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
Online resources have been made readily available. Initially, information on the university’s plan of action was inconsistent, but this has improved as the year has gone by.
Careers centre is very active.
Gym is abit small (approximate capacity of 120).
Academically, I feel engaged in the module content and work. However, the uni could do more to help students and make them feel part of the community at such a low time. It can be difficult to concentrate and mentally the pandemic has taken a toll on much of the student community. I hope that the uni go forward putting mental health on the forefront of their mission to better the student body. However, they have made a good effort at engaging students, thus, I'm excited to have a more ordinary student experience in the future.
Considering the circumstances, the art history department has still managed to engage its students in learning using mainly online resources to do so. Lecturers and tutors have been so friendly and willing to help no matter what. Despite the unfortunate situation surrounding the pandemic, as a first year I'm excited and looking forward to furthering my studies!
Although services have reached out and made themselves known, I feels so detached from the uni.
Despite the unexpected pandemic and its effects on my studies, my experience at University of St Andrews in unforgettable and has changed me a lot and added so much to my experience and knowledge. Simply it was a wonderful experience!
Not great. I haven’t felt listened to by my academic tutor, module leaders or the disability services. If you are considering apply to St Andrews and have a condition which significantly effects your ability to study, I would strongly suggest looking at other universities. The support i have received during my time at St Andrews has been abysmal, and while I hope that mine is a one off case, a number of my course mates have expressed similar experiences.
Placements are a huge part of my course so I might be bias, but there are additional societies you can join such as teddy bear societies which is great for boosting your on-hand experience.
What I like the most is being taught by experts in the field. While all my lecturers are experts in some element of health psychology, they get specific people to come in for certain topics which is hugely helpful since they have first hand experience. What I like the least is the lack of provisions for students with disabilities. I suffer from a disability which makes sitting and preparing for examinations extremely difficult. The university I attended for my undergraduate degree (Bangor University) recognised this and allowed me to take alternative examinations instead. St Andrews on the other hand has refused to provide alternative examinations, despite my having medical evidence to support this requirement. Currently they are saying that my grades are too high to justify allowing me to take the alternative examinations. However during a meeting with my tutor, it was implied that the actual reason is because they don’t actually have such an exam. My medical specialist informed me that St Andrews is notorious for being difficult in situations such as these. I wish I had know about this before I applied to St Andrews, since I probably would have looked else where.
From what I know, very good.
Yes, St Andrews is only small so you can cycle everywhere in around 10 minutes.
Very good selection of clubs and societies. They all have a lot going on and boost your extra curricula activities.
Terrible. I suffer from a disability which makes sitting and preparing for examinations extremely difficult. The university I attended for my undergraduate degree recognised this and allowed me to take alternative examinations instead. St Andrews on the other hand has refused to provide alternative examinations, despite my having medical evidence to support this requirement. My medial specialist has informed me that St Andrews is notorious for being difficult in situations such as these. I wish I had know about this before I applied to St Andrews, since I probably would have looked else where. The one positive is that my experiences with the counselling services at St Andrews, it was extremely easy to get an appointment.
I love it. I met the love of my life here, and the classes are dope. Not a single thing wrong with my St Andrews experience.
I love my professors, and I love how much free time I have with only 4 contact hours a week
Halls are too expensive
Love the tutors! All great speakers
10 out of 10 would recommend to a friend.
Careers centre is only focussed towards 3rd and 4th years
I have 16, wish there was more
Brah we have 3 streets, it's never going to be a 5
Fun but we don't win much
Really enjoyed it however I wish professors and tutors were more open to adjustments in the curriculum.
Overall great courses, but all are difficult to give feedback to as professors aren't very open to new ideas.
Looks nice but some are definitely a bit run down.
Not much going on i town but still nice being close
Could be better, difficult to get counselling.
Can't really comment. Not checked it out.
Range from 40 to 30 hours. It's very intense (hour-wise)
Accommodation is v. expensive and not modern at all. Carpets, mattress, couches etc are all done in
Student services are great, but the chemistry department does not take full consideration into disabilities with certain aspects of the course.
Really enjoyed being here, will be sad to leave
Many careers fairs and a careers centre
Engaging, plenty of opportunity to discuss.
Lack of communication between school. Lecturers available when needed.
fairly distinct & nice atmosphere
Academically really good, lots of feedback available. personal is a hit and miss.