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
My experience at WUC has been invaluable. It has not been easy by any stretch of the imagination! Times I have really wanted to give up but having some great friends, a brilliant mother and great tutors im still here with just 84 days left to go! I have been given the opportunity to be a student ambassador, student representative and head of events/president of the equine society and all have these have really improved my confidence and really filled out my CV. All in all, there isnt anything I would change about my time here. Im really going to miss it and any chance to be back I will be!
Writtle has massively helped me out in trying to get as much expereince as I can in the industry I want to go in for. From academic staff helping me and support staff, including Mark Yates the careers advisor helping create a CV and Job applications. Staff have helped me fulfil my desire to create events and have believed in me to succeed in these events, giving my confidence ib=n myself and added experience for my CV Cannot thank WUC enough for their help in this area
I like that how interactive the lectures are, Also I like that at WUC you are known as a person, not just a number there is a real personal touch at WUC. Staff are available on hand if you want to help to help yourself, staff go above and beyond to help if you are willing to help yourself !
As president of the equine society, I have had some dealings with the SU, the president and Abi are great, The SU as a whole has not always been overly supportive to the societies needs.
Accommodation is satisfactory, rooms are a good size and pricing is good for a uni outside London. The food overall is poor, it is not the best and they have now reduced staff and alternative eating outlets
The facilities at Writtle are great, from the equine training and developments horse facilities - horse walker, menage, water treadmill etc to research equipment such as Tekscan, eye temperature equipment
Student nights are good, There are a few clubs that are involved, as well as the events that Writtle put on - moulshams 11!!!!
There are many varied clubs and societies, if there is not a club available in a sport/hobby you enjoy, there is the option to start up something if there is interest. Being the president of the Equine Society has allowed me to put on events that members are interested in, including external lectures and demonstrations
Support offered by academic is great, not only for assignment work but preparing for the outside world. Also support staff are good and helpful
My time at Writtle has been fun, interesting and very informative. I have been able to experience things that I would never have experienced if I had not attended WUC, such as going on trips to establishments that I would not be able to attend if I was not at university and having the opportunity to witness several foals being born, with some having well known sires from the Woodlander stud and Chilli Morning and Cevin Z.
There is a careers fair every year at the university that allows students to talk to a variety of businesses in different sectors of a variety of industries. There is also Mark, the careers adviser, who is happy to help students with job applications, making the most of their LinkedIn profile and many other career related skills. Within the course, we have had many different guest speakers from different industries who have described what it is like to work in their industry and the variety of jobs available. We have also been lucky enough to visit places such as Newmarket, Weatherbys and Baileys Horse Feeds mill, which allowed us to see the behind the scenes of how these businesses are run
There is a good balance between time using the facilities and time in lectures. Lecturers often try and make the lectures as fun and interesting as possible, incorporating activities and breaks within them. Within the course, we have had lecturers from other departments lecturing us for specific lectures, e.g. the sports lecturers when discussing rider fitness and training programmes
The SU runs lots of events through the year and try and provide a variety of different events to suit all people. Due to living off campus, I don't attend many of the events apart from the 3 balls that they have throughout the year. The balls are well themed and are fun to attend, and for a reasonable price compared to other universities ball.
The facilities at WUC are top industry standards, preparing students for any job possible. There are additional facilities such as a water treadmill and a separate stud, where students are able to assist with foaling down and participating in industry relevant practicals. I have not had personal experience with the other facilities, but have seen that they are also to top industry standards and able students to be very hands on
Chelmsford is the perfect mix between town and country. There is plenty of shops, restaurants and cinemas to keep you entertained and the night life is also pretty good. It is also very helpful that London is only 30-40 minutes on the train, allowing for the opportunity to go to Westfield shopping centre and to go to concerts/theatre
There is a large variety of clubs and societies for students to join, with the university having many sports teams competing in the BUCS competitions.
