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 think with COVID being such a massive player in our careers as student midwives it has been hard and we haven’t felt at all well supported sometimes and we know it is not the universities fault, but I do believe that more can be done. Such as constant communication to remind us of things we need to do, better learning opportunities etc. However, placement is great, and I’m making the most of it.
Very good. We qualify with a unicef credited Breastfeeding certificate which aids our employment skills. We also have the opportunity to peer mentor those in years below us etc.... opportunity to make more friends and connect with others. The placement opportunities also help with career options. I’m not a 3rd year student yet therefore I cannot speak on employment opportunities.
The course is taught in many ways. As of currently because of COVID it is taught online, with teaching hours of 37.5 a week. Tutors are always available for help/advice etc.
Libraries are open, they are always being cleaned especially with COVID still around. Easy access to hire things and borrow things. Student services although unavailable physically are very efficient with their email services.
University is working hard to still facilitate activities.. I know as of recently close contact activities weren’t allowed for a bit but the teams are working hard to return them for us. On my course MH is made aware of constantly as it’s a hard hitting course and we speak to each other even if our tutors are unavailable but they are very good in responding to their emails and helping us when required.
Overall I haven’t really enjoyed my university experience but that is not because of the University it is because of the pandemic.Being in student halls was quite lonely as I had no flatmates majority of first year.I also wish that there were more opportunities to meet new people especially people of course as I felt I haven’t met many course mates
We have a career support team who are always willing to help
I have a great personal tutor who ensures I’m doing well. However I feel like lecturers could provide more support
The facilities are very good have so many different accessible features
I can’t fault it
My overall experience at the university has been positive so far. The teaching is great and has a wide range of content. My individual tutors have also been helpful in guiding me. The counselling services however are poor and I did not find them helpful. There is also stagnation in policies and ideas passed through higher up aspects of the university, so it is hard to get your voice heard. I think a revaluation of the cost for the services during the pandemic should be reevaluated.
The teaching is great and has definitely adapted well to the current Covid 19 pandemic
My overall experience of university has been positive and filled with fond memories. The teaching as a whole was good, but due to contact hours was not worth the price. Societies, especially the university rugby union club, were vital to making my time at university enjoyable
There are regular opportunities to attend seminars and meetings about jobs and future prospects, I just personally have not need to use them but I always get their emails
The course is well taught all round, however in terms of value I feel it does not reach the £9.25k that we pay for it. During second year we had a total of 9 contact hours a week, and with moving online during the pandemic for third year that number has decreased further to an average of 5.5 contact hours per week.
Libraries and work spaces around the uni are excellent, always tidy and always good resources available
Student services is renowned within student circles as being unreliable and lacking. They often take a very long time to address issues you have, be that to do with wellbeing or to do with admin. They regularly are unable to offer any support and have been known to just not do anything. In terms of mental health and well-being, there are support groups and counselling available but most students prefer to go through the NHS GP practice that is on campus, rather than through the uni.
Covid 19 has changed every aspect of everyday university life to an unrecognisable state. The year has been very difficult and only bettered by the people who live with me.
Very little consistency between how modules are taught and more difficult to get quality support from staff. There are often issues with online content (connectivity for example).
Students don’t seem to care that it’s a pandemic, but staff are very nice and helpful with whatever worries or questions you may have. The students ruined my year for me.
A dreamlike blend of a rural campus next to a bustling city. Challenging when it comes to studying my particular course, where a lot is expected of you, but this is because the hard work reaps big rewards. It is a rigorous but amazing course because the standard of education is so high. If you’re someone who is career orientated and determined to do well, this uni will guide you in the right direction to achieve your dreams.
It has its own career service where i have been mentored, theres cv cover letter and interview workshops running throughout the year, one-to-one workshops and loads of employers make presentations at the uni. I am coming out of uni with a job and that’s down to how amazing the uni is at educating its undergraduates and providing support in the job application process.
Blended learning this year due to COVID-19 but this course is full of world leading academics who are at the forefront of their respective fields. They make the course challenging, but you will gain a critical perspective of the content taught by the very best.
clean, comprehensive and spacious.
The coronavirus policies this year have been poor, we haven’t been given the same safety net policy as last year (meaning I have never had anything to reflect the harder times of covid) and there seems to be an expectation to do just as well despite the blended learning and difficulties with distance learning during a pandemic.
Amazing university with exemplary facilities and resources. The lecturers support their students extremely well, and go out of their way to provide exceptional experience of learning, whilst making the topics incredibly interesting.
Really good and supportive
Solid uni! Great job prospects especially due to the societies NFS is the best out there! Great night life friendly professors (usually) who love to teach not just all about their research like you get at Warwick etc