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
Has good variety. But not been part of it
it is a vocational course
Overall good, make new friends and the facilities are good
They have a job fair and employability in the last year
Small courses make them more personal, but not enough breaks
Good for the price but electricity and internet keeps cutting out
Need more good computers, good library and shops good
Close to uni in a good location near the town centre and bars
Haven't participated but seem good
CBT is available and on a short waiting list
I'm enjoying uni so far and have settled in well
Guest speakers and conferences are very useful
Lecturers are friendly and always available
SU representatives are friendly and efficient
Facilities are up to date
I use the bus and the uni is quite close to the bus station
Societies and sports are fantastic and a lot to choose from
Support offered is great and the uni is inclusive
Safety condition location cost has increased since last year but no improvement in condition
close to everything
Hate hate hate it. Tutors don't care, students are such a mixed level that it's impossible to do group activities without half of the class carrying the other half. There's no classes, or practice sessions. Just an empty classroom every time you go in. When tutors do actually run a class it's a group feedback class which is a massive waste of time because nobody was taught how to be objective or give good feedback. Most of the class has dropped out. Whatever you do don't go here!
They don't, we didn't even learn about the industry, what kind of jobs would be available to us or what skills we need to have.
Literally nothing. Staff would take register then leave the classroom, no lectures, no classes, rubbish facilities.
Don't know about the union, though the students hub won't answer if you call them.
Absolutely terrible. Apparently there's loads of stuff but we were never allowed/shown how to use it.
There isn't any city life.
There's 16 of them.
Probably pretty good, but I couldn't say for sure
So far so good, its sounds a bit OTT but really living the dream, I am studying to work in the industry I love, surrounded by cars and great kit, the other students are friendly never had any trouble. One things I like is no hidden costs, apparently some uni's charge you for materials you use like Carbon Fiber etc, but UoB have a no extra fees rule or guarantee
The work placements were amazing, I went to WRX at Silverstone and worked as part of the pity crew, I also got a chance to work as part of the dat team in British Touring cars BTCC. The team at NCME are great and the equipment you get to use is state of the art but the experience with the racing teams helped me decide this is the right career for me. I want to be a data engineer in a race team. If you want to work in motor sport and you are not a great driver or have rich parents this is the way in, I never imagined I would be one of the team in overalls in the pits helping the car and driver win. They have also just started with electric drives, the last thing to mention (which is very cool) if they build the Keating Supercar at the university as part of my lessons I get to work on a 300mph super car that people can buy!. Very happy I chose Bolton Uni, at first I did think Bolton? But its OK, cheap good local food places and bars. Bolton is good but the course at NCME for me has been lifechanging.
The best part was the variety, so working on CNC machine, Carbon fiber ovens, wind tunnels, rolling road and electronics. The facilities are very modern only a few years old and a custom built facility. One of the best parts is I walk past James Hunts British GP winning car every day, a reminder of where I want to be.
The student Union has lost of groups and events going on everything from chess to football, quite a few spots clubs which do well they have had student teams in national finals. Food is good at the Vista Café by the SU. Also if you have questions the SU are normally happy to help.
The faculties in the NCME are brand new, some of the buildings are old brick one but all the kit is good, a friend is on the SVFX course (Film and TV special effects) and they have model making and studios to do animation, not my area but all the kit she tells me is what is used in the industry toady.
Bolton is a Northern town, the people are great I like it. Its very close to the country and in a couple of miles you are in the hills or if you fancy the west end bright lights 20min on the metro and you are in central Manchester so location is good.
I spend most of my spare time around NCME doing extra work but I have one friend in the football club and one in the games, they both like them but I tend to use my extra time in NCME.
The tutors are amazing the bloke that runs NCME used to run racing teams for Nissan and Vauxhall so is from the industry which is very inspirational. I've never had to use the counseling but they have it on offer I have seen the dog about they have a pet therapy, they also have a multi faith prayer room, which is not for me but good they have it.
