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 have had a great time at Bangor, and am not looking forward to leaving! I am glad that I stayed for a fourth year. I have found it to be a good environment to gain qualifications and to join clubs and societies.
There is an employability department who are very useful. There is an online system where you can gain a BEA award and gain employability skills. They have lectures about employability.
I enjoy the hands on learning experience and interaction with lecturers. I don't enjoy exams that are focused on just learning facts/numbers rather than on how much we understand the course/module.
Very good representation, facilitates could be better however. More student areas in the students union would be good.
Mostly very good, some lecture rooms could do with updating/refurnishing but on the whole good. Good facilities in the ocean science department
Yes, it is in a central location
Very varied, something for everyone
My experience with the counselling has been positive and helpful. I think that the majority of tutors are good. Most feedback is good.
Overall it has brilliant! Socially it has helped me develop through the living situations as well as events and nights out. It has also pushed me academically to work hard on my own and support classmates in group study sessions. I have made friends for life and I'm looking forward to graduating with my predicted 2.1.
On my course it provided a whole module on business and transferable work skills
The breadth of information covered is brilliant with many interesting topics however it is taught in a way that isnt engaging. Lecturers stood at the front reading long wordy slideshows
It does great stuff and supports students in many ways
Mostly very good, several libraries provide plenty of study space and the new arts centre is great for relaxing or studying
Yes. Everything is all in the town centre
Huge variety, all free at my Uni! However because they are all free they get quite limited funding so quality isnt always amazing.
Feedback was often quite poor and took a long time to be returned. Due to the teaching style I often felt that the lecturers weren't particularly approachable.
really fun, had a great time and made amazing friends, the lectures are really interesting and I love the place. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that loves nature and the outdoors, or of people enjoy nightlife because Bangor has really great pubs as well as naturey things to do.
yes, there is the Bangor employability award and other opportunities which are good
I like the lectures but don't like the seminars because they're boring
very good with a free gym membership included in halls costs
Yes, very central with easy access to local facilities and shop
Very good societies, and good that they are completely free to join
we have personal tutors and emergency tutors and a support system in place
Halls was appalling, most of the degree course itself has been interesting and with support from lecturers, extra curricular is exceptional in terms of variety and investment by SU
Yes but there's so much course content, there's no time for work experience
Most courses are very interesting topics and relate to current research Some lecturers are monotonous and have terrible lecturing skill
Quite varied, good facilities
Very good. Everything we need.
Yes right in the centre of it all
Not used it
10/10 would recommend to anyone. Bangor uni should be highly regarded as one of the best unis in the country and for sure is the best choice I made was to come here
Careers fairs and employability sessions. Drop in sessions available whenever and always able to email someone from the careers department
Lectures on a Wednesday mean I can’t represent my university at away games and struggle to make home games too. I often eat my pregame meal during the lecture and do my ritual too
Everything is very new and nice. Gym is exceptionally good since being redone
4 minute walk to aldi, 10 minute walk to lectures and 15 to library - all good distances
Best sports and clubs going. Amazing that it’s free and couldn’t be happier joining the teams I play for, during games, training and socially. I’ve made friends for life and I just hope the uni will carry on being so renowned for this aspect
Consistently emailing lecturers and always getting good responses, some going above and beyond what is expected of any lecturer
Very good. Most of staff are very friendly and helpful. The facilities of the university are easy to use and well maintained. Libraries have pleasantly long opening times.
Before I joined the university, I heard a lot of great things about it. However, once I started my course, I realized that many students are not even showing up for the lectures, especially not for the seminars. I expected to have fuller weeks and more exams. But especially since my second years, my hours dropped massively. At the moment I only got 4hours even though there could be so many things they could teach us. In my course, they had some great lecturers but some of them left the university which is quite sad as they were the most popular lecturers in my course. I think things got worse once the university decided to bring the social science school together with history and archaeology.
There is no helpful careers department. Even some of my lecturers said that there is not much help from this university. Maybe for British people yes as Bangor Unversity has the BEA, but for foreign students like me, this does not help at all
There are not many modules we can choose from and at the moment I got only 4hours of lectures a week. I think there could be more potential
I do not really know what they are doing.
Okay. Old but it has what it needs to have
Yes, it is. But there are not many interesting things around here for students. It is nice when the weather is nice, but otherwise there is not much to do
Okay. But it is difficult to join when you don't have a car or you are working as most interesting sports and clubs I would like to join are when I have to work
Some of the lecturers are very helpful. Have no personal experience with counselling
I think it is a good experience of life. More, being an international student because you can compare and face different ways of being taught. I think it is important not only because of the university itself, but because of the way you develop as a person, being independent for the first time in life.
They give us information and we are able to try if we want, so I think they offer good opportunities.
The most likeable thing is that we do not need to do so many exams and I think this makes us being less stressful. The thing I like the least is that I feel that effort is not so much taken into account. Nevertheless, I think teachers take into account when we are Erasmus student, which I think, it compensates.
It is also good
Yes, it is
Fantastic! You have a lot of variety and you can just do wherever you want.
They help you if you need it, so that's perfect.
Absolutely amazing! Loving every moment and cannot wait to see what the future brings. Would highly recommend this university to anyone, especially to people who want to look into ocean sciences
They have ran employment workshops and career festivals
Most is the practical elements and variety of timetabling Least is the constant criticism on drawing skills, and the fact we are graded on it during exams
Pretty good. The SU executives represent a broad range of students. The SU building is easy to access as it's got a central location, and are very welcoming
Very good! Two libraries with computer rooms, spaces for single and group work without feeling cramped
The university is perfect. Supermarkets a few minutes walk away, same with accommodation. Plenty of places nearby to eat, cinema, the city centre. Close to the train and bus station too
Amazing! I'm apart of three different clubs, and they are all so welcoming, and the AU is outstanding in terms of support they give us
Some feedback has been appalling, with majority of grades below 50% in one assessment, but barely any feedback from the assessor. Student reps managed to convince another member of staff to hold a meeting about said assessment feedback
very good Course content is good, useful and well taught. Lecturers are friendly, approachable and very knowledgeable about their subject areas. My previous personal tutors were not very approachable, and did not seem to take an interest other than my attendance. My current tutor is very approachable and has helped with a lot of things throughout my current year.
Careers fairs Offering internships through the university The Bangor Employability Award Posting regularly about jobs, placements etc.
Lecturers are friendly, very knowledgeable and very approachable Not all lectures/seminars/workshops are posted on Blackboard or filmed on panopto
Very good, a wide range of societies and sports and the ability to create new societies/clubs.