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
In the three years here, I have learnt to broaden my skills and learn new techniques such as developing my own film or etching. I’ve made connections with other designers in the industry and on my course. These years have given me growth and forged a stronger passion for my work and hope for when I will step out into the industry. The teachers have been supportive and understanding through my experience and I’ve watched myself grow in confidence for speaking about myself and my work as professional.
The course has taken me to Berlin and Amsterdam, meeting with industry professionals in my field and has supplied guest speakers in the industry even throughout lockdown. There are also plenty of job opportunities through the website, where you can get emailed and my teachers are always sending out job prospects.
Since 2020, my course has been working online only but we have been given access to studios and workshops on campus. The course translates well online as we submit out sketchbooks digitally.
We have access to a range of facilities including a range of printing types, wood work, metal work, clay and even a riso printer. The shared space is made up of long tables which creates a community space.
In my opinion I believe the uni is trying their best as they offer council and many tutors are very supportive in terms of allowing extensions or compensation or even just moral support. Our uni has many societies that can act as support networks.
The whole experience of studying this year has taught me so much about being adaptable, being independent and, almost, how to seamlessly do an online presentation! It was a big question for a lot of people whether or not to go to uni this year due to covid but I genuinely have no regrets about deciding to go. Yes the nightlife was impacted, I didn’t get a freshers, but that just didn’t feel like a big deal to me at all. I’ve still made some amazing friends, done PLENTY of pub trips and got to enjoy my new home. As my course is for my dream career I was slightly worried that a negative experience could put me off but my experience this year has been so positive that I’m just even more excited to carry on in this industry. I would recommend the uni, and especially the art and design school, to anyone. It’s a great place to be completely free and creative.
We have had many guest speakers from industry that taught us so much about different paths our careers could take as well as how we could get there. We are encouraged to think in a way that we would in industry to prepare us. The uni are always sending career related emails.
I have been so, so lucky with the way that my course has been run during covid. It has been such a difficult year for both students and lecturers but they have gone to every effort to try and make it as normal as possible. Whenever it was possible (which was for the majority of the year) we were allowed into the studio as much as we liked and still had access to workshops etc. We were constantly in contact with the lecturers and if we weren’t able to go into uni or even be in Bath due to travel restrictions or having to isolate they went out of their way to check in with you and make you feel included. They know everyone by name and keep up with the work everyone is doing. Our weeks were structured so that anything that was better to do online, such as lectures or industry talks, was done on calls (usually twice a week) and for 2 days a week you could go in and work in the studio with the lecturers there. As well as this we still had the option of an additional 2 days of independent time in the studio. We had many hours of in person teaching which was so helpful as it’s such a practical course. For those who couldn’t come into the studio new collaborative technology was set up and you would usually have two calls a week to upload your work and ask for advice. Most weeks I was going into the studio 4 days a week, it was great.
The uni building is really open plan so it constantly feels well ventilated which was important during covid. It also brings a collaborative feel to the uni because you can always see what other courses are doing. I got my own workspace and drawing board which prevented any cross contamination and always made my area feel safe and clean. The uni facilities were still open as usual, just sometimes with a limit on capacity. We were still able to use the many workshops and learn new skills.
Being online in my final year was not ideal. When it was blended learning in semester 1 I was only on campus 3 times in a fortnight which definitely wasn’t worth it sitting 1m apart in masks for hours in lectures struggling to hear/interact with people. I somehow managed to complete my dissertation without any physical books.
So many careers options! I did a month long internship which university paid for which the company took me on after and now I work part time. Also lots of jobs within the SU/open days with are well paid and flexible.
Without Covid it would have been 5 stars. Some lecturers aren’t the best with technology! But they definitely tried their hardest
Not much sports facilities, SU has all the basics you need but the bar could be cheaper. Halls get cleaned fortnightly but a lot of things were broken in my first year (taps/drains etc).
I had to wait 8 weeks for counselling. In that time my mental health really deteriorated and I got put on the wrong medication. I had to drop out of university to sort myself out. I did eventually return and they used to email regularly to check in,
It’s been great. Considering the circumstances due to COVID-19 and online lectures etc, the university has still managed to keep and maintain my interest and productivity during this difficult time. I’ve enjoyed my time in first year.
