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
Although the pandemic made my final year different to what was expected. The staff were very supportive and always were there to offer help and advice when needed. They also understood and took our personal life and wellbeing into consideration and were very understanding.
The career advisors were always sending out opportunities available and offering meetings to discuss career paths.
We have 12 hours of lectures/seminars a week. Since the pandemic it has been online which was tricky at first but the lectures got their head around it quickly and was very supportive. Whenever we needed advice or help from our tutor they were always quick to respond and arrange an 1-1 zoom chat.
Throughout the pandemic it was more tricky to assess Services. Although, the library remained open and was clean and spaced out which made me feel safe when studying in the library.
Good educational journey. Good and known lecturers. Definitely this academic year was a great challenge. Knowledge that I gained will definitely help me at my job as a Compliance Executive.
N/A - distance learning
Overall experience was difficult because everything went online and I was difficult it was hard because it was not easy to access tutors support online all the time.
The online teaching was great however, it was a big disadvantage for student who has difficulties accessing online and missed the tutor face to face teaching.
University very clean and premises student had had the ability to borrow laptop and books.
The university has great facilities to help the students on site however these services became hard to access because due to covid everything went online which made hard for some students.
Overall Newman University has done their best to support students over the academic year. It was a real shame students were not allowed to work together and collaborate as peers in person. I think that this has really impacted some students time at University as it can be very lonely and daunting studying alone. However, on the whole staff were supportive and understanding. Most staff provided opportunities and resources to allow students to study effectively from home during lockdown. In regards to value for money, as students have not had access to the same facilities and experiences as usual I understand students frustration as to why the fee is the same as previous years in which they had the full university experience.
Excellent careers service who offer support for those who require it.
The course was taught mostly online through zoom meetings - several break out room activities as well as direct teaching. There were 3 lectures within University only - two Science lessons and one ICT lesson. The University on the whole did what they could to support students - directing us to e-books, organising a online library chat, extending loans for library books etc. Lecturers responded quickly to emails and signposted support when needed.
The university has good facilities - well stocked library, good computer facilities, clean space etc.
Student support is available, personally I only used it once but I know some of my peers used it and were happy with the support given.
Course was good, very informative and helped me prepare well for becoming a PE teacher. The support was there when I needed on multiple issues that I faced. The sessions we did at uni came into practice when I was at placement and when visiting me at placement the feedback was detailed
They have constantly offered help and advice on job applications
Mostly placement and online lectures, was as interactive as possible which kept people focused and stopped people switching off. When we could we were in uni which was great, however I think the order of the sessions was silly at times.
Never been to the library, lecture halls were good, Astro and sports hall are ace
My tutor was there whenever I needed and always helped!
Since I was not able to be on campus for my second year, I'd have to give a low rating. I felt a bit less motivated since everything was online. But the University always updated students with the recent changes based on government announcements.
Career Central in UEA has been very helpful in presenting me with possible job and volunteer opportunities.
Transitioning to online lectures & seminars have been difficult for everyone, but I see how my seminars leaders are trying their best to make classes still engaging & insightful. They are open to questions & clarifications, and one-on-one tutorials have really helped.
UEA spaces are very open and clean. Library spaces are conducive to learning, and outdoor spaces are great ways to meet new people and socialize.
The University makes it clear that there are well-being checkups and mental health services available to all students. But I wish there was more support for international students, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.
With COVID there was not enough contact time, support and guidance on how to adapt to technology. The firm term was really really difficult to get used to and it was made worse by not having the in person support to help you with queries. It was hard getting used to the new technology they had for COVID learning. However University of Bristol facilities are amazing. The lecturers are fantastic and are there to help with anything. The uni is in a great place in the heart of the city centre and the biology building itself is brand new with state of the art lab equipment.
They do have pages on their website that offer internships and placements however these often do not span all the courses they offer and are very business and engineering orientated. They don’t offer enough courses with years placement.
With corona virus, only sessions we have at the uni are the lab sessions which are one a week. Contact with tutors is one every two weeks, and there is at least 4 hours worth of live lectures a week with lots of asynchronous learning material.
Lots of libraries to work at, the biology labs are fantastic and sports facilities if you need them.
They are always reaching out to offer groups and advice on wellbeing.
NTU has been very supportive and understanding of my depleting mental health in the midst of this pandemic and military coup, giving students one on one tutorials with tutors to bring up issues and better our online student experience. The student support has been great, considering I'm not registered to the NHS. However, my course is very field and practical-based, so it would be nice to have international uni fees a bit cheaper when almost everything is delivered online.
NTU is very employability focused and helping us build up our skills from the first year.
My lecturers have been very supportive with making sure I'm included since I'm stuck in Myanmar doing first year online.
I wouldn't know but I'm hoping to fly to the UK for second year.
Despite Covid-19 preventing in person lectures and normal opportunities for socialising, the experience has been a positive one. I believe the uni has really tried to make the effort to keep up student wellbeing and a decent quality of education, even if it was not ideal. Saying this, having to pay full tuition fees for online lectures is frustrating, but that's not down to the uni as much the government.
Everything has been online, although it’s been difficult to navigate online learning, the university have tried their absolute best. Although the support provided at Nottingham is phenomenal, it’s still very different to face to face lectures and hoping in the future we can go back to normality.