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
Obviously attending university during a global pandemic is not ideal. However I'm a strong believer in trying to make the most out of every situation. Being in such a beautiful and rural place like aber has enabled me to do this
Despite covid restriction, teaching has been as good as it can be concerning the situations. Whilst some modules have been absolutely exceptional in teaching and supporting our learning, other modules have been dismal and really not worth attending as I have not learning anything from them. For instance, one module was 100% practical based but we haven’t been able to do any of it this year - all we have done is blindly submit assignments which is incredibly disappointing and unhelpful in developing my skills as a scientist
We receive weekly emails and invitations to talk to the career services. There is constant support and encouragement about transitioning into a graduate career.
Blended learning, mainly online due to covid. Usually all would be in person, contact with tutor once a fortnight, but available to talk to anytime.
Very good accessibility to resources. There are so many access points for students with mobility issues. One downfall is the lack of on-campus parking for those with mobility issues
The university offer so many different resources and support groups for different issues - there is a peer mentoring system for general new students and department specific student to help new students settle in and adjust to university life and the workload.
Best response to covid situation of any of my friends universities. Really putting the students first. The town has a really lovely community atmosphere and students are at the centre of this.
Careers service has events consistently available.
Lectures go above and beyond. They are so invested in their teaching and passionate about sharing their knowledge.
Physical sciences have their own library. Great resources and desk space.
Always sharing how to access support services.
I absolutely love it at Aberystwyth university. I have not enjoyed online learning at all but everything else is great and hopefully next year teaching will be in person. Would never study anywhere else now.
The uni have made good communication and efforts to update us on the situation and get us on campus where possible however I think there is a lack of understanding on how our grades are not going to be of the normal standard , therefore marking should be more generous , and be more understanding that we have had to teach ourselves a lot of content from being taught through a recoded PowerPoint not by a teams meeting or in person . Lesson quality therefore isn’t the same as normal but the uni has assumed it is
Partly but mostly for general jobs
This year has been online fully apart from the last 3 weeks where we have had 3 weeks of seminars . Some lecutres have not provided the same amount of content online as we would have if it was in person , so I think we have lacked content and teaching hours there , however the content for assignments has been covered
Overall good however this year there has been lack of space for study due to COVID and there not being enough library study spaces for people to use .
Mental health counciling is available however I don’t think the uni fully take into account the special circumstances forms that we submit and how our mental health effected grades .
My time at this university has been worthwhile to say the least. Over the past 3 years, this university has not only provided me with the opportunity to grow my knowledge in the field of artificial intelligence, it has allowed me to grow into a more well-rounded individual.
For my course, the university provides a weekend away in which you can interact with potential employers. I know of many students who have attended this weekend away and achieved industrial year placements.
The course was originally taught via a mix of in-person lectures, group work and practical assessments. During the pandemic, these activities were transferred online.
From experience, I can only speak for the buildings associated with computer science courses. The lecture halls are spacious and clean and the classrooms and computer rooms (used for group activities and practical work) possess engaging atmospheres. As for the equipment, the tools required for the course i study has not once caused an issue.
Having struggled with personal problems during my time at this university, the nature of which I shall not divulge, I can attest that the support system provided for students is close to immaculate.
I am going to be sad to leave, that’s why I’m taking a masters. Aberystwyth is a fantastic place where you won’t want to leave, the uni is fun and the time you will have there is worth so much.
They are very clear about job aspects for students and always helping with events and seminars
The course is taught in person, the lecturers are great and are very passionate about teaching. There is plenty of different modules that cover a wide variety of different aspects of the film industry. Over the course of the pandemic the course has moved online which has been a struggle for students and lecturers alike but we have coped and they have tried their best to complete their modules online.
Amazing facility’s, the su is great but some of the accommodation needs updating.
Mental health services don’t help much
Overall the uni has tried to put things online however has failed to recognise that quality had dropped and have not altered marking or took into consideration that we are teaching ourselves therefore our grades have slipped and it’s not our fault
Sort of but only if you already know what you want and what you want fits what the uni is providing
Hours have been cut short and quality is not the same online
Good when you can get access during COVID as limited library numbers and no where els to sit
Good if you can get access to it
An awful University. Please do not attent this University for your own sake. Unfortunatley any positives I could give to the University are greatly out weighed by the huge amount of negatives. Support staff and lecturers will ignore your emails. They support and protect violent and abusive students while ignoring their duty of care towards victims. They have no interest in the welfare of students. When going through a difficult time and asking for extensions on coursework deadlines I was ingored, once I finally got a response (after the work deadline date) I was given the wrong advise and then later told this was my fault. Some of the lectures I attended had ripped their lecture slides directly from Wikipedia. It's unfortunate because it's situated in a wonderful town and *some* of the staff are competent but please trust me, this University, as an institution, is unproffesional, rude, incompetent and dismissive. It is not value for money. The University gets high results on student feedback in terms of their teaching standards, but trust me - this is a con. My only advise to any potential future students is to avoid this place at all costs. Please note I have attened three Universities (including the Open University and the University of West England) and Aberystwyth was by far the worst.
The lecturers have been really supportive with 1-1 chats and check ups, and have been good with COVID restrictions. I wish we could have had a ‘normal’ first year experience but i have met some really good people.