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
Only ever getting better, I will be sad to leave Arts University Bournemouth. In my first year I didn't feel as though I enjoyed my course, but being given the opportunity to specialise and develop I am really enjoying it now and can't wait for it to allow me great opportunities in the future.
At the Arts University Bournemouth we are offered industry days, often given talks by industry professionals and have units dedicated to us finding work in the professional world.
I love the collaborative nature of my course and how supportive our tutors are with our work. What I like least is hard to say, I would like more lectures from upcoming production companies and designers within the industry, or trips to visit relevant galleries etc.
It is great! The university is quite small so they take time to listen to all the student suggestions.
Amazing! As a film student we are offered studio space, top range cameras and lighting equipment as well as plenty more.
Yes! Although it isn't in the town centre, it is within a 10 min bus route or long stroll, and close to plenty of student housing.
At Arts University, the variety is quite small but always building in options, but we are close to Bournemouth University which offers many things to our students too.
It is very very good. Tutors take time, even on a large course, to get to know you and ensure you are given the time and counselling you need.
It has been great. When i've needed support i have been able to get it quickly. The course has been taught well and i am happy with the level of skills i have been given. The facilities are also wonderful if you choose to use them.
We have study skills sessions and further development avaliable in the final year. There will also be an industry day later in the year which will help.
I like how we are given the necessary guidance to further our learning and conduct individual research. I think in the final year we should have more lectures and study skill sessions avaliable.
They throw a lot of activities and listen to feedback. I am very happy.
Very good. we have everything avaliable to us
it is far from the city centre, but considering the accommodation its perfect. in the previous years i lived a 40 minutes away which was difficult when considering early lectures and the price of the bus.
Its very good, when in combination with the neighbor university BU.
Good when you need it. It is on an ask basis
I'm really enjoying my course, I've already been given so many opportunities and am looking forward to the next two years. I love that we work with different departments to prepare us for industry life. I'm beginning to miss uni now I'm home for Christmas!
Opportunity to attend job fayres and we often have visiting tutors who work in the industry come to teach us.
I love that all our tutors have had experience working in the industry, we're given creative freedom in lessons. I dislike our Monday timetable, we're in from 10-5 doing practical work and then straight into a lecture until 8pm.
Absolutely amazing SU team, I love that we often collaborate with BU too.
Overall, very good facilities with up to date equipment. The canteen food looks delicious however I have never eaten there since it is too expensive for students who do not have food bursaries
Uni is a short bus journey away, however, the traffic is usually good and the bus prices are very reasonable with reliable service.
Though I'm not part of any societies, there seems to be a wide range with the ability to start your own too.
There's plenty of opportunities to ask for help regarding almost anything. We're also allocated pastoral tutors
as much asI hate to say it, if I could go back in time I probably would not choose to go to university. It lacked the support and guidance I feel I could have been entitled to; it didn't feel like I was getting good value for money. While I have grown and developed my skills, I am not 100% confident that I can put it down to my time spent at the uni itself.
Yes I get frequent emails inviting me to jobs and skills fairs, events and talks.
I like the modern approach to how my course is taught; with a lot of focus on changing media and the fast evolving digital world, it feels relevant and useful. I don't like the self directed aspect of my course. It feels like there is not enough studio time or face to face teaching time, for people who can struggle to ask for help and get easily overwhelmed it doesn't seem like it is as easy to speak to tutors as there is hardly any contact time.
The fact that I don't know a lot about the student union says to me that it is not as good as it could be. Although it's a university on the smaller side, I think that more could be done in terms of student representation and more money etc. could be put into better, more exciting, more inviting facilities and events.
well designed and modern. Lots of space and facilities available for everyone to use.
Yes, it is a short bus journey from the main town and halls etc. and a 10 minute walk to a smaller high street and much of the private rental houses.
not great, as a smaller university there isn't as much variety.
unless you know exactly what to ask for and exactly who to ask, I don't think it has been great. the most support I have ever been offered is a week long extension.
Prior to coming to university I barely wanted to socialise and could hardly draw. Now that I have been through this course, I have many good friends, a great education and a promising future ahead of me if I continue to work hard. I have improved in countless ways and it was only possible because of the excellent support this community has allowed me to be a part of.
The have provided a portion of the third year that is dedicated to industry research and portfolio development. I feel like if I wanted to get a job, they have provided me with a adequate amount of information to become employed within a year after graduating if I am willing to put the effort in.
The second year was very badly taught. I don't recall having more than five lectures that year and I might as well have been taking an online course as it was entirely self taught from start to finish in term of producing art but I am hoping that it is improved for future students. The first year was very well structured and provides an excellent foundation knowledge and the third years are provided with plenty of team working tasks preparing us for the working world.
They're biased to people that hold the strongest opinion and not the majority of students. I feel like people that fall in the neutral middle ground are not well represented here.
The universities facilities for my degree are excellent. There is a shortage of computers for some students to work on in the 3rd year and the second year doesn't have a work space but with over crowding issues aside the actual equipment is great.
I've always had to travel for half an hour no matter where I've lived so I would say its probably a bit worse than other universities.
I have been a part of a quite a few societies. Two disbanded because they weren't properly organised but the rock climbing society was fantastic.
