Arden's WhatUni Student Choice Awards Nominations: Explained

We recently found out we've been nominated for 2 WUSCA awards (and, yes, we got pretty excited!). But what are they? Who votes for them, and what does it mean to be nominated?


Arden University are pleased to announce we’ve been shortlisted for two awards at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019!

For the second year running Arden has been nominated in the ‘Independent HE’ category, which is 100% based on our student reviews. 

And for the first time, we’ve also been nominated in the ‘Prospective Student Engagement’ category, for our summer 2018 marketing campaign: ‘Go, Get, Going’! 

How were we nominated?

Due to Arden’s hard work and rapid growth, we’ve met the threshold of additional student reviews needed to automatically enter the ‘Independent HE’ category. This award is an unbiased, student-led alternative to traditional ranking systems.

Our submission based award for 'Prospective Student Engagement', highlighted the deep analysis which took place in the planning stages of our marketing campaign; where we shaped our key segments and offered a new opportunity to prospective students who usually feel that traditional university ‘is not for them’. 

Vice-Chancellor & CEO, Philip Hallam says: “It’s excellent news and recognises everyone’s contribution to consistently delivering a fantastic student experience!”

Winners will be announced on April 25th at a ceremony held in London, so keep your fingers (and toes!) crossed for us.

Q: How many students were involved in the voting? 

A: 41,811 student reviews were assessed and 160 institutions in total!

Q: How were we shortlisted for Independent HE? 

A: The 10 institutions with the highest average rating for each category are shortlisted.

About the WUSCAs

On 25 April 2019, WhatUni will host its sixth annual Student Choice Awards in London, announcing the winners of 15 university experience award categories. The evening will be presented by award winning stand-up comedian, Omid Djalili. 

What it means to be nominated

“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.” Katie Duncan, Head of Communications, IDP Connect.