The annual Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCAs) highlight the incredible work carried out by institutions for their students. This year’s awards were based on reviews from over 30,000 students across the UK.
2022 WUSCA winners
The environment created at the university of Westminster is perfect for studying offering a range of study areas as well as private quiet areas to study on your own. It could be improved if there we’re more core texts available for each student.
Since COVID, the university has adopted a blended learning approach which can be difficult to stay focused for 3+ hours online. Also it is more challenging to ask for feedback specific to you.
Best - being in the university campus and being around the people Worst - travelling to uni (the expenses are high)
Best - diverse range of things to learn Worst - sometimes the timetable formatting is inconvenient
There are many clubs around the uni, all with Insta pages to make things a little easier. The Cavendish Campus doesn’t have much to it, it’s just a building no outside areas really. There are food places, street food and coffee shop all around and several train stations within walking distance. It’s very easy to explore central from this location. The student enquiries are very helpful and there are some great lecturers! Lab work is amazing and they have great resources for science based subjects.
The online courses can be difficult but I think it’s the same wherever you go. Lecturers set up drop in sessions online and on campus if you need help or to ask questions. They are always happy to set up a 1-2-1 if you need it as well. The content is interesting and the module handbooks tell you when everything is due pretty much from the get go.
Food and travel very easily found around the university. Everything’s within a ten minute walking distance. Easy to get to other campus for clubs. London is beautiful to explore and you can walk to Piccadilly Circus within around 20mins.
Best aspects are the facilities however I think the student life could be improved by being more budget friendly
The content could be more useful and detailed
The location is exceptional if you’re into the city life (think walking along Regents street everyday and trying to beat rush hour), and the staff are all lovely. They want you to succeed and many take the time to give you extra feedback or help you to understand why you got the mark you did. The labs are good, and you get hands on experience. Some more work could be put into improving the campus and facilities but overall, a really great university to attend.
Currently blended learning, I feel that more contact time with teachers would be beneficial, and more opportunities for internships and placements, particularly international opportunities would be good (this is not really available to science students)
As a student that started their uni experience during the pandemic my opinion of the university may be different to others. First year was very hard and left me constantly considering if I even wanted to do this course anymore. My year group out on a lot of academic and social experiences and now we are in second year there is a clear gap between what we learned in the hastily improvised first year and the second year that is returning to normal. I feel that as we have gone up a grade we don’t have as much support as we should have and alot of energy is focused on both the first and third years instead by faculty. The campus it’s self is lovely and I am enjoying exploring the new places on it and seeing what facilities it has to offer that I didn’t get to see during my first year.
The course has changed for the first years not having to do musicianship but the 2nd and third years have to continue to do so. I like the course hours and the lecture styles and now all lessons are in person but some are recorded just in case.
I like university i just wished i had more confidence to enjoy my time
Lectures are first and seminars follow along which i like. This is useful because it means that if you didn't understand the lecture you can get clarification in the seminar.
The diversity of students is the best. It can do better with mental health services and wellbeing.
Online and in class so overall blended learning. 8 course hours or contact with lecturers or tutors.
Absolutely poor. I could name couple of rude lecturers and staff. Don’t ever expect anything marked on time. Don’t ever expect emails to answered clearly or at all. Very rude supervisors and very unhelpful overall. They tell you to fix something on your draft and then you do exactly as you’re told and they end up giving you the lowest grade you can imagine. Really shocking standards and if the students are expected to pay for university and submit exams for deadlines, lecturers and markers should return the favour especially when they get paid to do so. Understandably they may have loads of marking to do, however a lot of students also have to juggle thousands of things, job, assignments, lectures, rent etc. so there is no excuse why marks aren’t given out when they are scheduled to be released
Does the job, I personally don't want to participate in extra curricular activities but there seems to be a lot. Course wise it doesn't feel that easy to find help unless you ask. I'd want asking to be the last option.
I've a few teachers that have been quite boring or don't seem they know what their doing. Course is alright, personally find it quite slow but I can see others are struggling. It would be nice to be able to do extra if I wanted to. If course leaders offered things to look into that are related and have real world examples
Central London is busy and opportunities around every corner. If you're not from here it will be expensive