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
Until now, university has been amazing, social and academic wise. I can't wait to see what happens next and am excited for the future. I met a lot of new people from different cultural backgrounds and my teachers have made me realize that I have indeed chose the right subject to study here at uni.
The University organizes career fairs, encourages students to participate and also offers some university based jobs for example the Student Ambassador Scheme or helps people who don't have any job experience or suffer from a disability.
- the teachers' implication, dedication to the course -the classes are small so you feel like you belong and it makes you feel like an actual student, not just a number -they want everybody to understand and help you with anything you haven't understood
I get involved in the activities that the Students' Union organize, their mission is to create different event for everybody at the university : young students but also mature ones. Freshers Fortnight was the best one yet, they outdid themselves and they even had activities who preferred something quiet and relaxing instead of the usual clubbing.
The accommodation is very close to the University and campus, and it's right in front of the Waterfront. It's the best place to start your first year, especially if you're living in a shared flat. There are a lot of flat parties, and it just makes socializing and making friends a lot easier than staying in a private housing. It's a bit expensive for European students but if you can choose between living in halls or someplace else, Athena Hall is your best choice.
- the university provides students with a range of laboratories for different courses (Psychology, Sport Science, Radiography) - the classes are new, from small seminar ones to auditoriums
Even though the city is small, the city centre has a lot of high-end shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs. It also features budget friendly shops for students and they benefit from discounts at a lot of pubs and clubs for food and drinks.
There are a lot of societies run by students (gaming society, film, feminists, experience and sports). Every week they have activities and they post them on Facebook so that everyone knows and can participate. Also, you can get memberships for them and it costs just 1 or 2 pounds per year.
You can book a tutorial with your lecturer and can ask them about the course There is also counselling, giving you advice on budgeting, writing your CV, helping you with time management, or they even give help regarding mental health or homesickness.
Extremely disappointed. I just want the course to be finished. They do not take into account students views and I would not recommend attending the university for this course. A lot changed over the three years and communication from the uni is broken and inefficient.
Overall it has been poor experience due to the lack of stability on our course. Lecturers changed every few months as well as the course leader which left everyone in a mess and unsure of assignments details and expectations which led students to just assume and guess what needed to be achieved. In a few modules we weren’t even given A module guide and often readings were set but not accessible in the library. When you contacted for help they often ignored or didn’t respond. Thankfully the cohort worked together to help and there was a good few lecturers who went above and beyond but overall the experience was a mess and without the supportive cohort I think most would have dropped out
There is a career adviser but not encouraged. I wished to do teacher training yet we were offered no input on this . No speakers or information provided . It was very much if you wanted to do it,find it out yourselves
Contact time is minimal with only 2 lectures a week equalling 3hrs. Throughout the degree there has been miscommunication between lecturers themselves and students. Students often received no guidance on assignments and marks were given back late with no communication saying so. Lecturers changed and the course leader has changed 4 times since beginning the course. Overall been a mess and struggle
The facilities provided are good and access for all. There is always services to be used whatever the issue.
Student services are always on hand to help out whatever the need. They will advice and guide on any personal or academic issue
I have enjoyed the course content, it’s very interesting and I have had good assignment support from my lecturers. The student experience team have checked up on students and have asked our feedback on how to improve our well being. Overall, this university and academic year has been as good as it can be in the current circumstances (Covid)
There is a lot of career workshops and guidance
Although it’s hard learning online, the lecturers have tried hard to keep us engaged and support us. The content is also very interesting and taught well
They are good and well managed, but I haven’t been able to go on campus that’s why I haven’t rated it 5/5
Good student support by feedback surveys and lecturers always checking in on us
University is one of the best experiences and everyone should try and do it if they can. It helps shapes you into a better person, pushing your own boundaries and helps to show you what exactly you are capable of. You end meeting new people from all different age ranges who all share the same passion. It helps you mentally and socially.
Overall, my experience with UOS and the people who make up my course on Games Programming has been very positive. The lecture's have always been engaging and very informative as well as purposefully staying relevant to our future careers as programmers. The lecturer's themselves have always been very quick and effective at providing any support or questions I may have within or outside a lesson/lecture. The UOS in general have also been a great help at solving any difficulties I have had although, thankfully I have had very little issues.
Due to the impacts and associated restrictions from the spread of "Covid-19", our course timetable has been formatted using a form of blended learning structure where most of our weekly lectures have taken place online; with our longer more interactive "tutorials" taking place in person if restrictions allow of it.
With restrictions in place it has been more difficult to use the facilities available but when we have been able to gain access to places such as the library, "computer lab's" and ect... I was presently surprised by the modern and capable equipment readily available as well as the cleanliness and welcoming environment UOS offers.
UOS in general is very quick to encourage students to join and interact with groups within the student union which can present students with like minded-people. In my experience, the social media UOS run's is usually full of tips and links to areas which can help provide support to all students for all ranges of financial, medical or wellbeing support.
My overall experience has been impacted by covid 19 I feel like they could have done better at some things but I also feel like they're doing the best they can.
Should be providing all lectures in person when they legally can as we are a tiny uni and a tiny classes and least at risk online lectures are so lonely and hard to focus on, I didnt pay 9 grand to sit in my room all day
Loads of interviews with authors have been arranged which has given us so much insight into different areas of writing, still plenty of time for them hopefully help with finding job/ work experience opportunities (which have not yet done)
Lecturers are great and always willing to help but online lectures are very lonely and hard to pay attention to. Lectures are well structured and mean we get regular feedback on our work
Would be better if in person mental health support was offered and if help for those who have been sexually Assaulted was provided by the uni.
Overall, the experience I have had at the University of Suffolk has been excellent so far. I have especially enjoyed being a part of the Students’ Union team, as they create a sense of community around the Uni. My course team have also been fantastic, and they have always provided everything I needed and more. It is no surprise the course receives 100% student satisfaction in 9 of the last 10 years, and have been a top 5 course in the Guardian League Table.
The Students’ Union are always providing opportunities for students to build employability, through schemes such as the Suffolk+ Award, which rewards commitments made by student volunteers, and formally recognises the work they do.
The History Team are always more than happy to go out of their way to make sure students are succeeding in their academic endeavours. The team have been great in moving to blended learning, and offer regular tutorials and 1-1 sessions. Extra-curricular activities and events have been regular throughout the year, and always very beneficial.
Everything at the University of Suffolk is clean, and new. Shared spaces are valued and respected by students, and the facilities are all excellent. Unfortunately there is no dedicated sports facilities.
The Students’ Union do most of the support regarding mental health and well-being support, and they do an amazing job.
The course is more of a guide rather than education. I would not recommend it. Unfortunately I feel that the course needs more time spent on teaching you art making skills.