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
Overall I had higher expectations for the course and running of the university, however, I have still thoroughly enjoyed my studies. This degree has made me love my field of study and not want to change career paths anymore
Promised more than what I have currently received
Mixture of in person and online classes following government guidelines, although could do almost all the course online this year
Facilities tailored to the degree, an airfield for flights as part of some modules
My overall experience at Cranfield was excellent. I improved a lot both professionally and personally and I felt I entered in a new phase of my life. Cranfield helped me to find a job and to feed my ambitions to excel and improve in everything I do. I am really proud and happy of my decision to go there and if I come back in time I would do exactly the same!
I believe that Cranfield School of Management has an outstanding career service department. Every person that works there is always available and willing to help for every questions you might have regarding your future career, from tailoring cover letters and CV, finding connections in the industry and advise you for companies that might want to hire you. Finally, one of the greatest differentiation elements of the MiM course is the internship project that there is at the end of the course, which helped me to find my current job.
I think that all the subjects that I studied had a massive impact on developing me professionally, enabling me to have a broad understanding of all the different aspects of a business. The professors were all incredibly competent and always available to help, giving often a one on one approach. The only critique I might have, is the lack of a financial subject, but overall the course is excellent and well tailored to help you become a good manager.
I did not get involved in the student union. However, all the people that I know had a very positive experience with it and they had a lot of beautiful social experiences.
I lived in a Cranfield Managed accommodation called Lanchester Hall. My room was very welcoming and had everything I needed to be comfortable. The kitchen, which was shared, had a little bit of old furniture, but had everything and the storage of the fridges was large.
The university facilities are modern, clean and all well kept.
Cranfield is situated in the English country side between the cities of Milton Keynes and Bedford. Therefore, there is not much of a "city life". However, if you choose to do a master in management it means you are ambitious and willing to study, therefore a quiet place, with no distraction I think it is the best solution to achieve your goals. If you want to go to the nearest cities, there are efficient buses, running every 15 minutes, and taxis, which can get you to Milton Keynes where in 30 minutes you can reach London with a Virgin Train.
The clubs are numerous, from music to sports activities, you can find everything you need to have fun and know new people.
The support is excellent. I came from an Italian university where I felt just like a number. In Cranfield every person that I met was willing and available to help and I really felt to be part of a big family where I was protected in everything I did.
Loved every bit of it. Got a job before leaving the university at the same company cranfield got me an internship at. Cranfield can open doors, its your responsibilty to walk!
Big stress on personal and cv development from the start. Its more like employabilty was a separate course along with the MSc. Extremely helpful careers department
The practical aspect. The case studies. Amazing professors.
I did not get involved much as i was off campus and not bothered too much
My accomodation is just outside of the university and was very calm quite on a farm. Perfect distance from the university and most effective for studying
A bit dull as nothing much to do in cranfield. But this also means less distractions from studying. Glass half full situation
I am really satisfied with Cranfield University. I had a challenging year where I learnt so much. I liked the entire course and really pushed me throughout the whole duration. I learnt a lot from every module and I liked the lecturers. The first term was too intense compared to the rest of the year, the course director could balance better the work load. I appreciate a lot the work of the career service and the help they gave me. I liked the idea of living in a "bubble" a bit far of everything else, because I was able to make friends and be focused on my uni course. I liked the sport clubs and the facilities the university provided
Career center really helped me preparing me for interviews and developing my commercial skills. I really appreciated their help with mock interviews and the sections about assessment centers and interviews. They really developed my employability
I liked that we were asked to put in practice what we learned in theory. In every course there was a practical section, either team working or individual part. We were always pushed to put in practice what we learned and I find that very useful
Student union was alright, nothing too special to be honest. I got involved in sports such as circuit training and ultimate frisbee but the other social events could have been more frequent and better organised
My accomodation was a shared house. everyone had private room and we shared kitchen and bathrooms. I was personally satisfied with it and I liked the idea of having a shared house rather than a hall
very very good! I think facilities were all good. I had everything I needed, even more!
Cranfield is in the middle of no where. there are pros and cons. Pros are that you don't get distracted because there is nothing around. Cons is that you could get bored
Sport clubs are good, societies could be better
Support is quite good. Every time I seek for help I found someone who helped me. However, I would have appreciated more help during my thesis, as my supervisor was not very helpful
I would say that I will never be regret about coming to Cranfield. I made lots of good friends from all over the world, I learned and experienced more than I expected. It's worth spending one year and the money to study here.
The career service of the management school was brilliant. The mock interview was so useful that I managed to dig out my real strength and I gained lots of knowledge for the interviews. I became much more confident after the training. I performed very well in the interviews for the internship of the program as I got the offers after the interviews and I chose the one that I preferred. I learned a lot about the supply chain and manufacturing industry during the internship, the program is really helpful.
