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’d advise english students that Irish students go home at the weekends. The university has been average as it has given little academic support or guidance. Until final year there was very little coursework or exams which is always good. The bars, restaurants and clubs are all cheap which is super good. In first year it is also useful that all first years live in the same accommodation village.
There was a few guest speakers mostly based around further education. I did do a placement year however, I had to find the placement myself with no help from queens.
Before COVID I had 8 teaching hours for the week. During COVID everything was online and there was only 5/6 teaching hours. Barely any contact with tutors, in first year it was twice every semester. In final year meeting with your tutor was more frequent however was still quite limited.
Library is 24hrs and stayed open throughout the pandemic which was super useful. Also able to access facilities elsewhere on campus during covid.
You are provided free counselling if needed and there is also a student wellbeing centre that you can access.
I’m on placement year this year and working from home. Management school difficult about making placement part of my course, very annoying. I should have got £500 from NI government but didn’t because of them
Overall, it was good. Fit for purpose, prepared us for clinical practice but could improve in supporting students in the mental health aspect of things. The pandemic really affected the experience but the university did well to adapt to the unprecedented times.
As nurses are quite sought after, we are well supported in career support.
In normal circumstances, it would be 6 weeks in lectures and 6 weeks in clinical placement. During the pandemic, the teaching is all online and tutors can be contacted at any stage. They usually get back within 3 working days. However, the engagement in the material can be quite challenging due to the burdens of the pandemic itself in the overall wellbeing of students. Staring at a screen all day and not actually having the time and space to hang back after class to talk to the teacher can be difficult as everyone is displayed on the call.
University facilities are quite clean and top quality. The simulation for practical classes are very good in preparing us for clinical placement.
The mental health support is lacking and can be quite slow. Considering the amount of mental health issues, there can be a lot more the university can do. It takes a lot for someone to admit they need help and when they are put on a long waiting list or their request has not been followed up, it can be quite disheartening to ask for help.
My overall experience has been relatively good however covid has made it more difficult. I would have loved more support for GB students to meet others especially during covid as living in halls was quite isolating at times when everyone else went home
The online micro lectures have been really useful however would have been great to have had more in person
It’s been an awesome experience as they handled the online teaching process excellently. All requirements to support the student were provided for despite the difficulties faced by other schools
Staffs are extremely talented, the way of teaching is good. We have all the necessary equipments to train upto the industry standards. Fees also very low when compared to other universities.
Blended, 14 hours per week, for additional support we can contact the tutors through by pre booking a time slot
One could be tempted to remove stars due to the pandemic, however I don’t think that would be fair on the University, as they don’t want the pandemic as much as we don’t want it. I feel QUB have put as much effort as possible to ensure students have the support we need to be through this year. Of course there have been technical hiccups, of course I’d rather be in-person and have all the social interaction that comes with that, but it’s just not possible at this time. QUB have been supportive and very cooperative, stretching their boundaries beyond what I ever thought possible, which I trust in turn will stretch my boundaries, experience and future.
Weekly seminars or lectures on job prospects have broadened my vision.
Even with all the difficult circumstances of this year, lecturers have been as helpful as possible.
All spaces are modern and kept clean. Great place to study. Printers can be a little temperamental at times.
Haven’t had to access, however it has been made clear how we can access all the support networks.
It has somewhat been a weird experience to say the least? Being a first year uni student during covid hasn't been absolutely wonderful as you inevitably miss out on the vita "university experience" because I dont know how it is to be a university student while being one. I also feel as though international students have been neglected, not by Queen's but at national level. We were told to come over amd pay fees as there'd be some face to face learning but nothing promised was delivered and us international students are stranded here with high living costs that could have been avoided had the government or university had taken the initiative to think about all parties and ensure everyone's welfare!
Sufficient spaces to house students and it is well kept
The university has been very vocal about mental health awareness and has launched countless initiatives to support students who might be facing issues.
My uni has tried their best to provide the best online learning experience which I appreciate was very difficult. Queens provided a good amount of mental health support with talks and advice pages.
I have actually really enjoyed my time at Queens despite being online for the majority of the time - I've still made plenty of friends and have really enjoyed my classes.
We also have a fantastic careers department with lots of support for options we have after our degrees.
When possible, we have our speaking classes in person which has been fantastic since many of my friends have been online all year! We have 10 teaching hours per week and I have a lot of contact with my teachers both during classes and via email. My teachers have all been great at replying quickly and extensively to me and have supported me so much throughout my first year.
We have access to the McClay library which has been an amazing place to study and to get resources from. There have been rooms made available for us to do our classes with others on our course so that we can get to know some fellow students
There is a huge variety of student support available to us - I have felt very comfortable contacting my teachers and personal tutor with any problems I have. We have a teams call every semester one-on-one with our personal tutor.