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
it was only bad when I didn't put the effort in. after that its been really good both academically and socially. In my final year so pushing really hard to finish work and meet deadlines but its fun.
there are weeks here and there dedicated to bringing people in who take you through different methods of employment so its pretty good
Both answers are the same thing. the looseness of the way its taught means that you are free to do pretty much whatever you want, however if you get stuck its up to you to get unstuck which I love but also hate.
Amazing representation of all students, it is an art uni and someone would throw a fit if everyone wasn't represented.
toilets and showers are lush if that's what you mean. good spaces for canvas making and well lit areas for painting. guys over at the woodwork making space will cut and bevel it for you as well so that's pretty neat and the online store is cheap for buying canvas.
University is close to a main highstreet and shops. It is also not far from town (30 minutes walk, 10 minute bus) and the local area is really decent.
The clubs are there if you want them just got to put the effort in.
whenever you need a tutor you can find one. counsellors are readily available if you walk into student services. library support is always available.
I've really enjoyed my studies at AUB and don't regret my choice. It's difficult to decide to go to a university over a drama school to study acting but the lecturers go above and beyond to get the most out of you. The curriculum runs parallel to some of the best drama schools in the country so you know you aren't missing out on anything. Having less contact time just means you have to put the work in yourself, which makes you more disciplined as an academic and an actor.
Many lectures are put on for all students which relate well to the specialisms of an arts University. Lectures include freelancing and speakers from specific industries.
The course has much fewer contact hours in comparison to a drama school yet, for the most part, is taught with the same level of intensity. The lecturers will go above and beyond, using their own time to assist you where necessary. By second year, some of the skills classes can become repetitive and you don't seem to be advancing with the skills you've already been taught. However, this does open you up to putting your own time into the course and you get what you put in.
The SU is always creating events to represent many different minorities and unrepresented groups. They also provide great support academically and personally.
The facilities are great. Having over 150 students on my course, across all three years, can make it difficult to find spaces to rehearse at times but the rooms provide us with exactly what we need. There are water coolers all offer campus and several coffee shops. We also have access to the shops at Bournemouth University.
It's a little out of the way but the public transportation is excellent. Using the University buses gets you from Uni into town within 15 minutes which makes everything pretty close.
A good variety of societies although I am not apart of one as I don't have the time to do so outside of my course. It's very easy to start your own society if you feel like there are none that fit what you want.
Tutors give a mixed array of feedback overall. Marking is inconsistent between lecturers at times. Certain lecturers are very supportive along the way and their marks at the end of the unit reflect what they've been telling you while others are much less clear about how you're doing until they grade you. The SU had 12 councilors on-site and the wait time for an appointment is just 2 weeks. I have yet to make use of this but it is very comforting to know that this is so easily accessible. On a more specific note, my had of year is trained in mental health support, meaning our whole course has another point of contact so needed.
It's been great. I thought that since I was going straight into the second year that I wouldn't be able to find any friends but everybody were so nice and welcoming. I've met some amazing people from different courses. I got really good grades and the tutor told me that he wished all his students were like me.
There are workshops and lectures with industry professionals and previous student about how to put yourself out there for work opportunities.
I like how the tutors are willing to help you and you can always turn to them if you have a problem. We had some issues with our course this year since it was the first time the tutor was teaching the unit, but halfway through the term we brought up our concerns and the unit was modified.
They are open and approachable, they're really active on instagram and keep us updated with everything that is going on.
There could be more space in my course, there are about 30 sewing machines for 1st, 2nd and 3rd years so it's difficult to get a machine to actually do your work. You sometimes won't be able to keep to a schedule because you're waiting for a machine.
It could be closer to town, but I don't mind it
There is a huge variety of club to join. I wanted to join a lot of societies but since I'm a direct entry into the 2nd year I don't have enough time for them
Very good. The tutors are always reminding us that we turn to them of the Student Services if we have any problems. The tutors have put a basket in the common area of our course and they and the students (who can afford it) buy food and put it in the basket for students who are struggling which I find amazing.
Most of the material I've had to learn myself, lectures are far and few in between and tutors are hardly there. However, the facilities for photography make up for it.
My University host a number of talks by guest speakers on topics such as employability and starting a freelance business. There are about 10 talks per term in which you can sign up for oftentimes they're are rather limited on spacing.
I like we have freedom to use the studios for photography as we please. however, our contact time with tutors is so limited I can at times be 1 hour a week which I think is very poor.
They are very involved in trying to better the campus experience. facilities are limited at times.
After visiting other University up north with similar courses to mine i found we had the best all-round facilities.
AUB is good in terms of accommodation locations you can find private housing for rent all around ranging from a 2 - 10-minute walk to campus. University run accommodation is far about a 20-min bus drive from campus so beware. However, they're building new accommodation next to the University which will hopefully be completed next year.
there is a large variety of clubs to join, many of them are done alongside the Bournemouth University students as the universities are both right next to each other.
its difficult because we have so little contact time with our tutors as theyre also never in office
So far the only times I haven't enjoyed uni were the first few weeks, feeling homesick and getting freshers flu, but my tutors were very accommodating during the time and keen to make sure my wellbeing came first. the most difficult things were living alone, all my stresses were not to do with the course or being on campus.
There are many guest lecturers that come in and give talks in those areas. They also support you and aide you n looking for placements as well as help you gather your portfolio you will need to get a placement.
They mix workshops in the print room for example with with lectures and taught technical workshops so you're not sitting down all day everyday listening to someone talk and taking notes, you're making work. It can feel like a bit of slow start on the course and sometimes it feels like you haven't got much to do but that's because you are given a lot of independence so its really up to you to do work. But equally you will find some days you have a tonne of work so it varies.
In terms of facilities there aren't a lot however we are welcome to use the BU SU in town, The Old Firestation which is AUB and BU students only. Its a great facility and always a fun night out. The AUB SU are always putting events on, like cactus potting, or bake sales, vintage clothes shops, trips to London etc. so there's always something going on.
We have everything you need for an arts university, Mac suites, print rooms, a very big library in terms of resources that's specialised in the arts.
Its about a 15 minute bus ride to town/ 50 minute walk into Bournemouth however the unibus is very frequent and easy to use, so its not really an issue. there are also cycle lanes and many people do ride their bikes to and from uni. The accommodation in town is easy to get to with the units, with the bus stops specifically located near the different accommodations so its not a long walk from the bus. there is also accommodation on Campus from 2020. Otherwise its about a 25 min walk to Winton, where there is a high street with a Sainsburys, Tescos and Waitrose amongst cafes and other shops. This I also where most 2nd and 3rd years live. You're never too far from anything you need. There is also a local doctors surgery neighbouring the campus that is very good.
AUB itself has many different societies and sports with more changing and being made each year. It also partners with BU so you can join their societies and sport clubs too and meet people not just from AUB which is a great opportunity as its a new bunch of people and they have many more clubs etc.
The tutors are always there to talk to if you want to, with regular normally weekly tutorials and you can request more if you wish. The student services is great, any problem you have at all, you can go to them and they will help you out from minor problems to wanting someone to talk to. Your wellbeing is very focused on by the uni and SU, they want you to have all the support you may need.
i have found it ok, could be better, could have been taught more practical skills and compulsary workshops. I have found the information and skills learned useful
employability service, you can talk to a member of staff regarding careers at university and after university
i like the interactive-ness, i don't like the fact we don't have many workshops to teach us certain skills
quite good, small campus but have most of what i need
at aub it isn't very varied, but BU is quite good - we also have access to these societies
feedback from tutors is very good, i have had negative experiences through counselling
I have enjoyed it a lot. The facilities are great as well as the teaching. Tutors are interested in the success of the students. Help is always provided and lectures are made to be interesting to everyone.
I haven’t checked
I think the course is amazing in terms of teaching
As it is outside of the city, it is far away. Although they have university busses which really help.
Really good! It’s given me a clear insight into the career field for which I want to go into. I’ve gained a great amount of knowledge and skill in my course. Through having people form industry constantly in too, adds a new element to the course that that at other Universities don’t do.
Doesn’t do much for placements. There are however employability sessions/ times when you can speak to people e.g. about cv writing and freelance work
Most- lots of time with the tutors, with all of them having experience in the field of graphic design. There are always new people from industry you’re introduced to which is beneficial and insightful! Least- nothing
Okay, nothing I can think to fault with it, seem keen to gain the opinions of all the students and their views
Poor, although there’s access to BU university, it would be nice if there were for example a gym at AUB or more constant access to hot food
No, not particularly near to shops and all the accommodation is very far away from it, particularly halls accommodation
Poor. There’s barely any
Extremely good, constant feedback form tutors and the personal support is also easily accessible and very helpful
Really good! It has pushed me way out of my comfort zone and made me feel more myself than ever before. Going to uni at AUB (and although being at times extremely hard in many ways) was the best decision i could have made.
They encourage and help us to get work placements, they put on employability and industry lectures all the time to help us. My course is also very good at preparing us for industry by making us set up a plan in third year, before we graduate to make us more prepared.
Yes very much so, in second year I want sure, but coming into third year i can now see how the teaching has actually been preparing me very well fro independent and creative processes.
Very good, there is a string mixed representation and i feel they represent the people at pour uni very well.
Very good. The make-up department is is brilliant (although we could do with more of it). And there is a theatre and workshop etc which are all brilliant and help to prepare use fro industry and give use the opportunity to be very creative.
Yes very good from where I live and is a short bus ride away from the centre of Bournemouth.
They are okay, but could be improved. Although we are a small uni so have a small student uni, so considering I think we have a wide range of societies. We also have access to some BU societies which means we have access to a wide variety outside of uni.
Brilliant there is academic, creative and mental health support as well as brilliant careers counsellors.
It’s has been absolutely amazing! The best thing I’ve ever done in my life, I was previously on a different course at the uni and switch to modelmaking after my first year, they made it so easy to change and it was the best decision ive ever made! Never want to leave 😄
The uni runs multiple careers fairs throughout the year as well as having staff to talk to whenever we need the help. Our individual courses also offer internships and work experience placements that companies have open, as well as helping us out source for placements. It’s a big focus through all 3 years
Personally I don’t think there is anything I don’t like about the course. We have a good balance between taught and individual practical time, they aren’t spoon feeding us, they know when to just leave us too it whilst being there if we really need them. I love the fact that it is so independent.
The Students’ Union is great, run by previous students that show they really care for our time through uni and how they could improve it. they are constantly running events around the uni with a huge variety of themes helping widen awareness for different types of representation and helping the audience grow.
Amazing, we have everything that we need within the uni! Being on a course that focuses so heavily on machinery and dangerous chemicals it’s amazing to have the space and equipment that we do! It means we don’t need to cap our project ideas, we can honestly make whatever we want.
I’ve lived all over Bournemouth whilst at uni and I believe that no matter where you are the uni has made it easy to get to because of the amount of buses they run, as well as regular buses that go directly to the uni. It’s very close to a high street that has everything you need as well as local corner shops
For a relatively small university there are a good amount of societies and sports which are also run with the help from Bournemouth uni across the road
I’ve never personally used the counselling facilities but I’m friends with those who have, and I’ve only ever heard good things. The support on our course is really good, there no matter what stupid questions we ask! Feedback could be a little better but it’s nothing that can’t be changed by simply asking for more explanation.