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
This year has been challenging to begin with especially since I have had to learn everything online, but I eventually learned how to manage my workload and time effectively.
The university has a very dedicated careers team with many opportunities to enhance skills for your future.
Most lecturers have done a great job in switching to online learning.
The labs are clean, organised and spacious.
Obviously not ideal because I do a practical course and everything is online but the uni have tried their best to translate things online and make our experience worthwhile. However- am not receiving what I payed for as I study music.
We have a whole uni careers service but Could’ve been more offered to us/mentioned to us directly throughout course.
In non covid times people are able to borrow instruments and book out our concert hall. We have a good music tech room
Despite the challenges of COVID-19 the university has overall done a good job of making such drastic change to online learning. However I believe there have been errors in the way some things have been altered to online learning, including giving more work than in past years.
Many lecturers are helpful in quickly responding to queries and clearly explaining content. However a minority are not helpful and seem to try to make learning as challenging as possible for the students.
Emily enjoyed my first term especially. Fourth year wasn’t as enjoyable as the previous years because of the pandemic however I was fortunate enough to be in an accommodation that encouraged social interactions and get-togethers
while the teachers have been excellent at adjusting to online teaching, it definitely has its limits. Without the extensive lab equipment and facilities I am paying 9250£ to access, I cannot say that I am getting value for money. The support has been sub-par, and there are, obviously, no in person society events to socialise. While it has been a good year considering the circumstances, it was an absolutely awful year in general. I would appreciate the MacBook Pro, I have been needing a new one.
I wouldn’t know I haven’t had an in person class yet
It has been okay. The teaching has been excellent. However, reduced access to libraries and little to no face to face teaching has made this what increasingly difficult. Whilst I commend the efforts of the university, online teaching is not as good as face to face teaching, and for that reason, I would say that my time at university over this past year ( during the pandemic) has not been worth the full amount of money I paid.
Not as important to me at the moment, however, the university continues to provide many opportunities.
Blended learning. Mostly online with 1-2 hours face to face each week for anatomy dissection rooms, consultation skills and physiology & pharmacology.
Reasonably accessible, however, study spaces can be difficult to book due to high demand and reduced spaces (as a result of social distancing).
Support is very easily accessible. All information is given regarding this in appropriate ways, and information is easily accessible. Personal meetings with tutors to support this.
Was much better pre-Covid but has recently been a very negative experience. In previous years we have had good clinical contact and support. However online learning is not very good, we have been expected to self teach from power points with no audio.
Online - not had a patient in over a year.
Clinical skills are quite old - lots of burs and probes misshapen and phantom heads damaged - only given new ones for assessments
Academically, the university could have done better. Lecturers could have had better support to teach students better and lecturers should have been moderated on their progress or experience in shifting online. The universities no disadvantage policy is also both that helpful as a lot of assignments are not covered under it
The careers service at UoM is exceptional, with wonderful staff who are always helpful. They have launched a new cv checker as well which gives great feedback. The careers service also holds daily talks with employers and company’s which are very useful too
Lectures are now online, they aren’t always great some lecturers are better than others and keep the course interesting. Some lecturers don’t seem enthusiastic and their courses are the hardest to learn but motivated lecturers are very helpful
During COVID it has been difficult to book library spaces as they are often booked up but apart from Covid, the study spaces are really cool and usable
There is little mental health support, it definitely could be better but there are societies and student groups that can easily be joined
I have really enjoyed my 2 years at the University of Manchester as I have trialled every sport you can think of, attended a vast range of different societies, met people from every background of life and every corner of the world. The university "life" is amazing with the city centre being close but the student campus feeling a big part of the world you live in, sometimes I forget I'm even in the city. Also, the teaching is world class getting taught by huge names who make ripples in the real industry world.
Careers service is very helpful in helping you gain the skills to complete job interviews or find them. They have very good software which shows opportunities for current students as well as graduated students.
This year due to COVID-19 it has been taught online, but normal circumstances it is in person with lectures and tutorials which are smaller to go through work together
Large computer rooms as well as vast amount of rooms and desk space on campus to revise. Modern and clean with new facilities being built in the last 5 years. Sports facilities are average with Uni Gym near campus and football/hockey/rugby/5 a side facilities situated on the campus.
Mentor teacher is given to everyone to help advise academic choices, many opportunities to mix with other students with vast amount of societies. On the other hand I would say the Student Union is out of touch with it's students as they often promote things the average student just wouldn't attend or want.
This particular academic year has been relatively challenging owing to pandemic.However, the University has arranged everything so nicely that we didnt experience any difficulties with our studies .Ofcourse the use if technology did facilitate the process.