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
As an international student I had a lot of expectations of what this year would be, but with the coronavirus restrictions being around for most of the academic year there was really no way around it. I had about eight classes in person this year, but it was nothing like I thought it would be, we couldn’t even get to know each other because everyone was scared of getting ill. But I don’t think any of this is on my university, due to everything going on, it’s way beyond them.
I can’t give my opinion on this because I did not try to use these services.
I had one meeting with my personal tutor the entire year. During term one my classes were really well scheduled, even though I had two completely full days, I also had three days to study or work. But that completely changed in term 2, going from two full days to four with the weirdest timing ever.
I didn’t get the change to go to any of the main buildings to have classes due to COVID-19, but I did use the library a lot and the facilities are amazing and very clean, with attention to COVID-19 guidelines.
The student support wasn’t the best, and maybe it’s my fault for not looking for it well enough. We received multiple wellbeing emails saying we would get a call from a well-being professional, but I never got one.
if it wasnt for covid it would be 4 stars. i dont think its the unis fault tho as it would be hard for anyone to rectify what covid did to the education sector this year. 5 star would be just some tweaks to the course and teaching style. smth about it doesnt sit completely right with me in all honesty
i get lots of emails about these things but i dont pay much attention as of yet as im still a first year. but the fact that they are there means it must be decent
It is usually all in person. However due to COVID19 and successive lockdowns, after the first term everything was put online. Normally we have a mixture of seminars (history and technology) and tutorials with tutors for design modules
Very good library and an abundance of spaces for drawing and working. I would say 5 star but covid meant we could not use the workshops or printing zones so i cannot comment on those spaces
Havent really used them but i assume they do well
Event hough I was doing uni online for this whole academic year due to the pandemic, our uni did a great job of helping us to transition to online from in-person learning. The prodessors were kind and understanding and there is real community between the students at greenwich especially in my course and societies I joined.
We get weekly emails that contain alot of job and internships opportunities. We also have a website dedicated to helping you increase your employability for free. We have employability passports that allow students who complete them to get recognition on LinkedIn and increase your employability
My course has been taught online during the pandemic. Our lectures and seminars are both online. We can contact our tutors easily.
The spaces are clean and tidy, the accessibility to important services is high.
We have wellbeing groups and mental health support when you need it
Silly pandemic get gone so I can enjoy uni. Seems like there’s lots to offer just need to actually try it. Good ol’ Greenwich. The lecturers have been pretty shweet and their sessions have been majority super interesting. Extra curricular was wicked for a bit until Covid obviously but I can totally see the effort put in by students to host noice society events.
Loadsssss of emails about job prospects, canny complain.
Obviously covid has made things a bit more difficult but overall the lecturers are boss. Can’t complain much tbh, could just do with some more contact hours to make it seem worth the dolla bills y’all $$ but that’s the same with most unis I feel, so yeh, would recommend to a m8.
The uni is lushhhh looking and has a library etc. So not half bad.
Loads of emails and info about support. I’ve found the lecturers aren’t 10/10 for offering that tutor support but that’s probably mainly due to the pandemic, I’d give them an 8/10.
I think the uni is great, and I am really happy with the expertise that my lecturers seem to have. My lecturers all also have been very nice, and there are some other great people on my course. I just wish that online teaching was maybe structured a little differently, and I definitely work better with in person classes.
Lecturers on the course are approachable and always happy to help. It is a very personal course and the lecturers care for you. Also, the professionalism expected on the course prepares you for working life. The placements team are great and the programme itself is good.
I have been going to this university for almost two years now because I also did my foundation year with them, and so far it’s been amazing even though I couldn’t physically go this year I look forward to going back next year.
It is taught online at the moment but you still get q and a for every topic.
The library is amazing!
It is very easy to call them but some departments don’t have a phone call so it is more difficult for them to help you through email but still possible.
Online teaching has massively decreased the quality of teaching and my ability to engage at university this year. Most lecturers have struggled to ensure their resources are engaging throughout the pandemic. Generally in person teaching when possible is good and interesting. My placement has been excellent despite the pandemic and has definitely helped me secure work in after my degree.