The lecturers have been very supportive throughout the whole of my degree, always willing to go above and beyond to help, no matter the task. I haven't encountered a lecturer during my time at Writtle that hasn't been willing to assist me with my work when asked . I personally haven't had much experience with the personal support team, however have known people who have and they found the team to be very supportive and willing to help the students
This year I applied for the Level 2- Certificate of dog grooming for assistants, I applied months in advance and was quickly sent an acknowledgment and told I would be contacted with a date for an interview soon. I waited a month, no contact. I sent an email, no response. I sent another email a month before the start of the course, as I was getting anxious at this point, no response. I decided to ring them, the administrator for that course was not in the office and I was told they would contact me the next day, no contact. I rang again the next day, finally got contact! only to be told the course for this year was full and that I had been put on a waiting list, and the next course would not be looked at or interviewed for until Feb next year. I found the communication of the administrators to be extremely disgraceful, unsatisfactory and unprofessional. If a course is full, and there is then a waiting list, I expect to be contacted and made aware of this and not to be kept anxiously waiting for who knows how long. I am very disappointed and annoyed with their level of service.
Have loved my three years at Writtle, even though it has its ups and downs. The lecturers make up for the somewhat poor facilities, and the social life is great.
Amazing careers department, and get to use most of the theoretical skills in practice.
Liked how all lecture material is available online after lecture for revision etc., dislike how some lecturers tend to just read off the powerpoints.
Was okay my first year, then declined. Not very impressive now, confusing and frustrating opening times. Sabbatical officer does a great job with any complaints, but the rest are not very helpful in my opinion
Somewhat old buildings, a bit old-fashion, but lived on campus for three years and found it okay. Shared bathrooms in some buildings, ensuite in others. No stove, but convection oven. Rarely any problems with power/heating/water etc. Reliable WiFi throughout campus. Thin walls, so can hear everyone else when they're talking/having friends over etc., that's a minus for me.
Facilities like the equine campus, the science campus and the new HE study hub are great, but the rest are fairly old and could do with an upgrade.
City life is great. Bar on campus for the students, 3 pubs in walking distance, two grocery shops and several restaurants. City is about 5-10 minutes away (Taxi/drive), 20 mins with bus or 40 mins walking. All the shops, restaurants and services you need.
My uni experience has had its up and downs, no fault to the uni at all. When these issues did arrive the welfare team were there to get me out and calm me down. The work us obviously challenging however has increase my knowledge and allowed me to venture into different topics as well as the chance to go to Africa with the uni to explore what life is like out there. The lecturers have definitely made the uni great, open to chats about anything, With as passion into the industry as we do, increasing the teacher style to a more relatable way and helping with extra tips on how to get the best mark I can. The friends I have now, with all the work we've been through, I hope to keep for the rest my life and I also to hope to get into my dream job at the end of my course.
Careers fairs every year, all staff are very friendly and willing to be a reference if needed. The skills learnt are applicable to put into a CV and a lot of knowledge is given.
The lecturers are all very passionate at what they do which transfers into their teaching which is great. However, sometimes the uni can be a little unorganized (not informing us about room changes)
Was a little bit favoured towards the "friends" of the previous presidents in my first two years however, this year it has improved drastically. Getting everyone involved and asking for as much feedback as possible to keep improving. Very very friendly too.
Good room facilities, catering included, there are a variety of rooms with varying price to suit everyone
Everything is within easy reach and if there are any issues the maintenance team is quick on the ball to help.
Very very social. Free entry to the local night club every Wednesday with Monday nights being specific to the campus in the on site. With the town only being a five minute D's drive away everything is in reach
Evoke is awesome, more improvements need to be made in terms of themes nights at the on site baa, however no real complaints
All the tutors are willing to help (by email or face to face) with a personal tutor being given to every student at the start of the first year. The welfare and learning support team are awesome and there to chat even for the smallest things.
Social life great. Academic side I wish I went somewhere else. We use the same horses each week, and all 1st and 2nd year we didn’t do anything with them anyway.
We have a careers advisor who come into lectures often and invites us to come and talk to him. Apart from that nothing
The course content is really interesting Most Lecturers really don’t care and want the lecture to finish as early as possible. And we only really touch horses in the 3rd year.
