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
It's been good overall despite online teaching. I think there improvements to be made in regard to engagement in online classes, it seems as though I'm paying for power point presentations instead of the teaching and many lectures and seminar leaders are unexperienced with technology to the point where they're classes are empty, due to people not having the patience and instead working on their own.
It was up to me in finding and applying towards a placement despite the resources they offer. A lot of it is general employability, where 1 to 1 or smaller group support would have gone much further
Quality of teaching definitely depends on module choices. For instance business finance had a plethora of organised resources where management accounting was very much find your own way.
UEA is a nice university and under normal circumstances has a lot going on. The campus is amazing and very active. There is a beautiful lake and in summer you can have bbqs there with friends and it’s always busy. The lectures are very nice and always offer to help. Coming from another country to study there I was very nervous and missed home but as soon as everything started and I made friends and enjoyed my course, that thought left
My course is taught well, this year it’s just been very different due to covid so hasn’t been as active as i would have liked it to be
It is okay, personally I have dyslexia and they do help a little but not a great deal
My description of my overall first year experience would certainly differ from somebody who has already finished first year. For me, university has been quiet, but fulfilling. I have met a lot of people despite the pandemic through online meetings and societies - people who I would call life long friends! Academically, I believe that I have been supported massively. My skills have developed over time and most importantly, I have grown as a person.
For my course department, I cannot fault my access to job prospects. Every week, there are employability sessions that cover everything a student would want. From increasing your commercial awareness to introducing the students with multiple sized firms, every student is highly informed at all times. The greatest element is when we meet alumni students who talk about their experience and journey to becoming successful. It is extremely beneficial and inspiring for me.
My lectures are all online, pre-recorded and published at the start of the week. Personally, this is brilliant as it enables me to complete my lectures that best suits my schedule as well as exposing me to independent learning! In my first semester, I mostly had online lectures and seminars. However, one of my Law professors held seminars in person, which I thought was great. As a first year student, I had no idea what was in store for me and what should I expect. It was great to see my professor putting in the effort and ensuring that we not only experience face-to-face seminars but also keep safe whilst studying. I am now in my second semester and all of my classes are online.
The accessibility of services and facilities are excellent - both online and on campus. On campus, the library is open 24/7 as well as having an extensive range of books. As a Law student, further reading is essential and so I often find myself exploring the different books. If however, I do not have the physical copy, most books can be accessed online and thus, I always have an abundance of academic sources! Before the closing down of gyms, I experienced our sports park. Personally, I believe our sports park has impeccable facilities. From an Olympic sized pool to multiple rooms filled with different equipments, there is something for everyone! Our communal area on campus is very inviting. Our Union House is particularly great for first year students as it offers many opportunities to meet different people. My favourite would be our Union coffee shop that is led and financed by the students themselves. The quality of food and drink is great and there is a great study space right next to it.
My university is excellent at proving services for everyone. The university takes the pastoral approach when communicating to students and never judge your situation. They only want the best for you. Instead of discussing academic progress, they prioritise how you are doing and not how your studies are doing. Our mental health support is one of my favourite aspects as it is open everyday, regardless if it is term time or not.
This academic year had been very tough for both the university and it’s students. Due to covid 19 and the lockdown, all of my lectures, seminars and workshops had been online. We were fortunate enough to have few laboratory sessions in person in the first semester which was helpful in our studies. However, overall the experience hadn’t been good but rather bad. Paying £9k this year wasn’t worth it at all but I also understand that everything that the university has done were all for the safety of its students and staffs. We all have to comply to the government and this fight to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
UEA has a career central on the website that I have used before to get volunteering jobs and explore some job opportunities. The site is very easy to manoeuvre and have variations on the opportunities students can do. I have also received emails about talks and seminars on opportunities linking to my course which I’ve managed to attend to in the past and was very satisfied. I personally am not yet in the stage of looking for future careers but I believe UEA graduates have a high employability.
Currently all online. Around 15 hours or less a week. The lecturers are very easy to contact regarding anything and reply quite quick.
UEA’s aesthetic is very old, 70s. The concrete design is very unique to the uni and has its own charms. Regardless of its image, services and facilities such as food shops, post office, post room, student services, cafes and canteens are very accessible in the square. Living in the dorm was also very clean with cleaners who are very lovely and hardworking. It was also quite convenient and easy to call university personnels such as maintenance and security through the website or through the phone.
Mental Health services are deemed essential nowadays. My uni has given its students poor accessibility and access to support its students need. I haven’t had an experience in needing these supports but only have heard from friends in the past years that there’s a growing need of more help as students have been taking their own lives these past few years in and outside of the dorms.
Experience was not that great considering how everything was online and there wasn’t much support given to students. For mental health problems, the student service took too long to respond. In terms of online exams, the questions seemed irrelevant to what I would be doing in the future, as a professional.
University experience has been good as I was still able to meet need friends however due to the situations we as friends was able to do thinks but not as much. It feels sometimes lonely as well doing lessons in your bedroom or at home. We did not get the interactions that we expect first year to be like enjoyable fun mixed with work. Sometimes as I at home right now not at university I fell left out and lonely seeing my friends together in this hot lovely heat of sun. Overall I have found the course a bit challenging due to me not does A levels which relate with the course I am doing as I did a BTEC also another reason i find it challenging it the way that my lectures talk during the lectures they are sometimes talking too fast. Yes , in university you have party’s and stuff but as for me my room is right next to the kitchen which I struggle to concentrate a lot of the time as all I hear is music banging through my walls.
