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Nottingham Trent University voted University of the Year at the 2023 national Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA) 

Nottingham Trent University has been crowned University of the Year at the prestigious Whatuni Student Choice Awards. 

The Whatuni Student Choice Awards stand apart from other awards and league tables as all the universities are nominated and judged by real experts – students. This year saw over 35,000 verified student reviews generated from over 240 higher education institutions nationwide.  

Acclaimed comedian, actor and Sunday Times bestselling author Ellie Taylor hosted this year's glamorous awards ceremony, celebrating the very best of university life across the country. 

As well as collecting the much coveted University of the Year award, Nottingham Trent University also took the top spot in the Postgraduate category and came second in the Student Life and International categories, confirming the huge level of positive support they enjoy from their students.  

Other highlights from the awards night included: 

  • University College Birmingham, last year's overall winner, scooped the International Award 

  • Aberystwyth University picked up two awards for Student Life and Lecturers & Teaching Quality  

  • The University of Sheffield triumphed in the hotly-contested 'Students' Union' category for the sixth consecutive year.  

The national awards are run by Whatuni.com, an independent and trusted comparison site used by over six million students each year as they navigate their path to university.  

WUSCA helps and empowers students and their families to make informed choices by giving them the information they need, direct from those who know in a straightforward way.  

Simon Emmett, CEO at IDP Connect, said: 

"The Whatuni awards celebrate creativity, resilience and innovation within higher education. Nottingham Trent University has shown this in leaps and bounds, securing the esteemed University of the Year award at this year's Whatuni Student Choice Awards.  

"With the continuing cost-of-living challenges, we're proud to focus on all the good universities do and celebrate their successes. 

"Congratulations go to the winners, alongside a huge ‘well done’ to all our shortlisted institutions and the sector as a whole. This year's scores are significantly higher than previous years, highlighting the excellent work done across the sector. I hope the awards highlight the quality of education and students' experiences across our wide and varied sector. 

"Each of our winners and finalists has gone above and beyond to positively impact students' university experiences. These awards showcase the quality of higher education in the UK and its creativity, resilience and innovation." 

Camilla King, Director of Client Partnerships at IDP Connect, added:  

"It was fantastic to have Ellie Taylor host this year's awards ceremony and help us celebrate everything great about our higher education institutions nationwide.  

"We know that no one is better placed to judge universities than their students. Therefore, we will continue to ensure that the student voice is always heard when it comes to students making their university choices.  

"After a challenging couple of years, it's important to recognise the universities going above and beyond to support students and give them the best university experiences possible. The institutions recognised have successfully adapted, created and implemented fantastic initiatives to support and engage students, which our awards are thrilled to celebrate." 



For further information or any broadcast bids, please contact: 

Gareth Snell on 07515 164417 // gareth@cathoddu.com   

Sara Robinson on 07720 634537 // sara@sararobinsoncomms.co.uk  

Jonah Duffin on 07961 576 024   // jonah.duffin@idp.com 

Photographs of the winners from the WUSCAs can be found here: WUSCA23 Winners Photos

Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCAs) collected more than 35,000 reviews from institutions nationwide. 

The full category placings can be found at WhatUni.com and the winners are as follows: 

University of the Year 

Nottingham Trent University 

Career Prospects 

Harper Adams University 

Lecturers and Teaching Quality 

Aberystwyth University 

Students’ Union 

University of Sheffield 

Halls and Student Accommodation 

Bishop Grosseteste University 


Loughborough University 

Student Life 

Aberystwyth University 

Student Support 

Bishop Grosseteste University 


Nottingham Trent University 


University College Birmingham 

Small or Specialist 

Norland College 

Submission Award ‘Cost of Living’ 

Buckinghamshire New University 


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Jonah Duffin
Jonah Duffin27 April 2023