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
Lecturers are not academics, they are simply regular coaches and have no elite level experience with first team football. The student support is little to none and the administration team (if in existence) do not supply students with any help what so ever. The facilities look flash but are not meant for a higher education program. All in all if you are looking to become a coach save your money and go get your coaching badges (minimum UEFA B) instead because that's all clubs/academies care about.
Due to the pandemic there are no job prospects or opportunities for internships. UCFB decline to support students in providing work experience.
Course moved online due to Covid.
Cannot access facilities even in-between lockdowns
Lazy and useless, student support number on the online hub takes you to a taxi company in Sheffield..
Don't come to this uni. Its POOR, they only care about how much profit they make. They mislead you, sell you dreams and make you believe this uni is outstanding but its far from that. There is limited amount of support and if you do get the support, you have to be careful cos the support you get has a deadline.
This uni sold me dreams. The Employability and enrichment manager was like on open days, come to me whatever opportunity you want i will go and get it for you. When the time comes they would refuse to help you. False advertising and the opportunity they do offer is for ball boys and flag bearer's.
Far too much marketing for an events course. You do 2 modules on events and that's about it. The rest of the modules do not link back to events or stadium operations at all. Don't get me started on the support that UCFB staff provide. Some of them are really lovely and some of them are quite frankly rude.
The only facilities we have is the library which isn't even based at the stadium. Its a separate building. There's no tables during classes
Its london. What more is there to say.
This is the best bit now. Having spoken to the student services manager, UCFB do not care about your health. They can only provide a limited amount of support and when they can't be bothered to support you they would fob you off.
Expectation is a dream at ucfb and a waste of time and money. From my personal experience, choosing a traditional university that is higher up the league rankings based on certain courses is a more effective way of making a decision.
Many internships and work experience opportunities are provided to students and its up to them take ‘advantage’ of them. However, just taking internships and increasing employability is unfortunately not enough for the many that study there due to the poor choice of modules ucfb offer. Yes, the variety of courses may be linked with the sporting industry, but there isn’t any course accreditation’s available on any courses which demonstrates that the quality of courses are not great and means students can’t gain professional qualifications with the courses alone and thus, causing a detriment to most if not all of the graduates careers at ucfb.
The course has a total of 8 contact hours per week with 4 hours of lectures and 4 hours worth of seminars. Some lectures get cancelled due to fixtures being played at the stadium which is not ideal as well the quality of teaching in most parts being exceptionally poor.
Library facilities are very small which is what you would expect with a sub-standard academic institution. In all honesty, ucfb shouldn’t even bother having a library with the incredibly poor teaching it provides for students.
Of course it’s great being in Manchester with so much to do and you can never get bored really. Costs/expenses can be a downside however.
Ucfb just email students about the well-being services they provide and just mention how they take it very seriously from time to time. In my view, it’s just something they do because they have to and all they want is for more students to enrol and stay to help fund an immensely poor institution.
So I am a postgraduate applicant and was invited to phone interview with Shraddha. Overall experience was really bad and made me to think about this University. First of all, it is hard to speak with heat and I could not understand her a word. Then, during my interview I heard someone always speaking in the background and I couldn't concentrate on my words. She asked me about my experience and skills so I thought that I might tell her my Football Coaching experice when I am applying for the football coaching masters but I was told rudely why I am always talking about football? Hmm interested I thought I am applying to football coaching degree. In overall she was rude and seriously this experience with her and firt impression changed my mind that I will apply to other University. I don't want to be at the University where I experienced this type of behaviour. Probably some of you might have other experience.
I am coming to the end of my third and final year. Although I don't regret taking this course I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else as it has massively deteriorated over my time there. It is no where near what I was sold when I signed up and most students don't bother the attend the last year and a half. There is no university experience as such with no campus, student areas or bars. Best nights out were spent travelling outside of London. This suited me as I didn't originally want to go to uni but there is no fun uni experience at UCFB.
They claim to have contacts with everyone but do expect to be given the opportunity to get them. I had to find my own placement and go around the Uni as it wouldn't of happened otherwise. Most work placements go to students who already have qualifications that aren't possible for 18-21 yr olds to have or those who are of minority groups with extra funding available to those who aren't white or English
Most: Lecturers are really good although very busy with the massive influx of students as the years go on. Least: Very different to how it is sold upfront, entry grades are next to nothing so expect to have some inadequate group members and annoying class mates. This also means that you will be fighting with 100+ students for any opportunities that comes up with minority groups and 25+ yr olds getting 90% of the places. Online work is convoluted so expect to have a different sign-in process every time to try and use something
Most of the universities facilities are third party including lecture rooms that are often rescheduled due to events at Wembley and when they aren't expect a 10-15 wait to get through the security. Sports facilities are good but miles away at Barnet FC with the main campus undefined. Expect to pay a pretty penny in travel costs if you are studying a practical course and expect it to change last minute and end up living in the wrong part of London when they change lecture venue 2 weeks before start of term 2 miles away
Great location for London travel with Underground and Bus links but that is to be expected in London. Loads of small local shops and shopping outlets, everything is expensive tho and there are few benefits to being a student so expect to pay the same as locals on a full time wage
Each lecturer makes completely differently so grades are a hit and miss and i can expect anything from a 55-84 depending on who marks it. Feedback is detailed but not always obvious on what you need to do to get a higher grade without chasing for it. Very little help is offered above the lecturers and my lecturer had to fight our classes cause many times so that we could get even close to what was sold to us
Wasn’t good at all, no help, not guidance, and it wasn’t the “three years of work experience” which was sold to me on the open day. The university didn’t want to help when it comes to funding sports team and they had no experience to be able to help. The Head of the athletics society didn’t care about any sport other than football. The uni lifestyle isn’t the same as other unis which is to be expected however the over all uni isn’t great and is just a money making opportunity for senior business men in football.
