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 couldn’t have picked a better univeristy, despite how small it is, I had a good social life and the staff are well friendly and extremely helpful. We have good lecturers who make sure we’re all up to date with our courses and even better personal tutors to guide us through the courses
The most is how passionate the lecturers are, the least timetable set up
Extremely representative and great facilities
Extremely good and accessible
Yes it is
Not the best
The best ever
Lecturers are lovely and enthusiastic, the course is interesting and engaging, and overall my experience so far has been positive. I’d definitely recommend the part time law degree as it has the right balance of taught lectures and self study
Lots going on in terms of careers fayres, work experience and job opportunities
Lots of teaching materials provided which is really helpful however I don’t like 1.5hr lectures - too long. I really like the small class sizes
As expected for a small university
Less applicable for part time students but available if requested and am aware of where to go/who to speak to
Overall, if i knew what this place was like before joining, i probably wouldnt have joined. Its way too cold, i grew up in 30 degree weather, nothing under 26. And the heating is soo frustrating as they program it to only turn on at a certain temperature, so you freeze all day and sweat all night. Its a painful system. Dogs arent allowed which is sad because their are so many dogs here and the housing isnt dorms, its housing. The classes are soooo absolutely boring, its extremely hard to pay attention and stay awake. I sometimes skip classes to study at home because i think thats more efficient and effective. The classes arent great in my opinion. The 2 year degree is what brings everyone here. Saving that 1 year of your life means a lot, especially to the youth. We only have 2 subjects to start with which makes it easy to keep up and also the classes are only 50% mandatory so that makes it easy to study n work and not stresss out. Their are the good sides to this university. Its not that strict. You have freedom. Just study, join a few classes. Graduate early, parties arent bad, pretty fun with friends. But dont expect fun or interesting classes and teachers.
Soooo much effort. We get emails regularly about job openings as soon as we began.
The teachers have the time to talk to the students and tutorials are good if you study beforehand to ask questions. Its not the same as personal tutoring. More like study and come in to ask questions and learn more thoroughly. Classes are very tiring as 2 hours is too long with a monotone teacher. I have fallen alseep im every class. The teachers are not interesting.
Dont know them well. I did go for an interview though with the events manager and i got no email about the update on my interview. The facilities are ok, not 5 star, city life facilities but their not bad.
Their alright for a suburban University. I would expect better though if it was located in the city.
Yes it is. The university is very close to accommodation. Local amenities are good if your used to suburban living. Im used to the city and this is not a city.
I dont participate in any.
The teachers are good for a large teaching space (more than 2 students which i did before in private schooling). The personal counselling is good because of this woman stacy, shes sooo supportive and helpful.
overall it is what to be expected from a small uni where the course is two years, intense and not a lot to do in the town, however is still relatively enjoyable when you expect this fact and make the most of what there is, the locals when you actually engage with them are lovely and have a good chat
they have constant dedicated support for employability, with networking events, cv skills, and people there to talk to regarding options
the course is interesting with very engaging lecturers they talk about relevant and up to date topics with knowledge however the uni is small, with not a lot to do so especially in winter when it's dark and exam season approaches it gets very depressing
facilities are only a bar the uni is very small and doesn't have the funds to send on student experience representation they're trying however, not many people partake in elations and votes
the uni is small and so lacks all basic facilities the uni has to use the local towns own facilities such as sport hall from the secondary school there are not a lot of study spaces during exam times and not a lot of social spaces which makes staying on campus unattractive to students
there are not a lot of things to do in buckingham, walking distance is a positive to many thing such as town centre, pubs, supermarket etc. however not a lot to do in terms of traveling to other towns, all the roads are narrow and not well maintained
societies are small and not taken seriously sports are growing, however still not at a competitive level
tutors are always there to help, so more than others, but there is a drive for tutor support, there is student welfare where mental health is being taken seriously
Buckingham is a small university which makes the number of people to interact with fewer. Sometimes we could do with some entertainment Other times the little bit of quiet is good
Regular emails on available jobs
Good rational interaction Can’t complain on anything bad
Has gotten better over the last few terms
Could do with some improvements Especially bathrooms
Yes It’s 5 min walk
Could do with more societies and many sports opportunities
Depends on the tutor Mine has been very approachable and friendly
So far it has been challenging but I really have enjoyed it. It’s a shame Buckingham only does 2 year degrees as I’d like to stay longer. Accommodation needs the SU are brilliant and as the university is small, everyone knows everyone. The small class sizes help with learning and there is always support for you at Buckingham.
