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
Beautiful location with good accommodation and can get to everything very easily without needing a car. Lots of interesting module options. Friendly place. Quite small which can be nice as you often bump into people you know
Science and employability module very useful for helping with cv and practice interviews. Lots of experience in the lab and out in the field in preparation for a job
Like the many field trips to the local area to get hands on experience Like the amount of optional modules in third year
Quite small but don’t really need much in bangor
Great facilities. Fully equipped labs
University is right in the middle so easy to get to - only a 10 min walk from my house Near many shops
Huge variety and all free so great to try many new things without worrying your wasting money
Lots of academic support. Tutors are very helpful if you have a problem Lots of feedback on work
Amazing :D I love being in such a touristic spot because it means there's always something to do! Be it mountaineering, going to the beach or rock climbing there's something for everyone.
Very very impressive. The uni has taken me and a great many other students to a careers fair in Manchester where I got to really ask questions about my future prospects. They also provide a range of volunteering opportunities and skills workshops. Would rate 6 stars if I could
Engaging lecturers make it very easy to follow the content. As for what I most dislike about my course: Research Methods :p
Can't complain since I've never had any issues myself. All run smoothly with a good base of operation in the Pontio centre, as well as a clean website to aid society life
Very good. The Pontio building is a very modern block for lectures during the day. The 24/7 hour library is also very useful for people like me who work till 6am
Perfect yeah, Nice and short walk to lectures with good paths to make the Welsh hills a doddle
Immense choice with all round welcoming course reps and friendly environments. I joined the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu society and was made to feel welcome despite not knowing much at all
Academic feedback is always available as well as drop in sessions to discuss work. The counselling system is also supposedly always available, though I've never had to use it myself.
I have loved my time here. I have explored so many new things, feel safe and supported here and throughly enjoyed my course. I have lived in both halls and private accommodation and both are amazing. Bangor is such a unique place and amazing to explore.
I have modules that aid me with this. Workshops, talks, drop ins and dedicated staff to it. There is plenty of opportunity for a placement and options to study abroad.
Most: a range of assessment, it’s not all exams. Helps play to many different peoples strengths
Good. They do so much for us as students
Extremely good. Especially for sports.
Very good. There is a wide range of sports a societies. They are free as well which means we are able to try so many new things.
Very supportive. So many different avenues if you need help for anything
I love being at uni, it’s the extra things that aren’t good like accommodation. The city and the course are brilliant. I would recommend to people but choose your house wisely
I’m doing nursing so we are expected to do placements as part of the course
Most - field specific, relevant knowledge, panoptos, Least - we don’t get taught actual health problems e.g. what does a heart attack look like/ we get basic diabetes and epilepsy, and some other stuff but not enough
Brilliant. I think they could do with making themselves more visible in freshers week but I am involved with the union and find it useful.
Poor, they need improving. The computers are good but the learning spaces are noisy and not modern. There is talks of common rooms but this hasn’t happened yet. The main building is freezing when we have lectures but is nice to look at
Yes it’s fine
I’ve had no issues
Freshers week was good, plenty of activities to help us get to know people in the societies we joined and the people on our course, so settling into lectures and the patterns of uni life was easy
Regular careers fairs and employability workshops available for all, plus tutorials teaching key skills specific to the degree to increase employability.
All lectures are recorded and posted to blackboard so it is easy to catch up on missed work or write up notes after the lecture
Yes, the main university building is only a 10 minute walk away, and the nearest supermarket is a less than 10 minute walk away. There are plenty of shops, pubs and clubs all within walking distance.
Wide variety of societies and sports clubs
I am loving my experience so far. I think it's much better than my last degree in Chester university. There is much more support and the lecturers are passionate about what they do
Always getting emails
Most - content is great Least - not in lectures that much, less practical learning but in the classroom
Great. Always improving
Great , access to Wrexham societies and gym
Excellent. Plenty of support network
I am so far having a very nice and unique experience. The university gives you a lot of support. The tutors are great. There is a lot going on, events, theatre, cinema, music bands. the landscape is amazing.
you can access online for any advice and concerns you might have. They help you with your cv and you can find jobs inside the uni too.
I have very good teachers. they are passionate. the course is very well organise and clear. the tutors are always available for any question you may have.
it is very good.
The university is in Avery good placement. It's close to the train station, it's in the centre and there are a lot of buses. you can easily go to Snowdon. Nice restaurants around too. By the sea. easy to access at any activity.
you basically can do anything. At Bangor university you are by the sea and mountains.
