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
Very good, it's hard working but prepares you for the reality after university. The course encourages engagement with other student for artistic inspiration as well as social positives.
There are many career days and people to discuss help towards this subject.
I love : The wide range in resources given by the library help given throughout the entire course/project the creative inspiration the knowledge taught on the technical aspect
very good variety in terms of help towards students in any department to make their university experience worth it.
Its a distance from the centre of bournemouth which is where the halls of residence is located however frequent buses transports the student efficiently. However for many students in 2nd and 3rd years live in walking distance to the university
There's a large variety in societies and very simple to set up a new one as the large range of facilities can accommodate them.
very good and its widely acknowledged by students that support is encouraged
Despite my anxiety i feel comfortable and welcome on campus, with the support of other staff and students. I was struggling but my tutors gave me the support i needed which made me more confident about passing the course.
So far not very much as i am on the foundation course.
I like the independence of the course, how im able to choose my own paths and make my own creative decisions, however i do feel that sometimes there is too little guidance and i get stuck.
I think the Student's Union does exceptionally well in terms of student representation, making me feel safe and comfortable on campus.
I feel that any equipment or resources i would need that arent here can be facilitated easy but there hasnt been an instance yet where they havent had something i needed
Yes, university is not far from the town centre, however there could be more amenities such as shops nearby as food can get pretty expensive on campus.
There could be a larger variety of societies but we can also join the BU societies so i guess its not that big of a deal
Feedback from my tutors is really good and imformative, always helps me improve. They deal with any issues i have well with a lot of physical and emotional support.
I have enjoyed it massively. made some great friends and learned so many skills. The foundation course helped me find out what i wanted to follow for the next 3 years. It has progressed me as a person and i feel more motivated then ever
Uni has great reputation and is a hot spot for job hunters. my course next year has a 90% employment rate
The amount of lessons scheduled
Yes 40 min walk 20 min bike. 10 min bus. all over flat ground so is very easy
good has many opportunities and events to get involved with
very good. ask if you need it
So far, so good. I have made friends, learnt a lot, developed on my creativity and grown in independence. Im excited to see whats next in store for me. i have also really enjoyed living on my own.
We have been told that when we wish to take a placement or summer placement, the uni will help us contact and succeed in getting a place.
Facilities are what I like the most, the least would be the lack of contact hours, however that may be increasing anyway.
Not entirely educated on what the definition of SU is and how much they do. However I haven't found any problems or negatives in regard to it.
The studios, cameras, equipment and library facilities are brilliant. I am thoroughly enjoying using them
The actual uni is fine in location but not ideal, having to get a bus everywhere isn't great, however the bus service here is brilliant. Very regular and normally quite short in length of time.
There is a lot of sports and societies available. I would say the selection is good.
I haven't used the counselling facilities, however, the tutors are good, I enjoy learning from them
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at university, AUB is a really great place to join as its so much fun and you learn so much . i have made great friends from a range of courses an the small scale allows you to get the most out of your university experience. there is always something happening in the courtyard, fundraisers, music etc to support other students projects, markets to also advertise and support students and even courtyard parties at the end of term.
There are so many workshops and talks that you are able to sign up; these are really helpful in building your skill base. There are very friendly careers advisors and it is easy to book an appointment with them. I have a 6-8 week work placement period with in my university timetable which i think is highly beneficial to my employability.
We have small course therefore this allows us to get the most out of our learning as you can ask many questions in each session and also get one to one time with your tutors to discuss assignments. This also allows us to get feedback on work from our tutors which is very beneficial. there's a lot of creative freedom with in the course, and a lot of interaction with external businesses through running events and volunteer work.
Are student union is very hand on in creating a safe and inclusive environment, they ensure that students have a voice when they want to discuss something about the university.
on my course we have good facilities including a macbook suite, you are able to hire out laptops or other equipment you may need including things like graphic tablets. Our library is well stocked, however does sometimes get overcrowded and it can be a struggle to find places to sit and work. Toilets are nice and clean. The canteen and shop provide nice food - however it can slightly expensive for students. but there are microwaves if you want to bring in your own food and hot water supplied.
The university is about 10 minutes on the bus from most of its accomodation and the town square etc. I personally walk to and from university and this takes me half an hour each way. The university does however have a very fast and efficient bus service for students to transport to town/ accommodation.
AUB being a small university does not have the largest funding for societies, I would like to have more societies -such as cheerleading being set up. Bournemouth university is right next door though and Arts university students are able to join most of their societies if they want.
support offered by tutors is incredible, they are always happy to help you with the explanation of work, they are always pushing us to go out and achieve as much as we can with their support. very friendly and easy to talk to about work and personal life if the students are struggling with anything they are alway there to speak to . we always get great feedback on our work and the option to discuss this. The university itself is amazing and they are huge advocates for well being, student union and student services have additional support to wellbeing and counselling which is very easy to use, and it is a quick process to book if you feel you need help. If you book a well being session you get the chance to discuss what may help you in the future - if you may need therapy or additional support.
first year was awful, second and third year was so much better and way more supportive, i'm glad i persevered through first year and continued to study the subject
in second year we have the ability to contact relevant people and get in touch with people, and in third year we have a whole unit to get in touch with people
most - the freedom to look at what we want and the time to research it
Very good, always making improvements
very good, lots of things that other universities don't have
yeah, 10 minute bus ride from town but 15 minute walk from winton highstreet
So far I have really enjoyed my time at AUB, the lecturers are very knowledgeable in their specialisms and are always pushing us to experiment and explore filmmaking. They are very supportive and great at teaching. I think Bournemouth is a great place to go to university as theres always different clubs and pubs holding events, it's great for nightlife, as well as having many things to do during the day, theres a great beach.
