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
Been underwhelming and I feel as if it's not what I was led to believe, but I've enjoyed having time and space to build my creative skillset with professional equipment (though not worth the £30k+ debt)
Holds employability talks and has required work placement modules
Most- can tailor it to what you want to do Least- lack of organisation and structure
Asks for a lot of student input which is good
Academic- good if you have access to the right tutors Personal- don't know
I have been very fortunate to have made amazing friendships that continue to develop and flourish. Tutors have been helpful and critical when needed. Support for Personal welfare needs work though.
I’m not sure. I know they offer career advice opportunities and undertake surgery’s; I just haven’t made much use of them.
Tutors are mostly engaging and care about how well we do. We are offered frequent 1:1 feedback sessions.
Not too sure as don’t know enough about them. I know there has been a struggle to get gender neutral toilets.
Good facilities. Only thing is we have two campus’s (penryn and flamouth). There are far more facilities on the bigger campus so would like to see Falmouth expand; perhaps by holding more societies on the campus or opening more facilities like a bar/shop.
Very very close to amenities and about half an hour walk to accommodation.
Lots of societies and sports. Have been able to make good friends through them.
I have had a fairly positive experience of the mental health support offered by the uni, though I know many have had a very bad experience. The waiting list is extortionate and it seems many counsellors are not trained in certain areas.
It’s is a nice transition into adult life with quieter surroundings than a city university. It has also been challenging as uni should be but this has been easier to deal with due to meeting like minded people to help you get along. It’s in such a calming space with so much time to think about creative opportunity.
Great employability department help with anything and everything. Put on talks and sessions to help with CVS's, learning about freelancing etc. Also help you after you leave.
Freedom, as well as working along side other courses and practising teamwork. We have lots of real life briefs which prepare us for after uni.
Student representation is good. Facilities and club nights etc at SU need to be improved
Great facilities, best textiles/fashion equipment I saw when looking around unis and all under one roof. Most of the campus is fairly new.
Yes, both campuses are in good distance to places to shop and you can easily commute by bus.
So so many sports society’s!! There really is anything you could think of and it’s just the same for other societies there are some unusual ones but everything and anything to join!
Very good feedback can ask for it whenever you like tutors are happy to help. Haven’t experienced counselling but others have said the team are very good.
It’s been very up and down, I’ve wanted to give up and move home twice. And been very close to doing so. I think there is great support to help students find where they fit in.
We have an employment centre who are actually very helpful, and there are jobs at the uni but with very limited spaces.
There is confusion between the work that is set and what is expected to be handed in. However tutors are always happy to help and answer worries. There is also chance to change courses which is very helpful, as it took me a while to find the course which was definitely right for me.
It has improved a lot over the last year
Fairly good, staff are always helpful to help you find what you need. There is a lot of equipment for photography students.
No, it’s a bus ride away from everything or a short car drive.
I was helped a lot in first year with my mental health, and was signposted to external sources as well such as GP and local mental health services. With regards to feedback of work it can be very hit and miss. Sometimes it’s helpful whilst otherwise it just seems like criticism without help.
Falmouth University is a significant change for many people in terms of location and isolation. From living in an area with access to public transport to London to living in an area in which you can't rely on the Cornish public transport system, you will get stranded in the middle of nowhere. The car parking on campus is limited and expensive in their attempt to force students to take the bus however don't offer a cheaper price for students on the buses. The course changes without you being told. The course I started on is completely different from what it is now, to the extent that I wouldn't recommend anyone the course or university because you don't know what you are going to get. The university lecturers openly admit that you are a "guinea-pig" for the modules when the changes all go wrong, but only after they have blamed you for all the mistakes and poor decisions, even shouting "shame" at you in front of the whole year when you don't the answer to a question in a lecture- this is completely messing up both your confidence and overall marks, therefore, the degree you end up with is poor. I am not going to say that everything about Falmouth University is terrible. The facilities (if they aren't part of the building works) are great, I have learned a lot from the technical staff and will admit that I am better at my craft than I was before university, however, this all could be achieved to a higher standard at a different university.
The university does insist on work placements, however, it doesn't help you get them. Their career department is technically open to all graduates if needed.
The lecturers don't help you if you want to produce alternative art. They constantly talk about getting drunk and how they are only there because they are being paid, though they have better things to do with their time.
Students opinions aren't recognised. They only go on what they think will make them popular, not what is actually needed.
There are lots of building works limiting the easy access to buildings. The university does open all its facilities to all students, it doesn't matter the course.
The university is close enough to asda but if you want to get anywhere you are reliant on buses and their high prices
There may be a range of sports/societies at the uni but these are poorly organised and if you have a problem with the person who is running it due to their offensive behaviour, the university doesn't do anything about it, no matter how many times you complain.
The feedback is useless, they don't explain why they give you a mark, just says because it is. Unhelpful when you want to improve and develop.
I joined in second year, meaning that I didn’t know anyone. That year was slow, lonely and uncertain. Tutors helped me through it and helped me find the support I needed. Now in third year I’m loving it! I have great friends, a great studio space and love the course. I’m learning independence and finding confidence in my work.
Lots of lectures and additional information provided. Groups and workshops available.
Lots of communication and engagement with students. Group discussions are amazing for learning. We are asked to share and comment on anything we wish. Thursday screenings lead by Simon have been most engaging educational system I’ve ever been part of.
Lots of support and easy to contact.
Everything that I have needed I have been able to access!
YES!! five minute walk from everything, and a stunning campus.
There’s a society for anything you could think of, and if there isn’t - you can start your own!
Everything’s been great, tutors care about your mental health and ensure you get the help you need. Following a conversation with a tutor, they walked me to a service and helped me apply there and then.
Very welcoming and feels like home. Feel so safe here and everyone is so supportive. Love it. There is an amazing range of photographic equipment along with an amazing equipped gym on campus
Hey have open job opportunities along with the opportunity to become a student ambassador
Very clear and deadlines are clear, they don’t let us experiment that much yet.. it’s very brief orientated
Perfect, good photographic equipment and excellent variety of cameras. Great studios dotted around campus. Very spacious library, very clean. Gym is absolutely perfect, very big and had a huge range of equipment
Selected close to uni. Bills not included makes it expensive
No music facilities on Woodlane
Dyslexia support is great
I have loved my whole experience, made so many friends and experience life away from home
I like that there aren't loads of lectures and more independent study
It’s a new home, I feel lucky to live there