They are trying really hard this year to get everyone involved. But the students are too lazy to do anything
The best thing is the water treadmill and I have seen that be used 4 times? And I’m in my 4th year....
Chelmsford is really nice. Great shops, good nightlife! Loads of eating out places!! Lovely walks too!
Really good, so friendly too!
Lecturers don’t care. It’s the welfare and student support that do anything
Good really enjoy it a family atmosphere! Lecturers are really nice and everyone helps each other. However exam help more may be needed especially in new options not studied before!
Careers survice but only one person who is not always in More talks necessary and drop in sessions
Very good but maybe more smaller classes and seminars
Not much non drinking activities Als if some where wedbesday afternoon it would be good as I live at home.
Ok but more involvement and activities plus info would be good
Good and available
Excellent - rocky start due to some generic lectures in year 1 to bring everyone up to the same level - but i've improved greatly in 4th year and now carrying out my OSCE exams and think if i continue this hard work i may make it!!
can only speak about the equine and canine staff... Offers real life experience during lectures Organises work placements (and gets you to organise your own) Offers further education opportunities to carry out after the course Lots of help avaliable to you're willing to work for it!
The lecturers themselves are brilliant (experience and teaching skills) they make lectures fun and are very encouraging
Personally I'm not that involved in it because I live off campus and so don't get to go out that often! Although there are always a lot of events organised and I go to the 3 balls organised and they're great!
The equine and canine are excellent!
Chelmsford is good - big enough for enough fun but not too massive to get lost!
lots of sports clubs - play regular games again i don't have much to do with them because i'm off campus but friends do and they enjoy it and normally win!!
I'm unaware of the personal support having not required it - tutorial support with the equine and canine HE staff is excellent
It has been different than my last uni, where I loved the city, people and the student life, however at Writtle I much prefer my course as it is tailored for me.
We occassionally have guest speakers that come in and talk to us about our future, as well as having tutorials every week that can help with basic skills to boost employability. Our timetables allow us practical sessions so we can put into practice all of the skills that we have learnt, and our horses are perfect for us to put our practice on. In addition to this, we have just completed a professional development plan and now I can personally say, that I have feasible targets that I am going to achieve over the next few years and in my long term future.
The teaching is very easily adapted for different types of learners, but is ultimately very practical which is ideal for the types of students on the course who are ultimately going to end up as practitioners in the equine industry. Not only this, but for me the staff and teachers are very reliable and helpful who want the best for all of us, so they put their all in us and it's only just for them to expect us to put our all in. I would say the only negative side is that it would be really great to spend a bit more time in the week doing practical activities with the horses on the yard, but the teaching is fantastic and can't fault it.
The Students' Union are very supportive and are very good with communication between students. There are many activities that are promoted and organised by the SU as well which are fun.
I can't express how exceptional the facilities are at WUC. Not only is there a yard where we can work with riding school horses, but we also have a stud where students have the opportunity to work with young-stock and participate in the foaling period. We have the facilities to participate in dissections as well as many other activities. For other courses, there are plenty of resources, such as greenhouses and the incredible landscape that the campus has to offer.
As I don't live on campus I don't go out that much in the evenings, but I do know Chelmsford very well due to family living here, and the city is lovely, very calm and quiet with some pretty views.
They're very well organised with lots of opportunities for the students. BUCS teams operate weekly which I try to go to if I can to support the uni and there are just lots of clubs and events that the students can go to, such as demonstrations and meetings.
Personally, I meet up with my personal tutor frequently just to go through feelings and progress, but she is fantastic and as feedback goes it is very thorough and very prompt. The personal support is also outstanding with a wonderful welfare team that helps with counselling and exam stress that have open door policies for when the students need it.
Better than I expected - the staff have been very supportive both for my physical needs (regards to my disability) and my academic needs. I could not recommend the university enough.
Friendly staff and try there best to help students.
Very practical based which I but would be good to have 3 hr lecture times split up and more often
Halls is good with good size room.
Good if you like the city.
Variety of different activies availabe if you want to get involved with this kind of thing.
Very good, and staff help to proof read before its handed in