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 feel that I have not got as much from uni as I thought I would have due to the way things are advertised but aren't exactly what they seem. the accommodation has been better then expected in some ways but the security has been a downfall. The lectures have been good but the wordoid and contact hours varies form what we are told to expect.
On my course we have sector specific people come in to talk to us and our tutors alert us to volunteering opportunities and recruitment events, but the uni itself doesn't really do much.
I think the contact hours are set at a good level, but this actual contact rarely actual happens, classes are cut short or changed regularly. Many of my lectures have great sector specific knowledge which is very useful.
The student union is advertised as being a large and great thing, but as far as I have seen it doesn't do much and any activities I have gone to have not been greatly received.
The buildings vary, the newer buildings look great and are large and spacious, however the facilities are still basic, whereas some of the older buildings seem to have better facilities but rooms are smaller.
Yes, the university is in the centre of the town, shops are a short walk away through several access points and accommodation is also just minuets away.
The variety of sports is wide, especially at higher levels, however societies are a bit sparse and niche.
The support offered by the uni itself is lacking, there are advertised as being vast amount but accessing this is hard, and not always available. However, many lectures are always happy to help with and issues.
Due to Covid, i could obviously not engage with any societies so the uni experience was just not there. And the teaching had been kind of sub standard as we had to figure most of the stuff out ourselves
Due to covid, learning and teaching obviously had to be online. But the teaching hours were severely reduced. Only 5-6 hours per week for one module and 3 hours per week for another module, which is nowhere near enough. For one module, we just received the study document, got a pre recorded lecture every time and a live Q&A and that’s it. And for the other module, no lectures at all. Just a study document that we were expected to learn all on our own every time.
The university library is still easily accessible even after the implementation of covid regulations and a booking system. I love how the uni has a laptop loan system for those who really need it.
Well, so far so good , it’s been ok, not really the best due to the pandemic. But I can see the university tried their best, I only missed nit have physical practicals . All because I believe practicals do give you more knowledge and ways on how to apply theories learnt . Was it worth the money ? not really, was it educative ?yes , would I live to have continuous online classes forever ? No. As my course requires handwork and physical practicals .
Every week, numbers of job vacancy are being sent out to each and every student, from freelance to work placements and even graduate jobs. Which as been useful , I once applied via the emails being sent out for a Christmas job. It was exiting.
Online class, but hopefully second year we will have in-class / blended learning , the tutors are all very chatty and it give the student the opportunity to relate be conversant about the topics being taught .we have about 4 hours per day, for 3 days , per week.
Well the university accommodation is very lovely, but for other aspects like labs , we haven’t really been in it, but from online search or views, it seems pretty much outstanding . And the libraries are very helpful.
There have been online events happening, but I have participated in some not all, as it doesn’t really work for me, am more of a physical person, I work well with anything that as to do with physical touch or involvement .
I'm truly satisfied with the experience and the value additions offered by the university in fulfilling my career goals. Lecturers were well prepared and the materials were just great.
Online session were pretty self explanatory but I would’ve liked a bit more support from the tutors. It was a tough year in general so having everything be online based made it ever more difficult to follow and understand.
The course is taught very differently to most but I like that there is always room for feedback after every section of teaching that’s done. There are continuous tests done throughout the year and well as end of year exams which allows for you to know how you’re doing topic but topic rather than as a whole which makes it easier for you to know where you’re struggling. This was adapted for blended learning in a way that was still efficient and meant we still got all the necessary feedback. The teach hours are ideal and leave plenty of room for independent study which is always needed. The tutors are always quick to response to emails although can sometimes be a bit vague or require separate emails for each problem.
Being on placement at hospital on covid wards has been challenging but also so rewarding at the same time. Being away from my family has been heartbreaking but I know I am making them proud.
Currently online due to covid restrictions. Contact with tutors has been minimum and I have found this very challenging.
I enjoy uni and the unique opportunities I am involved in. They provided a broad subject area that explores my field of study, allowing me to find my socialism.
I'm not thinking of getting a job straight away; I want to get a masters and PhD first.
Excellent as they give 4 hour contact time per module and have made sure any labs missed will be taught in April.
Amazing labs, great lecture halls
Yeas, I have many learning disabilities and mental health problems and receive adequate support.
very great really enjoying my experience. love the university and l am learning a lot. very informative and tutors are very understanding and helpful. helpful..
they have the workplace and it's really informative
love the course l am studying learning a lot.
very reliable, friendly
yes it is
My experience has been very positive, I have been able to apply my working experience to university and learned some valuable skills The university is very open to helping students that want help and will establish stude ts that need help before they become to deep in assignments.
Giving students cariuous opportunities, from cv building to interview skills, through to volunteering and work placements. The opportune is always there you just have to engage.
Most, relaxed atmosphere, ask questions if you don't understand, hands on learning. Least, some lectures teaching from other people slides, when they have such vast knowledge to pass on.
If it is possible student union will try to facilitate it. Games stations, sports, bars, community bringing together events.
Excellent, various different food options, shops, coffee, learning spaces, computer availability, staff availability.
Perfectly situated, just off the centre of town, 5 mins walk from anything you may need, good bus route and trains. Aswell as the inter campus bus service
There a wide range of societies to join, if you can not find one that you fancy, you can start your own and student union will help you with this. There is an amazing gym facility along with sporting clubs.
Lectures feedback is invaluable, you can grow and learn from this. The university have an amazing wellbeing centre for any occasion
The overall university experience has been unsatisfactory. The only year that i can personally say was satisfactory was the first year when we had a course lead who had been within the profession and had the experience and knowledge to guide us in the right direction. Every other year had been unsatisfactory, Second year we didn't have a course lead and only VL's. The VL's sometimes didn't turn up, course work was late being given back to us after marking and this had very limited feedback, if any. Third year was placement year, at this point the university had recruited a new course lead but he hadn't came and introduced himself to us at placement, so i wasn't aware of who our support was. No one came out to visit us during the placement year which was made clear it would occur at the start of the year because it's a module and we needed to do a piece of coursework on it. Final year has been awful, we've been told not to go to our dissertation module because there isn't anyone out of our course to offer us help and advice. We've had no support from course leads and emails haven't been answered.
The Visiting Lecturers made it clear that having a placement was crucial to experiencing what a career in Environmental Health would be like. When out on placement i had no support from the university and i didn't hear off them at all. This made is more difficult coming back to University after a placement year. It made it even more difficult undertaking the placement assignment when i got back to University because i wasn't made aware of the information i needed to gather during my placement year.
Our course lead left before the start of year 2 and we then had to rely on visiting lecturers (VL) to teach us. Sometimes the VL's wouldn't turn up because they had other work commitments and we weren't made aware of this. Coursework was marked and given back to us after the four week deadline. Final year, it feels like the lecturers don't know what to teach us and every assignment has been on outbreak investigations rather than the specific areas of Environmental Health. We've hardly been on any trips and when we did we had to buy our own personal protective equipment, it wasn't provided by the university. Emails by the current course lead aren't answered and if they are, it's can be up to and over a week after the initial email was sent.
The Library is good and the staff offer help and support and there are courses you can attend within the Library to help with your studies.
Not enough variety, typically in relation to the course i am undertaking.
The support from the University is awful. We've been let to our own devises. I feel like the current course lead doesn't care, he hardly gets back to emails, he offers very little support and guidance. We've been told not to go the dissertation lecturer because there isn't a lecturer in our facility that can come in and support us, meaning we are doing our dissertations blind. The feedback from coursework can be very contradictory and doesn't help with personal development.