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
I like that Bangor University is such a close community. It has a very welcoming atmosphere. There are also many opportunities for independent studies if you prefer (as I do) which is great.
Employability fairs and sessions. For me personally a lot of the advice is slightly academic/course specific - it would be great to see advice for those of us considering a different path after uni, ie. training opportunities, internships in marketing/broader spheres.
Teaching staff are incredible and the classes are small meaning more individual help which is great for languages.
Student’s Union seems to be very active in listening to people’s concerns, esp financial.
Library is well stocked and easy to use. Multiple computer facilities. Buildings are extensive and well kept.
Bangor is a very small community and very walkable. The university is very much in the centre of town and easy to travel to.
Wide range of societies available, all provided for free and with no commitment which is great. Creates a very welcoming atmosphere.
All are assigned tutors. Counselling is available. Personally I have not made use of these facilities.
Its been pretty good but in my undergrad years I wish there was more support. The people in halls were not the best and I found that behaviour I do not like was rife.
Every course will soon have an applied year which is amazing. They have plenty of careers fairs for each college
I love the lectures. They create extra videos on confusing topics to make learning much easier. My course isnt well balanced in terms of time and I wish I had more lectures. I am only on about 2/3 a week and they only last 1/2 hours.
Its not bad but it could do with better leadership. The emails they send out are not enough communication.
They are good. There is toilets, showers, bike facilities, kettles and fridges in nearly every building with dedicated student rooms.
Yes. Bangor city is so small that everything is in one place. You dont need a car and theres good trains to London.
Theyre great, free and amazing. They make you feel inclusive.
Some feedback is really good whilst other stuff is really poor.
Amazing!! I'm loving it. This is the best experience I've ever had in terms of educational institutions. Everything is easy, within reach, the facilities and services are great, the lectures are fun, and our lecturers are engaging and cooperative
A substantial effort. We've been having dozens of employability seminars and sessions
I like how engaging our lecturers are, but I wish they could work more on their schedule because sometimes we'd have a three hour lecture divided into two lectures 2 and 1. An hour lecture on a Friday morning isn't that appealing
They're just great, seamless and make things easier
Yes. As I mentioned previously it's within a walking distance and there's everything I need right around the corner.
Perfect!! They're very supportive and they alway send emails to remind us in case we need any assistance and support
I have been through many ups and downs through my time at university. I do admit that I have had some issues among my friends but acedemically, I have excelled massively during my time at university and I am very proud of myself and the work I have created.
There are a number of employability careers fairs etc. However, it does lack in areas such as film and tv which is something I am interested in for my future.
Courses are taught well and are made interesting by the professors. There are opportunities to put my own skills into practice.
Once again, great. Always something going on within the Students Union.
Amazing. The library in particular holds many books that have assisted in my studies. Everything is close-by.
Location of the flat is in great distance of the university and the town centre. Everything in Bangor is easily accessible due to it's size. Also there are loads of beautiful locations and towns nearby for days out.
There is pretty much a society for everyone. Great for sports and a variety of interests/hobbies.
Acedemic support is great, there are multiple offers on how to improve my work and feedback is given quickly. All the professors are also approachable and assist in every way they can to improve my work. The counselling system is also very helpful. There is always someone to turn to.
Not good, looking to transfer at end of the semester. The course content has been underwhelming and whenever ive asked for help during a difficult time very little help was offered. Disappointing overall, looking forwaeding to leaving
Nothing of note
Average, not very inspiring
Never felt welcome
Average at best
I attempted to join the football team but got very little by way of help so didnt join in the end. Disappointing
They ignore emails when i requested assistance / advice. Perhaps because im an older student and they have higher number of students than usual they deem me less in need of help
Its been good. I preferred my undergrad to postgrad. Although postgrad content is much more interesting. There are some good lecturers, but some are just guests that work in the field and lack good lecturing skills
they have an employability week every year, and i know they have skills drops in. They also offer internships, some of which are paid, but they are only for undergrads
Most: mix of being lectured to and group activites Least: 6 back to back hours of lectures a day two days a week
They are okay. Could do with more access to water foutains etc around the university - the main arts centre doesn't have any that i am aware of
Personal tutor: not great. IN undergrad it was compulsory to attend tutor meetings twice a year to talk about progress. In my postgrad, there is no set tutor meetings, just a drop in (during the lunch hour of our 6 hour days)
Overall it’s great. Wouldn’t have chosen a better uni to do a undergraduate at. There maybe a lack of amazing housing but otherwise it’s a great place to study and the majority of lectures and staff are always helpful
There are lots of fairs and help available
There are very few contact hours and work takes forever to get given back with feedback from some lectures. However, they people who teach are lovely and try to use the most of the little time we have
The SU is great and really helps the local community
They are reasonable moderns and everything works
The main university building is a great location, further ones are a bit harder to get too but stlll not the worse places. All close to supermarkets
There is so much to do here and it’s all free, so getting involved in any sport or societies is easy
It’s a bit lacking but they try to fit everything in
Loved everything! I haven't found anything to fault, the place is beautiful, the opportunities are really great (plenty to do, and lot's of freedom), and the staff and content are really engaging, best decision of my life!
BEA, Employability award, so you get points for doing extra things that could enhance your employability. Also have plenty of opportunities and variety of work to do, from presentations to written assignments to stats assessments, and help is always very quick responses.
I like the lecturers, very engaging, and the modules are also very varied. I don't like 9 ams! But that's typical, and not the uni haha.
Very good representation, they're all mega friendly and involved in every aspect of uni life, the student's union space is also lovely and there's always something going on there.
Great! Couldn't complain. Prices at the uni shops can be a little steep but it makes sense for most of it. Love Pontio, great building.
Everything's really close by, Morrisons is 5 mins away and even if that's too much, there's a uni shop with the flats and a bar. University is really close to accommodation, makes everything really easy.
Massive variety and all free, plus everyone is so welcoming!! Spoilt for choice!
Awesome, absolutely brill, I'm facing problems and have found it wonderful. Emergency tutor sessions for those who need staff to talk to, drop ins for mental health, counselling is great and easy to access. Feedback is brill, get written and verbal analysis on everything, there are drop ins if you're struggling with work or want more feedback and staff are always happy to answer questions, too.
Really enjoyed it and settled in quickly , lots of clubs and societies to joint which I would recommend as this gives you the chance to meet new people and become more at home quickly
Campus life events, and employability week
I like most that are interactive and engaging, practicals, however some lectures can tend to be boring, eg reading off slides and not engaging with students
I think they do an amazing job and always try to facilitate our needs
Very good, never a problem
Yes very good
Huge variety, something for everyone
Could be more engaged with students
Loving it, although i did fall out with my first year flatmates. And i find it repeptive to what i studied in college. But i love that im getting a degree.
Amazing. I have been offered work on various research papers
Powerpoints are repetitive Lecturers are usually helpful
I dont really follow their actions
Tutor isnt helpful at all