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
I found the teachers very helpful and didn't get the chance to attend my lectures because of COVID 19. I found it difficult to understand the work and would prefer attending lectures. Overall I've managed to complete my course and waiting for foe my results.
I am looking to work full time in a primary school.
I really enjoyed doing the course and found the lectures very helpful.
i used my own laptop and studied from home due to lockdown.
Unbelievable experience, the teachers are incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. The studios and equipment are unreal and don’t compare to many studios you will have to pay for
Great university experience. Loved my first year accommodation, and really like the campus and facilities. Small city so you get elements of city life but not to the point where it’s overwhelming. Really good range of module options, and lots of opportunity to contact lecturers. Difficult during Covid as nothing has been in person and most facilities have had limited access, but that is a general situation for students across the country. Great social life. Good range of clubs and bars and pubs. Great range of societies to join which is really great to meet people. Student Union runs many events but most of them are better suited to first years. Not good value for money at the moment because everything is online and you can’t use everything the uni has to offer. But outside of the current situation it’s better value for money and would recommend this Uni!
Access to internships, guest speakers and academic programmes
Regular access to support
Lots of services and facilities, including a really great library. A range of on campus facilities across numerous campuses
Student Life, Student Wellbeing and general support
The university has been a great experience despite lockdowns and COVID, although I wish the library was still accessible 24/7. Lecturers have helped any way they can and they are understanding to your circumstances. The university is very student oriented as they value the voice of students and want them to get the most out of our time there.
They post job opportunities and webinars almost every day, it’s incredibly helpful
Great support and understanding
Very accessible but equipment hire is limited
Very helpful whenever needed
Staff is very supportive and offer individual approach when it comes to teaching. I felt that staff understood the concerns that we may have as students and addressed them before we even spoke about it, which shows great depth of understanding and commitment to the profession. Very happy with my first year studying here, now considering completing my masters with Portsmouth Uni.
Very good, my tutor has been sending job advertisements and other opportunities on the regular basis, which was very nice to have.
My course has been taught through blended learning with online learning when we were in lockdown and face to face tutorials when this was allowed. My tutor was very good and informed us of any changes well ahead of the time.
Very good facilities overall, with covid lockdown there were some challenges in keeping everything open however university dealt with them well.
There were regular emails sent to us checking up on the mental health and offering services that are available, which shown the awareness and support of the university.
It has been an amazing experience for my first year at Portsmouth but for obvious reasons, if COVID-19 hadn't have been here it would've been so much better for my course and social aspects.
My course has been amazing at always providing work and job opportunities for us in the field of work we are all interested in; e.g. media, tv
The course has taught me a fair amount over the course of the past year, although online learning makes it very hard to retain any information.
I have only been to a few of the university buildings but they are always clean with lots of space for students to work in.
They have offered more mental health support though I feel at the beginning it was harder to get support.
I have enjoyed the opportunities to get to know others on my course and hearing shared experiences regarding primary education and I enjoy hearing my tutors previous teaching experiences which gives me an insight in each subject area for primary teaching, feedback is very detailed when receiving assignments and feedback. This helps me to continue in to next year with more detail and support to improve academic writing further.
Access to online career support through emails
Very detailed lessons and powerpoints provided with support and guidance from all tutors.
Clean shared lounge areas and great cafe prices and food
A range of emails are sent to us regarding support for mental health or sessions on wellbeing groups so we can join
My overall experience in Kingston University was very bad specially this last year after the city was in lockdown, the University didn't focus on students mental health and how to support them in every way possible, little support from teachers, and no reply back of most of the queries i had, insufficient online resources. To be honest it wasn't worth paying £9250 this year, Such a waste of money.
There was no talk or lecture about job fairs and how to apply for jobs, interview.. all there was lectures.
Facilities are quite good but unfortunately because of lockdown we didn't get to use any
There was honestly not much support given by the university at this point, because of lockdown every student has to attend classes online, and all the lectures were not helpful. Every emails to lecturers used to be ignored or replied back after a week or so.
I have really enjoyed the year at uni, tutor has made some very difficult decisions but they are always the right ones. She does her job very well and it has been a pleasure to have her guidence this year. The only downfall was due to the covid restrictions I do not believe that the university teaching side has been made good value for money as there has been no face to face teaching, while I accept and agree that it is out of their control and they have done the best they can with the restrictions, I do believe it has hindered some peoples success. Technical issues being one of them.
All opportunitys were emailed through with enough time to find employment.
It was great to have had the opportunity to have learnt online. For a teacher training course the classroom is the most important for your own experience but lessons were given in the best possible way and had a lot of variation
All teaching was done online so cant comment on this year. In previous years it has been fantastic though.
Any support I have required has been executed to a high standard and the friendliness of staff really helps.
Overall there has been a range of support and interesting content this academic year. COVID has made things difficult for everyone, including making the change to online learning and figuring out the best way to support students. The staff at Newman have made a real effort to overcome this and continue to support students as best as they can in the circumstances.
We get regular career weekly emails. These include tips and opportunities that are available. They also have an excellent career service which is happy to help however they can.
Tutors on my course are outstanding and are happy to go above and beyond to help students with their learning. They are happy to answer any and all questions that a student may come upon and support them in their learning.
The facilities are very good, especially the library.
Student support is very good, it is offered to us in a variety of ways. One such way is through emails where they let us know what is on offer and any events that may be upcoming.