UCFB sell you a dream only to be met with half hearted opportunities. I never got any opportunity through UCFB which wasn’t what I was told when enrolling at the uni. No one has offered me help finding a job after leaving uni and all they want to do is use you as a sales point in there next Open day.
The course itself wasn’t worked well, a degree in business that didn’t offer a finance module...? The course was average at best and lectures left every week so there was no chance to build a relationship with a tutor or mentor.
Rubbish, there aren’t any.
It’s London, what more can you expect. Expensive but good.
A complete waste of time. For anyone thinking of going here, don't. find a university that has a great academic reputation and just doesn't sell you on the pretty lights. I am currently a third year student realising this now, so this is a warning.
I think the question here should be "How the employability department offer nothing to people who have grafted before hand?" To put it bluntly they don't. Yes they have guest speakers in and sessions like every other uni but that is more of a marketing ploy where they entice you in saying "look what we have" without offering anything substantial. Two weeks or so they had a presentation where they reeled off employment statistics which were clearly false. "90% of students were employed" didn't tell us where though. In my current situation, I have had 7 years worth of experience but still get priced out of jobs to people who have done less but the uni are quick to promote as if they had anything to do with it. They have had zero input whatsoever but hey you get to study at a stadium right...
We are there for 8 hours a week and while some lectures are useful some are not. Not only that lessons always get rearranged because Manchester City are playing which isn't really value for money when you think about how much we are paying
I have no problem with the facilities as such so they get a pass on this one
This is the only great thing about the University experience. Manchester is a wonderful city
Counselling fantastic because god knows I needed counselling after wasting money here
I am enjoying it. I hope to make the most of the opportunities being presented to me. After settling in I am more comfortable with my routine and what to expect from the course.
UCFB offers a variety of different opportunities in an array of different fields.
I enjoy the practicality of my course. However, I do wish there were more hours for my lectures and seminars.
Due to the fact we learn in Wembley Stadium, we are quite behind in relation to other universities. An SU area would improve this.
Some tutors are very interactive, I am unsure of personal assistance.
Enjoyable and different. Yet to really have a negative experience, but university has been a good change and I felt I made the right choice in coming to study UCFB.
I'm very impressed with the amount of opportunity to increase employability with lots of 'outside of lecture' events. This can include guest speaker sessions that help to inform you of what the 'real' sporting world is like. Within my course, there is an opportunity to work alongside the National League and create match reports for the under 19s that go up on the official website, helping to build a strong portfolio. This can be followed by 6-10 week courses on topics like match commentary and web and brand design to name a few, that all contribute towards increasing your skills and employability.
Most: Lecture size (small), lecturers and the venue. Least: Occasionally being moved from the stadium to other areas around Wembley. I understand that this happens due to events like boxing or football but can't occasionally be frustrating.
You can look at this in two different ways. 1 - It's Wmebley stadium what is there not to like. Going in everyday is crazy or 2- Due to the fact it's a stadium there aren't a lot of what you'd call sterotypical university settings. For example, no lecture halls. Some people like this as it's a different setting to what you would normally get however, some prefer a more traditonal setting.
Wembley itself is populated with lots of shops (almost every kind of supermarket), a few pubs, the arena and a decent shopping outlet. Obviously being in London it is well connected with the tube and so on. So if you're looking to go out you'd have to go in on the tube to get into the better clubs. Obviously a less traditional way of going out but if you're willing to accept that most of the nightlife is in central London then you'll enjoy your time in Wembley and London.
I can only speak for my course and lecturer but I'm extremely impressed. Always available for a chat either setting a meeting/tutorial up by email or just firing a question. Student services on the surface look good although I'm yet to use them.
University has been very fun and also challenging at the same time, I am enjoying it but I feel I need to find that extra drive to really strive to be the best I can be. The University has been very welcoming and I don't feel uncomfortable at all in the environment. Sometimes I have questions about the usefulness of the sessions we have but overall I have no doubts that the University will help me and have the resources to allow me to accomplish my degree.
The University has many work placements avaliable and also has a future employment department working to ensure that students have a career lined up for them after they leave University.
I like the easy going atmosphere encouraged in the seminars which make tutors easily approachoable with any questions you may have. However, I sometimes feel that the tasks we are set in seminars do not really relate to helping us pass our assignment. For example, in my Business module I had to do an assignment on Business to Business buying and how it affects consumers, and in one seminar session a week before the deadline, we were tasked with creating a storyboard advert. Some seminar sessions are really helpful and I take a lot away from them, but other seminars I don't really feel like I gained anything from them. This can also be the same for lectures but to a much less significant standard depending on the lecturer.
The university's facilities are completely adequate and I have had no such issues with them so far in my course.
London has been very exciting and definitely a step up from living in a rural village in Herefordshire. The student accomodation is based 5 minutes away from the University with access to the London underground and plenty of supermarkets around the area making it very easy to live from day-to-day.
I have had not any experience with any personal support as I have had not required any, but the university has very approachable lectureres and tutors and I have had no issues with them so far.