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
Uni is a necessirty but don't expect to see the value of your £9k a year. Lecturers never had the time to review work, nor would they ever run sessions when they set assignments that made no sense. in fact, they were the worst when it came to this. When all the students don't know what you're asking for, maybe run another session rather than being on holiday?
As all uni accommodation is, it was overpriced. We had issues with water supply and hot water consistently. Internet was ok but overloaded during peak times. There was no atmosphere and the front desk staff were mean. There was no communal chill space and the washing machines were always busted or pricey as hell.
meh. if you're not sporty and rich don 't expect to join any of the better societies.
Greenwich is definitely an underrated university. I have loved and disliked every bit of it at the same time. The campus is amazing and you will meet lots of great people. There are lots of societies that will make you feel welcomed as a 1st year uni. However, the university is far from prestigious. It is not the kind of environment where you will meet students whose minds have similar workings like Mark Zuckerberg or Stephen Hawking, most of the students here are free-spirited people who are not academically conventional or messed up on their exams and love to have fun and party, so you will find many outgoing people at Greenwich. But it is definitely far from an innovative[ly] stimulating environment, but not to say that once in a while you won’t meet extremely passionate people you know will make it big and far, because you will. As someone who came from a prestigious school with people going on to attend unis like LSE, UCL, Cornell, UC Berkeley, Imperial, Columbia, there are undoubtedly pros and cons to the lecturers and negative remarks I can complain about the system, but Greenwich is really what you make out of it. Because the university is situated in London, a lot of the lecturers are also visiting lecturers in the other top London unis like SOAS so you will find very highly qualified and good lecturers among terrible ones. Overall, you can have a great time in this university as long as you are active in the Student Union; be part of societies, meet lots of people, go to all the events and take all the opportunities Greenwich gives. People often complain about the university not helping in employability or skills but university is not about where you are placed but what you make of it. If you know the potential that you have, even with the lack of mentoring on skills and employability that Greenwich may bring, you can try to be a helpful asset to your cohort and try to reach out your maximum ways to gain employability and grow your networking during your time at university.
They always have career talks and invite well known guest speaker. But it really depends between faculties. Overall, the university does a good job in inviting guest speakers.
There are definitely pros & cons of courses in ALL universities but lecturers can be very biased and project their opinions indirectly which is a little unprofessional for a course like Politics. The lecturers definitely try to make the lectures as interesting as they can and surely there are great ones among bad ones, but of course this can be found anywhere. A lot of the seminars are also very useless with time wasted talking about how to properly write an essay. Maybe it is helpful for some people but these are the kind of things that should be expected for university students and do not need to be emphasized. Basically, in an organizational and professional aspect, if you had come from a well taught school, you will find a lot of faults or negatives in the logistics and ways of teaching at Greenwich. Lectures and seminars may not be as academically challenging as some may hope and this is understandable as most of the students at Greenwich are either 1) weren’t the most academic or smartest students but want to go to uni 2) super passionate and motivated students who did horrible on their exams and want to get this degree over with so they can reach their initial goal 3) not smart not dumb rich kids who want to live in london 4) students who failed their 1st year of uni or dropped out and now go to greenwich
Facilities are great but the SU can be exclusively centric. You will see the same people or same groups/circles representing the students and this is because the SU is not as spread throughout to the whole university. They are not bad and they are definitely trying their best. They throw fun socials and events but it’s directed towards the same kind of socials and not everyone is informed about it. They could do better.
I was given a room at one of their accommodations hall, except on their Avery Hill campus and not in the Greenwich area which I deferred for proximity to central London. I opted to live in the Canary Wharf area which is around 10 minutes from university and lots of Greenwich students live in this area. Canary Wharf and Island Gardens can be a really expensive area for rent but is very strategically located, right near the Underground and also connected to the DLR that takes you to the Greenwich campus
Amazing location. It is located in Zone 2 London, around 30mins to Central London or even less. It is one of the only universities in central London Area with a campus. Greenwich park and the Greenwich market are all next to campus. It is so easy to get food and so nearby Canary Wharf or Lewisham shopping centre.
Lots of societies and sports to choose from. There is Model United Nations, the Bar Society, Cultural Soc and an array of sports team: football, netball, volleyball, hockey... but if you had come from a prestigious high school or college, there is definitely a limited variety of societies.
So far my experience at the University of Greenwich has been great. I made lots of new friends and in general the vibe around the campus is great. The University has one of the biggest international community globally (a big big plus in my opinion!) and you can definitely see it just by walking around the area.
The University has an Employability and Careers Office that student can contact whenever they need it. They provide support in finding internships, create the most effective CV and more. They normally run workshops throughout the year on different subjects (for example on how to attend a job interview).
Tutorials are the best part for some of the courses because you get the chance to exchange opinions and ideas with others.
