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
Couldn't be more satisfied. It has actually exceeded my expectations. The teaching is great, the staff is really help-full, the atmosphere awesome, there's always so many things to do to get your mind off things.. I could go on and on
We have the career central that helps with finding a job, voluntary or not, part-time or full-time.. it helped me build my CV as well
The practical experience that I get. For me, hands on learning is more effective. Of course it's extremely important as well
Great, I don't thing there's anything to add or change
Yes. It has the perfect distance between beautiful natural parks, rivers, residential area with grocery shops, and the main city with all the big shops.
Excellent, it was one of the reasons I chose this university
The experience has been great so far, staff and support have been very approachable, good range of facilities avaliable, the course has been interesting and educational. Mainly the students create some issues amongst themselves which is the only negative .
The Careers Central is one of the best ways to gain advice and support on CVs,cover letters and Employability. Appointments can be made for one to one discussions on how to be more employable, aspects to consider changing or adjusting on CVs and covering letters . The staff are really welcoming, supportive and helpful. Staff emphasise on bringing out transferable skills from past job and voluntary roles, which might not be directly related to the jobs you could be applying for. Employability advisors send out consistent opportunities that are useful and related to my course .
The lecturers know their students very well and are generally passionate about the subjects/modules they teach, providing lots of knowledge for the students. There isn't a strict hierarchy between students and lecturers, it is easy to go to any of them to ask for help or support even with personal worries. Modules are split throughout the week, giving opportunities to take part in other clubs while studying, most of the lectures are active and interactive, keeping focus towards the taught subject. There could be some more activity for some of the modules if possible, since they can be quite sedentary.
The students' union is easily accessible to everyone by being centrally located on campus, they are always welcoming to help people with everyday questions and offer jobs to students who wish to help in either voluntary or paid roles .
Sportspark on campus is great for different clubs and fun activities to be hosted. The LCR is one of the most popular venues for events and music in Norwich with weekly parties and activities . Cafés, stores and student support services are essential for individuals who might need help with anything .
On campus areas have cafés, stores and student support services for students to use without having to move away from the campus . The distance from the city centre is also not far and easily accessible by public transport, allowing for easy access to nightlife locations and attractions .
A huge variety of sports clubs are available for students with high promotion of physical activity as part of the courses at the UEA. Societies can be created by students with a passion towards a particular interest ,which allows individuals to be part of something they love alongside studying .
Academic advising is great since they genuinely care about your wellbeing, and always make time to see you about issues or concerns. Additionally, lecturers are also extremely supportive and are easy to contact or speak to in regards to anything. Feedback on assignments is detailed, giving great advice on how to improve your mark .
Quite interesting actually, there are up and down but I never felt alone. There are always someone I can turn to for help. People from the UNI are nice too. I made really good friends here.
the module I took gave us a lot of workshop preparing us for employability.
Depends on the lecturers, i will say 50/50
Not sure what they did.
it's fine, relaxing, chill. Got everything I needed
there are lots of socie ties. Some are better than others.
my academic adviser is nice. I know if I don't like him, I can change it. Outside of academic, the SU, and school give me enough options to seek for help
I have found uni to be enlightening, challenging and overly positive. I have felt supported the majority of the time however support available needs to be promoted more to students.
Uea makes efforts for involvement in extra circulum activities for example jobs for students on campus.
I find presentations and practical sessions enagaging. However, when learning practical skills it could be useful to enhance and repeat over the course of the year.
Student union offer opportunities for academic and wellbeing support and advice to students.
Uea offers a range of facilties such as cafes, bars and restaurants. Study areas such as library. Academic and student wellbeing support resources.
Living outside of campus is challenging however the university campus provides all the amenities required to study and socialise.
Uea sport park offers a variety of sports for all abilities and interests. Offers drop in session that offer the opportunity for trying a new sport or activity. This applies to the societies offered.
Feedback is effective to progress in learning. Student wellbeing referral process is easily accessible however needs to be empathised more in regards to the support available to students.
My experience has been mainly good, i am an introvert so this makes it harder to enjoy the company of my peers. I also sometimes struggle for motivation but i can go through it and still be happy with how nice the people, lecturers and advisors in particular, are.
There are workshops on how to find jobs and opportunities in different places. There is also the careet central which helps students improve their CV and cover letters and help you find out more about different careers and even help you find placement. They also have a website where you can do all this away from the uni making it better.
What i like the least about my course is how deorganized it can be, foundation years have a lot of deadlines and therefore these should be made clear from the beginning of the semester and this does not happen. What i enjoy the most is how open to discussion the topics are and even though we have to learn a lot of theories and ideas we can still be valued for having our own opinion.
