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
Overall experience has been good, I’ve learnt a lot about myself and matured as well. First year student accommodation however was not a good experience at all. Unfortunately was not placed with thoughtful and nice people and so experienced a lot of upset and disruptive/selfish behaviour from the others (which the uni dealt with in a very disappointing manner) However other than that I have enjoyed my experience so far
There are careers fairs as well a lots of opportunities to find out volunteering opportunities
I like that there is a variety of different lectures. Dislike that not all use lecture capture to help assist revision
Nice and friendly, good food and drink options and spaces upstairs
Very modern clean and useful
Great location for main uni buildings. Brooks building however a bit out of the way
Great and inclusive
Very good. Personal tutors very supportive both academically as well as with more personal problems
I quite like the university, my course is okay, the lecturers are quite good, however I don’t really like manchester. because if this i’m moving home to newcatsle next year to finish my degree there. the city’s just not for me i don’t know why. i like the university though
In my course we actually have a graded unit on employability, placements, cv’s and 5 year plans. There’s also a careers department who’ll help with anything like that and they’re opening times are plastered everywhere
LOOOVE the handouts of the power point slides that get given out, they’re super helpful cos if we had to write everything out we’d be there for ages. I like the fact that everything’s on moodle and lecture capture too in case you miss a lecture. I think some things don’t get explained as well as they could be so don’t make sense, but i’m doing chemistry so i doubt its really meant to make much sense. I’d quite like there to be workshops after the lectures, instead of the day after because I want to practice it when it’s fresh in my head.
The student’s union is great, there’s always events on in the big hall, however some unions have chains of restaurants/takeaways in where students can get the takeaway for cheap so that would be a cool idea
There’s some good facilities in the uni, the labs where i spend some of my time in are really good, they have all the equipment you need and more. There’s a gym linked to the uni that you can get discount on if you want and love the fact that there’s microwaves everywhere to use and hot water for pot noodles. There could be more computer space in john Dalton building however, but it’s getting renovated soon so more computers may be added
It’s right in the middle of my accommodation and the city centre, meaning when I finish a lecture i can nip into a few shops, or go to a restaurant in dinner breaks. It’s located perfectly.
There’s more societies in other uni’s than MMU. I wasn’t too impressed with the societies, they all seemed really basic.
It would be okay if my personal tutor stuck to his role and made check up appointments. the head of the year always talks about how our personal tutors will be emailing us about appointments or emailing us to tell us what percentage we need in our exams to pass but I’ve not had a single email from mine. Feedback’s quite good though, the longest I’ve had to wait to get something marked was probably about 4 weeks and that was because we were on holiday. I’ve never been to the counselling but I know it’s available however I never see the counsellor in their office. My support in my accommodation is really good, if you have a problem you can just go to them and they’ll have a sit down chat with you give you some tissues and try to sort out the situation.
It’s been hard but with the support from the tutors, counselling services and students, I have enjoyed it! One more year left after re sitting one year and I’m enjoying it more than ever
They run a lot of career and employment fairs. For post graduate degrees, placement etc
I like the information provided but that can also be a negative too. Some lectures provide too much information for the time given and unable to write down and collect all of the information
It’s very clean. Good spaces available. Everything is in one building
Great! Wouldn’t complain. Everything is where it’s needed. Loads of resources available and a lot of help on hand for when you are struggling and need it
Yes. University is very central to everything. One way is the flat, the other is the town centre. Good placement
Amazing. Loads on offer. Lots of interesting societies to join
Great! I have used the counselling service a lot while at uni and they’ve been amazing
No complaints, the courses are evolving all of the time from acting on previous feedback. The majority of staff are committed to the student’s learning. ......
We’re notified of many opportunities that are available, alongside employers coming into the university.
(PhD in chemistry was not an option on the course selection) The process of enrolment for PhDs is needlessly complicated. The processing of ethical approvals and safety procedures takes far too long, especially for such an important process
Good facilities and regular and varied events held
Very good from my experience
Yes. Plenty of bus routes connected to the nearby housing and city centre
A wide range
Overall my experience has allowed me to open my eyes to lots of different things I am able to be more independent and more organised. Most importantly I am able to put myself out there more and challenge myself. It has been a challenging experience overall which has been emotional and lonely but I have been able to overcome these barriers to ensure I engage fully and enjoy my experience.
We have a career service and career advisor who often is available to talk about careers after university and career specific to a degree. The career hub often send placements and jobs for graduates and anything relevant to your degree. As part of my degree we do any academic and professional practice module which helps to enhance our skills and allowers to reflect on what skills and experience is needed going forward after university.
I think that I like the most about the way that my course is taught is that some modules are more interactive than others so there is a range of experiences. What I like the least is that sometimes tutors don’t seem very engaged with the course and this can sometimes lead to students feeling bored or not really motivated during seminars and lectures for example. Sometimes the course is not always clear and this can cause confusion for students and uncertainty around assignments.
