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 saw me transition back into education after a five year break in employment. This was therefore quite daunting to me and I was uncertain whether I would be able to accomplish what I had set out to. However, the experience Derby College gave me has allowed me to make this move with the best possible outcome I could have wished for. I owe my achievements and successes throughout this year to the supportive and captivating team of staff I was lucky enough to encounter.
Throughout the entirety of this course, I have been lucky enough to obtain numerous skills which have added great value to my future career prospect. Through the various assignments and through my research project I have developed my academic writing, along with data analysis and professional research and through the various presentations we have produced, I have improved my confidence in delivering to a wide range of audiences as well as my communication skills and my ability to build an effective report with the audience. This course has also allowed me to become involved with various professionals in the industry, to allow me to network with the relevant individuals and gain vital advice on job roles and interview techniques. I really found this course provided me with many opportunities and allowed me to develop as a professional within the equine industry, whilst equipping me with the best possible set of skills to successfully move forward through the industry and be a vital asset to its expansion.
The staff provide an insightful and innovative approach to their individual subject specialisms to provide the best possible learning experience. I found the lessons to be engaging and informative, and the incorporation of academic trips and organised training days, really added great value to the course, whilst allowing us to incorporate what we had learnt into a dynamic real life situation.
I found the facilities accommodated the course structure well and facilitated us in producing the highest standard of work achievable. I also found that any facilities that were not available directly through the college, were accessed through other sources where possible.
I found the support offered to me through this process has been impeccable. Throughout the completion of my dissertation, my mentor was always available for a one to one meeting on request and if their schedule was busy, they were always accessible via email or phone. I never had any experience of personal counselling throughout the entirety of my course, however was always made aware of the services on offer to me through the college and who I was able to contact if I so needed.
Poorly run and poorly managed in Animal Care Department 2014. My older sister was on a course here a few years ago and it was great, staff were experienced and had great managment skills. The Animal Care Department was improving and looking good, over the past few years the managment has changed and staff with any kind of experience have now gone. It is such a shame because this was a lovely place and run very well but is now slowly being run into the ground with inexpereienced staff and worse managment.
Adequate but very little advice given on leaving.
There used to be lecturers with knowledge and experience but they have all gone and now it is run by lecturers with little or no industry experience. Mangement from what I saw was even worse.
Pretty good and supportive.
I saw it but cannot really comment as i didn't stay, there is nothing to do for any student styaing at Broomfield though.
Very little in the Animal Care Department, lecturers seem to have not knowledge and seem unsure about what they are doing.