We have a brilliant careers department who always email about opportunities and host events
Like most- how small our classes are
Our SU team is fantastic and there are lots of facilities
Location is incredible Bucking in general is incredibly expensive and I have one of the cheapest rooms Safety is good, I am opposite security and they are always on call Condition of room is okay, there is damp on the walls but I can’t complain for only paying 115 a week
I am opposite the business building and then the university is in the centre of town
Lots of societies and lots of sports. I am the SU events officer and can confirm there are lots of activities for everyone to get involved with!
Good. Personal is wonderful. We have a student first team with therapy dogs!
So far, I enjoy my university experience. It's as good as I thought it'd be and sometimes even better. The university does a great job to provide so much even though there's not much to do in Buckingham. They really put effort into making student's lives here interesting and I wouldn't have gone to any other uni in the UK.
I get emails about potential jobs and I also get emails about certain things I could apply for. I was told that in my second year I would be seeing a lot more of the careers department.
I like some of the lecturers and I enjoy the way it's presented. I see the tutorials that we have as very helpful and informative. The seminars are the best part because it gets interactive and that's really enjoyable for me to participate through. The least likable thing about the way my course is taught is the reading and layout for the tutorials because if you are introverted you could get a bad grade.
I do enjoy my Student's Union. I'm not as involved as I should be. I can think of ways to improve it. The people are somewhat great. The events need to be more diverse though.
My accommodation looks really nice from the outside. It's very close to where I have classes. I'd say it looks quite furnished but there are some improvements that have to be made. Overall I'd give my accommodation a rating of 9/10.
My universities facilities are quite limited because it's a small university. However, I think it's good for what it offers.
City life is quite dull. I can explore almost all of it soon. The only place where you could go to have some fun is the nearby city of Milton Keynes but that takes sometime to go to as well.
The societies are quite good. Some are quite underfunded, however I still think they are good for what they offer.
The support offered by the university is quite excellent. I am in my first year and I already enjoy one of the lecturers. As for counselling, I know that I can always go to the school provided counselor. The door is always open and I am always reminded of that fact.
Good. Courses are interesting and well taught. I had a maintenance issue in my room in the beginning and it was solved rapidly. The library in 2min walk from my room, student union and gym just around the corner. I feel safe to walk downtown for grocaries in the evening. If I feel like more action during the weekends I take the bus to Oxford or the train to London.
They have a constant contact with industry. As a non-profit private uni it was first established by private sector/governement forward thinkers. When you take of the four months holidays in the summer and the one mothn revision time in April you can fit the university studies in two years. Perfect for international students who want to have the UK study experience but cannot travel home several times a year or work during the long holidays.
Best are the tutorials and small group sessions. Overall I am happy about all the professors and lectureres. I prefer some subjects to other.
The bar is good. They should show more English league football matches, expecially finals. I dont get involved. To many do it for recognition.
Standard university campus room with a bathroom and a shared kitchen. Same as most well established unis.
New library is great. Gym ok. Laundry ok.
Quiet, but Milton Keynes is not too far and from there by train only 30min to London.
I have been stressing for months trying to correct their mistakes and they just continue to walk around the issue. As an international student, I suggest you save yourself the mental and emotional toll as well as the theft on your wallet.
They only give job announcements to graduating students
The staff has no idea what they are doing with international students
It's not worth it, save money and live far away
Small and unimpressive