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
Overall I have enjoyed my year here, the university is very welcoming and people are very open to help you get the best out of being at university. The students union is amazing and a great space to work in.
Although this year was very different that what students are used to, overall the lecturers tried to facilitate online teaching for us students by using different techniques were possible, aswell as taking back student feedback. I'm quite satisfied with my course overall and I am eager to go back to in person lectures as well as try to enjoy the uni life for my last year at the University of Sheffield.
Oveall I'm quite satisfied with the online teaching we had this year.
Most university buildings have the requied facilities, the student union in particular is very well catered for students
There are various groups and people who you could approach with differwnt issues
University of Sheffield have been adequate this year, the uni itself is money grabbing and doesn't care much for its students, the covid fund has helped a very small amount, but if you are in need of money due to unfortunate circumstances, they make it very difficult. The lecturers and tutors have been the back bone of this year. You can tell they want to help as much as possible and care about your wellbeing above all else, doing everything to accommodate and make everyone welcome.
Constantly giving us new companies to apply to, lots of contact with employers
Lectures have been incredibly helpful and kind, they have tried their very best this year and have offered support and asked for guidance on what they can do better
Haven't been able to access any facilities
No wellbeing groups or contact with other students, that would be nice to have so we can support eachother. Student mental health services is awful, no help. Disability services have been amazing, lovely people.
Despite covid my uni experience has been amazing i’ve still learnt lots of new things on my course and being in second year and part of a society has made up for it but it’s a shame we’re paying so much, especially for drama where I can’t learn in person which is needed
Career fairs, lots of emails & support
At the moment through coronavirus it has been virtual teaching which has been difficult with the drama side of my course but all my seminar teachers have been amazing at translating learning online it’s just a shame it hasn’t been in person
The university study spaces are amazing there are 3 libraries and so many other studies places, one in each department building for anyone to use & loads of spaces in the Students Union which is amazing. They all have cafes too and you can always find somewhere
Every student has a personal tutor and they send regular emails check-ins
Very good experience. Especially socially, i love the people here and everyone is very accepting, especially being a poc in a university where there aren’t many poc’s. The uni supports us as much as possible and is very good academically.
We have career opportunity lectures which teach us how to write out cv and then go through it with our tutor. And also to sign up to websites and jobs. There are a few workshops with guest speakers who come in to help us make decisions.
lecturers respond to emails quickly and respond to our feedback. For example in first semester we asked them to reduce the lecture timings and make them shorter and they complied which was great. Our tutors contact us regularly for one to ones to go through and help us with our essays and lab reports and there are multiple collaborate and support sessions for everyone.
Easy to access labs and libraries/study rooms. website makes access easy to use facilities such as the gym or shared spaces. The only problem would be the gym doesn’t have many sights but can’t complain as it’s free.
Very good for checking up on our flat. Each block has a residential support person who checks in with a video call or phone call every once in a while. There’s a lot of support from tutors and information for links to access to mental health support etc is avidly shared.
Whilst the teaching staff have all been reat I think it is an outrage that we have been charged the full £9k. The University obviously doesn't have the funds to repay the fees, the goverment should step in.
It's been pretty good. Lecturers have worked really hard to teach things well online
My experience so far has been as good as it can given the circumstances. I’d like to have been able to spend time with my classmates and be living in halls rather than at home, but obviously these aren’t circumstances the university can control. The university is clearly doing it’s best to offer students the best it can.
We receive frequent emails about career services with lots of information and opportunities.
Despite having to be online, the lessons are well prepared and the lecturers are easy to contact and talk to when support is needed.
It’s hard to say as I haven’t been able to use many facilities due to covid, but from what I have seen as well as what others have said, I believe Sheffield has excellent facilities.
It’s easy to access emotional support from the university website/the vle. I had a rough time late last year and I was offered a lot of support to get me through it.
I have a had a good experience considering the uncertainty of the last 8 months. The university has been very supportive and helpful, and I feel like there has been clear communication from them. Although I have missed out on a lot of in person teaching, the few sessions I have been able to attend have been useful and I look forward to being able to make the most of the facilities in the future
The careers service is informative and has a good programme of events to support finding and applying for jobs, learning about varied careers and 1-1 advice
The facilities are very good, particularly the engineering building, the Diamond
All support services are clearly signposted and available
This year has been hard on everyone but I have been extremely lucky that my course has had a lot of in person contact meaning opportunities to get out of the house and see people in placement.
First year of studies were good as there was no covid but now all lectures are online and for the worth of £9250 and no practicals avaliable for us to do i personally dont think its worth it like other students. But as a university they did most things they can and i think thats very nice of them
Mostly very clean in all areas
Accebility infornation is present is most platform that students have access too whicb is really good