UK Higher Education

Whatuni Student Choice Awards shortlists now out!

It’s that time of year again when institutions around the UK take stock of what students really think of their studying experiences. Over the last six months, our review collection team collected over 41,000 student reviews from 160 institutions and traveled more than 43,000 miles across the UK (that’s equivalent to travelling to Australia and back!).


Members of the review collection team visiting campuses.

All their groundwork will culminate in the annual Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCAs) where top-rated universities will be celebrated across 15 different categories, including Course & Lecturers, Accommodation and University of the Year. WUSCA 2019 will be hosted by comedian Omid Djalili on April 25th at The Brewery in London. Don’t miss out on one of the most exciting events in UK Higher Education – email us on to book your WUSCA tickets.

We’re delighted to announce our WUSCA shortlists:


Leading up to the prestigious ceremony, we’ll also be hosting the Whatuni Insights Day to share headline trends from the collected student reviews and explore the UK recruitment landscape. Guest speakers include Shakira Martin (President, National Union of Students), Ian Dunn (Provost, Coventry University) and Dr Paul Redmond (Director of Student Experience & Enhancement, University of Liverpool).

Compared to previous years, 2019 has seen the biggest review collection yet. Monisha Sooba, Project Coordinator of the review collection team, says that the scale of this year’s collection process kept her team on the go for a full six months. She adds: “It was a busy time for us visiting campuses around the UK and talking to students about their studying experiences. My team and I found the work particularly inspiring, especially knowing that we’re contributing to helping students make more informed decisions about the right universities and courses for them.”

Download shortlists here.

Notes for Editors

Media enquiries

For more information or to secure an interview with IDP Connect CEO, Simon Emmett, please contact Katie Duncan, Head of Communications, IDP Connect


The full WUSCA 2019 rankings will be published on on Friday 26 April, the day after the awards evening.

About the Whatuni Student Choice Awards – #WUSCA

Now in its sixth 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 43,000 miles. The results are both quantitative (scores) and qualitative (free text) and the total reviews for 2018/19 collected were in excess of 41,000.

The reviews-based categories are: Accommodation, City Life, Clubs & Societies, Courses & Lecturers, Job Prospects, Student Support, Students’ Union, Uni Facilities, International, Postgraduate, Overall Experience (University of the Year), FE College and Independent HE.

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 ( 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 98 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.






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