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
Because of Covid, there has been less support than I would have expected - we don’t just have lecturers there to help us when we are actually doing the work, unlike being in the studio (which we have 3 hours a week). Overall the actual course content is really positive and I enjoy the projects given to us :)
Die to pandemic it’s been hard but the university is trying their best to support my needs as much as they can. Workshops are always open, tutors give us many ideas of what can be done. The motto for university should be “YOU DO YOU!” Because every way is a good way as far as you present all the steps. There’s never a wrong answer. Hence I’ve decided to come back after my BA Architecture.
Tutors link is up with industry practices, for example when there’s collaboration with architecture practice they give us their details.
We keep contact with tutors through emails and MicrosoftTeams. We also have an amazing technician that’s always helpful at the university. Access to the facilities is on the booking system if we need it.
We have to make bookings, which is done online. But usually it’s matter of minutes
Our university provides us with all the support that is needed from tutors up to student services that range just to support any needs
I really enjoy going onto campus and leaving in halls but during the pandemic it is really difficult to be able to have that extra support that all students need to qualify. We haven’t been into campus as much as I thought I would before covid started so I haven’t used the facilities as much as what I would have hoped to
Haven’t really spoke about employment yet
It’s really hard for people to be able to get the help they need via online classes. I have dyslexia so it is really difficult to an essay without that extra support.
Really good I love the studios and the space we have
Student support have done really well guiding me though what’s going on through the pandemic via emails
It’s been a weird year due to COVID, my first year at university hasn’t been anything like I expected. I would be lying if I absolutely loved it, but it was okay. I’m excited for next year, hoping to have better access to facilities and hoping to actually be able to meet people in my course.
AUB has a lot of career fairs, and very recently my class had a career lecture. Unfortunately I don’t know much about the career advisors at AUB
My lectures are all amazing and have truly been trying to teach us to the best of their abilities. My course however is very practical, and I’ve missed out on a lot of key skills which I will have to spend extra time learning next year. AUB as a whole have been very welcoming and their student support services are absolutely amazing.
I’ve spent little time in the studios, but from what I can see, the facilities are very good. I haven’t seen all the facilities AUB has to offer yet, but I hope to soon. The studios are cleaned all the time, and hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes are available everywhere
Student support is amazing here. There is a drop in service where you can speak to a well-being officer and many councillors. I didn’t have to wait even two days before I was booked into a counselling session. They actually care here, and it’s unfortunate other students don’t have access to a good student support team
It’s been difficult to be taught during these times and it’s an art course so it’s difficult to explain it online. I’ve been lost the most of the course but the tutors are great and they’ve understood all the difficulties.
Haven’t had the best experience, near to no tutor contact time about 1-2 zoom calls a week and the rest is independent study. Had no support on resources other than a £30 voucher for seawhites when everything costs nearly over £30. Have basically been teaching myself by watching YouTube videos on how to use Adobe softwares. Don’t particularly know where my £9250 is being put towards.
Haven’t had anything yet
We don’t get much online teaching hours at all. At most it’s a 15 minute tutorial and maybe if we are lucky a digital workshop a week. We haven’t had any lectures for the last 3 months.
Haven’t used any of the facilities on campus due to not being able to go in
Haven’t had any student support we are expected to buy all of our resources nothing gets sent home.
This year I have been provided with good lecture but remote learning is challenging and not having enough in person practice is definitely affecting my experience.
I think the course and teaching could be better organised - paying £9,250 for this isn’t acceptable and a reduction should be given to all students who have had to deal with this in the past year
Good careers events
They have tried hard to support a good education with a combination of studio sessions when allowed and online learning. However after this long online you would expect the issues to be fixed and, this simply hasn’t happened. Teaching a practical course online will never fully work.
The socially distanced studio is really nice, technology within the site is up to date and the university campus is nice to be on
I haven’t used much of it
Only because of COVID and how it has completely halted the usual university experience, however if it was the not COVID I have confidence in the uni that I would have a great experience, mainly from the comments or older students
I think there doing really well with the situation at the moment
Obviously we can’t really access them at the moment but I think there seem good
The course has brilliant units layed out to help us train and be ready in all areas for the industry. However with the impact of covid it has become difficult to fulfill the fullest experience and therefore I am nervous for my work ahead, which is only going to get harder. I appreciate the pressure that is given in a practical way and the easing of lecturers relating to things not being exams and rather a process.