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 has been good overall besides the fact that lots of lectures have been cancelled due to staffs' illness or strike. The career service offers great advice on writing CV and cover letters but they fail to support with finding jobs or work experience.
They did make some efforts to create workshops and events but not enough when it comes to placements and internships as I feel like they don't have a lots of partnership around Norwich (especially for my degree)
Most: The lecturers are very professional and understanding. Least: most modules are very disorganised and missed lectures due to various reasons are not compensated
Quite good though the computers are quite old in the media suite
It is a bit far from local amenities as the nearest supermarket is in the city centre or 30 mins away on foot, but the private housing scene is good.
There is a good variety at our university
Don't know about counselling but academic support is okay.
University at UEA has been great for me, I have really enjoyed my years here and do not want to leave the community. I recommend UEA to future students because of the sense of community you get with this university and how friendly/welcoming people are here.
At UEA we have Careers Central which is an approachable facility for those wanting to look more into postgraduate jobs or even part time work for while at university
My course is taught by very passionate lecturers so it makes the lectures and seminars more engaging. I wish that I had more contact house or guidance for independent study.
The SU are fairly good at representing the student body however I would like to see more general student involvement in SU decisions
I would say that UEA aims to cater to everyone in terms of facilities. It has a range of food outlets as well as social places and sport venues.
UEA is close to so many local amenities and the bus routes provide an easy way to explore places. It is easy to get to the city, where there are plenty of shops and entertainment
UEA has a very wide variety of sports and societies so there is a place for anyone. The sports I have been part of are very inclusive and welcoming to students, whether you have done the sport before or not.
The advisor system at UEA is a really strong system if the students wish to use it. They can be really helpful on getting an outside perspective and helping you make next steps if confused.
very good. better than I expected. UEA has a great campus with a combination of nature and buildings. Students are supported to explore and develop skills in various ways. It is a very friendly campus with tons of activities so it is never hard to find someone to talk to.
Great effort as we have a station called Careercentral with a website for students browse job/internship/work experience/ volunteering opportunities. they also run fairs and workshop to help boost students' employability.
most: good rank, nice teaching staff least: not a lot communications between students in seminars
Very good and responsible
everything I need is here
It is about 20 mins on the bus but the traffic can sometimes be miserable. Otherwise it is great distance as I do enjoy walk in nice weather.
a very large variety of societies and sports for students to explore and express themselves during term time. Luckily we have fields for many sports trainings and games.
both provided once needed. Students just need to approach these personal help themselves. Academic feedback can be found easily on websites or pick up paper in person. Sometimes they are marked in different ways but always effective.
I have loved it a lot, I'll be really sad to leave it behind. UEA has a lovely atmosphere. Norwich can get a little boring compared to some of the places some of my friends went to uni but I enjoy it lots regardless. I'm so happy I went with my course and it just got better as the years went on. I found first year really hard though and I think there could be a more open dialogue about the transition to uni life because so many first years are really struggling but are afraid to speak up because of this false narrative we get fed that first year will be the time of your life which only makes it feel worse when it isn't...
I know plenty of courses who get lots of information on vocational skills but I can't say the film or English department focus much on it to be honest. Would be nice to get more guidance.
I like the content a lot. I like that from second year onwards there was so much flexibility in modules you could choose and a wide variety too. I've enjoyed the majority of teachers and learnt a lot from them. I think they could improve on giving film and English more lectures after year 1 because it becomes more seminar focused but I would like to hear a professional talk on a subject not just myself and peers. Seminars can be really quiet sometimes, this gets better as you go up a year and people get more confident, but in these situations teachers just need to change the style and let people talk in small groups because if people are shy they're shy... some teachers will just get aggy for the class not talking and sit in silence too and while I appreciate their frustration, its just a waste of everyones time. Film felt undervalued compared to more 'important academic' subjects in terms of our things being timetabled at awkward times and in overcrowded old rooms.
Not too sure as I haven't really looked into it much but the student union at UEA is known for being uber PC, banned sombreros, beef (I'm vegan so this didn't bother me especially but I can appreciate how radical a step it was and soon after got revoked), as well as tossing of your graduation caps at grad ceremonies... So sometimes they can get a little annoying and they're quite strict but I don't know enough to comment on it and I'm sure they do lots of important work.
They're great! BUT sometimes not enough space or resources for the amount of people they're letting study here i.e. library is a nightmare to get a seat during exam time, or the buses to town during the Christmas light switch on was bad, the queue to get on the bus went down the whole of chancellors drive (a v long street)
It's not right in the centre like city unis but the buses are so regular that it isn't a problem to get to town and is nice that UEA has a lake and greenery and learning can be separate from the rest of the stuff in Norwich.
I don't partake but many do and love it!
I haven't reached out to staff at uni about anything personal because I don't think the dynamic is set up like that, it's not a personal or intimate kind of relationship like it can be in school etc. And I am ok with that because I never expected emotional support from them but I know there has been several student suicides at UEA during my time here... I think it would be unfair to blame this entirely on the support teams at UEA though.
I’ve really enjoyed my experience so far and I can’t complain about the university at all. Norwich is a great place and the university has a lovely feel about it.
Career central is a brilliant service. Can’t fault it.
I don’t like lectures and the lack of mental health specific field sessions.
It seems to do a good job. Facilities (the hub) could do with a bit of a refresh.
