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
Barely in (although in more then others due to it being a practical course) Feel left out of the community- lectures don't know our names, harder to make friends due to lack of on campus time. Difficult to keep up with the continuously changing rules and regulations
Not really seen much of it - stuck in certain studios
Studying during a pandemic has been extremely difficult because of the lack of teaching in person. I barely know anybody in my year group because of this. It would have been nicer to have more lectures about critical theory.
My overall experience is great with this university. I think I made the right decision when I chose Arts University Bournemouth and to study in the UK. However, my time at university this year has been not value for money. Unfortunately, I know this is not the university’s fault, because the lectures are interactive, fun and interesting. I have been on campus five times which is very low, bu when I was there it was very interesting. The University facilities are very good, my course mates are very friendly. I can’t wait for the next year and I hope I will be able to be on campus and learn more.
At first I was very inspired but unfortunately due to lockdown I have lack inspiration from being trapped doing a creative subject in my room. Lack of resources is hard and work is intense but out of it I think would be an amazing course.
For my first year, we went a lot more than most other students but the work load is very intense. Understandably this is to help us with the transition between university and workplace but just be prepared that there is A LOT of work. Everyday you have a online lesson you’ll have work to complete that day as well as homework. Good course but not for a pandemic
Really good equipment that most universities don't have, staff are very experienced and we have a lot of guest speakers as well as the tutors who used to work in big company’s
Really helped with my mental health and the essay support was amazing
I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. I could not recommend this course, this university or this course team more highly. Even though I am still some way from completion, my skills and my knowledge have developed immeasurably .
The university provides regular weekly updates and guidance on career opportunities. Additional resources are are available too, to those that wish to access them. Our Course Leader has facilitated sessions with external mentors and made this available to al course participants. It has worked really well.
I am a mature student and I am from a technical rather than an arts background; therefore there are two main factors which I found of immense value and which encapsulate my view of the support - which by the way was, and is, excellent. The course leader was approachable and accessible and provided good advice which informed my choice and my application. Secondly, perhaps even more importantly, the course leader and his team have taken every possible care to maintain the best possible learning environment throughout the current restrictions, which for a practical course, have been challenging. Timetables have been flexible, technical resources assured and learning practise constantly focussed in favour of us as students.
1. Studios and photo editing facilities are excellent. 2. Technical staff are helpful, supportive and d their best to make themselves available. 3. Equipment is of high quality and well maintained by the staff. 4. Cleanliness regimes have been made as simple and straightforward as possible and this boosts confidence.
The course leader and his team have gone above and beyond the 'call of duty' to make themselves available to students. Other university staff, although less obviously visible have, nonetheless, maintained a reliable and reassuring outreach programme and have communicated regularly and clearly.
Overall it has been a hood year. I feel it has been MAJORLY stunted and I’m looking forward to second year! Living in halls was horrid and isolating and working and living in one room wasn’t pleasant but my course was satisfactory.
I have found it quite difficult to build relationships with my tutors and peers this year because of online learning. I understand that this is probably nation wide due to Covid it’s nuts quite alien to me. Before Christmas, we did go into uni about twice a week and I didn’t find the workload too overwhelming because I could use my time wisely. Since January though, I have struggled with 9-4 levels every day with work due set and then due the next day. Working in the dark winter months in student accommodation does stunt creativity! When emailing tutors and lecturers, they have replied and been helpful.
The facilities were good when we were able to go in. We haven’t accessed them in four months so have had to buy the supplies ourselves
Unlike other universities, I don’t feel the support is as obvious? You have to actively search for support. My university has a suicide in December and the flat mates and friends weren’t able to access support over the weekend and had to wait two days for any sort of contact. I struggle with mental health issues and still wouldn’t know who to contact for help.
Tutors and projects have been great and have supported us throughout the year. However the amount of face to face/on campus teaching available is very minimal and doesn't allow much time to do anything
Only in my first year and so not much about graduate jobs has been discussed yet
Teachers are amazing and resources are great, however only have 3 hours of face to face teaching a week in campus and that is so little yome to do anything.
All equipment I could need is available on campus as well has places to eat and have a break
Tutors are always asking how we are doing and if we need any support
Little to no online lectures. Very little on campus. Projects include following instructions given on online blog - could do this without paying £9250 for fees On site covid testing is available which is good
Very little / nothing online. Term 1 we did but seems to have completely dropped off
Lecturers available- although can be slow to reply to emails
Even during the Pandemic, the university has been very helpful with keeping students motivated. Now that we are back to studios for a few days we are finally going to learn even more than before!
Due to the pandemic, our classes have been moved online. Our tutors are helpful and I could always reach out to them really easily!
Our facilities are really good and we have plenty of space and special machinery to use as well which is really good because we can experiment with all sort of stuff.
The mental health support at AUB is top tier, it is also free and the people that u can talk to are professionals.
The school and staff have been here for us throughout these special times of a pandemic. They have done everything in their power to support and help us students to learn, stay motivated and produce quality work. Even though my class (first-year students) have had a completely different experience of uni than earlier students, the teachers have managed to create a feeling of a safe space.
Have had lectures about how to prepare for the future. What, how, when? Talked about everything from CV writing, summer jobs, internships to what goals we need to set for ourselves to reach our dream and our idea of success in life.
Variable zoom meetings with engaging and creative tutors. The teachers are available to us whenever we need to speak to someone about uni work or our feelings. Online teaching has worked well due to good preparation from the staff - tutorial videos, 1-1 meetings, small group discussions etc.
Huge studios with good and robust equipment as well as good space for each student. The exterior and interior of the school is modern and up to date which gives me more energy that makes the school day more productive. The school and staff care about cleanliness so everyone can have a good experience while working and it also is a key factor to prevent dangerous situations with equipment in our studios.
They promote and publish up to date information about all the different support groups. Hold lectures for us and engage with the students through films, mails, photos and arrangements (digitally of course)