Theres always career weeks running and events with industry experts, as well as guest lecturers. There seems to be a lot of support to help students get work placements and jobs after graduating.
Film Production is very practical, with the option to make and develop films happening all the time, this hands on, throwing you into the deep end approach is very effective at teaching valuable collaboration skills as well as helping to put all of the students on a level playing field. There are sometimes quite long lectures for film history but they get broken up and breaks are allowed to help keep students feeling refreshed.
Great student union team who always run good events and awareness campaigns
Great facilities, lots of equipment to use, such as workshops, art studios with printing presses, dark rooms, filming and photography studios, many different computer labs with all sorts of software on. Theres a great library with a great variety of books and DVDS, as well as laptop renting facilities.
University is around a 15 minute bus to the accomodation buildings in Lansdowne, with the buses running very regularly, so even thought the uni isn't in the town centre it's very easy to get to.
Good variety of sports and societies, AUB students are also able to join BU societies if they have one that AUB doesn't so thats a bonus.
Often have tutorials to discuss work 1 on 1 and support is always available through emails, and meetings can be arranged if necessary. The uni also offer free counselling and advice sessions if needed as well as essay writing support.
It has been a rollercoaster of experiences, very exciting, scary, stressful , insightful and eye opening all at once. I have met some amazing people and have learn a lot more than I ever imagined. The uni has Would one hundred percent recommend .
It trains you to be prepared for industry in whatever course you are in. Also the uni is based on collaboration so students must interact with others from different courses
I really like that the course is very hands on and interactive , although it can get very tiring as you are standing most of the time. I do not like that the course has some topics that are very confusing
It is very complete and the student representation is very visible and present
The are outstanding
It is in good distance from my accommodation only 20 minutes by bus, but it is rather far from the town .
I have not joined any in my uni but i have see that they have a wide selection. Also have access to join the neighbour university's sports and societies
It is highly offered and very well known although i have not taken advantage of it as of yet
Overall it has been good and i am glad that i decided to to come to this University. I have met new people and made lifetime friends. The course has taught me a lot and I will be taking that into my life and learning from it as life goes on. I have also grown as a person while hear and it has given me the opportunity to become the best version of me
We are given support when making our portfolios, CV's and websites. There are also shows at the end of the final year to help show off work to potential places to work and start to get work out there
I most like tht we are given the time to get on with work and they understand that we need this time but we are given the opportunity to talk to our tutors if we want to. Also the access to using software and technology such as, 3D printers, laser cutters, all adobe software, architecture based software and virtual reality. Least is that some lectures are repeated throughout the time of the course which feels like a waste of time when I could be getting on with work. Also tutors sometimes contradict each other which makes it confusing to know what we are meant to be doing
It good they, check in with students multiple times through out the year and they have clear directions to where they are located, and can always go in and talk to them. I think they represent us great as well, I've seen changes be made while being here from feedback that's been given
The facilities are good, have greatly improved since I first arrived here. Lots of facilities supplied for all types of courses including, workshop, art studios and access the software that would be expensive to use if not a student.
As a general it is, even if accommodation is far away the buses from the university take you everywhere you may need to go
Not sure, I know there are societies but I am not a member of any, and there are more sports teams at the Bournemouth University rather than the arts one
The support when it comes to feedback isn't awful but as a general it can be a bit confusing as the tutors tell you one thing then you do what they say and in the feedback they complain that you didn't do it, which is confusing when moving forward onto another project. The personal support is very good, a lot is offered to help students and it is goo that counselling is completely confidential, making it easy to talk to them when feeling overwhelmed or when having other issues
I've enjoyed it but it's been quite lonely at times, as I'm from Ireland and have no family near by. I also don't get student loan, so I live off and pay all my bills off what I earn when at work at weekends, which can make me quite tired, and struggle to have time for work in uni too. It's also hard to live off less than £400 a month.
Lots and lots of people from industry come in to do guest talks and work with degree students, it's really helpful to know the uni has such close links!
Most - the variety of things you learn and being put in classes with people of similar interests Least - can be a bit unorganised sometimes
Really good, always coming up with events during and outside of uni and active on social media too!
Really good, zero complaints!
Yes - it's a 10 minute bus journey but isn't close to the town or many shops.
There's a good range of societies to join, lots of variety, such as; yoga, burlesque, bad movies etc
Depending on your tutor the feedback can be really clear or confusing, I think that's just down to if you understand them and them as a tutor rather than the uni. There are lots of counselling offers but the drop in sessions should have more people on.