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
1st year has been tough due to covid , however I still have really enjoyed the course and the uni has done what it can do teach us as well as they can remotely.
My experience in the last two years has been far from the generic student experience however, I couldn’t picture myself in any other town or at any other university. My course has a small tight knit cohort, the course leader is supportive and shares encouragement in abundance. Our optional units are engaging, we have a lot of field work opportunities which have recently started up again as they were halted throughout the pandemic. They have tried their best throughout teaching online, not everything has gone to plan but it is trial and error and they put in place a no detriment policy as well as granting extensions for those in need. The placement fund helps make a year in industry more accessible, my placement officer is a true gem! She’s so helpful! Completing a placement is great before graduating as it helps get you ahead and make contacts. BU is very geared up for making you employable and have opportunities to study abroad and apply for scholarships, I’ve been lucky enough to have two. The overall area is great, lots to do, a nice coastal town with a student vibe. Overall so far so good!
Access to internships, placement years, scholarships, training, webinars etc
The course leader is absolutely brilliant despite the covid 19 circumstances he has been really helpful. He is our number one support and makes sure to check in with us regularly.
Talbot Campus is really nice, two new modern buildings and SUBU building is nice.
Think more could have been done throughout the pandemic to support us.
From the start of this course it was unclear how we were supposed to access a lot of the online learning. I also do not believe that online learning is a substitute for in person lectures and seminars. When I needed extra support, some tutors were more helpful than others but overall I found the course to be disjointed and disappointing.
All online and many tutors unable to be clear in what our objectives were
Have never even seen them
I don’t know
I found the facilities to be really useful and accessible, with some teaching staff being really useful. However, overall I felt a lot of pressure from the lecturers, felt really unsupported and often over looked. Many emails would get either a late or non existent response, and scheduled meetings constantly cancelled or rescheduled by teaching staff. Bournemouth itself is amazing, I just feel let down by the University.
amazing support from learning support, teachers and friends. i love being a student at the college and being part of the student union makes me stand out more as a college student
i have 2 days on site which is great and we use teams as a backup in case we need to do online learning. my teachers are so nice, especially michael!
some toilets stink, but the facilities are nice
i have an ehcp, teachers look out for me more than non ehcp students
Poor experience due to coronavirus. Not visited campus once and all learning is online, nothing blended. Hard to learn but tutors are supportive and next year should hopefully improve.
COVID has made it difficult to experience the uni life to the full extent. Don’t think the 9 grand a year is value to what I’ve experienced this year both academically and socially
Really amazing! Had the best 4 years and would do it all again Would really recommend Bournemouth university as it’s got the beach, nightlife and great campus
The pandemic has definitely put a dampener on things, as I’ve barely been on campus, but looking past that, it’s still been enjoyable and I’ve learnt a lot with great support from my course.
We have guest lectures and seminars with companies talking about what it’s like working there, and there’s careers fairs a couple of times a year too.
Lecturers are brilliant, a lot try to make things as interactive and interesting as possible, even with things moving only during the pandemic
There’s plenty of classrooms, and facilities to work, some open 24/7. You can hire equipment all the time, like laptops and camera equipment.
There is a campus mental help team, they do try to help, but the number of students going to then makes waiting for an appointment fairly long, and you have to reregister each year which can be a pain.
I haven't enjoyed my first year at university, I have really struggled with it being online. I felt when I was asking for help that I was bugging my professor and being a burden