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
Enjoyable. I play hockey and I have a great team so I really enjoy going. My lectures are on the whole interesting with some really enthusiastic lecturers. Feedback is helpful. Being by the sea and the mountains I’m always active which I couldn’t get elsewhere
Hold employability events, have employability schemes and have a department you can go to for help.
Range of module time periods so can study a range of eras. Lecturers are always encouraging to come to office hours. Again, history students always in the dodgy lecture rooms with bad desks
I do not know much about the SU but I get emails saying about the differences they make
Big library with good opening times. Cafes on site. But desks in lecturers are always broken
Yes, 10 minute walk to lectures, 5 mins to Morrison’s and 15 mins to Aldi if want something cheaper
Societies are free which is a huge bonus because you can try out different things. Big range aswell. Could do more in the way of music
Mental health facilities are not great and I don’t feel very supported. I have only met my tutor once and would not feel comfortable to approach her with problems as I don’t know her. Feedback is always useful and lecturers encourage you to go see them about it
I'm in my 2nd year at university, and am involved with an academic society and 2 sports clubs. I am also doing a course in basic french that is being provided free of cost. I am greatly enjoying my time in uni, and will admit that while I am finding some bits a challenge, I am still enjoying my course.
This year they have started some new approaches in increasing our employability by adding it to our modules. But there is also a set team to help with those skills and some great placement opportunities.
I like that the powerpoint presentations are available to download, alongside panoptos. The majority of lecturers are very enthusiastic about their subjects, and are always happy to have a conversation. I don't like that as everyone has a different way of learning/teaching, and as a result not every lecture is the most interesting. but that is something that can't be helped.
We have a brilliant SU. They have a permanent base, part of which includes help with running societies. The sports chair and assist is doing excellent work in promoting different sports clubs through weekly competition videos. But also we have monthly meetings with the different committee heads so that any issues are raised quickly and dealt with efficiently.
They are brilliant.
There is a Morrisons only 5 mins away, an asda approx 9 mins and an aldi and lidl about 12 mins away. Most lectures occur 9 mins approximately from the accommodation. There is also a small shop on site, along with 2 launderettes.
We have a large range of club and societies, all of which are free to join. We have volunteer groups, academic societies, general interest groups and sports including different martial arts, archery, rowing, horse riding, and swimming to name just a few.
There is always someone to help. We have a residential team, made up of the Campus life and Mentoring team. For the first 2 weeks of 1st year, we were also issued with peer guides, to help us find our classes, introduce us to our academic schools, and also increase or camaraderie with others on our course. There is also a number of teams working with mental health and disabilities. We are provided with rubrics for all our coursework, that the lecturers also follow, to help us to know what is expected of us. We get feedback directly through turnitin, but also have feedback sessions so we can learn from others mistakes as well.
So far so good, academically and administratively. The location is beautiful and car helps to actually explore it! Small town can become dreary without the option of leaving
Extra modules An additional certification Help on hand
Most: material which eventually specializes Least: generalised studies
They’re pretty on the ball all of the time!
Pretty good, lots of new facilities
Yeah in general proximity for mostly everything but it’s a very small town so wheels allow for some getaway time to do the mind some good especially as a student
Pretty darn good here! Wish the expensive ones weren’t so costly though such as horse riding or sailing
All of these areas are covered very well and advertised to make sure students are aware of such services which is awesome
So far I haven't enjoyed it. Mainly because the city is awfully mundane, repetitive and quite frankly boring. The univeristy has peer guides that were meant to assist new students and yet they never showed up. If you don't like to drink constantly or going hiking for example, then this not the place for you. Anything worth doing is in the town over, which in my opinion is ridiculous. In order to stay sane I would suggest making it a habit to frequently travel outside of Bangor, assimilating is very difficult in place such as this.
Although their is a lot of internship schemes, there's not many opportunities for students to get paid work at the uni itself.
Although my lecturers are detailed they still try to cramp eveythng into such a small amount of time, which leads to rushing. Bangor does offer a decent amount of support though, The lecturers are on the mark with their drop-in-sessions and are always willing to explain theings with you.
The student union try their best with what resources they have.
The facilities are decent, they could be better. The facilities in Ffriddoedd are atrocious but the one's in St.Mary's are definitly an improvement. Within the the Engineering and Computer Science school, they seem to have gotten the best of the eletronic facilities. Everything else can be improved.
As it appears the whole city of Bangor is part of the University, your ability to get to local amneities is really contingent on where your lecutres and accommodation is. Nonetheless, the main scholl builidng is clsoe to everything you could ever need on Upper Bangor and the Computer science and Engineering school is just of the high street. It seems only the Ocean sicence students that have to travel to Anglesey are suffering. Regardless, the hills that are rampant throughout the city make going out almost not worth it, the university also seems to like placing their accommodation upon these obnoxious hills. As seen with the irritating placement of St. mary's halls. Bangor the city, is quite boring especially if you're from a city or even a large town. Unless your sporty or want to spend all your time drinking as shown with the cluster of pubs that can be found, there is nothing of perpetual interst to do in the city. One will find themselves travelling to the town over or even to other cities such as Manchester or Chester to find anything of interest to do.
