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
Honestly worst experience of my life I would leave if I had the choice would never suggest anyone to go to birmingham just care about taking your money and that’s it
No support at all
I have had 2 hours of online lessons a week since September
Have not been on campus for over a year
Went to student wealth fair when mum has cancer said i was struggling with the course and just told me to drop out and get a job in a shop
At first online learning was fine, however I lacked motivation during second term as there were no activities running on campus. Online labs, lectures, and lecture support sessions are just a few of the reasons the course was not value for money this year. Some lecturers made an effort to keep their courses interesting and engaging online, but others not so much.
Careers fairs and internship opportunity emails are common. There is a lot of employment prospects shown to students.
The course began as a blend of online and in person. This quickly became entirely taught online.
Library tickets are hard to come by. However, there are other study spaces available. I am a physics music scholar yet practice rooms were only open to music students throughout 2nd term.
The physics student welfare appears to be much better than that for other courses. Mental health support for most courses at UoB involves a long waiting list, followed by minimal counselling sessions.
Even during COVID they’ve still managed to continue good quality lectures and interesting discussion sessions still provided. I’ve enjoyed this year despite this. Good modern facilities and nice campus
Bad access to mental health services, disorganised and makes it hard access support. Little support provided.
University has been different this year but amazing nonetheless. There is a great community feeling at Birmingham and it is always great to be on campus or in the city. Learning from home has been difficult, especially as I like many others have had issues with technology which can be so unpredictable. It will be nice to be back in person next year hopefully.
Many careers events which have been on zoom this year. Good advice from lectures and tutors.
This year the classes have been online. We’ve had pre-recorded lectures and live seminars on Zoom where we can discuss queries with lecturers. We’ve also had bi-weekly tutor meetings this year which have been a great support.
Amazing facilities including buildings and study spaces but often difficult to find a seat, especially in deadline season which can be frustrating when your wifi is down at home or you need a change of scenery.
In a non-covid world it would be the perfect experience. However, having lectures and seminars online is really hard when I have trouble with my wifi connection at home, and I have had to live at home because I have had to shield for the past year. As far as I am aware, the university have not offered any way to compensate for these difficulties. Student accommodation in university halls has also been difficult because the rent rebate has not been offered for the full time that I have had to be at home (which is since October). There is also a lack of gluten free options for people with coeliac disease like myself, which makes eating on a budget really difficult. In terms of teaching, I have had really lovely lectures who have been very supportive and helpful during this difficult time, however if you need extra support the wait for an email reply can be a long time which is something I could easily ask for when in person.
There have been many opportunities to attend guest talks and expand contacts
Office hours on zoom have been really helpful and we have had a lot of tutor contact (once a week) which has been great from a first years perspective
In general, really good facilities, however in terms of the food available on campus, there’s little for people with coeliac disease and the limited options they have are just snacks and too expensive for a student budget.
I’ve been made aware on multiple occasions of who the well-being team are and how I can contact them. This has been emphasised through personal tutor meetings and one to ones that happen once a semester.
I don’t enjoy studying at this uni, it is a very high pressure environment designed for intellectual people to thrive, but unfortunately for people who find studying difficult such as myself it is not the one.
I get spammed with emails every week from careers department, with opportunities, placements, zoom event and guidance
Some are interesting and engaging, others a very boring and difficult to understand.
The campus is lovely with lots of study spaces, eating places and it’s very clean!
They are amazing!
My time at UoB outside of the pandemic has been 5 stars without a doubt. It is only because of the limits faced nationally that this academic year has been somewhat tainted. Nonetheless the university and the student and staff bodies within it have clearly tried to do as much as possible in this time. While I don’t think this year has been value for money, I don’t think any year is worth the £9,250 it costs, even if it is fantastic.
UoB has great statistics for students landing graduate level employment 6 months after leaving university, and the careers events accessible at the university are a fantastic way for students to find out and pursue what they are in interested in working in.
In person teaching has been fantastic, and has gone ahead when and where possible during the pandemic. This has been blended with online learning recently, which the department have generally handled very well, demonstrating an awareness to and accommodating for the issues facing students at this time.
The campus at UoB has very good facilities. The sports centre is incredible and complements the beautiful Victorian buildings around it. The music facilities in particular are fantastic, and the new practice block is an invaluable resource to students.
I personally have not accessed these services, however the sheer number of emails advertising events and groups for this makes it clear that these services are there.
All online this year except semester 1 where we had practicals. Recorded lectures are great depending on teaching style of lecturer. Department really do are about students and are quick to implement suggestions. Have changed course to accommodate covid requirements such as multiple tests and at home practicles.
Only three stars but that’s to be expected considering that everything is online instead of in person - it just takes a bit away from the actual experience of uni if you can’t actually go in and experience it.
Lots of careers opportunities
All of the study spaces in particular are excellent!
It’s been hard online but Urdang and the uni have made sure we are happy! Just now need to buy a new laptop haha due to it dying because of my online dance classes and singing haha
They make sure we are ready for the performing industries
We have been online and are still mainly online due to the pandemic and having to do online ballet and jazz and tap dance classes has been hard but we got through it! It has killed my laptop though!
We have studios when in the building
Good support, we have a mental health team and a pastoral manager