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
Great university, both academically and socially. The societies are fun although I would personally like more variety in the coming years. It was hard at times during Covid restrictions but the campus has made a good comeback since lockdown, with a new beer garden opening beside the LCR. Exclusively online lectures felt like a bit of a scam at times, as i was promised blended learning initially, however the quality of teaching and the number of resources available to me remains at an adequate level.
Career central helps will everything you need. Training and practice or interviews, job opportunities, work experience. It's all provided if you look for it. My course especially provides many extra resources for employability and offers many guest speakers and aid.
Almost entirely online but extremely flexible and informative. All lectures are recorded and many online resources are provided. Module leaders answer emails swiftly, often within the same day and are normally very helpful. At times lecturers can be unhelpful when providing answers to student's questions regarding summatives, otherwise their aid is useful of most occasions.
Facilities are clean and efficient. All very useful and open to students at all the necessary times.
The services are offered in many places, though I've heard from many people that it's either inefficient or unhelpful at times.
So far I am enjoying my experience at Newman University. I feel as though I have learnt a lot. My lecturers are always keen to help me. If I have any issues with my work I often tend to email my lecturers and they respond back quickly with useful information.
The university has been very supportive but due to struggles with my mental health and the pandemic I have had a hard time and this year has been very difficult for me. Despite this my university have supported me and helped me get access to therapy and academic support.
I have been interning at my university for the past year, this has made me feel more confident in my skills and has given me real industry experience which means I am more likely to be employed in future and have a career in the area that I want.
I feel as though many tutors put themselves at risk by being in centres and teaching us, which is true dedication. I’m during times when lectures and classes went online, it was difficult for my mental health but knowing that support was always there helped me.
My university has really good facilities for the course that I’m studying it has lots of software and hardware to use, it was difficult loosing access to this over the pandemic but it made me appreciate them more when I was able to use them again.
I opened up to my university about my mental health and they have been so supportive, they have offered me ongoing guidance and help throughout the pandemic and all staff have been very empathetic.
This year has been very different to previous years. In no way is my 3 star rating a sign of disappointment at the university, it is just representative of the reality for students this year. For all the university’s efforts, having next to no contact time has greatly reduced the enjoyment and success of my studies this year. Had we had more contact hours, this would likely not be the case, however COVID has made this impossible. Students at UEA have had to take the brunt off Covids impact. Although; the safety net does provide some comfort.
I must say that I have really improved, I am progressing well. My communication skill is getting better, my organization skill is also improving. I am getting more confident day by day and I am really impressed with myself. I have learnt alot.
We have recieved lots of information on how to go on placements and whsy yo expect. I think the school is prepared and us preparing us well.
The pandemic, I must say, have really given us all a shock wave. It has really been a very challenging year for us all. Even if there is nothing to win for this review, I will still give it. My Newman university, is a community based one, it has genuine interest in involving everyone to develop and be the best they can be. The online/ in-class teaching, is a very interactive and highly organised one. You cannot be in this Uni. and still doubt whethey you are in the right place. The emotional and academic support is second to none. I recommend this Uni. to all who are really interested in gainning true applicable knowledge. If you doubt me, try it youself.
My university does not have a massive building, nevertheless, it has got more than good enough facility that meets its size. It is a very clean university with good enviroment. Its shared spaces are very comfortable and relaxing enough for learning.
No matter what the support is, my university is able to deliver, and deliver well. Their support has really amazed me, I was nervous at first, but the level of support I received was mind blowing, you might think that I am exaggerating but is true, even my fellow students have been also very supportive.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my second year and UEA. Recently I have been able to see the lectures and other student in person which has been really nice. The teaching and support has not wavered I feel I have done better now than ever at university.
The UEA careers service have been very good with the changes the pandemic have brought and were able to effectively move online. Furthermore as a careers service student ambassador I have apart of meetings to improve the careers services showing that they are adapting further. For access to Internships and job opportunities I get a weekly email about these through the careers service. I also get more tailored job opportunities sent to me through the economics department which led me to my current internship. Furthermore, the UEA offer internships within departments as well which was how I was able to get an internship last year as well.
In 1st semester the lectures for two of my modules extended teaching hours to ensure all work was covered and to provide extra support from the lectures and for the final project. Whenever I have asked a lecturer about anything either academic, personal or careers related I have been met with a kind and helpful response that has enabled me to do better in my studies, submit an extenuating circumstances request and get a paid summer internship. Some modules offered pre recorded lecture videos and a lecture while others offered just live lectures. All workshops and seminars were online and did work very well. By having all live sessions recorded this meant I could go back to them at a later date to revise and if I could to the full session I could watch it back later. All the lectures offered office hours every week and were more than willing to help with questions and extend my knowledge beyond the scope of the module. If I had questions outside of the office hours the lecturer would be at the other end of any email with a swift reply.
The campus has a number of cafes and places to sit down both inside and outside. The library is particularly extensive and has been made Covid secure with an efficient system that initially stated with a click and collect service, moving to drop off point to return books, when the library was reopened in full in summer 2020 there was an effective one way system in place. The facilities at the UEA are very good, there are plenty of toilets available for use however the cleaning schedule of the toilets in the main students union should be revised to be more frequent throughout the day as they are used a lot.
I haven’t used any of these services as I have not needed to but the schools of economics have made me aware of u I dirty wide support services. Further to this the school of economics have a strong stand well advertised student support system.
Given that it was severely disrupted by the pandemic, I feel it was a good experience overall and would recommend the uni. It would have been nice to have made use of the campus facilities as they looked great on our single day physically at uni, particularly given tuition fees, as unfortunately due to the pandemic our lectures were all on Zoom despite being a practical based course (teacher training), and to have been able to meet other students in person. However, the lectures were useful, tutors were supportive and I had a great placement school. I think in a 'normal' year the experience would be even better.
Excellent careers service, lots of support, webinars, help with applications etc.
Really knowledgeable and supportive tutors. Mostly online delivery this year except school placements. However, staff are very busy and it can take a while for them to get back to you. This may be less of an issue when teaching is on campus and you can ask questions in person though.
Lovely campus, clean and modern. Due to online learning we only attended once. The science lab was great, in a normal year I expect it would have been a great facility to practise practical lab work.
Good support, counselling available.
Overall, the university degree is not what I expected it to be. The structure is somewhat disorganised alongside challenging as you have very little time to finish your PPL in the given timeframe and allocated flying schools recourses
I didn't spend much time with dBs this year even though i did attend every lecture. Unfotunetly we have little time at dBs. What time i did have wasnt very engaging and it felt brief. I'd like it to have been less formal so i know what i can expact to come in the next 3 years. Hopfully the next 2 years to come will be more loose in terms of what we learn with more choice.
The current lecturers have made the course a very valuable experience despite the issues caused by the pandemic. With up to date and true to life modules that allow the students to work on their skills, without being pigeonholed into a specific area.
The course is fairly new so employment links take time to develop, I'm sure in the future, job opportunities will be plentiful.
The lecturers did as much as possible to ensure that the quality of the teaching and support did not suffer during all three of the lockdowns.
Some current, but some aging and generally bad equipment means that, whilst some of the modules are taught on current up to date equipment, other modules suffer due to some of the equipment being of poorer quality.
Support is given to every student equally, it is up to the student to take advantage of it.