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
With regards to academic life, I have enjoyed what I have been able to learn and improve my skills e.g. teamwork and presentation, due to the way we are assessed (through team and individual coursework mainly). This has been immensely useful and interesting at the same time. I have met some friendly people in my class, however I have struggled to expand my friendship group beyond this due to there being no societies/clubs for me to join and meet people this way. There were only 1/2 freshers week events where newcomers could come to try and meet new people but apart from this, nothing. Therefore, with regards to extra-curricular, I have been unable to do anything so far, but hopefully this changes next term!
There are various events which you can attend in order to boost your general knowledge e.g. talks from professionals and trips to businesses. In first-year, the careers department is not really highlighted to us, so the importance of trying to find work experience/insight events is not really shown to students, leaving everyone to start their research in second-year, which just adds pressure to the students in my opinion. The personal tutor service is quite useful as it can help to find out more about yourself and what you want to do through speaking with one of the available and easily accessible tutors.
Overall, it is quite a good structure. We have 1 lecture each week for each module, which have relatively small classes (15-25) so can be quite interactive for a University level, easily allowing for questions to be asked and feedback given afterwards as well. In addition, we have one 3 hour seminar a week for each module, which pretty much follows up on what we have done in the lecture, meaning we learn to apply our knowledge in group/presentation and individual tasks afterwards. There are not much negatives in this case, as it is a pretty good structure. Maybe online quizzes could be used to test our knowledge further? As it is mainly coursework for most modules
The SU is quite small (probably due to the size of the Uni), however they are easy to contact and reply quickly to any issues or questions. However, for a University the SU have done poorly in one aspect - not having any sports or other similar societies (e.g. music) available for students, stating that they are focusing on "events instead". This is quite annoying as I think sports can be a big and enjoyable part of University life. Furthermore, I have not got involved yet as I am still in first year, and it is quite difficult to meet people at the University outside of your own classes due to there not being any societies.
Only the Business School is in the London campus, so understandably, there is just one building with 5 floors. The lecture rooms are quite modern, however use very basic seats with fold-able tables which is a bit annoying. Apart from this, there is a one-floor library with a silent study area and 2 rooms available to book (with projectors), along with laptops available to hire. In addition, there's printers/scanners/copiers available on each floor which are free initially (and quite cheap afterwards). There is also a Student Lounge which has sofas and tables, along with a football table, and a snooker/pool table (50p per game). Apart from academics, there is nothing really available for students e.g. music and sports, or any other extra-curricular activities.
London's a big place with many things to go see and explore when you have free time - whether this be leisure or career-related. For instance, you can cycle around the city for just £2 in the sun, or go to nearby networking/insight events in large companies in any sectors. In addition, the University is located ideally in Liverpool Street/Aldgate, with good connections to pretty much any part of London/surrounding areas, and has an abundance of food options to cater for anyone and any budget. The city is thought to be very expensive, but if you're willing to get accommodation a bit further away you can save a lot of money. The only issue is everyone tends to live in separate places and seeing friends outside of University is difficult as it is such a busy city where everyone's always got something to do (compared to campus where you can go see your friends anytime!). It is also kind of difficult to meet new people, unless you go clubbing a lot!
There are no big societies available for students to join at the moment (SU confirmed). This means no hobbie/sports societies/clubs have been formed still. This aspect is very disappointing.
Tutors are the same as lecturers (in first year at least) - and help you as much as you ask them (some even replying over email on weekends!), so you are able to get constant feedback in seminars or after lectures if there is some time. In fact, module conveyors stress to students that they should submit their assignments for feedback as much as possible to improve it to the best of their ability. There are personal tutors available for anyone to meet with at a time convenient to them, this can be related to personal or academic life, and they are always happy to help with a friendly smile!
Really happy to be the part of Coventry University London and availing a great opportunity as working as a Student Ambassador. Overall it is a great experience.
There is placement of employability teams available on campus working for the students work placements and enhancing their career.
