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
I love my university, I'm glad I'm there. But this year hadn't been great with the pandemic. I wish I could spend more time, as I haven't had a full year despite about to go into my third year.
I get frequent emails a month about careers opportunities.
Some are better than others.
There is really only the library.
I tried to get support, just got told to go though the NHS.
Academically the teaching standards were not always the best however I've done okay and I'm satisfied. On the whole lecturers did their best to engage the students. Social life wise its been great here, there are loads of societies and many different types of people to meet in different scenarios whether that be through raves, sports clubs, societies or maybe even church which I have been invited to a few times.
There have been some guest speakers and internship offers from big companies such as Mccain for instance. The uni do offer internships specifically for the students too. Not much guidance with graduate jobs but that is something students need to work towards themselves.
Learning had been online for the second and third year which couldn't be helped... The lecturers have been fairly useful by answering my questions and communicating throughout lockdown.
Good sports hall and a range of facilities to take advantage of such as basketball courts, squash courts, gym and fields. Lecture halls are spacious and sufficient too. The uni bar and club is the perfect size and is good for nights out both large and small events.
Not used the support services myself but I've heard that the help offered was very minimal.
In the current climate they’ve done a great job, learnt a lot and made learning from home a lot less difficult than it could have been. I think unfortunately the experience wasn’t as good as in person in previous years but that was always going to be an impossibility, they did well with what they had
Lots of opportunities, well supported, good connections
Blended learning, lots of contact hours, practical experience
Workshops Computer suits Additive manufacturing lab Electronics lab Experiment lab Access to all of the above Library Study spaces for engineers
Good support system, isn’t always easily accessed
Talking of my entire three years, I had a really good & educational time studying here. In my opinion, there could be more practical/ technical lessons offered possibly in place of some theory- as I do feel there's possibly more of a lean towards theoretical to practical. The practical modules were also often in the form of short films, to have set outcomes such as 'make a documentary', 'make a film with a 5-point story arc that doesn't last longer than 3 minutes', etc. could be good challenges that bring out the best problem-solving abilities from students. It could be argued there was already room for students to do that themselves within the modules, but speaking observationally, it seemed a lot of classmates perhaps lacked the initiative/ creativity. If this was forced out of them, it could leave them with a stronger foundation. Since leaving, I've also found gaps in my knowledge in terms of technical skill, for instance my knowledge on lenses, lighting techniques & detailed audio editing isn't great. The potential for opportunity to learn these things was here in the form of work experience, however these sessions often didn't have a focus and was more about completing something from the office's workload backlog. There was a lot of potential in place that could definitely be expanded on, but with that said the course provided the opportunity to learn for ourselves, gain work experience & to network by bringing in external talent such as actors, and work with students studying courses that tie in relevantly to this one, such as scriptwriting. It also taught us the foundations of approaching clients, creative development (towards projects & our own knowledge) and more. A lot of opportunity was here, that could be expanded on more is what I'd say overall.
I've voted a three star because whilst the university may have provided these opportunities, I haven't been so proactive in seeking out potential opportunities that could have been advertised- so my answer can't really be fair all in all. They definitely did have guest speakers, I recall multiple guests coming in to provide talks, Q&As, etc. Which was good & beneficial.
My course took place predominantly pre-COVID at UCG. Most of my lectures were done in person, with a lot of clarity and illustration to help us learn. The resources in the classroom were great too, making learning, taking notes & research all very easy. Hours per week were ample & tutors were always available to email. Over the three years, we had sessions led by a number of different tutors, some of which were a lot more respondent, knowledgeable & helpful than others, but all were supportive.
UCG weren't short of resources, but were short of quality resources, due to lack of funding. Good computer models & good video equipment, including audio recording devices, lighting ,etc., were all provided. All could be better, the computers especially often taking some time to load certain features & were easy to overwhelm. The video equipment I personally think was relatively suitable given our experience level, however some stronger, more recent gear would be incredibly beneficial in putting together an aesthetically-pleasing showreel. With that said though, what is present at UCG in terms of gear got all of us through the course with decent- very good marks, but could do with an update probably.
UCG was brilliant in this regard especially, all the tutors I interacted with did have a genuine care for their students' well-being, physically & mentally. If they detected somebody had an issue, they'd always be reasonable & do what they could. In addition, the University itself provided a 'councillor' of sorts, that sessions were usually available with, in order to help manage stress or extraneous variables. UCG promoted and supported both BAME groups & LGBT groups too.
Even though my course has been disrupted due to COVID the uni and my course has been very helpful and supportive during this time. Overall I am really enjoying by course and my time at uni.
It was faulty okay but I didn't get to do a wide variety of practical elements which are important to my degree.There were moments where it felt like the academic year wasn't going so well due to how most assignments were marked without any leniency
We receive a bi-weekly job notice board that keeps us up to date with what is available.
Our course is taught online with relatively low teaching hours and we haven't really had contact with tutors due to on going pandemic.
All my lectures have been delivered properly and if you miss some they have always been recorded as well. This uni has been extremely helpful when offering no detriment policy’s and extensions. And I enjoy the nightlife/ bar life at the minute I hope I can get back to it all soon
They offer degrees with years out etc and they probably support you when you get close to graduating however I still have another year to go
It has been all online since Covid which makes sense however we were able to go in once to complete a lab session, most lectures I’ve been with have been extremely helpful
All the facilities are very good from the library to the student bars / clubs (asylum), the library not in Covid times is open 24 hours however I think it has changed due to Covid(I’ve used it less due to this) the lecture rooms are large as well always lots of room while still being able to see the screen displayed and hear the lectures. There is also a large many pitches for sports etc
I haven’t used this all that much at all
Loved uni but the lack of communication has hindered my study. Looking forwards to next years study and expanding my course. Will be good to be back in a lab doing practical work.
Placement opportunities are frequent.
All online, which is good because you can go at your own pace.
Lab equipment although old is fairly decent. Library is excellent!
Support is available for everybody really well. But individual tutors support in non-existent.
Not the best since everything is online, we dont get a chance to make friends, or get to know lecturers. Its also harder to ask questions during class because everyone is watching and listening to you. However most lecturers are happy to organise calls/meetings if you need help.
Mostly online, which is not ideal. But they schedule one to one calls/meetings you need them.
Seem a little bit outdated
They have weekly catch ups.
It was really nice in terms of creating friendship and the cause I have done. I would say there needs to be more options in terms of modules or how assessments are done. We mostly have 100% based assessments and that is not really great.
My careers service does not really give a lot of options.
There is no facilities for wheelchair users in some buildings.