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Aberystwyth University crowned international WUSCA winner 2020

The results are in. Students in the UK have shared their thoughts and feelings about several aspects of their university experience.

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It’s been a challenging year for universities and students, with the UK higher education system facing strikes and the coronavirus outbreak. Yet, these difficulties have also highlighted the strength and resilience of institutions amidst difficult circumstances. This drive and determination is reflected in the results of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2020, giving future students a good way in which to guide and inform their decisions when considering studying in the UK.


What are the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCAs)?

Now in its seventh year, the WUSCAs are a UK-based university ranking system based entirely on student reviews. With so much information online about choosing a course and university, it can be hard to gain a real sense of what to expect from an institution. That’s why the WUSCAs are such a unique alternative to traditional rankings, as you can find out what students actually think about where they study.  


Hear what students have to say and gain greater insight into why these rankings are so useful for prospective students.



2020 reviews

This year, more than 41,000 reviews were collected from students across 150 institutions in the UK. Overall there are now a total of 200,000 reviews accessible on the Whatuni website. The collected reviews are then used to rate and judge universities in 13 key areas namely:


  • Courses and Lecturers
  • Student’s Union
  • Societies and Sports
  • International
  • Student Support
  • Further Education College
  • Independent Higher Education
  • Accommodation
  • Job Prospects
  • Postgraduate
  • Local life
  • University Facilities
  • University of the year


A further two categories can also be submitted by universities, which are subjected to student appraisal and judgement by a student advisory panel:

  • Best Prospective Student Engagement
  • Giving Back (charity and philanthropy)


Opting for online

The results for this year’s rankings have been delivered a little differently as a result of Covid-19. For the first time ever, the WUSCA winners have been announced entirely online. This means that you have access to all of the results on social media and can watch video reviews from the comfort of your own home.


International winners

One of the most anticipated categories for students is the international university of the year, which represents the average scores from international students’ who rate their overall university experience. This year’s top ten are as follows:



Aberystwyth University


University of Chester


Loughborough University


University of Strathclyde


University of Worcester


Swansea University


University of Lincoln


University of Glasgow


Nottingham Trent University


University of Bradford



Top WUSCA ranking UK universities 2020

Some of the other big winners at the WUSCAs this year include Loughborough University who won the coveted prize of university of the year. The University of Wales Trinity St David secured the number one spot for courses and lecturers, while students rated Leeds Arts University as the best for student support.


If you’re interested in finding out a bit more about the winners and the WUSCAs you can visit the Whatuni website and social media channels. In addition, if you want to get to grips with university rankings or find out how to use rankings and student reviews to inform your study choices make sure to take a look at our guides.

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