This year has been effect dramatically by covid. The quality of the course has been effected, the opportunities and trips have been taken away and bonding with lecturers and class mates have coursed the course to have low morale
Haven’t really been involved in many opportunities due to being in first year
Online since November, with some on site teacher starting soon
Really clean, and well looked after. The art and design facilities are really good, allows for many opportunities to learn new skills and discipline. Can try everything, but small costs are involved - for example, if you wanted to use the ceramic lab. Clay and glaze must be purchased
Constant mention of student well being served means people use them regularly, meaning it’s easier to go with them with an issue and not feel so awkward about it.
My experience of university has been adequate this year. Given the circumstances due to Covid-19, what the university has provided has been good in ensuring we are able to carry on with learning for the third and arguably most important year at university. While I of course would have liked to have attended in person, academically it has been in a way better to have more control of when to do lectures and has actually allowed me to organise my time better. I have however missed speaking to my lecturers in person and feel there has been a lack of opportunity for their guidance and support. While I am fortunate to live with a course mate, what I have missed most is the interaction with and working alongside my other course mates.
The university has a good careers service which I briefly accessed and am aware of others that have utilised it to its full potential. There is a lack of opportunity to hear from guest speakers and I feel this would have been hugely beneficial to offer a wide range of career perspectives.
Due to Covid-19 the course is online at the moment. Most of the lecturers have done their best to make the content appealing and engaging despite the circumstances. However, some of the modules are better than others purely because of the support provide by lecturers in that module compared to others. The course is definitely valuable in the sense of helping me decide what I find interesting or not and has steered me towards my choice of postgraduate course
While the uni is small, it has a sizeable library and other academic facilities as well as space for working out of lectures. Some of my lectures have taken space in non-traditional lecture theatres, which means that the desk facility is not brilliant (individual chairs of which only some have a fold out desk). The SU shop is ok as is the SU itself but it need re-branding to appeal to a wider audience
I would say that there is some, limited support provided by the university. Individual members of staff have provided support, but I have heard countless stories of people who have failed to be supported by the uni with their mental health or where sexual assault has been involved. It would be unfair to tarnish all members of staff as unhelpful as some have been really good. However generally speaking, the support is not great.
Would not recommend, all I have got from this experience is debt and poor mental health. This university does not care about the well being of its students, all they care about is money and you are just seen as a number to them. It does not offer value for money at all, there were multiple times where lecturers would fail to turn up to lectures without letting students know, and there were also multiple times where they would finish lectures after half an hour because they ran out of slides. Please do not make the same mistakes that I did and go to this university as it will ruin your mental health and make you wish you never went there.
With the university I thank them for all their hard work. But I think you need to give more le way to students who don’t have the proper equipment or the proper working space to complete their work. I also think every student deserves. Full refund when it comes to this year due to covid. Like I said in a previous question I have no been into an acedemic building once this year everything has been online. I’ve had to pay out more for better WiFi, better laptop and over the web supplies which I wouldn’t have to buy if it was face to face. I also think that there should be support groups during this hard time where we can connect with others.
I haven’t heard or had any support about my future and the things I can do with the degree that I chose
Our course is now completed online via google meet. It has been good but doing a photography degree is meant to be super practicle and as a person I feel like I haven’t been able to achieve that. However that being said the seminar I have every week about the history of art I think works better online than it did in person.
I haven’t been to university once this year and I won’t be going in for the remainder of the year either. Being. Second year we were meant to learn more in depth things about the camera and studios and I felt like we haven’t been given that opportunity
When I was in a dark stage I was able to contact my university’s student wellbeing which worked out really well.
No help from any of the nonacademic services when dealing with problems such as accommodation and complaints. Constantly referred to other services when dealing with issues, none of which actually dealt with the problem, ended up going round in circles with no resolution. Would be easier to deal with the problems yourself rather than waiting days for an email response, or having staff set up meetings that they don't even attend.
The one major downfall of this university is the lack of societies and sports. I am in 1st year and yes it is partially due to covid but there isn't enough variety of societies and sports so at this uni outside of their degree students do nothing but drink. I am the only person who does extra-curriculars on my own back in my flat and the the rest drink minimum 3 times a week and have even managed every night as their only hobby. 3 who did not drink at all before university are now alcoholics, it is very sad to see. This is a common pattern on newton Park. If you value anything other than your degree this university is not right for you.