The annual Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCAs) highlight the incredible work carried out by institutions for their students. This year’s awards were based on reviews from over 30,000 students across the UK.
2022 WUSCA winners
Campus life is awesome, but accommodation should be mixed as in the halls should have students from different countries.
The course should be totally on campus
I like that it is situated in a nice part of London with nice buildings and a spacious aesthetic of the campus, the only downside is that it is still far to travel.
Great hybrid way of teaching which appeals to the different ways/methods students prefer to be taught especially with recorded lectures and sometimes repeat seminars for those who missed out.
Best: facilities for my course, lecturers and tutors, being pushed on my course, can get to central London Organisation and structure of course and uni admin could be improved Given the small size of the uni student life could be more varied but is OK
Best: lecturers and tutors - great advice and taught content. Feel pushed to work hard and do my best by assignments. Extent of workshop facilities and other facilities very useful. Would definitely recommend Brunel for design. Each year I've studied deadline dates have been rearranged, meaning the spacing out of deadlines is never as good as it could be, adding a lot of stress and meaning I can't do as much for assignments as I could because of considerations for the next deadline. Sometimes feels that each year's assignments (in terms of requirements and type) could be planned out better in a holistic way. Could be more focus on developing a good portfolio earlier. Could be taught how to use software used in industry earlier or more thoroughly.
What stood out to me from the beginning of my experience with Brunel is how helpful and accommodating the university is towards its students, in every aspect. I have attended other universities in the UK as an international student and never felt as welcome and supported as I have at Brunel - even at top ranking universities, I felt like I was treated as an ATM machine rather than a young human being in an unfamiliar territory who is hoping for guidance and support and a university that cares about me. In terms of improvement, the campus could benefit from an indoor swimming pool, and the campus accommodation contracts should not be so rigid considering that there are different intakes and not all courses run the standard September-September duration. The Students Union elections need to figure out a different election system as winners are always from places that make up the majority of the student body, i.e. students are voting on favouritism instead of merit.
The LLM course is well designed and although it is hard to catch up on the required reading if a student is not very disciplined at work-life balance, there is always adequate materials shared to catch up on during the breaks. There is a rule that if more than 22 students choose a module, it is only offered online. Students should be given the option to choose how they want to attend when choosing that module before making this decision, because alhtough 22+ students took the module, maybe just 10 want to attend it on campus and should be able to since international students (who make up the most of the cohort) come all this way to the UK to experience university life. This way the 10 people who really want a class on campus can have it there while the 12+ who want to attend it online can do so.
Uxbridge is fantastic because it is neither a sleepy rural town nor crazy expensive and soulless like central London. The cost of living is not bad considering this is still London. The people are definitely much friendlier and nicer than other parts of London. The campus is huge, possibly the biggest in London, and this is only possible because we are not in central. Campus life is therefore very vibrant. The only downside to location is some parts of Uxbridge, including around campus, are not very safe at night. While it's still much much safer than say East or South London, some caution is advised.
Brunel University is having a very diverse culture, which enables us to join people from different part of the globe from different experiences and cultures. This environment gives best learning experience especially for Business studies.
The university arranges lots of guest lectures which is best to give industry insight
I am a student at Brunel and I'm studying online while I'm working. I think is great to provide the opportunity to complete the master's online and provide great help at the same time. The tutors, the staff they all been so helpful making my journey a lot easier than i thought.
Im currently studying online and i try to participate in most live sessions. The tutors have been helpful i had the opportunity to ask questions and sometimes i had one to one conversations that were really helpful
Everything is great the environment and the people, breath of fresh air and safe space from the outside world
Everything since the start has been perfect and the lectures have been giving their best support and are understanding.
The best part of this university is its people the diversity is what makes it more interesting and an enjoyable experience to learn about different culture.
The campus is not great - quite dated and doesn't feel very safe. Design school has excellent facilities but the rest of the campus is lacking. Food service could be greatly improved, it is currently overpriced and bad quality. Great connections to Uxbridge & London is a huge plus. The lecture centre is a unique listed brutalist building. Great IT support and facilities including the media centre. Social scene is good, we have frequent events at the union bar / club, and plenty of societies to choose from. Halls of residences are overpriced and low quality, you're better off living a few mins walk away from campus. The area is not particularly safe, especially at night. The Lidl nearby is a godsend for cheap groceries though!
Quality varies greatly between modules. Design Process modules are by far the most well served and the lecturers for this are generally absolutely wonderful. However other areas, such as Electronics / Programming / Mechanics offer outdated programs and some lecturers can be lacking in engagement with students. Excellent facilities for workshops, IT, software access, Rapid Prototyping etc. Very minimal contact with personal tutors, but seeing project tutors weekly is excellent.
Excellent connections to London & the surrounding area via the Underground & buses. Some wonderful local businesses too. Cost of living is extortionate given how unsafe and underserviced the area can feel though. Hillingdon seems to get the bulk of council funding and residential areas of Uxbridge get left by the wayside. There are part-time jobs available but act fast because many students want these - apply before you even come to uni.
Overpriced, dirty and in need of renovation. There was an infestation of silverfish in my hall which maintenance did little about even after multiple complaints from multiple people. Beds are very small, as are rooms generally. No social space apart from the kitchen. Cleaners were great and visited weekly. Excellent location on campus especially for sports centre facilities.
Brunel university is great at providing the feeling of belonging to a certain community. Student help is a priority to them to help guide you through not only your studies but also personal development. There is also plenty of extracurricular activities whether fun or academic that you can certainly include in your CV. However, the university should improve its administrative facilities in which to be more precise in who to allow to join the course and assess correctly the capability of each student in order to elevate the academic level of a course. In addition, the university should provide more support to international students.
Although all COVID restrictions are dropped, my course was still taught online which is unfair in many ways and does not provide the full experience and full benefit of the course.
Best moments is meeting the students and the diversity is amazing here so you get to explore a range of cultures and ethnicities. There is a range of places to study on campus. My worst aspect is the lack of guidance in group project, you are expected to do everything yourself without much support.
Our course is blended learning so a mixture of online and in-class lectures, tutorials and seminars.
I love that the centre is a 10 minute walk, there is a range of shops. The station is super if you want to go to central London. It's a bit outside of London so the range of events and shops are limited. Shops close earlier than usual in comparison to the shops in central London.
My room costs me £121 per week. The accommodation is a shared bathroom and shower with a sink included in our rooms. The kitchen is quite small but my room is really big, has a lot of space.