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
Because of Covid, this year has been a little disjointed. Although my course is online, it’s been difficult to work in the conditions and mentally it is challenging. We have not been aloud into the college at all this year even to use the library spaces. My course has though, been okay as a lot of the work is in your own time and the lectures have still be interesting and helpful. I would have liked a little more personal guidance from the course or from the university as I have struggled a little with the assignments and how to interpretate them. I like that we have bi monthly sessions with the teachers and other class members to run ideas and ask queries. It always nice to see everyone’s else ideas and get their thoughts, critiques and praises on your own work. I inherently do enjoy the course and I like the freedom but would like just a little more support during this difficult time.
Being the alumni of such a prestigious art college comes with good job prospects. We receive daily emails on job prospects and there are frequent lectures from industry professionals. The graduate shows bring in lots of high profile people and are great places to mingle and schmooze your way into a job.
Our course is part time and online. The lectures are interesting and the teachers are charismatic and very knowledgable on the subject. We don’t tend to have one to one tutorials at all but we have small group tutorials with other members of the class in a more peer orientated study style. The work is mostly independent as the other course members are from all around the world.
As an online course we don’t generally get to use the college facilities but having previously studied at the university, I know that the photography studios are brilliant and there are so many resources to use including mac computers, an extensive library, a great kit room with all kinds of apparatus and lots of quite study spaces. There is also an on site art shop which sells anything you need for projects from paint and paper and notebooks to memory sticks, phone chargers and even stickers and bags.
The mental health service is okay. They have drop in sessions which is good. Following the session, I did not receive any further help though.
I have really struggled at university this year. being autistic i find change very stressful and i have struggled to make any friends so i am very lonely. I am not really enjoying my course too much either. so i’m trying to make the most out of it so i don’t go mad
our facilities are great but we haven’t been taught how to use any of them
I am autistic and i have accommodations in place to make university easier for me. The disability team are wonderful but the academic/teaching staff not so much
Very accommodating and caring considering the circumstances. Good resources and learning opportunities and have made sure all resources are accessible and lecturers are okay being contacted for the xtra help
Good career advice and many lecturers help prepare you for work later on. During COVID the careers advice has been very limited and I think we’ve missed some opportunities like career fairs
Even though everything moved online during my second year the course has gone really well and the lecturers have been very accommodating and helpful. There is a wide mix of teaching styles and lecturers including practicing professionals.
As an arts uni you can hire and use any equipment you could dream of for free or ask the uni to get it for you. Loads of studio space and workshops you can use. Classrooms can be a little old but functional
Student union is very good and all the other services the uni provides is good I’ve used the mental health team and they have me an advisor immediately and helped me get extenuating circumstances and have offered financial aid
Wish the tuition would be lowered seeing as everything's online right now and you aren't able to get the full experience of actually going to university. It's only now that we're even able to physically go to class, seven months into Year 1, and even then it's only once a week. Other than that, my course teachers have been really helpful and nice.
My experience has been ruined by covid but it’s still been as good as it could be I think. I love the uni and the course however this year I don’t think it’s been worth the money at all. If it weren’t for the pandemic it would have been 10/10 I think. With it being a practical course so many opportunities were cancelled due to the virus
This course offers everything you would want to learn about creating different textile prints. It will allow you to explore creatively how you can turn you ideas into physical work. You will be able to broaden your knowledge of what Textiles are and how it shapes fashion and how they go hand in hand together.
Terrible haven’t learnt anything at all. Tutorials are no where near enough. A lot of self learning and no support really. Online lectures are unnecessary lengthy. A lot of time wasted with connection issues. Unmotivated to work at home. Yet submissions have remained the same
There’s cv check but that’s it
Blended. 4 hours online avg per week. 30 minutes in person tutorial
Very clean. Accessible but booking required
We’ve barely been taught and have had to teach ourselves how to do things such as pattern cutting and given no help with sewing in terms of we’re expected to just have everything we would have access to at uni.
Overall my experience has been really good. I’ve enjoyed learning a lot in this fist half a year and am enjoying the variety on my course. I’m a little sad that we’re not able to meet our tutors and classmates in person at the moment, and I find making connections really difficult at the moment. I also found my course to be quite disorganised for certain topics, but I do understand that it must have been difficult to change the curriculum to online in such a short space of time, so I’m positive this will get better as the course goes on.
At the moment I’m only in my first year, so am far off having any career service activities etc. But I did attend a talk from one of the placement ladies at my uni and she was able to answer any questions we had. I would like to see some more guest speakers though, even this early on in my course.
My course started off in October as a blended course. But no, due to the stricter COVID rules, it’s not online for this next term. We have 1 to 1 catch-ups with our tutu it’s every so often, so it’s handy to be able to raise any queries or concerns with them then.
Excellent facilities! That’s actually what drew me to my course in the first place, the wide variety! At the moment I haven’t been able to make the most out of them, due to COVID. But I have done a few workshops and the spaces are clean, and the equipment (although confusing at first) will definitely become easier to use the more I’m able to go in to use it.
I joined a well-being group for a few weeks and did some well-being drama which was fun! I do think this is something I should explore further for if I need any support later in my course.
The overall experience has been really good. Despite covid stepping in the way of in-person classes, the university has quickly responded with online classes and limited studio access for self-directed studies. The support is there, even though sometimes you need to wait for it. The tutors are awesome, the lectures are interesting & I feel beyond happy to study here.
The course is brilliantly executed in order to stretch each student's abilities and develop new skills. Each week we get really rich talks both from our own tutors and guest lecturers. Blended learning has not been the easiest, but on behalf of the university, everything has been organised very well.
Amazing facilities, workshops and the library!! Can’t wait to be back in the building to study in person.
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