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
A great experience with a great location and helpful lecturers With the University and location being small, it is very useful But other facilities, like a canteen, should be included
Offers jobs throughout the year
The lecturers are very helpful But some can include more information about assignments
Very acceptable to new ideas
Good, but could be better
Yes, everywhere that you need to be is a 10-15 min walk at most
Met a lot of great people and it’s very helpful that the societies and sports are free But more support from the University would be appreciated, for example not clashing academic classes with sports
Was apprehensive about coming to uni as I’m such a home person but so glad I came. Have matured so much and made so many new friends. Living away from home in a shared house is an amazing experience
1, 2 month placement each year at a different potential company
Lots of lecture time Small class sizes Sometimes things aren’t explained the best
Despite health concerns, I have had an amazing time and coming to Bangor was a great decision and I might never leave! For future students I would encourage you to get involved with as much as possible, be responsible but have a great time
There is an entire department dedicated to careers advice and services. They can help you with CV, interviews and career sessions to make sure you get the most out of yourself when applying for jobs. Target jobs is a website posting placements, work experience and internships
Most- Variation and practical elements to theoretical concepts. Least- During first year, all my ODA days were on a Wednesday so I didn’t get to participate in any rugby matches
Small office but has lots of rooms and a welcoming reception area. Representation is great especially for sport as they have got involved with loads and coach women’s rugby. Student facilities as a whole should have maybe another cafe or bar
Some buildings are old and constantly under construction but others are modern and fresh. My lecture buildings are to a good standard and sports facilities are amazing especially the new 3G pitch
Bangor university buildings are spread throughout town, all in walking distance except ocean sciences in Menai Bridge but this isn’t applicable to myself. Walking to and from my lectures takes 10/15 minutes and into town is also 10/15 minutes
Excellent. There are many team and individual sports as well as, a huge variety of societies. I don’t know a society that doesn’t exists!
Academic is good depending on who your tutor is. Mine has drop in sessions and replies quickly to emails. Others have offered no support. Feedback takes 3+ weeks which is good for assignments but for exams it should be 1-2 weeks so we can remember what was on the exam. Personally the counselling team are good but hard to access/know how to access
Bangor university is in a great location with plenty to do around the area. I have lived my experience hear and have made plenty of new friends from around the country.
Provide Bangor Employability award which you can earn points for. They put on workshops for this within and outside of your course.
The first few years are great, lots of contact hours and practical time. 4th year is a bit boring as we are never in u over diary due to project work, could increase compulsory contact hours.
Yes it’s 10/10 amazing, everything on your doorstep.
It has been great! I think I've been able to experience multiple sides of the University, both in academic and organisational experience. You really just have to throw yourself out there, and with practice will be able to manage time more wisely to work effectively and dive into things that interest you.
There are a lot of workshops and consultation available
I really like the variety of areas available. I wish there were more lab-based courses/assignments available, considering we have a variety of neuroimaging facilities.
Mental health help is immensely important in this university. A lot of care is provided so that you always have a contact person in any kind of situation
Really good, we just had a new MRI scanner installed.
Everything is within walking distance
We have 100s of societies and sports, with option available for any kind of hobby or interest
It's amazing and if I had the chance to continue studying here, I definitely would choose Bangor University. With its amazing support from staff and fellow students, Bangor is the place to be if you want a tight-knit student community.
They are very keen on making sure we're employable and I'm very grateful to have had the chance to take part in an internship and also take part in various workshops that help build your CV and how to do interviews (which was one of the reasons I managed to get the internship).
The lecturers are always open to us asking questions through email and even during class. I benefit a lot from going to drop ins and the lecturers would do their best to help you improve your work.
We have great sports facilities and the student union does a great job of making sure we have a good time at the university.
The buildings may look old but I enjoy studying them. Most of the buildings I use are nice and warm with good wifi connection.
Accommodation is close by to classes, only 10 minutes walk maximum. If you discount the fact we have to climb a lot of hills, everything is close and easy to get to.
Amazing. Too many to choose from, and all of them are free.
My personal tutor is very helpful when I had problems in figuring out what I wanted to do for masters and guiding me through the various options. She also helped me through times when I wasn't at my best, which I am very grateful for. While I went to counselling with the university and wasn't very happy about the outcome, it was still a reasonable service for students to use.
