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
University has been an amazing time for me, the social aspects, along with the teaching standards and support, there are very few faults i can pick with the university (Except for the Students Union and Vice Chancellors ridiculous salary)
The university offers good transferable skills by incorporating its "Standard Academic teaching" into real life scenarios, and linking many studies into the social landscape. In regards to the careers department, they have helped me to find a job i am comfortable in; which i am still in, progressively moving up the management scale. After being there for a year and a half, I am currently training to the deputy manager of a successful events venue.
What i like most about my course, is how there is a much more personal aspect in the teaching style, mimicking that of a college or sixth form class room, compared to the traditional style of 100+ students crammed into a lecture theater, with the lecturer simply blurting out information to the room. The lecturers offer much more assistance when struggling, consistently checking up on us, to ensure we are understanding the work, as supporting our well-being and ability for independent learning outside of university. The only aspect for me that i least like about the way my course is taught, is lack of timetable contact time with lecturers. Whilst there are office hours available throughout the week, i personally feel 6 hours of contact a week, is not a sustainable amount of time for lectueres to support us the way they do so.
Over my 3 and a half years at the university, the students union has severely gone down hill. Slipping standards of active engagement, too much bureaucracy within the union, specifically within the senior management team of staff (Not elected officers). Whilst many of its faults can be linked to decreased funding, specifically from the university (Its main source of income), to simply blame funding alone is a cheap excuse. The union does no longer understand the reality of students and their lives. Poor policy decisions from the very top, has seen a split within the usage of the SU. Whilst it may seem "Silly" to mention, the fact the union will no longer promote drinking or arrange its freshers week around various drinking activities, is idiotic and poorly promoted. The reality is students drink a lot, not all but a significant amount. The SU now is focusing specifically on the international student community more than any other demographic. I don't want this to seem this is me attacking the international community, or trying to spark a conflict between other communities, but in reality the SU has already done so, by focusing a majority of its attention away from many student demographics and communities. Whilst many other SU's income is from student bars, allowing them to self fund themselves much more, they continue to refuse, blocking a significant source of income (See Newcastle Universities SU for reference). The final point to be made, is how the SU will not actively challenge the university itself or hold regular campaigns around large / international issues, at the fear it will offend shareholders at the university (Who could cut their funding more, should they challenge them) This defeats a soul purpose of a student union, which is meant to represent students, when in fact it is simply another extension of the university itself.
Fairly good, however it would be nice to have more social areas that are not cafes or the library.
Support at the university has always been top of its game. Whilst sometimes lecturers can take a while to respond to some questions, the pastoral support has next to no faults i can think off.
Everything has been great. The university had done their best under the circumstances. I have learnt a lot this year and I have enjoyed it very much. I believe it was value for money as none of what has happened with the virus has been the uni's fault. They have accommodated pretty fast, offering support and guidance.
My overall experience in this university has been very pleasant. Along with developing my academic abilities I have also developed my social abilities, which I believe to be an essential part of what a university has to offer. I learned a lot about communication and working in a group on a more professional level. Moreover, the facilities of the university continuously give students the chance to expand their academic experiences with very favorable conditions.
Mostly online this year.
Very good accessibility with very clean spaces and good equipment.
I am really sad about online sessions at the University, sincerely if I knew that lessons were online due to covid, I am not sure that I would start university. I started in January 2020, and I did just 2 months with the University open.
I know that is very difficult entertain a large number of students, but often classes are not the same as face to face.
The university of Sunderland in London, is very accessible, the spaces are very furnished and organized. The library service works very well.
I never had the necessity to use them, but they are very structured, the student support is available and they send constantly emails to remind it.
actually, its my first year at university of sunderland, Im still doing my Term 1. But after 4 months of experience and studies, i would like to say that the overall experience at thia univeralsity is more than perfect, always they meet my needs and help me to go through my study problems. Furthermore, everything in the unibersity is clear and well explained in emails and website. I highly recommend students who looks for a university to go for unibersity of sunderland. As a conclusion, I've find all my needs and dream studies in the university of sunderland.
the university of sundurland always pursue for students who need a job opportunity inside and outside the university. Moreover, it have an online career support on the university website, students can make an interview with experts people belongs to university to help them find the right job according to there studies.
