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
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.
We have 'exclusive' internships available to apply to; the York Strengths/Leaders scheme and many career events throughout the year.
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.
Good representation and the bars are great but we don't have a student union building.
I'm in Vanbrugh college and like that they have the Warren in addition to the common room.
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.
7/10 - We have most big name shops in town, even if they're small shops.
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
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.
I think it’s pretty good, but I haven’t looked much into it.
It’s all online at the moment and although all the lectures and content are there and there are plenty of q and as it very hit and miss
Very good facilities for use, although in the pandemic we haven’t been able to make the most of it.
There is support available but I don’t have much experience with it
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
I do receive many emails regarding job opportunities and links to sign up to seminars
The course has obviously been a bit different to how I imagined it would be when I applied due to covid, but one of my lecturers in particular went above and beyond to make sure our course was still excellent value for money by giving up a lot of her time to create innovative learning activities to supplement the content. I would give 5 however I feel that on one or two modules in the management school (the course is taught across two modules) the support could have been a lot better
I can’t give a comment on this as due to covid sadly I haven’t been able to visit campus which is of course disappointing
I have received many personal emails regarding mental health support when I have asked for extensions on assignments, signposting me to useful resources
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.
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.
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.
In the beginning of the year I had my seminars in person and the lectures online; however, with the escalation of the pandemic everything moved online. During the year I used to have 6/7 hours of lecture per week and 5 hours of seminars. In the last term (summer term) since I had only one module I had 1 hour of lecture per week and 1.5 hour seminar. All my exams were 24h open book exams, apart from those, I just had essays to write and submit. My tutors and my supervisor, however, were always available, through email and through zoom.
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
Lots of talks and opportunities and internships and all sorts
It’s good and really interesting and I do think I’ve learnt lots I just think there a variation in how much some lecturers link things back to edu action so more fixed approaches would be beneficial
Supervisors are great and really lovely but I have to say the mental health support is non existent
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.
So many opportunities and they encourage you to start planning early.
We only get four modules a year and low contact hours so I don't feel that you learn as much as you could - I learned way more when on my year aborad in Canada
Overall pretty good but West Campus has a lot of older, ugly buildings that diminish the feeling of being at a top university.
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
Provide many sessions and modules relevant to the career path I am interested in
Have transitioned well to online university, regularly keep in contact to keep us up to date and provide support
Library can sometimes get full during exam season but there are other computer rooms on campus that can be used 24/7
Never required personal support but I feel well supported if I needed it bad know where to go
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.