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’m so glad I came to this college, I attended last year to do my level 2 beauty therapy qualification and now I’m back doing my level 3 and couldn’t be happier!
They work with HIRED and they help in every way they can! I even got a job with there help
The most I like about my course is that they provide exceptional facilities including top of the range beauty equipment. They also take us on lots of days out experiencing the beauty industry. The least I like about my course is there’s not enough time in the day to be able to do clients. I would love more time there to be able to do lots of work
They help with anything you need, exceptional students!
Perfect. In the centre of Birmingham with lots of transport
My experience has been very positive. My lecturers are all very knowledgeable and useful. I feel that my course will prepare me well for working in the food industry.
We have Hired@UCB which put in lots of effort to helps with employment opportunities for current students and graduates. They offer helps with skills like CV writing, interview techniques and others to aid with placements and other jobs. They do events and fayres to get industry involved and allow students to talk to people from companies directly
I like that we are assessed in a variety of ways so if you are less confident on writing or presenting you still can do well in all your modules. They try and use practical sessions and work directly with industry to give you lots of experience. What I like least is that some lecturers have an old fashioned style of teaching with little interaction with students but this is only a few and you still get the content across it’s just harder to understand
The Guild and societies help to organise social events along Broad Street in different clubs but the uni doesn’t have its own student union area for themed nights like other unis. We do have GuildSpace though we’re social events are held
UCB has many facilities and it has grown lots whilst I have been there. A new building is opening soon and McIntryre house is a very calm building with lots of study space and new facilities for lectures and seminars. Also, the kitchens are very industry-based, sensory labs, food labs and also a photography room to helps with food media modules.
The university is located in the heart of Birmingham so it is in an ideal location for people not in halls. Many people choose to commute which is easy as it is within walking distance of several train stations including New Street. It is also a short walk to other amenities like restaurants and shops if you need to pop anywhere after uni or during a lunch break.
There are a variety of sport societies offered at UCB including competitive and non-competitive sports which is great for loads of people. There is also other societies like environmental and vegan societies which are relative new but successfully contributing to the uni and gaining memberships well.
It is very clear where to go if you need help. We have individual tutorials with lecturers to talk about any personal or academic issues. They have a wellbeing team to help with mental health and counselling is offered. CASE also helps with academic writing and assignments
Great experience, amazing facilities, great leactures, easy to access everything you need. Great library with many interesting books. Up to date lab and kitchens.
We have jobfares and advise from tutors
I like my lectures especially lab work
They offer a lot of career opportunities
The course is unorganised and they expect so much from you in such a short amount of time and threaten you if you don’t complete them on time.
Good, university is in town and near a lot of stuff.
Could do more for the value of money.
It has been a good experience however some more assignment guidance in final year would be better. Would like more field trips.
Good amount of placements.
For a full time course we don't have many hours.
I never hear about it.
Good - an area for 3rd years only would be good.
Good - sometimes rough.
Not a lot of info about clubs/societies.
Feedback is given when asked for.
The lecturers are very informed and experienced, also very approachable and considerate. However social experiences are very poor.
They offer a lot of work experience and support.
Very happy with my lecturers. Not enough financial support.
Very inactive and unapproachable.
Not a lot of study space, a 24hr library would impact positively.
Everything is very close by and convenient.
Seems to consist of a certain type of person.
Offers support financially and mental wellbeing.
They have the HIRED centre but other support is lacking.
I don't believe we are well represented.
Expensive and not enough variety in clubs.
Very good but students are required to fund their final year projects. Catering get given a budget.
Hired, multiple opportunities.
9 hours, excellent standard of teaching (tourism lecturers).
So much support offered.
It's nice making new friends
By providing employability classes and support with CV and cover letters
The lecturers are nice and helpful and the subjects are interesting
Could be improved in summer row
I usually like going out to eat and experience new cultures
I don't go clubbing
Always supporting with job applications and other