Bangor Universty is known for its sports and socities. Not all of the socieities make sense but there is a lot of them. Those who like sports will never be without a sport to do in Bangor, from Football to Quiditch, they have them in bucketfulls.
The drop-in-sessions hosted by the lecturers is great as they are constantly checking to see if a student understands. However, it doesn't appear that tutor feedbak happens very often.
Its been both good and bad. I would consider why you choose a specific uni and stick to that type. As i wanted to go to cardiff but ended up here. Its a degree at the end of the day and im happy and grateful to be studying. However, its so expensive for what it is. Its not the end all and be all.
They have lots of workshops
Most: some of the lectuers arr helpful. Least: some lectueres arent enagaging and whem attendance is compulsory i find that annoying. Considering we pay £9000 a year i was expecting a lot more
Amazing. Bangor has done a great job with that.
My tutor isnt very helpful as he doesnt reply to my emails. But my lecturers always get back to me with feedback and help that i need.
all is good, no complaints, I enjoy it. Bangor is a great location to be based in and the university offers great courses and support. I would and do actively recommend the university to others.
Have an employability scheme and countless workshops on skills appropriate for the workforce.
The tutors are inspiring with their own research to shine as examples
never utilised but I know they are there
all modern and up to date, no complaints
All societies and clubs are free and there is a wide range.
Person tutors are assigned who really help
Its good but rainy. Exams are hard, make sure to revise early. Essays are easier than you think, just sit down in the library and zone out to lo-fi music. Easy pass.
Good sports facilities but not central enough
Medicore, 15 minutes walk
So far my university experience has been amazing, my flat and class mates are brilliant, and we help each other out. In addition my course and lecturers are fun and although it is hard work and occasionally stressful they always make sure we have a laugh and enjoy ourselves. The societies I have joined have been very welcoming, and have helped me to settle in to uni life as well as make friends during socials.
They offer free lectures and workshops all year, for employability and career development in addition to study skills. They also work to help you gain a work placement or part time job.
I like that we have a mix between computer/theory and practical work which allows us to develop both skills sets together rather than focusing on one after the other. In addition the lecturers make sure to let you know they are there to help and are willing to spend time going over work or helping you in the workshop.
The students union has very good facilities and listens to what students tell them.
The universities facilities are very good, and many can be visited out of hours (e.g. Libraries, computer rooms).
The university is in the city, which allows everything to be in walking distance, although there are also buses if needed. The university has multiple campuses which are relatively close together with the accommodation in the middle of them. The high street is a 10-15 minute walk away, the supermarket is at the bottom of the hill approx. 400m from accommodation and in the middle between main arts/wheldon (psychology).
There is a wide variety if societies and sports, from tea time society to assassins' guild and archery to quidditch. There is a society for everyone, and they are all free to join so you can try out as many as you like.
The uni support is very good, tutors are always willing to talk to you or set up a meeting.
Very good and excellent support .And also bangor is situated in a beautiful place.The world ranking is 160th for international outlook.It is also course satisfaction
I love Bangor. I couldn’t imagine studying anywhere else, it’s such a great university and I don’t understand why it’s not more widely known... then again maybe it’s a good thing as it can be considered one of North Wales’ best kept secrets! Who wouldn’t want to study in a friendly environment, close to the sea and mountains, yet with all the added benefits of a university city.
I have had so much help with my cv, job applications and work experience. They go above and beyond and really do try hard to help you as much as they can, which has been essential in my job search.
I think that Bangor looks after each and every student as an individual. The lecturers know all the students by name and class sizes are big enough that you get to meet a variety of people, but small enough that you can build a good relationship with staff and students, and get all the support you need. We also get given lots of opportunities to put the theory into practice through fieldwork and I believe Bangor offers a lot more opportunities like that, compared to other universities. I honestly think Bangor has the right approach to teaching, and shows that actually not being the biggest university going (without the huge lecture theatres full of hundreds of students that some of the big name universities do) really does have its benefits.
They’re really helpful and approachable. There are always events going on too.
Mostly everything is great, and the parts that maybe are a little dated are being improved as and when. All the facilities are now than adequate and most are modern and comfortable.
Yes Bangor is great as everything is within walking distance. It’s big enough that there’s everything you need, but small enough that you can access everything from the university.
There is so much on offer, I think there’s something for everyone. Better yet, most activities are free and if not they are at least subsidised making the societies/sports accessible for all.
Second to none. All the support you could need is offered and easy to access.