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 would say the experience this year on my course has been considerable especially with the current circumstances due to covid. The tutor support has been good for feedback on work etc. Using equipment and booking facilities has not been the best.
My course is taught by blended learning so one day in campus and the rest is taught online.
My overall experience with university has been great so far. I’m enjoying my course and exited to study more about it. So far I’ve only done the online learning so I haven’t experience going to campus as of yet. But I’m sure it will be the same thing online but just in real life. Other than that, I have no issues with my course.
It is taught through Microsoft teams
It has been somewhat difficult to adjust to having all of the sessions online. Technology has got in the way of doing various things like working in groups or with visual aids. This is not the university's fault though and I think that they have been quite responsive to the pandemic. I do take issue with their timetabling however as this was often delayed or changed on the fly and left myself and other students a bit concerned.
They send through jobs by email and on a forum, and also have a mentor scheme.
It's pretty much all been taught online, which both students and teachers have had some difficulty adjusting to.
It has been difficult to access the library and other buildings during the pandemic.
No lies!!! This year is really changeling and not something I have been expecting for my final year. Studying an art and design course remotely and in a lockdown situation is hard: can't see and touch the fabric physically, the shipping and external sourcing take longer time than ever, only seeing tutors on the screen and discuss our working in 2D...... I learnt to be flexibly, be organised and be motivated. 2020 became was a series of rolling disasters, but we are now at the beginning of the world change, please cherish today's wonderful time …. Don't stand still, don't dwell on the past, and make great strides forward.
We have career talks organised by the Careers and Employability teams to share how we student can write CV and cover letter etc. We also have a RISE program where we can participate to enhance our employability through different online activities, events, workshops, research project and short remote work experience etc. I feel that those experience is really valuable to building up my skill during the pandemic / and within my study.
During my final year, we have 1 hour online weekly briefing on every Monday, follow up with 1hour online design tutorial in a group setting. For tech tutorial, we have a booked 15min slot weekly and that's all. If we have any question we can contact the tutors in their drop-in time, but this may vary.... or we can email them if we have questions but the respond can be up to 2days to a week (depends on how full the tutors' mail box are)
During your study, we can access below 1/ Resource centre (fabric, trims, supplier contact details, garment archives, how to book etc) 2/ Technician 3/ Industrial standard machinery 4/ Gerber pattern technology However, due to lockdown, we can't really use the machinery and equipment, but now the uni provide free adobe account to each student and CLO account to people who want to use for their project. After the lockdown, we are able to use the studio and equipment with booking only.
We have a good team to provide student service, everything just have to pre-book... only issue with the service is that the waiting time is quite long, I have a friend waited for almost 3 months before meeting the wellbeing group mentors via Teams... However, it is good that we have a "personal tutor" channel to speak speak up, where students can book in with their personal tutor throughout the year to chat about the difficulty that we have.
It’s been as good as it can be during a placement year. They have helped with any issues I have and we’re especially helpful at the beginning of the year when my previous placements were put on indefinite hold due to coronavirus.
They provide opportunities constantly with careers days, inviting guest speakers and teaching employable skills.
I’m on placement year, so the only time I contact tutors it’s about my coursework I have to complete or to amend any issues. So far they have been very helpful whenever I have issues or questions.
When I was there, the equipment was amazing. Now I’m at placement I only use zoom to contact my tutors.
Very helpful with any questions or issues I have with my placement.
So far the little bit of contact time we had had been good. The online lectures have been okay as well. Obviously the year was never what it was supposed to be. We didn’t have a lot of time to socialise and make friends and that’s the only shame. I personally haven’t been able to attend any part whatsoever. Or make any friends as I was living with family. But the academic side of uni has been a good experience so far
Yeah my uni offer an extra year for work/internship. They also offer great support on careers
Online for the most part
All the facilities at MMU are top tier, very modern, there’s a great vibe overall on campus
We have our Student union for that, which has been really useful, they support us in many ways.
It was worthy at all time. I studied a lot on my bed without even paying for busses fare and for morning coffee. I make friends online from subject group. I work part time as well. University fully supported me. I think overall it was a best year despite covid who changes our life a lot.
Other than having small issues with my tutors, my overall uni experience has been good. I found my way and developed new skills in things I had never done. My only issue is that I wish I attended more when I had the chance and fully took advantage of the facilities before covid as now I won’t be using them ever again. Whilst working from home it has definitely taken it’s toll on my experience but it did allow me to work without distraction and I have come out with better grades that what I went in with.
They have contacted via email but considering I don’t know exactly what route I want to go down it is hard for them to fully support me right now. I have been to cv workshops etc as part of the union and my course also had speakers come in at least every term to talk to us about their creative journey. At one point every year the uni have had weekly and some times daily visitors giving lectures to various courses. In my second year I was given the opportunity to do an extended third term and my course shouldn’t have been allowed on it but a visiting speaker pulled some strings! There I was given lots of career advice in terms of education and even offered placements.
Tutors were around most days if needed, if not there was always technicians around to offer any additional help. Things being taught online was still trying to be figured out at first but grade boundaries were adjusted to allow for anything we were unable to do whilst at home. Contact time varied depending on how much you wanted- they were always in the office when we weren’t in lectures/ scheduled sessions or an email away and would could and see you ten minutes later.
All the facilities were amazing and always had technicians on hand in the art school. My course allowed for individual studio space and lockers also. We also had places to borrow equipment and buy supplies in non profit student shops on site.
We were offered mental health support and possible sessions where you could see a councillor if needed. We also had student support where I went to talk about serious matters involving an accident which resulted me having to go to hospital and they advised me on how to get a solicitor, this session was part of their walk in service which was open mon-fri (I think) and I was seen within 10 minutes of me arriving.
The first year of uni has been great I would say, it was definitely worth coming even though corona is a thing still, definitely a unique freshers year this was. Manchester is a great city to live in. The lessons even though not many have still been good and we can all socialise a little bit and get to know each other better.
Tell us a lot of paths available
Majority is online
Library is still available to use for study
Very little well-being support right now
Of course the ongoing Covid situation is broadly out of the control of universities. Whilst I understand this there have been insufficient adjustments (both financial and pastoral) to compensate for the drastic impact of an online-only approach to a usually practical and studio-oriented course.
They have continually held events with industry professionals (albeit online) despite us not being in a graduating cohort!
The ongoing Covid situation is of course outside of the universities control but it is clear the online-only format is negatively impacting our quality of education. Alongside the lack of access to university facilities (e.g. libraries and workshops) there have been no course-wide alterations on deadlines despite the impact the ongoing situation has had on our capacity to learn. Despite this the quality of teaching is generally fantastic and the broad range of university lecturers and industry professionals are a well crafted balance of the academic and the vocational.
Due to the ongoing Covid situation, I have not had access to any university facilities
Though the university have sent me numerous emails about mental well-being I have not used any of them so cannot comment on their efficacy.