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
At first when I got here I was concerned about not being able to make any friends and being so far away from family, but going I've been able to meet awesome people and stopped feeling alone and on campus witnessing the beautiful view of the lake as your stroll around the grounds or the adorable bunnies you might catch on your odd walk back to your accomodation has helped in keeping me relaxed and quilm any stresses. The lecturers are amazing, always provide best quality teaching and regularly emphasise their availability if you have any questions about stuff regarding lectures is really has been really useful when stressed about not knowing what to do. Overall 10/10
Most of my lectures have been online and there was only 1 in person lecture on Tuesday but this became online after December. Good teaching hours, thankfully most in the morning so I can stuff out of the way and study in the afternoon. Tutors are always readily available via email and discussion boards online if I ever have any questions which became really useful when it came to summative deadlines as you knew your point of contacts as well as just knowing where to go if you have anything about the course you want to know.
Wellbeing and mental support is always advertised on blackboard at the start and end of lectures, it always tells you where to go if you need help with issues regarding wellbeing or mental health as well as personal tutors who are accessible by email that are very happy to help regarding in issues you might have. My personal tutors has been like the first point of contact for me when I needed help with mental health issues and they directed on me about useful things in campus
Overall, my experience at this university has been pretty good. I’ve enjoyed working closely with my professor and dissertation supervisor as the structure of my course provided mostly 1:1 teaching/ working in a small seminar or tutorial format. I’ve had the chance to interact with several professionals in my field over Zoom conferences and write about arts-based topics that interest me. However, due to the pandemic, I have missed out on a great deal of research, exhibition and travel opportunities that are usually offered on my course. The library at my university has been very helpful at extending existing online resources and purchasing new ones. However, due to the nature of my course interacting mostly with academic material that has not been digitised, when the library was closed during the various lockdowns over this academic year, it was extremely difficult to conduct research. The course also runs for 9 months which is unusual for most MA courses in the UK of my subject. As a result, a great deal of my work on this course was quite rushed and I would have liked more time to research and write my dissertation. Perhaps extending the course to 12 months would benefit future students.
Really good careers service but unfortunately due to the nature of the degree there aren’t many graduate schemes or internships in place. Most people at the moment are getting jobs via LinkedIn or their own personal connections.
Fantastic library and conservation department
Lots of career and mental health support. Marks down for only recently introducing diversity and inclusion training.
I really enjoy my time at my uni. However, I would have preferred having face to face teaching but I know they tried to make the best they could to help all of the students so I’m very grateful and I can’t wait for my second year!
We get emails very often about opportunities everywhere
Online due to covid
Everything is great I really have no problem with anything
There is always events going on
Due to Covid, i could obviously not engage with any societies so the uni experience was just not there. And the teaching had been kind of sub standard as we had to figure most of the stuff out ourselves
Due to covid, learning and teaching obviously had to be online. But the teaching hours were severely reduced. Only 5-6 hours per week for one module and 3 hours per week for another module, which is nowhere near enough. For one module, we just received the study document, got a pre recorded lecture every time and a live Q&A and that’s it. And for the other module, no lectures at all. Just a study document that we were expected to learn all on our own every time.
The university library is still easily accessible even after the implementation of covid regulations and a booking system. I love how the uni has a laptop loan system for those who really need it.
Because of covid I didn't go into university at all during the year. The online lectures were good, but there was no interaction and no opportunity to learn by talking to other students or working together on projects in shared spaces, even if those spaces were online. I went from being a straight A student to barely even scraping passes.
I have managed to make great friends in my accommodation and a few on my course from the in person labs I have been able to attend. The recorded lectures makes it easy to revisit work which is extremely helpful for exams. However, a bit more support for student learning online would be helpful
We had in person lectures at the start of the year and they even managed to get our field week to be in person at the end of the Easter holidays
I really like this Uni, but online teaching is definitely not worth the price. I feel quite ripped off paying so much money for what feels like the Open university. Before the pandemic however, I really enjoyed being on campus - it has a nice calm atmosphere and is a beautiful place to study.
I haven't yet seriously started thinking about my career, but we have had several career fairs and it has been made clear there are many opportunities available if we are proactive. There are also roles available on campus, such as student ambassadors, so you can gain professional experience and money during your time at university.
The lecturers are pretty good and I'm enjoying my course a lot, but I struggled a bit with online learning because its difficult to stay motivated. The course does not feel worth £9,250 when its online!
Great campus, a few miles away from the city so quiet and very green (with a lake and woodland attached!). Very nice library and lecture theatres, several food & coffee shops, and a nice sports centre with a swimming pool.
There are many services available for assistance, although I haven't personally used any of them.
Considering COVID-19 has hindered many things, I am pleased with the support I have received. However, I have not had one lecture in uni, therefore I think the fees should be less.
As student paramedics, we are already on a set path to a career, therefore we do not need much guidance for what we wish to do when we leave.
Mostly placement! When not on placement, we have lectures or practicals at uni.
For our course, we have the simulation suite with dummies to practice skills. The library is really good, and very accessible. It's open 24/7!
The availability is amazing. I have used one of these services and was really pleased.
It’s been great but my first year has definitely been effected by the coronavirus! Just looking forward to years 2 and 3 now as things should start improving with the virus, meaning we will have more time in the studios and building relationships with other students leading to collaborations. I feel that you need to be around other like minded people to really excel in the music industry.
The jobs board and opportunities are excellent!
I thought they managed well given the circumstances everyone was put in. However even though electronic music production is mostly done digitally I think you need the human contact and hands on experience in the studios to really progress in the industry so it hasn’t been easy!
Everything was and is to a high standard at dbs!
They really helped me out when I needed vital questions answered.
My whole experience has been from my bed watching a computer screen and being in a zoom call so I can't say much. But what I can say is, the available resources are great and almost every lecture is recorded and uploaded on Moodle for us to view anytime we want if we missed it, even weeks after the lecture has been done if we wanted to revisit something. All of the emails I have sent out the professors relating to questions about the subject have been answered and most of my worries and enquires about exams have been answered too. There isn't much more to talk about apart from that, I was expecting a "student life" a year ago but I just feel bored and have no reason to go outside, I feel like the only purpose I have is to attend my lesson, do my homework, and go to sleep. It's not the uni's fault for this, it's mostly because of the coronavirus situation and there isn't much the uni can do. Definitely not worth the student debt I will have to pay back tho.