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's been very fun meeting lots of new people and learning new things, it's also been good to have independence and freedom living away from home and learning what it's like to be an adult
I'm not sure yet
The freedom they give us within the modules and the studio culture
Very good, not many facilities but there is a lot going on
The facilities are good but there's a lack of study spaces, the library is always full so there's nowhere else to go apart from the canteen
I would say so yes there's shops on campus and a doctors around the corner of the university, there are buses that go every 15 minutes so it's not hard to get anywhere
For AUB there's not many societies or sports but we don't have the facilities for it
Very good there's lots of people available for various things
Its a nice size university where you feel apart of the community. The staff and students are welcoming and there are many opportunities to engage in different sports, workshops and experiences
They do lots of workshops and give us many opportunities to better our practice
The strength and weakness is the standards of our grading, it is very difficult to get good grades. This proves when you get good grades its because you earned it. But in comparison to other courses the average isn't as high, making us seem less
I feel the process could be more transparent and see how our opinions are getting noticed
The facilities are great, perfect for a creative place
The university is close to thehighstreet and in a nice student area
There isn't many sports as the main sport teams are with BU which we aren't allow to compete with
we have a free foundling service and the tutors are very helpful, however I do wish we could get more help for learning disabilities such as dyslexia
It is tough, you have to learn everything through your own research. Tutors just set you a list of things which they would like to see on the submission, giving lectures about research, reading and clues on how to be efficient and how to manage your time is a bit useless for me. They love bubble diagrams and graphs, they pay more attention to the aesthetic way of presentation on paper than real architectural / interior design knowledge, which is very sad.
Honestly, I don't know.
I like freedom, that tutors just give us a little prompts but not the ready answers. They should learn about constructions much more, also it is frustring that a one of our tutors is not professional in this field, so how he could be good at providing us with architectural knowledge when he is not knowledgeable enough?
It is great, they always get involved in cool events
I think, that whole Adobe Creative programmes should be provided for free to download on our own devices. The rest of facilities like workshops are very well equiped
It is ok, but can be better. From the town center is about 30 minutes by bus
There is not that much feedback about our artworks which I was looking for. Student service is always very helpful, love them!
Majority of projects haven't been very interesting. But other that it's been fun. The projects seem to get better each time but the css and html project is a right ball ache.
I think they have some services but I've never used them.
I don't feel like we actually get taught much
Never really hear from them myself
pretty good facilities but there's a weird hostility between different courses and using their resources.
yeh its fine but kind of far from town centre
Very little societies for the Arts Uni
Good support when having tutorials but in terms of learning new practical skill not very good.
brilliant. feel very settled. theres always lots going on socially and academically, everyone was really welcoming and i've learnt how to manage my time to get everything done.
guest speakers events with employers events you can get involved in with creative people.
most- very open, allow creativity- in depth and informative group sessions. least- in need of more technical lessons.
its a good student union
they are top quality and have everything we need.
Yes, i'm right in the middle of everything and the uni is only a 15 minute bus journey.
There's loads of societies to choose from.
So far it has been very exciting, having made some great friends. I like where I am living and I also like my course. It is all very different to A level but I have welcomed the change & am finding this new part of life very enjoyable
Yes, I am in my first year and we have an internship opportunity in our third term this year, we also get to see a range of guest speakers and visit trade fairs to understand the business
The course is very hands on, and coursework based, rather than examined, this suits me well. There are lots of opportunities to experience the industry also which is very good. The only negative I have is the lack of a consistent timetable, making it hard to get into a routine.
Our students union offers range of interesting opportunities from societies to beach cleans, although their facilities are quite small, but this suits as we are only a small university anyways.
Brilliant. Anything you could want to make/do is pretty much accessible on campus. If you had some wild idea that was not possible within the university facilities, they have a range of sources and contacts which you could contact to do so.
It takes me a 10 minute bus to campus, which is easy enough, and buses run almost constantly. The accommodation is only a 2 minute walk to a superstore, or a 15 minute walk into the town centre. It is nice to not live on campus, since we get a change of scenery.
