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
It has been great. I have had the opportunity to meet people from a range of cultures and backgrounds. I have had the chance to be part of many wonderful societies like RAG, HistSoc and LawSoc and I have also found my course to be interesting. I think that uni has its ups and downs and I'm not saying everything will be perfect but on the whole I've had a great time and I'm still learning from it.
Several of the societies such as law, finance and history make an active effort to run talks on different fields you can go into and give you advice on getting into that career. Several skills you gain through being part of a society are transferable in employment such as teamwork and organisation. The careers department are also very active running talks, workshops and one on one sessions. As well as the general careers adviser, each department has its own career adviser dedicated to your degree, e.g. a history careers adviser.
The best thing about my lecturers is the range of lecturers I have. With history at Warwick, every single lecture has someone who is a specialist in the topic they're lecturing on. It's nice not to have the same lecturer all the time and it keeps the course interesting. I also like the wide range of optional modules that history has, it's also easy to do an outside option from another discipline if you see one you're interested in.
The Student Union is really active. They run so many events ranging from socials like the famous weekly POP! all the way to advice on student housing. At Warwick, there are over 250 societies so there's a wide range of activities to choose from. You can also start your own society if you feel as though there isn't anything you're interested in.
In my 1st year, I lived in halls. I was in Westwood and my room was spacious and had a sink. My flat was huge, there was 21 of us and there was a common room which meant we could socialise with other people too. Sharing showers and toilets wasn't an issue at all, not once did I have to wait and they were cleaned regularly. This year, I'm living in Leamington, we went through private housing and our landlord has been wonderful, any problem we've had he has been more than happy to fix.
There is a large amount of working space, the library itself is 5 floors. There is also the Rootes learning grid and university house, both of which are nice places to do some work. As a history student, I also find the modern records centre particularly useful, Warwick's very own archive! There's plenty of sports facilities too from the gym in the sports centre to courts if you want to play a game of badminton or tennis.
From what I read about Warwick's city life before coming here, I can say I've been pleasantly surprised. In first year, although it was a 10 minute bus drive from the nearest city Coventry, this wasn't really an issue as anything we needed was in reach. Fancied a coffee? We could go to the costa on campus or curiositea. Fancied a meal? We could go to one of the on campus restaurants like bar fusion. It's nothing like the city life of London, Manchester or Birmingham but it's definitely not as bad as I was made to think it was before coming here. If we ever do get tired of the Warwick bubble, we simply venture out a bit further to Birmingham which is 20 minutes on the train.
There's a crazy amount of clubs and societies to choose from, over 250! There really is something for everyone and if you don't like anything on offer, there's the opportunity to create your own society!
Academic feedback is really good, it is often prompt and it's quite easy to see your tutor in their office hours or find one of your lecturers if there is something you don't understand or are worried about. Personal support I would say is also there, but you actually have to look for it to be able to make full use of it. If you know who to go to and who to ask for personal support then there's so much available to you
This year I gave a very low rating because of coronavirus. I felt the level of teaching was nowhere near what it needed to be especially in a practical subject such as engineering. I felt unprepared especially after an online term 3 last year and my mental health definitely suffered at various points throughout the year. I felt that the overall experience was not indicative of the £9250 spent towards it not even including living costs.
School of engineering specific is very good with a placement officer. Not sure about rest of the university
They are available but many feel they are more for university quotas than helping students.
Having been online, the university experience was very isolating. However, my department offered lots of support and events which I found really beneficial. Also, despite not having access to the library since I was working away from campus, there was still lots of online resources which I found very useful.
I think in certain areas Warwick are very good - eg their careers services. But other areas they fall down on. They claim to champion well-being, but I don’t think many people (especially first years) know all the avenues available to them, and I know some people who have had terrible experiences going to these services. They also routinely fail to listen to the student body, ignoring many protests and votes. My experience this year hasn’t been great, but that’s mainly due to the pandemic and not being able to go out, which isn’t the uni’s fault.
I really enjoyed my time on campus, and even being online at home. Warwick is an amazing university, the campus is lovely and the Film course is incredible. However, the university has to improve its wellbeing services and has to revise it’s policies concerning security on campus and establish a zero-tolerance policy regarding sexual harassment and assault. This concerns a lot of universities and is not being talked about enough. Being a woman, I deserve the right to feel safe on my campus. Moreover, I think the university could have offered more than a rent waiver in regards to the covid situation and the numerous opportunities we didn’t get this year.
The university sends invites to forums and links to webpages every week. However, as I am in first year I wouldn’t know too much about this.
I did not expect to like my course this much in spite of the pandemic and the restrictions. However, the course is fascinating and first year offers a general approach to film studies which allowed me to become familiar with a wide range of subjects. I learned a lot this year.
The facilities are overall very nice and clean.
Wellbeing services are overwhelmed and probably understaffed as the access to in-person or one-on-one meetings is incredibly limited. There is a month-long waitlist (at least) for any appointment which is considerably too much.
Overall my experience has been good. I received personal and mental health support when I needed it. My course has been well taught and I have lecturers who actually care
I have had emails about jobs, invited to seminars and used the careers services
I feel that my lecturers did a really good job with the transition to online learning
Facilities are good but more study space is always needed
Mental health support has always been accessible
It was a mixed bag year, to say the least. I think the pandemic took away a lot, while adding an additional burden in terms of mental stress and inability to offload that. Had the opportunity to engage with some stimulating academic content, nonetheless, and developed a closer bond with my housemates.
The university is great for job prospects; there are resources available from societies as well as the university’s careers service.
In general, the experience has been good, with a few module lecturers not really being there for much support. From the lecturers’ perspective, almost all of them have done as much as they could to make the experience a worthwhile one for students.
Facilities are really good, in terms of availability (even now with Covid) and in terms of study spaces. Can’t say how undergrad accommodation on campus is right now, but I liked living on campus in first year.
I have not heard great things about the university’s mental health services, although I do know they have taken steps to make it more available to all. I do think there are arrangements made for people with disabilities, but I cannot fully comment on the nature/quality of the same.
Obviously, Covid has limited all kinds of possibilities but, of course, this is not the institution's fault and overall it has been a very fun experience. I would give it five stars but some departments have shown that more in person contact hours were possible and not taken by some departments, which put a strain on our learning and overall experience.
I receive university emails about internship fairs and student research programs weekly.
They have made the biggest effort for us to have all the tools needed to learn. The amount of recorded and non-recorded lectures as well as excercise sheets, seminars, weekly tests... have made the online education process much easier. However, it has been unfair how some degrees have had many more in person sessions than my degree and others. The only other caviat is that I, personally, would prefer lecture notes to be uploaded as a whole, not updated weekly, but only some modules did that. Overall they have been very helpful.
I have been amazed by the facilities at Warwick, truly. When I arrived on campus I wandered around it for days.
As far as my needs have gone, there has been a support office available for all of them. However, they have sometimes been somewhat slow to respond.
This academic year has obviously been somewhat challenging due to the ongoing situation. However I have really enjoyed all my seminars this year, and have felt supported most of the time.
Career support is excellent at Warwick.
The majority of facilities are modern and put together. The university is currently building a new humanities building ready for this September, which will be a great facility for students.
The support offered is pretty good, but I would say there are definitely a few underfunding issues in terms of mental health support.
I believe that the university is great. Great facilities great gym and a great course. However covid has been a major impact to all students whilst studying at university not just Warwick