I really enjoyed my time in teacher training it was challenging and rewarding. My whole experience allowed me to apply myself in several ways getting involved with areas such as the students’ union in society’s, representing the student body on feedback groups such as SSLC meeting, panels and working with the centre of pedagogy events. The package as a whole gave me everything I needed and more to be successful as well as enjoying the experience which supported my development to where I am today.
The university has wide range of education provider partnerships already established both in the local and wider region, allowing you to get a feel for the 14+/post-compulsory sector. It offers opportunities to work with large regional FE colleges and Training providers to Smaller, Community Education Groups, PRU’s and Prison education system. Additionally, the staff come from a practitioner background and are able to draw on their backgrounds to work with many originations to gain work placements especially for specialist experience in fields such as SEN and the skills sector. The university as a whole has the careers service team which are quite acsessable depending on the time of year, but they work with you towards the end of your course to ensure you a ready to start applying for any roles if needed. They also offer one to one appointments for CV building and mock interviews tailored to the sector your applying for. The university also has several opportunities to gain experience internally and gain applicable skills both in relation to your course and wider skills ready to apply in the ‘real world’ Opportunities such as; Student ambassadors and panel opportunities etc. The department and the university also have internships which can be applied for from time to time.
The course allows you to apply yourself how you want. It offers flexibility to grow as the course does. It is quite ‘Full-on’ however you are told this from the beginning and your lecturers, and a personal tutor support you and your development to ensure you are able to meet both the academic developments and professional developments of the course. Furthermore, the courses assessments are well placed so you have a really good feedback and development time between assessments. There is a lot to learn in the time, however it is rewarding. One of the major challenges is the balancing of the overlapping of modules however the distribution of the assessment eases this, But as expected also prepares you for the real world.
The students’ union is OK, it is small and you don’t really get to see many of the team on campus, but if you need to speak to somebody you can always get an appointment or just walk in. The union has lots of activities and works with all the sports teams and society’s around the university and the is plenty to be getting on with. The union has been working with the university recently to offer new facilities to students to both work in and make life a little easier such as the new social/work spaces and free use kettles and microwaves on campus. As before one downside to the union at the moment is the size of the team and its ability to engage with students.
The university and the students’ union offer really good facilities to study and work in. There a lots of Bookable study areas and PC rooms for any group work, planning and small seminars, as well as, plenty of PC/Mac availability across campus and all sites. The uni library has 24hr access at the main library and late hours access if you’re in a place like queens specialist building which makes everything a little easier if you need to get some assignment work done or printing etc. The wider university staff are also very approachable if you require additional support in specialist areas, I personally needed some support from creative tech and Design for my final project and they were more than helpful. Everything else is just what you need. However, some of the M-block windows leave a little to be desired.
Bolton is a nice town, everything you need is located in the centre, and there is a half decent night life. There are some really good places to eat and lots to do outside the town itself 20 munities north you in the country and 20 munities south you’re in the city of Manchester. But like every town there are places I wouldn’t go to.
The university is like a little community, so you get to know most people and meet everybody at some point and this is reflected in the groups and society’s as well as the sports teams they are always welcoming and they have lots of events they hold in the social learning zone to get involved.
Feedback is always clear and good; your personal tutors always make time for you and are easy to get hold of. The university has a good email policy, so the staff always get back in touch with you if you contact them. The university has lots of different support service and staff are well versed in sign posting to the correct people. The additional services like student service and the life lounge are really approachable and will always do the best to resolve any question/issue you may have. Sometimes there is a little wait for somewhere like student services at peak time but nothing excessive about 10 munities max usually around enrolment times.
Do not attend University of Bolton. The PGCE taught is truly appalling. They will not find you the prerequisite placement, that your fees a actually pay for. When you do get one it will most likely be at a terrible institution, as most decent places will not entertain this university.
This was a dreadful course. I do not recommend it at all. The worst nine months of my life. I requested that I could be moved to another group, as I was so unhappy but was refused.