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
University is much harder than i thought it would be, its been a constant struggle with money, where to live, deadlines and working to earn more money. But i am so pleased i get to do it all at such a great uni, in such a great location, near the beach.
i am continually getting emails from student unions, course leaders, about workshops to help prepare you for life after uni, as well as tons of work experience, internships and plenty of other exciting opportunities
what i like the most is how fun, and practical the course is. Im not keen on writing tons of essays, and i think the course has really ensured that that is kept to a minimum whilst focusing more on the making. what i dislike the most is how little tech support we are given, i struggle a lot with the different software we are taught to use and just dont feel there is enough lesson time on this.
i think our student union is one of the best, they strive to be completely conclusive of everyone, and have the made the university feel safe, fun and very diverse
i think my uni has everything we need, i cant complain. however i do think to make it even better there could be more shops close by, either on or off campus. food on campus is very expensive.
majority of accommodation is a bus journey away, this usually only take 15 minutes. This isnt much of an issue but it would be nice to have more local amenities close by, as the food and drink and uni can be quite expensive.
we have a lot of societies at our uni, considering its an arts uni we also have a lot of sports on offer.
fantastic. My dad recently passed away and I didnt even know if id be able to come back to uni. But my course leaders have been so supportive, always helping me where they can, and being very understanding. I have also made full use of the free counselling offered by my uni, i was going once a week for nearly eight weeks. I cannot explain how much this helped.
its been hell! stress stress and more stress! you don't receive proper help, you pay so much money and they don't care about your personal life, i have to work to stay here but apparently that's not good enough i should be devoting 24 hours a day to fashion!
they offer a live project or 2 months placement
i like that tutors have good knowledge of the subject but they spend too much time with their favourites
i don't know anything they have done
there is none
wellbeing is brilliant
The course is fun but stressful at times, especially when you lose motivation (which happens to everyone from time to time) it's almost impossible to catch up and there's no support. However the city and the people are incredible and are the main reason for the uni being so good in my opinion.
They do a lot of optional lectures and workshops but they aren't advertised very well at all, and most people don't attend because they don't know about them until the day/after. Other than that, there isn't much.
I love the course because it's exactly what i want to be doing, however there are frustrations to do with the tutors as they all tell you completely different things which makes it so hard to learn.
It's not as great as Bournemouth Uni in terms of the events, the support and the fundraising. But when it comes to mental health and environmental awareness, they're really good.
The uni has so many facilities and equipment that we can use, it's one of the best things about the uni.
The university is not within a suitable walking distance from the student accomodations, the town centre and most of the shops. But it is only a 15 minute bus journey away.
There aren't very many, other than sports and art. Compared to other universities they have a tiny selection.
Academically, the tutors love giving feedback and are extremely helpful. However when it comes to personal issues, whether they're affecting the course or its finance related, they seem to disconnect and don't provide much support at all.
It's been brilliant. As a mature student I had my doubts about whether I'd be able to succeed, but I'm now in my third and final year, and deciding to get my degree is the best decision I've ever made. I've learned so much and grown so much as a person, not just with my academic knowledge, but with my confidence, social skills and friendships too.
By running multiple sessions on employability skills, how to freelance, how to set up your own business, how to put together a creative portfolio. Sessions are run continuously throughout the degree and more help given on a case-by-case basis if someone has specific questions/needs that aren't offered in these sessions.
I like the teaching staff most. They're knowledgeable and incredibly supportive. The way they run lectures and workshops is always informative and interesting. The thing I like least is the apathy of some of my fellow students, who fail to turn up consistently, and this means our workshops aren't as diverse as they could be. I don't think they realise that our learning is collaborative in many ways.
They represent the students' academic and social interests.
Catering is limited but very nice. Somewhat pricey. Campus stays open til 9pm which is probably for the best, as I'd be tempted to stay later and that wouldn't be good for my physical and mental health after a time. Library facilities and academic resources are very extensive and accessible.
Somewhat. It's a bus ride away from most amenities but the campus facilities are very decent.
Very broad, and if AUB doesn't have the kind of society someone wants to join, we are able to utilise the resource of our friends and neighbours at Bournemouth University.
Very good indeed. Through our tutors and Student Services, there is a comprehensive range of academic and pastoral support available, be it one-on-one tutorials, study skills sessions, counselling, GP advice and more.
im loving university and would recommend t to anyone, Ive been given such independence with work and home life. I love where I live and having the opportunity to meet new people
my uni is amazing with giving live briefs
I love the amount of contact hours, loads of one to ones !! more workshops
amazing !!! loads of opportunities
accommodation first year was far but the bus stop was in a walking distance
good but not as many opportunities in bournemouth art compared to bournemouth University
tutors feedback and support is taken seriously which is very beneficial
It has been a roller coaster. I have overall enjoyed the experience though the money can sometimes be a big stress factor as using equipment and publishing costs the students lots of money
The uni does offer a chance to do placement work however the maximum time you get to do this is for a term (9 weeks). Most courses develop lots of transferable skills. Arts uni is very digitally based which is useful for what upcoming jobs will be for in the future.
