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
It has been really amazing. I have learned so much about handling horses, riding, how to become a self employed individual and gaining endless skills and knowledge about my field. As the years go on within the course, it all comes together by the third year and looking back at modules with the wide range of lecturers means that you learn about not only horses but farm animals as well.
It is excellent. The facilities and range of horses are great for any research you are interested in. From first year Writtle lecturers build you up with your practical skills. Later on you can tailor your own course through assignments; they are extremely creative and whether it be working with young horses, retraining behaviors, you can decide!
The teaching on this course is from such a wide scale of lecturers you really cover every aspect of the industry, even though your course is so specialized. By receiving lectures from vets, sports therapists, coaches and physios it gives you an overall view of the industry and where you fit in. It makes you so versatile by being able to adapt yourself from fitting saddles to learning about the genetics of the horse.
The student union is great. You can walk in and ask any question and you are guaranteed that the student union and the staff will do their best to organised anything for you. From funding your own event to wanting to start up a new club they will do their best to make it possible. They’re extremely welcoming and want to make sure that you can get a problem fixed from having a welfare officer to a social officer every aspect you need is covered.
The university halls are great. You have your own room with a sink basin, with a nice quiet and most of all private area! Sharing kitchens and bathrooms with others is great as the facilities are there for multiple people to use them at the same time. Food is included at two different catering sites and the areas are cleaned as well which is fantastic! It is easy living on site, 3 set payments make everything easy to cover and it means you never miss out from anything happening on site!
They’re amazing! The water treadmill, range of horses, breeding areas and indoor schools make anything possible. The staff at both yards are extremely accommodating and you learn so much, you only have to ask and something can be arranged. Working with young horses, stallions, therapy horses and riding school horses make sure that you have not only the theory knowledge but the practical ability to handle and ride a lot of horses. The computer rooms, lecture rooms and class rooms are all well designed for both small and large lectures so there is never a worry of space.
It’s very good. With Chelmsford town only being a 10 minute bus journey it is easily accessible to the uni. It has a wide range of shops and it has a very busy social life in the evening. The social officer in the student union organised a lot of events at some bars and clubs in Chelmsford with buses running which makes it very easy to get to!
They have such a wide range of clubs and societies that anything is possible! Recently a student asked for an archery club which had 50+ people interested, and the student union is kindly making that happen for them! There are a range of sports and gender is not a limit as there is women’s rugby! Sports are always on the same afternoon which means there is no squeezing clubs around lectures.
Absolutely great. Due to the small size of the university, the lecturers are so easily accessible and so accommodating. They will always make time for you and all lecturers and student union staff are aware of what staff member can help with what. Regular tutorials with lecturers in every year group are organised so there is a chance that you can air any issues to the relevant lecturer. They really care about how well you are doing and want to make sure that your experience here is the best it can be. Academic feedback is always extremely detailed. Regular assignment workshops in modules mean that your assignments are getting regular feedback which has a big impact on improving work. Feedback after the deadline is always on time and it is easy to take that feedback and work upon it.
This past year has been difficult and I'm not entirely sure that we should be paying our full fees for barely being able to attend uc, I feel like I've not taken in as much this past year and have really struggled with this form of "long distance" learning.
I believe my course was 10x easier pre Covid and have really struggled with online learning and communication through not fault of the college.
There are a variety of facilities the college is really fitted out to teach veterinary and animal based studies.
Reasonable again but at times during the last year communication has been off whether that's due to lock down etc I'm not sure.
Good, however more specific subject related area trades could be covered
Although a large detail is covered, sometimes a recap could be beneficial
Yes, but more could be done better to any people with the industry - go to events, summer jobs etc.
Some ports of accommodation is a little outdated, plus cctv needed in car park.
Not many societies
Teaching + course is great still top experience for what you get
Brilliant, short courses and event and networking is really good
A lot of contact hours which is great, lecturers are always available
I'm not sure what SU does I don't have a lot of interaction
Not a lot of societies
Social aspect at Writtle is depressing, lucky I am enjoying the course otherwise I would of left already
had no help at all
Teachers are passionate, some lessons absolutely useless
Seems nice, but if there was a problem I wouldn't be able to chat to them
safer now cameras have been installed
Lack of CCTV in car park after all the damages is absolutely disgraceful
Food shops close which is handy
More money and more varieties need to be invested
Wish for more 1-1 catchup
not much to do to have fun. Other students aren't very social (expect a very small friend group). Fine if you like to sit in your room alone all the time.
No help at all
I think overall it is good. Around 16 contact hours per week over 4 days
Nice people, don't do much to help with problems
Nice location, Rooms are in ok condition, cost in ok, but should be an option for self catered in all blocks.
Only just got CCTV in car park after damages to cars, gym is small but ok. Overall security isn't great
Coop, Aldi, tesco close by, not much night life
Societies need more funding, not a lot of options
Lot's of academic support available haven't heard of much counselling support
Expensive and old
Expensive and old
A few ups and downs but always help on hand if needed. Plenty of social events, overall great
Good careers department especially creating CV's
Practicals in labs, not all lectures provide formatives