I cannot fault the university here . There are opportunities to apply for placements within the criminology course and lots of employment events and schemes
In-person teaching has been excellent throughout. The university however has struggled greatly to adapt to online sessions. A few lecturers are organised and have engaging online content whereas most just post slides and host a zoom call with far too many students in it to be productive.
The Stockwell Street library is a great space, it usually has plenty of seats. Only complaint can be the cleanliness of the loos and the accessibility of the building. The lifts are frequently out of order. The Dreadnought student union building is generally good and a useful space to socialise on breaks. However I wouldn’t recommend the IT or study spaces at Dreadnought as they are generally noisy.
Student societies and sports teams are engaging and fun. Disability support through the STAART scheme is excellent. General other student services are generally hard to reach however and usually quite rude.
University of Greenwich is very excellent place situated in london and the medway campus is also one of the good campus where i do my masters with sophisticated labs and equipment
My overall experience has been good. For modules that needed use of excel and sage accounting software I was quite worried thinking it would be better to have these taught in person rather than online, but the lecturers provided so much information online on the Moodle page and I did well in my courses. The programme leader helped and was there all the time to make sure students had everything they needed. Facilities such as the library were always open and access to more academic books were given to aid in our studying. The university has been very thoughtful when it comes to supporting their students through the pandemic, they have offered laptops to those that didn’t have access to a computer at home and also financial support for both UK and international students.
The BSEO(Business school employability office) send a newsletter to everyone’s student email every Monday about graduate and placement opportunities. There is also a link found in the student portal that is constantly updated with information about vacancies open and date deadlines for the application. In this link are also career preparation guidelines and documents about how to prepare for an interview, tips for your CV, tips for your LinkedIn profile and more. To support students the employability office offers a one to one appointment service to go through the CV’s and cover letters you may have. Weekly workshops are provided by the employability office in partnership with companies that have guest speakers who touch on how to be the best applicant and how to have the best CV. The business school provides mock assessment centres with many companies I attended the Barclays one and these mock assessments help students know what the application process is like and to also gain advice from people in the recruitment teams. The BSEO also have an employability passport scheme that allows students to hand in evidence of career preparation and professional experience in exchange for points and when a student reaches 200 points, they get a recommendation from the BSEO on LinkedIn and the chance to attend a huge networking event.
I give my course a 5 star rate because what I am learning is 100% useful for my future professional experience. I have been applying for placements and I can say that whilst in second year at the University of Greenwich I have been able to gain the skills needed by employers from my courses. Knowledge such as Excel, the use of the SAGE accounting software has given me a stronger application and match to the kind of candidates needed for a job. The lecturers have provided lecture slides, links to videos and links to online eBook textbooks and files with deep explanations of each topic. Every week there will be a lecture and a tutorial for a better understanding of each topic, and these are recorded so you can always look back and watch again if there is something you do not understand.
The university provides safe and clean services. The classrooms are spacious and have whiteboards used by lecturers and students to present to the class. There are computer labs and printers in almost every building including the library so any part of the campus it is easy for you to get something printed if you are in a rush. You have access to paid subscriptions online such as the financial times and packages like sage software and Microsoft office, all you need to do is log in with your university email and use the platform. There are free bus services between the Greenwich and Medway campus every 30 minutes. In the Library there are desktop computers, laptops, and textbooks available for hire and are all in good condition. Study rooms for up to 6-8 people if you want to revise as friends for a test or exam. These rooms usually have a big screen computer that can be used to access course information. There are also small pods for solo studying or for two people to revise. There are refreshments available in the library and a Starbucks coffee shop that discounted just for students. A canteen with delicious and affordable food is there too.
Every month students receive a phone call from personnel from the university to ask how the workload is, personal life and what they want the university to change. They confirm whether as a student if you are aware of services provided such as the student well being service where you can have one to one appointment to talk about your wellbeing and mental health also workshops available and advice on how to make friends and manage your course. They also talk about various societies that are good to join and network with people.