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
Overall my experience so far has been positive. The university has been very helpful and welcomed any questions and feedback to try an improve. at the start of the academic year, it was a rough start, and confusing to use some sites/sections. However, this was obviously more so due to quickly adapting to covid. Some problems with communication and assignments/assessments, the only reason the university wouldn’t be value for money is due to remote-learning, which was unavoidable .
Linked to a graduate career job site, several emails on sessions linked to further career prospects and competitions for things such as internships.
The teaching resources made available so far have been of good quality, tutor cuts are always helpful/informative
Only slightly lower due no not really seeing many facilities yet due to covid. Planning around booking study space seemed well put together.
Continuous mention of help available and clear indication of where to find it. Couldn’t comment on the effectiveness of the services myself.
Breaks given, should be exactly that. Breaks! Deadlines should be more spaced as should work load especially placement. More support from mentors and tutors. Overall organisation. Though I understand covid caused much of this.
Haven’t considered supporting students outside of Birmingham. So not very helpful there.
Due to Covid most of the learning is online. Teaching hours are till five with 30-60min breaks slotted in here and there. The course in itself is really disorganised. It’s hectic. There’s always loads to do. It’s a huge issue because deadlines are on top of placement which makes learning and teaching all the more difficult. I think they need to be more considerate of students mental health. Truly.
The library is good. But access to the library is difficult.
Not very good from your tutors but there are some great people at the well-being centre.
The modules are world class but they need to take more modules related to international development. It should provide more context on the activity of international organizations. The flexibility and diversity of assessment methods is good but some teachers seems biased and do not follow standard protocol for assessment of students.
Has been good overall considering everything they had to adjust to. Lecturers have been responsive and small group teaching is really well run with interactive sessions
This year has been tough given the pandemic and its consequences. At the beginning of the year every week or so our house had another corona scare which led to us getting tests and isolating for a few days. Often our tests were negative but we did have to completely isolate once as we had an outbreak in our house. It has been a major shame that certain things have not happened and our ability to meet people has been very limited.
Course is mostly taught quite well, with a combination of lectures followed by consolidation seminars/workshops. Scheduling can make it difficult for students to read enough before that weeks seminars. Support is mostly there when needed. Weekly tutorials are if anything too much contact.
Throughout coronavirus the ability to access the library or other study spaces has become very difficult. Generally resources are clean.
My university experience has been very pleasant so far. However I am doing a course that requires so many contact hours and is mainly in a building situated outside of campus so sometimes it feels like we are very isolated from the rest of university itself. So socially it’s difficult to make friends from other courses. We are always being sent emails about welfare and mental health so that’s been great and it’s good to know that the service is there for people who are suffering
My experience at university has been great so far, the pandemic has changed the dynamics of learning but the university has catered to that. However, the learning isn’t the same as it used to be. I can not wait for everything to go back to normal :)
I regularly get emails displaying the job or placement opportunities that are available to me, they are also very easy to apply to. In the education department we do get guest speakers where we can discuss more career options.
With the current situation, everything is now being taught online. Lectures can tend to feel long but with giving myself breaks it’s easier to manage. During the seminars, most individuals don’t participate and i do prefer it face to face.
I do frequently go to the library due to having issues with my laptop over the past couple of weeks and there are numerous computer facilities around available to students. The layout is also a lot more spacious now as there are 2 missed computers between each person. There are also a lot of resources available to students and the areas are always clean :)
There are well-being officers and groups students can contact which is great! They do tend to reply a bit later now due to the increase volume of messages they must be receiving but nevertheless there is support if you need it.
I think COVID has really dampened my uni experience and the university hadn’t done much to really mitigate that other than empty words of support. I do like my uni but they need to step up and support students better if this happens again.
Yes, I’ve been in person around 5 times the whole year for presentations but no actual teaching. Contact with tutors has been minimal.
Without covid, the uni has many great places to study and to be taught. The lecture theatres are spacious and the green around campus is amazing.
I have not that much clue on the well-being support if I’m truly honest
The campus is lovely-lots of green space to enjoy in the summer. In terms of the course itself, more academic support is needed and the overall structure should be improved in terms of the taught content.
Not enough exam support especially during end of year exams. Timetable could be better as there were a lot of gaps.
Not enough space to eat in the medical school.
I have felt very in the dark with little support. The content of the course is good and I enjoy learning but I feel let down by the lecturers, as if I am working much harder than they are.
Some talks are offered but with no face to face contact, events are minimal.
Lectures are pre-recorded and are usually uploaded at the start of the week however there are often delays. Seminars are on zoom and are often very quiet. Teachers are slow to respond to emails and questions on canvas. However, the lectures are informative and the lecturers are knowledgeable. Each module has 2-3 hours of lectures per week with 1 hour of contact per week per module.
Most facilities are closed. Some course specific study areas open (not Law) and library requires booking a week in advance which is not convenient.
Some support is offered however not enough attention is drawn to it leaving students unsure of whether it is worth seeking help.