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
I am in my final year and still in student accommodation - I have to be honest - it is horrendous. It is always so loud with too many idiots there. It is also way too expensive for what you get - but I have no other option. The course is only two days a week and I am in my final year - it is simply just not enough - I am constantly asking myself 'what are we paying for?'
The university has been a great experience despite lockdowns and COVID, although I wish the library was still accessible 24/7. Lecturers have helped any way they can and they are understanding to your circumstances. The university is very student oriented as they value the voice of students and want them to get the most out of our time there.
They post job opportunities and webinars almost every day, it’s incredibly helpful
Great support and understanding
Very accessible but equipment hire is limited
Very helpful whenever needed
Coming to UWL has been the best decision I have ever made, I love my course I doesn’t feel like work because it’s so fun and hands on. The people are amazing, I have made friends for life and Ealing is a great area to live and work.
Inform us of any opportunities outside of uni they know about and are helping us create a portfolio.
We are in three to four days a week, for around 5 hour practical lessons.
We have access to Ealing studios, lots of camera equipment and the whole Adobe software
Loads of help from all teachers and student support. I feel I could go to any of my lecturers for help about anything, uni work or personal issues.
Even though I have been less than 5 times at my university because of covid 19, I’ve seen that my university is supportive enough with everything they do have an excellent service.
They do have lots of interesting opportunities to nee peoples and they always encourage me to take part to the new opportunities.
Its actually a pretty good and interesting course, the online classes are done very teacher coming on time and doing a quick brief of the lesson, letting as work as a group. I do have a good communication with tutors they are always helpful when needed.
The university is always cleaned, I see cleaners everywhere, we have the sanitation station at the entrance and in each floor.
The university support mental health i been receiving emails asking if I needed support with it, I do have all the ability of accessing everything in university.
I would say it’s okay a bit confused at times as I’m used to teachers telling me what I should be doing . And my personal organisation skills aren’t the best . Also I haven’t yet been able to make friends due to online lectures but have spoken to fellow class mates . Would say more help could be given on how to use blackboard and better description given to uni assignments as I’m not always clear on what I meant to do
Been emailed job opportunities but as I’m in foundation year some don’t apply for me
3 hour Online lectures . Contact with tutors is pretty fast turn around (next day)
Have yet to access/experience all services and facilities due to COVID lock down. But uwl was pretty clean when I was attending last year probably because there wasn’t to many students but what I’ve seen I’d say it was pretty good
Pretty good always being emailed about metal health , how/who I can contact etc questionnaires
Hasn’t been the best year due to COVID-19 as classes had to be held online for safety measures and in line with government guidance. This made classes less engaging and unusual as we had never experienced this before. However, it would be unfair to comment on this due to the pandemic. Although, all staff and lecturers were very supporting and were always there for students when needed.
Many ways to access career services.
Blended learning. Due to the pandemic, lectures are taught online but practical lessons are in-class.
Many facilities available and all are very easy to access. The university is always clean and shared spaces are well looked after.
Very easy access to personal services. The university really cares for the well-being of its students. Support can be accessed online or in the building. It’s very comforting knowing that support is available always.
Course is great, university accommodation is horrible. I lived at paragon for a month before they told us it was a fire hazard and evacuated us even though they have know that it was a fire hazard for years, I was then moved to another accommodation where my flat mates smoked and did drugs in the kitchen and the smoke came into my room so I neither ate in the kitchen/ at all or slept without my window open (in winter- I was freezing). So I moved out into the student village that charge so much money that I can’t afford to live gear next year so I’ll have to move again soon.
It’s great, all in person except when Covid gets in the way.
There are not that many practice rooms
A great school. Could be slightly better organised. Not perfect, but everything is done with good intentions, to help you be prepared and the best you can be. I love DSL so much. Well worth the audition! UWL isn’t the best in terms of accommodation- my year in halls was horrendous - but I dealt with it because DSL made it worth it.
The school prepares you to be a working actor. That includes supporting yourself financially and looking for opportunities. They have a great industry week and fantastic visitors.
Amazing contact hours (6 hours per day, 5 days per week when in-person, still had 3 hours a day online). 1 to 1 with a personal tutor every week. Full-time actor training to prepare you for the industry. Staff always make time for you and listen to your needs. Extra masterclasses and talks take place from time to time.
The main building is small and old-fashioned but with lots of character. Mainly use other buildings during COVID to ensure space for social distancing. Everything is clean and well-maintained. It’s a small school within UWL but UWL services and spaces are available. Could do with better spaces to eat! Lovely garden area.
Pretty good. The staff are generally pretty good at listening to concerns. There are extra classes to support neuro-diverse students, and tutorials to check out well-being. Of course, there are still areas for improvement. Not all staff have an understanding of anxiety.
My overall experience was the lecturers are professional and helpful. Always happy to book a meeting and discuss anything that you need such as: assessment guidance or help trying to get your grades, career advice, scholarship references. The lectures are interesting and the teacher bring real life stories and cases into them so that we can see as student how it would apply or work in the real world. The seminars are interactive and students are always given the opportunity to ask questions and answer them.
We have a specific, forum where we can look for jobs and internships. The lecturers also try to advertise and inform us personally of a lot of opportunities. And how to apply for them.
We have 2 hours live lecture and 1 hour webinar where we discuss questions and go through what we have learnt. I am finding really good how they are doing most of the lecturers interact with the student while on a lecture and a webinar to make easier not to lose track and become bored.
The printing black and white is free the library is clean and beautiful. It smells refreshing and motivates you to study. There is floors assigned for certain activities which makes it easier for group work and silent studying because everyone know which floor to go to.
The services are always communicating via email to make sure that we know they are there if needed.
My experience is great. I love it. I initially signed up for IT course. After first semester of programming module, my professor noticed my skills and pushed me to change course to Computer Science. Which I did. Tutors are very nice and knowledgable, they help you a lot. They support your career 100% and I definitely made the right choice.
They encourage us to do our best and there are many job fairs organised at uni
The fact that they encourage to ask questions and they will explain in different ways if we didn’t understand
They are the best
Very good. University of west London is very modern
I live at home due to the prices in London so I have to commute. Takes me 1.5 hours to get there. And there’s a free Uwl buss that takes students from Ealing Broadway station to uni
They have recently built a very modern gym so it is great.
Excellent. They will sit with you and explain things you didn’t understand