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
Bangor University is a small but friendly University and really cares about the success and well-being of the students. If you're not a city person and prefer a small-town vibe with lots of opportunities for outdoor activities, Bangor is a great place to live.
Lots of workshops as well as personal appointments available.
Good postgraduate community and great staff supervision.
Need updating, eating establishments lacking.
Yes, everything's very close
Bangor University has some of the best variety for clubs and societies of any University in the UK.
Support is generally good, the counselling service is responsive and very helpful. Bangor University looks after its students well.
Its really great and I've learnt so much so far. The only problem with Bangor is that its very cut off from everywhere else but its a really lovely city to live and study in.
I like the small seminar sizes.
A bit overpriced but nice enough. Tiny showers with a curtain that sticks to you though.
Yes, super close to everything!
So many societies of so many varieties!
Fantastic and life-changing! I've not just gone to a university to study a four year language degree. I've travelled more of the world than I thought I might ever do a few years ago, made amazingly close friends, developed myself in terms of my professional life so much more than I would've anywhere else. The course is something that excites me so much. Being just about to go abroad for my year abroad is thrilling knowing I'll be able to use everything I've learnt here. All of a sudden being studying Chinese in China having not spoken a word three years ago and working as a translator in a German publishing house having started learning the language in a woman's kitchen after school. This place has made me.
Tremendously! During my last year I took a sabbatical year interning in the university's international office. An opportunity that was available to all students provided they apply. During this year I developed my professional skills in our office, recruiting international students for Bangor, giving tours, meeting international visitors and supporting current exchange and international students. I ended up on Vietnamese TV giving an interview discussing the university which not many random 20 year olds end up doing. I travelled to Hong Kong and China to for approximately 4 weeks going from meeting to meeting with partners giving presentations and the like, experience money couldn't buy. Prior to that I had a small internship here through the German department guiding the efforts of a German language learning promotion network, something which was very much a springboard for my following professional work. During my first summer here, thanks to the German department again I secured a grant to travel to Leipzig, Germany and learn to teach German to second language learners (as a 19 year old, wouldn't happen anywhere else!) Thanks to efforts from support staff here I was made aware of and encouraged to apply for an internship in Shenzhen, China through the British council for two months. Advice I then followed up on and have been successful in applying for. Something which surely will be a crown jewel in my CV for years to come. The employability team here work fantastically hard providing amazing workshops to help students with everything from CV's to entrepreneurship. I could really go on, there's certainly parts I'm missing but the university does amazingly here.
Perhaps the fact that, as someone who studied German at A-level and is very strong in German, the classes are mixed from the second year with post-beginners. I find myself sometimes not really being pushed as hard as I could be. Having said that, it's still useful being able to reinforce the knowledge for yourself by helping others where they're struggling.
The students' union here really try their very best and it shows. I know when friends of mine here have had issues and approached the students' union they've tried their upmost to help. They also offer a wide range of events and what not to make student like here as exciting as it can be, to offer opportunities to the student body and to recognise those who go above and beyond, be they students or staff.
The housing is in a great location. Close to the University proper, supermarkets and the train station. The accommodation is slightly more expensive than other options in Bangor but this is something we were aware of before choosing it. From a safety standpoint, I feel very comfortable and confident with my house. The house is relatively new and therefore in excellent condition. Any maintenance issues are normally resolved quite quickly.
For a university I hadn't heard of before searching for my chosen course, I was very pleasantly surprised. The university has fantastic student halls and great gym facilities, free for those living in halls. It's one of the only universities I'm aware of with its own sea-going research vessel. Something my Ocean Science studying house mate loves. The libraries being beautiful and open 24/7 during exam time is also amazing. The classrooms in the main building are sometimes a little on the smaller side and a little older. Having said that they're always fit for purpose and never lacking anything you need. It's also simply an older building which is lovely to be studying in.
Absolutely. Bangor is the type of town where if you can't walk to something in 15 minutes, you're either crawling or it isn't in Bangor anymore. Both student villages are convenient in terms of their location to both the university and rest of the town. The only downside for some might be those living in St. Mary's village, where they have a bit of a hill to contend with.
Second to none. Unlike universities where some of my friends are studying, societies and sports clubs here and free. Along with this there's a fantastic variety. I really have the chance here to do amazing activities from boating to mounting walking to playing underwater hockey that I wouldn't really have expected before coming to university.
Very good. I always have the feeling I could knock on one of my lecturers' doors and ask for help. Other support staff like the employability team have always been very accommodating when it comes to asking for help with my professional development. I can't comment on counselling services and the like I'm afraid having never used them.
Being an international student here my experience has been phenomenal. Univeristy has become a home to me with unbelievable amount of love and respect and uncountable beautiful memories. I have made lifelong friends here and it has been like a dream i am living. It has helped me grow in to a much stronger, confident and positive person.
Bangor university has a complete department associated with employability. Skills and employability organises workshops every week so that maximum students can benefit from them. These workshops encompass topics liks CV building, writing cover letters, preparing for interviews and others. Also, it provides students opportunities to have one-to-one meeting with the professionals. University also regularly organises employability fairs for every school to have a chance to meet companies, takes students to employability fairs in machester and m-sparc and regular notifications on available jobs through target connect. Univeristy also has BEA points system for counting all the hours students have spent doing volunteering or working in the socities and award them with employability points with their awards being held at the end of the year for best performances.
The thing i love the most about my course is access to facilities which hard to access normally and its practical aspect. The focus on giving real life experience rather than just theoretical basis is the key point for me of studying here at bangor university. And of course the support i get from my lecturers for everything.
