UK Higher Education

Harper Adams University named University of the Year in WUSCAs

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After 25,000 student reviews from all over the UK have been collected, counted, and verified, we’re pleased to announce that Harper Adams University has won University of the Year at the 2016 Whatuni Student Choice Awards.


The full league table is published online today, ranking 125 universities across 10 categories of student satisfaction.  To get these results, has spoken to more than 25,000 university students over the last year to record their opinions and individual ratings.  Universities were considered for an award if they met a minimum threshold of 100, 150, or 200 reviews, depending on the size of institution.


Harper Adams University has not only been awarded University of the Year, but also placed first for Job Prospects and Student Support.  The university also secured a top three finish for Uni Facilities, Accommodation, Student Union, Clubs and Societies, and Course and Lecturers.  Nearly a clean sweep.


Dr David Llewellyn, Vice-Chancellor of Harper Adams University, said: “We are thrilled to have been named the University of the Year, and to have won the Job Prospects and Student Support categories, in the 2016 Whatuni Student Choice Awards.


“The fact that these awards are based on student reviews is immensely important to us, because they recognise the dedication of everyone at Harper Adams in building a strong academic community that delivers a positive experience for our students.


“We look forward to celebrating these achievements with our staff and students, and sharing news of our success with those who, across the UK and internationally, work with us and provide much appreciated support for the University.”


Simon Emmett, CEO, added: “Huge congratulations to Harper Adams on their University of the Year award.  Having a top three finish in eight categories and going on to win three of them is a real achievement.


Our student reviews, and subsequent rankings, give a real insight into student satisfaction. Our passion and overall goal is to help every student find the right uni.  Our hope is that these accessible and up-to-date reviews will help make one of the most important decisions of a young adult’s life just a little bit easier.”


Each award in the Whatuni Student Rankings is based on the averages taken from tens of thousands of reviews submitted by students and published on  Students are asked to rate their satisfaction over the following nine categories: Accommodation, City Life, Clubs & Societies, Courses & Lecturers, Job Prospects, Student Union, Uni Facilities, Support Services , and an Overall rating which counts towards the University of the Year title.  The award for International is presented to the university with the highest overall rating based on reviews exclusively from international students.

*Individual category winners published below


Comparing the 2015 and 2016 rankings, our data reveals the current trends in higher education include:


  • For the second year in a row overall student satisfaction has gone up. The average in 2015 was 4.07 (or 81%), this year 4.13 (83%).
  • Four critical areas of student satisfaction have seen significant drops: job prospects, student support, clubs and societies, and student unions.
  • Regionally, the North East of England has topped each category, achieving an average overall student satisfaction rating of 4.30 (86%).
  • For a second year in a row, London ranked the lowest for overall student satisfaction, and was the only region not to achieve an average of at least 4.0 (80%).
  • Universities with a higher proportion of international students (greater than 20% of the student population) have, for the second year in a row, out performed those with a lower proportion.


Professor Michael Arthur, President and Provost, University College London, commented: “These awards are all about the most important people in the Higher Education sector; the students. The Higher Education sector has changed a lot over the last few years, and with the White Paper looming on the horizon, there could be more to come, so it’s refreshing to see such an enthusiastic student population who can recognise both the need to improve but also the achievements that have been made.”


Dr Stephanie Marshall, Chief Executive, Higher Education Academy, commented: “The Whatuni Student Choice Awards highlight the quality of education and experience that UK institutions have to offer.  But, the more the sector changes the more it will have to react and respond to student opinion.  The reviews collected by Whatuni offer the sector the opportunity to see, in nearly real-time, what effect policies and procedures are having on the overall student experience.  These are truly invaluable insights for both future students and universities alike.”


Full Category Results: 




1st Harper Adams University

2nd Loughborough University

3rd Swansea University


Student Support

1st Harper Adams University

2nd Loughborough University

3rd Bangor University


Job Prospects

1st Harper Adams University

2nd Loughborough University

3rd University of Bath


Student Union

1st Loughborough University

2nd Harper Adams University

3rd University of Leeds


Clubs & Societies

1st Loughborough University

2nd Harper Adams University

3rd Swansea University


City Life

1st University of Leeds

2nd Newcastle University

3rd Northumbria University


Uni Facilities

1st Leeds College of Art

2nd Loughborough University

3rd Harper Adams University



1st Bangor University

2nd Harper Adams University

3rd Loughborough University


Courses & Lecturers

1st Swansea University

2nd Bangor University

3rd Harper Adams University



1st Nottingham Trent University

2nd Swansea University

3rd St Mary’s University, Twickenham




The full results table, including all 125 universities, will be published at 7am (GMT); on 15thApril 2016:


Further analysis of review data and student satisfaction trends can be found in the advice section after the last award has been given:



About Whatuni is part of the Hotcourses Group, founded in 1996. It provides the world’s largest web-based course and university/college search for students looking to study in the UK.  Hotcourses web products are used by over 68 million students worldwide each year. The company employs 300 people and has offices in London, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Boston and Chennai, India.

For more information on the Whatuni Student Rankings and next year’s Awards ceremony, contact

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