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Over the last six months, the course comparison university site, Whatuni, has been collecting over 41,000 student reviews from 160 institutions around the country (2019 saw the biggest review collection yet). They are a combination of electronic and physically collected reviews by the Whatuni team, who this year travelled 43,000 miles. The results are both quantitative (scores) and qualitative (free text comments).

Chester Students’ Union is shortlisted in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards’ Students’ Union category.

CSU President, Ben France, said: “We are really proud to be nominated for a national award for the second year running. The best thing is that this award is based on student feedback, so I am so thankful to all those students who voted for us.”

CSU adopted a new Strategic Plan in the summer of 2018, placing much more emphasis on providing advice and support for students at every campus, with officers and staff holding regular engagement weeks called ‘Union on Tour’. Another development is that half of all University welcome events are also now free of alcohol, responding to student requests. In the first six months of the academic year the CSU has already gathered feedback from over 2,000 students which will inform further improvements.

Gareth Pye, CSU Chief Executive, said: “Two years ago, we finished 46th in the country in this survey and to be up there now in the shortlist with the likes of Loughborough, Leeds and Sheffield shows that we have the right strategy in place and that we have come a long way in a short space of time.”

Professor Tim Wheeler, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, added: “We are delighted that our Students’ Union has been shortlisted for such an important national award for two successive years. The fact that this shortlisting comes as a result of our own students’ positive reviews makes this all the more significant. Congratulations to the CSU!”

Whatuni is part of IDP Connect. Katie Duncan, Head of Communications, IDP Connect said: “In a challenging climate for Higher Education institutions, there is nothing more rewarding than being recognised by their students for delivering such positive experiences. The reviews by current students that make up these nominations are invaluable for prospective students who use them to make decisions about their future.”

The Whatuni Awards ceremony will take place on April 25 in London, hosted by comedian Omid Djalili.

 

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