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 am very happy that I have the opportunity to pursue my Postgraduate studies in such a great University. The modules that are offered among the optional courses are very wide and interesting. I like very much that you an chose out from a wide variety of subjects. The tutors that I have had so far are very well prepared in their subject and have excellent pedagogy and educational knowledge.
All the Modules are very much practice base oriented, which makes us be actively working and developing in our present jobs and at the same time invites us to visualize our future teaching practice as well as wider options and job opportunities
What I like the most is the way the modules are built. The literature proposed combined with an integral vision of the subject that take us to a reflexive point and questioning attitude about what is being studied. What I like the least is that I find the literature very interesting and I wish we could have tutor (online)lectures that accompany such literature.
Wonderful. Lots of cultural and artistic offer all year long!
Great support. We are able to contact our tutors and personal always that we have any question or doubt and we are answered in less 48 hours. Academic Tutors give appropriate feedback and support all along the semester.
I have loved the experience so far. It has been much tougher than i thought as you have to be very dedicated to this course and give up a lot of social time to get work done, however it is rewarding in the end as i love learning about teaching.
They give us skills that are transferable to the dance teaching industry. The university gives a range of work placements to do every year to gain as much experience as possible before graduating to finalise which sector/industry you would enjoy to do once you graduate.
I love that we are mostly taught by dance teachers that have so much knowledge and experience to pass down to us as they are great role models for us to follow in their footsteps or ask for advice.
the university facilities are great as you have a library full of accessible sources that come in very helpful when wanting educational theories. There can be more improvements made to the IT facilities and the accessibility to print directly from a computer.
The city in Battersea is great! There is always so much to do an explore close by and it is close to get other popular attractions if you wanted to venture further into central London.
Feedback is mainly good and helpful, however sometimes it can be slightly biased and does not give clear clarifications on how to improve further to get a higher grade.
I have enjoyed every bit of the course and love the positivity in this learning environment! The lecturers are a great source of motivation and my peers have been most encouraging throughout my journey.
They educate us with as much information we need to hone ourselves as an artist and creative teacher to be able to deal with the different situations and offer a whole range of techniques to impart.
The lecturers support us and make sure our well-being is being taken care of. I would appreciate if the course would also help us examine more closely our options for employment once we are in the real world.
The library is amazing and fully equipped. Additional lounge facilities have made us feel more relaxed.
Tutors feedback provide me with a good direction to head towards to. However, personal side, I would definitely like more... especially financial assistance.
Professional, best in the world for dance education and teaching. Tutors are well organised, knowledgeable, supportive and caring. Course is very applicable to employment.
I would highly recommend my course, the flexibility of part time study around work and family life allows me to further my professional knowledge and qualifications without committing to full time study. Tutors are highly supportive and courses are well structured as well as relevant to my work
Research in my current teaching practice through the programme
Flexibility of online distance learning Peer interaction limited to online
Excellent library and knowledgeable tutors
I struggled to fit into university to begin with due to the amount of work and change in life style, but I have grown to love it a lot and I am glad I have taken the opportunity to increase my job prospects and do what I am passionate about.
There opportunities that we are presented with at the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) prepare us immensely for job prospects. We are trained academically and practically to ensure we have a good understanding of the pedagogy and expectations of teachers. We also have two placement schools we were strengthen our skills. The RAD also provides us with lectures and practical experience of interviews that increase the likeliness of getting a job.
I like that it is both theory and practical based, therefore we are able to apply our understanding to classroom based scenarios and refine our skills. I do not appreciate the workload that comes with the course.
They are brilliant and perfect for the needs of the course.
The uni is located in a beautiful, safe area with lovely cafes surrounding it, meaning it feels less like a city and more like a home.
There are huge amounts of feedback to help us improve, this is both verbal and written. The pastoral support that is available is strong and easily accessible.
Busy, intense and supportive . A little crazy but it will bis worth it in the end! The university has made good changes to deal with any issues and taken on board any feedback given.
It prepares me for my future career and the demands of a teacher. They have provided me with opportunities to teach in a variety of schools and prepared me for interviews.
The module leaders are super organised and are always there to support us. The work load is tough!
Brilliant studios to dance in and resources to use for essays
The commute is a bit of a struggle every morning but it’s good to get into London and study in a nice area
I love it. There is nothing I would want to change at all. The university want the very best of there students and there is nothing more you can ask than that. I look forward to going everyday and miss university during the holidays.
We have 2 years of weekly placement at a dance school meaning we are very comfortable with teaching when we graduate. We have lectures specifically focused on how to succeed in our future employment. All the skills we develop are entirely relevant to our career for example our ballet technique, dance science, and dance education.
I like the fact our course is taught on a personal level as I feel my progress is enhanced by the individual feedback. It is varied and engaging making it enjoyable to study. The tutors are all experts in their fields meaning I feel I am learning from the best. I also enjoy that it is busy and there are lots of contact hours as it is good preparation for a career. There is nothing I do not like.
Excellent. The dance studios are top quality and they are constantly developing the university to suit the modern world. It has a lovely character and charm to it which is inspiring.
Living in a city is an amazing experience as there are so many opportunities. There are so many possibilities to develop my studies by going and experiencing London theatre. Occasionally however the course is so busy that I have little time to explore the city but I don’t mind that at all!
We get personal feedback from tutors daily as well as from assessments including useful ways to improve. There is a student support service which I have not yet used however it is comforting to know it is there.
I have loved studying at the RAD. It has already provided me with so many opportunities to do what I want to do and I have met so many new and wonderful friends. The atmosphere is very welcoming and I am having the time of my life! Every module is engaging and interesting and can be brought back to teaching
Focus on teaching dance throughout all the lessons. Since being an RAD student I have had multiple job opportunities in the field I am interested which would not have been available to me otherwise. This has happened within 3 months of me starting there. Frequent work placements within the course for a long period of time allow future employers to get to know you.
Far more contact hours than other courses, small cohort means a friendly approach to teaching. Disorganisation in the extracurricular subjects
Studios are clean and warm. Locker rooms are crowded but lots of space inside the lockers themselves. Common room cozy and lots of new furniture. Computer facilities also lovely and new
Living in London is full of exciting things to do. However it is often quite difficult to get to the more exciting places and going out can be really expensive
Feedback is generally really helpful and easy to follow. Support takes a bit longer to get but with change of main support staff a delay is understandable
Very good. There was versatility and I grew within my profession as well as personally. The tutors were friendly and the small community within the rad was encouraging and useful for them and now
There are a large range of aspects of the course allowing me to choose a specific aspect of ballet to further educate in. There was opportunity to research specifically what we were interested in. There are also contacts though the uni.
There was a large range of areas of ballet taught, I didn’t feel there was enough emphasis on ballet though as a lot of our final grade was contemporary based which was not explained before
It was small so common areas were lacking but studios were very nice
It was great to live in London
Being small they offered a lot of support but there was little anonymity about it