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'm an exchange student and have now spent over a month here. There has been no issues and everything has worked well as they suppose to. I like the environment of the university and the possibilities they offer for example the sport clubs and societies
They have sent me a lot of emails about those topics and as far as I'm conserned there have been events where people tell students about these things around stands.
I like the field trips and multiple short lectures. I don't like too long lectures because of the sitting makes me tired. The short breaks help.
I like it. Nothing bad to say about that.
Very good. Although I've heard my classmate complaining about the temperature of some classrooms.
Yes. I can do groceries on the way back from lectures, so it is very convenient.
There are a lot to do in Bangor and I do like the variety of the sports they have to offer. And it is all for free which is great for "poor" students. You get to try things you've never tried before.
I'm not sure. I'm not familiar with those yet. But I believe people sre very helpful here and glad to help if I'd need it.
Awesome, made great relationships and am learning a lot for the career I want in future. The area is lovely and the community among students is generally incredibly welcoming.
There are lots of employability events and fairs to get employers in to meet students which take place a few times through the academic year, and it has various placement schemes
The lectures and seminars are usually very engaging, and the discussions are fantastic for learning The worst thing is when lectures aren't recorded by some staff as it means we can't go back and listen to things if we need to
The course representative system is solid in places but not everyone knows how to approach their reps, but the active reps are fantastic at what they do. The location is easily accessible also and is in the hub of the university, and with its facilities can accommodate for events and mental health support.
Good on the whole but dated with some things such as technology and software
Yes, the university buildings are quite spaced out but the halls of residence are in a good location for accessing most of them, to my knowledge. It doesn't take more than 20 minutes walking to any of the buildings
Incredible - there is a society for just about any hobby or interest or religion.
Very good, we often get relevant feedback which help us for the future and the pastoral care is excellent if needed
Absolutely amazing! Bangor is a wonderful place to study, a fantastic university. The surrounding area is also a beautiful place to live and study, so the perfect combination for the university experience.
BEA system - points system added to through volunteering work, being a course representative etc. encourages students to gain such skills, and offers a collective of all the different skills at the end of the course alongside the degree to show the employability of an individual.
Lecturers at Bangor University are fantastic and enthusiastic about their subject areas, as well as being available to give advice and feedback on work and assignments. Some issues with joint honours students across different schools of study mean that it may be difficult to get to different locations in time for lectures, but a 10 minute window is allowed for this. Also reading weeks are not consistent over different schools so some students don't get that break.
Undeb Bangor are a very helpful and approachable body of people, with an online voting system for issues/ideas to be raised to them, and a fantastic system of course representatives, peers who can get things on the course changed or adapted to help students on that course. A very successful organisation.
Many buildings for specialist subjects, and with the use of Pontio too for studying and leisure time, the facilities are great. Also the use of Panopto to record lectures is a big help, especially for those who might struggle taking notes in lectures.
University is a nice distance from the accomodation, about 10-15 minute walk. Nearby is the supermarket, and via Pontio the town is very close too.
All societies are free, and there's a wide range on offer! Big focus on the Varsity event (sport against the local 'rival' university) which is nice as all students can be involved. Overall a very good service.
Academic feedback is brilliant, with the return of coursework being prompt, and clear, useful feedback given to help forward learning, rather than just saying "this is wrong" and not giving clear help. Student services are also great in therms of councillors, and also offering help with learning for those who might struggle, and the employability team who also offer a good service to help students in the long run.
I am really enjoying uni so far learning lots of new and interesting things and having a good time in the societies. All the people are lovely and welcoming. Any help that is needed or asked for is easily obtained and very sincere.
They provide work shops and an employability award which helps for getting employed after or during your degree.
I like that there are a lot of interesting things to learn however, I don't like the long 6 hour days in the lab. Also in first year we are taught alot of moduesl that we don't need or rely on letter in the course x
They provide lots of things to do and are helpful x
Very good and accessible to everyone x
Yes nothing is more than a 20 min walk from the halls.
We have a very very wide range of sports and societies from dog walking to football.
Lots of support is available if you need it from student services to personal tutors everyone is an email or 20 min walk away.
