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 love it. It makes me feel welcome and appreciated, whilst on my undergraduate I have always felt like I was never good enough as the reputation of that given university was not on teaching and learning but on research. Also, I love it how MMU gives students work opportunities which help with personal and professional development as well as financially.
Many of the courses are MMU offer excellent placements and internships opportunities, which are great boosters to build excellent transferable skills to be used in future employment. Also, the careers service at MMU has a regular bulletin that reaches out to students with opportunities. Lastly, MMU offers the jobs4students programme, which is a great experience, as you may get to work with actual teams at the university such as for Open Days, you get paid as well as developing working skills.
I do enjoy the approachable methods that teaching staff have when delivering lessons as they try to reach to all students and support all abilities and backgrounds. I also enjoy the seminars as students are asked to build discussions and give their inputs, whilst being helped by the experienced academic staff. I would potentially increase more contact hours as it can be daunting for students to complete many hours of independent study.
The Students' Union has been relocated and refurbished in recent years and offers students a wide variety of services, from a bar and restaurant to a stage areas for shows and gigs, to a shop for stationery and essentials and Amazon lockers. I think they could perhaps improve the levels of activities and have more art-based ones or shows students could attend.
They are extremely good. Many of the buildings have been revamped and there is a great variety of facilities that cater for all needs.
MMU is placed at the heart of Manchester and it is within reach from various ways of transport. You can reach the Manchester Campus via multiple bus routes, overground trams and trains to Manchester Piccadilly or Manchester Oxford Road. This makes the commute from outer areas of Greater Manchester and beyond very easy.
MMU is equipped with a great Students' Union and this allows the promotion of extra-curricular activities such as sports groups and societies. A great advantage is the MMU Sport Community and the ability to practice sport at Sudgen Sports Centre within our campus.
Great and exhaustive both verbal and written feedback and great counselling/student support facilities and IT support opened all year round when necessary.
It is an excellent university with outstanding facilities and support system. MMU has great links with employers and the study prepare students for the employment world thought applying academic study in practise. I recommend anyone to study at MMU.
*the uni runs employability fairs, *The uni has close links to employers who come to uni to deliver seminars and provide advice, *the Employability team sends out job opportunities and helps with job applications, cover letters as well as preparation for interview or assessment centre *students can receive their help for 3 years after they finish study at MMU *employes students for work in offices, events, visits, mentoring and other opportunities *offers internship to MMU graduates
I love the academics attention I hate other students disturbing in seminars
provide an excellent service to all students, run superb activities and social events.
excellent computer rooms, 3d printer art studios have outstanding tools and resources health faculty has ward rooms for students to practice their medical treatments coffee places and food places are in all buildings
great location, close to everything
excellent, always helped me, especially when I needed help and support due to extensive health problems. I received great counselling and emotional support as well as extensions. Academics always provided constructive feedback that helped me to improve
Overall my uni experience has been mixed having suffered from anxiety and depression during my time here. The induction week was a nice opportunity to be a little relaxed, however did not provide a good foresight to what uni study would be liked. Assessment started too quickly with a false expectation we would be able to know what to do. The structure of the course has been hard to follow.
The uni sends regular emails for career events.
There is not enough chances to engage and ask questions to and engage with lecturers. Lecturers feel distant and unapproachable.
I think it is god but is a little far from the main campuses. They should have lockers to charge your phone as well as to store your stuff. Also it is hard to know what events are happening where.
The uni facilities are pretty good.
Fairly good although I have not personally tried. I wish there were more non traditional societies such a humanist society and more modern sports/activities. I know there is ultimate frisbee.
Not very good. Hard to find the support you need.
Its been good, but its been far too quick. I do wish that i only picked one course and not a joints as theres not as much focus on me as a student. The social side has been really good, however it took a good year and a half to get used to it.
I haven't really reached out to any of these, as I have only recently decided what I want to do. However, my tutors help me a lot with setting up gigs to write about.
I like the journalism side of my course, as the tutors always reply to your emails etc. When going into the seminars, it feels like we are apart of a team. I am not keen on the English side of it, as because I do a joints, I feel like both the students and tutors don't include other's much.
The union is ok. We have a bar which serves food, a Starbucks and a shop. Its very over-priced however.
Really modern university. Everything has been done up, and I feel like its always being worked on.
I live about 3 miles from university, however the buses run often. Depending on what time you catch the bus, it could vary from a 15 minute journey to a 45 minute journey. Around our university, there are loads of bars and convenience store, and then the city centre is a ten minute walk away.
I haven't really joined any.
Really good. It's a case of if you ask for it, they dont ignore you.
I have really enjoyed my time at the university so far and I am excited to continue my journey. The staff have been continuously helpful and are always there to answer any doubts or issues I may have. My personal tutor is always free to discuss my academic achievement as well as my personal wellbeing.
My university has a whole section on the website dedicated to volunteering. These range from cafes to working with adults who are suffering from alzheimers. Some people wonder how these are related to my chosen career pathway of working with children. There are a lot of transferable skills that can be taken from these places. These include communication and empathy where I could support a child in the classroom if they had a family member who is suffering from Alzheimers.
What I like most about the way my course is taught is that it is never a sit down and listen course. It gives us the opportunity to take part and voice our opinions and views but also debate others'. What I dont like about the way my course is taught is that sometimes the lecturers talk at a speed of 353mph and it is hard to take in what they are saying. I understand it as they are passionate about what they are talking about.
