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
really friendly university. basically a campus uni, because its so small but it has everything you should need. I've joined loads of new sports and societies and have always felt safe
not really somewhere you would hang on. location is a bit random and I only visit if I have a meeting. however, staff are friendly and informal but remain professional and unbiased. they are familiar faces who I feel comfortable talking to
everything is within 15 minutes walking, and buses are cheap and reliable if visiting other towns or campuses
if you can think of a sport or interest, there's a society for it. they're all very accommodating and you can join as many as you'd like, as they operate on a vary varied schedule
University has been incredibly fun; we've had more field work and trips than I thought we would in first year. Being able to try out different sports/societies without a financial commitment has been amazing - I've been able to try things I've never done before.
We are taught transferable skills that are relevant to the current and predicted job market for our degree courses, and the employability award gives good guidance and motivation to improve our skills independently. There are a good number of placement opportunities - both with the university internships and with outside organisations that the careers department offers information on.
I like the regular tests at the end of some modules, because it takes some of the pressure off the end of term exams and encourages us to go back over material from previous lectures. I do think some of the lecturers go through their material very quickly, which isn't ideal, however they do record the lectures and put the material online for student access so we can catch up after class.
The facilities are good; all of them are easily accessible in the main campus. Our representation is good as well - I think we get a good amount of updates and information via email.
The facilities are very good - there is good computer/printer and library access. Our science labs are also good; there is everything we need to complete our work efficiently and safely.
Yes - the main campus is in town so is a good distance from both accommodation and local amenities. The marine sciences lab is a 40 minute walk away, but transportation is provided in first year so it doesn't feel too far.
There are a huge number of societies and sports!
Our tutors are there for both academic and personal support, which is very good as you can become comfortable with one person. There is further support available if we need it.
Stayed to do a PhD after studying my undergraduate here, can't fault the teaching, support and facilities, especially in SNS Environment. Staff are all very helpful and friendly, I love it at Bangor!
Too targeted at undergraduates!
I have been here for my undergrad, masters and now PHD so it cant be that bad ey. Bloody love it. Big up Bangor. HASHTAG number one uni eva. Best in WALES. Best in the UK
Amazing I have been offered many opportunities throughout my university experience, which have furthered my studies and future carer choices. Having sports free has meant I've taken time off my degree to focus more on my mental health and physical health, as well as make many life long friends.
There is an employability week which is really useful, and in 2nd year constant employability lectures to increase your chance of employability.
I love that we have a lot of hands-on practicals which really prepare you for work outside of the uni. Sometimes lectures can become repetitive when certain lectures just read off the slide but this is not everyone. Most lectures are extremely enthusiastic which helps you to enjoy the subject more.
Amazing they are really approachable and will listen to problems. The only problem is because they give their clubs so much freedom which is amazing, sometimes they miss problems within a club.
The university is situated about a 5minute walk away from the centre of town so really accessible to other areas of the town
Amazing the fact all sports and societies are free. I have tried so many different sports that I would have never done before and made so many friends from them, which I may never have met if it hadn't been from trying sports.
So far I have loved my university experience. I would not change my decision to come to Bangor university. The course I am on is so interesting and I already feel I have got so much out of it and I know topics I have covered will be of great benefit in the future. The whole experience of university has been great so far, I have a good group of friends and am enjoying all my experiences. The views in Bangor are amazing and personally I love being in the outdoors so the location of my university is ideal to benefit me
There are often workshops surrounding many different areas that could help increase employability. There are weekly talks given that could help with connections for further study and employment. As well as this there are events set out to help with this idea, for example, last week was employability week and there was a fair where different employers and companies came to the university and set up stalls; students could then go and talk to those they were interested in and this could increase employability in the future.
I love the range of topics and diversity of my course. The way my course is taught by most lecturers, I love because they are very inclusive of the class and often get us to give our own opinions. Because I am in a small school it gives the ability to teach differently and let us give ideas to each other and sometimes work in groups to understand certain topics. What I like least about the way my course is taught is that very infrequently there can be lectures where there is not much interaction and I feel like most of the topics we get taught need some conversation to help our understanding and further our knowledge
I think the students Union is good at Bangor. They keep all students updated with what is going on at the university and the plans they have going on. They also make sure to give us plenty opportunities to do different things and get involved with you university through them
I think Bangor universities facilities are great. We have an amazing library and archives that hold a lot of resources that are useful for research and essays, there is also the online library for the use of students for when there is not a hard copy of a book. Other facilities in the university are great as well such as our easy access to revision areas and computers. There are 24 hour access rooms meaning there is always a place if you need it. We also have the pontoon building which is for both the university and the public, this is a great space with lots of functions.
