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 has been okay, I have found support in my transition from one country to another and friends that were going through the same thing. However, the was a severe lack of support from the university to students, with us being heavily ignored and our complaints rarely being taken into account. Lecturers and tutors have ignored me which unfortunately led to me being very lost in some of my lectures. Other than that, the lectures in themselves were interesting and I believe to have learned as much as I would have in a normal year, but with more difficulty.
As a first year student, it is difficult for me to speak on this however, I have found that the career center has been very helpful, their website is very complete with job and internship offers. there is also a service that allows getting CVs reviewed, and for mock interviews to take place.
the academic support was mostly lacking regarding contact with lecturers and tutors. I had only online classes, and the chat was often disabled with jo possibility of asking questions or intervening in the lecture. Also, emails also often went unanswered, leaving confusion about lectures. Tutors marking my papers have failed to answer my emails about extra feedback and haven't helped when I've asked for advice. The relation between lecturers, tutors, and students was poorly built due to this lack of in-class contact, and it seems lecturers fail to realize how helpless students have really felt this year.
My university's library was greatly organized, with cheap access to printers, an easy seat booking system as well as an efficient book borrowing system that involved no contact. There was access to antiseptic wipes and gel on each floor with the possibility of disinfecting tables and computers before use.
The groups were very active, but hard to access due to the campus essentially being shut down. However, when we did hear from them it was very beneficial, for example with goodie bags with fidget toys to deal with stress as well as important mental health organizations' numbers.
Cutting some slack because of covid, but in general its not been great. Lecture material has not been updated to modern covid times, for example, some is still in the print out and bring to class vibe, despite everyone doing it from home. (not everyone has a printer, and could do with small changes to make it more accesabile) There is also mistakes in slides and clear evidence that they haven't been updated in a while. Lecturers don't really make an effort to discuss the material with students or even form a small relationship with them. I wouldn't say they have enhanced my learning at all. I felt like I was not really supported with my learning and more just trying to battle against them. for example, there is no discussion around why topics are its just, here's a paper one of us did and it found this. It's a shame because you can see the lecturers are knowledgeable, but when you look at where the uni is on the league table (65th at time of writing) its no surprise. Heaps of potential for this school and course, however.
University careers service is good, I would strongly encourage everyone to make use of it. Overall, however, I wish there was more push for students to attend/ arrange for internships/ graduate positions. Even as far forward as 1st year, insight days with companies are the way forward, but there was never any mention/intention of this from the uni or school that this is something we should attend/ know about. I wish i was told about these.
Lots of lecture slides with blanks, purpose is so you go to lectures and fill in to take away with you, but in hindsight its more detrimental, also cant engage with material prior. Material is sometimes vague and at times I've had to reject it and go scour the library to make my own. might be because I had close to half my uni experience online, but lecturers don't really like to engage with students/ make discussion, often its sit in silence for an hour or when they do its their paper and get really aggressive when your either diss it or don't take it correctly. They also continuously make references like "see you at the resist" (its cause they get paid extra for marking resits apparently)
Dont be fooled by the open day, the nice shiny Dalhousie is primarily used (for this course) in first and second. by 3rd and 4th year, your in the "Accountancy lecture theatre", it had no tables for our time in it and often gets very warm and sweaty. its an underfunded room and very uncomfortable/unpractical. Other lecture halls have essentially church pews that you sit on, they aren't comfortable and after a 1 hour lecture you want out. Libary is good but can get very busy, but simply get there early and your are fine, other than this facilities are good, just this course has poor allocation. Dont be fooled by the open day.
Advisors rarely make any effort with you, its only unless you contact them. This is understandable but many don't even introduce themselves to you or even ask how are things? Some are better than others, and will go through your CV, coursework before submitting and just generally have a chat with you. Others don't even make an effort. (Coursemates advisor didn't have any engagement till 4th year). There was a large amount of bias/ favouritism from lecturers towards students, giving them exclusive opportunities and extra feedback. But nothing I can imagine out of the ordinary, its a small business school, has the small town vibe to it.
My experience has been overall okay, but I think coronavirus has impacted a lot and my rating will have been changed due to that. I have only had 1 on campus tutorial and everything else has been online.
Taught well however more difficult online, less communication etc
The uni helped when i was having mental health issues and the lecturers are nice. the facilities are all clean and the range of things they sell in the uni shop have good variety
Good despite being mostly online all year. My courses have all been interesting, student support has been great in my experience. Some things have been tricky due to COVID but everyone has tried their best to keep us engaged.
My first impression is the team who went to Thailand to talk about the university. They were very nice. My second impression is the people who waited for me in the airport, bus stops and around the city during the first month where the course began. The third impression is that there were so many free stuff in the university. For example; free SIMs, pens, bags, pads and etc. The fourth impression is that compared to other universities ( from my friend) Dundee university is always flexible. There were people who would just listen to you and would try their best to make you feel comfortable. The fifth impression is the lecturers. They were always there when I had any questions. The classes were interactive, got everyone involved in the classroom like I’ve never seen before. The last impression would be free seminars that students can participate. For example, seminars about climate change that even law students can join in. They brought scientists and lawyers from all over the world to talk to us, to tell us where the world is heading and the things we can do to improve this little planet. All students here are also very friendly. Everyone is so nice. I have zero regrets. This place has changed my life completely.
There were big events to find jobs when before Covid-19.
Both online and in-class I’m studying master degree so I study 3 subjects a week. Three hours per lesson.
I loved the library. Everyone in the university was very nice.
Everyone was always there for you. They always responded me quickly. There was always free stuff we could get in the common rooms.
Despite the challenges of online teaching, the university of Dundee have adapted to this change well. Lectures have been engaging and I often feel that I learn better from them as I can go back and rewatch areas that are less clear. The university has also communicated well with students keeping us up to date when in teaching classes may start and providing us with resources if we require further support.
I am in my 4th year now, this year as a whole has not been the best. The most stressful uni year paired with a pandemic is awful, without my course mates I think I would have dropped out by now :)
I am constantly emailed with info about employer events and workshops
Most lectures have been good during the whole pandemic, providing online prerecorded videos.
I study engineering the computer rooms are great, unfortunately during Covid we can not be on campus and the online facilities aren’t the best
Department has declined since I began my studies, thus there has been less options concerning choice of modules. This might have contributed to my choice of university if I had known.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at university. My course has been very well taught and I've been given all the support I need. I've enjoyed learning about a huge variety of topics, particularly those in applied mathematics.