My experience in Bangor has been amazing. I've loved every aspect of this university. From the beautiful landscapes that combine mountains and sea to the beauty of the Welsh culture and language. I've been very encouraged to learn and apply everything.
It does. They have many workshops, conferences, internships and job opportunities in all areas. I've got to work with them and they helped me to set up a freelancer business.
I love how the teachers are passionate about their fields and encourage students to learn more.
They are great. Really accomplish to communicate, offer interesting events and opportunities and overall listen to what the students would like.
Amazing! A contrast between modern and castle-type architecture.
It is by choice. I live in the town beside but it was because I wanted to explore living in a different place.
It's amazing how much variety there is. You can come hear and find your passion, join different societies and be part of so many groups.
Socially good and accommodation cheaper than other universities for what it’s worth maybe even the best societies really good. Representatives are great at their job too. However how courses are taught and the modules available for students I think is minimal. The course is more favourable to business law for employability but I’m not interested and instead maybe have modules students who do not enjoy business law to more human based or environmental based modules which they can enjoy. Or even give the option for students to expand their horizons and open modules to other courses I emailed the law school administrator once asking for that as I had no interest for procurement but she answered with”of course not!” .
Notifying us on job opportunities near by and to other career fairs in larger cities. Opportunities with in the university are often advertised. Though I wish the law school had more opportunities understandably it’s due to the location of the university but I heard many other law students from other areas have shadowed judges and done other things supplementary to the degree provided by the university. So it doesn’t really prepare me against other law students around the Uk.
I like that most lecturers are prepared to ask every question and have prepared a reading list for each topic of the module I hate how they don’t have as many tutorials to feel more individuality type learning environment where you won’t feel as much pressure and learn topics in extensive detail. Moreover I don’t feel challenged in my lectures or modules making a lot of stuck to the same grades i never ask questions in class because most lectures don’t provide us anything other than the basics for the questions in the exam and that disappoints me. I came to university to learn but I don’t feel like I am learning anything or feel challenged. I know other university that do law have that spark to them and it’s the Russell group I understand the university not being Russell group so I should know what type of education I get but I feel like my brain hasn’t been actively thinking at all in the last 3 years I felt more challenged in GCSE at this point. And when we are challenged it’s more with a topic that will appear on our assignments but even then they only answer questions relevant to the assignment title. I pay a lot for university £9000 and it doesn’t make sense that lectures just scrape the basics out for every topic I wish I had the ability to really challenge my understanding of every topic and not rushed lectures with professors reading off the slides. All in all I want to think.
It accommodates all necessities and needs however funding has been cut this year so many facilitates this year aren’t of the best quality. The representation is very good students do get their voice heard and feel actions are taken to improve the university through out the year
Depends it’s convenient that everything is 15 minutes away most residencies are 15 mins away from the uni and a lot of stores. However for cheaper accommodation students could live 20 to 30 minutes
It’s free and the university has a range of different societies even societies that involve outdoor sports like rock climbing and canoeing. It’s all free so a lot of students take advantage of that , easy to make friends outside of the course.
I mean she’s there
In Bangor University I made amazing friends which helped be the best of myself through volunteering as a peer guide, intl student ambassador hence I found a home away from home. Thank you Bangor
Employability workshops, workshops on c.v , drop in sessions on cv notes or employability, job adverts on schools websites, employability awards, volunteering opportunities to enhance transferable skills
Least - nothing Most - every lecture has a panopto recording , the way the lectures explain every lecture the lecture slides are pretty much self explanatory and every lecturer welcomes contribution
Yes it is
Amazing tailored to suit the students
Overall, I really love Bangor Uni. There's just so much to enjoy here and never a moment of dullness. The people here are nice and polite as well. And it's always easy to get help for whatever reason if u needed it.
There's loads of help on career advice and counselling for those who needed it.
I really like the discussions in class although the classes are a bit long.
Our student union did a great job representing us and providing us with all the necessities that we need, especially on long class days.
The facilities are OK, could do with some water fountains around campus
Everything is within walking distance from shops to library and public transport stops.
There's a huge selection of clubs and sports to choose from! And it's all free to join so I got to try out a lot of the societies and had a great time.