A complete disappointment and waste of my time and money. I came into this with such a positive outlook and right from the outset it was poorly put together and taught. We have raised concerns from the beginning and are not listened to and looked at as a group of complainers.
Everything occurs during class time for our course. I do not believe we are being equipped with necessary skills as we spend all of our contact time in a classroom. There are no modules directed towards employability or discussions of academia in general.
We do have some very good lecturers. However, the overall feeling is that lecturing us is a chore. The lessons are reused from undergrad courses and the material is out of touch and out of date.
The facilities are not accessible whatsoever. Especially if you are in ocean sciences. I do not know much else about them, to be honest.
The libraries do not have actual quiet areas or anywhere decent to study. The post grad facilities for MB and MEP are horrible - no designated spaces. Our only space is shared with everyone and doubles as a lunch room.
There is barely anything in Bangor, I have to order everything over Amazon. Very cold and unwelcoming town. The University does not have a bookstore and neither does the town itself.
The selection seems pretty decent, but definitely not geared towards a master's course load. This is an ongoing theme at this Uni, that everything seems directed towards the undergrads.
Tutor: my tutor is absolutely fantastic. Feeedback: Non existent
It's been the biggest waste of my money. I am not learning anything but rather teaching myself when I am in a taught masters. There is no opportunity to make connections with professors. The town is absolute garbage. Prices here are NOT cheap and the cost of living is high. I feel like I could pay the same for accommodation here for a place in London. There is no care or concern for master students here. I am extremely disappointed and really am unhappy with my choice to come to Bangor.
Garbage. There is minimal interaction with professors here. No chance to make connections with professors that are always in a rush or too busy with work. Some of them are great, but the vast majority aren't. The course content and labs need a major update to be current as everything they are teaching is 20 years old. How am I supposed to transfer that knowledge to jobs when it's out of date?
The course material is out of date. Everything we learn is 10-20 years old. Nothing is current and relevant. Professors rush to get out of class and they act like its a chore to teach us and to spend time answering our questions. There are a small select few professors that are phenomenal but the majority don't care for us or our quality of teaching. We are completely disrespected as students here with the lack of any care or attention they show us. We have raised these concerns with program directors at the start of the program and we still haven't seen any change.
Don't really know what they do or why they're there. A major lack of interaction with masters students as they are mainly geared towards undergrads. I am unaware of anything the student union is currently working on.
No room in SOS to study for MEP and MB students. It is absolutely ridiculous how we have to move around all day just to have a proper space to work. Other Master programs have their own rooms in this building that they can lock and we aren't even offered that. There is no truly silent study areas in Bangor to work in.
This town is most definitely not a university town. It is lacking many necessities for basic student life and I have to order anything I want off of Amazon.
Seems like there are a lot of clubs but they're all inaccessible to a master's lifestyle. They are strictly geared towards undergrads. I am unable to attend any meetings for clubs because they overlap with class time.
Tutors: I absolutely love my personal tutor. He is extremely helpful and always makes himself available to me. He is kind and truly cares about his students and makes a huge effort to help them. Feedback: The course directors ask for feedback, we give it to them, and then there is no change. They only want to make money and learn how to get more students to come here. We have complained many, many times about the insane number of negatives we have about this program. Its infuriating that they don't care.
I have really enjoyed my course as it is what I wanted to do since a little kid. I manage the work load quite well. However the student accommodation really knocks it down for me as you can barely get washed in the shower and the fridge size.
They host sessions every week to do with interview techniques, money management, CV writing and so much more. These are free and you just email to sign up.
It is so much better if the lecturer is interested about the course which so far, I've had about 4 that seem to actually be enthusiastic about teaching it. The rest practically just read off the board and aren't engaging at all. My contact hours consist of lectures, workshops and practicals
Except from the info I get from their emails, I don't really know what the Student Union do
The gym is really good. If living at halls the gym is free but you have to pay to go to classes. The shop on site is expensive. Bar Uno has really good food.
It is 5 minute walk to Morrisons but the other supermarkets you wouldn't be able to do a big shop without struggling to carry it back
Our societies/ sports are really varied and even if the societies/sport isn't here, you can make it if enough people want to join
The personal support is really good. Like without a doubt really good. The academic however, I don't get feedback on some assignments so leads me not knowing where to improve