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
It has been difficult during the pandemic. Being on a course were interaction with the public is vital for experience, Portsmouth have tried extremely hard to ensure this is carried out. Personally Online lectures have helped as I am able to rewatch as many times. I feel that I haven't received the university experience and worry that I have not seen as many patients necessary to be competent however I still have one year to go. It seems Portsmouth have plans in place to enable us to make up for the disrupted pandemic.
Good educational journey. Good and known lecturers. Definitely this academic year was a great challenge. Knowledge that I gained will definitely help me at my job as a Compliance Executive.
N/A - distance learning
Because of covid I didn't go into university at all during the year. The online lectures were good, but there was no interaction and no opportunity to learn by talking to other students or working together on projects in shared spaces, even if those spaces were online. I went from being a straight A student to barely even scraping passes.
Considering COVID-19 has hindered many things, I am pleased with the support I have received. However, I have not had one lecture in uni, therefore I think the fees should be less.
As student paramedics, we are already on a set path to a career, therefore we do not need much guidance for what we wish to do when we leave.
Mostly placement! When not on placement, we have lectures or practicals at uni.
For our course, we have the simulation suite with dummies to practice skills. The library is really good, and very accessible. It's open 24/7!
The availability is amazing. I have used one of these services and was really pleased.
My whole experience has been from my bed watching a computer screen and being in a zoom call so I can't say much. But what I can say is, the available resources are great and almost every lecture is recorded and uploaded on Moodle for us to view anytime we want if we missed it, even weeks after the lecture has been done if we wanted to revisit something. All of the emails I have sent out the professors relating to questions about the subject have been answered and most of my worries and enquires about exams have been answered too. There isn't much more to talk about apart from that, I was expecting a "student life" a year ago but I just feel bored and have no reason to go outside, I feel like the only purpose I have is to attend my lesson, do my homework, and go to sleep. It's not the uni's fault for this, it's mostly because of the coronavirus situation and there isn't much the uni can do. Definitely not worth the student debt I will have to pay back tho.
Staff is very supportive and offer individual approach when it comes to teaching. I felt that staff understood the concerns that we may have as students and addressed them before we even spoke about it, which shows great depth of understanding and commitment to the profession. Very happy with my first year studying here, now considering completing my masters with Portsmouth Uni.
Very good, my tutor has been sending job advertisements and other opportunities on the regular basis, which was very nice to have.
My course has been taught through blended learning with online learning when we were in lockdown and face to face tutorials when this was allowed. My tutor was very good and informed us of any changes well ahead of the time.
Very good facilities overall, with covid lockdown there were some challenges in keeping everything open however university dealt with them well.
There were regular emails sent to us checking up on the mental health and offering services that are available, which shown the awareness and support of the university.
It has been an amazing experience for my first year at Portsmouth but for obvious reasons, if COVID-19 hadn't have been here it would've been so much better for my course and social aspects.
My course has been amazing at always providing work and job opportunities for us in the field of work we are all interested in; e.g. media, tv
The course has taught me a fair amount over the course of the past year, although online learning makes it very hard to retain any information.
I have only been to a few of the university buildings but they are always clean with lots of space for students to work in.
They have offered more mental health support though I feel at the beginning it was harder to get support.
University will be need to understand about our covid situation how we are trouble. We are International student they should be decrease our fee some for covid situation online classes.
At this covid situation online is safe for all of students and teacher. Because of anyone affect by others nobody dnt know, its will be bad for healt. In Campus lots of international students different different people for different countries. So thats why i think online is better option at this time. When everything is ok it will be good to see our all of classmate friend.
University give mental pressure us so much by tell to always for tuition fee.But they know very well for covid situation every countries economy down and also we are student cannot afford all fee for this situation.
Overall, the university experience is not what I expected due to Covid 19, however I have learnt how to be independent, manage my money, etc along with getting a valuable degree
Very good, I receive so many emails regarding upcoming jobs and internships
Due to the Covid-19 it’s difficult to experience the course the way I had hoped, however it is still interesting and a lot of drop in session to help
The facilities are all up to date and new, with big lecture halls and spacious common areas
Very good! I receive various emails about the help that is offered and feel comfortable talking to support staff
University is good overall, but this year was online teaching only, which made the whole experience and tuition fees not valuable. There’s also a good system support if you looked for it and teachers try to help you