Student Union is very active in voicing students' opinions and ideas forward to the administration making sure that every student in bangor university feels welcomed and heard. Not only this SU makes sure to support societies and clubs by actively encouraging them for events and being there with their full support. It also engages students by organising events to promote sustainability, awareness on mental health and other social issues.
The university has state of art and mordern facilities, with pontio a mordern innovation centre having theatre, cinema, cafe and common area for students alongwith halls and lecture theatres. The teaching facilities are on point using mordern technologies and providing best facilities to the students. For every facility provided by university the students have easy access and can use them at any time of the day. It has two big librafies which are open till midnight with quite rooms, group study areas, common places and many more.
The univeristy is situated right in the centre of the city with excess to every store, high street for shopping and cafes, garth pier and roman camp and menais bridge at just 10-15 minutes radius
University has the best societies and sports club with a big variety suiting everyone's requirements. From introverts to extroverts to ambiverts everyone have a chance to find something of their interest, and there are a gazilion to choose from. University offers cultural, speaking, indoor games, political, public issues, schools specific socities to dramatics, music and every genre of arts societies. Other than that it has sports clubs covering every single sport out there plus the volunteering projects helping out community.
The university is very focused on providing students with every possible support and making them feel relaxed and welcomed especially when it comes to mental health. Every student has a personal tutor in their academic school which is like your own go to lecturer for every academic and non-academic problems. You have peer guides which are senior students to help you out in your academic work. Univeristy has mental health advisors and counselling office to assist students for any emotional problem they are facing. Every school also has their own counsellors to assist students and guide them. Their are course reps which are student representatives which help to take up their issues directly to the staff. And then academic coordinators and teachers for providing feedback over your attendance and results with doing their best to make sure you get good grades and stay on the track.
Amazing. Loved every minute. Make sure that you are prepared and get to use the peer guiding system to allow you to meet new students. Make sure you also use the support avaliable.
Career services. Employability prospects. Work experience.
Most- how much practical elements there is. Least- the assignment briefs not the best.
Factilities good and representation good
Amazing variety of sports and societys. Friendly
Good. Always there to help when needed
Bangor university is very good place to study and enhance my performing skill and knowledge. In addition, people studying at the university and living in Bangor are very friendly.
In many weeks, employability session and careers department are Held for us.
The most things I like is to learn skills to play instruments from class mates in performance class.
It is very comfortable.
Yes, it is.
There are many societies and clubs. I have joined three kind of societies, and everything is interesting and exiting.
There is many chance to take counselling, to ask to tutors and feedback. It is very helpful for me.
I have been at this university for the past four years, and I will carry on with my postgraduate education here if the university will let me. I could not emphasise how much I have enjoyed being here and if I was at any other univerisity I probably wouldn't have finished my undergraduate degree.
The university has it's own employability hub which allows you to prepare for employment and allows you to do activities to improve your employability. It hasd internships and volunteer opportunities that you can go on regardless of what year you are in at university.
I don't like the fact that most of the modules are taught via lectures, i would like a workshop to help with tough subjects. I like that most of the lectures are recorded and that you can ls=isten to them when you need to.
the student union does alot for the students at the university, they like to hear about new ideas all the time and will tell you the best course to propose them.
Some of the schools a little outdated and could use some improvemeant in facilities or in a general face lift, but things work as they should without much of an issue.
Yes there is and access of accommodation avaiable in Bangor.
There are an abundance of societies, that seem ok for undergraduate students however, for postgraduate there doesn't seem to be anything specific for them aprt from the odd society.
The lecturers in my school are amazing and cannot do enough to help their students, even my friends from other schools come and talk to my lecturers about their issues. The counselling department here at the university hold workshops every week and courses for aspecific thearpies.
It has been good, challenging at the start to adjust but Semester 2 I am managing better. Fellow students are friendly, seminars are interesting and allow me to think in a variety of ways about issues and discussions regarding History.
BEA - Earn points from employability skills session and workshops.
Most: the choice of modules to cater the course to an individual, the variety of assignments. Least: more contact hours would be nice.
They keep in contact a lot, however the Students Union facility is not on University grounds.
Very good, multiple common rooms with PCs, some open 24/7. Libraries significant.
15 minute walk to Main University building, slightly longer to other buildings. Local amenities close by, 5-10 minutes depending on which building you live in.
Very varied and a large amount.
Very good, lots of emails regarding both. Lots of classes/workshops available free of charge to improve them both.
It has been incredible, peer guides make the settling in period so smooth and before you know it you are all settled into this new chapter. The variety of clubs and societies makes it so easy to meet people and make new friends. There is a really strong sense of community in Bangor, everyone is there to make sure you succeed and be the best you can be.
Range of departments which support in exploring career path opportunities and finding appropriate work/placements for students.
Active SU, which work hard to make events and activities available for the students on a weekly basis. They are always open to new suggestions and prioritize student experience and welfare.
Good range of facilities available.
Everything is with in walking distance in Bangor.
Extremely large variety and all free to join. Excellent for trying new things and meeting a range of new people.
Support offered by the university is available to those who require additional support either academically or with their home life. Feedback is slow at times from tutors and lecturers but any questions on the degree or the work required and they are very helpful.
It's been great. I've really enjoyed it all and the uni has done lots to help this. They are always putting on events and helping students get the most out of the experience
The Bangor employability award is a one of a kind scheme which makes you a much more employable person
Very hands on and practical which is great
They're always involved and updating students. Always asking for feedback and opinions
Great facilities just maybe more cheaper food outlets
As it's a small university everything is within a 10/15 minute walk which is amazing
Great variety and all free
We have regular meetings with our tutors and can always email them