Courses involves a very good approach in delivering the lectures using various advanced tools like effective using healthy presentations and providing interesting contents which increase in interest to study.
Have a load of work at university and already being part of Vice President of HR Society, Member of Pakistan Society, GBM Society, Vice President of Mentoring Cloud and taking part of course work means less time for other activities.
Private Flat accommodation
Well most of them are great except the library space (own space) to study and work own self.
Its great as Coventry University is situated in heart of London. It is best to enjoy every moment here with exploring every bit of city and enjoying different kind of food and sight seeing.
As being part of many societies, it is great to be and organizing many event in university premises with getting a great response is great ti see and societies well are simply amazing.
Overall, I have really enjoyed the school and the city. I have made some great friends through the High Flyers program and I have found great opportunities at the school and in the city. I know that whether I go on to do a PhD or start working after I'm finished, but I know that whatever I choose I will have full support from the school.
CULC offers so many programs for students! From extra's like their High Flyers and Get Ahead program, to employment services, spotlight+ courses, and even parts of our program helped us develop our resumes, learn how to present research, and more! Services are easy to access, those providing the services are well qualified and enthusiastic, and there is unlimited support for those seeking it! The school also offers other opportunities with societies and with memberships to CIPD and CMI there are more career development opportunities than anyone can take advantage of!
The best part of the school is the challenging and interesting course work. We even did a marketing plan for a local company that came and talked to our class! Lectures are well organised and tutors are helpful, everyone is always willing to go the extra mile to help students. We have lots of relevant and interesting information to review in our moodle pages and we can manage our own study time around seminars.
Finding housing in London is difficult, but the school provided a lot of help from finding housing to getting our discount cards for transit system. The school was sure the advertise the services clearly and early in the term.
The school is well located, well kept, relatively new --- however, starting to run out of space! So, while the space it great, it can be noisy and limited at times. The library has great online resources, making it possible to work from home or at the school easily. Library staff is wonderful and always friendly and helpful. If you have a question or having a hard time with your research, you can ask for help! The IT department is helpful and willing to help with personal computers! If there are any problems, they are always on it! The reception is helpful and always willing to help with room bookings and other events. Overall, the facilities and staff are great!
It's London! What else to say!
There are a variety of clubs and societies and other programs at the school and with other schools near by. Even if you don't find what you want at the school, it's London - you can find anything here!
The school offers a lot of support, and even when you are frustrated there is always someone to talk to. All assignments are given back with feedback, and if you are not sure you can always ask for more.
It has been mixed so far. The marking and grading system is very erratic and when a student makes a submission you never know what the results are going to be like depending on the tutor or assessor. You could submit a world class work and you would get a weak pass for it and if you are friendly with the tutor it could turn to a distinction. After the marking is over there is no one to address students grievances. You just give up after countless number of emails and all you get are generic emails from the registry.
There is half-hearted effort in finding work placement for students which can be improved. A student has to work extra hard to do his own follow-ups.
The course was enlightening and I liked the interaction with students. One or two hour lecture in the mornings followed by three or four hour seminars where students had to discuss various topics and come up with a presentation. I found half the lecturers committed to the teaching and really liked their teaching and a few were just there for the pay.
There was no student union. In its place there were two class representatives voted by the students online. They did not appear strong enough to present and address the students concerns and grievances to the administration and I do not think they really achieved much in the course of their tenure.
The university is not very big located in the central business district close to the Liverpool Street station. It is situated in a vertical building with four floors and therefore the facilities are limited to a games room with just one pool table, football table and a table tennis. In terms of facilities including the recreational facilities there is not much to write about.
The city life is good because the university is located in central London and you can easily get access to all the London city life.
The university arranges some trips for students outside the country (at a fee) although some do not actually materialize. In the course of my one year study there were about five trips to Dubai, New York, and Europe.
The support is very poor. This varies anyway depending on the person you get to see and talk to.