We’ve spent the last year talking to students and asking them what they really thought of their university experience. From the facilities, students’ union and city life, to course & lectures, job prospects and student support, we wanted to know about it all.
So, who did postgraduate students rate the highest? And who went home with the postgraduate award at this year’s Whatuni Student Choice Awards (or WUSCAs for short)? Time to find out…
Jumping up four places from last year to take home the WUSCA award, this Welsh university has really impressed their postgraduate students this year, with many calling it, “incredible”.
With a high number of postgraduates on their campus (nearly one in five of Aberystwyth’s students are postgraduates) the university is clearly doing something right, offering a range of taught, research and distance courses.
Students who reviewed Aberystwyth regularly mentioned the “fantastic support”, the “endless opportunities”, “outstanding supervisors” as well as the “beautiful” surroundings. Many of the reviewers had actually previously been undergraduates at the university and had enjoyed the experience so much they returned for further studies.
The university offers separate blocks of accommodation to postgraduates, something which was highly appreciated by reviewers, who wanted to socialise with others on their course but still have their own space. Located close to both the campus and town centre, their postgraduate accommodation includes:
Students also said:
“Brilliant. I love this place! It has been a great home to me for several years, and it keeps getting better. A great place to live, and an incredible experience.”
“Amazing, support is excellent and the opportunities are almost endless”
“Wouldn't study anywhere else. It is the best place to be. Nowhere else has the same welcoming and inclusive environment where you can work and live with a great work life balance.”
Jumping seven places and becoming this year’s runner up, the University of Glasgow have got some seriously happy postgraduate students. And there’s quite a lot of them too, with over 7,000 postgraduate students from 140 countries around the world.
Student reviewers described their university experience at Glasgow as “thoroughly enjoyable”, telling us they felt “incredibly supported” by lecturers, studied in a “welcoming environment” and that they were having the “best university experience ever”.
The university offers several self-catered postgraduate residences, so students can socialise and get to know their course mates easier, something which hadn’t gone unappreciated by reviewers too.
One of the biggest things the university was complimented for in their reviews was the Gilchrist Postgraduate Club, a dedicated place for postgraduates to relax and socialise in. Facilities there include study booths with integrated TV screens, a seminar room and a café/ bar.
The university’s library also received rave reviews, which given it’s one of the largest in the UK is unsurprising. There’s over 2,200 study spaces, 800 PCs and numerous study areas – including social learning spaces and silent zones, and students told us it was a great help during their studies to have so many options.
Students also said:
“Very nice environment, vibrant and inspiring”
“I am really happy, this is the best university I've ever been to. All they offer is just great for the student's experience and learning.”
“Being a postgrad student at Glasgow uni is great! There are so many opportunities to get involved, the support is outstanding and the level of teaching is excellent. I couldn't recommend it enough!”
Rising nine places from last years rankings, the University of Kent have been doing some fantastic things to support postgraduate students.
Many reviewers said they loved studying at the university because their particular course allowed them to spend a term abroad in one of the institution’s four other campuses. This meant some students got to spend time in Paris, Rome, Brussels or Athens, offering something extra special alongside their degree.
The university’s level of support was also praised and given high ratings by postgraduates, many of who regularly used the Graduate School, which offers study support, workshops and runs social events. Students told us they felt “incredibly supported” both academically and personally by the “helpful, friendly” and “approachable” staff.
As well as staff support, many reviewers praised the “awesome” and “top of the range” facilities, with high marks for the library and sports facilities in particular. Some of the impressive facilities at the university include:
And because the university has a scholarship fund of over £11 million to support postgraduates, many praised how much Kent had helped them get into further study in the first place.
The word “community” was often used in many reviews, with students commenting on how easy it was to exchange ideas and generally socialise with other postgraduate students outside of their own course.
Students also said:
“There is so much support from the university on all student matters be it academic, social, accommodation related and similar others. This university is a highly student-centric one and has left no stone unturned for facilitating its students”
“I loved my undergrad so much I came back for a master’s degree!! The breadth of views given by both staff and students, the opportunities to learn new skills and get involved are wonderful”
“It's a very international university, with friendly campus. The teaching staff are very supportive and warm. The research in my subject is reputable. And Canterbury is a lovely small city”
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