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
This year was a bit of a challenge in every aspect talking by personal experience I did most of my second term studies in Portugal instead of the Uk due to restrictions both countries enforce in the early months of the year. The quality of lectures and support was not the best apart from that the lack of social life really reduce my levels of focus, productivity and motivation. All aspects that affect my academic outcome more particularly my exams and dissertation result even though the results haven’t come out yet this year it was very challenging just to do them.
The careers service exists and for most of the times it makes you aware of the existence vacancies for your area of study, it also helps you revise your cover letter and CV, however I believe that is missing a crucial part. As we all know most of the students do not get in their first job application or the second or the third it requires an high amount of applications just to have a single positive outcome and I also understand they need to boost the students confidence. But a support for the frustration and disappointment a student feels when it gets rejected normally with no particular justification is something that a believe needs to be implemented in the careers service department.
In a regular year all of this parts of the course would extremely well done the office hours would work, the teaching hours would be productive and easy to follow even with the high level of difficulty my course entails. However throughout this past year when the lectures move to a only online format I felt a lack of support and a lower effort from the university to deliver in the same level as past year's
In terms of this services I really can’t speak about because thankfully I never needed them but from the people I know that use them they work relatively well
I grew here became a man understood responsibility and learnt to manage stress learnt to work under pressure and also to work in groups. Lessons will stay with me forever
Good I guess
Non that I know of
my experience with university has been exceptional l. starting there was good help to fit in and cover the jump from sixth form to university. The tutors as well as lecturers helped immensly. when it came to my mental health the university helped immensely with any support i needed extensions etc
class is taught online efficiently with good coordination and teaching skills
have not attended university campus for the past year but the services are good. very clean and organised and the library has a very good system of booking private learning space
i have suffered from quite a bit of mental health issues and the university has supported me well through personal tutor to the EC Panel there are good things in place to help
This year and last have been considerably hard due to the coronavirus outbreak I feel as though university have tried there best to cater to each Studnet but sadly at has not been enough to encourage student to want to learn and really push themselves. I feel as though students have been let down having to pay large amount of uni fee to study at home and only revive emailed help it’s something that worries students and makes them regret going to university overall
Placements have been offered a lot throughout the course the support received has been great and a good way to practice for interviews and assessments
The service is all online so besides the long response times , it is easy and provides very in depth information. There is not much equipment due to it being online but being supported by DSA they have provided a lot of equipment for my dyslexia and given me the support I needed
I have dyslexia and the support has been very good they offered me many free services to use which has enabled me to be more supported throughout my exams. Mental health has been a big struggle for me and I don’t feel as though the university has taken that into considers for many of the students
I’m on my placement year so haven’t had much contact with Brunel. The social life at Brunel is terrible. The only night club in Uxbridge closed. Not much happens at Brunel and is a very Boeing’s place to be outside of academic work.
Career service is brilliant as our the placement opportunities.
teaching is generally very good with great practicals
Sports facilities are exceptional everything else is ok.
Even though everything was online this year I loved that the first years have already built a community. We learnt the importance of having a support system because we supported each other and helped each other with coursework.
My time at Brunel was great. I got involved with a number of different societies as well as working with the maths department to further develop the Mathematics BSc degree programme.
I believe that if I had a chance to go back in time, I would not choose to study for my masters degree at this uni. Unfortunately, the lectures, subjects, anything they tried to taught us were only theoretical. With no future whatsoever. No professional career prospects either. They could try and improve their facilities too. I would say I had more than half of the lectures and lecturers insufficiently prepared and only a few left which were really great.
O think that my course could be better taught and organised. I don’t like the way I’m being evaluated in grades! However the facilities and the university itself is very good
Have a lot of workshops and the module “Career planning and innovation” which is very good
1h of each discipline per week + weekly panopto recordings
They are very good and modern. Love the Lab
It’s very good! The support given to the nom-uk students is incredible
I really grew gave me the mindset and skills I have today the experience the good the bad overall I would give them 8/10 but they can make the experience better for future students by having my social events and student groups
Online the thing has really tampered with the educational experience