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
Had a positive experience overall however there are a few issues. It has been hard during COVID but I feel like the uni have still kept teaching us and providing us with materials to make it easier however communication has been a problem.
Provide basic career opportunities
We have regular online classes but communication with lecturers can be an issue
Not much communication goes on so hard to contact the uni
I have enjoyed my first year however I have not had many hours nor had the chance to meet any of my friends on my course. I also have not had the chance to visit my university which make it not feel as real even though I am spending around £9,000 being here.
Haven’t been there enough to judge
Even though COVID-19 had damaged the normal university experience. Leeds Beckett and my Geography course had made sure we had in person contact hours which really helped with assignments. The lecturers provided support even through holidays and had gone out their way to resolve issues faced by first year students to make sure we became comfortable with university standards
This has been the worst university year for all students, not enough support- especially from my university course. The staff don't support enough- especially when it comes to learning difficulties such as ADHD. Lessons are short and ended quickly with limited time to ask any questions.
Mt time at leeds beckett was good, my course continued remotely which is a good thing. I like the cafeteria and my peers. High entryblevel of course and academic integrity is good.
Wish tutors would email back better
Lovely place, could do with a better drop in centre for student support
Impersonable and inaccessible
Experience has been very different due to coronavirus and adjustment to online learning. I have adapted to it but it has been quite difficult and my experience would be much better in campus and I feel learning is more effective in person.
My course is taught online via the uni's secure video platform called Collaborate. We have out live seminars taught on there twice a week for about 2 to 3 hours. We have meetings with tutors if needed be and can ask questions at the end privately.
N/A as I am not on campus due to online learning.
The university send regular emails and reminders about wellbeing and workshops to attend for people regarding various support.
Overall University has been good, It wasn't what I expected however I think despite the circumstances that we have all been facing, I have been given excellent opportunities to develop and learn
Online university hasn’t been the best especially when paying so much money, there has been many technical difficulties and timetable problems. However the university has done the best they probably could in the pandemic. Support offered when struggling with anything has been exceptional
I believe this year would have gotten 5* had the usual university experience been allowed to proceed, but as a result of COVID there had been a drastic reduction in the number of contact hours and learning went online which I don’t believe is as good as the real thing sitting in lectures and being more motivated to study rather than staring at the computer screen every morning. I’ve had a lot of problems with blue light migraines this year as a result of the amount of screen time which is unfortunate but I’m coping. Support with dissertations are vital but I don’t think being in this situation is allowing for me to produce my best work which is the reason for the use of the academic safety net which has really provided a lifeline and I am grateful for that as I want to achieve the same grades I was able to achieve in both first and second years to get the first class degree and go on to study my masters
Facilities set up to help with masters applications are quite good although the personal statement workshop was cancelled, there are so many opportunities available via the university hub for a range of students and courses
Almost entirely online with the occasional lab hours which is a shame as pre-Covid lab sessions were almost in abundance, hours are quite short for a uni degree lots of independent work and thus contact with tutors is reduced however they will respond to emails quite quickly and always provide help you need
Labs are amazing for the biomedical course, definitely get your tuition money’s worth, shared spaces are always clean especially during Covid-19 crisis, I’ve never had to hire equipment but from what I’ve heard of the film school hiring equipment it is easy enough to do
Widespread access to a lot of services for those who need it. I fortunately don’t need access to such areas but I know it’s there if I ever do and I have heard good things about it. The workshops and other services provided to help with masters applications or extra courses to get involved with such as women in leadership programmes were recommended by student support and these were very organised and excellent courses which were useful to build confidence etc
I’ve experienced a lot this year , gained a lot of knowledge that I didn’t previously have, learnt things I never thought I would. But also have met some amazing people and experienced living away from home and fending for myself for the first time
Online lectures, seminars and practicals. Delivered every Monday - Wednesday this semester. Provided with lots of support, email is open 24/7 , can message AA whenever. AA (tutor) sessions every 2 weeks
Really good facilities, huge clean social sciences department, with plenty of research labs etc. Easy to access and find my way around . Sports facilities are amazing.
Always emailed mental health websites, links, there are seminars held to do with MH and student support as well as AAs we can turn to if needs be.