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
All together there is nowhere I'd rather be than UEA. My course is engaging, the lecturers are fantastic, and I feel like every module is useful. The transition to online learning hasnt been perfect but the uni did what they could to keep students up to date and aware of what was happening. The industry connections and guest lectures make me really hopeful for my job prospects after graduating. More than anything though, its the people that make UEA so good. Individuals from all over the world come here and make this place their home and making friends with them and learning from them has been the best 2 years of my life so far.
It’s been kind of crazy with a full academic year going by as I haven’t had many in person lectures or meet many people on my course. I wish I could have had in person lectures but the lecture theatres aren’t big enough to hold the entire year so it was never possible. With everything being done online it has meant that lectures have been recorded and it made a good resource material to go back on when assignments came around and revise from. I feel like most people had the same experience as me and we’ve just all had to lower our expectations of the normal university life and just live with what we’ve got.
Every semester they host a seminar on looking for jobs in our field and how to write cv’s and how to be a good applicant. They’re very insightful and helpful for the future.
In freshers week we had in person practicals, like going in the boats and doing surveys but then once the lockdowns hit we never did anything in person again. All the lectures were taught online. There was a lot of contact hours and support sessions via zoom to those who needed it with working with the softwares for coursework and overall was generally supportive. Once a semester we had a session with our tutors and talked about how the term was going.
All just generally good. The library is amazing with being 24/7 which is good for those who work well in the evenings. Cleaners come in regularly in the halls to take out the bins and clean once a week.
The provide a wide range of services accessible to students. I used a couple and it really helped me get back on track to things important to me.
Quite honestly, this has been the best time of my life. It's certainly been an interesting one as half of my university experience has been during the pandemic, however the constant support from the university, coursemates and staff is wonderful. I was quite an introverted person when I came to uni, but Lincoln has really helped me find myself as a person and in life. When in doubt, join a society because you'll truly make your closest friends and best memories within them. I absolutely recommend a degree in social and political sciences, the staff are incredible and the courses and modules are incredibly interesting and really transform your perspective on a lot of things in life.
I interacted with the Careers and Employability services a fair amount as I completed the Lincoln Award. I would 100% recommend completing the Lincoln Award as I've had a brilliant experience expanding upon and gaining new skills. I've always been amazed by the workshops and support drop ins they always have going on, truly a very dedicated team. Check out the SU website for job and volunteering opportunities too as there is quite a variety of opportunities advertised there! My course has also had a lot of focus on job prospects, specifically in second year with the employability module Criminology in the Professions, where you explore a range of careers in the field, interact with alumni, update your CV and make connections. At the end of third year, our course staff also run (or are doing so atleast for my cohort) a week-long series of employability and careers workshops.
1st year: You have 8 hours a week, 4 modules and one lecture and one seminar for each module. 1st year can feel quite standardized as all social and political first years have to take Applying Research and Key Social Sciences however these are very helpful modules later on. I was a course rep in 2nd and 3rd year and all the staff are constantly listening to feedback and change the modules each year to improve them the best they can. Staff are incredible and really enjoy everything they do, you can always rely on them for anything. 2nd year: 8 hours a week- although this is sometimes 10 hours if you take Criminology in the Professions (extremely helpful module for careers building). A lot of very interesting modules to take as you can finally choose to study more specialized modules. 3rd year: 6 hours a week + dissertation. This year was an interesting one due to the pandemic but the support and communication from all members of staff is truly incredible.
I haven't needed to hire equipment, however the facilities I have accessed on campus have always been very clean, its very easy when having group work as you can see the availability of the rooms on campus and easily access and book them.
I haven't accessed the SU services (only because I didn't feel the need to) however I have heard great things about student well being and the advice centre. The SOCPOL staff are truly incredible and will always try to support as many people as they possibly can.
Even though lockdown and online zoom session, my lecturers have been amazing with support and guidance. They tend to email back straight away and offer any additional one to one's so that we don't feel alone. The uni experience hasn't been the same as it would have been without covid and not being able to find work has made it challenging. Meeting new people hasn't been easy as the zoom session make that difficult. Now being back on campus once a week for the rest of the year has made it easier to meet new people and get face to face contact with lecturers. Overall given the circumstances, I have really enjoyed my first year.
Only in the first year but we have a job and career development training coming up.
Working from home has been challenging but all the support has still been available. My supervisory team was great and helped keep me motivated through difficult times. Our Graduate School organised regular “coffee breaks” to help everyone feel connected. I participated in and presented at 2 conferences (online) this year. Although not the same experience as international travel to events, it still ensured I could disseminate my research findings to appropriate audiences.
Guest speakers- we can request certain people. Career development awards (principals award) Career service regular presentations and bootable appointments Internships with local and national/international companies
Research based course. Online contact with tutors this year. Online statistics support. Online conferences.
I have my own named desk for my exclusive use. Good availability of equipment for hire.
Multiple types of support. Students can access peer support, academic and pastoral support within their school. Counselling available if required. Advisors for those with additional needs, medical advisors and a team to support those with personal/caring issues.
Overall, this year has been a horrible year for everyone regarding the pandemic. But having said that, this years level of teaching has been awful. I did a foundation year last year at my university and comparing the level of teaching with both years, this year fails and I feel like I haven’t learnt much as what I should have. Zoom calls are good, but it’s very unprofessional when tutors speak about their pets all the way throughout the zoom call. Especially when they are constantly barking. This years learning has been far beyond a joke and have not been worth the fees we have to pay.
I’m only in first year so, I’m assuming going into the next years their will be a lot of support and guidance with this.
Having studied online this year due to the pandemic has been awful. The level of teaching is no where near as good as being in class or at lectures. Tutors are not very focused on the class. Too busy with their pets and their dogs barking the whole time being on zoom.
I am a dyslexic student and the support given to me has been the best support I have ever been given. I am a mature student, and was only diagnosed with dyslexia being at my university. The support have been so good and has helped me so much.
I did my masters during the pandemic, so it was extremely difficult. Classes were online. Most of the professors did not with us as much as they should have. The university is very good at providing employment opportunities and advice.
The course would have been better if we weren’t in a pandemic.
I am really statisfied with the teaching on my course. There has been alot of support available such as assignment extentions to adaot to the pandemic situation. This has been really helpful. The lecturer are amazing and ready to help with any questions.
Blended learning 4 hours weekly Contact with tutors when needed
I am enjoying my time here. The course is challenging and rewarding. The university campus is welcoming and the library is well resourced. The fact this course is BACP accredited also increases my hopes of securing employment in the future
Having transitioned to online this year, the tutors have done their best to make the course as accessible as possible
Quality services and support
University will be need to understand about our covid situation how we are trouble. We are International student they should be decrease our fee some for covid situation online classes.
At this covid situation online is safe for all of students and teacher. Because of anyone affect by others nobody dnt know, its will be bad for healt. In Campus lots of international students different different people for different countries. So thats why i think online is better option at this time. When everything is ok it will be good to see our all of classmate friend.
University give mental pressure us so much by tell to always for tuition fee.But they know very well for covid situation every countries economy down and also we are student cannot afford all fee for this situation.