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2020 WhatUni Student Choice Awards shortlists now out!

Top on the list of any Higher Education institution's priorities is what their students really think of their studying experience. With the What Uni Student Choice Awards (WUSCAs), we give the student voice a platform, sharing the realities of the student experience with the world and celebrating the UK institutions that have gone above and beyond.

Over the last six months, our WhatUni review collection team collected over 41,000 student reviews from 150 institutions and travelled a record-breaking  46,000 miles across the UK - all to promote the student voice and give institutions some well-deserved recognition!

All that hard work will bear fruit on July 8th with the 2020 Whatuni Student Choice Awards this year held on the @Whatuni Twitter feed, where the Universities and Higher Education providers that students rated the highest will be celebrated across 15 different awards categories, 13 review-based and 2 submission-based.

With the WUSCAs, every aspect of the student experience is considered from the courses and lecturers to the facilities, student union, and even how much an institution has given back to society. This year, the WUSCAs are being hosted by the one and only Claudia Winkleman via the Whatuni Twitter feed, in what's sure to be a fantastic digital event.

We’re delighted to announce our WUSCA 2020 shortlist for the 13 reviews-based categories below:

The shortlist for submission based entries will be confirmed soon after the submission deadline on March 16th.

You can book your ticket for one of the most glamourous events in UK Higher Education here.

2020 has been another bumper year in terms of both the number of reviews collected and the number of institutions participating. Margaret Wajnkaim, the Project Coordinator of the review collection team, said "This year, we have been focusing on the value and the importance of reviews on WhatUni, wanting to make this year our best review collection yet. It has been a rewarding experience, collecting over 41,000 reviews for the past 6 months with the help of my dedicated team. It is a great feeling knowing that these will help so many prospective students through their higher education research journey.”

You can download the shortlist here.

Leading up to the prestigious ceremony, we’ll also be hosting the Whatuni Insights Day where Higher Education representatives can come together to discuss the headline trends from the collected student reviews and explore the UK recruitment landscape.

Notes for Editors

Media enquiries

For more information or to secure an interview with IDP Connect CEO, Simon Emmett, please contact Cherie Metcalf, Head of Marketing and Communications, IDP Connect cherie.metcalf@idp-connect.com.


The full WUSCA 2020 rankings will be published on www.whatuni.com on Friday 24th April, the day after the awards evening.

About the Whatuni Student Choice Awards – #WUSCA

Now in its 7th year, the Whatuni Student Choice Awards’ main categories are compiled entirely from student reviews. The reviews are a combination of electronic and physically collected reviews by the Whatuni team, who this year travelled 46,000 miles. The results are both quantitative (scores) and qualitative (free text) and the total reviews for 2019/20 collected exceeded 41,000.

The reviews-based categories are Accommodation, Clubs & Societies, Courses & Lecturers, FE College, Independent HE, International, Job Prospects, Local Life, Postgraduate, Student Support, Students’ Union, Uni Facilities, and the big one covering overall experience University of the Year.

The additional submission-based categories, as judged by the Whatuni Student Advisory Board, are Giving Back and Prospective Student Engagement.

To feature in the main table categories, institutions have to have taught degree-awarding powers. The threshold for featuring in the main categories is 150-200 reviews, depending on institution size. The FE College and Independent HE categories have lower thresholds.

About Whatuni

WhatUni (www.whatuni.com) is the biggest and most comprehensive course comparison university site in the UK and is part of IDP Connect. WhatUni uses up-to-date course data from UCAS, KIS and The Complete University Guide table rankings, as well as its own data and insights collected throughout the year, including the 162,000+ student reviews that are currently hosted on the site.

About IDP Connect

IDP Connect is a division of IDP Education, global leaders in student marketing and recruitment.

Working with institutions as true partners, IDP Connect understands their needs and enhances their capabilities with the transformative power of data, insights and engaged student communities. Whether an institution’s campaign and recruitment ambitions are local or global, IDP Connect’s inspired solutions empower them to connect with the right students, with clarity and confidence.

IDP Connect is truly embedded in the markets its educational partners operate in and gives them access to over 30 countries worth of in-market knowledge. It also has a trusted student audience of more than 100 million prospective students across its sites each year. IDP Connect’s exclusive real-time data provides institutions with actionable insights to drive and inform their marketing and recruitment strategies.

With an entrepreneurial mindset and focus on innovation, IDP Connect creates digital products in collaboration with students that connect them with the right institutions. It also offers a one-stop-shop of services for institutions – including in-country promotion, student placement, and onshore arrival services – enabling them to reach their global recruitment ambitions. Together with its partners, IDP Connect plays a vital role in global higher education and building on the trust and connections it has with students throughout the world.

Ella Grimwade
Ella Grimwade09 March 2020

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