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
My overall university experience is good without any major difficulties. Modules are challenging but with the right preparation obstacles could be overcomed. Facilities are also nice.
There are some events that promote certain companies and skills workshops however I feel that career support could be greater
Advantages Friendly staff Team activities Tutorials Disadvantages Lectures with too many people Sometime when they try to explain something thay make it more complicated In some modules important information is not included (more deatails about the assignment etc.)
Excellent facilities are provided along with a good student representation (student ambassadors and course representatives)
University's facilities are very modern. The library has many seating places and academic material. Each building of MMU is sufficiently equiped with stuff that is eager to provide helo and information under any circumstances.
University is at good location as it is near to the majority of student accommidation sites (except from Daisy Bank I think) and near to the city centre
There are many interesting sports and societies where you can meet new people
In some modules it is really good but in some others staff is not prividing detailed feedback and they are responding with short answers. In some other modules they are not allowed to read drafts so students can only send a general plan of their work. Lectures could be also more detailed. In general, they are very supportive and try to help when someone is confused about anything
Great experience so far had the ability to travel abroad and the support given is amazing. The jobs fair and postgrad fair aren't the best but its better than nothing
The careers hub offers events even during the reading week and is also available a lot of the time.. from refrencing guides to job fairs
Lectures can often be dull and i prefer a more hands on approach like the tutorials
The union does tend to hold events to represent students the university and facilities however they are mainly targeted at the younger or undergraduate students not enough representation for the older students
The university is slightly far from my house.. given its a one hour commute via the train. However it is a good location. Not far from the city centre and plenty of food amenities near by, students have easy access to the library and student union
There are a huge number of societies and sport activities one can get in to. Even if the union does not have what you are looking for you are encouraged to start a society and the turn around on applications are a few weeks
Overall I have really enjoyed my time at university and have grown so much both personally and professionally. I have learnt so many new skills such as teamwork, leadership, in addition to practical skills such as field work. I have also learnt a lot about myself in the process and matured, learning how to better conduct myself with people.
My university was very helpful in allowing me to secure a placement abroad for my sandwich year. They are also very helpful with careers help and regularly hold CV drop ins
I enjoy the way the lectures are presented and the enthusiasm the lecturers have for the subjects. Sometimes however lectures are just read from slides and that can be quite tedious to sit through.
The students union is an inviting place to visit and I really like their on site shop, coffee shop and bar. Would like to see more events though that interests everyone instead of niche interests
I'm quite satisfied with the facilities at University. Would be nice to have a coffee shop on site open until late in the evenings though.
My university is in a perfect location to commute from my accommodation and has close links to the town centre and various shops.
There is a fair variety but nothing that really interests me. Would have liked a society for singing and a film society. Also the sports society memberships are too expensive
The feedback that I have received from staff has always been very helpful. And I have also used the counselling services which were also very helpful
Enjoyable good life experience, taught me alot about myself. The content has lead to me using my brain being used on a daily basis again. Living alone has helped me develop as a person, building relationships with new people.
Career hub to complete tests, encourage use of linkedin, fairs, open days, lots to help
The content is too drawn out, uneccesary content to fill the time rather than useful infotmation.
Good representation though not many changes occur
Wide variety, kept to a good standard
Wide variety, very inclusive
Feedback shows lack of reading of essays, seem generic, not tailored, unnaware of support offered for counselling.
I love the university. It has a genuinely good feel about it. It's positive, rewarding and a nice place to be. I like it's location and my lecturers. All staff, from academic staff to catering staff, security and receptionists are kind and helpful. I love it.
We have work placements and the taught courses are brilliant for developing so many transferrable skills. The university does have staff who you can speak to for careers advice, and these are based within the numerous on-campus Hubs.
Like most: they're engaging, interesting and the lecturers are brilliant at making students think more in-depth and out of the box. Like least: they're sometimes cancelled at very short notice. Projects often aren't marked quick enough, but I understand that this is down to workload.
The student union is fantastic. It's a new, modern building and well equipped. The staff and representatives are brilliant and knowledgable. Its my 'go-to' place for advice etc
I like the facilities. I wish the university main campus had it's own gym though, as the nearest is the Sugden sports centre and it isn't the cheapest.
Perfect location. It's a few minutes bus ride from Manchester city centre, and walking distance to shops, restaurants and bars.
The university has lots of societies, although I dont know much about the sports on offer. I see sports students on campus a lot. In terms of societies, I think these could be better advertised.
The support teaching wise is faultless. Lecturers are keen to see every student succeed and they try their best. Support wise, there are long waits for counselling and the university could invest more money into student and staff welfare, in my opinion.
It has been really good in general. Especially the first two years of the course. Lots of extra things you can get involved in. I feel it would be good to have more information on course progression and how to relate placements to skills needed in applications for future jobs. But overall it's been good
Had placements on the course which has improved employability and been offered loads of volunteering opportunities. Also have had helped with making decisions about careers or whether to do a master's by helping identify the pros and cons of them
I like that we have placements and a range of lecturers with different areas of expertise. I least like that you have no experience in your first year. It would be good to have to option of a two week placement during a university half term or study break I also feel it would be good to have more contact with uni whilst on placement
Brill, the advice centre has been really useful too
Brill. Library is really good. A range of study space
Yeh great and close to Manchester city centre so you have everything you need there
Amazing xx anything you can think of there is a society for it. Even circus skills. There is a active campus timetable giving free sports activities every day
Academically it has been okay. University study skills workshops have been really good
A mixed experience. Very enjoyable at times, frustrating at times but ultimately I feel extremely rewarded by my progress as a person and professional! It goes by incredibly quickly! If you are worried about going to university like I was that worry disappeared extremely quickly after I started as I realised a lot of people on my course were extremely similar to me and made friends quickly! University is a great opportunity to be independent and grow as a person!
Yes the university makes some effort to increase employability and provide its students with opportunities however You should not expect university to get you a job. A huge amount of work from yourself is still required!
The best thing is the opportunity to do things your own way and make use of university facilities and equipment!
The union is superb, run by students with a genuine passion to improve student life. They are always on hand to help with information, it is just a pity that the prices of the shop are not more reasonable however it is convenient located!
Generally very good, the science and engineering building where I study is very outdated and lacking in facilities and equipment! However it is being rebuilt and along with many other faculty buildings!
Man Met is right in the heart of the city and has lots of halls a short walk away as well as some a short bus ride away depending on if you prefer living right in the city or a little further out.
There is an extremely wide variety of societies at Man Met. A lot of the sports societies have really relaxed open sessions that feel comfortable for anyone to attend as well as the opportunity to compete in competitions for the universities teams. There is also a huge variety of non-sport society’s, literally something for everyone! Some of which are things you will have never even heard of.
Great it’s easy to access and extremely fast and efficient! Lecturers always make themselves available to help and give feedback.
Loving it so far, have made great friends on my course and in my flat. The nightlife and social life is great. Football team is very fun and good exercise, with some great girls. Manchester is a great city and uni.
They have employers come in and lecture us a lot of the time and show us places we can get placements in third year
I love my course mates and the work on my course as I find it really interesting, the thing I least like is when the work is hard and I don’t understand it
Good, they always have activities on and a nice restaurant!
Good, massive library and sports section with a good gym
Yes my lectures are a minute walk, Asda a 15 minute walk and the centre of Manchester 20 minute walk!
Great loads of socials to choose from, I’m in the football team and love it.
My tutors help me when I email them, there feedback is good with my essays and helped me with my dyslexic test.
Good, lively friends made here and love the city, good bus services, however could improve on student experience like putting on more events and helping get jobs while at uni
Good careers and networking events
Not enough time in uni
Don’t really do anything
Yes actually a good distance not too far and good bus service
Not in any
Quite good just a long waiting time on councilling
I really enjoyed my uni experience so far. I’ve really grown as a person through the support of my lecturers. Engaging is so important and if you show them that you’re willing to learn you just get so much out of it.
The careers department are hosting regular events. My dissertation is furthermore placement based so I’m getting valuable experience. We furthermore learn a variety of transferable skills in my quants unit
There’s not a lot of guidance and lectures are less than 6 hours a week. But the staff is incredibly helpful and supportive in answering questions
High quality, good representation and diversity
It definitely is. The city centre is easy to reach
There seems to be a good variety of societies and sports at uni. Theres something for everyone
A high quality support from tutors. Always happy to have a chat about feedback. The counselling services are available, you get an appointment quickly and they’re quite helpful.