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 not anyone's fault that it's been entirely online, but this is not what I've paid for. Open university is less than half the price and it's dedicated to online learning.
As a creative and someone wanting to study film, it's fairly exhausting having to learn about topics which have no connection to film. There's barely any creative aspects and it's mainly history.
Although the start of the year was worth for everyone it’s definitely got better with lectures knowing what is going on a lot tomorrow as well as everything being weather supposed to be. I do feel as though the fact that we have to pay £9000 for this is quite ridiculous and we should definitely pay paying less. A lot of students are unable to afford paying this amount just for online teaching with no facilities. However, overall the experience hasn’t actually been but that’s bad as the course has definitely adapted to the pandemic in a positive light
There is a whole module called DSAS which Helps students to find placements as well as find critical skills needed for after graduation
At the start teaching wasn’t great, all of the assignments were all over the place and some of the lecturers didn’t turn up (although I believe that they had a good reason behind it). I know that everyone has acclimated to online learning things are much smoother and everything is where it is supposed to be. The lectures did a good job trying to manage everything including their mental health and that of the students
I haven’t yet been on campus however the emails states that the University has done a lot to ensure that students and staff are safe
The well-being services integrate but the disabilities team are amazing and the lecturers really do you try to help you especially if you have conditional circumstances
Great so far all the teachers are friendly and knowledgeable and the facilities are excellent. Although there has been a world wide pandemic they have done there best to accommodate for example they offer 1 to 1 art workshops which are extremely helpful and are easy to sign up for.
Amazing so much space
Academically its been perfect. Unfortunatly we have not been in the city this year due to covid, thus social life is lacking at uni. However this is not the fault of the organisation.
Careers fayres every mont
Currently being taught online. Works really well and lecturers are extremely dedicsted to providing us the best learning experience possible.
Clean, plentiful, up to date.
Check up with us every month to make sure we're happy and studying successfully.
With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic it has of course been different to what was expected with learning being online however there has been sufficient support around the learning if required. Placements have still be able to go ahead which has provided valuable learning experiences.
My experience so far has been great, looking forward to going back after placement year to have a amazing final year! Support, teaching and advice from staff have been great and easily accessible.
Hoping to secure job at placement and course has helped me knowledge wise to prepare
Great contact time and support whilst on placement
Lots of contact hours with tutors and lecturers, and attempt at blending learning so we’ve have some time in Uni. Still unfair that we’ve been unable to go on field trips, but not a fault of the uni or module leaders.
Multiple opportunities per semester to talk to guest speakers and apply for internships, often integrated within the uni degree so everyone has the opportunity.
Really good quality of teaching before Covid. With online teaching they’ve given us as much support as possible but it isn’t quite as good, but still worth studying.
Very clean and easy to access services
Appears to be lots of options for help and support when needed
Overall it has been a very good experience at Bristol UWE with friendly people and mostly helpful teachers who care about their students success and communicate very well with them to make sure that we are working to the best of our ability.
Although the lessons I received were great as I learnt a lot of things I would probably not know now otherwise, the tuition fee felt quite high for lessons that were carried out online.
For the most part, my experience has been positive. The lecturers are cooperative and responsive, the staff is professional and courteous and the facilities are great despite not having had the opportunity to explore them all. I do think there is room for improvement in terms of delivery of the course and the number of contact hours while we are still labouring under the pandemic.
There are weekly events being held online to inform students about their career prospects and the university website has a lot of information on this as well. These events often include guest speakers from all types of industries.
All modules are taught online, lecture materials are provided online and used to prepare for workshops and weekly seminars. Lecturers are extremely responsive. The atmosphere of the lectures is calm professional and very accommodating. Each module seminar is at least one hour per week conducted by a lecturer online. The tutors are professional and very responsive. The only criticism is that students are not given enough time with their tutors during lectures, so some improvement can be made in terms of scheduling.
The university offers extremely high-quality modern facilities. The buildings are well presented with plenty of natural light. The X block in particular is quite stunning, it features a great open space with a well-staffed and managed cafe. it is littered with great study spaces and even has moot courtrooms and Harvard style lecture halls. The lecture rooms are designed to encourage collaboration and engagement. Other buildings such as the newly built engineering faculty are also very well designed. Most buildings have or are close to some sort of cafe or store where you can grab a snack or some coffee or enjoy a chat between lectures. All buildings are well labelled and easily accessible, there are ramps for those that are wheelchair-bound as well as automatic doors. The facilities are very clean and well maintained. The shared spaces are very well looked after and kept in good order. The school has plenty of parking and bike sheds and storage and even has bikes you can borrow. The trash is collected regularly and very rarely piles up.
The staff at the university are very caring and patient. The university has scheduled wellbeing checks and will often call and email to check on your wellbeing. You can make appointments or check into the health centre on campus if you have an emergency. You can also set up appointments to speak to an onsight councillor. The health centre has however been inactive at times perhaps due to the pandemic, this has been a great concern for most students who require medical assistance especially for international students.