Yes it is in a good location, there are a few large supermarkets meaning there is always easy access to get food, etc. Also all accommodation is within walking distance to my lectures which makes university life easier. Because Bangor is a smaller town there is the ability to walk to virtually everything you would need and if not the train station is also within walking distance so if you were needing to go further out of Bangor this is an easy thing to do
At Bangor there is a huge variety of societies. I feel that people generally assume that there are mainly sports societies at university but at Bangor there is a range of both sport and non-sport and there will always be something for everyone and lots of new things to try
Personally the support offered by my lecturers is outstanding, they are always there if you need feedback about work or even just support regarding university in general. It is very easy to create a meeting if needed and most of the time their doors are open if you need a quick chat. I also think that the personal support is quite good at the university. There are often workshops in place that are designed to help with things such as stress and anxiety and we get regular emails reminding us that there are counselling services if they’re needed
I knew what I was getting into when I decided to go to Bangor for my PhD. There are its benefits (mostly, anything to do with Wales and Welsh) and there are its downsides (a small, unorganized department with a terrible undergraduate and performance programme.) I would not recommend this university to anyone for music unless they wanted to study Welsh music.
I wish PhD students came together more often for seminars/lessons, etc. I like meeting with my supervisors every two weeks, and the ability to speak to them in Welsh if I want to.
It's good. The staff is friendly and supportive of me in dealing with a sensitive matter regarding a professor.
For music, they are okay, verging on poor. The practice rooms are horrible.
Yes, it's located close to the high street and many grocery stores.
The University prides itself on having a wide variety of societies and sports, but honestly, they aren't that great. There's not many history clubs, Welsh culture clubs, or anything that interests me.
Well, that depends. Academic: Great. Personal Tutor: Great. Support from Head of School for dealing with a harassment case: Terrible.
Very good. Staff are very supportive and there are plenty of channels to go down if we're unhappy about anything. The clubs and societies mean there's always something to do, in addition, they're all free to join so are accessible to all too.
I really am enjoying my time at university, I am constantly learning new topics and it is helping me develop to be an professional individual. I am learning much more than I had anticipated, and the abundance of opportunities which come with university are amazing. I am happy I chose to come to bangor university.
The university has a employability centre with people to help you to find jobs of any kind. There is a online employability hub where you can log in extra activities/volunteering/jobs to gain an extra employment award when you get your degree. I have also registered with GO Wales who are located on the universities site, they are helping me to find job placements within the field of study.
I have special circumstances and everyone who is aware is professional and flexible with me. I dislike how some of modules seem irrelevant to my degree, this is due to my degree being diverse.
I am aware the student union creates many events and opportunities for students but I personally have not participated in any.
Facilities are above average, is room for improvement e.g. more water filling stations, more vegan food, more organic waste bins and more car parking
Yes it is located within walking distance to an abundance of amenities and accommodations
Best in the country
The support is outstanding for both. My tutor and senior tutor have been very helpful and flexible due to my special circumstances, always there to assist me. I also participate in counselling which has become very helpful to overcome some issues.
It's been great, even better than expected. The social and sport side has been a really important part for me and Bangor really encourages this. I think this also make the academic side better as you feel like belong more and so want to come to lectures and stuff.
We have a points things and employability come and talk to us. There are internships in the uni. As a first year I've not fully used everything that is available but know there is.
Lectures are really good and engaging. Seminars are good, I feel we're really encouraged to engage. Some modules tell you what is going on more clearly and earlier on the module than others, some lectures are great at making it clear, but some not so.
Good. The VP for sport is a really good representative for us. I haven't been in direct contact with other aspects.
Yes, everything is walking distance.
Pretty good. We are currently trying to start a new sports club and the uni are being really supportive of this.
It's really good. It's very easy to see a member of staff if you need to.