They have a great career service which you can email and also go to their website to look for different types of jobs, internships and work experience. They can also help you get ready for interview that you may also go to.
Yes I will say that the lectures help you in time of need when you need help their emails are always open to ask any question. With tutors however I have not been able to have a chat with her ever since I started uni, no check ups have been done to see how I am doing. The contacts hours are not great as we are in a pandemic things are all vertical. The teaching hours are good I usually get a study day which are on Fridays. However I will say that sometimes lectures are very fast which confuses people a lot which then have to ask there fellow classmates. Even with the pandemic it been a challenge as we can’t really get face to face interactions within classmates and lectures the connection between us is not the best so we fell scared to ask someone a question for then to help us. But overall I would say I have received some support with my friends as I know then well.
The facilities are great with a huge 5 level library and a sports park. The sport park have provided everything in flat a sport bag to do activities in the summer with which is great . The cleanliness of shared facilities are great allowing people to use again and again through the day
I have not used it but the university has a well-being team ready for hand for anyone who needs it. The place is also accessible for all types of people which is great.
This year has admittedly not been as good as previous years at UEA. I myself find online learning tricky, but I am glad for the personal support my tutors are offering me in the midst of all this. They’ve offered me support with housing and SpLD despite the troubles their dealing with this year and that impressed me and meant I knew they had my back. Sports are staring up again next week and they’re keen to get us as active as possible. Even when facilities for sports were closed, they challenged us with the UEA moves app and other challenges to keep us active and remind us that they’re there.
They have almost too many careers fairs, networking events, CPD opportunities and extra training workshops... The BIO soc offers many guest speakers, opportunities for summer studentships and placements and is constantly supporting us to either go into a higher degree or find work somewhere we are interested in.
The course is currently blended learning and the lecturers have been trying really hard to deliver our online content in the most interactive way possible. We had the opportunities to do the labs, despite covid restrictions and they’ve been keen to have us on campus for seminars and workshops in smaller groups.
The facilities at UEA are superb! Being a modern uni, the faculties for science students are up to date and constantly being improved. The NewSci building was finished just last year and has excellent labs, study spaces and washrooms. Other buildings across campus have a great mix of study spaces and cafes in many of the sites. I never see the cleaners, but shared spaces always seem clean. There are so many facilities on campus including a bank, post office, shop, laundrette, bar, club, cafes, sport halls, library, hotel, outdoor Sportspark facilities, careers centre, tech support, a pool, bike repair and more! Most facilities are quite accessible, with ramps and lifts at various sites, but with the one way system in place with covid, this has been limited and it seems there was a bit of mix up with some building’s accessibility.
Personal tutors are great and if you don’t get on you can change no questions asked. There are so many mental health support societies across campus that work with the SU to provide support, as well as the uni funded services. They’ve made the process of getting support for specific learning disabilities really easy for me and they’re doing their best to help me adapt to online learning. There is a long queue for counselling from the uni, but they do their best to offer anyone who needs it a few free sessions.
Overall, it hasn’t been as good as it could’ve been if we were learning in person, as some skills we have had to miss out. But, it has been better than missing a year.
We’ve had a lecture on employment.
With the current global situation, the value is reasonable and support has stayed the same
everywhere is accessible, shared spaces can get untidy.
We get regular emails and know where we can access support
Not brilliant, I feel that they could arrange things to be less academic heavy and more engaging, rather than relying on self directed study. Placement has been very disappointing, very little flexibility in allowing for a ward placement, University is more focused on limiting my learning rather than supporting or furthering it. Restrictions to community placement, meaning being given a trust laptop and having meetings on Microsoft teams...
I’ve got employment lined up for when I qualify.
Lectures are often lacking in interesting content and sometimes delivery is poor especially over COVID.
Haven’t been able to in a long time, but mostly good from what I remember.
Lack in COVID support, where placement is concerned... very little help or guidance in trying to enable me to go on placement.
I have benefitted from gaining independence, but as for the academic experience, I wouldn't rate it that highly. It feels like learning is limited by poor communication and slightly unfeeling ways of treating staff and students.
They make a lot of social media posts about helping us, but it doesn't feel like it comes through. I received mentoring from careercentral for a few weeks which, whilst guiding me in who to network with, didn't help me to actually gain work experience or help me to work out what to do when I graduate.
There are some very passionate lecturers who are so inspiring and encourage you to take an interest in the subject. However, this is completely let down by the assessment process being patchy. The lack of contact hours does not justify the tuition fees. I found it hard to get confirmation of what was expected of me, sometimes receiving very vague/no feedback.
Okay at first but often don't follow up after if you need their help with making a complaint. They're underfunded because the uni overcharge them
My first year accommodation was awful, but they have now closed that block down. My main issue would be the lack of support in finding safe places to live off campus. Whilst the area is really nice, there are a lot of dodgy landlords out there who just scam students and we don't have anyone at the uni to help when things go wrong.
It's quite well equipped. There's a sportspark, library, cafes and the lake to hang out near.
There are plenty of houses around campus
I heard it's good, I'm not a groups person.
You are given a tutor to speak to. I didn't really use this option, tbh I found it awkward to sit in a room with someone I didn't know and be expected to tell them if I was unhappy. Some lecturers were great at feedback...some didn't give any.