Again, I’m not very aware of what the students union does in terms of student representation. I’m not sure how and when they take into account students opinions about issues around the university and university life. I know where the student union is situated and I know the facilities that they hold and they seem to be very good however they’re not something that I have actually taken any notice of our actually used during my time at university.
The facilities at university in my experience are very good. All of the technology that is available is good and in terms of how the universities looked after that is also very good. There are plenty of spaces to study and socialise. And there are also very good places to eat and drink within the department.
My university is quite close to my accommodation. It is about a 20 minute bus ride away. I decided to move further out and not live in the centre of Manchester as this was cost-effective.
I haven’t really been made aware of the societies and sports clubs that are available at University. But it is easy to find out by looking on the union website, there seems to be lots of societies and sports clubs available but it isn’t always easy to know how to get involved with these. There aren’t any specific societies that I would like to join per se but I would be willing to join some of the sports clubs as there seems to be a lot on offer.
The tutors are willing to provide support and feedback when needed and are available to have 1-1 sessions. They are also often willing to provide personal support and guide you on where to find the right services you need.
My overall experience at University has been good. I have really enjoyed the course and was able to do an exchange as part of the course which is a really valuable experience to have. Being involved in clubs has also been really good.
The uni has a good careers department who organise events such as employability and volunteering fairs. However they are not very well publicised and so I have often missed out on events. They also offer career guidance meetings which are good and CV drop ins. Also in terms of graduate schemes they are happy to help you with applications but again they don’t really give much information about them like what is available and when to apply/deadlines.
I’m currently in my final year of study and I only have 6 hours of contact per week. I am aware this is because I am doing a dissertation so they are allowing for independent work for that. But it doesn’t seem very much teaching considering University fees. However I like the way they are generally structured with a 2hr lecture and then smaller groups for a 1hr seminar.
Students unions facilities are good in general. Although I would point out that tinge union shop is very over priced.
Over all they are good.
Yes my university is in a good location it’s a 20minute walk from my accommodation although you can get places nearer. It’s very close to all amenities such as gyms, shops, restaurants and cafes as well as being close to a train station and bus routes. The town centre is about a 20mins walk.
The society’s on offer are generally okay but there aren’t very many. For instance there are only a few course society’s and they don’t offer anything unique. Sports society’s are good but again there isn’t a huge variety.
The support at the Uni is good I’m aware that you the counsiling and similar support that they offer is very beneficial to students. The reef back given by lectures is often very useful and accurate. My personal tutor is also my dissertation tutor which has been very useful some times but it is also a bit difficult as in meeting men we generally only have time to discuss the dissertation and we often don’t get time to discuss other things.
I've enjoyed all my lectures and seminars. Been given help by tutors for assignments very often. Facilities are well placed and the library has alot of interesting/helpful books.
Sends emails and has sessions to improve CVs.
Lectures are accessible through moodle. Seminars are straight after lectures so makes it easier to go to.
Has a shop, starbucks, social areas and place for food.
Yes, very close and accessible by public transport.
Wide variety of both sports and societies.
Very good. Personal tutors check up on you, feedback is given after every assignment in moodle and in person.
I have enjoyed university. Would have liked to have met more people with similar traits to me. I regret not being part of a society to make more friends however I am not great at sports. I would have also chosen a more sociable accommodation (halls) for first year.
Careerhub, job fairs, industry presentations
Most - interactive lectures Least - inconsistency from lecturers
The student union is good and there are always events going on
Good however toilets could be cleaner and library and catering facilities improved
Yes the university is close to manchester city centre
There are a good variety of sports and societies but not many for girls
I am greatly enjoying my university experience so far. I have settled in both academically and socially. I have joined the taekwondo club and feel extremely welcome and supported by them and am also enjoying my course
They provide countless opportunities to increase our employability whether through your course itself or University jobs and placements for everyone.
I enjoy that we have the independence and flexibility of working on our own projects and get to choose what we write about. However I do not enjoy paying tuition fees to watch a professor read off of a PowerPoint which we can all access
The student union is excellent in representing all backgrounds and no voice is left unheard. Facilities are good as there are both social, academic and help areas with a shop that has a variety of options.
Very good facilities which cater for everyone
Very good as located on main road and is 2 minutes away from my accommodation
Great variety of sports and societies which will suit everyone’s needs and desires
We have a large range of both academic and personal support
overall I have an amazing experience. I've enjoyed the work and independent learning, the access to many research papers within different subject allowed my learning to grow beyond my course subject
The most is the amazing teaching staff that are passionate about their subject and excited to see the students opinions least - some staff fail to see that we are adults and can make choices that they do not get get to comment on if it isn't affect the quality of their work
the tutors are very supportive during a difficult point in my life. my supervisor is amazing during my dissertation. I understand all the feedback and take on the suggestions to improve my work. I didn't find the counselling services affective