Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2021

Welcome to the 8th Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCAs), our annual celebration of institutions that go above and beyond in support of their students.

The WUSCAs highlight the incredible work being carried out by institutions for their students across the academic year, and what makes them so unique is that our winners are selected by students.

The Awards will be judged by a specially chosen student panel, made up of prospective and current university students. Each category winner will not only receive recognition for their hard work, resilience, and determination across this challenging academic year, but will also receive £10,000 of student bursaries.

Our Awards 2021 are perfect for institutions that have something to say!

Here are the shortlisted institutions for this year’s WUSCAs:

Diversity and Inclusion:

Aberystwyth University; Leeds Trinity University; Newcastle University; Swansea University, and University of Chester

Enhanced Graduate Outcomes

De Montfort University; KLC School of Design; Norland; Teesside University, and University of Greenwich

Excellence in Digital Innovation:

De Montfort University; Lancaster University; Swansea University; Teesside University, and University of Chester

Student Support:

Middlesex University; Newcastle University; Oxford Business College; UCEN Manchester, and University of the West of England

 Prizes

 Each award winner will receive:

    •   A winner’s badge
    •   £10,000 to be awarded to 5 eligible students as Whatuni Bursaries in 2021/22 (£2,000 each)
    •   Digital creative assets from our #MoreThanAStudent campaign*
    •   A write-up on Whatuni.com and idp.com
    •   An exclusive winner’s hamper

The Categories

We will be running 4 categories this year, with nominees confirmed as follows:

1  Student Support

Awarded to an institution which has developed comprehensive support programmes for its students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nominees confirmed as of 15 June are are Middlesex University, Newcastle University, Oxford Business College, UCEN Manchester and University of the West of England.

2  Diversity and Inclusion

Awarded to an institution that has championed diversity and inclusion (D&I) among students overcoming challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic across the academic year 2020/21. Nominees confirmed as of 15 June are Aberystwyth University, Leeds Trinity University, Newcastle University, Swansea University and University of Chester.

3  Excellence in Digital Innovation

Awarded to an institution that has developed innovative and impactful digital solutions to improve the student experience and increase digital accessibility in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nominees confirmed as of 15 June are De Montfort University, Lancaster University, Swansea University, Teesside University and University of Chester.

4  Enhanced Graduate Outcomes

Awarded to an institution that can demonstrate effective delivery of innovative and impactful employability support during the pandemic. Nominees confirmed as of 15 June are  De Montfort University, KLC School of Design, Norland College, Teesside University and Greenwich University.

2020 Highlights

38,000
Reviews were submitted for the 2020 awards and rankings.
140
Institutions are featured in the 2020 rankings.
37,200
Miles were travelled by the Whatuni team to collect reviews on campus.

Awards Schedule

Mon 12 April 2021-00:01 am:             Awards applications open

Fri 4th June 2021-11:59 pm:               Awards applications close

Tues 15 June 2021:                             Top 3 in each category announced

Tues 22 June 2021:                            Winners Announced

Review Collection

In addition to the WUSCAs, Whatuni will once again be collecting reviews from current students and alumni of up to one year.

To support and promote our review collection, we’re launching a fantastic new campaign #MoreThanAStudent, actively encouraging students to share their experiences of the academic year 2020/21, and highlight how their institution has gone above and beyond to support them during this most challenging year.

To find out more, or to support our campaign goals, please speak to our teams across social @whatuni or email WUSCA@idp-connect.com.

*for 2021, no student reviews will be included in the WUSCAs*

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