What I have learned in the courses are very practical. We didn't learn much pure academic theories but stayed close to the real industry. In the marketing lesson, I learned the analysis model which I thought to be one of the most useful thing I had ever learnt, I used it in the assignment of other two courses as well as the business report of my final internship. In the organisational performance lesson I met one of my favourite lecturer. I'm a very shy person but after gaining more psychology knowledge I could understand people better and I am willing to communicate with different people to know the world better. In the cross-cultural lesson I went to Spain with the class and it was definitely an unforgettable experience. I could still remember that on the first day of the program, there was one tutor told us that we were not here to learn lots of things that a master should process, but to gain the ability to learn things and solve problems as a master. I think the program has given me the ability as they promised, the ability to gain the knowledge independently and efficiently is one of the most important thing for me and it would be usful for a lifetime.
The association is very helpful. As a foreign student I am not very used to the life in the new place, but the friendly members helped a lot.
The accomdation I lived in is a catered hall, it's very convenient that I don't need to spend many time on the meals.
Nice lecture rooms, strong databases and softwares, nice libraries, high standard facilities.
Cranfield is a very quiet place which is very suitable for study and research. Life is not boring as we have nice bars and convenient transportation to Milton Keynes and London for leisure.
There were many sport clubs and lots of interesting societies about such as astronomy and drones.
The tutors are very helpful. They replied the emails quickly whenever I had any question on my study or my practice.
Overall, my experience at Cranfield was excellent. I chose the course at this University mainly for the internship and while it wasn't perfect, I met some great people, made good contacts, was paid a respectable salary (living wage) and was supported excellently in writing my dissertation. In hindsight, my course was maybe more academic and less practical than I expected, but I certainly feel much more equipped with business acumen and have come out with a very good Masters degree from a top University.
The internship was the deciding factor for me in choosing this course and overall I was pleased with the outcome. The School of Management put a huge effort in connecting with many businesses across the UK appropriate for students. This was a two-way process which took into account the preferences of students. I know from a friend at another University that negotiating terms with businesses for individual contracts is a difficult process. All students in my year took an internship (including several in FTSE 100 companies, well known consultancies and SMEs), the vast majority were paid and some of them were offered permanent contracts at the end of their 3-months. My personal experience was very good and I felt extremely welcome at the company, although I feel that my role at the company could have been more challenging and could have given me more transferable skills. The careers service is a lifetime one and is supposedly very good although I have not yet engaged with it.
Overall, the level of teaching and pedagogy was excellent and provided many opportunities for presentation, group work, leadership and one-to-one support. This is especially true of the accounting module, marketing module, managing business tech and entrepreneurship modules.
The Student Union was a great place to meet new people and have fun in the evenings. Food and drinks were really well priced and staff were friendly. Highlights for me were live sport almost very night (including a great event held for the Super Bowl) and Karaoke nights. There were loads of clubs too, but I didnt feel like I needed them to meet new people and to organise activities. I would not recommend Cranfield if you are looking for a wild nightlife. There is no club (as far as I know), but there are two student pubs on the campus.
My accommodation was based in Cranfield village and was a little pricey. I would recommend staying in Uni accommodation, as there is a range of options and prices available. Also, proximity to the gym and sports facilities are a big plus.
Facilities were excellent. The sports hall and gym were well equipped and pretty quiet in the afternoons and evenings (except for the clubs (handball, football etc...). In class, lecturers made use of multiple screens and other resources to present and online tech to share files, readings and lecture notes with us. When writing my dissertation I found that the University provided access to all the journals and books I needed (usually in electronic form). Computer labs were well equipped too, unfortunately I never got an opportunity to use the Bloomberg suite.
Cranfield is not a city, it is a village in Bedfordshire. However, Milton Keynes is nearby and has a shops, clubs, cinemas and an art gallery etc.
There are many which I was tempted to join, but never found the time.
Most module lecturers made time for meaningful one-to-one support in class and/or responded quickly to emails. Feedback on exams and assignments was reasonably quick. Apparently there was a good counselling service but I did not need it. Since I have finished the course, communication had been limited and perhaps the Careers Service could be a little more proactive, although I appreciate this is more my responsibility.
I think it is really great!! I made a lot of new friends. I have developed myself personally and professionally. The university has allowed me to gain knowledge that I can put into action.
There is an internship programme as part of the masters where we are supposed to do a company based thesis. This is a really good initiative as it gives a good insight into the problems that the industry are facing. The careers department are also effective in providing help in terms of preparing CVs, interviews and cover letters.