The Student Union is the place to go! I couldn't belive when I first started at university that it was all run by students! The management of the Union as well as the service all adds to the success of the place which is why students are always coming back for more. It is amazing that they have chat zones inside so students can take a minute to just sit down with a cup of coffee and ease their minds. The toilets are also accessible and there are free sanitary products available for females.
The universitys facilities are very very good. Everything is just a few minutes walk away from each other and there is always something new to be done every day. The library has a number of floors ranging from a group study zone to a silent zone so students can take care and study.
The University is very accessible and local facilities are only a few minutes walk away from each other. Although I do not live in accomodation, I have seen the halls of residence and it is just a few minutes away from the building which makes it accessible for all students living.
There is a lot of exciting societies going on ranging from a Kpop society to an Army society. Not your average society but much more exciting. These societies arent just something that students feel the need to have to go to, rather a moment to join together with other students and build a relationship. The sports are very key to students' lives because it is a way to keep them healthy and fit but also for their own mental and emotional wellbeing. They can relieve themselves of stress and calm themselves down with sports.
Each student has their own personal tutor who is there to answer any questions they have. They give us honest and critical feedback and ways to improve our academic writing. Personal counselling is always available for students to talk about their wellbeing and anything else they may have.
I would not recommend this university to anybody. Complete waste of my time and resources. The only positve from this experience is the people on the course (which are extremly unhappy also).
Absolutely 0. This university is useless at this.
Very minimal postives about the course. The best postive is the MSc at the end. Negatives - no support; poor lecturing; contact time 3 hiurs per week for 10k; promised placements which do not materialise; lecturers which are borderline rude; 1 week at Chester zoo (this is made out to be much longer). The list goes on.
N/A. Not heard about them really.
graduating this year very happy about my uni choice even though it wasnt my first choice. it is a lovely university, lots of things to do, can make lots of friends, different culture and food. its been great.
its pretty good we get sent weekly emails about job opps.
cant understand some professors
very good and inclusive
pretty good, lots of resources
yes. 15 minute walk. lots of shops around.
pretty good, many different type and very open.
tutor and feedback is alright depending on whos marking counselling is quite available too
I love being at university. What I find difficult is the social side of things, but the university offers lots of opportunities to improve upon that. The sense of community could be improved upon with the art school - maybe through more cross-course interaction?
Within the art school, there’s a wide range of events, opportunities, and workshops to help increase our understanding of employment and what that will entail in the creative industry. They really promote self-reliance and self-motivation to prepare us for working freelance too
What I like the least is that we’re not taught any classes that are skill based. I was expecting classes on painting, techniques etc, but there isn’t anything like that, which is very disappointing because I expected an art school would provide that kind of training. But I do love the freedom to explore subjects and mediums that the course allows for, and how the tutors provide feedback and advice that is tailored specifically to you.
It’s really good. There’s lots of opportunities and support available. And it’s a modern building that you want to spend time in
Absolutely fantastic. The art school is so incredible, I love it. There are so many workshops and facilities available to us, and provide opportunities that would be hard to come by otherwise. The library is amazing too, and the staff are very helpful
Absolutely. It’s a five minute walk from another university so it feels lively and communal. It has gyms, shops, restaurants, bars, and cafés within a few minutes walk, and there’s always something going on.
There’s a wide range of societies and sports available. However, the majority of the sports clubs are competitive, and I think it would be much better if there were more aimed at learning the sport and having fun and being active.
Extremely good. We can email our tutors any time, and are also encouraged to email tutors who are not our own personal tutor to ask for tutorials etc. The support for health and well-being is fantastic, and makes me feel like I have somewhere to go if I feel worried about anything.
My overall experience has been amazing so far. I went to a different university on a different course last year which made me very unhappy after a few weeks. I decided to stick it out till the end of the year but i knew it would be no good for me. Since moving to Manchester, I have been so much happier. My course is engaging and fun, i’ve met some amazing people, got to see my close friends from home as they study here, met an amazing boyfriend, and am on a good path to get the career i want.
Most courses have a sandwich year where placements can be done, which is good as you get to experience the world of work but your lecturers help you get there. There are lots of careers days and hiring opportunities from local companies too.
I most like the way that the lecturers are very engaging and they like to speak to everyone - they bring everyone out of their comfort zones and are just genuinely nice people. I would prefer less lecture time and more seminar time though, as i feel i learn more in interactive sessions.
Really good - there’s always events planned by them and they take feedback regularly. Every member of staff is kind and i’ve never had a bad experience.
Good overall, everything i need for my course is accessible and the staff always take on feedback and suggestions on how to make things better.
Yes, it is the closest halls of residence to all the main campuses. Cavendish is a 30 second walk away, the main library is around 1 minute away & other buildings such as Geoffrey Manton and Benzie are the same distance.
There are many societies to join with varied subjects. The sports are good too as there are lots that have different experience levels. There’s also a university gym that you can join.
The support is good from tutors as they give verbal and written feedback. Moodle is used to give us an overview on our grades but then verbal feedback is given in 1-1’s. If we need any help with assignments or deadlines, they are always happy to help where they can. For personal matters, counselling is largely available and they cater to all sorts of issues. Drop in sessions are held regularly for students to attend.
I’ve loved it here and wouldn’t change it. It’s very convenient, I feel very supported here and it has been a good start to my university career.
Not a lot is done to be honest.
I like that it’s very broad and I know there’s support should I need it. But the lecturers can be quite slow going through their presentations which means there’s more catch up.
It’s alright but I haven’t used it much.
Yes, it’s right near the city centre and everything is local.
Not much, mostly sports based or subject based.
They’re very good.