Whatuni? success for Aberystwyth University
Aberystwyth University staff members receive the Student Life Award at the 2023 Whatuni Student Choice Awards.
27 April 2023
Aberystwyth University won two coveted awards at the 2023 Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA) which were held in London on Wednesday 26 April.
Aberystwyth picked up awards for Lecturers and Teaching Quality and Student Life at a black-tie ceremony hosted by comedian, actor and writer Ellie Taylor.
Aberystwyth University was also third overall in the University of the Year category, the highest placed Welsh university.
Now in their tenth year, this year’s Whatuni Student Choice Awards saw 35,000 verified student reviews generated from over 240 higher education institutions across the whole of the UK.
Professor Tim Woods, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Learning, Teaching and Student Experience at Aberystwyth University said: “This is excellent news and richly deserved recognition of the dedication of colleagues across the institution to providing a first-rate student experience at Aberystwyth University. These awards draw on reviews provided by our current students and underline once more Aberystwyth’s long-standing reputation as one of the best universities in the UK for student experience and teaching excellence.”
Aberystwyth was shortlisted in five of the 12 categories that made up the 2023 Whatuni Student Choice Awards, with Facilities and Halls and Student Accommodation featured.
Aisleen Sturrock, Aberystwyth Students’ Union President said: “We know that our University has so much to be proud of and the success at these Whatuni Student Choice Awards is well deserved and a real credit to our University and Students’ Union staff, student leaders and all of our students in general. We are always thrilled to see our University learning and teaching celebrated and congratulate everyone across campus and beyond for coming third in the University of the Year category too. Da iawn pawb.”
Simon Emmett, CEO at IDP Connect, owners of Whatuni? said: "The Whatuni awards celebrate creativity, resilience and innovation within higher education. Aberystwyth University has shown this in leaps and bounds, securing the esteemed Lecturers and Teaching Quality and Student Life awards at this year's Whatuni Student Choice Awards.
"With the continuing cost-of-living challenges, we're proud to focus on all the good universities do and celebrate their successes.
"Congratulations to the winners, alongside a huge ‘well done’ to all our shortlisted institutions and the sector as a whole. This year's scores are significantly higher than previous years, highlighting the good work done across the sector. I hope the awards highlight the quality of education and students' experiences across our wide and varied sector.
"Each of our winners and finalists has gone above and beyond to positively impact students' university experiences. These awards showcase the quality of higher education in the UK and its creativity, resilience and innovation."
The most recent National Student Survey, released in July 2022, showed that Aberystwyth University was top in England and Wales for overall student satisfaction, based on the universities that featured in the 2022 edition of The Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide.
Aberystwyth is also top in Wales and in the top 3 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality in the 2023 edition of the Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide.