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
Despite the constant stress, the large workload and the rainy Welsh days, going to Bangor University is still one of the best experiences I've had so far and I don't regret a second of it! For me, it's not so much the academic side, it's more the people you meet along the way.
Bangor University frequently holds careers fairs for students where they (the students) can go and speak to potential post-graduate and graduate employers. In addition to this, Bangor University Careers Department often allows drop-in sessions where students can come and discuss any quires or issues they are facing about employment and even discuss potential career prospects with the Careers Councilors. Furthermore, Bangor University provides students with the opportunity to complete the 'Bangor Employability Award'. This award can be completed at anytime during a students degree and is designed to showcase various skills to future employers.
The courses are taught like most university courses, in a lecture hall with a lecturer, a powerpoint presentation and 200 or so students. Some lecturers are really good at what they do and are clearly passionate about the students learning (however some are the complete opposite!) This passion for student learning shines through in their lectures and I leave the lecture feeling good and like I've actually learnt something interesting that I can read more into! On the other hand, due to the large class sizes, most courses don't have that "one-to-one" feeling.
Bangor Student Union (or UNDEB) prides itself in being the bridge between the university and it's students. During the many trying times the university has faced (e.g. the scandal with the university president or the recent strikes) the Student Union was always there to mitigate any negative effects these may have on the students. The Union keeps in frequent contact with the students, ensuring that every action they make is in the best interest of the students. UNDEB has access to excellent facilities that allow them to better help the students of Bangor University. They have also pledged to reduce the universities plastic consumption by removing unnecessary plastic straws and cutlery from all university buildings!
The university facilities are mostly very good. All university buildings I have been in have been well provided with computers, books and anything else they may need. There are countless buildings dedicated to Student Counselling, Careers advice and disability assistance. Although I must say that my experience with the counselling service was not all that great... They simply offer "Workshops" where a group of people work on a certain issue (e.g. anxiety). From what I have seen, they do not offer adequate one-to-one counselling for students (perhaps shown by a few attempted student suicides last year) There are also at least 3 libraries FULL of books (both online and physical) and computers for students to make use of. The university does say that at least one library is open 24 hours... but I am yet to see one that is. I can only speak for the Natural Science department but the facilities provided to each department are up to date and allow students to apply some of the recent scientific techniques to studies. Each lab is well-kitted with anything the lecturer or students may need and they are constantly being remodeled in order to achieve the optimum lay-out.
Bangor is quite a small city so nothing is really further than a 15 minute walk away! So everything, from the university to local amenities and accommodation, is really close together!
Bangor University has LOADS of different sports and societies you can join. From a political debating society to a rugby club, there's bound to be something for everyone! But, if not, then you can make your own with just 5 members! Being a coastal city bordering Snowdonia, the societies and sports often make use of the sea and the mountains! You can learn to Scuba Dive, kayak, sail, hike, rock climb and many more!
Academic: Each student is given a tutor at the start of their degree and they stick with that tutor for 3 or 4 years (depending on their degree length). Due to this, I can only give feedback on MY tutor, everyone's experience will be different. But, my tutor has been amazing. He replies quickly (even on weekends) to students and is always there to help and support students. He also introduces his students to difficult but important concepts in biology right at the start in order to ensure they're well prepared for their 2nd and 3rd year. Feedback from academic work (i.e. reports, essays and tests) is varied in quality between lecturers. The university dictates a 4 week period in which feedback must be given back to students in that time. Some lecturers give excellent quality feedback in only 1 week! Others, give little to no feedback at all (just a grade) in 4 weeks. Like so many things at university, it all depends on the lecturer and the course... Personal: As stated before, I feel like the personal support offered by the university is lacking at best. The counselling service fails to actually help and listen to students, instead it just redirects them to "workshops"... Someone with anxiety (for example) may feel comfortable on a one-to-one basis with a counselor and uncomfortable attending a workshop with 10 or more other students!