Not amazing, but it is only a small university so I understand they cannot offer everything, although we do have the opportunity to join societies etc. at Bournemouth University next door should we wish, but are not allowed to compete in any team of theirs since we are not enrolled at their university.
We have a small group tutorial about once every other week, and frequent check-ins during our workshops, the feedback is great and the tutors are all approachable. There is access to counselling and guidance at the student services desk, this is welcome to anyone who simply asks for it.
I love it! I think AUB has a really good community. Everyone is genuinely passionate in their courses... it's really nice to be surrounded by so many creative people
good effort in helping us to be employable people and the support is there if you want it
We are taught lots of skills but it can be repetitive
they give a good variety of events
fairly good...could do with a few more things though
from my accommodation to university does require a bus journey- which takes about 15-30 minutes depending on traffic and specific times. the accommodation is however in a great location for nights out, shops and of course the beach!
not as many as bigger universities
we get regular feedback from staff. personal help is offered to you and you feel supported
When we have work to do it's great. Though sometimes the course can be slow as everyone has to be brought to the same level. Communication between lecturers and students could be improved as well as more active support with our work. Sometimes our hands are held tightly and other times we're expected to already know what we're meant to do.
We work a lot with outside companies and people. AUB has a good reputation in the field of my degree which helps.
The lectures all have relevant experience in their specific fields so the information they provide is valuable.
It seems good enough. I don't really have an opinion of it. Though the diversity of the leaders is good in terms of race, religion, LGBTQ etc.
For Graphic design they're great. There are windows and Apple Desktops available in all buildings and laptops from the library. We have a wide selection of kit including laser cutters and print and binding rooms with electric guillotines.
Arts University Bournemouth and Bournemouth University are right next to each other which means we can use the shops, cafeterias etc. from both which is useful. The U1 bus runs every quarter of an hour into town which is also helpful as it only takes about 15 minutes.
AUB and BU share societies which means there are lots of options for anyone at either university.
It's good when it's organised though sometimes there can be a lack of communication between lecturers and students. Counselling and Nurse visits are easy to get.
My overall uni experience so far has been amazing. I am loving the social life, accommodation, friends and uni course. I'm learning so many new things and enjoying everyday. Definitely one of the best decisions that I have made coming to Bournemouth!
In second year we will receive work placements which I think is amazing to get us all out into the real world and know what it's actually like to work in the industry.
I like the fact that there is diversity to our projects that we have done so far. I like the least that sometimes the work is hard to follow and the lecturers arent always at easy reach to communicate with
I think that the Students' union is very good and feel that I definitely have somewhere to go to voice my opinions and views on things.
Our uni facilities are really good, the library has some amazing resources and you can also take out laptops for the day which is really helpful
Yes, 100% Everything is a short walk away which is brilliant and means I dont have to spend money on transport all the time.
I'm not in any societies myself but I believe that there are a big variety of societies and sports that people can get involved, which i think is brilliant for socializing
Good and bad. Sometimes I feel that there isn't much support from my tutors and the feedback is also quite negative sometimes. But I also believe that if I needed support from the uni as a whole then I would definitely get it and feel satisfied.
It is what I expected and more. I cannot describe how much I love the whole experience, making new friends, going out, doing a course that I love. It has made me the happiest I have been in years. I couldnt recommend it enough.
They offer all the support you need for the future. Offering work placements, having contacts and most importantly they give you advice if you are struggling.
I do enjoy having lectures and how they also split us up into smaller groups and rotate us around so we get to mingle with the whole course on a more personal level. I would like to have more interactive trips away
There is nothing to fault about the student union. The facilities are great, everyone is very helpful and they always put the student first.
The facilities are great, I especially love the on campus bar. The food is good and they have all the facilities i need for photography.
The uni is very easily accessible with the Unibus which is very helpful and makes my life a lot easier. It has everything I need on campus which is perfect.
There is a huge variety of societies and sports to join which is great. You even have the option to start your own society which I think is a really good idea.
The tutors offer one to ones all the time which is great when you are struggling. The counselling facilities are also very helpful as you can walk in and talk to someone if you need advice and help.