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
Even though majority of my education this year has been online, I have had a very good experience. All my teachers put a lot of time and effort into everything they do and it had made online uni much more rewarding for me
Great. Yes it’s been online but the tutors and mentors have done such a good job with online activities and workshops and being so wonderful and understanding!
A lot! Internships and other jobs at the university, they also partnering up with other opportunities so they do a lot for us students when it comes to employability.
Online right now so I’m in Sweden. A lot of contact with my autism mentor and personal tutor that helps a lot.
Unfortunately I haven’t experienced a lot of it. But I did get a bit experience when I was in the uk in sep to dec. I think it’s really good. They really do take care of their students, they have a lot of shared spaces to study and libraries and a lot of help to get.
I have autism and depression and I have received great help from dmu. They have been very understanding and helpful and also very accepting of me and my problems.
This year, although online, has been very similar in its structure and wellness as year 1. The online lectures and session I have are almost exactly the same as last year. They have been regular and on our timetable as usual, and our sessions made available on our BlackBoard systems. The lecturers have been available during usually office hours to answer al of our emails and Teams messages which has been helpful especially around exam time . The quality of the content sometimes can take a dip depending on people’s internet strength. The lab practicals have also been relatively non existent which is a shame as that usually makes up a big part of our course.
On my course, we have had many guest speakers come in from many different places. The NHS, Public Health England have been the most prominent ones to come to uni (online) to talk to us all. We have also had talks about other training programs available other than just work, or just a masters degree. We also have many sessions about applying to jobs and preparing our personal statement. Also, many jobs have been advertised both within uni and outside of uni, all through the unis email system altering all students on my course of the availabilities.
The course is taught by some amazing people. The hours per week are a lot less than I imagined however we are expected to do a lot of extra study outside of our normal sessions. It has been mainly taught online this year, with the exception of a face to face lab practical. The online sessions for my course have all been synchronous, so the lecturer or teacher has been present and teaching in the same way they usually would. This has allowed me to be a lot more focused and has ‘forced’ me to attend and not ‘do it tomorrow’. They are there to answer any questions, and do so, although they can’t see or hear us most of the time!
For my second year, it has been online only. The availability of most of my books required for the course has been available online instead which has been a saviour! From what I have seen, items have been cleaned as and when required, and the library has had extra measures taken to ensure cleanliness. My student support sessions have also been available throughout this pandemic, although online. There has also been new software available through the university which has made a huge difference to me who is a very visual learner
As someone who has disability support session, they have been available just as much as the year before , before COVID. They have been of similar structure although online. This has allowed me to focus more on my work and revision instead of having to travel to uni to have my 1 hour tutor session. There has also been sessions mar available to students such as mental health and well-being session, with regular email checking up on the students.
My overall experience could have been better considering the circumstances but I feel like both students and lecturers have tried to make the best of the situation.
Overall my experience has been positive as I've received plenty of support in terms of online work. The only thing that's stopping this from being a 5-star review is that I think more support could've been provided especially considering I'm doing a practical course. But overall I don't have any complaints.
I have had an excellent experience at the university. Lecturers were usually available to speak to and provided good support, especially with the assessments and exams. The lectures and seminars were clear and easy to understanding. Learning material were provided both in person and online. The move to online learning was easier than anticipated and extra help was provided to ensure the students get the most out of their learning.
The lecturers give a lot of support online and in-class and are usually available through email.
The overall experience has been horrible! Being in final year especially. Virtual learning is very difficult, no one can stare at a computer/laptop screen for 7 hours of the day without being distracted , so many system issues. The university portal not working.
Nothing at all
I completed hate it! It’s been such a difficult year what with the current pandemic , being in final year and also my grandma being critically ill.
The facilities at university are excellent
They don’t help at all
I have loved studying at De Montfort, and I would recommend Design Crafts to anyone wanting to be creative and trying things you’ve never done before. The staff and technicians are lovely and make learning a joy!
We have done a whole module on getting a job and we’ve worked on press packs each year, so we know very well what we need to include.
My course is very busy when in person, as we have workshops for practical sessions as well as the studios. It’s not as busy online as were unable to do anything practical, but we’re still kept with work to do and we always can speak to someone for advise. The contact between students as tutors is really good and I know I can talk them any of them about any issue I’m facing.
We have a lot of equipment that we are available to use for whatever material we choose to specialise in, as well as being able to use other workshops if we need to. The shared studio is spacious with computers ready for all the technical requirements. This has also been made available to us whilst working at home so we can still use Adobe.
I have two mentors for my disability which I speak to for an hour every week, and it covers whatever I need it to at the time. I wouldn’t have been able to go throughout my uni course without the support the disability team have given me.
Over all i guess this year was just okay, nothing special. The tuition fees though are completely off the charts, compared to the fact that we just got an online course basically.
They always seems to be busy preparing events, but the opportunities they are coming up with are just not existing nor important
The course in online now Generally everything is fine
Its a modern university, and all the facilities are pretty much new
The uni keeps us always updated via e-mails
It has been a tough year some of the aid we’ve been given has been brilliant and verry helpfull but that hasn’t been the case for everything some of the assignments haven’t been well explained at all
Online classes at the moment due to Covid-19 aren’t the best and it can be stressful
Large variety of facilities and scientific equipment