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University of York

1,470 University of York reviews

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

Student rating
This is the overall rating calculated by averaging all live reviews for this uni on Whatuni.
(4.1)
  • University of York
SR
Student Reviewer
12 Feb 20

University of York

History/Politics (Equal) BA (Hons)

OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING
Tell us about your overall university experience so far.

Very mixed, but everything that has been good has been down to my friends and partner - almost nothing good has come from the actual university. I've not had a module till this term that I have actually enjoyed, and due to the blatant discrimination of the university I often feel like a burden.

Job Prospects
How does your uni make efforts to increase your employability (careers department, work placements, transferable skills)?

We have 'exclusive' internships available to apply to; the York Strengths/Leaders scheme and many career events throughout the year.

Course and Lecturers
What do you like most and least about the way your course(s) are taught?

For politics, I like that I have two modules that span the whole year, I feel like it enables me to get a better grip of the subject. For history - nothing. I'm in my second year and only in the second term have I finally started a module I actually like and *actually* chose. BUT it has a group essay as 33% of the mark - it's second year, I do not want to be relying on people I've just met for my grade.

How many contact hours per week do you have?

8

Students' Union
What do you think of your Students' Union in terms of student representation and facilities?

Good representation and the bars are great but we don't have a student union building.

Uni Facilities
How good are your university's facilities?

I'm in Vanbrugh college and like that they have the Warren in addition to the common room.

Local life
Is your university in a good location in terms of distance to accommodation and local amenities?

Mostly, close to town and a few small shops nearer - but to do a big shop you have to walk a while which isn't great with big bags of shopping.

Societies and Sports
How would you rate the variety of societies/sports?

7/10 - We have most big name shops in town, even if they're small shops.

Student Support
How good is the support offered by the uni? Think both academic (tutors/feedback) and personal (counselling, etc).

If you're a disabled student like me, both are pretty awful. I have an SSP (student support plan) which ALL staff who teach me in any capacity are meant to read, but I have not yet had a module where I haven't had to go to the module convenor and explain that they haven't done half the things the university has guaranteed would be in place. I've faced a lot of ableism from staff and this has really negatively affected my mental health. Ironically, the mental health service on campus is overstretch and rubbish

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Megan
26 May 21

University of York

Chemistry BSc (Hons)

OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING
Tell us about your overall university experience so far.

Personal life has been pretty good because I like my flatmates but online learning has been extremely boring and difficult with not enough communication. I’m sure it would be better in person though.

SR
Student Reviewer
26 May 21

University of York

MSc Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Management

OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING
Tell us about your overall university experience so far.

I think given the circumstances, York has done an excellent job at making us feel included and as valued a student as anyone else despite not being on campus. I have learned more this year than I did in my three years at my previous university, due to the excellent teaching and engagement

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Isabella
26 May 21

University of York

Law LLB (Hons)

OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING
Tell us about your overall university experience so far.

Although there are still good resources and study spaces, overall the online aspect this year has not been value for money, as online seminars have not taught us the content as well, and there has been little individual support.

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Eleanor
26 May 21

University of York

Music BA (Hons)

OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING
Tell us about your overall university experience so far.

Despite Covid, my lecturers have tried their best. My house and I have managed to make the best of a bad situation, and have overall enjoyed our university experience so far.

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Chiara
25 May 21

University of York

English/Philosophy (Equal) BA (Hons)

OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING
Tell us about your overall university experience so far.

I didn’t receive the health support I was expecting to have. The University did almost nothing to support international students during this period. I enjoyed my course and the modules I did, but at the same time, doing everything over zoom was quite demanding.

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Anjie
25 May 21

University of York

Psychology in Education BSc (Hons)

OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING
Tell us about your overall university experience so far.

Because of the pandemic it’s not be even great but aside from just general difficulties with WiFi and things the content was still good. Some lecturers were obviously very lazy but it was all dealt with well

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Kirsten
25 May 21

University of York

Politics with International Relations BA (Hons)

OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING
Tell us about your overall university experience so far.

While overall I enjoyed York, this year has honestly been terrible. They're not at fault for the pandemic and lockdown rules, but I'm not happy with the refusal of a safety to students in their fourth year, or with the fact that graduation has been cancelled despite all restrictions being due to end in June; it makes absolutely no sense. Not being able to go to lectures in person or use university buildings, as well as the opportunities to make new friends being severely restricted, mean that this year has not been the same at all and was absolutely not worth the money. We shouldn't have been told to go back to university and have been misled by the government all year.

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Anastazia
24 May 21

University of York

Psychology integrated Masters MSci

OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING
Tell us about your overall university experience so far.

I have enjoyed that online learning has allowed me to do university work in my own time but it is sometimes hard to remember what is due when as I cannot communicate with other students on my course in lectures/seminars

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Kaitlyn
10 May 21

University of York

Mathematics (4 years) MMath (Hons)

OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING
Tell us about your overall university experience so far.

Everyone at York is so supportive and friendly. There are so many different ways to get involved and loads of information provided on career opportunities. I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else.

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