given at Newman University is the best I've seen and heard about, no matter is too small nor too big for the university. Everyone is thought about and even if you are not asking for support it is always there and will present itself when you need it most.
I had a fantastic time. I really do miss this masters program. The staff were lovely, my course mates were too. The work was very challenging and although I don’t miss those late library sessions I think it made me a much more stronger and capable engineer.
UCL is a top institution, so there is no shortage of career opportunities. There is a job fair before Christmas which I would highly recommend students to attend. There are always speakers who come in and give a lecture on the work they are doing in industry, so make sure to attend some of those and network!
I was enrolled before the COVID situation and most, if not all, of the course was taught in-class. Lecturers would also offer office hours during the week to pop-in and ask questions
Absolutely fantastic facilities. The VR department has access to some of the most advanced kit, headsets that are worth thousands of pounds are available for students who want to use them.
Yes. I like to think most of the teaching staff care about the well-being of students. You are also assigned a personal tutor, which I actually never met but I know some of my classmates did.
For me, it was the quality of education that really let me down this year, it took a hinderance to my grades and I felt like this academic year wasn't a true reflection of my capabilities. If I was able to visit the campus and use the facilities there as well as experience in-person teaching, then my score would have drastically improved.
It was entirely online this year, and I was only satisfied with 3 of my modules and how they were taught. The other 3 of my modules were either poorly taught or I could not find the correct resources to support me to do complete the module to the fullest of my ability.
The equipment rental is very generous, the library offer free laptop PCs and books for students that need them.
There are many resources on the personal portal that is to do with one's wellbeing.
When I first began my studies at Newman University I was accepted onto the Business Management degree. I realised within the first two weeks of this degree that it was not suitable for my skills and career progression. The assistance I received from the university in changing degrees was professional and helpful. The transition process into the Theology degree was efficient and I was impressed with the support from the head of Theology and the rest of the staff in the department. During my time at Newman university, I experienced many hardships including financial and mental health concerns, the support I received from the student support services was exceptional. In the second year of my degree, I had strong feelings towards committing suicide, out of fear of my thoughts and emotions I turned to my doctor and student report for help. The assistance I received from my GP and student support helped to cast out the dark thoughts and feelings I was suffering from. The mentorship program offered by student support permitted further guidance in completing my degree. The mentor I was matched with, in my final year was phenomenal in keeping my spirits high and making me feel confident with my studies and my abilities. Due to the community spirit of the university and the professionalism of the staff, my future is brighter than ever and I owe it all to those who stepped in and helped to save my life and my future.
I’d advise english students that Irish students go home at the weekends. The university has been average as it has given little academic support or guidance. Until final year there was very little coursework or exams which is always good. The bars, restaurants and clubs are all cheap which is super good. In first year it is also useful that all first years live in the same accommodation village.
There was a few guest speakers mostly based around further education. I did do a placement year however, I had to find the placement myself with no help from queens.
Before COVID I had 8 teaching hours for the week. During COVID everything was online and there was only 5/6 teaching hours. Barely any contact with tutors, in first year it was twice every semester. In final year meeting with your tutor was more frequent however was still quite limited.
Library is 24hrs and stayed open throughout the pandemic which was super useful. Also able to access facilities elsewhere on campus during covid.
You are provided free counselling if needed and there is also a student wellbeing centre that you can access.
It has been difficult during the pandemic. Being on a course were interaction with the public is vital for experience, Portsmouth have tried extremely hard to ensure this is carried out. Personally Online lectures have helped as I am able to rewatch as many times. I feel that I haven't received the university experience and worry that I have not seen as many patients necessary to be competent however I still have one year to go. It seems Portsmouth have plans in place to enable us to make up for the disrupted pandemic.
My overall experience at USW has been amazing, I just cant describe how friendly everyone is here, and how amazing all the teachers are. USW is an amazing university to be aswell as being able to study well with the help of lectures and also being able to get to know everyone very easily as it's a small university were you can get to know everyone really well. I am stunned with the amount of support I had over the 3 years I was there.
I have chosen a 4 out of 5 because, although I chose to study from home which has been challenging and hard when keeping motivated and engaged in the work, I was able to still be apart of lessons with being at least 2 and a half hours away from Newman University. However, I still missed the class environment of being able to be with my peers and discuss more in person, I understand that due to covid that wasn't possible. Also, I believe that without some of the support I was able to receive from some lecturers and my counsellor I was able to feel more involved and happy, but this year has been very different for so many students it's not easy to compare to previous years as it's not how education and assignments would have normally taken place. I think I knocked my score down due to my personal experience of feeling a bit disengaged with the work itself which then effected my motivation, but thanks to being able to ask questions to the relevant people I was able to be on track.
I personally didn't use these services a lot but have been signed up to receive emails about prospective jobs, which even though I won't be using are very helpful to get an understanding of job job requirements and what certain jobs look for.
For my final year and last semester of my second year was mainly online. I was lucky to have the experience to study in Germany through my course at Newman and had lovely support from a now ex-lecturer. For most tutors being able to contact them with questions, etc. is easy and good responses when they are available to, which is regularly when on teaching time.
I lived in two different halls through my time at Newman, which I enjoyed the experience of, thankfully I had mainly nice flatmates so didn't have to worry about cleanliness of shared spaces. Services and facilities have been easily assessible, as someone that is more productive in the evenings with library closing late it was helpful. I didn't hire any equipment, but it seemed easy if I ever needed to.
As someone that struggles with my mental health, being able to access mental health support and counselling was helpful. I used these services up until my last session the other day before finishing my degree soon. I didn't go into sessions with any agenda but these services were very helpful to give clarity and have someone I could talk to.
Corona ruined most of it, but I can't blame the uni. Nice uni, good lectures (at least for my course). The VC cancelled graduation which left a lot of people very sad. Not quite sure why as most other unis still have one, think VC wanted to save money for a new holiday home in the Pyrenees.
They offer lots of help, but I am doing a masters so never bothered.
The lecturers themselves were amazing despite everything being online. If things were in-person, it would have been 5 stars. My one criticism is that sometimes there were lectures after the submission date for the final piece of work for the course, which makes no sense at all as that information was useful for exams/coursework. May be timtabelling issue I don't know.
Great amount, no complaints here
Never used personally, but seemed to be a lot of variatey.