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
Even though we are in the middle of a pandemic and so are learning online, my tutors have been incredibly supportive. I feel they have genuinely tried their best to help us get the most out of this year despite the unprecedented circumstances.
Overall experience this year had been pretty good considering we have been left with only online lectures and seminars could have been better if there was more interaction between the lecturers and the students
Overall I am very happy with my experience here. So much so that i want to come back to do a Masters by Research next year. The staff have been really supportive and have tried their best throughout the pandemic. We only had very little contact hours since the pandemic which was a downside, but i think staff wanted to make sure everyone had equal access to the content, no matter what country or timezone they were in. The dissertation is the main focus of this year and so far I have thoroughly enjoyed it. we were given a large list of potential options accommodating many interests and preferred project styles. My supervisor has been extremely helpful and motivating. Even outwith the general dissertation discussions, he has given me an insight into postgraduate options which I am now trying to persue. I have managed to keep in touch with a lot of friends even throughout the pandemic. The university societies have tried to encourage this by arranging online social such as breakout rooms and online quizzes to prevent people from feeling alone during these challenging times.
Careers service is really helpful. Insights week was very good to get an idea of graduate options
Online teaching took a while to get organised but staff really were trying their hardest to make things easier for students. We do not use a blended approach. Now only have very few contact hours this semester
Clean, spacious, plenty options to go to
I haven’t used these services and have heard both good and bad things about them
This year has been a strange year due to the pandemic which has limited the amount of experience we were able to gain from the first 6 months of the degree. The next 6 months are looking brighter and I truly believe that if I had done this course a year later a lot would have changed. The university is great, the location is lovely, the people are friendly and the lecturers are super helpful.
Online this year due to COVID-19. The course consists in class once a week and two 6 month ‘lab’ projects.
Very different from expected because of the pandemic but that was out of everyone’s control. Grateful for having some in person teaching as I know so many people didn’t get that opportunity.
very happy with my choice, it is a brilliant university in an incredible city. the atmosphere is just lovely and it has been really great to explore the city. the academics are also excellent and the university provides us with anything we need
really helping us
tutors are so clever and helpful
everything we need
I have met some amazing people here. However, that is probably my only positive outcome. The University itself I could not recommend on any front. If you can choose to go somewhere else I would suggest you do.
The careers service are pretty good at trying to create opportunities through seminars and one-on-one meetings.
Online classes are recycled lectures from two years ago now. We are pushed to buy overpriced textbooks because they are the most up to date, but somehow have to learn from out of date lectures.
Same as the University itself, the SU purports to help but no change is ever actually brought about.
The flats in Edinburgh are beautiful, but the hunt for one is difficult as landlords and letting agents with pit students against each other to raise prices. The price of rent has gone up by over £250 a month in my time here.
The library is murder trying to get a seat, and lecture theatres are camped and out dated.
Everything is close by no matter where you live. The public transport around the city is really great also.
The support is shocking and any complaints raised are batted away if they are even responded to at all. If you are looking for a hands off University this is the perfect one. However, as soon as you have a query or a worry about anything from academic marks to mental health, the University does not want to know you.
I am ashamed of my time there. I regret choosing the university and I will be paying off the debt for most of my life despite not being given anything that was advertised upon application.
nothing was taught during my time there, the course organiser never turned up for his own lectures
Prices in Edinburgh can be very high.
our studio didn't have heat and was freezing cold during the winter. Most facilities were still in storage after a studio move at the start of my time there. There was never enough computers, spaces, equipment for all students and it led to many students not being able to follow the paths they wished to take
Didn't take part
very poor. It was very rare to find the tutors on campus and after spending most of the first year making attempts to ask for lessons and to see tutors in order to be taught, we eventually all gave up as complaints were never seen through by the university
Your job prospects depend severely on your location and willingness to move. I had mentors living in Midlothian who were commuting all the way to West Lothian. They were teaching a subject in high demand but could not find a job within reasonable commuting distance. One of them needed to drive 140 min every day. Additionally, if your subject is quite niche (Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Latin, even Physics), you may be the one person who does not get a placement. I was stuck home twice and missed out on 3 weeks of placements (of 12 in total!) because the university could not organise a placement for me. Additionally, the university does not provide support when bullying in schools takes place. Mentors can be harsh and are not monitored at all. Racism in school is often ignored by the mentors.
Placements are planned by the university, but some subjects (especially mine) were struggling to find placements. The potential issues and prospects for future employment were not communicated during the initial interview. Please do your research before you accept a place. The market for teachers is not as bright as the university makes it out to be. Be prepared to commute up to 180 min per day and accept that you may have to move once your studies are finished.
Positive is the focus on the individual. Teachers were always available for chats and mails and with the exception of one rotten apple, I got replies within 24 hours.
Very outdated, buildings from the 70s.
Moray House is off-campus and it takes about 10-15 minutes to walk to the main campus of the University of Edinburgh. There is one big coffee shop right around the corner, but if you are looking for restaurants, you have to walk.
The university offers a lot of support and is considerate. However, I had one issue where I felt I was not heard at all and I wish my situation had been dealt with differently.
the academic environment is the best! use the library resources wisely and you'll gain a lot! besides studies, do join some student societies which would be great fun! personally i highly recommend harry potter society and theatre/drama societies. outside uni, explore the city, because you can go to all tourist attractions on foot! it is a historical city with traditional architecture, but you could also enjoy modern theatrical arts especially in summer holiday (Edinburgh international festival and fringe festival).
our professors are very academic, we did deep research into our area. On the other hand, our course may be a little bit too academic, because we don't have as much workshops as I thought.
yes, it's in city centre, and all the accommodations are within 15 mins walking distance.