Everything is from 5 to 10 minutes walking distance. There are also plenty of pubs and restaurants in Greenwich.
There are plenty of societies and sport activities. Both are great ways of making new friends especially if you are a fresher.
The University provides you a personal tutor within a couple of weeks of your first term at Uni. Your personal tutor is normally your first point of contact if you have any issue. The library provides academic support running regular workshops, drop-in or 1 to 1 sessions where you can ask for suggestions on how to improve your papers, research tips, critical thinking...
I have really enjoyed my time at university so far. I'm so glad I chose the university I did. The only thing that has caused any bad stress is the number of assignments I have due within a short period of time
The Employability and Careers service is available to anyone. I haven't personally used it yet but it is useful to know it is there is I wish to use it
I liked how our lectures are interactive through the use of Mentimeter and the materials provided to us are useful and thorough I like least how sometimes are seminar teacher rush through the content without letting us take it in
The Student Union facilities are very new and there are lots. I feel that representation is increasing but could be a bit better in terms of gender identities.
Most are very modern. I feel that there is a need for some more study spaces
Yes. Due to it being in Greenwich town centre there are lots of amenities and the accommodation is only 10 minutes away
I think the variety of societies is amazing. There is basically a society for anything you would want to do
I think the support is amazing if you know how to access it. Some of the support isn't widely advertised, e.g. STAART, but once you know about it and are involved it becomes an amazing support system. Also, academics are always willing to answer any questions you have
University has been a very different experience to how I had envisaged it, but only for the better! The course is very interesting, more so than I’d imagined! Very good experience
Holds helpful seminars etc
I like the large scale lectures and then the small seminars for more 1-1 help
Under represented as don’t hear much
A varied range
My university experience so far is satisfying, rewarding, providing the right kind of challenge. I am happy with my studies. In addition to my academic studies I am involved in the Student Ambassador work, which gives me a wealth of communication opportunities while providing a flexible paid position.
Employability is a big thing in University of Greenwich, as the vast majority of courses have a strong vocational strand in them (nurses, midwives, teachers, engineers, business managers etc). We have a strong Employability Department providing regular training to students (e.g. CV writing workshops), organising career fairs, individual coaching. In addition, the University runs a point system to facilitate students entry into employment, which is called Employability Passport.
In general, I am quite happy with the teaching. It is informative, relevant to the real world problems, engaging and interactive. I don't like when some of my fellow students do not show their best manners during lectures.
Student Union is robust and, most importantly, does what it is supposed to do.
The university's facilities are good in general, excellent in some specific areas like Engineering.
All engineering courses are run at the Medway Campus of the University of Greenwich (Kent). As I live in London, the location is not particularly good for me. However, on balance, my study is going well and I am happy with my course. My travel is helped by the heavily subsidised coach between Greenwich and Medway (slightly more than £2 if you buy a card with 20 journeys). For those students who live at the University Halls in Medway, the location is perfect, as on the one hand, they live on campus, and, on the other hand, they can easily travel to London, if they need it.
The Student Union societies are quite vibrant. In the Medway Campus, the Student Union covers not only University of Greenwich students, but also many University of Kent students and some University of Canterbury students. So, the diversity of the student population is immense and this is reflected in the diversity of the student societies (anecdotally, the online gaming society is the most popular one). In the Medway Campus the sport facilities are good, those who need specialised sports facilities like football pitches can travel to the Avery Hill Campus of the University of Greenwich where t he sports facilities are even better (subsidised bus is provided).
Excellent support is provided both academically and in terms of pastoral care. All students who need it can get help with maths (this is called MASH tutoring in Greenwich), writing essays, referencing, career advice through specialised career advisers and personal tutors, disability management and general well-being problems if they arise.
Good experience, good location and experimental facilities. The Generator at Cooper Building is especially good at providing me with lots of information amd support on how to create a business.
My university experience has been decent. The teaching and lecture style could have been better as many lecturers don’t know how to teach or even take students opinion into consideration. The facilities are good enough but the coach between campuses should be free and provide more times to travel
Good help recieved
The practical labs
Not enough communication
The Medway campus is not near any local shops
Not enough variety
Not enough and detailed feedback Student voice is often ignored
I’ve enjoyed it a lot. Been extremely different to my expectations held at first of university, but the course has exceeded my previously held expectations. Good!
Make lots of effort
I like the seminar and lecture style, dislike strikes
Could be m or e represented
Student Union lets the whole university down. Seems to be focussed on white students. The business school is amazing, Other faculties not so much. Would be nice to have clear markings on dietry requirements at the cafe
Yes via the BSEO
Reasonable. Could be more/better access to textbooks - hard and soft copies. Access to resources like Bloomberg. No general lift in Queen Anne
Lots of societies! Could be more prevalent in the SU
Personal Tutor Liz Warren and Programme Leader Dawn Reilly are amazing! Good access and resources available at the student wellbeing centre.