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Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2021: Winners announced

The student voice has spoken yet again for the 2021 Whatuni Student Choice Awards. We are delighted to share the 2021 winners across four submissions-based categories.   

This year we received over 100 submissions from 55 institutions around the UK. Our judging panel of current and prospective students were particularly impressed by the innovative ways in which institutions adapted to support their students throughout the pandemic.   

The 2021 WUSCA winners are:   

  • Excellence in Digital Innovation: University of Chester

  • Diversity and Inclusion: Leeds Trinity University

  • Enhanced Graduate Outcomes: Norland

  • Student Support: UCEN Manchester

Huge congratulations to all gold, silver and bronze WUSCA 2021 winners – your care, innovation & effort over the last year have made a huge difference to students.  

Watch our video for a glimpse of the incredible work achieved by this year’s winners: 

Prizes and Categories

Thank you to all the institutions that submitted entries this year. We wish you much luck for the year ahead as you continue your good work in championing the student voice.   


 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:

1  Student Support

Awarded to an institution which has developed comprehensive support programmes for its students during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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.

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.

4  Enhanced Graduate Outcomes

Awarded to an institution that can demonstrate effective delivery of innovative and impactful employability support during the pandemic.

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*

WUSCA 2021 Press Release

For more details on this year’s WUSCAs and winners, click below: 


2020 Highlights

41k+Reviews submitted for WUSCA 2020
150+Institutions featured in the 2020 rankings
46k+Miles travelled to collect reviews

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