The uni has all that students need in my opinion.
Yes, I am a 15 min walk away from uni.
Really good selection of sports and societies.
Academically I think there is a lot of support on offer. It is very dependent on the individual tutor though as members of my course have very different experiences, some good, some bad. Personally mine have been good. I can’t comment on the personal support as I have not required it.
It has been much better now that i am in my second year, first year was difficult and there was a lack of support for the transition. The faculties are good and i am enjoying my course significantly more, even with the heavier work load.
They do not.
I like the variety of modules we are given and the enthusiasm of most teaching staff, but we have minimal contact hours for the price of our course - despite courses with over double the contact hours paying the same.
It is good i hear, though im not updated with many of the things they organise/do.
Theyre very good, the library is open 24/7.
In a good location in terms of accommodation, but far from town.
Good - there are many though im not a part of any.
Good support with the better teaching staff, it can vary across modules depending on their enthusiasm. PHD student teachers often put extra effort in, though this is not always the case.
I've enjoyed being at UEA- I think they could improve student support though as I know a lot of people are fearful after the abundance of suicide cases. They do have drop ins for student support but often there have been failures for me- e.g. my lecturer going on holiday immediately after giving out coursework marks and not replying to emails etc
Careers central are always present on campus
Most: Integrated course = we see patients very early on Least: we don't have online lectures yet which is frustrating if you have to miss a lecture for reasons beyond your control
Lots of students work for the union- sometimes events get cancelled though against popular demand e.g. pimp my barrow.
Good- sportspark is good/ There could be more shops with cheaper alternatives. Food is pretty good
There is quite a lot of housing near the uni which is good but there are lots more students being taken in year on year which is making it more difficult. Campus has most things and town is only 15 min cycle away. We have a Tesco petrol station and aldi near
Very good- I've tried a new sport every year- rugby, gymnastics, trampolining, cheer...
I'm currently doing a masters intercalated in my course and the support has been bad- we have about 5 meetings in 1 year about our dissertation which is a huge project.
Having done a foundation year and now in my final year I have found that being at UEA I could not imagine studying anywhere else for my UG. It has been enjoyable and of course at times difficult, but for me personally it has been an amazing experience and I feel I have learnt a lot both about my subject and myself, including living independently.
There are good recourses on campus for helping students with their CVs and applications, however it seems as if there is little for art history students and they don't put as much effort into finding schemes for that area as they do for things like recruitment, economics, law and sciences.
I like the emphasis on independent working and that the seminars feel informative and that you learn a lot about that subject. I like least that some lecturers don't always stick to the breaks, for example we have 3 hour seminars this year and often we only get one 10 min break which means you have to be completely focused for a long period of time and can often lead to tiredness and struggle to focus towards the break and especially at the end of the seminar
I sometimes find they can push issues which may be outside of the realm of what people agree with. For example they boycott the Picture House cinema group but I do not find that stops individuals going to watch films there and I personally think it is the best cinema in Norwich. I think there may be more important issues they could focus their time on especially student wellbeing and putting in more of an effort to help students who struggle with learning difficulties and disabilities rather than boycotting cinemas, it just seems less important to the student body to me.
I think they are very good, because it is a campus there has clearly been a lot of effort to make the facilities as good as possible. I especially like the study areas like the SCVA.
Yes, because there is a shop etc on campus during the day you do not have to leave to get food or anything you may need throughout the day. It is walkable or you can get the bus to where my accommodation is and so it is easy to get too and from and it does not feel as if you are leaving the city to go to the campus which is a particularly good feature of UEA
Personally I am only in the society for my subject, however in previous years I was in others, and I feel that there is a lot of opportunity to try lots of different things.
My lecturers are very supportive and always seem happy to help if you have a problem especially the fact that they have office hours means you can see them within a week of when you need, and often if you email they can see you before then. I have not personally used any counselling etc and so I do not think it is my place to comment on that side of support.
I’ve really enjoyed university so far as I feel like my confidence has improved, as I enjoy being independent and meeting new people/making friends. I find that I am able to balance uni work/social life and part time work well as I don’t feel overwhelmed with work.
We have a careers central hub on campus, and they hold events, for example practice interviews, and information on plenty of career paths.
I like seminars as I can ask any questions about the lecture or work I don’t understand. I’d prefer a wider variety of types of assessment, as essays can get repetitive and this leads to a lack of motivation as I struggle to engage with the work.
Our student union is great as they are always able to help with issues and support. The su holds plenty of events to get everyone involved within the uni and makes it feel even more like a community.
There are many easily accessible facilities all over campus. I like that the library is open 24/7, there are loads of cafes/places to eat around campus, plenty of places to hang out with friends or to do work.
Yes, the uni is only a 15 min walk from my accommodation and there is a launderette within the university village which is convenient. There is a small Tesco express and coop very close by and easy access to buses that run frequently into town.
There are so many societies and clubs at my uni, and I am a member of 3. The variety is great as everyone is able to get involved and meet new people through societies.
I’ve met with my academic tutor and they seem very supportive and willing to help ease me into university life and help with any issues that may arise. I personally haven’t needed any other support from the uni but I do know that if I needed any, I could easily contact someone to help out.
Going to university can be scary but there are many positive aspects of university that are definitely worth it, student life can be fun and you make lots of friends and have lots of social activities
Too much content in a short number of lectures but lectures can be interactive