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
Fantastic. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here at NCH, and I would strongly encourage people to apply who are interested in History, both public and academic. The small class sizes are so helpful, and I have really developed as a historian as a result.
As a postgraduate student, I have access to the LAUNCH lectures the undergraduates participate in and all the services this has to offer, including one-to-one careers advice. The first people to contact me outside of Admissions were the LAUNCH team who have been very helpful in offering advice for my future career goals.
The classes are small and very interactive, which is fantastic for a postgraduate programme. I was worried at first that it would be too small, but actually I have seen more improvement in myself as a result of what turns into weekly discussions/small group tutorials rather than lectures.
Very good - London is a fantastic location for History students. NCH is minutes away from the British Library and Senate House Library, and the National Archives are a short tube journey away.
Very good - the closest accommodation is around 5 minutes walk away, and the university is in the heart of Bloomsbury so the amenities are endless!
Very good - the academics are quick to respond to emails and are nothing but helpful in their feedback with essays and thoughts, etc. The dedicated Welfare Team are extremely helpful, and always there for support, offering one-to-one help if needed.
It's great, it's a lot of work but it's definitely worth it since university is meant to be focused on academic work. It's easy to make friends because everyone knows each other.
We have an entire course dedicated to careers support called Launch where we take on actual business projects to increase our employability.
The teaching of the courses is absolutely great because the class sizes are so small. In my macroeconomics class we are seven students to one teacher who can really focus on each of us. We have weekly 1-1 tutorials that are great for in depth understanding of the assigned readings for politics for example.
The university is based in central London right next to Bedford Square and the Senate House Library.
Student accommodation is all around London, the closest is five minutes from NCH. The further out the less expensive it is of course.
The support is great since the staff student ratio is so small. I want to especially highlight the careers support that is actually helpful for getting internships.
Incredible - extremely grateful for the choice I have made. The professors are fantastic, the rigour is exactly what I was looking for, I feel like my academic life is maximised my going to NCH
LAUNCH and personal counselors for jobs help. Launch is so individual to NCH - helps with CV, presentation, team work, etc.
Most - small classes, incredible professors - great quality, rigor, professors know my name as well as strengths and weakness/me as a person. Worst - routine - everything stays the same in lectures.
Good/acceptable. Need for more tables. The bathrooms are fantastic. I have faith in our facilities officer
Incredible location! Well connected train and bus system
Good system - personal counselor not being in major really helps! No fear to make claims to them.
Very satisfied- the one to one tutorials are the best part. Although we can have more weekly office hours that we can go and discuss issues that isn’t essay related
We have regular talks we can attend so an amazing effort
The most- small classes which gives me so much opportunity to talk and discuss issues I want to discuss. Least- some courses don’t have my discussion time
Really good. The college is small so we have w lot of facilities for students
My university is in the perfect location for students. It’s in Bloomsbury which is the heart of student life
It’s amazing as we have tutorials that’s just about my essays and how I can improve. So I get in person feedback.
University has good conditions to study philosophy. Although you can clearly see that university is still in progress and the courses sometimes look not very well structured, in general it is a good place to be.
I was offered to work as research assistant and I think other students get chances as well
I like that there are not many studends and everyone can get attention. I least like that some courses do not have seminars
They are really good and accessable
Yes it has a perfect location and buses and underground are very close
Suppport is very good and you can get answers very fast
I have exceeded. expectations for my own growth in academic achievement, and have opened up new opportunities for myself through my education here that I would not have expected possible.
The university provides a specially tailored core module called LAUNCH that aims to increase workplace skills and employability. I worked prior to going to university, so it was interesting for me to assess how useful this course was fo those who had never been in a workplace environment before, as well as gaining skills myself. I think that the thoughtfulness of the course content, and the skills that can be attained from an introductory perspective add exceptional value to any degree taught at NCH.
