The WUSCAs are an annual celebration of the best universities and higher education institutions in the UK, and this marks the second year in a row that a Welsh institution was ranked first in the international category – in 2019 Swansea took away the esteemed prize.

“High average review scores demonstrate a widespread effort from UK institutions”

The winners were announced based on more than 41,000 student reviews collected from 150 UK institutions.

Achieving a record-breaking high score of 4.58 out of 5 Loughborough, also ranked first for university facilities and societies and sports categories.

“These awards are a testament to the hard work of everyone right across the University and to our commitment to excellence, even in the most testing of times,” Loughborough University vice-chancellor, Robert Allison said.

According to the award’s organisers post 92 universities largely outperformed Russell Group counterparts in 2020 – the University of Sheffield was the only Russell Group institution to make the shortlist for the University of the Year category.

“This year, high average review scores across all WUSCA categories demonstrate a widespread effort from UK institutions to both listen and respond to the needs of students,” Simon Emmett, CEO at IDP Connect, said.

“With the recent challenges facing the sector, to have obtained such high reports of satisfaction across all universities, including those outside of The Russell Group in key categories like Course and Lecturers, is a credit to the value and outstanding experience students feel they are receiving in their higher education.”

In 2020, reports of dissatisfaction were lower across the board than in previous years, Whatuni revealed.

“This is something the sector should be incredibly proud of achieving and these outstanding results would be welcomed in many other sectors during this difficult time,” Emmett added.

The full list of 13 Whatuni Student Choice Awards winners determined entirely by student reviews are:

University of the Year: Loughborough University

International: Aberystwyth University

Postgraduate: Aberystwyth University

Student Support: Leeds Arts University

Job Prospects: Harper Adams University

Course and Lecturers: University of Wales Trinity St David

University Facilities: Loughborough University

Students’ Union: University of Sheffield

Accommodation: University of Wales Trinity St David

Societies and Sports: Loughborough University

Local Life: University of Strathclyde

Independent Higher Education: Oxford Business College

Further Education College: DN Colleges Group

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