The support is excellent at this university for both tutors and counselling. I feel one of the most valuable things I have gained is the personal growth I have experienced during my time here and that wouldn't have been possible with out the great counselling staff. The tutors will also see you if you nag them enough and I have found their feedback in one on one sessions to have been what pushes my learning forwards the most. I worry for students in years below me as tutors have become increasingly hard to get a hold of with higher demand but during my time here they have done an excellent job.
it's been really great, I love how it's a campus it feels like a community. I've learnt a lot from my tutors and done a really wide range of things that have improved my skills as a set designer
it arranges workshops and talks with industry people- we screen out grad films at the BFI
how much creative freedom there is what I like most, what I like least is the work load all at once in third year, its not manageable
it's great and everyone in it is super easy to talk to
very good, two studios for film
Yes, I can walk to university and shops that I need on the daily
really large variety
very good, counselling is easy to book
i've loved it so far. i changed course 3 weeks in which was the best decision i've ever made. looking after myself has been good! struggled slightly with making friends, it's hard to know which friendships you want to actually keep and which ones were just random people you met in freshers week. haven't missed home much which is good. near the end of my first term is when i started to get lonely which is normal, especially in halls. but overall i'm very happy
there's no work placements which they could do. but there's job fairs and we often have guest speakers which tell us about jobs in our field. and on my course specifically, we cover lots of different topics which could lead us to a variety of careers.
i like that we have small group tutorials every week so the tutors can give us feedback for our projects. i'm not a person who approaches people for help that naturally, so it's good that i'm given the opportunity to.
they're always running activities on campus and they're very active in students lives and even have a campaign called 'small things matter' which is all about improving student's wellbeing at university which is an important issue which isn't talked about enough.
really good, tailored to a creative student's needs. library is exceptional.
it's far away from the university but there is a very good bus service that takes you straight there, and a bus usually comes every 5-10 minutes.
very good. it's a specialist university so a lot less students but still a wide variety of societies to join
really good. there is always someone to speak to if you need it.
I've extremely enjoyed my experience. The work is difficult but rewarding. I have made many friends and memories from the social aspect and night life here. I thoroughly enjoy living so close to the beach and the University has lots of equipment and facilities.
I'm aware that a few of the courses offer work placement terms (instead of a whole year) which may be more appealing to a number of people. Many tutors are open to helping guide you towards a career. Lots of brands etc that are connected to the University.
I like the independency and creativity of the projects I am set. The teaching could improve with communication as sometimes tutors tell me different things.
Really friendly and organised SU who often organise fin events such as Open Mic nights and Vintage clothing sales.
Very clean and new. Access to cameras, Mac computers, laptops and more.
University is not very close to the town centre where the majority of halls of residence are. However there are easy uni bus connections between accommodation and University.
Some really fun societies at my universities but not much choice. However you are more than welcome to join the vast range of societies at Bournemouth University located just next door to Arts University Bournemouth.
My tutors are great at being supportive when you ask for help and guidance. Student services offer counselling etc.
I’m enjoying it very much, the university is small so it’s easy to find my way around. All lectures are good and it’s great how we have so many guest speakers and you’re able to ask them questions, I think it helps to see a future
Allowing us to take work placement in the second year and giving us live projects
I like how how many skills are shown but think that communication between course leaders could be improved as they have very different opinions
They’re great!always putting events on at lunch and trying to involve everyone. They’re always updating anything on social media as well
I think as a small uni it has everything you could need
It’s not too far from the bus stop, it’s a 10 minute walk and then 10 minutes on the bus. Sometimes I walk and it takes me 45 minutes. It’s in town so I have access to everything I need, gym, shops etc.
I think it’s pretty good for a small university, they offer so many different societies, I go to yoga and it’s great fun
We can book out as many times as we want to gain feedback. Counselling is offered everyday at lunch with no booking or you can book a time suitable and it’s all confidential
The university experience so far has been a good one, it's still early on but I feel that the university has helped my growth and I can see/feel myself making progress and improving my work ethic.
There is an office dedicated to students to help find jobs in the industry or regular part time. There are often job fairs solely about business, employability etc. In the course we have guest speakers who work in the industry and we are using industry standard tech and software.
My course is very organised thanks to the lecturers who are very valuable as they have different perspectives and respect the aims of the students while still giving their opinions and critique to a high standard, all of which I like. What I care least for are some of the smaller workshops we do but even those are helpful in teaching or establishing an idea from a lecture, mostly.
The SU seems to offer a good range of necessities in helping the students in both the facilities and the students who are currently assigned seem to represent the uni well but I haven't had much first hand experience with them.
The facilities do seem quite limited compared to what I've seen from other universities art departments but what they do have is high quality,a accessible and made up of the necessities.
Yes, it's at a slight distance from most first year accommodation though travelling is easy and it's location is surrounded with student housing. Local amenities aren't something I'm looking for when on campus but I know there are sops about 10 minutes away.
There aren't any sports though there are a large amount of societies with it only requiring few students to create new ones.
Very good, I have found the lecturers to be very supportive when issues arise and their feedback is valuable. Counselling isn't something I've had contact with so I can't say.