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
Student support terrible. Student wellbeing is awful. Staff said in first year that suicide was no longer and issue as they hadn’t had any in a few years. Horrible way to think. Teaching was of bad standard as lecturers were far too into their research.
Excellent course with great tutors and a supportive faculty. the course is blended, including clinical contact from year one, and the teaching is very thorough and relevant. Clinical skills training also begins from term 1.
A very good university with lots of great job prospects. The course can be very tough sometimes, but it’s well worth it in the end. Management modules only start in 3rd year.
I had a great time. The social life is ok but nothing special as a lot of the kids here are very studious and only focus on their degree. So many extra curricular opportunities with hundreds of societies to join and do scuba or climbing or whatever . Even a cheese society. But if you meet the right people it doesn’t matter because you’re in London.
I’ve struggled to find a good job. But most people Do well from this uni
Blended learning and lots of contact time in labs / tutorials. Very good academically
Labs were brilliant. Restaurants were decent but expensive. Coffee was rocket fuel. Library was ok.
My personal tutor was a brilliant guy. Easy to relate to. There’s plenty of additional services on offer.
Bad experience. Wouldn't have done this iBSC again if I had the chance. Notwithstanding the pandemic this course is poorly designed and I feel pity for the incoming students who will have to sit closed book exams and endure the same false choice of compulsory elective modules, most of which have nothing to do with medical students or indeed pay any attention to the needs or background knowledge of medical students. Course seems to be 10/10 for MSC bioengineers, for the iBSC course its a straight 0/10, don't bother.
Not relevant, but while this department is incredible for engineers, I doubt, as a medical student, that any of the content I've learned this year can really be applied to my future clinical practice. Missed opportunity here.
This is related to the iBSC course which has a lot of overlap with the others. While this course is probably great for those with engineering background, it is quite possibly my biggest mistake in medical school. All the elective modules which you can't use existing medical knowledge for just leave you behind. Absolutely no thought whatsoever given to medical students prior knowledge or experience. Sold down the river when we were told this course had taken medical students into consideration. Total joke when you're sat doing final year modules and the module leads dump you straight into the deep end. The group project with third years was the only redeeming factor and even then it was hit and miss due to the pandemic if you managed to get anything done. Recommend 0/10.
Tutors were available and were great. But it seems like the faculty did not notice or care for iBSC students. Emails were not replied to. iBSC students were not mentioned in 'whole course' briefings. Module leads seemed to have no idea what medical students had been taught and thus assumed everyone doing the module was at the same level. Only got one email all year from the year coordinator, says it all.
Really liked the projects and got to learn and advance numerous skills both inside and outside the laboratories. Got to interact with many different students from different backgrounds and also got introduced into the aspect of individual research which gave me an insight into what I wanted to do later by continuing in my PhD.
Great opportunities provided by the career’s services and plenty of job fairs.
Great seminars and wide range of projects to choose from. A bit more hands on approach required and more data analysis classes.
Need more frequent check-up of the machinery.
Okay student support with our personal tutors. Could be better with more frequent sessions though.
I have mainly had clinical placements so have been in hospitals for most of this year which means most of my teaching has continued and it hasn’t been too isolating however I feel like sometimes our mental health hasn’t always been taken into consideration and more could’ve been to provide support to us at this time
I think it has the best job prospects compared to almost any other UK university. There’s a great careers advice team as well as always having events and very prestigious speakers
Very prestigious lecturers who really know what’s going on in the field but sometimes can end up focussing more on irrelevant details. Nice course structure and generally good support within the college
Very advanced facilities and a really nice main campus in a lovely area as well as lots of other mini campuses dotted around west London which makes it easy to access a library wherever you are
Many ways to receive support through counselling and dedicated disability service and ways to apply for extra funding
Imperial has a really good alumni network which current students can benefit greatly from. The teachers as also experts in their field so you get a very varied yet informed education. However, there is quite little being done to encourage social interaction between students, which obviously has been impacted by Covid.
Has been taught mostly online but been a good experience. Good facilities and good management for COVID but online provisions for labs has not been very good as they haven’t been interactive. Excellent support from staff
This year in particular has been a challenge due to Covid. Academically I have been well supported as I’m part of a small cohort but I have not really had the opportunity for many other aspects of university life. This hasn’t been a massive problem for me as it’s my fourth year so I already have an established group of friends etc but for younger years it must have been a challenge
As a medical student our path is different from many other degrees but I’m still aware of many career fairs and support that exists
I’m currently in my BSc year doing Global Health where we have a much smaller cohort of about 33 people and there is amazing 1 on 1 support throughout. Due to Covid, apart from the first week which was in person so we would get to know each other the whole course has been conducted remotely but it hasn’t taken away from any of the group discussions, debates and interactions - I still feel very well supported and engaged. In terms of the first few years they were mostly lecturer based all delivered in person in large lecture theatres. There were occasional small group tutorials although the tutors often changed so it was difficult to develop a close academic relationship with anyone which diminished the degree of support felt. However, I did have two particular tutors in first year who we saw on a regular basis that were excellent in terms of their support and insight although they weren’t full time members of the faculty of medicine so although very helpful and knowledgeable in their areas, could not help with further course support. Saying this I believe that if you needed it support would not be too difficult to find but I personally would find it difficult to know who to reach out to. When it comes to clinical years there is great variation, the GP placements especially vary greatly in quality of teaching and student engagement. Within hospitals there is more regulation but still students who feel they’ve got a better or worse deal depending on where they’re placed
Facilities vary greatly between sites. The South Kensington campus clearly gets most of the monetary input which is evident from the gym, labs etc. The teaching building at CX hospital has a very nice lecture theatre and some recently renovated tutorial spaces but in terms of extra facilities like social shared spaces and gym there is much development needed
We all have a personal tutor with whom we have to have regular meetings but it often feels like a tick box. I do recognise I’m not the best at sharing things or trusting someone soon into meeting them so this set up may not be the best for me. The student union has a variety of roles to promote personal health which I think is helpful as it ensures a student perspective