It is interesting, hectic, a lot of reading and study material but i get to learn so much this in regard to the studying part. For all aspects i am happy that i chose bangor
They do make a lot of effort, starting from the head of the faculty until my private tutor. They would do everything they can and within their capabilities to help
I like how it is seminar based and the student number is few in each class but for some classes we are too much so would'nt get the chance to talk as much. For an ll.m student it is important to be active in the class room
I remember the first i came and the they represented the union. They were nice, understanding and explained good.
Yes the location is very convenient, it is close to my accomandation and the important amenities. Basically every thing is in walking distance and i do not need to pay for any king of transportation :)
I love badminton and there is that and it is free :) There is a lot of sport clubs here but i did not join any of them yet. Like a lot of sports !
Every one helps. For instance, the international students office, your private tutor or lecturers and so on ..
I am happy that i chose this uni because its worth studying here and get education that enable you to compete the world i never thought that wales cab give better education than rest of linked places
I want to salute then for such a great effort
Dedication new gadget and technology but hate unexpected off
They are very helpful and very disciplined
Its superb i never saw any uni with too many sports
Its quite helpful but can improved
It’s tough in nursing but it’s good!! Stressful but good!! You need a lot of patience’s when it comes to some of the disorganising sometimes but when they are it’s good
Yeah we are student nurses always a job at the end of it!
They don’t listen to us sometimes Which is annoying! But they are good at asking for feedback
Yes they are okay the school is currently updating them which is a good
Yeah Lidl’s are down the road
Well they are all at Bangor main campus so I don’t get to do them which is frustrating
My overall uni experience has been great as I have met new friends and I am really enjoying my course. Also the fact that I have to independently support myself and there is no one to guide me is a fresh challenge for me.
Lectures are great and seminars are very interactive
Haven’t really used it
Some modern some old
Yes as there are shops close by
Voted best societies for consecutive years
It’s great there is always someone to talk to no matter what the issue
The university has exceeded my expectations. I never expected to feel so at home in a place I had never been to before. The societies and clubs on offer furthered my experience. The university goes out of their way to ensure that all students get the most out of their time, and prepares us for life after university.
There always seem to be workshops and events which are dedicated to employability. I have attended a few lectures also, talking about improving my CV and taking advantage of all the amazing things on offer to improve my employability. The only thing that could improve is the involvement of work placements , making it clear what is on offer, and a clear support network for someone like me who wanted to take on a new career path but didn't know who to turn to
I was really pleased to see that the modules on my course overlapped, and so I could bring knowledge from one class into another. I found that really useful and felt like the course staff had put a lot of work into making learning easier for us, and becoming knowledgeable about courses they weren't involved in. I also appreciated the use of seminars as it allowed us to talk more freely about the course and implemented our knowledge further.
The students' union have been fantastic. Giving people of all cultures, sexual orientation, age, race etc, a chance to have a voice and speak out about what they believe in. It really makes everyone feel like they belong.
There are lots of good facilities at the university to allow all students to have the same opportunities. I think the university does however need a canteen of some sorts, and some shops on site as there are only small shops and cafes.
The university is in an ideal location. There is a short walk to the university from the city centre and there are supermarkets surrounding the university, so gives students a decent amount of choice. I got a job in the city centre also, and found it very hassle free to get from my flat to my workplace and to my lectures.
There is a fantastic array of sports and societies, ensuring that every student has the opportunity to get involved and take part in new activities whilst making friends for life.
The support network is really good. We are encouraged to meet with our personal tutors at least once a term, but they are always willing to meet more often if you need to talk. The lecturers also make a lot of time for students too, letting us know that if we want more in depth feedback from them they would be happy to take time out to do so. They never make students feel irrelevant and they make it clear that there are 'no stupid questions'.
Intimidation from a few students and a few lectures. Not organised way of teaching. Most Lectures fail to keep noisy and disrespectful students under control. Not enough time in lectures. Tutorials are rushed. Not the most friendly and supportive environment.
So far I've not come across any access to placements or experience on my field
Lectures are mostly demotivated, only 1 or 2 good lecturers. Lab assistants are condescending and rude to students!
Haven't had much contact with them
Not very good, old and not well maintained
It's not great in terms to accommodation distance but other than that amenities are not too bad size Bangor centre is very small
Not amazing, plenty of sports, but the other type of society's very lacking, not the best in terms of organisation either, with all of the sports only happening in the other student accommodation
Tutor's feedback is not the best, I've requested counselling and only group courses have been available which are not what i need