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
I love the atmosphere and a lot of the campus spaces are really nice to be in. The lecturers are knowledgeable and explain topics well but I would prefer more feedback on coursework.
As a second year, I haven’t looked into career opportunities much yet but I have received talks held by those in the department or from certain companies
Lecturers are quick to answer questions posted online or via email but more feedback for certain pieces of coursework would be useful
I love the libraries and facilities are in good condition
There is a mental health service but it takes quite a while to get an appointment
Teaching varies a lot from class to class, but some teachers have been outstanding. Access to other activities is really good, including getting lessons at the Royal Academy of Music for a music performance module that I could incorporate into my degree. Year abroad options are really great and module options are really diverse, unlike other places!
I have loved my course and my department, however doing my final year online has been challenging and limiting. The atmosphere and setting on university is extremely helpful for study and without this it has been hard.
Good, more study space is needed.
This year has been the hardest year for me as an MA student. KCL has done a brilliant job at transferring everyone online and making resources and faculties available online. But I think more needed to be done to support students mental health and financial wellbeing. After graduating from my BA in a pandemic, I felt very overwhelmed, constantly burnt out and not as engaged as I went straight into my MA course. It all felt very surreal and undervalued in the midst of COVID-19 - especially as my university is based in London. Overall, my academic year has been a real struggle to get through and I’m still trying my hardest to keep with the workload and give in essays with extended deadlines. But the lack of motivation and sense of academic achievement this year has been completely zero. Ultimately, I don’t feel I got the university experience and academic motivation I paid with my university loan - definitely not value for my money. It many ways I wish I had deferred this year and waited to see how universities would deal with the pandemic, especially with the lack of support from the Government.
This year it was solely taught online. No face-to-face teaching or events.
There were only online resources available and KCL did do they’re best to support us with as many online facilities and mental health services as possible. But it felt very daunting to try and access these online when it felt that my whole university life was online already.
I have found working online really hard to engage with and feel like I know less about the subject than when I started the degree. I haven't met anyone on my course and feel quite isolated
Overall, I think most of my professors and tutors did their best in teaching and supporting students online despite the difficult times. In my case, all lecture material was new and we had plenty of ways to ask questions in most modules. The university offered financial and emotional help to students who were quarantining.
In definite, this has been a very tough year due to covid but I strongly believe that the people working in kings helped strongly especially those in our course
Very passionate teachers in my course and quite considerate with students especially through covid. Some exceptions of coursd
Clean and good system for covid times.
I feel like they offer many resources but in general all universities should develop a more effective system to support their students especially during covid times
I would definitely say this year has been, well, very tumultuous. I have made a total of 4 (four) friends from my course, which is way less than i anticipated. Exams have been super tiring, couple that with a lack of mental health support, an overload of essays and assignments, mind blowing (international) fees for services you are not even using, you have the recipe for mental health problems and a very sad life. 2/10 recommend.
Internships for a course that flags itself as being so incredibly multidisciplinary is ironically restraint to a specific sector, that of investment banking and finance?? That’s all you get when you look for jobs or internships related to International Development.
I would say the course is incredibly vast and the lecturers do their best to constantly provide that perspective throughout the varying modules, via interlinked topics which are scheduled to match each other weekly. My first year has (sadly) been mostly online with only 4 weeks of in-person seminars in the first semester. Seminar leaders and lecturers have always been there, through office hours when we need them. However, Semester 2 has been sort of tumultuous as I would say some lecturers did not give their full potential - in that some modules lacked depth in terms of explanation and exam preparation content.
For someone who’s spent most of the academic year in online learning, I believe my description of facilities wouldn’t be that accurate and honestly quite unfair. I will, however, do my best to recollect the quality of the facilities from the 4 weeks that i have been on campus. Firstly, it is important to mention that due to social distancing measures, my department had to rent somewhere to hold classes because there was not enough space on campus?? Seminar rooms - when i was on campus - were quite decent, social distancing maintained. I need to say that it was quite hard for a first year to navigate the Waterloo campus on my first day and now add, a rainy wintery London on top of that.
Mental health support is virtually inexistent at KCL. It took me approximately 5 weeks to get a counselling appointment from my university - which is not ideal, as some people might be struggling more, and that time could be immensely costly to them.
It has been good, but probably not as good as it would have been if it weren't for covid restrictions. Was difficult to make connections with the lecturers and staff.
Not great library space (may only be due to covid restrictions)
The admin team can be very difficult to contact. It isn't easy to get any administration issues resolved, they may never get resolved unless it's to do with tuition or stopping you from starting placements. However, lecturers are very supportive and easily reachable by email.
King's is a reputable university with direct links to some trusts. As a student, whilst on workplace, if a team likes you, you may be offered a job even before qualifying.
Due to covid the course has been taught via Teams. This has been convenient for me as a masters student as I am able to juggle student life along with other responsibilities I have. The lectures can sometimes be fast paced and hard to follow but the lecturers are reasonable and will answer any questions as you go along. The course being online makes it easier to ask questions as you just type it in the chat box which reduces anxiety. The marking scheme can be quite hard and the 2 strikes system on failure is quite rigid and daunting.
I haven't had to use the facilities that much. Only been in for 3 face to face training sessions. The facilities were clean and fully equipped.
I personally haven't had to use any extra support. But hearing from other students the ease of access to these services if needed