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
Everything has been online, although it’s been difficult to navigate online learning, the university have tried their absolute best. Although the support provided at Nottingham is phenomenal, it’s still very different to face to face lectures and hoping in the future we can go back to normality.
Starting university online has been a novel experience for everyone, students and the university staffs included. I think our law department handled the new situation quite well, by hosting sessions to prepare students for take-home exams and by being receptive and introspective on how teaching methods could be improved. In terms of departments outside academics/law, I'm dissapointed in the institution's adamant refusal in lowering the tuition fees as it's quite blatant, given the inability for us students to use school facilities as we once were able to, that we're overcharged. Especially since I'm paying double the fees as an international student, during this difficult times.
Giving it a one star only because I haven't had the chance to use our university's facilities since the pandemic started before I even arrived.
Overall my experience at Nottingham University has been very delightful as I am always offered help and it is very easy to access help and advice. Content from online learning has been quite large this year and sometimes difficult to handle.
Nottingham careers team provide opportunities, help with assessment centres, cv and interview practice easy to book and available quite often.
Very helpful and lots of academic support, help is all around
Quite decent sometimes equipment does not work in labs but quickly replaced
Specific welfare officer and personal tutors always available for support.
The course and learning has amazing, although the separate campus has felt isolating at time and it has been hard to get out and meet new people however that has been getting easier as restrictions are being lifted
The vet school at the University of Nottingham has a very good reputation and veterinary practices activity looks for the graduates.
We have a good mix of lectures and self directed task based learning. Most of our lectures are live on teams which means we are able to ask questions as the lecture is going. They are also just starting to reintroduce in person lectures again. We have a really practical course and have been lucky to have in person practicals through most of covid. They are a great time to talk to the lectures about things you are confused about and to be able to actually see and visualise what we are learning about.
We have a large dissection room as well as a large clinical skill lab. We also have many animals on site including a range of small exotics, cows, sheep, chickens and horses. We also have an abattoir. This all helps us get practical experience.
We have personal tutor who is there to help if we are struggling with school or just general life. We have regular meetings with them.
Support has been available but sometimes unclear on the way to approach it. The university in general has been clear with updates in a timely manner at most times with weekly email updates. But my course had at times been unorganized and frustrating especially considering the massive weight of going into practice placement within the NHS during a pandemic.
The access to campus was valued and the libraries etc. But there is little communication between departments which makes student support challenging as well as joint honours students not as involved as others
With covid not as good as previous years but considering everything going on I have still been able to go on placement. Receive frequent emails from uni about what is going on on campus safely
Some excellent lecturers, others more bland. Course structured well with placements etc but hindsight and personal experience would recommending shuffling some modules around
Separate campus but loved it
Support is there but sometimes tricky to access
I have thoroughly enjoyed my modules and learning their content. On the whole, I think the staff in the English department have done an excellent job with the transition to online learning; as much as I would have loved to have my teaching in person this year, I still felt very supported by members of staff and have been able to form good working relationships with my tutors. I’ve had lots of feedback on my work throughout the year, which I feel has helped improve the quality of my writing in preparation for assessments. However I do feel that sometimes the weekly preparation workload can be a bit overbearing, likewise with coursework deadlines, as this semester I have had four essays due over three days and I feel as though because of this I have not completed any of my assessments to my best standard of work.
The university host career talks related to certain job prospects that lead on from an English degree, however we have not had much in person or individualised guidance or help in choosing our next steps.
On the whole my tutors have been very supportive, especially through such a turbulent academic year. Some are definitely more approachable than others, and this is the reason why it is not five stars.
As an English student, I do not require many facilities. But the study spaces I use on campus are always kept reasonably clean and the library is simple to use, with members of staff always happy to help if needed.
Some of my tutors have been amazing with personal support this year, and I know that, should I require any help or guidance, there are a couple of members of staff who I could contact for help. However, in my first year I tried to access university counselling services and the wait list system of having to phone up every day until you get an appointment made me feel like I was being a burden seeking help. Eventually I gave up with university services and contacted an external NHS counselling service.
Very varied Few contact hours Lack of communication from tutors Lack of respect from university itself Doesn’t feel worth the money Contact hours aren’t even set to increase next year to compensate
Not sure yet
The pandemic has obviously massively negatively affected this but even before it i found a real variety in the communication styles of lecturers. Some were open and available to answer emails within the hour, some took literally weels
Great gym Great libraries and SU building Good food options
Student services is consistently a nightmare to get through to
My overall experience this year has been very different to what I expected but I think I’ve made the best of a bad situation. I have plenty of online contact hours (which are live rather than pre-recorded) which I’m grateful for, although I’m definitely developing Teams fatigue now! The careers service has been amazing in helping me to gain experience in a time when it is difficult to do that.
The careers department are amazing. I really recommend the Nottingham Consultancy Challenge and the Digital Marketing Academy. They are really friendly and helpful, it’s easy to make an appointment for whatever advice you need.
Most lecturers are excellent and really help students. In comparison to friends on other courses it seems that I get more love contact hours than others. Things have felt a little disorganised because of the pandemic recently.
Sometimes it’s difficult to get space in the library, especially during exam time. Opening hours of study spaces and libraries have been cut since the pandemic started. All facilities are always very clean.
There are staff in charge of well-being in every department as well as your personal tutor and the University’s counselling service. My personal tutor is always easy to contact and quick to respond when I contact them. I haven’t used the other services mentioned so can’t comment about them.