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
The lecturers are very friendly and so are all of the other students. You get a hands on experience and you learn the theory. . .
Overall it’s been very good It’s a shame that I’ve not been able to go onto campus but hopefully next year I will be able to get the experience of actually going to university
I’m only in my first year, but the careers and placements team have helped me create a good CV
Great support from all staff and sessions are interactive
Not applicable as I’ve been at home for the whole of my first year
Lecturers provide us with good support and want us to do well
Good experience as can be with Covid. Laboratory sessions felt normal and calm. Was nice to attend the campus a couple of times a week to feel a sense of education beyond a computer screen. Lectures online were delivered well and interactive. The use of interactive polls and chats were useful. Found that it was more time efficient being online than travelling the journey to uni everyday.
Good - had a module for careers and placements in the first semester of year 2 and emails about careers and placement.
Blended learning with lab sessions following government guidelines and all lectures delivered online. Some contact with tutors or when required.
Clean but only when in for labs and that was clean and safe too.
Emails about access to various services also had access to placement team.
Great university, lots of support available whether it is personal reasons or learning related e.g. Maths support. But challenging if you do not spend additional hours into studying and rely on what has been taught during lecture hours.
This year has been a challenge for everyone and not ideal for this specific course but the university has adapted as best as they can to accommodate for the extra regulations in regards to the pandemic
I feel like I’ve had a good experience so far, we’ve been supported a lot (mentally and with our education). Although it can get a bit boring due to the fact that everything is online, I know that I have been kept up to date with everything going on with my course and with uni in general. I have met so many amazing people through uni as well (events, my course and my accommodations)
When we could go in last year, there were always tables set up from companies that would come in and talk about opportunities that we could have when we leave uni ( finding grad jobs) and finding placements (summer or pre- reg year)
This year is very different due to corona but last year we had a mix of workshops, practicals and lectures which kept me really engaged. However at times it could be a bit boring because we started at 9 in the morning everyday.
There are places where we could talk with other students and meet people (student union and the library). Everything is clean. Even the student halls were very clean
The student union provides a lot of support and sends weekly updates on what’s happening at university. There are also workshops in the library that will help us as well
The online teaching has been great in terms of covering content and time management. Replies to our doubts and queries take time which is a drawback. Mental health and wellbeing support, especially needed during Covid, is provided on a regular basis if needed, which is great.
Manageable teaching hours, good support received from tutors.
High tech support, sufficient space for studying at the library.
We receive regular mails for mental health and well being support.
Very resourceful, helpful, friendly lecturers. Loving my university experience so far! Not i ok not do we get full academic support but lecturers also go above and beyond in developing our interest in the field. When I started the course I was significantly interested in it however after starting I have become 10 times more passionate about the career ahead of me only because of the enthusiasm the lecturers bring to their lectures and other sessions. Academically us optometry students get great support. If we do not understand anything we can always approach the lecturers outside lessons and the replies are really quick and helpful! I’m really enjoy studying optometry at Aston University
We have a whole department that sends us optical assist job opportunities via email so that getting ore registration year is easier for us in the future
Mainly online in terms of lectures. Practicals on campus once a week.
Every member if staff is very helpful! We use the best equipment in our practicals such as ophthalmoscope, retoscope, trial lenses etc The labs are very covid friendly.
There’s an optometry society that has been really helpful in these matters. The support is amazing
Overall this university provide help and assistance whenever needed and always shows the student such effort in helping and understanding the content with the staff always being on time and always prepared
The lecture are super helpful and the staff always provide extra care in helping the students when you ask
Overall my experience at Aston university has been generally positive, it has great prospects and good facilities as well as great support mechanism for all students however they could improve their teaching delivery.
The university provides many job opportunities whilst studying as well as after finishing your studies. It also has a great support centre called Carter’s and Placement team that will help with any sort of employment be that paid or voluntary in any stage of education.
This year the whole course has been taught solely online even the labs which was a bit disappointing, however lecturers are always happy to help you if you book meetings with them.
The university has varied support mechanism to support all students with any situation they are going through