The students' union makes every voice heard without the fear of judgement, there are also lots of facilites for the student's to hang out, however, indo believe that there should be more as some people would like to hang out with each other and have conversations and sometimes is too cold or we dont want to go to the bar and there is nowhere to chill
The facilities are all very good. The sportspark has many rooms, an amazing atmosphere and a great swimming pool. The library is very big, with very nice people at the reception and helpdesk. There are chill zones, group study rooms and many floors that provide what the student needs
Yes, being close to the centre of the city and having buses to and from the university every day untill late makes it very good
There is a different range of societies and sports that accommodate every person. There is also the opportunity to create new societies.
Feedback is good and helps improve work and is done on a very regular basis. Personally i have not used personal support but we are made very aware that they exist and they can help anyone who needs it
First two years was a great experience, although I think they should advertise more the work placement or internship opportunities during these 2 years and in the last year, is more challenging to balance studying, looking for a job for when you graduate and doing an internship. Overall has been a good experience.
In my personal case, although Career central has been really helpful, I have not found much help or opportunities to get work placements within my field. Also, all the financial help towards employability is only available for UK citizens, therefore it is really limited.
The support from my advisor and the teacher, in general it has been great. The fact that I was able to learn a new language from 0 was challenging but teacher helped. The worst part is that 4th year feel like teacher do not care, mainly in the Japanese department. The structure of this department imitates the french and Spanish department, however the learning process is different as it is not a latin language. they should take this in consideration, as in 4th year, the people doing Japanese are paying and not learning anything.
I think Student Union is really involved with students and try their best to improve the facilities and services offer to students.
I think the facilities are really good, however there is a need for more student spaces, also the library need more chargers for laptops. Also, the sportpark membership is quite expensive for the size of the facilities (really small).
The university is quite far from the centre of Norwich, about 30 minutes by bus. I chose my accommodation in between the centre of Norwich and the university, so it is convenient for me.
I think there are clubs of societies for every student! And if there is not, anyone can create a new society, so I am really happy about it.
In regards to academic, the support has been great, however in 4th year, it feels like they do not care anymore. About counselling, the SU has helped a lot, and I have never gone the Student Services as the feedback I heard was really bad.
Really enjoyed it but I’m a mature student who doesn’t live on or near campus so Can’t get involved with activities so much. But I have enjoyed my experience . Really great support and friendly staff and student s
Work placements are essential and we have 40hrs week on placement
Really enjoy how engaging most lectures are. Below question we have three weeks theory first then 8-9 weeks on placement
Don’t tend to get involved
Based at Edith Cavell, very happy
It’s over an hour
N/A as never on campus and mostly on placement
I'm happy about my university experience. My modules are fulfilled of interesting information. Professors are quite passionate about their work. The other students are nice people and I already have many friends even if mainly outside my module. The sports are a really good point that increases all of the wellbeing and the activities of any other kind are always various and organized.
Through the Mycareercentre and also organizing conferences and seminars with possible future employers. Also some modules have one or two lectures sometimes focused on just teaching us useful skills for work.
I mostly like that it is very practical and we are already having a general view of what a future job could look like. The part I like least about the way my courses are taught just regards one of them that is still not entirely well organizing and it is a little bit dispersing to understand the point of all and the professors are too slow to mark the tests and the feedback doesn't even make us understand what in particular was wrong.
It gives students freedom and power to say our opinions.
Yes, it is.
Not only various but also well equipped.
Really good. For any problem I know who to ask to and everyone is always willing to help.
I have loved it. I have settled in really well and am certain that UEA was the right place for me. There is a plethora of opportunities and help is always available. I cannot recommend UEA highly enough.
CareerCentral is fantastic and never fails to help in any way that it can.
I enjoy the variety and the amount of contact time. I dislike how some modules rely on knowledge from others because I may not have done one of the other modules.
I think the facilities are great and we are all well represented.
The facilities are really good and I haven't been left wanting.
Yes it is very convenient. It is a walk to the shops and a simple bus journey into the city. Also, anything needed urgently can be obtained on campus.
I would rate it very highly. There is a vast selection. However, I do think they could be slightly more affordable.
Tutors are generally very good, although some are better than others. Help is always available if you need it.
I'm very pleased with my uni experience, but that's because I motivate myself to work and I don't have any personal issues, such as mental health problems. If I did have issues like that I think it would be very very difficult.
it doesnt'. I was told this was something i'd have to do independantly.
It is quite far out the city but theres a very quick and easy bus to get there.
I don't attend any of them but there seems to be a lot.