I like the most that our courses are very practical. It is different to the main uni as it is more like a sixth form or college than a uni as it is pretty much 4/5 days a week and the whole day. this is an aspect I do not like so much
The student union is fantastic. The people in charge are very professional and great listeners, always putting students first.
The university spends lots of money to have great equipment and great lecturers. They are pretty good for having the right facilities for artistic students. However, it does not have a big campus and there is only one regular shop which has a limited selection of foods. As a lower income student I have been awarded £5 per day to buy food however there is no option at the shop to buy a dinner for example due to the limited variety of things available.
It is somewhat close to town however it is quite a walk if you have no mode of transport. There are no large supermarkets too close by however the next town over does have a town. It is around a 10 minute bus ride from the accommodations which is not too bad.
As the arts uni is smaller than the main Bournemouth university, it does have much less to offer in terms of sports and societies. You do have the option to join a select few from the main uni however, these opportunities are not advertised and it takes a lot of effort to get in.
The personal support is ok however, it is something that you have to dig deep to find. I had confided issues in a course leader before who was very dismissive of my problems so I would say the uni could do better with personal support. The tutors however are helpful for work and there is plenty of contact hours to catch up with them.
When speaking to students in the university quite a few have issues with their respective course in one form or another, with specific tutors or units that they didn't enjoy that being said a lot of students also enjoy university as a whole. I would recommend talking to current students about your interests, strengths and weaknesses before applying so you know what to expect from university life here. Get involved with nights out, explore the common rooms and embrace group work I found this really helped me make friends.
There are some workshops for employ ability however they will likely clash with your timetable. Your time table can be anything from 9am till 7pm, which can clash with societies and workshops outside your course.
I like the use of new technology I wouldn't be able to access normally, I disliked how late in the day my lectures were.
As mentioned previously the student union are very active and lovely people.
The university facilities are amazing however trying to use them is difficult in some periods especially during exam season.
The location of the university is lovely. Bournemouth and Poole are full of trees and not far from the sea.
There are lots of societies run through the student union and the reps themselves are lovely friendly people.
When you arrive you are informed there is the well being team, study skills, librarians and one off counselling sessions if needed or referral to outside counselling if needed.
I have really enjoyed my experience here so far. It is a very friendly campus and which offers a lot of opportunities both in the course and outside of it. The tutors make asking them for help very easy which is useful as I normally find it difficult.
There are lots of talks on different forms of employment we could get after uni and they make sure everyone is informed on what they are interested it. They also help you get experience if needed.
most- how I can always ask for help or get advice as soon as I need it, whether face to face or via email least- honestly can't think of anything- maybe more workshops?
The students union is very good and I feel like it represents everyone
very good, don't need anything else!
The university is close to some shops but no where to socialize, lots of accommodation is close by though.
Not many, but the ones they have are very good
There are lots of different forms of support, which I know I could get if needed. I know there is a lot of academic support through student services and tutors And the counselling sounds very helpful to the people who need it
First year has been amazing, second year feels a lot more stressful and less fun but I think there are a lot of factors playing a role for this. However the campus is lovely and there is a lot going on which makes it a nice place to be.
Sadly there are no complementary work placements as a fixed part of my course (which is a shame) but there are a number of workshops held at uni regarding CV writing, freelancing, employability and so on. Every now and then there are also job fairs on campus.
I like that we are free to study at uni or any other place when we don't have group sessions. I wish there was a bit more theoretical stuff taught like in school but considering we are a creative course I also like the freedom we are given in terms of making ourselves learn new skills. I don't like that there is no trimester/semester/etc abroad or a work placement included in the schedule (we are encouraged to do work placements over summer but they are not an integral part to our course).
Our student union is very active on social media so they keep you up to date about upcoming events which they do every now and then. I don't know any details about the facilities though.
I'd say they are quite good, we have computers, updated software, a nice library where we can also request to buy new books related to our studies...
Yes, the university is located between Bournemouth and Poole so both town centres are just about half an hour bus drive away from uni. There are a lot of shops closer as well, in smaller areas like Winton. My accommodation is only 15 minutes walking distance away from uni which is really good.
I am not a member of any society but from what I have heard there are a number of different clubs/societies and we have the unique opportunity to also join clubs/societies from Bournemouth University which is located right next to AUB.
The support I have received from Student Support has been very helpful and most of the times the feedback from my tutors is helpful as well.
THE BEST 3 YEARS OF MY LIFE. MY COURSE AND THE LEADERS, THE STAFF AT AUB ARE ABSOLUTELY SENSATIONAL The course is full of informative, practical and stimulating content. The tutors are very good at networking and promoting work experience so you're pretty much guarantied work when you leave (well unless you're really bad, or lazy)
Tutors are very supportive at building up your network throughout the course. The university has a fantastic carriers page which they update very promptly, they advertise across social media too so it is very easy to access and get updated on the latest information
I like the tutor support the most, they are dedicated and are so supportive. The thing I liked the least was mark scheme as it was difficult sometimes to interpret
Pretty great, for an Arts University they had everything that I needed to enable me to work on the course
not many sports as it was an arts university, societies were pretty well organised and run