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
Should never have signed up. The wine production side was of a better quality than the business stream, which was all a bit A level project unfortunately. Certainly gave me an appreciation for wine and travel. The course has expanded and modernised greatly which makes it more of a serious and academic programme. I went on to a good university and hopefully this year, a new uni to study at Masters level in a completely different field. Worked in wine for a few years afterwards but never seriously built a career in the trade. In fact my education at Plumpton made me competent in several areas, which was not appreciated by some of my colleagues whose wine career was not based on knowledge but by connections.
More of who you knew and not what you know at times. Trips to the continent were fantastic, credit to the lecturers for those. Wine production itself could be a bit sniffy and a few elitist types got away with being top dogs for no real reason other than they would sell their granny for a winery job. Wine business was far laid back, and personally it seemed to me to be a softer option in the wine school. In hindsight you really need to support yourself as the location is rural, the syllabus is quite broad. The quality of the students varied greatly which caused some friction, but personally it made more of an interesting cohort. As I was terrible at chemistry my future never lay in winemaking. Really they should be much more selective and expect previous qualifications or experience. It would have saved me a lot of time, money and hassle never to have been accepted onto this course!. The fellow students could be competitive with you and try to shove you out of their way!, as the best positions are hard to come by.
Teaching staff were a small close knit team, so they could be highly personable and also highly distant. As I had never been to college the academic side was a struggle that ultimately left me not graduating, despite all those wine books that were read. Hands on agriculture was great and the wider campus was a friendly community. The evening classes were a real lowlight and tuition could be a bit sparse. Looking back most of the people were fine, but a few so called toffs should have been told to go away pronto.
Was a long time ago that I attended for 2 years. Ive decided to leave a comment as some have echoed my own experiences. Newer facilities were just coming online in my day, never had any problems with the campus and winery.
A bit basic back in the day, was not sure which services could have helped me get over some of my student issues. The wider Uni of Brighton was accessible which helps a lot.
So far it's really good. We have good facilities at university that helps us with studying and gaining knowledge we need. Lecturers are organised and well done.
They looked for us to find work placements
LOVE IT :) Plumpton is a beautiful place and environment, staff are all really friendly and supportive, students all create a lovely atmosphere. Facilities are excellent
helped us find work experience placements
Most - in depth lessons and content Least - all lectures are just a lot of information thrown at you at once
Very good, library is full of resources, canteens and snack bars have a variety of food
Very good, tutors are available at all times
it is good, i am enjoying learning but it gets busy in the HE common rooms so it would be better if there was more so we have room to study. it would also be better if we could have more books
they do this by having us complete a number of hours at a work placement at a vet practice
i like the kahoots that we do to test ourselves, but i dont like the powerpoints
They are good, but it could be better if there was more books about veterinary nursing
we get lots of support e.g. if we are not doing well on a kahoot the lecture will message asking if we are ok and if we need any help with anything
It has bee really positive and helpful so far, meeting lovley people who are all passionate about the same things, it is a busy schedule as i have a job and my studies
Putting us with the most suitable placements
Very interactive and good support and long powerpoints can be difficult to focus
great, clean and updated
good support and in depth with open door policies financial support is also available
Some problems with admin and communication between departments, lecturers have been helpful and staff supervisors. Would prefer more contact hours to include drop in check up sessions for assignment skills or other skill building.
Work placenents, career hub
Practical lessons are good, but could have more time for labs
Very good, medical assistance and mitigating circumstances
Although the course is challenging but the subjects are interesting and the staff provide so much help and support. The new training module is the best so far.
Work placement is part of our course to increase our skills
Simple lectures. Could be more practical
Snack bars available and separate common room and study rooms for uni students
Lots of support with regular tutoring sessions
1st 3 months have been a great experience - learning things I'm interested in and being supported to achieve goals Trip to Drusillas and cats protection was great for learning about different options I could venture out into.
Learn skills needed in the working environment - communication etc Good amount of work placement to get all the required skills
Most - very interactive and varied lessons (quizzes, own research, poster making) and small classes make it easier to focus Least - lessons are full on so require research outside to fully understand
Good common room and study rooms and separate HE facilities from college students
Very good support academically, personal feedback and personal goals made Amazing personally as open door policy means talking to teachers at any time is easy and they're very easy to talk to about any problems - teachers very approachable and trustworthy
So far, my experience has been positive. Support from all teachers are given, iv had help with preparing for exams and any coursework that is due. I have met new people, all with different qualities and experiences that are nice and approachable.
Good. They give us a placement if we are unable to find one. Most placements are given within your living area.
Teachers are understanding and give as much support as needed however some lessons are 2hours long and are hard to concentrate with no break in between.
Mild with a bit of spice. It is good and clean environment with many resources to use such as the computer room and separate common room.
Academically, all learning teachers and personal tutor help with any enquires that we have and support with our work and exams. Personal issues are helped as well, counselling is available for anyone and posters are put up around the whole college to let others know. They also help a lot with any financial issues.
There are a variety of different course and people to interact with, Living in dorms is comfortable and enjoyable, There is included food if you live at the dorms and facilities are helpful
They allow us to have handling and routine experience when working with animals, they give volunteering suggestions
They are conducted with the teacher being able to talk one to one with the students, There could be more group projects to help with learning the topics taught
They are good facilities they have a variety species animal collection and have updated technology which can be used.
There is a tutorial session with the course leader every term so they can check on students progress