University College Birmingham (UCB) has won University of the Year in the 2022 Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA), the leading higher education awards based solely on student choice.  

The award was presented at a special ceremony hosted by comedian Richard Ayoade at East Wintergarden in London’s Canary Wharf, seeing the University jump a whopping 55 places in this category since the last ‘full’ WUSCAs in 2020. 

Glowing student reviews that clinched the University the top spot included: “Genuinely from the bottom of my heart, this university is amazing. My lecturers are so incredibly kind and supportive and helpful. They make everyone feel at ease and they have so much passion for the subject that it makes everyone feel very passionate about it too.” 

The University also won the top award in the UK for Student Support, testament to its commitment to student welfare and providing the resources and guidance students need to succeed. 

Professor Michael Harkin, Vice-Chancellor and Principal at University College Birmingham, said: “What an achievement. And one that’s even more special considering these awards were voted for by our students and after two years of huge challenges due to Covid-19.  

“To also receive the award for Student Support cements just how incredible our staff are, how committed they are to ensuring every student has the opportunity to succeed and go on to have an amazing career. The biggest thank you to all our students and staff who made this happen. 

“In a year that also saw our new partner, the University of Warwick, voted The Times University of the Year for Teaching Quality, it is a strong message to our students just how seriously we take the quality of their teaching experience.” 

The WUSCAs award higher education institutions in recognition of their efforts to meet and exceed student expectations throughout the past year. 

Now in their 10th year, they are the UK’s biggest student-voted awards and feature a complete set of categories that encompass the full student experience. 

Not only did University College Birmingham win University of the Year and Student Support, but the University was also shortlisted for the Students’ Union, Career Prospects, Lecturers and Teaching Quality, and Facilities categories – demonstrating its commitment to excellence in higher education.   

Each year, the WUSCA team receives approximately 35,000 verified reviews from on-campus visits across the country and online submissions via the website.   

The student-led approach of review collection means that shortlisted universities are uniquely recognised by students for delivering an exceptional experience.  

Crucially, they are the only annual awards that are based solely on the views of real students studying in the UK, allowing students to access honest, unbiased data to make the right choices about their future on the Whatuni platform.  

University College Birmingham’s courses cover a broad range, from business, nursing, finance and accounting to aesthetics, aviation, sport and culinary arts.   

The University has also introduced new curriculum areas, including engineering and construction, and highly-relevant digital fields such as cyber security and esports, with further investment in buildings and equipment.  

You can read University College Birmingham’s Whatuni profile here