The annual Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCAs) highlight the incredible work carried out by institutions for their students. This year’s awards were based on reviews from over 30,000 students across the UK.
2022 WUSCA winners
Best- I got great counselling through the uni when I needed support, they got me signed up for counselling easily and it was great having someone to talk to when I needed to. I also love the uni buildings and my course. Worst- timetables are quite sporadic , I wish all my seminars and lectures were closer together and on the same days of the week.
best- the content is diverse and interesting, there are so many different angles and approaches looked at when studying creative writing and contemporary culture so students can always find something they enjoy worst- some lecturers don't explain the aims of the modules well enough so students can feel unsure of what they are specifically learning about and aiming for when studying that particular module
It's good because there are so many places for students to explore and enjoy and the uni buildings are right in the centre of the city so there are so many facilities/ bus routes/ shops around it. Students have job opportunities but also a fun night life to keep entertained with.
what I like most is the location and the sense of community between students living there . I also love the study room. What I like least is how expensive it is, and how the rooms can feel not homely sometimes.
Covid made it hard for everyone, however the university provided as much help as possible to the students including me giving people another chance to resit if needed. This helped me a lot and I hopefully am now going into my third and final year in September!
Teachers always helpful and give up there spare time if needed.
Easy to access with public transport also many car parking spaces available for people who also drive.
Not been impressed with my first year at this university. So much so that I will not be continuing on with this course into second year. Though the facilities are good it doesnt outweigh the cons of the course overall. It is unorganised, uninteresting and has overall been a very poor experience. The timetable changes every week, and lessons can be cancelled on the day, there has been poor demonstration with the film equipment meaning students are unconfident when they are told to go out and make a documentary. I feel as if the first year at Leeds Beckett has not taught me anything that I didn't already know coming out of A-Levels. Watching BBC bitesize videos in one of the few lectures we have is not university standard in my eyes. The work set is basic, to be sent out for over an hour to record people showing us "What they have in their bags" just feels very inappropriate to me. And I feel like certain lecturers can feel very patronising. I know myself and a number of other students have felt not respected at times with the way we can be spoken to. I do want to say that some of the lecturers are lovely and clearly very passionate about what they do and often still work in the industry, but if you fall unlucky to not be taught by one of these it can very much fall to your detriment. However, due to some still working outside of the university it can mean that they can be unavailable when you need help with set work. Overall, I believe this course needs a lot of work. I am very disappointed and upset that I will have to restart my first year of university elsewhere because of the low standard.
The contact hours for this course are extremely low, sometimes as little as 3 hours in a week. And quite often stuff that is "taught" over zoom should very much be in person and vice versa. In April of the first year we have only just finished our first film, whereas a friend doing a similar course at another university has done 4. Coming towards the end of the year, it is difficult to say anything that I have learned other than what I want out of a university course. If you have a keen interest in film making, I would strongly a different institution as though this course claims to be practical, I know it is very much lacking in that department compared to other universities. I wouldn't recommend Leeds Beckett to any one interested in a Film making degree.
We have our own washer dryer in every flat. That beats any other accommodation with Leeds Beckett Univesity.
Great city center location, 20 minuet walk from the railway station. Leeds has great bars restaurants and nightlife etc.
Overall great course, some modules could be tailored better to individual courses rather than lumping students together. Better access to specialist software on library or Building school computers would be good!
Lack of mental health specific lectures. Poor staffing for mental health and apprenticeship courses. Apprenticeships poorly lead with lack of understanding about the apprentice pathway or student experience - poor communication with employers and students conducting Apprentice Nursing degrees. Deflective and defensive attitudes when concerns are raised.
Lack of mental health nursing field specific lectures & lecturers
Really good and very organised
most social and balls, a bigger union and more library’s
not enough on campus, teachers off sick a lot, some lecturers really don’t stick to the content. i like some of the modules but it depends what teacher you get
loved the location and the room was nice and modern with an en suite, downside is that it’s expensive per week compared to alot of places
Great resources for learning great libary great student life
Great choice of topics to explore good support regarding any queries
Great location great rooms but expensive
With this being my first year, my experience of it so far have been great, despite the hole Covid and Omicron, the University have kept me and others upto date on the policy's with email and and posters throughout campus. Tutor's are massively helpful and always there even if not on campus, the University has there email address and discord groups as well as social media sites as I am based in the LSA building its close to the library and STU.
I'd have to say that it's not quite what I had expected in regards to assignments, ie, I was expecting them to be super difficult and not very understanding but they have been clear and straight to the point of what you need to do and there's always the option to do more to earn more points if you put in the effort, I think also having the reading weeks has helped massively as this is time to either take time for yourself or asking for 1 to 1 with your lecturer.