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
University is good overall, but this year was online teaching only, which made the whole experience and tuition fees not valuable. There’s also a good system support if you looked for it and teachers try to help you
Overall experience is outstanding. However, there are some issues that could be managed better, especially through this season with covid. The lecturers are really trying to give qualitative education to the students. Cannot wait to come back to the campus and experience real amazing studying with all activities and interactions.
My first year at Newman was brilliant and the lecturers were really support and helpful with assignments. However, I did expect a better support system during the pandemic but this was not received.
Not applicable as I am not yet in my graduate year.
The university haven't been great during the pandemic in regards to supporting students. They have been harsher than expected when marking and lectures haven't been fun or interesting to participate it. The only beneficial thing this year in my opinion is the no disadvantage policy being put into place.
Facilities were good when COVID-19 wasn't an issue. However, the library has still been accessible for most of the time.
My overall experience has been strange due to the coronavirus pandemic and recession. As an international student in my first year I enjoyed and appreciated the whole experience of university life, the online learning, living in student accommodation, struggling financially due to the crisis, meeting people digitally and discovering UK. The job opportunities and availability were limited. Learning online is the present and the future, as difficult as it is for students to learn online I strongly believe it is for lecturers to teach too. I was glad to see that my classmates and lecturers are mature people and cooperate to maintain silence and good communication skills during the online class. I also had the chance to be on class in an actual room with the team, which was nice. Furthermore every time I contacted with my tutors I received a response immediately, most of the times via email. I was and still am concerned about the tuition fees as they have not been changed at all during this online experiment.
Blended learning, mostly online. Academic support from my tutors is provided whenever I reach out mostly via email.
There is accessibility to services and facilities for necessary needs. Shared spaces like toilets are cleaned by the housekeepers, the kitchen spaces are equally divided and maybe cleaned if there is communication between the flat mates
The university is providing personal services
Very helpful lectures & tutors, but I would have preferred more smaller & interactive lectures rather than just being talked at. But coursework feedback was very helpful for the most part. Exams seemed kind of redundant because they were all open book and online, aside from the philosophy exam I did which was essay-based and hence I actually needed to properly prepare for it as I couldn’t just use notes to do well in the exam. Very good facilities, the gym is really good, but the library is a bit small and dull for such a big university.
Very useful workplace learning course, has taught me how to write a good CV, cover letter, do well in an interview, etc
Helpful feedback on coursework, tutors very helpful & available, but exams are all open book and online which feels sorta pointless.
Very good gym, good library but cld be bigger
Good, but I personally haven’t had much need for this type of support. But they have things like student nightline, etc, and send emails with info in about getting help
Undertaking a PhD degree is not an easy path, however, I have been supported from the first day until now. I am currently waiting for my Viva. Looking back, I couldn't have asked for more. I had opened channels with my supervisors over the past three years. The Graduate School staff provided me with many resources and guided me with any administrative issues. I had the chance to represent the university in multiple conferences and talks. Overall, my experience at Abertay has been positive!
I have all the support I can get to fulfil my PhD degree. My Supervisors encourage me to pursue different opportunities and engage in various research activities.
My desk access in the graduate school area helps me focus. There is a limited number of open-air areas.
Overall the university has made lots of effort to help students, I think they have done a good job in helping students with online learning, accessing facilities and mental health support.
There is a weekly update on job opportunities and lots of zoom forums available.
Online learning has taken some time to adapt to, but tutors have been very facilitating. They have been available for tutorials, though online have been very supportive.
I have had to book to use the library instead of just turning up but with fewer people on campus, it has been easy to use the library. The facilities have been clean, sanitizing stations available to clean hands after use.
I have been able to contact the necessary services by email and usually got a response in 24-48 hours.
Good experience due to my interest in the course and relationship with lectures. However overall the uni was very disorganised. Hard to follow up on problems that go beyond the lectures control.
Very supported, promotes lots of future career opportunities
Taught online due to COVID, tutors provided well structured lecture. However teaching hours were reduced
Although the university is very clean. The resources are limited. Missing lots of essential online books.
The uni preach about mental health, but from my experience, I received no support when followed through
Worked as well as we can with covid guidelines and still feel i receive the support and lectures needed for my course, even tho i have been injured. Also gained support for essays and prepared me well considering i had more than everyone else because i couldn’t take part in practical modules
posters up in the canteen and around the uni
When injured i get so much support from lecturers. Aside from this they always offer extra help outside of classes if i would like to help me get better
Clean and well retained through covid
Very good always in communication
My overall academic experience in 2020 and 2021 was alright but it could have been better. academic experience changed due to COVID-19, which also changed the way we studied and completed our course. It was difficult in the beginning to get used to the change from face to face lessons to all online meetings. We were not able to easily go to the university or make use of the library facilities. I also felt upset that the tuition fees are quite high compared to the service we receive as students especially during this academic year. Therefore, motivation and work ethic, studying, grades, performance, concentration, and time management was affected too.
there are many career related events , discussions, workshops. the university provides virtual and face to face career events and career days. there is an online career website available for students to search for job and employment opportunities, internships, volunteering, part time and full time job opportunities.
due to the pandemic COVID-19 , my last year of at Newman University was different compared the previous 2 years. Every single lecture was a online zoom meeting. everything was taught online and the University was only open for limited services. however, the teachers did support us throughout and gave us the opportunity to ask for help through email, online tutorials and discussions.
Newman University was closed for the most part of 2020 and some of 2021, so my classmates and I have not been recently, but my experience from the previous 2 years were great. services and facilities such as bathrooms, gym, canteen, seating, classrooms, library and more were available and accessible. There was cleanliness, books, rooms and laptops could be hired and booked for the students.