Because of the size of the university we have an opportunity to be taught in relatively small class sizes compared to other universities. I think this is particularly beneficial for me, as I have dyslexia and ADHD, as it allows me to engage more in discussion and with questions, which benefits my style of learning
As this is a relatively small uni, it has all the facilities required to account for the current size of student body. The quality of facilities is high.
The central location of the university means it is easily accessible from all parts of london. I live on the central line in east London and it is an easy 30min commute for me. Central London also provides all the local amenities you might need, from gyms to GP surgeries, libraries, and shops.
The quality of education is fantastic, I enjoy the location tremendously, and the social and student aspects of NCH are very fun. I could not be happier with my university choice.
LauNCH is fantastic. There are plenty of opportunities to make connections. The NCH careers instagram is also really good.
The tutorial system is particularly good, but has pros and cons: while it gives a better and more indepth learning experience it is very intense and does not allow for slacking (which, I suppose, is really a good thing). Lectures are small and so have a seminar feel to them which is great.
Toilets and kitchens on each floor, always kept clean.
Ten minutes from TCR and Goodge Street, dozens of buses, plenty of shops, pubs etc within a five minute walk. It really is the heart of London.
Excellent. Faculty members get to know you well through the tutorial system and genuinely care about you. Counselling, however, has been know to be quiet sporadic in availability and will often simply advise you to see some "more qualifified".
So far I can say that I very happy about choosing this university. Everyone is great and very helpful. I have met people with different backgrounds. I feel confident to share my opinion or to talk with professors about my doubts or my future career.
Doing this master I have the possibility to increase my writing skills.
We are not a lot of people so it's easy make questions and have debates.
Facilities at NCH are amazing!! There is a lot of space to study individually or with others.
NCH is perfect location because it is in centre of London really close to many tubes or bus station. You can find also many restaurants, pubs and coffees around. Also there is a huge library 5 minutes by walk.
The support is really good. We receive a lot of feedback and we have plenty possibilities to talk to our professors as much time as we want.
I really enjoyed every bit of it. From freshers week throughout my first term it was a great experience. Student life and academics were easy to fuse and made it super fun to be a student in london
We have a launch program to increase our employability. We also have critical reasoning and a lot of guest speakers to ensure we have a well balanced education beyond just our course. And of course we also have career counseling helping us to prepare to enter the work market.
I love the many contact hours and the three level interaction of lectures, seminars and tutorials. I like the least that seminars are not always close to the lectures
Sufficient for the courses offered. I have needed more than is provided
Very good location. Super central
Very good in both cases. Additionally to the academic tutorials, we are always welcome to ask our professors too whenever we have a question. Moreover, we have a tutor outside our faculty who we can approach if we feel uncomfortable talking directly to memebers of our faculty. Lastly, we have very good career counseling
I was skeptical about university, however, NCH has erased all my doubts and worries from the very first moment I got there. It is really a family. Everybody cares, everybody wants you to do well (and you care, you want people to do well). Yes, like a family, there can be disagreement, but that's healthy, and it promotes change for the better. NCH is an open and accepting space. And it does wonders in terms of training your brain. My thought processes are completely evolved.
LAUNCH sessions that are aimed to both explore and develop transferable skills and guide you into post-uni life.
Most: how personal and individual it is. How much care and nurture but at the same time push there is. Least: that's a tricky one. Especially, because I think I've hit the bullseye with NCH. However, I appreciate that their approach, because it is so unique, is not for everyone. I can see how one would find it an overwhelming commitment.
They're cozy, in the best way. It's a very close-knit community in many, if not all, senses, and the facilities further promote this feeling of camaraderie and friendship. My personal favourite is the snug little rooms that tutorials take place in, with armchairs and old books and photographs. Further complimented by cups and cups of tea (there's a kitchen on every floor).
Yes! Centre of London - you could walk anywhere.
It is truly remarkable how much thought your tutor will put into the feedback he/she offers for your feedback and assignment. I had given up on education, because of the common delivery of it, before I came to NCH. NCH is doing something very special. It is a hug, manifested through education.