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
Covid has impacted it, but I do not know a student who wouldn't agree with that. The university has been great at showing who can help you find future jobs, the team who do this are fab and really friendly. They have helped me secure 2 placements during my uni experience, but sadly one got cancelled due to covid.
I have been on an industrial placement year over the last 12 months, but the few lectures/ meetings I have had were all online - Microsoft Teams.
Not all campuses have all the facilities or as good facilities as other campuses
I have enjoyed my first year experience a lot. Despite covid, the majority of my course was in person which allowed me to make really great friends on my course who I talk to everyday. I initially thought not knowing anyone and travelling to a different country alone would be terrifying but my experience at Chester has allowed me to overcome that fear and really enjoy myself.
There are many job opportunities provided to students in Chester.
Overall I believe the courses were taught well however sometimes it was really confusing as to what we actually had to do to achieve high grades. It sometimes seemed like we were just expected to know a lot more than what we were told to do or taught.
Great, especially the Binks building which is where the majority of my lectures take place.
There is always lots of ways to join in with events hosted by the university, especially during the covid pandemic.
I have really enjoyed my University experience. My lecturers are amazing and I can tell they are passionate about the subjects they teach. However, I did miss face to face interaction in my final year due to the pandemic.
I studied a careers module in my second year to help me decided what I would like to do after graduation. My lecturers have offered my advice and guidance.
My final years was taught online. I found it difficult in the first term to adjust to such drastic changes; however, my lecturers were extremely supportive. The teaching hours remained the same.
Although my campus is small, the University offers a gym, library, PC spaces and student lounge. I do wish the library had a wider range of books.
There are people on campus that offer student support.
Not impressed with this uni. If I choose to take my education further in the future I won’t be attending Chester to do so. Essay markers are rude and blunt about work. Nothing seems straight forward and the teaching hasn’t been great. This is mainly due to the pandemic but it wasn’t great before hand as the cohort is so big.
Cohorts are too big so hard to learn well due to being in a large group. I chose this uni due to the clinical skills lab however we have hardly used it.
Good support, I have received amazing support from my personal tutor
I have thoroughly enjoyed the course however due to the pandemic, my mental well being and lack of support from the university I have had to defer half of my course. I hope when I return in September to complete my QTS placement, I will be provided with more support.
I have not been able to visit the University of Chester however the institution that I complete the QTS side of the course is very accessible with great facilities.
It was decent but obviously limited. I don’t feel I can fairly judge as things have been so unprecedented this year. Although I had payed for accommodation I hardly used it and the time I did spend on campus was isolating as I was discouraged from seeing other students.
My course was primarily done online. I had one or two in person lectures for the first week or so but after that everything was on Microsoft Teams.
I didn’t get to use them much this year as I only stayed on campus for two weeks before moving back home when the second lockdown happened. From what I used it was good but I can’t judge them as accurately as they were restricted and you had to book ahead of time. The swimming pool was good and everything was decently clean.
The university has been accommodating to my needs and had good communication even though it was primarily remote
Very strange experience this year as it’s taught online but has been worth it and very rewarding. I hope next year we are back face to face. Lecturers have been hard working and very understanding with the circumstances we have been in, but I feel completing work and attending lectures have been extremely difficult. Wifi and connectivity issues has been a struggle for me especially so this has impacted studies at a great deal.
My course is taught online at the moment due to Covid-19. I have officially finished 2nd year and just have work based learning placement left to do. I had Wednesdays off which allowed me to catch up on course studies and assignments.
Excellent services and facilities available, back in 1st year I used the library a lot but in 2nd year not so much due to covid. The facilities are clean and all staff are friendly and extremely helpful.
Well-being is very important to me and mental health as I study counselling skills and have experienced mental health issues recently. At the university the well-being team is excellent and having access to your PAT (Personal Academic Tutor) allows for 1-2-1 sessions if you’re struggling with anything.
Considering it has been a challenging year, we have been offered the best experience possible. Our tutors and university have worked amazingly well to allow us campus time and the best online experience. We have been able to work just as well from home and this never disadvantaged us in any way. We’ve also been given the opportunity to meet new people and still have a fun student life. Most importantly, all of the above has been done in the safest way possible for this year and allowed us to continue our studies without any worries. The support from our university has also been great and they’ve always been there if needed.
Overall I think the university has handled covid and such problems well however I do feel like because of lockdown and because of the lack of face to face my education has suffered however this is by no fault or failure of the university
I chose University Centre Reaseheath, because of the provided courses, facilities (Mini Zoo) and localisation. I really enjoy studying and I think it was the best decision I made by choosing Reaseheath.
I'm not sure how I am going to be prepared for the zoo industry with just 2 hours of practical sessions per week. It's simply not enough; we need more 'hands on' sessions.
I study zoo management at University Centre Reaseheath. Majority of our lectures are online. We have only 2 hours per week of practical sessions, which are great, but unfortunately not enough. Our tutors are passionate, knowledgeable and experienced in different fields. Unfortunately lockdowns haven't been great for students, as we lost some presious hours of practical sessions and staring at the computer proved to be hard to stay focused and motivated.. but our great tutors try hard to keep our focus on the end goal.
Reaseheath provides vital equipment (eg laptops). It's a clean, friendly environment and its facilities are in hight standard.
I know where I can access it, as we are all well informed.