Pretty good, mainly for the social aspect. I’m part of 2 clubs so extremely busy. Contact hours could be more but it gives me time to do my own thing. Overall the best 3 years of my life
Mostly essay biased I have hardly any contact hours so sometimes it feels pointless to go in
Good, food is expensive
Yes, 2 mins from town, 4mins to supermarket and <10 mins to Asda
Feedback is okay Haven’t used the counselling services as they are hard to acsess
Amazing. Settled very well with support of the University. There are many events in welcome week to introduce you to people and your course. Halls are all friendly and have mentors to help support you anytime you need
Amazing. Employability award
Panopto. Small classes
Friendly and clean. More events could be provided
Amazing, many different societies and sports for every student
An amazing experience, I get to talk to experts with incredible insight and perspectives. I also have many hours of lab experience and boat experience as a result of my course.
Employability points counting towards an employability award and internships
My course is fascinating with many hours of practical lab work It would be ideal if work from second year counted towards our overall grade
Nothing is beyond walking distance
Amazing, all sports and societies are active and free
I would 100% recommend Bangor if you lile a small but bot too small university. Everyone there to help you and friendly. Plenty of facilities, societies and lots more to choose from
There are many departments availble including employability skills to gain. But i personally did not do this as I wasn't able to do it.
I enjoyed that it was very interactive and all the lectures was very interesting. The timetable was anoying as i had one lecture at 9-12 then couple of hours until the next until 4-6 as a home student it was hard if we did not have any work to do. But when we did have work i could go to the library
For me we had no troubles with them as I'm executive member for storm fm radio society and we had no trouble so far.
Plenty of facilities available such as Pontio, which is new building with student union cinemae etc. Plenty of places to eat. And 24hour security in the accommodation including siop and places to eat on site available. And plenty of books and computer available in the library. And IT support
Everything is near each other no need of transport if living in Bangor. And the city high street is all close to each other
Lot and lots of choices to choose from. I joined the storm fm the radio society and the photography society.
We have personal tutor which we can contact any time we want and available to email anytime. All the tutors have a rule of getting back to you by 2days.
So far, I am very happy at Bangor University. I managed to make fantastic friends during freshers week even though I am a live at home student. I have also joined many societies where I have learnt a lot and met many new people.
The uni offers career talks very often and anyone who is interested is welcomed. They also offer different awards in exchange for your interest in employability
I like that the majority of my course is made up of lectures where the lecturer explains the work in detail. There is also a wide choice of module’s available
Bangor uni is within walking distance to the town centre, Shops, Bus and train stations (around 10minutes). The student villages are also very close to the main site and normal site.
All the societies and sports teams are free to join and all students are welcome to sign up during ‘Serendipity’. There is an amazing choice and guaranteed something for everyone.
My overall university experience has been fantastic. Bangor's English department really feels tightly connected as the lecturers who are the experts in their teaching areas are the people giving seminars meaning you come into constant contact with the actual people who have written about the subjects being studied.
I enjoy the seminars in my degree. It leads to better discussions and feel more natural than lectures.
Bangor is a city where everything feels five minutes away from each other. The university is in the centre of the city and is only a ten minute walk away from the student village, supermarkets Asda and Morrisons and the city centre.
Bangor University has free clubs and societies. This means anyone can do anything at Bangor. It really is incredible and means that over the course of your degree you can try out as much as you want meaning you can meet so many more people than you might have done if the clubs had fees.
It has been hard to juggle home life and uni work but I have enjoyed it. Placement has been lovely and has made me more determined to plough through and crack on with work
We have a lot of placement which enables to develop skills in the areas we wish to work in.
The travelling to Bangor is hard, Course is fab and taught well though.
Yes we have a student representative - she does a good job.
We have good facilities at both campuses
When have to travel to Bangor several weeks of the year but there are plenty shops available. I live at home due to having 3 children so when we are this way the travelling isn’t too bad.
Living away from the uni I don’t get much chance to participate sadly, however there are many fantastic sport opportunities available
Tutors are very supportive
the environment is comfortable, nice temperature, but sometimes the wind is big, buying things is convenient, near each hall, there are always some shops, the food has good price
they provide a lot of free classes about work skills
medium to high it depends on the teachers
very nice, all good to use
very interesting and easy to attend
University is a great experience. You get to know a lot of new people and a lot more about yourself. It is important though to maintain a balance between personal experiences and professional ones.
There are a lot of employability seminars and they organise fairs to help us know employers
It is well located. Bangor is a very small city so nothing is too far from the university. Life here revolves around uni.
There are a lot of sport clubs and societies. Everyone can find where they belong but also discover a lot of new things. Its great.