The annual Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCAs) highlight the incredible work carried out by institutions for their students. Due to Covid restrictions, this year’s awards were not collected on uni campuses as usual, but instead based on submissions from institutions, which were then judged by our special student panel.
2021 WUSCA winners
It's really not been great panda make, but I'm really glad I'm not another university because I've had a much better experience than lots of other students. Fortunately I've had support and a large reduction in rent, so I don't feel too bad off.
We've had a few guest lecturers from the school and I've spoken to my tutor about it. I'm not really sure of what I want to do but the staff have assurede that this is okay at this stage and have supported me.
The lectures and tutors have been amazing throughout. Whilst not everything has gone well they've been supportive and lenient which helps a lot. None of the problems that I've faced offer the hear have been due to, or worsened by, the academic staff.
Bangor has been great, the Pontio co-working spaces have beeno pen for all students all year and are now open 24/7 again. The language department computer lab is also open and so is the computer lab in my student village. It's great to be able to have options of where to work, if I had to stay in my room for all of my work I probably would have gone insane by now.
The mental health support has been alright, its not really properly available to me whilst I seek a diagnosis but the few things that are have helped me.
Overall, my university experience has been mixed. There have been very good elements like learning new things and having allowances made for the pandemic. There have also been bad things, like not having access to appropriate teaching methods, feeling lonely and becoming disengaged. It’s hard to know whether these are caused by the pandemic itself or by the lack of university experience. Either way, I have had a decent time at university but it could be improved.
I’ve been to some online employability events. I haven’t learnt much but they were interesting and engaging
My course is taught 95% online. For the first semester, I had in-class sessions for once a week for an hour and the rest of the time was online. This year I haven’t had any. The session online are a mix of lives and prerecorded lectures
I haven’t been able to use any of the facilities
Although it may be different in the pandemic, there has not been much support. It is hard to book appointments and emails are usually not effective
This academic year has been difficult. I feel that my lecturers understand this fully and therefore have been a massive help. The Student Union has also been brilliant every step of the way, going above and beyond! My lectures continue to interest me and keep me engaged. Libraries and open study areas have certainly changed but the click and collect service and the covid safety in the study areas are much appreciated.
There have always been plenty of opportunities at my university. They have a page dedicated to help with writing a CV and trying for jobs. I've had the opportunity to take part in several volunteering activities such Prosiect Ffrind Cymraeg (Welsh friend project) which is a project where one Welsh speaker is paired up with a Welsh language learner to help the learner practice some Welsh and you make a new friend! I've also been a member of a Welsh drama and literature society.
I receive the highest standard of online lectures. My lecturers have adapted brilliantly to the pandemic, answer e-mails quickly and understand how difficult the pandemic is for us all. We're offered any one to one meeting on Microsoft Teams and they always help! Learning online has been done to ensure it proceeds to be just as interesting as in a regular in person class.
Despite the pandemic this year one building has continued to stay open and includes desks and computers for all to use. The libraries are open for click and collect which works brilliantly. Everywhere's always clean!
During the pandemic there have been several events organised online such as a Jobs Fair and ways to cope during the pandemic. The mental health services are on going but online and the Student Union are brilliant at ensuring everything runs smoothly.
My overall experience this year at uni has been mixed. Some modules have been really enjoyable but others not as much. Some lecturers have not adapted to online teaching well and this in turn has impacted my u understanding of course content and my overall enjoyment. However there are some lecturers who do go above and beyond to ensure that all students are happy and enjoying the course.
During 1st and 2nd year my course was all taught in person. And most lecturers are very engaging and ensure that students are getting the most out of the course. 3rd year has predominantly taken place online. This form of teaching is not as engaging or enjoyable as in person teaching, despite this most lecturers try to keep lectures I treating and do not stop to ensure that students are enjoying and understanding the course.
In Bangor I have learnt so many things and so many yet I have to learn. The most of it, I just got so satisfying about is their teaching method and criterion. I am gonna apply their format further in my career life soon. Love love love Bangor University
Its Online and i am loving their methodology
As for every university this year, I think it's been a challenge for lecturers and students as it's an entirely different scenario. Many of the vital field works have been cancelled, and I haven’t been able to complete certain activities I would have been offered. However, the tutors have been there to support others and myself when we needed it. They were also very quick with feedback from exams and literature reviews. The exams were all completed online in 24 hours which was very beneficial as it reduced the issues of WiFi connection problems. But overall, I’ve enjoyed what I’ve learnt this year, even if it’s very different to other years and hopefully next year we will be able to do a lot more.
This year has been hard to understand what the uni offers with internships and job opportunities but last year we were able to attend employability sessions.
This year due to Covid has mainly been online and we’ve missed out on many vital fieldwork opportunities. Although, first year concluded on many labs and in-class lectures.
All the labs are up to date and are clean shared spaces. I’m also part of a society in which the equipment hire is excellent.
