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
Overall my experience at the university was mediocre. There were some module which were very interesting and practical. However, there were some where the lecturer just wanted to get it over and done without giving a proper insight in what the module is about and how it will be used in a real world situation.
With being online, it was harder to approach a lecturer with any difficulties I may have been facing. There were less class discussions, which is where I usually learnt more information than was provided by lectures. Lectures weren’t live, and were just uploaded onto Canvas to do in our time. Once a week, for 4 hours, we had a live call with our lecturers and these were for tutorials based on the work we’d learned in the previous lecture. If we did not understand this work, the tutorial was not beneficial as it just provides basic information.
They’re always sending emails relating to work experience in law firms/clinics. Talks with already qualified solicitors, and workshops regarding what skills are needed to be successful in law.
In year 1, with in-class learning, this would’ve received 5 stars, however during the pandemic and online learning, the teaching quality was lower. This could be because it was new to everyone - lecturers and institutions included, so they were less prepared. This being said, I still passed my assignments so the quality of teaching wasn’t awful.
Counselling on site, student unions and ambassadors to support you.
The first year was nice but there were a lot of things that could have been better for example, having real shows with real audience. Getting more contact hours. The second year was a bit of a mess since we were in a pandemic which made things much more difficult. I had all of my classes through a screen so I was 5 to 8 hours a day looking at a screen. There wasn’t much support regarding money, the university always found a n excuse to say that I didn’t need entry help. The teachers were professional and they tried their best to help us.
There hasn’t been much talk about this subject , I suspect they are leaving it for the last year
Because of the pandemic everything was different so I had all of my lessons online which was not ideal
Pretty good, the university is clean and the restaurant is really nice .it has easy access and a lot of space to lock our bikes
I never really used it so I can’t really say much about it
Could be improved if the student support was better. Hasn't been value for money this year as we have had hardly any teaching in university even online, feel very unsupported on a tough course.
Its taught online but with less hours, only 4hours per week. Its hard to learn online.
I LOVE ARU!! The people are amazing there with endless support and opportunities! I was terrified to go to university but they have made me so welcome and i know if i work hard ill get my dream job with their support :)
Not yet started the programme but they have specialised support network for it. Only first year and getting personal meetings with contacts in employability.
Mainly online but there is options to go into university campus with the class and have session with tutor.
Older building but new campus is being build, has good shared spaces and labs
Amazing support all round in all areas.
University provides all over attention on students like mental health for students who need it and help and guidance for their studies as it is going online. They are giving their 100%. Lectures and stuff are all time available for support
The university is really good. However the classes are online so we do not get an opportunity to meet with people and explore the campus experience. We are currently meeting over zoom chats and organize watch parties and study groups. These are quite entertaining but it would have been much better if we could go to campus. Faculty members are very supportivs and helf us with queries at any time.
Online Around 8-9 hrs classes per week
I really enjoyed my time at ARU. I've made friends for life and had so many experiences that I'll never forget. The teaching is really good, and assessments are fair. I would 100% recommend ARU.
They really prepare you for employment within the course and with stuff like ARU temps and the career centre, as well as events with external people
Staff good but over worked
Labs really good, most lecture halls okay. Library small
Really really great support at ARU in terms of wellbeing and disabilities.
Nice university, part of a community. Lots of facilities and the cleanliness is great. Covid secure campus. Lots of study space spread across campus and plenty of greenery.
Online learning with the option of attending labs if you want to Usually lecture and lab based
Lots of accessibly of everything. Very clean. Large study space on campus. Small library
Great well-being support and careers advice
Although it has all been Online, the overall experience has been good. The project have been interesting and most of the lectures have been enjoyable online. It has sometimes been difficult to get motivated as being at home is alot different than being with all your friends in class. But we were provided with a few hours a week where we can join into a video call and just chat about work or anything with or without our lectures so that was definitely something I would recommend students who have been struggling with online lectures and socialising. Not being able to use the facilities has been disappointing because of the reason going to this Uni was for those. But I have got through it with my projects and am looking forward to next year, hoping we can all be back.