The course is a top ranked one with it recently being ranked No 1 in the UK by the Economist ranking for MIM. The course has a very broad range of modules where lecturers emphasise on putting knowledge into action.
Students Union organises a variety of events that provides opportunities to socialise with other students. SU can organise fun-filled carnivals where students can release their stress.
It is good as you can meet students from different parts of the world.
The university facilities are really good. But, it will better to have a full fledged sports complex with a swimming pool.
Its very vibrant but most of the times, I am not involved in the city life
There are alot of different clubs and societies from aerospace to sports. A lot of students are involved in them.
I think the support is really good. They really care about the well being of the students. There is help available for any type of problem.
Happy, enjoyable,intense study and good experience during my life and also support my future development. It is really a suitable place for study and also near London to have some fun. A good place to develop myself.
The career service in Cranfield is excellent. We could book appointment to ask for help and have mock interview . As English is not my first language and I was nervous and the activities in career service office is really helpful. I also attended one for case study center which was interesting and inspiring. For our course, we have three months internship and the officers put a lot of efforts to help us to contact with company and arrange interview and everything.
From my point of view, our class guarantee an international environment and we have lecturers in smaller class, so that we could have more chances to be involved in the lecturers. And some lecturers are of high quality , interesting and helpful. And we have a lot of group activities, not only could help you adapt to group work but also inspire you to have more thinking of teamwork.
I have joined some activities of Chinese Union. It is a good organization and I have the opportunity to be the hostress of the Chinese New Year Gala held by the Chinese Union.
I live in Chilver Hall, which is really a nice place to live. It is quite and cozy and comfortable and just ten minutes walk to my school. We share kitchen and have single bathroom. My room has a beautiful view and I am very happy with my room.
I am happy with the facilities in classroom and also in libraries. User friendly and IT department is always willing to help.
It is near London. So I always travel to London to spend my weekend.
excellent. the officers in Cranfield are always willing to help. About our study, life and also mental health. And the accommadation service in Cranfield is also very nice.
Great courses, I have been able to use them after school. It improved my attractiveness on the employèrent market. This only depends on the way students sell themselves! I have made lots of true friends and I am very satisfied of the career opportunities it gave me. I had one of the best year I ever had and I have since placed members of my family in this same course! I am now living in London working in a consultancy and my brother is now living in the US and got offered a position in a global construction company.
I have never counted on a university to find me positions. Just create your own luck, the strength of the university are its MBA and masters' rankings. In some fields, the name of the university is enough to get you a position
The course is very general and gives you a very broad knowledge to be able to discuss with anybody within a business. Wheather it is a financial director or an HR director. The teachers are highly competent and once you have business experience you will sure understand the value of the course. I whent there with an opened mind and learned tones of useful information that I am using in my current position.
I was not part of any student union but did not need one to make relationship. The place is small and it is an asset for creating strong and useful relationship! I made the most of it and I had to. Making relationships is the reason why a student should come in Cranfield. The school of management does not need any student union to help you achieve it as long as you are extravert and ready to spend long hours in the school studying and drinking with your friends.
Accommodations are good enough for the place. The University have new and older accommodations... either way it is good and not the first concern. If you live outside the Uni be prepared to have a car. I personally had awesome parties in every buildings!
Good enough, nice library and hall to study and drink coffee with the whole school. The bar is cheap and the supermarket is close enough to prepare any party at any time... lots of room to study in groups and spend some time with friends. It is essential to use these facilities to make relationships and get the best experience out of the University. Studying alone in their room can only frustrate students and make them miss the point of going in a business school.
As the city is very tiny, for some people it is the middle of nowhere, students live with each other during the entire year. Extravert people will find it ideal to create solid bounds with other students and have great parties after classes.
I have not seen any of these but did not need to
It was by far the best year in my life where I grew professionally and personally. I learnt a lot from the professors and from my global colleagues, we had students from 23 nationalities each brought a new and unique perspective in business and life.
Through thr internship and the career support services which spent many times with students to hear from them what are their career preferences, based on that they start a long process to make sure that you get your internship at the right place
Simply the courses are up to date, full of real life examples and most importantly taught by pioneer practitioners each in his/her field.
There were many unions but I didn't participate in any.
I statyed at Stringfellow Hall which is one of the university's accommodation options. It was by far one of the best decisions I took as it's really clean, neat has all what I need and very close to the school of management.
Great, the classrooms, the laps and the sport facilities exceeded my expectations.
Cranfiled is a very peaceful and quite place, full of green areas and only few minutes away from Milton Keynes which is a cosy and safe small city where you can find all what you're looking for from malls, restaurants and coffeeshps plus it is only 30 mins away from London Euston Station.
They offered all the needed support, we had a full access to all the professors during and out of the classrooms.