My course is taught online via canvas and MS Teams, i have 3 days per week of classes, wednesday, thursday, and friday. I contact tutors via email and via MS teams.
everything is perfect in university of sunderland. services and facilities for student are very helpfull.
Sunderland unibersity in london offer a free access to personal services, such as to loan a laptop for studying and refunds for international students who face financial issues. also it has different groups of wellbeing and always focus on disability for help and support. as well as for mental health groups to support those students effectively.
Hello everyone, I am so happy to be part of the students in the University of Sunderland, the people are so down to earth and the City of Sunderland is so environmentally friendly. My university is giving their students so many privileges, they are so helpful, you'll always see a smile on their faces anytime you come in for an assistance and that only, changes your mood!!! The experience was one of a kind!! Warm regards, Adaugo
My course is taught online, the teaching hours are very convenient, and my tutor is amazing.
The services are so welcomed the facilities are amazing, the cleanliness is breathtaking, the shared spaces and equipment hire are marvelous!!!
It's so good and helpful!!
Overall my first experience has been one of the best and hopefully I have more wonderful years to come and great memories to take back home and share with everyone It may be a small city but the beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.
The university helps us to build our CV’s, the job opportunities are much and the hours given are very very flexible to every student Some lecturers maybe able to provide references for students that may or will need them in the future mostly the general module leaders.
It is a very great experience learning here specially considering the fact that lockdown made a very huge impact on the way we students are now retaining informations at hand. Various forms of services are provided in this time of need and a massive focus on students wellbeing are looked at, we do not only have access to the library but online services were made for students I keep feeling homesick everyday but I am currently slowly adjusting to the change and the life of living alone in a foreign country but what makes it worthwhile is the experiences I have with my friends and knowing that I have my little sister with me as well. To be honest, at first I had some issues getting used to the online method. The university provided help in different ways, I could contact the module leader for guidance (advice). I had tutors who are always ready to assist me whenever I had any topic I found hard to understand, the teaching hours are very flexible I have enough time to get myself prepared for the lectures. The lecturers are always ready whenever to assist us on any academic issues we may have. The university gives every student a free bus pass with the use of a student card, a lot of scholarship opportunities are given to students including student loans also if ever a student is in need of one, the working hours provided to students are very flexible a student can apply to be a student ambassador which tends to be very useful on a student’s resume after university. The lecturers pre-record our classes which we receive every Friday after which we start a new week having seminars with each lecturer, the use of workshops is also one of the major way the teaching at the university we are work on some workshop preps before we have the class (virtual online classes). Usually most universities require the students to have their cameras turned on, the university always states that we have the right to turn our cameras on or not as they are trying to help protect our data. I can’t stress much about the wonderful quality of the university, I believe it is better to experience and see the mindset of what I have written so far.������
The university has wonderful facilities, so far I have only been able to access the library and city space at the city campus (due to the lockdown majority of the facilities are closed as everything works online) But even without access to them from my perspective I can testify that they are top notch facilities for students, every location is clean and the university is very serious on hygiene no place is left dirty or unhealthy for the environment
Well the student support at the university is very wonderful, I have never used the wellbeing, disability or mental health support services but I have seen/read about students that have used the services and they have also requested it to students in time of need
It is a very great experience learning here specially considering the fact that lockdown has made a huge impact in the way students are now retaining information. Various forms of services are provided in this time of need and a massive focus on students wellbeing are looked at.
Although most classes are online, the lecturers do help to ensure that students are well caught up with the content.
My first year has been fantastic, my second year will hopefully have more face to face but the dedication shown by the lecturers has been superbe. The facilities are fantastic as well as the support from not only the tutors, fellow students but also the librarians and the tutors that are not connected to my course are always available and will always help if needed.
My tutors give me information on jobs that may help with my studies
The course has been fully online, the lectures have remained fully dedicated and have worked hard to hold a positive first year.
The facilities are kept clean, there are alot.
I receive fantastic support from the university
Fantastic University with lots of support for students with great facilities that are constantly evolving, situated in a major northern city with brilliant transport links. The course offered lots of interesting paths to follow and the built in professional practice makes employability a major part of the course