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
I love it, it’s so much better than I would have ever expected! I have learnt so much already in the first semester of this year and feel like my work and skills are improving all the time with my tutors’ help. I am becoming more and more confident everyday
Very good, high tech computers with up to date software and digital resources. A range of printers which are able to work to different scales, a separate print room for hand printing, block printing, screen printing, Lino etc We have a great library with a brilliant range of books on our subject and also other libraries situated on the other campuses. We have an animation studio, high quality graphics tablets, a kitchen, light boxes, access to life drawing, stop motion animation room with a green screen
Our tutors are always positive and happy to help, they are supportive of our decisions and help us to push our abilities. We have emergency contact numbers if we need help outside of college hours and are given regular feedback on our work and can ask for more if so required. The college itself has a range of counsellors and learning support readily available for anyone who needs it as well as helpers for anyone with learning difficulties.
The level of independence we have to work yet at the same time, the constant availability of a tutor to help in times of need. Our tutors are particularly enthusiastic about their subjects and transfer their knowledge in a simple and interesting way. They are also kind, understanding and will do their best to make every student feel accepted, able to do their work to the best of their ability and comfortable in the college. We are given one on one tutorials whenever they are needed whether it’s for practical work or written work and all our workshops are interesting and enjoyable.
In our second year, we are aided in creating both digital and traditional portfolios as well as social media’s to present our work to a wider audience. We regularly take part in life drawing lessons in order to further enhance our portfolios and are given in depth help and advice on how to deal best with clients and commissions. We are encouraged to participate in competitions and are pushed to our maximum abilities. In terms of transferable skills, we also create and present a range of PowerPoint presentations over the course of our 3 year degree to allow us to improve our communicational skills.
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Fantastic apart from those points mentioned. ALS is a major thing impacting my placement in particular as it's hard to manage a class when you KNOW that half a dozen of them kids haven't possibly got the support they needed. You can't be in 15 places at once. You have to prioritise yourself with additional support in tasks and that impacts/penilises those that are maybe flying high, or don't need as much support - and that isn't fair. Smaller class sizes with additional needs or more ALS assignment needed. Desperately.
Good. Food could be healthier, despite this the staff are wonderful. The food content itself just leaves a bit to be desired. Toilets between staff and students are shared, this can cause conflict sometimes. Art dept materials and supplies aren't always too well stocked - general observation. Front entrance a bit battered, disabled enrance buttons damaged and door slow to open, revolving doors don't fit many at once and stressful.
Pastoral is excellent, only need to pop in with own issues or your students (placement) issues and they're on it. Mentor support is next to none - very happy with my mentor. Tutor support is fantastic too. Feedback is regular both formative and summative. Always constructive and filled with terminology for us to learn from too. Counselling I've had no personal contact with but my students rely on them a lot. My only major issue would be in both my placement classes, I have class sizes with 70% of the kids needing support. I have one ALS. They are meant to provide support for all 15(ish) students in that class. This just isn't doable. Shes fantastic, but there should be 2. Some students essentially need 1:1 support, so if the ALS is with that one student then the other 14(ish) who need genreal support with writing or note taking or reading are left without. One of my classes didn't even have an ALS assigned until last week. It's crazy. There isn't enough in class learning support available in a college like this that has SO much disability.
Tutors always put time to one side, very knowledgeable and differentiate very well for our class. We have a very bright class with varying subject specialisms, but have 2 with dyslexia, one Aspergers, and 2 with nerve damage. Despite this, classes are always differentiated fantastically to accommodate. Nothing I particularly don't like - I very much look forward to our peer sessions sue to the smart structure, deliverance and enthusiasm in the sessions. Our tutors are some of the best I've personally ever had through Foundation up to degree.
Placement within college with plenty of opportunity to get involved with enrichment with our placement students as well as peer enrichment. Tutors always willing to put time aside to help advise on work and also advise on placements, extra curricular activities, advice with students and how our actions in the workplace within placement impact on our employability.
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