The Uni offer many mental health services, and as part of ocean sciences, we also have an SOS pastoral team which meeting can be organised every Wednesday afternoon
All lessons are over video call due to the pandemic and have never been able to see the university from inside except when I came during open days so have no idea how uni life is supposed to be as can’t use any facilities the university has to offer and work has no real value due to how optional it feels. Feels like being scammed as none of the university facilities are available and I still have to pay £9000 to video call lecturers.
It was not the worst it could have been and at the end of the day I am still getting my degree. At this point it has become a chore and has somehow made me begin to despise a course that before coming to Uni was all I wanted to do. If you want a degree and live in the local area I couldn't recommend Bangor enough however, if you want a fun Uni experience where you get detailed feedback and learn a lot more about your course I would suggest you look elsewhere.
As someone who is here from England I have never seen any job prospects discussed outside of wales and even if they do mention a careers event for elsewhere in the UK it requires you to travel to another city to attend which is not always possible.
Some classes are fine but looking at the courses that you can choose over all three years ,with myself being in my second year, you notice that a lot of the modules you can choose from mostly feel the same. Over the Covid lockdowns the lectures have been pretty abysmal and all the students are offered as compensation is £350 in support when the quality of our course has been nothing worth the £9000 your pay to attend the uni.
The accommodation in the first year was excellent and very comfortable though I will complain paying for a bigger room does not give you a bigger bed. Bar Uno is very nice and clean and the clubs the few times I visited were decent. The washing machines on campus however were a rip off and were always leaking. Also while I was living in accommodation the appliances broke multiple times though they were replaced quickly. Also the key cards used in some buildings (but not all) locked behind you automatically if you didn't have your card where as other building you had to lock yourself. This meant if you were in such a building that the doors automatically locked (Alaw and Ffraw for example) you would have to walk to security to get them to unlock the door for you which comes with a £5 charge. This was horribly unfair in my opinion and really ruined my opinion of the Uni accommodation while i was living there.
I have had no support in the time that I have been here and as mentioned before there have been no refunds despite the poor service to the students over Covid. My friends have had mental help support but the staff working with them have been very rude and blamed them for things out of their control.
I feel like this is all a huge waste of time. I am inches away from dropping my course, and if I had enough money, I would do it right away. I have not learned as much as I wanted to (with the 2nd year courses being the worst!). Bangor is so boring, there is literally nothing to do or see. Sure Bangor is beautiful, but how much time can you spend looking at mountaints? It just gets boring after a while. The teachers or the students are also nothing special. Some of the teachers are better, some of them are worse. I do not get along with the people here, I expected a more stereotypical uni experience, and instead it's like everyone is afraid of stepping out of the line. People just don't feel genuine here. I don't get it at all...
The uni does not help in that regard at all. As far as I am concerned, my degree will be worthless and a huge waste of time. I will have no professional experience when I graduate. Sure there are websites and search engines, but I don't think that Bangor graduates are the most sought-after people in the marketplace
Nothing I would like stands out to me in particular. What I do not like is that despite the fact that our courses are full-time, we only attend 20 hours of classes a week, with the extra 20 hours being extracurricular work. That is not what I wanted to expected, and I am very disappointed with that. We simply do not have enough time to go through the material, and as such I am very unsatisfied with the level my languages are on. Maybe it's that way in other unis as well, but even then, you may want to think about your course choice
I never had anything to do with them
The halls are old, but whatever, as long as it doesn't fall on my head. The problems are usually taken care of quickly. They shouldn't charge people this much to stay though
They have computers and big TVs in classrooms, they're alright
I guess, but overall Bangor is very small and boring, and there is not much to do here. There are no clubs except for maybe 1, no raves, and most people either don't drink at all, or they have no limits. Everybody is very afraid of partying outside or whatever
There are some, but none caught my eye. Some of them are really weird, like the Christian society. What's the point of that? I tried to find out, but I never could
The support is pretty good, that is one thing Bangor excels at. Although counselling was nothing to write home about, at least it was free
I don't want it to end, I've had such a good time. I would recommend Bangor to anyone, and I wouldn't change any of it. For future students I would tell them to follow your heart, and pick the university you feel most comfortable in when you go for an open day. Don't just base your decision on league tables and where has the 'best reputation'
Skills and Employability service have loads of free workshops you can attend, You can also book 1:1 appointments with a careers advisor.
My lecturers are all experienced and willing to help and support me in any way they can. They're passionate about the subject and inspire me to be a great teacher too.
The SU do a really good job at representing all student's voices. They are very accessible and encourage people to get involved with their work.
My accommodation is amazing. It's really affordable but high quality, and the team that work there have really good customer service skills. My building is clean and spacious. You get really good value for money in Bangor with it being a small town. There is loads of choice for accommodation at a range of prices.
Yes. Everywhere in Bangor is walking distance.
All sports and societies are free, which gives you loads of opportunities to get involved in whatever you like. There is literally a club for everything, and if you can't find one you like, they support you in creating your own!
My personal tutor couldn't do more for me. The staff at Bangor are really caring and do everything they can for students to have a positive university experience.